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Beyond Gaming, the VR Boom Is Everywhere—from Classrooms to Therapy Couches
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Beyond Gaming, the VR Boom Is Everywhere—from Classrooms to Therapy Couches

When Oculus almost single-handedly revived the idea of virtual reality from its '90s vaporware grave, it chose the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo as the place...

Directing Planes, by Remote Control
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Directing Planes, by Remote Control

On a clear day, Per Granquist cannot see forever. But from his perch inside the airport control tower here, he does have an unobstructed view of the future.

TU/e-Researchers Demonstrate Record Data Transmission Over a Specially Fabricated Fiber
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TU/e-Researchers Demonstrate Record Data Transmission Over a Specially Fabricated Fiber

A new class of fiber will increase transmission capacity, mitigating an impending "capacity crunch" in communication networks from increasing bandwidth demand. 

Breakthrough in Molecular Electronics Paves the Way for DNA-Based Computer Circuits in the Future
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Breakthrough in Molecular Electronics Paves the Way for DNA-Based Computer Circuits in the Future

Researchers say they have achieved reproducible and quantitative measurements of electricity flow through long molecules made of four DNA strands. 

Study: Some Online Shoppers Pay More Than Others
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Study: Some Online Shoppers Pay More Than Others

The personalization of online content can be both beneficial and detrimental to users, according to a study by Northeastern University researchers. 

DHS Sketches the Tech Future
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DHS Sketches the Tech Future

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security undersecretary for science and technology has unveiled the long-term agenda of the agency's research and development arm...

Computers Are Learning to See the World Like We Do
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Computers Are Learning to See the World Like We Do

What animal is in the picture above?

Google's Secretive DeepMind Start-up Unveils A 'Neural Turing Machine'
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Google's Secretive DeepMind Start-up Unveils A 'Neural Turing Machine'

One of the great challenges of neuroscience is to understand the short-term working memory in the human brain.

We Could've Stopped Ebola If We Listened to the Data
From ACM TechNews

We Could've Stopped Ebola If We Listened to the Data

Computational epidemiologists were some of the first to sound alarm bells about the potential for a dangerous Ebola outbreak in West Africa earlier this year.

Prepare for the Part-Time Self-Driving Car
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Prepare for the Part-Time Self-Driving Car

Self-driving AI cars have been a staple in popular culture for some time—any child of the 1980s will fondly remember both the Autobots and Knight Rider's KITT—but...

The Rise of Human-Like Robots, Cars and Drones
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The Rise of Human-Like Robots, Cars and Drones

Ginger is only a couple of feet tall, but she soon commands attention as she takes to the stage. "I would like to say it's a pleasure to be here," she tells the...

Could a Robot Do Your job?
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Could a Robot Do Your job?

Advances in technology could mean people in low-skill jobs will be replaced by robots. 

Met Office to Build Supercomputer
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Met Office to Build Supercomputer

The British government will spend 97 million British pounds on a new supercomputer to improve the Met Office's weather forecasting and climate modeling. 

Demystifying the MOOC
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Demystifying the MOOC

When massive open online courses first grabbed the spotlight in 2011, many saw in them promise of a revolutionary force that would disrupt traditional higher education...

HELLO? Sweat and a Smartphone Could Become the Hot New Health Screening
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HELLO? Sweat and a Smartphone Could Become the Hot New Health Screening

University of Cincinnati researchers are developing wearable devices that analyze sweat using a smartphone to gather medical information in near-real time. 

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

University of California, Berkeley professor Michael I. Jordan says rhetoric about machine learning and other computer science fields goes too far. 

Maria Klawe: Esteemed Computer Scientist. Proud Mathematician. Watercolor Painter.
From ACM TechNews

Maria Klawe: Esteemed Computer Scientist. Proud Mathematician. Watercolor Painter.

One of the chief goals of Maria Klawe as president of Harvey Mudd College has been to encourage women to enter computer science.

Met Office to Build £97m Supercomputer
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Met Office to Build £97m Supercomputer

The facility will work 13 times faster than the current system, enabling detailed, UK-wide forecast models with a resolution of 1.5km to be run every single hour...

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism
From ACM News

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism

Many of the people who read this article will do so because Greg Marra, 26, a Facebook engineer, calculated that it was the kind of thing they might enjoy.
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