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Baby X, The Intelligent Toddler Simulation, Is Getting Smarter Every Day
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Baby X, The Intelligent Toddler Simulation, Is Getting Smarter Every Day

Holding a children's picture book up to his computer screen, a researcher for the Auckland Bioengineering Institute Laboratory for Animate Technologies in New Zealand...

Experiment Tests Whether Universe Is a Hologram
From ACM News

Experiment Tests Whether Universe Is a Hologram

The search for the fundamental units of space and time has officially begun.

Bombarded By Information, Scientists Review New Ways to Analyze Big Data
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Bombarded By Information, Scientists Review New Ways to Analyze Big Data

The big data era is being propelled by massive amounts of unstructured data, continuously produced and stored at a decreasing cost. That has resulted in scientific...

Let the Hacking Begin: NYU Launches Largest Cyber Security Student Contests
From ACM TechNews

Let the Hacking Begin: NYU Launches Largest Cyber Security Student Contests

Registration has begun for New York University's Polytechnic School of Engineering Cyber Security Awareness Week, which the school says is the largest set of student...

Looking to the Future of Data Science
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Looking to the Future of Data Science

Dueling keynote speeches opening the first two days of ACM's Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining conference in New York this week demonstrated different visions...

Spherical Display Lets You See 3-D Animations from Any Angle
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Spherical Display Lets You See 3-D Animations from Any Angle

Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo and the University of British Columbia have developed Spheree, a spherical display that enables users to see and interact...

Chameleon: Cloud Computing for Computer Science
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Chameleon: Cloud Computing for Computer Science

The U.S. National Science Foundation recently announced a new $10 million project to create a cloud computing testbed called Chameleon, an experimental platform...

NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy
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NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction.

How Social Media Silences Debate
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How Social Media Silences Debate

The Internet might be a useful tool for activists and organizers, in episodes as momentous as the Arab Spring or as trivial as the Ice Bucket Challenge. But overall...

Entangled Photons Make a Picture from a Paradox
From ACM News

Entangled Photons Make a Picture from a Paradox

Physicists have devised a way to take pictures using light that has not interacted with the object being photographed.

Why Big Data Has Some Big Problems When It Comes to Public Policy
From ACM Opinion

Why Big Data Has Some Big Problems When It Comes to Public Policy

For all the talk about using big data and data science to solve the world’s problems—and even all the talk about big data as one of the world’s problems—it seems...

Scientists Craft Atomically Seamless, Thinnest-Possible Semiconductor Junctions
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Craft Atomically Seamless, Thinnest-Possible Semiconductor Junctions

University of Washington researchers believe they have developed the thinnest-possible semiconductor.

Android Flaw Might Also Affect iOS, Windows
From ACM TechNews

Android Flaw Might Also Affect iOS, Windows

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the Android mobile operating system that could permit attacks on apps running on the same device. 

VALERI: Robots Lending a Helping Hand to Build Planes
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VALERI: Robots Lending a Helping Hand to Build Planes

Researchers on the Validation of Advanced, Collaborative Robotics for Industrial Applications project are trying to incorporate robots into the building of airplanes...

USM Will Teach Students How to Hack, and How to Stop It
From ACM TechNews

USM Will Teach Students How to Hack, and How to Stop It

The University of Southern Maine has launched a cybersecurity curriculum that will examine issues relevant to the collection, sharing, and theft of sensitive data...

Smartphones Set Out to Decipher a Cryptographic System
From ACM TechNews

Smartphones Set Out to Decipher a Cryptographic System

Researchers have developed an Android app to crack a cryptographic system by enabling thousands of smartphones to work together on the task. 

Looking to the Future of Data Science
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Looking to the Future of Data Science

The Association for Computing Machinery, a leading professional association in computer science, is holding its annual conference this week, focusing on what we’re...

Sleeping with the Enemy
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Sleeping with the Enemy

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig, is a large, mostly glass building shaped a bit like a banana.

In Praise of Efficient Price Gouging
From ACM Opinion

In Praise of Efficient Price Gouging

In the four years since the car service Uber launched, it has been beset by criticism from myriad groups, including city officials annoyed by its sometimes cavalier...
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