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February 2016


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Particles in Love: Quantum Mechanics Explored in New Study

Particles in Love: Quantum Mechanics Explored in New Study

Here's a love story at the smallest scales imaginable: particles of light.


From ACM News

Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them

Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them

Just over a billion years ago, many millions of galaxies from here, a pair of black holes collided.


From ACM News

How Google Searches Pretty Much Nailed the New Hampshire Primary

How Google Searches Pretty Much Nailed the New Hampshire Primary

Google's ability to look into the future of political contests just notched another win: New Hampshire.


From ACM TechNews

Artificial Intelligence Offers a Better Way to Diagnose Malaria

Artificial Intelligence Offers a Better Way to Diagnose Malaria

Autoscope is a new automated microscope equipped with artificial intelligence that is 90% accurate and specific at detecting malaria parasites. 


From ACM TechNews

12 Questions for Vint Cerf

12 Questions for Vint Cerf

In an interview, Google vice president and past ACM president Vint Cerf discusses the Internet's transformation over the years. 


From ACM TechNews

Study Finds That Anti-Crypto Laws Won't Work on an International Stage

Study Finds That Anti-Crypto Laws Won't Work on an International Stage

A recent study concluded local regulations to restrict encryption technology would have no effect, considering the technology's international nature.


From ACM TechNews

Stanford Engineers' 'Law, Order & Algorithms' Data Project Aims to Identify Bias in the Criminal Justice System

Stanford Engineers' 'Law, Order & Algorithms' Data Project Aims to Identify Bias in the Criminal Justice System

Stanford University researchers have launched the Project on Law, Order, & Algorithms, a database of 100 million traffic stops from across the U.S. 


From ACM TechNews

GPS Tracking Down to the Centimeter

GPS Tracking Down to the Centimeter

University of California, Riverside researchers say they have developed a more computationally efficient way to process data from global positioning systems. 


From ACM News

Our Hidden Neandertal DNA May Increase Risk of Allergies, Depression

Our Hidden Neandertal DNA May Increase Risk of Allergies, Depression

Depressed? Your inner Neandertal may be to blame.


From ACM News

Einstein's Gravitational Waves Found at Last

Einstein's Gravitational Waves Found at Last

One hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, scientists have finally spotted these elusive ripples in space-time.


From ACM News

Knowledge Graphs Pick Needles from the Haystack

Knowledge Graphs Pick Needles from the Haystack

Using machine learning to wade through massive amounts of data.


From ACM News

New Report Contends Mandatory Crypto Backdoors Would Be Futile

New Report Contends Mandatory Crypto Backdoors Would Be Futile

An estimated 63 percent of the encryption products available today are developed outside US borders, according to a new report that takes a firm stance against the kinds of mandated backdoors some federal officials have contended


From ACM TechNews

Scientists' Robotically Driven System Could Reduce Cost of Discovering Drug and Target Interactions

Scientists' Robotically Driven System Could Reduce Cost of Discovering Drug and Target Interactions

Carnegie Mellon University researchers say they have created the first robotically-driven experimentation system to determine the effects of drugs on many proteins. 


From ACM TechNews

Transistors Minus Semiconductors

Transistors Minus Semiconductors

Michigan Technological University professor Yoke Khin Yap has developed a room-temperature approach to harnessing tunneling field-effect transistors. 


From ACM TechNews

Australia's Plan to Make a Digital Representation of Everything

Australia's Plan to Make a Digital Representation of Everything

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization will build a "historical, current, and future digital representation of everything" in the country.


From ACM TechNews

How Microsoft's Video Game Tech Could Help MS Patients

How Microsoft's Video Game Tech Could Help MS Patients

Microsoft, working with Novartis and three multiple sclerosis clinics in Europe, has created a prototype intelligent-camera system to track the disease's progress.


From ACM News

The Chips Are Down for Moore's Law

The Chips Are Down for Moore's Law

Next month, the worldwide semiconductor industry will formally acknowledge what has become increasingly obvious to everyone involved: Moore's law, the principle that has powered the information-technology revolution since the


From ACM News

Scientists Debate Signatures of Alien Life

Scientists Debate Signatures of Alien Life

Huddled in a coffee shop one drizzly Seattle morning six years ago, the astrobiologist Shawn Domagal-Goldman stared blankly at his laptop screen, paralyzed.


From ACM News

US Military: Robot Wars

US Military: Robot Wars

When historians come to write about technological innovation in the first half of this century, they are likely to pay special attention to a US Navy drone called the X-47B—otherwise known as the Salty Dog.


From ACM TechNews

Study: Nobody Wants Social Robots That Look Like Humans Because They Threaten Our Identity

Study: Nobody Wants Social Robots That Look Like Humans Because They Threaten Our Identity

A recent study found the adoption of social robots into people's lives is complicated by humans' tendency to view human-like robots as a threat to their identity.


From ACM TechNews

Algorithm Developed to Predict Future Botnet Attacks

Algorithm Developed to Predict Future Botnet Attacks

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Israel have developed an algorithm that can trace botnets back to their perpetrators. 


From ACM TechNews

Spatial Technology Opens a Window Into History

Spatial Technology Opens a Window Into History

The Strabo software developed at the University of Southern California reads scanned maps and automatically identifies historical locations. 


From ACM TechNews

New Software Can Actually Edit Actors' Facial Expressions

New Software Can Actually Edit Actors' Facial Expressions

FaceDirector software from Disney Research and the University of Surrey can blend images from multiple takes, making it possible to edit emotions on actors' faces.


From ACM TechNews

Cockroach-Like Robots May Be the Future of Disaster Help

Cockroach-Like Robots May Be the Future of Disaster Help

The Compressible Robot with Articulated Mechanisms is a mini-robot that can mimic the cockroach's remarkable strength and agility. 


From ACM News

Mind-Reading Tech Helps Beginners Quickly Learn to Play Bach

Mind-Reading Tech Helps Beginners Quickly Learn to Play Bach

Every potential virtuoso needs a mentor. It just so happens that this one is a computer.


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3D-Printed Display Lets Blind People Explore Images By Touch

3D-Printed Display Lets Blind People Explore Images By Touch

Blind and partially sighted people often use tactile displays to interact with computers.


From ACM News

FBI Director Says Investigators Unable to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's Phone Content

FBI Director Says Investigators Unable to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's Phone Content

FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that federal investigators have still been unable to access the contents of a cellphone belonging to one of the killers in the Dec. 2 shootings in San Bernardino, California, due to encryption


From ACM Opinion

Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot

Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot

One night in late July 2014, a journalist from the Chinese newspaper Southern Weeklyinterviewed a 17-year-old Chinese girl named Xiaoice (pronounced Shao-ice).


From ACM News

Study: Long-Term Global Warming Needs External Drivers

Study: Long-Term Global Warming Needs External Drivers

A study by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, shows, in detail, the reason why global temperatures remain stable in the long run unless they


From ACM News

New Ways Into the Brain's 'Music Room'

New Ways Into the Brain's 'Music Room'

Whether to enliven a commute, relax in the evening or drown out the buzz of a neighbor's recreational drone, Americans listen to music nearly four hours a day.

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