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January 2015


From ACM Opinion

A Graphene Discoverer Speculates on the Future of Computing

A Graphene Discoverer Speculates on the Future of Computing

In 2010 two physicists at Manchester University in the U.K. shared a Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on a new wonder material: graphene, a flat sheet of carbon just one atom thick.


From ACM News

Hilltop Panorama Marks Mars Rover's 11th Anniversary

Hilltop Panorama Marks Mars Rover's 11th Anniversary

A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached in its 11 years on Mars includes the U.S. flag at the summit.


From ACM News

Rosetta Finds Out Much About a Comet, Even With a Wayward Lander

Rosetta Finds Out Much About a Comet, Even With a Wayward Lander

Photographs and data from the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft have provided an unprecedented close-up examination of a comet, but there is one thing that has not shown up yet: the small lander that bounded to the surface


From ACM TechNews

Malware Could Steal Data From iPhones Using Siri

Malware Could Steal Data From iPhones Using Siri

A security vulnerability in the iPhone 5 series of smartphone could be exploited by malicious software and compromise a user's personal information via Siri.


From ACM TechNews

This Robot Has the Mind of a Worm

This Robot Has the Mind of a Worm

A research project dubbed Open Worm seeks to develop artificial intelligence technology by focusing on worm intelligence. 


From ACM TechNews

Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles Users for Risk of Cyberattacks

Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles Users for Risk of Cyberattacks

Fujitsu researchers are integrating psychology into profiling software to make computer security more personalized. 


From ACM TechNews

Optimizing Optimization Algorithms

Optimizing Optimization Algorithms

Researchers have presented a way to generate a sequence of simplified functions that ensure the best approximation optimization algorithms can offer. 


From ACM TechNews

Atlas Unplugged: DARPA Challenge Robot Gets Major Makeover

Atlas Unplugged: DARPA Challenge Robot Gets Major Makeover

Boston Robotics has rebuilt its robot to be used in the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotics Challenge finals in June.


From ACM Careers

Google Lunar XPrize: Testing Rovers on the Beach with Team Hakuto

Google Lunar XPrize: Testing Rovers on the Beach with Team Hakuto

Before you blast off to the moon in search of $30 million offered as part of the Google Lunar XPrize—or the juicy $20 million grand prize for being the first to get to the moon—you must make sure all your systems are ready for


From ACM News

NASA, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'Work on Mars'

NASA, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'Work on Mars'

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens.


From ACM Opinion

How the Home Telephone Sparked the User-Centered Design Revolution

How the Home Telephone Sparked the User-Centered Design Revolution

Have you ever thought about why doorknobs are positioned at around two-fifths of the door's height, instead of right in the middle? Or why a washing machine is of its particular shape and size?


From ACM News

Looking and Learning: Image Identification and Enhanced Search

Looking and Learning: Image Identification and Enhanced Search

Advances in computer image recognition aspire to provide "a reasonable description in plain English."


From ACM News

Even Elusive Animals Leave DNA, and Clues, Behind

Even Elusive Animals Leave DNA, and Clues, Behind

You wouldn't think hellbenders would be hard to find: The gargantuan salamanders, the biggest amphibians in North America, can grow up to 30 inches long.


From ACM TechNews

Feds Creating Facial Recognition App to Track College Classroom Attendance

Feds Creating Facial Recognition App to Track College Classroom Attendance

A new facial recognition app will make checking attendance faster and easier for college professors. 


From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Cracks Personalization Without Prying

Microsoft Cracks Personalization Without Prying

A new algorithm developed by Microsoft researchers can eliminate user tracking in Web searches without the overheads of existing technology. 


From ACM TechNews

Taking Steps to Power Wearable Tech

Taking Steps to Power Wearable Tech

Next-generation wearable electronics could be powered by a device in footwear.


From ACM TechNews

Lincoln Laboratory Hosts First 'Make Your Own Wearables' Workshop for High-School Girls

Lincoln Laboratory Hosts First 'Make Your Own Wearables' Workshop for High-School Girls

Mechanical engineer Kristen Railey, founder of Girls Who Build, recently hosted a pilot workshop for high school girls at a federally funded research and development center. 


From ACM News

Telescope to Seek Dust Where Other Earths May Lie

Telescope to Seek Dust Where Other Earths May Lie

The NASA-funded Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer, or LBTI, has completed its first study of dust in the "habitable zone" around a star, opening a new door to finding planets like Earth.


From ACM News

Time to Change Global Clock Management? It's Under Debate

Time to Change Global Clock Management? It's Under Debate

Does anybody really know what time it is?


From ACM News

Optimizing Optimization Algorithms

Optimizing Optimization Algorithms

Optimization algorithms, which try to find the minimum values of mathematical functions, are everywhere in engineering. Among other things, they're used to evaluate design tradeoffs, to assess control systems, and to find patterns


From ACM Opinion

Hands-On With Microsoft's Unbelievable New Holographic Goggles

Hands-On With Microsoft's Unbelievable New Holographic Goggles

It's the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of rain are just beginning to let up.


From ACM News

10 Cool Network and Computing Research Projects

10 Cool Network and Computing Research Projects

If you think the latest enterprise and consumer network and computer technologies rolling into your data center and being snuck into your offices by end users are advanced, wait until you see what's cooking in the labs at universities


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ATLAS DRC Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely Unplugged

ATLAS DRC Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely Unplugged

We've always known that the ATLAS DRC humanoid robot was due for some serious upgrades before the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, because having a robot that's tethered for power and safety is just not in the spirit of what:


From ACM News

Astronomy: Laser Focus

Astronomy: Laser Focus

On clear, moonless evenings, most of the biggest optical telescopes around the world begin the night's observations by firing a golden laser beam at the sky.


From ACM Careers

Revealed at Last: Magic Leap’s Vision for Augmented Reality, in 32 Patent Illustrations

Revealed at Last: Magic Leap’s Vision for Augmented Reality, in 32 Patent Illustrations

A new patent application titled Planar Waveguide Apparatus with Diffraction Element(s) and System Employing Same sounds like a scientific snoozefest, but just also might provide a playbook for the next decade of interaction design


From ACM TechNews

The New Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle

The New Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle

Documents provided by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden outline the agency's efforts to carry out covert cyberwarfare. 


From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Researchers Use Light Beams to Charge Smartphones

Microsoft Researchers Use Light Beams to Charge Smartphones

Microsoft researchers in Beijing have developed AutoCharge, a prototype automatic wireless charging system for smartphones. 


From ACM TechNews

Rice-Sized Laser, Powered One Electron at a Time, Bodes Well for Quantum Computing

Rice-Sized Laser, Powered One Electron at a Time, Bodes Well for Quantum Computing

Princeton University researchers have developed a rice grain-sized laser powered by single electrons tunneling through artificial atoms known as quantum dots. 


From ACM TechNews

How Does a Machine Smell? Better Than It Did

How Does a Machine Smell? Better Than It Did

Researchers have developed a chemical sensor platform that can smell more accurately than humans. 


From ACM TechNews

Making the Internet Accessible to Everyone

Making the Internet Accessible to Everyone

The third pilot of the Internet accessibility CLOUD4ALL project will kick off in Athens, Berlin, and Madrid in the coming months. 

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