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January 2022


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The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots

The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots

Artificial intelligence is being taught to fly warplanes. Can the technology be trusted?


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Quantum Tech: Semiconductor 'Flipped' to Insulator Above Room Temp

Quantum Tech: Semiconductor 'Flipped' to Insulator Above Room Temp

The discovery could pave the way to high-speed, low-energy quantum computing.


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ACM Names 71 Fellows for Computing Advances That Drive Innovation

ACM Names 71 Fellows for Computing Advances That Drive Innovation

ACM has named 71 of its members 2021 ACM Fellows for advances underpinning innovations that influence a wide range of technologies that people use daily.


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Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout

Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout

Amazon will open a 30,000-sq.-ft. clothing store in Los Angeles later this year.


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3D Robotic Spine 'Twin' Offers Way to Preview Surgical Procedures

3D Robotic Spine 'Twin' Offers Way to Preview Surgical Procedures

Researchers designed a robotic "twin" of a human spine so surgeons can predict how interventions play out before surgery.


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More Than Half of Medical Devices Have Critical Vulnerabilities

More Than Half of Medical Devices Have Critical Vulnerabilities

The 2022 State of Healthcare IoT Device Security Report estimates 53% of medical devices in hospitals connected to the Internet of Things have critical flaws.


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Computer Scientists Eliminate Pesky Quantum Computations

Computer Scientists Eliminate Pesky Quantum Computations

For years, intermediate measurements made it hard to quantify the complexity of quantum algorithms. New work establishes that those measurements aren't necessary after all.


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Cheap Malware Behind Rise in Attacks on Cryptocurrency Wallets

Cheap Malware Behind Rise in Attacks on Cryptocurrency Wallets

There's been growth in cheap, easy-to-use malware available to hackers who want to steal cryptocurrency from users.


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ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2021

ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2021

The coronavirus pandemic was prominent among the top 10 most clicked-on articles presented by ACM TechNews during 2021.


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A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles

A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles

Quarantines and school closures have shifted some students back to remote learning, highlighting the digital divide.


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The First AI Breast Cancer Sleuth That Shows Its Work

The First AI Breast Cancer Sleuth That Shows Its Work

An artificial intelligence platform developed by researchers at Duke University analyzes mammography scans to determine whether patients should undergo an invasive biopsy.


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UTSA Researchers Help Protect EV Charging Stations from Cyberattacks

UTSA Researchers Help Protect EV Charging Stations from Cyberattacks

Researchers have found that electrical vehicle charging stations and their Internet-based management systems are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks.


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Deep Learning Model Shows Eyes Hold the Key to True Biological Age

Deep Learning Model Shows Eyes Hold the Key to True Biological Age

An international study suggests the eye's retina could determine a person's true biological age.


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Tonga Faces Weeks of Digital Darkness

Tonga Faces Weeks of Digital Darkness

After a huge volcanic eruption severed the island country's lone connection to the global Internet, a difficult repair job, delving deep into the ocean, lies ahead.


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New Silicon Carbide Qubits Bring Us One Step Closer to Quantum Networks

New Silicon Carbide Qubits Bring Us One Step Closer to Quantum Networks

Chromium defects in silicon carbide may provide a new platform for quantum information.


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Moon's Hidden Depths Uncovered with Algorithm

Moon's Hidden Depths Uncovered with Algorithm

An international team of scientists developed a deep learning algorithm to more deeply explore permanently shadowed regions of the Moon.


From ACM TechNews

AI Turned a Rembrandt Masterpiece into 5.6 Terabytes of Data

AI Turned a Rembrandt Masterpiece into 5.6 Terabytes of Data

An ultra-high-resolution image of Rembrandt's "The Night Watch" was constructed from 8,439 photos that were digitized, color-corrected, and stitched together by algorithms.


From ACM TechNews

Security Flaws Seen in China's Mandatory Olympics App for Athletes

Security Flaws Seen in China's Mandatory Olympics App for Athletes

Canadian cybersecurity watchdog Citizen Lab has detailed encryption flaws in the mandatory smartphone application China created for Winter Olympics athletes.


From ACM TechNews

UC Engineers Develop Navigation to Avoid Collisions

UC Engineers Develop Navigation to Avoid Collisions

A new collision-avoidance system brings engineers a step closer to designing robots to repair satellites or spacecraft in orbit.


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Tales From Crypto: A Billionaire Meme Feud Threatens Industry Unity

Tales From Crypto: A Billionaire Meme Feud Threatens Industry Unity

A dispute over "web3" in the cryptocurrency industry was publicly exposed in a Twitter spat between Jack Dorsey and Marc Andreessen. Here's what it's all about.


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AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Service Near Some Airports

AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Service Near Some Airports

AT&T and Verizon said they would not activate the new 5G service within two miles of some runways, in line with a request from airline officials.


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Microsoft Warns of Destructive Cyberattack on Ukrainian Computer Networks

Microsoft Warns of Destructive Cyberattack on Ukrainian Computer Networks

The malware was revealed as Russian troops remained massed at the Ukrainian border, and after Ukrainian government agencies had their websites defaced.


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Former Google Scientist Says the Computers that Run our Lives Exploit Us

Former Google Scientist Says the Computers that Run our Lives Exploit Us

Meet Hume AI, a potentially more humane way to let the machines in.


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Cloud-Based Platform Opens Genomics Data to All

Cloud-Based Platform Opens Genomics Data to All

A cloud-based platform developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University offers access to one of the biggest genomics databases in the world.


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Develop Method Embedding Atoms One-by-One to Build Quantum Chip

Researchers Develop Method Embedding Atoms One-by-One to Build Quantum Chip

A new silicon construction technique developed by German and Australian researchers could potentially make building quantum computers more affordable and reliable.


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Scammers Put Fake QR Codes on Parking Meters to Intercept Payments

Scammers Put Fake QR Codes on Parking Meters to Intercept Payments

Parking enforcement officers recently found fake quick response code stickers on pay stations in three Texas cities, used to trick people into paying scammers.


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EU Integrating Quantum Accelerators into HPC Datacenters

EU Integrating Quantum Accelerators into HPC Datacenters

The European Union is working hard to keep pace with quantum computing efforts worldwide.


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'Fitbit for the Face' Can Turn Any Face Mask into Smart Monitoring Device

'Fitbit for the Face' Can Turn Any Face Mask into Smart Monitoring Device

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a sensor that they say can transform any face mask into a smart monitoring device.


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Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages

Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages

Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed a corkscrew-shaped microrobot that can swim through blood vessels and help drugs unblock clots.


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How Game Theory Changed Poker

How Game Theory Changed Poker

Researchers at the University of Alberta's Computer Poker Research Group pioneered game theory mathematics that transformed how professional poker players approach the game.

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