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Combating Cancer With Data

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 00:00

Supercomputers will sift massive amounts of data in search of therapies that work.

Making Chips Smarter

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 00:00

Advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning are motivating researchers to design and build new chips to support different computing models.

Bionics in Competition

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 00:00

Developers of innovative assistive devices compete as a means of networking with each other.

The Internet of Things

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 00:00

2009 ACM Prize recipient Eric Brewer, 2004 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient Vint Cerf, 2016–2017 Athena Lecturer Jennifer Rexford, ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award recipient Martin Casado, ACM Fellows Nick Feamster and Jim Kurose, and ACM member George Roussos discuss the Internet of Things.

The Pentagon's Seek-and-Destroy Mission for Counterfeit Electronics

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 17:00

The Pentagon has known for years that a significant number of the replacement parts it buys for its missile guidance and satellite systems contain substandard counterfeit microchips.

NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:59

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.

Spyware That Can Identify What Films You Are Watching

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:00

New neural network-based detection algorithms can determine what movies people who use streaming services are viewing.

Rice's Lydia Kavraki Wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:00

Rice University professor and ACM Fellow Lydia Kavraki will receive this year's ACM Athena Lecturer Award.

Can Early Experiences With Computers, Robots Increase STEM Interest Among Young Girls?

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:00

Six-year-old girls exposed to a computer-programming activity had more interest in technology and more positive outlooks about their own skills compared to non-participants.

Wireless Power Could Enable Ingestible Electronics

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a method for wirelessly powering ingestible electronic devices.

When Artificial Intelligence Evaluates Chess Champions

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:00

Jean-Marc Alliot at the Computer Science Research Institute of Toulouse in France has developed a system that directly ranks chess players based on the quality of their chess moves.

The Next Era of Drones Will Be Defined by 'Swarms' 

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 20:14

What do you picture when you think of a drone?

Supercomputing: Probing the Future

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:15

A new automated probe system for gauging the performance of computer elements is designed to run 100 times faster than current supercomputers, while consuming far less energy.

How the Update Framework Improves Security of Software Updates

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:15

New York University professor Justin Cappos has been developing The Update Framework (TUF) for eight years to help organizations update their software securely.

New Dependent Routing Technique Helps Eliminate Algorithmic Bias

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:15

Researchers have developed a new method to counter algorithmic bias, with the goal of proving algorithms can guarantee fairness in resource allocation.

New Method Enables More Realistic Hair Simulation

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:15

Disney researchers say they have developed a new method that makes it possible to realistically simulate hair by observing real hair in motion.

CUNY Tutor Program Highlights Math, CS Careers to NYC Students

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:25

A City University of New York program helps public school students learn science and math, and provides them with role models.

Geeks v Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:49

Two graduate students stood silently beside a lectern, listening as their professor presented their work to a conference.

'Iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:42

Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun.

Artificial Intelligence Expert Shares His Vision of the Future of Education

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:00

University of Idaho professor Joseph Qualls says he envisions education being transformed by artificial intelligence.