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'Glass Brain' Offers Tours of the Space between Your Ears
From ACM Opinion

'Glass Brain' Offers Tours of the Space between Your Ears

Former Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart takes pride in his brain.

The Google Formula for Success
From ACM Careers

The Google Formula for Success

Can Google’s winning ways be applied to all kinds of businesses?

Underwater Robot for Port Security
From ACM TechNews

Underwater Robot for Port Security

A new submersible robot has a flattened panel on one side so it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans. 

Graphene Reduces Complexity and Cost of Touchscreens
From ACM TechNews

Graphene Reduces Complexity and Cost of Touchscreens

Researchers say graphene-treated nanowires can be used to produce flexible touchscreens at a fraction of the current cost.

Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea
From ACM TechNews

Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea

Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas researchers have nearly doubled the swimming speed of their robotic octopus.

Supercomputer Ushers in New Era of Australian Research
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputer Ushers in New Era of Australian Research

The Pawsey Supercomputing Center recently installed the final stage upgrade for Magnus, the most advanced scientific supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Companies Rush to Fix Shellshock Software Bug as Hackers Launch Thousands of Attacks
From ACM TechNews

Companies Rush to Fix Shellshock Software Bug as Hackers Launch Thousands of Attacks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week warned about the newly discovered Shellshock bug affecting a widely used Bash Unix shell. 

Hong Kong Protesters Use a Mesh Network to Organise
From ACM News

Hong Kong Protesters Use a Mesh Network to Organise

Hong Kong's mass protest is networked. Activists are relying on a free app that can send messages without any cellphone connection.

Radio Waves Offer Cheap Gesture Detection on Smartphones
From ACM News

Radio Waves Offer Cheap Gesture Detection on Smartphones

A research project at the University of Washington shows a way to add gesture control to phones without requiring sophisticated new sensors.

New Technology May Lead to Prolonged Power in Mobile Devices
From ACM TechNews

New Technology May Lead to Prolonged Power in Mobile Devices

New technology accesses the power of a single electron to control energy consumption inside transistors, which could lead to wearable computers with built-in power...

New Discovery Could Pave the Way for Spin-based Computing
From ACM TechNews

New Discovery Could Pave the Way for Spin-based Computing

Researchers have found a way to fuse electricity and magnetism in a single material, which they say could lead to ultrahigh density storage and computing architectures...

Dartmouth's New ZEBRA Bracelet Strengthens Computer Security
From ACM TechNews

Dartmouth's New ZEBRA Bracelet Strengthens Computer Security

Dartmouth College researchers have developed wearable computer security technology that authenticates users while they are using a device. 

Code the Ode: Center for Digital Humanities Marries Technology and Humanistic Studies
From ACM TechNews

Code the Ode: Center for Digital Humanities Marries Technology and Humanistic Studies

Princeton University's new Center for Digital Humanities will support interdisciplinary initiatives across the humanities, computer sciences, and library sciences...

Putting the Squeeze on Quantum Information
From ACM TechNews

Putting the Squeeze on Quantum Information

Researchers have demonstrated that information stored in quantum bits can be exponentially compressed without losing data. 

Computer Scientist Gérard Berry is Awarded the 2014 CNRS Gold Medal
From ACM News

Computer Scientist Gérard Berry is Awarded the 2014 CNRS Gold Medal

This year's CNRS Gold Medal has been awarded to Gérard Berry, holder of the first chair in computer science at the Collège de France since 2012.

A Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs
From ACM Opinion

A Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs

Believe it or not, I do have friends who would describe themselves as not liking math, and every so often one of them will share this meme on Facebook: And then...

Shellshock: 'Deadly serious' new vulnerability found
From ACM News

Shellshock: 'Deadly serious' new vulnerability found

A "deadly serious" bug potentially affecting hundreds of millions of computers, servers and devices has been discovered.

Drone Exemptions for Hollywood Pave the Way for Widespread Use
From ACM News

Drone Exemptions for Hollywood Pave the Way for Widespread Use

The commercial use of drones in American skies took a leap forward on Thursday with the help of Hollywood. The Federal Aviation Administration said six companies...

Build Something
From ACM TechNews

Build Something

Research has found that giving students a sense of the usefulness of their studies to the greater world can help improve learning. For the computer sciences one...
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