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Epigenomics Now
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Epigenomics Now

Computer power helps biologists track the regulation of genetic information.

SUTD Professor Designs 3D-Printed 'Trees' for Singapore Pavilion at COP28
From ACM TechNews

SUTD Professor Designs 3D-Printed 'Trees' for Singapore Pavilion at COP28

Two 3D-printed “trees” made of stainless steel and upcycled plastic waste were centerpieces of the Singapore pavilion at the U.N. COP28 climate conference.

Pangolin-Poaching Hot Spots Revealed by DNA Tests
From ACM TechNews

Pangolin-Poaching Hot Spots Revealed by DNA Tests

University of California, Los Angeles researchers developed a method for tracing the smuggling routes of pangolins using DNA tests.

Tech Gives Sound Directionality to Hearing Aids
From ACM TechNews

Tech Gives Sound Directionality to Hearing Aids

Researchers at Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University have developed a hearing aid system with sound directionality.

Hidden Pattern in Children's Eyes Can Reveal Autism
From ACM TechNews

Hidden Pattern in Children's Eyes Can Reveal Autism

Researchers have demonstrated the use of AI to screen for and determine the severity of autism in children and teens based on images of their retinas.

Google Allows More App Payment Options in Antitrust Deal With States
From ACM News

Google Allows More App Payment Options in Antitrust Deal With States

The tech giant will pay $700 million and allow app makers to collect payments directly in a settlement it hopes will help resolve other legal challenges.

Autonomous Subs Wayfind Without GPS
From ACM TechNews

Autonomous Subs Wayfind Without GPS

Researchers used reinforcement learning to improve the ability of uncrewed underwater vehicles to navigate without GPS.

The New York Times Hires First Newsroom Leader Focused on AI
From ACM TechNews

The New York Times Hires First Newsroom Leader Focused on AI

The New York Times said Quartz co-founder Zach Seward has been hired to develop principles for "how we do and do not use generative AI."

Helping Robots Learn Quickly in New Environments
From ACM TechNews

Helping Robots Learn Quickly in New Environments

A new algorithm reduces the amount of data necessary to train robots and enable them to perform tasks.

Bigger, Not Necessarily Better
From ACM News

Bigger, Not Necessarily Better

The inverse scaling issue means larger LLMs sometimes handle things less well.

Vera Molnár, Pioneer of Computer Art, Dies at 99
From ACM TechNews

Vera Molnár, Pioneer of Computer Art, Dies at 99

Vera Molnár, a Hungarian-born artist who has been called the godmother of generative art for her pioneering digital work, died Dec. 7 in Paris at age 99.

Tesla Recalls 2 Million Cars with 'Insufficient' Autopilot Safety Controls
From ACM TechNews

Tesla Recalls 2 Million Cars with 'Insufficient' Autopilot Safety Controls

Tesla is recalling more than 2 million vehicles to fix Autopilot systems that government regulators determined did not have enough controls to prevent misuse.

Scientists Bring Molecules Back from the Dead to Fight Superbugs
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Bring Molecules Back from the Dead to Fight Superbugs

A research team is using computational methods to mine genetic information from extinct human ancestors to identify candidates for new antibiotics.

Robo-Dog Sets 100-Meter Sprint Guinness World Record
From ACM TechNews

Robo-Dog Sets 100-Meter Sprint Guinness World Record

Guinness World records labeled a dog-like robot created by a team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology the fastest quadrupedal robot.

Google DeepMind Used a Large Language Model to Solve an Unsolvable Math Problem
From ACM News

Google DeepMind Used a Large Language Model to Solve an Unsolvable Math Problem

They had to throw away most of what it produced, but there was gold among the garbage.

Multiple Data Leaks at 23andMe
From ACM News

Multiple Data Leaks at 23andMe

Stolen genetic data leads to class action suit against the testing firm.

NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'
From ACM TechNews

NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will use a cloud-based system to extend the life of polar-orbiting satellites slated for decommissioning.

AI Turns Thoughts into Text
From ACM TechNews

AI Turns Thoughts into Text

A portable, non-invasive system can transform an individual's thoughts into text.

Resurrecting Vincent van Gogh
From ACM TechNews

Resurrecting Vincent van Gogh

At the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, a replica of Vincent van Gogh chats with visitors, offering insights into his life and death.

Wearable Data Predicted COVID Infections
From ACM News

Wearable Data Predicted COVID Infections

Is convergence near for consumer and medical wearables?
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