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July 2014


From ACM TechNews

IBM, AT&T Build Technology to Move Data Fast in Disaster

IBM, AT&T Build Technology to Move Data Fast in Disaster

Prototype technology can quickly move large amounts of critical data and software to another location in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. 


From ACM TechNews

Cheering Robots Replace Real Fans at Korean Baseball

Cheering Robots Replace Real Fans at Korean Baseball

The Hanwha Eagles Korean baseball team has equipped its stadium with robots that fans who are unable to attend the games can control over the Internet. 


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Upgrade Your Brain: Liquid Hard Drive Implants Could Increase Intellect

Upgrade Your Brain: Liquid Hard Drive Implants Could Increase Intellect

Researchers have found that digital information can be stored on colloidal clusters because they can switch between two states when placed in a liquid. 


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Tele-Robotics Puts Robot Power at Your Fingertips

Tele-Robotics Puts Robot Power at Your Fingertips

Cyber-dogs could help address one of the more pressing challenges of our time, according to scientists at the recent Smart America Expo.


From ACM News

Specialists Gather in Praise of Logic

Specialists Gather in Praise of Logic

The Vienna Summer of Logic combined a number of conferences into a scientific and cultural mega-event.

 


From ACM Opinion

The Weird Reasons Why People Make Up False Identities on the Internet

The Weird Reasons Why People Make Up False Identities on the Internet

Sockpuppetry—using false identities for deception—is centuries old, but the advent of the web has made creating sockpuppets, and falling for their tricks, easier than ever before.


From ACM News

How Spy Agencies Keep Their 'Toys' from Law Enforcement

How Spy Agencies Keep Their 'Toys' from Law Enforcement

A little over a decade ago, federal prosecutors used keystroke logging software to steal the encryption password of an alleged New Jersey mobster, Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., so they could get evidence from his computer to be used at


From ACM TechNews

Vint Cerf, Father of the Internet, Looks Forward--and Back

Vint Cerf, Father of the Internet, Looks Forward--and Back

Former ACM president Vint Cerf recently discussed the ways technology, the Internet, and he himself have changed over the decades. 


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LCD Hacking Trick Could Make Virtual Reality More Real

LCD Hacking Trick Could Make Virtual Reality More Real

Virtual reality systems could gain a new dimension of realism from a prototype headset that can quadruple the pixel density of a liquid crystal display panel. 


From ACM TechNews

The CIA Fears the Internet of Things

The CIA Fears the Internet of Things

A deputy director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency said that organization is concerned about the unintended security implications of the Internet of Things.


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Electronic Nose Could Aid in Rescue Missions

Electronic Nose Could Aid in Rescue Missions

A new artificial intelligence-based device enables multiple robotic platforms to follow the path of certain odors. 


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Hitchhiking Robot Embarks on Cross-Country Trek From Halifax to Victoria

Hitchhiking Robot Embarks on Cross-Country Trek From Halifax to Victoria

Social-media-savvy robot Hitchbot is hitchhiking its way from Halifax to Victoria. 


From ACM TechNews

If You Want to Be Rich and Powerful, Majoring in STEM Is a Good Place to Start

If You Want to Be Rich and Powerful, Majoring in STEM Is a Good Place to Start

Early education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics builds some of the key competencies necessary for success. 


From ACM News

Gaia: 'Go' for Science

Gaia: 'Go' for Science

Following extensive in-orbit commissioning and several unexpected challenges, ESA's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, is now ready to begin its science mission.


From ACM News

The Remarkable Story of the Underwater Internet

The Remarkable Story of the Underwater Internet

In October of 1971, in the midst of the Cold War, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Halibut entered heavily guarded Russian waters in the Sea of Okhotsk.


From ACM News

Meet the Online Tracking Device That Is Virtually Impossible to Block

Meet the Online Tracking Device That Is Virtually Impossible to Block

A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.com.


From ACM TechNews

Changes Afoot as DARPA Challenge Robots Prep for Upgrade

Changes Afoot as DARPA Challenge Robots Prep for Upgrade

Researchers are preparing developing autonomous humanoid robots for the finals of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's robotics challenge. 


From ACM TechNews

Study Shows Role of Media in Sharing Life Events

Study Shows Role of Media in Sharing Life Events

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers recently studied what happens when people share news via new media. T


From ACM TechNews

Prototype Display Lets You Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses

Prototype Display Lets You Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses

New display technology uses algorithms to alter an image based on a person's actual vision prescription.


From ACM News

NASA Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

NASA Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving.


From ACM News

Russia Offers $110,000 to Crack Tor Anonymous Network

Russia Offers $110,000 to Crack Tor Anonymous Network

Russia has offered 3.9m roubles ($110,000; £65,000) in a contest seeking a way to crack the identities of users of the Tor network.


From ACM News

Behind the Smoking Guns: Inside NYPD's 21st Century Arsenal

Behind the Smoking Guns: Inside NYPD's 21st Century Arsenal

In the early morning hours of last Sept. 25, a stocky young man bolted the Bora Bora Lounge in Highbridge, the Bronx, with a gun in his hand and squeezed off seven shots.


From ACM Opinion

How to Invent a Person Online

How to Invent a Person Online

On April 8, 2013, I received an envelope in the mail from a nonexistent return address in Toledo, Ohio.


From ACM TechNews

Wireless Home Automation Systems Reveal More Than You Would Think About User Behavior

Wireless Home Automation Systems Reveal More Than You Would Think About User Behavior

Saarland University researchers have found modern smart home wireless automation systems can pose a security risk. 


From ACM TechNews

Transistor Successor Set to Bring on 'The Machine' Age Soon

Transistor Successor Set to Bring on 'The Machine' Age Soon

Researchers are working to develop memristors, a response to the diminishing return of the transistor technology used in today's computer chips. 


From ACM TechNews

K Computer Runs Largest Ever Ensemble Simulation of Global Weather

K Computer Runs Largest Ever Ensemble Simulation of Global Weather

Researchers have successfully run 10,240 parallel simulations of global weather on the 10-petaflops K computer--the largest number ever executed. 


From ACM TechNews

UNSW Robots Win World Football RoboCup

UNSW Robots Win World Football RoboCup

The University of New South Wales team won the grand final of the 2014 RoboCup Standard Platform League robot soccer tournament, held in Brazil. 


From ACM TechNews

Art By Algorithm: Computer Evolves New Artworks

Art By Algorithm: Computer Evolves New Artworks

New software  creates digital artworks using algorithms that mimic natural selection. 


From ACM TechNews

The Need for Speed

The Need for Speed

Researchers are using high-performance computers to achieve new breakthroughs in science and engineering. 


From ACM TechNews

The Birth of Topological Spintronics

The Birth of Topological Spintronics

Researchers have discovered a new material combination they say could lead to a more efficient approach to computer memory and logic. 

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