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3D Computer Modeling Generates a Facial Approximation of Tutankhamun
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3D Computer Modeling Generates a Facial Approximation of Tutankhamun

An international team of researchers has reconstructed the skull and soft tissue of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun using three-dimensional computer modeling methods...

Algorithm Uses Phone Camera to Detect Blood Oxygen Levels
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Algorithm Uses Phone Camera to Detect Blood Oxygen Levels

Purdue University researchers have developed an algorithm to improve the speed and accuracy of medical diagnoses using smartphone sensors.

'Incompetent' Driverless Cars Wreak Havoc on San Francisco
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'Incompetent' Driverless Cars Wreak Havoc on San Francisco

In San Francisco, autonomous vehicles from Cruise and Waymo undergoing "rigorous" training on local roadways are raising safety concerns among residents.

Drone Taxis Take First Test Spin in Israel
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Drone Taxis Take First Test Spin in Israel

Israel has begun test flights of autonomous aircraft for heavy cargo, and eventually passenger transport, as part of a two-year, government-led project to manage...

An Algorithm for Sharper Protein Films
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An Algorithm for Sharper Protein Films

Researchers have created an algorithm to more precisely analyze ultra-fast protein motion collected by an X-ray free-electron laser facility.

Pen-Based Computing: Still Looking For The Write App
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Pen-Based Computing: Still Looking For The Write App

The sector, once popular, is searching for applications and users. 

Black Men Were Likely Underdiagnosed with Lung Problems Due to Bias in Software
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Black Men Were Likely Underdiagnosed with Lung Problems Due to Bias in Software

A study published last week suggests built-in software bias may be responsible for the underdiagnosis of lung problems among Black men.

AI Is Writing Code Now. For Companies, That Is Good and Bad
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AI Is Writing Code Now. For Companies, That Is Good and Bad

Chief information officers could see their job getting more complex even as generative AI makes software development easier.

Google's Photo App Still Can't Find Gorillas. And Neither Can Apple's
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Google's Photo App Still Can't Find Gorillas. And Neither Can Apple's

Eight years after a controversy over Black people being mislabeled as gorillas by image analysis software, tech giants still fear repeating the mistake.

Making Connections
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Making Connections

Bob Metcalfe, recipient of the 2022 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his role in the development of Ethernet, briefly considered a career in tennis.

Standards to Secure the Sensors That Power IoT
From Communications of the ACM

Standards to Secure the Sensors That Power IoT

Existing security standards do not always offer sufficient protection to secure the Internet of Things.

'Digital Twin' of the Titanic Shows Shipwreck in Stunning Detail
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'Digital Twin' of the Titanic Shows Shipwreck in Stunning Detail

Digital imaging by deepwater seabed mapping company Magellan for U.K. TV production company Atlantic Productions has yielded a "digital twin" of the RMS Titanic...

A Pioneer in Participatory Design Turns 80
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A Pioneer in Participatory Design Turns 80

Christiane Floyd continues to consider the philosophical and ethical concerns of computer science.

Coding Instructors Are Adding AI to Their Lessons – Before AI Replaces Them
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Coding Instructors Are Adding AI to Their Lessons – Before AI Replaces Them

Coding schools like General Assembly are preparing engineers and data analysts to use ChatGPT.

Rust Never Sleeps
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Rust Never Sleeps

How Rust went from a side project to the world's most-loved programming language.

Self-Driving Cars Must Learn the Language of Cyclists to Keep Roads Safe
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Self-Driving Cars Must Learn the Language of Cyclists to Keep Roads Safe

A study of communications between drivers and cyclists suggests new autonomous vehicle systems must be able to replicate those social interactions to ensure safety...

Your Robotic Avatar Is Almost Ready
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Your Robotic Avatar Is Almost Ready

What the Avatar XPrize revealed about the future of telepresence robots.

How AI Is Building the Next Blockbuster Videogames
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How AI Is Building the Next Blockbuster Videogames

Videogame companies are using generative artificial intelligence tools to create next-generation games faster, at less cost, and with more advanced interactivity...

Google's New Tool Turns Bard into a Code Wizard
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Google's New Tool Turns Bard into a Code Wizard

Bard can now explain code snippets and generate code. It is capable of explaining why a block has the result that it does.

Locking Down Secure Open Source Software
From Communications of the ACM

Locking Down Secure Open Source Software

Can even secure open source software ever be considered truly safe?
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