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Car Talk
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Car Talk

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is coming. Are we ready for it?

Automating Organic Synthesis
From Communications of the ACM

Automating Organic Synthesis

A machine that could create organic molecules on demand awaits appropriate software and analytical components.

What 'The Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph
From ACM TechNews

What 'The Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph

"The Imitation Game" does a poor job of accurately portraying pioneer Alan Turing's contributions to computer science. 

Intel Forges Ahead to 10nm, Will Move Away from Silicon at 7nm
From ACM News

Intel Forges Ahead to 10nm, Will Move Away from Silicon at 7nm

This week at the 2015 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), Intel will provide an update on its new 10nm manufacturing process and new research...

Internet of DNA
From ACM News

Internet of DNA

Noah is a six-year-old suffering from a disorder without a name.

Meet Kevin Ashton, Father of the Internet of Things
From ACM Careers

Meet Kevin Ashton, Father of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things started in the mid-1990s, when a quirky young brand manager in the U.K. puzzled over why a shade of brown lipstick kept disappearing from...

Beyond Silicon: New Semiconductor Moves 'Spintronics' Toward Reality
From ACM TechNews

Beyond Silicon: New Semiconductor Moves 'Spintronics' Toward Reality

A new semiconductor compound may be the first to incorporate spintronic properties into a material that is stable at room temperature.

Poor Decision-Making Can Lead to Cybersecurity Breaches
From ACM TechNews

Poor Decision-Making Can Lead to Cybersecurity Breaches

Michigan State University professor Rick Walsh is studying the reasoning process behind the decisions people make that lead to computer security breaches. 

Radio Chip for the "Internet of Things"
From ACM TechNews

Radio Chip for the "Internet of Things"

A new wireless transmitter design reduces off-state leakage 100-fold while providing adequate power for Bluetooth or 802.15.4 transmissions.

Spies Can Track You Just by Watching Your Phone's Power Use
From ACM TechNews

Spies Can Track You Just by Watching Your Phone's Power Use

A new paper from a team of researchers found it is possible to determine an Android phone's location and movement by monitoring and analyzing its power consumption...

Secrets Become History: Edward Snowden in Citizenfour Wins Documentary Oscar
From ACM Opinion

Secrets Become History: Edward Snowden in Citizenfour Wins Documentary Oscar

Citizenfour is filmmaker Laura Poitras' account of the first meetings between herself, Glenn Greenwald, and Edward Snowden.

What 'The Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph
From ACM Opinion

What 'The Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph

Freeman Dyson, 91, the famed physicist, author and oracle of human destiny, is holding forth after tea-time one February afternoon in the common room of the Institute...

Beijing Subway Swipe Data Betrays Social Class
From ACM News

Beijing Subway Swipe Data Betrays Social Class

Beijing is an enormous city, sprawling over an area 10 times larger than Greater London.

Spies Can Track You Just by Watching Your Phone's Power Use
From ACM News

Spies Can Track You Just by Watching Your Phone's Power Use

Smartphone users might balk at letting a random app like Candy Crush or Shazam track their every move via GPS. But researchers have found that Android phones reveal...

Researchers Generate a Reference Map of the Human Epigenome
From ACM News

Researchers Generate a Reference Map of the Human Epigenome

The sequencing of the human genome laid the foundation for the study of genetic variation and its links to a wide range of diseases. But the genome itself is only...

Is Your Toaster a Silent Recruit in a 'Thingbot' Army?
From ACM News

Is Your Toaster a Silent Recruit in a 'Thingbot' Army?

All kinds of gadgets, from toasters to sprinklers, fridges to domestic heating systems, are now boasting sensors, actuators and low-powered embedded chips.

A Coast-to-Coast Picture of America's Cacophony of Sounds
From ACM TechNews

A Coast-to-Coast Picture of America's Cacophony of Sounds

The U.S. National Park Service used algorithms to predict the loudness of a typical summer day from coast to coast. 

How a Wedding Engagement Changes Twitter Feeds
From ACM TechNews

How a Wedding Engagement Changes Twitter Feeds

A Georgia Institute of Technology researcher has studied engagement on social media, focusing on the phases people experience as they transition from singles to...

Patterns in Large Data Show How Information Travels
From ACM TechNews

Patterns in Large Data Show How Information Travels

Umea University researchers have found an analysis of how people edit content on Wikipedia can reveal what matters to them and with whom they have most in common...
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