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April 2014


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Combs of Light Accelerate Communication

Combs of Light Accelerate Communication

Miniaturized optical frequency comb sources can enable the transmission of data streams of several terabits per second over hundreds of kilometers. 


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Hopkins Code Cracks Baseball Scheduling

Hopkins Code Cracks Baseball Scheduling

A new system fulfills all of a baseball league's scheduling rules, and as many of the teams' requests and preferences as possible, using thousands of lines of code. 


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Soft Wear: Computer Simulated Design Is Tailoring the Future Fashion Industry

Soft Wear: Computer Simulated Design Is Tailoring the Future Fashion Industry

Researchers have developed software that can simulate the making of complex clothing. 


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Americans Wary of Futuristic Science, Tech

Americans Wary of Futuristic Science, Tech

While the majority of Americans surveyed think tech developments will make life in the next half-century better, 30 percent said they would make life worse. 


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Chess Robots to Cause Judgment Day?

Chess Robots to Cause Judgment Day?

Autonomous systems must be designed and deployed very carefully or they could develop antisocial and potentially harmful behavior, according to a study.


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Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics

Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics

Someone glancing through the door of Annjoe Wong-Foy's lab at SRI International might think his equipment is infested by ants.


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How to Build an Earth-Size Telescope

How to Build an Earth-Size Telescope

Looking into the galactic center is hard.


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Five Wonder Materials That Could Change the World

Five Wonder Materials That Could Change the World

"The history of materials is a history of mistakes," says Mark Miodownik, a materials scientist at University College London, who traces his own fascination with materials to the moment he was stabbed in the back with a razor


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Cyber Cops: Target Hackers May Takes Years to Find

Cyber Cops: Target Hackers May Takes Years to Find

Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December.


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The Plot to Kill the Password

The Plot to Kill the Password

Last Friday, Samsung's new Galaxy S5 arrived with an unexpected and underhyped feature.


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The Next Generation of Mobile

The Next Generation of Mobile

By 2020, everyone will know what '5G' means.


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Why Nobody Can Tell Whether the World's Biggest Quantum Computer Is a Quantum Computer

Why Nobody Can Tell Whether the World's Biggest Quantum Computer Is a Quantum Computer

For the past several years, a Canadian company called D-Wave Systems has been selling what it says is the largest quantum computer ever built.


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MIT Transform Project Gives Shape to Human-Object Interplay

MIT Transform Project Gives Shape to Human-Object Interplay

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Tangible Media Group recently demonstrated a tabletop that becomes a dynamic display. 


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MIT's Alex Pentland: Measuring Idea Flows to Accelerate Innovation

MIT's Alex Pentland: Measuring Idea Flows to Accelerate Innovation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology computational social scientist Alex Pentland's research has lately focused on social physics. 


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'Wearable Eyes' Make You Appear Friendly, Social Even When You're Not

'Wearable Eyes' Make You Appear Friendly, Social Even When You're Not

AgencyGlass is a wearable device that produces "virtual eyes" to give the wearer a semblance of friendliness and approachability. 


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AI Gets Its Groove Back

AI Gets Its Groove Back

The field of artificial intelligence is making real progress after a long period of sporadic advances that failed to pan out. 


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Researchers Discover Dangerous Ways Computer Worms Are Spreading Among Smartphones

Researchers Discover Dangerous Ways Computer Worms Are Spreading Among Smartphones

Researchers have found that some of the most common activities among smartphone users can leave their devices vulnerable to computer worms. 


From ACM Careers

The U.S. Government Wants 6,000 New 'Cyber Warriors' by 2016

The U.S. Government Wants 6,000 New 'Cyber Warriors' by 2016

The Pentagon plans to triple its cybersecurity staff by 2016, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced recently.


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The Truth About Google X

The Truth About Google X

Astro Teller is sharing a story about something bad. Or maybe it's something good.


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World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics

World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics

In less than 60 days, Brazil will begin hosting soccer's 2014 World Cup, even though workers are still hurrying to pour concrete at three unfinished stadiums.


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Atomic Time Lord to Battle Sneaky High-Speed Trades

Atomic Time Lord to Battle Sneaky High-Speed Trades

Welcome to the room where time lives. I am standing in a space bristling with atomic clocks at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, U.K., which generates a signal that is used to mark time across the nation.


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New Research on Gigabit Wireless Communications

New Research on Gigabit Wireless Communications

Two papers presented at the recent IEEE 2014 Wireless Communications and Networking Conference could significantly impact the future of mobile devices. 


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Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer

Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer

SRI International is rethinking the design of Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot to try to help the machine retain its capabilities while trimming its power consumption. 


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Home Users Cite Laziness for Lax Online Security

Home Users Cite Laziness for Lax Online Security

A survey examining why people do not adequately protect their home computers found that about 80 percent of respondents said they were too lazy. 


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Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, U.S.

Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, U.S.

The U.S. sees Crimea as "occupied territory," as the government said in a recent statement.


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Google, Once Disdainful of Lobbying, Now a Master of Washington Influence

Google, Once Disdainful of Lobbying, Now a Master of Washington Influence

In May 2012, the law school at George Mason University hosted a forum billed as a "vibrant discussion" about Internet search competition.


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ACM Europe Panel Explores the Future of CS Research in Europe

ACM Europe Panel Explores the Future of CS Research in Europe

Considering the future of Europe's global competitiveness in research and innovation.


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Ancient Mars Probably Too Cold for Liquid Water

Ancient Mars Probably Too Cold for Liquid Water

Mars' atmosphere was probably never thick enough to keep temperatures on the planet's surface above freezing for the long term, suggests research published today in Nature Geoscience.


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Internet of Things: The 'Ghosts' that Haunt the Machine

Internet of Things: The 'Ghosts' that Haunt the Machine


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UNSW Scientists Using AI to Create Elastic Cloud

UNSW Scientists Using AI to Create Elastic Cloud

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to build a computer network they say can regulate its own consumption of public cloud services. 

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