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October 2014


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Google Developing a Pill That Would Detect Cancer and Other Diseases

Google Developing a Pill That Would Detect Cancer and Other Diseases

Google is attempting to develop a pill that would send microscopic particles into the bloodstream in an effort to identify cancers, imminent heart attacks, and other diseases.


From ACM News

Brain Decoder Can Eavesdrop on Your Inner Voice

Brain Decoder Can Eavesdrop on Your Inner Voice

Talking to yourself used to be a strictly private pastime.


From ACM TechNews

Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds (The Data Kind)

Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds (The Data Kind)

The nonprofit Internet2 organization is now offering researchers the opportunity to create clouds that will be connected by its network. 


From ACM TechNews

Anne Condon: Computer Scientist. Passionate Academic. Triathlete.

Anne Condon: Computer Scientist. Passionate Academic. Triathlete.

Anne Condon, head of the computer science department at the University of British Columbia, is dedicated to helping young women find their way in the field. 


From ACM TechNews

Taking the Census, With Cellphones

Taking the Census, With Cellphones

A new study by Belgian researchers demonstrates that big data analytics can turn cellphone records into highly granular population density data. 


From ACM TechNews

Stanford Libraries Unearths the Earliest U.S. Website

Stanford Libraries Unearths the Earliest U.S. Website

Stanford Libraries has launched Stanford Wayback, a customized version of an open-source platform that enables long-term access to archived Web assets. 


From ACM TechNews

Projecting a Robot's Intentions

Projecting a Robot's Intentions

Measurable virtual reality combines ceiling-mounted projectors with motion-capture technology and animation software to project a robot's intentions in real time. 


From ACM News

Cassini Sees Sunny Seas on Titan

Cassini Sees Sunny Seas on Titan

As it soared past Saturn's large moon Titan recently, NASA's Cassini spacecraft caught a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off hydrocarbon seas.


From ACM News

Boot Camps Promise PhDs Fast Track to a Data Science Career

Boot Camps Promise PhDs Fast Track to a Data Science Career

Are boot camps sound educational investments, or just a rush to cash in?


From ACM News

Beyond Gaming, the VR Boom Is Everywhere—from Classrooms to Therapy Couches

Beyond Gaming, the VR Boom Is Everywhere—from Classrooms to Therapy Couches

When Oculus almost single-handedly revived the idea of virtual reality from its '90s vaporware grave, it chose the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo as the place to unveil the first public prototype of the Rift headset.


From ACM News

Directing Planes, by Remote Control

Directing Planes, by Remote Control

On a clear day, Per Granquist cannot see forever. But from his perch inside the airport control tower here, he does have an unobstructed view of the future.


From ACM TechNews

TU/e-Researchers Demonstrate Record Data Transmission Over a Specially Fabricated Fiber

TU/e-Researchers Demonstrate Record Data Transmission Over a Specially Fabricated Fiber

A new class of fiber will increase transmission capacity, mitigating an impending "capacity crunch" in communication networks from increasing bandwidth demand. 


From ACM TechNews

Breakthrough in Molecular Electronics Paves the Way for DNA-Based Computer Circuits in the Future

Breakthrough in Molecular Electronics Paves the Way for DNA-Based Computer Circuits in the Future

Researchers say they have achieved reproducible and quantitative measurements of electricity flow through long molecules made of four DNA strands. 


From ACM TechNews

Study: Some Online Shoppers Pay More Than Others

Study: Some Online Shoppers Pay More Than Others

The personalization of online content can be both beneficial and detrimental to users, according to a study by Northeastern University researchers. 


From ACM TechNews

DHS Sketches the Tech Future

DHS Sketches the Tech Future

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security undersecretary for science and technology has unveiled the long-term agenda of the agency's research and development arm. 


From ACM News

Computers Are Learning to See the World Like We Do

Computers Are Learning to See the World Like We Do

What animal is in the picture above?


From ACM News

Google's Secretive DeepMind Start-up Unveils A 'Neural Turing Machine'

Google's Secretive DeepMind Start-up Unveils A 'Neural Turing Machine'

One of the great challenges of neuroscience is to understand the short-term working memory in the human brain.


From ACM News

Prepare for the Part-Time Self-Driving Car

Prepare for the Part-Time Self-Driving Car

Self-driving AI cars have been a staple in popular culture for some time—any child of the 1980s will fondly remember both the Autobots and Knight Rider's KITT—but consider them to be science fiction no longer.


From ACM News

The Rise of Human-Like Robots, Cars and Drones

The Rise of Human-Like Robots, Cars and Drones

Ginger is only a couple of feet tall, but she soon commands attention as she takes to the stage. "I would like to say it's a pleasure to be here," she tells the audience, "but I’m a robot and don't have emotion."


From ACM TechNews

Could a Robot Do Your job?

Could a Robot Do Your job?

Advances in technology could mean people in low-skill jobs will be replaced by robots. 


From ACM TechNews

Met Office to Build Supercomputer

Met Office to Build Supercomputer

The British government will spend 97 million British pounds on a new supercomputer to improve the Met Office's weather forecasting and climate modeling. 


From ACM Opinion

Demystifying the MOOC

Demystifying the MOOC

When massive open online courses first grabbed the spotlight in 2011, many saw in them promise of a revolutionary force that would disrupt traditional higher education by expanding access and reducing costs.


From ACM TechNews

HELLO? Sweat and a Smartphone Could Become the Hot New Health Screening

HELLO? Sweat and a Smartphone Could Become the Hot New Health Screening

University of Cincinnati researchers are developing wearable devices that analyze sweat using a smartphone to gather medical information in near-real time. 


From ACM TechNews

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

University of California, Berkeley professor Michael I. Jordan says rhetoric about machine learning and other computer science fields goes too far. 


From ACM TechNews

Maria Klawe: Esteemed Computer Scientist. Proud Mathematician. Watercolor Painter.

Maria Klawe: Esteemed Computer Scientist. Proud Mathematician. Watercolor Painter.

One of the chief goals of Maria Klawe as president of Harvey Mudd College has been to encourage women to enter computer science.


From ACM News

Met Office to Build £97m Supercomputer

Met Office to Build £97m Supercomputer

The facility will work 13 times faster than the current system, enabling detailed, UK-wide forecast models with a resolution of 1.5km to be run every single hour, rather than every three.


From ACM TechNews

We Could've Stopped Ebola If We Listened to the Data

We Could've Stopped Ebola If We Listened to the Data

Computational epidemiologists were some of the first to sound alarm bells about the potential for a dangerous Ebola outbreak in West Africa earlier this year.


From ACM News

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism

Many of the people who read this article will do so because Greg Marra, 26, a Facebook engineer, calculated that it was the kind of thing they might enjoy.


From ACM News

This Guy's Quest to Track Every Shot in the NBA Changed Basketball Forever

This Guy's Quest to Track Every Shot in the NBA Changed Basketball Forever

As a kid, Kirk Goldsberry was a rabid basketball fan. But this was the 1980s, and living near Penn State meant his house wasn't quite close enough to Philadelphia to get 76ers games on TV.


From ACM News

Software Tackles Inflatable Structures

Software Tackles Inflatable Structures

Creating optimal 3D shapes in inflatables requires the power of computation.

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