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Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed
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Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed

In cryptocurrency circles, calling something "centralized" is an insult.

New NASA Cassini Image of Saturn Moon Has a Surprise
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New NASA Cassini Image of Saturn Moon Has a Surprise

Usually, the postcards stop after a journey ends, but not so for robotic adventurer Cassini, whose epic journey exploring Saturn and its neighbors finished in September...

Meet Antifa's Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists
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Meet Antifa's Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists

Computer science professor Megan Squire  has created an array of programs that monitor approximately 400,000 accounts of white nationalists on Facebook and elsewhere...

Quantum Technology Forgoes Unconditional Security to Extend its Reach
From Communications of the ACM

Quantum Technology Forgoes Unconditional Security to Extend its Reach

Two projects in China demonstrate the possibility of global quantum key distribution networks.

Going Serverless
From Communications of the ACM

Going Serverless

Serverless computing lets businesses and application developers focus on the program they need to run, without worrying about the machine on which it runs, or the...

Facebook Says Social Media Isn't Always Healthy for Democracy
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Facebook Says Social Media Isn't Always Healthy for Democracy


China's Quantum-Key Network, the Largest Ever, Is Officially Online
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China's Quantum-Key Network, the Largest Ever, Is Officially Online

China has the quantum technology to perfectly encrypt useful signals over distances far vaster than anyone has ever accomplished, spanning Europe and Asia, according...

Trash Talk From an AI Could Help Humans Cooperate Better
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Trash Talk From an AI Could Help Humans Cooperate Better

Researchers have developed an algorithm to help artificial intelligence and humans learn to cooperate.

Professor Designs Algorithms to Make Robots Better Collaborators
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Professor Designs Algorithms to Make Robots Better Collaborators

Researchers are developing algorithms that enable groups of robots to make good decisions despite inherent communication delays in information sharing.

Security Fears Spark Crackdown on Chinese Tech
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Security Fears Spark Crackdown on Chinese Tech

The federal government is taking steps to reduce the presence of some Chinese technology firms in American markets.

Thank the Planet's Shifty Magnetic Poles for Runway Renaming
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Thank the Planet's Shifty Magnetic Poles for Runway Renaming

For decades, pilots heading into or out of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport in southeast Kansas have had three runways to choose from: 1L/19R, 1R/19L, and 14...

Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human
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Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human

Can you predict a crime?

A New Way to Track Down Bugs Could Help Save IoT
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A New Way to Track Down Bugs Could Help Save IoT

On a clear day this summer, security researcher Ang Cui boarded a boat headed to a government biosafety facility off the northeastern tip of Long Island.

Brain MRI, AI Predict Deaf Children's Capacity to Learn Language
From ACM TechNews

Brain MRI, AI Predict Deaf Children's Capacity to Learn Language

A new method using two types of computing technology can predict how well a deaf child can learn language after receiving cochlear implant surgery.

Artificial Intelligence Will Be a Human Jobs Creator
From ACM Careers

Artificial Intelligence Will Be a Human Jobs Creator

In 2013, James "Jimi" Crawford founded a company called Orbital Insight, barely noticed at the time amid the Silicon Valley froth.

NASA Just Proved It Can Navigate Space Using Pulsars. Where to Now?
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NASA Just Proved It Can Navigate Space Using Pulsars. Where to Now?

Half a century ago, astronomers observed their first pulsar: a dead, distant, ludicrously dense star that emitted pulses of radiation with remarkable regularity...

How a 22-Year-Old Discovered the Worst Chip Flaws in History
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How a 22-Year-Old Discovered the Worst Chip Flaws in History

In 2013, a teenager named Jann Horn attended a reception in Berlin hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel. He and 64 other young Germans had done well in a government...

Pulses of Light to Encrypt Data and Protect Security of Cryptocurrencies
From ACM TechNews

Pulses of Light to Encrypt Data and Protect Security of Cryptocurrencies

Researchers have developed a frequency comb they think could encrypt data and bolster the security of cryptocurrency.

Smart Buildings That Can Manage Our Electricity Needs
From ACM TechNews

Smart Buildings That Can Manage Our Electricity Needs

Researchers have developed a system to collect data on consumers' energy usage and comfort within buildings.

Big Bets on A.I. Open a New Frontier for Chip Start-Ups, Too
From ACM Careers

Big Bets on A.I. Open a New Frontier for Chip Start-Ups, Too

For years, tech industry financiers showed little interest in start-up companies that made computer chips.
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