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Explore Angkor Wat with Google Street View
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Explore Angkor Wat with Google Street View

Angkor, what remains of the capital of the Khmer Empire, is an incredibly beautiful place, but it's also very remote: tucked in the Cambodian jungle, at the intersection...

How Your Location Data Is Being Used to Predict the Events You Will Want to Attend
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How Your Location Data Is Being Used to Predict the Events You Will Want to Attend

Researchers are tapping data from location-based social media network Foursquare to learn what makes people more likely to attend one event rather than another.

Harnessing the Power of Hashtags to Tackle Climate Change
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Harnessing the Power of Hashtags to Tackle Climate Change

The #Climate mobile app is designed to help build momentum for climate change policies by connecting influential persons to nonprofits via a social network model...

A Fundamental Theory to Model the Mind
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A Fundamental Theory to Model the Mind

In 1999, the Danish physicist Per Bak proclaimed to a group of neuroscientists that it had taken him only 10 minutes to determine where the field had gone wrong...

UW Gesture Technology Increases Efficiency of Hands-Free Use
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UW Gesture Technology Increases Efficiency of Hands-Free Use

AllSee is a new gesture-recognition system that brings the technology to mobile devices for the first time. 

Wanna Build a Rocket? NASA's About to Give Away a Mountain of Its Code
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Wanna Build a Rocket? NASA's About to Give Away a Mountain of Its Code

NASA plans to publish a list of more than 1,000 software projects it has developed, with instructions on how users can acquire the associated software code for...

Google Glass Hackathon Spawns Bizarre No-Touch Apps
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Google Glass Hackathon Spawns Bizarre No-Touch Apps

At a recent Google Glass hackathon, which developers used a new language called Wearscript to create a wide range of new applications for the wearable technology...

If You Like Immersion, You'll Love This Reality
From ACM Opinion

If You Like Immersion, You'll Love This Reality

The news that Facebook paid $2 billion for a virtual reality start-up, Oculus VR, might strike you as a bit zany.

Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer
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Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer

The Atlas humanoid robot, unveiled last year by Boston Dynamics, a company later acquired by Google, is a marvel.

CERF: Classified NSA Work Mucked Up Security For Early TCP/IP
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CERF: Classified NSA Work Mucked Up Security For Early TCP/IP

Internet pioneer Vint Cerf says that he had access to cutting edge cryptographic technology in the mid 1970s that could have made TCP/IP more secure – too bad the...

Orienteering for Robots
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Orienteering for Robots

Suppose you're trying to navigate an unfamiliar section of a big city, and you’re using a particular cluster of skyscrapers as a reference point.

The Story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri Killer
From ACM Opinion

The Story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri Killer

Technically, Cortana isn't supposed to exist for at least another 500 years, but that's not stopping Microsoft from bringing her to life this week.

NASA Space Assets Detect Ocean inside Saturn Moon
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NASA Space Assets Detect Ocean inside Saturn Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific...

Princeton CompSci Prof Wins Prestigious Award
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Princeton CompSci Prof Wins Prestigious Award

An expert in machine learning and Bayesian statistics at Princeton University is the recipient of the 2013 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computer Sciences. 

In the Long Run: Keeping Track of Athletes with Wearable Tech
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In the Long Run: Keeping Track of Athletes with Wearable Tech

Researchers have developed a wireless position location system that works anywhere conventional global-positioning systems satellites cannot reach.

Knowledge Transfer: Computers Teach Each Other Pac-Man
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Knowledge Transfer: Computers Teach Each Other Pac-Man

A computer now can give advice and teach skills to another computer similar to the way a real teacher interacts with a student.

The Build-Up: Good and Ready
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The Build-Up: Good and Ready

Robotics appears to be preparing for a major acceleration after a slow start.

Early STEM Education Will Lead to More Women in IT
From ACM TechNews

Early STEM Education Will Lead to More Women in IT

Girls Who Code says schools must develop mandatory computer science programs for K-12 if the technology industry wants more women in its workforce.

With California's Red Light Cameras, Are Pictures Admissible Evidence?
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With California's Red Light Cameras, Are Pictures Admissible Evidence?

Carmen Goldsmith was driving her BMW through Inglewood, a Los Angeles suburb, when she ran a red light.

Physicists Are Building an NSA-proof Internet
From ACM News

Physicists Are Building an NSA-proof Internet

It's long been the Holy Grail of communications: technology that not only maximizes privacy, but also reveals when a message had been intercepted or copied.
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