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Perception-Based Nanosensor Platform Could Advance Detection of Ovarian Cancer
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Perception-Based Nanosensor Platform Could Advance Detection of Ovarian Cancer

A multi-institutional research team analyzed spectral signatures of ovarian cancer by harnessing machine learning and the fluorescence of carbon nanotubes.

Machine Learning has a Backdoor Problem
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Machine Learning has a Backdoor Problem

The researchers explored how the vast available knowledge about backdoors in cryptography could be applied to machine learning.

Quantum Computing May Make Ray Tracing Easier
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Quantum Computing May Make Ray Tracing Easier

U.S., U.K., and Portuguese researchers combined classical ray tracing algorithms with quantum computing to improve ray tracing performance as much as 190%.

The Government's Still Mostly in the Dark on Ransomware
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The Government's Still Mostly in the Dark on Ransomware

The government may only be made aware of one-fourth of ransomware attacks.

Bluetooth Hack Can Unlock Tesla, Devices
From ACM TechNews

Bluetooth Hack Can Unlock Tesla, Devices

Sultan Qasim Khan at U.K.-based security firm NCC Group  devised an exploit for unlocking Teslas and countless other devices.

Differential Privacy the Correct Choice for 2020 U.S. Census
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Differential Privacy the Correct Choice for 2020 U.S. Census

A new study concluded the U.S. Census Bureau's move to DP as a de-identification mechanism for the 2020 Census was appropriate.

Scientists Create Method to Kill Cyberattacks in Less Than a Second
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Create Method to Kill Cyberattacks in Less Than a Second

Researchers have developed a technique for automatically detecting and neutralizing cyberattacks in under a second.

Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says
From ACM News

Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says

The campaign detailed by a cybersecurity firm highlights Beijing's increasingly sophisticated tactics to spy on an array of targets, including countries it considers...

Online Retail Images Reveal Skin Tone Discrepancies
From ACM TechNews

Online Retail Images Reveal Skin Tone Discrepancies

Cornell University researchers uncovered discrepancies in the skin tones of models as depicted in online retail images.

New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection
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New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection

Engineering researchers have come up with a new technique that can detect ransomware faster than previous systems.

Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences
From ACM News

Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences

U.S. researchers' "Dr. Evil project" proves drug discovery AI could be used to create biochemical weapons.

Cyber Insurers Raise Rates Amid a Surge in Costly Hacks
From ACM News

Cyber Insurers Raise Rates Amid a Surge in Costly Hacks

Insurance market resets after a ransomware boom and the threat of spillover from Ukraine.

Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies
From ACM News

Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies

Two former officials said the hackers were able to gain access to taxpayers' information and interrupt Costa Rica's tax collection process.

Algorithm Trained to Detect Unhappiness on Social Networks
From ACM TechNews

Algorithm Trained to Detect Unhappiness on Social Networks

Scientists have created a deep learning algorithm that analyzes social network content to help diagnose users' potential for mental health problems.

Smart Contact Lens for Glaucoma Could Release Drugs When Needed
From ACM TechNews

Smart Contact Lens for Glaucoma Could Release Drugs When Needed

A prototype wireless contact lens could help treat glaucoma by automatically dispensing drugs when pressure inside the eye becomes excessive.

Robot Hives in Israel Kibbutz Hope to Keep Bees Buzzing
From ACM TechNews

Robot Hives in Israel Kibbutz Hope to Keep Bees Buzzing

Artificial intelligence-equipped apiaries at Kibbutz Beit Haemek in Israel's Galilee region are designed to maintain bee health.

3D-Printed Acoustic Holograms Against Alzheimer's or Parkinson's
From ACM TechNews

3D-Printed Acoustic Holograms Against Alzheimer's or Parkinson's

A team of researchers has created customizable, three-dimensionally-printed acoustic holograms that could be used to treat diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's...

Is This Another Tech Bubble Bursting?
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Is This Another Tech Bubble Bursting?

And should you, a normal person, care?

Using AI to Analyze Large Amounts of Biological Data
From ACM TechNews

Using AI to Analyze Large Amounts of Biological Data

A graph neural network could speed the development of drugs to treat cancer and other diseases.
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