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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Smart Helmet Rapidly Assesses Stroke Patients
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Smart Helmet Rapidly Assesses Stroke Patients

Uses EM waves to distinguish the size, position, and type of stroke

Using Adversarial Attacks to Refine Molecular Energy Predictions
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Using Adversarial Attacks to Refine Molecular Energy Predictions

MIT researchers find new way to quantify the uncertainty in molecular energies predicted by neural networks

Computer Scientists Create Search Systems to Limit COVID-19 Misinformation
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Computer Scientists Create Search Systems to Limit COVID-19 Misinformation

New system increases the correctness and reliability of health-related searches by 80%

Non-Fungible Tokens and the Future of Art
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Non-Fungible Tokens and the Future of Art

A new blockchain-based technology is changing how the art world works, and changing how we think about asset ownership in the process.

Study Shows Potential of DNA-Based Data-Structures Systems
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Study Shows Potential of DNA-Based Data-Structures Systems

A team led by researchers from Newcastle University created new dynamic DNA data structures that can store and retrieve information in an ordered manner from DNA...

Stanford Researchers Use AI to Unlock Extreme Weather Mysteries
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Stanford Researchers Use AI to Unlock Extreme Weather Mysteries

New machine-learning approach helps scientists understand increased frequency of extreme precipitation days in the Midwest

Wildfire Simulation Heats Up
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Wildfire Simulation Heats Up

Computer simulations can predict the spread of wildfires through sections of a real forest

AI Learns by Doing More with Less
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AI Learns by Doing More with Less

Sparsity and energy constraints guide learning and communications in silicon neuronal networks

Humans and Algorithms Struggle to Read Emotions When Faces Are Obscured
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Humans and Algorithms Struggle to Read Emotions When Faces Are Obscured

Study compares accuracy of humans versus artificial systems in deciphering emotions of people in face masks and sunglasses

Brain Connectivity Can Build Better AI
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Brain Connectivity Can Build Better AI

Artificial neural networks modeled on real brains can perform cognitive tasks

AI Knows Where Your Proteins Go
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AI Knows Where Your Proteins Go

Machine learning able to predict subcellular locations of functionally related proteins

Novel ASIC Implements Post-Quantum Cryptography
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Novel ASIC Implements Post-Quantum Cryptography

Chip efficiently implements post-quantum cryptography to better protect against future hacker attacks using quantum computers

How Chemical Reactions Compute
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How Chemical Reactions Compute

Harvard Professor Juan-Pérez Mercader sees chemical reactions as a kind of computation, and says molecules have enormous potential as tools of computation.

Predicting the Risk of Schizophrenia Using Machine-Learning and a Blood Test
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Predicting the Risk of Schizophrenia Using Machine-Learning and a Blood Test

Innovative strategy analyzes specific regions of CoRSIVs genome to offer possibility of early diagnosis

Better Security Through Obfuscation
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Better Security Through Obfuscation

The quest to find greater security through obscurity.

Economists Know How to Break Your Phone Addiction
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Economists Know How to Break Your Phone Addiction

The study concludes about a third of social media use are linked to self-control problems and habit formation engendered by our digital technology.

Formal Software Verification Measures Up
From Communications of the ACM

Formal Software Verification Measures Up

Verified coding techniques use mathematical proofs to ensure code is error-free and hacker-resistant. Can the approach revolutionize software?

Getting Down to Basics
From Communications of the ACM

Getting Down to Basics

2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman helped develop formal language theory, invented efficient algorithms to drive the tasks of a...

Researchers Develop Protocols to Validate Integrity of ML Models
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Develop Protocols to Validate Integrity of ML Models

Cryptographic algorithms called zero-knowledge proof protocols are a mathematical method that enables the owner of an ML model to generate a succinct proof to demonstrate...

Clues on How Networks Such as Twitter Are Organized to Respond to Viral News
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Clues on How Networks Such as Twitter Are Organized to Respond to Viral News

A thesis defended at Spain's Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) analyses the structural patterns of complex systems such as social networks.
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