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May 2022


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Using Desserts to Decode Computer Science

Using Desserts to Decode Computer Science

Scientists at Australia's Monash University have developed a computer science learning framework that uses food to teach fundamental computing concepts.


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Comparing AI Reasoning with Human Thinking

Comparing AI Reasoning with Human Thinking

Researchers have developed a method for comparing the reasoning of artificial intelligence software with that of human thinking, to better understand the AI's decision-making.


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High Schooler Invented Low-Cost, Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm

High Schooler Invented Low-Cost, Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm

Virginia high school senior Benjamin Choi designed a thought-controlled robotic arm, then three-dimensionally printed the first model in small pieces, and assembled it with bolts and rubber bands.


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Approach May Help Clear Hurdle to Large-Scale Quantum Computing

Approach May Help Clear Hurdle to Large-Scale Quantum Computing

Researchers have developed an approach for shuffling qubits during computing while maintaining their quantum state, resulting in a programmable, error-correcting quantum computer operating at 24 qubits.


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Smart Office Buildings Are Vulnerable to Hacks

Smart Office Buildings Are Vulnerable to Hacks

Smart office buildings in the U.S. raise concerns about privacy and cybersecurity.


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ACM Recognizes Visionaries Whose Service Benefits All Who Participate In Computing

ACM Recognizes Visionaries Whose Service Benefits All Who Participate In Computing

Honorees authored influential textbooks, advanced professional organizations, made the World Wide Web accessible to millions, and expanded ACM's global reach.


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Global Chip Shortage's Latest Worry: Too Few Chips for Chip-Making

 Global Chip Shortage's Latest Worry: Too Few Chips for Chip-Making

Intel and TSMC are looking to boost chip output amid supercharged demand, but getting the equipment to do so requires increasing patience.


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Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—And It's Giving It Away for Free

Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—And It's Giving It Away for Free

Facebook's parent company is inviting researchers to pore over and pick apart the flaws in its version of GPT-3.


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Which Animal Viruses Could Infect People? Computers Are Racing to Find Out

Which Animal Viruses Could Infect People? Computers Are Racing to Find Out

Machine learning is known for its ability to spot fraudulent credit charges or recognize faces. Now researchers are siccing the technology on viruses.


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Google Faces Internal Battle Over Research on AI to Speed Chip Design

Google Faces Internal Battle Over Research on AI to Speed Chip Design


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Meta Using AI to Create Low-Carbon Concrete for Its Datacenters

Meta Using AI to Create Low-Carbon Concrete for Its Datacenters

Meta researchers used artificial intelligence to develop concrete that it claims generates 40% less carbon emissions than standard concrete mixtures.


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Record-Breaking Jumping Robot Can Leap 10-Story Building

Record-Breaking Jumping Robot Can Leap 10-Story Building

Rresearchers have developed a jumping robot that can reach heights of more than 30 meters, or about the height of a 10-story building, after being launched at about 100 kph (60mph).


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Deep Learning Techniques Lead to Materials Imaging Breakthrough

Deep Learning Techniques Lead to Materials Imaging Breakthrough

Researchers have created two new deep learning methods.


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Collegiate CS Ethics Programs Emerging En Masse

Collegiate CS Ethics Programs Emerging En Masse

Universities have created new engineering ethics programs, added concentrated subject-matter ethics programs, and made ethics course material available through open access and free licensing arrangements.


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Another Firing Among Google's A.I. Brain Trust, and More Discord

Another Firing Among Google's A.I. Brain Trust, and More Discord

The researchers are considered a key to the company's future. But they have had a hard time shaking infighting and controversy over a variety of issues.


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How Technocrats Triumphed at Apple

How Technocrats Triumphed at Apple

The man who helped give the world candy-colored computers eventually walked out the door. What does that mean for the company's next big thing?


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Reforming Coral Reefs Using 3D Printing

Reforming Coral Reefs Using 3D Printing

Researchers have developed a three-dimensional printing technique to help preserve coral reefs.


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Ordinary Copper Telephone Wire Could Carry Gigabit Broadband Speeds

Ordinary Copper Telephone Wire Could Carry Gigabit Broadband Speeds

Researhers claim copper telephone wire already deployed across Britain can carry data at rates three times higher than fiber-optic cable at much less cost, over short distances.


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Fort Worth Is First U.S. City to Mine Bitcoin

Fort Worth Is First U.S. City to Mine Bitcoin

Fort Worth, TX, has become the first U.S. city to mine bitcoin, through a mining farm based at City Hall.


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Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?

Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?

Virtual reality has emerged as a tool to treat chronic pain and is gaining popularity.


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Ukraine's Digital Battle With Russia Isn't Going as Expected

Ukraine's Digital Battle With Russia Isn't Going as Expected

Even the head of the country's online offensive is surprised by the successes—although they're not without controversy.


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Neural Networks Learn to Speed Up Simulations

Neural Networks Learn to Speed Up Simulations

Physics-informed machine learning is gaining attention, but suffers from training issues.


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Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health

Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health

How AI can be used to improve diagnosis of mental health conditions.


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Raising Robovoices

Raising Robovoices

New systems can model and synthesize voices, and even translate them into other languages.

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