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July 2015


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For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program

For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program

She is known as Xiaoice, and millions of young Chinese pick up their smartphones every day to exchange messages with her, drawn to her knowing sense of humor and listening skills.


From ACM TechNews

Turing Award-Winner Stonebraker on the Future of Taming Big Data

Turing Award-Winner Stonebraker on the Future of Taming Big Data

2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Michael Stonebraker says the future of big data usage hinges on several factors. 


From ACM TechNews

Smart Mirror Monitors Your Face for Telltale Signs of Disease

Smart Mirror Monitors Your Face for Telltale Signs of Disease

A new mirror can assess the health of someone looking into it by analyzing facial expressions, fatty tissue, and how flush or pale the person is. 


From ACM TechNews

Scientist Working to Make Computers Human

Scientist Working to Make Computers Human

A researcher is working with neuroscientists to better understand how the brain searches its store of knowledge while reading a text document. 


From ACM TechNews

Spintronic Devices Possible Without Magnetic Material

Spintronic Devices Possible Without Magnetic Material

Argonne National Laboratory researcher Stephen Wu has found it may be possible to generate spin current from insulators without a magnetic material.


From ACM TechNews

Shoring Up Tor

Shoring Up Tor

Researchers have demonstrated a vulnerability in Tor's design. 


From ACM Opinion

Obama Orders Effort to Build First Exascale Computer

Obama Orders Effort to Build First Exascale Computer

The United States is now committed to building an exascale computer, some 30 times more powerful than today’s top machine.


From ACM News

Search for Alien Life Ignites Battle Over Giant Telescope

Search for Alien Life Ignites Battle Over Giant Telescope

There is a gaping hole in the latest effort to reinvigorate the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), one so big it could hold an estimated 357 million boxes of cornflakes.


From ACM News

Science on the Surface of a Comet

Science on the Surface of a Comet

Complex molecules that could be key building blocks of life, the daily rise and fall of temperature, and an assessment of the surface properties and internal structure of the comet are just some of the highlights of the first


From ACM News

Fraud, Corruption Infect Poland’s Computer Science Community

Fraud, Corruption Infect Poland’s Computer Science Community

Academics face legal proceedings for allegedly extorting research grants.


From ACM News

Hacked Molecular Machine Could Pump Out Custom Proteins

Hacked Molecular Machine Could Pump Out Custom Proteins

By hijacking the cellular machinery that makes proteins, bioengineers have developed a tool that could allow them to better understand protein synthesis, explore how antibiotics work and convert cells into custom chemical factories


From ACM News

Facial Recognition Tool 'Works in Darkness'

Facial Recognition Tool 'Works in Darkness'

Two scientists at a German university have developed a tool which recognises a person's face in complete darkness.


From ACM News

Intel and Micron Unveil 3D XPoint, a Brand New Memory Technology

Intel and Micron Unveil 3D XPoint, a Brand New Memory Technology

Intel and Micron have unveiled what appears to be the holy grail of memory.


From ACM TechNews

Making the New Silicon

Making the New Silicon

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say they have developed gallium nitride transistors to power electronic circuits.


From ACM TechNews

UCLA Researchers Create Smartphone-Based Device That Reads Medical Diagnostic Tests Quickly and Accurately

UCLA Researchers Create Smartphone-Based Device That Reads Medical Diagnostic Tests Quickly and Accurately

University of California, Los Angeles researchers say they have developed a mobile phone-based device that can read enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay plates. 


From ACM TechNews

Superfast Fluorescence Sets New Speed Record

Superfast Fluorescence Sets New Speed Record

Duke University researchers say they have developed an ultrafast plasmonic device that could form the basis of optical computing.


From ACM TechNews

In Data Science, the R Language Is Swallowing Python

In Data Science, the R Language Is Swallowing Python

Within the burgeoning big data realm, the R programming language will likely merge with Python, a developer-friendly generalist data language. 


From ACM News

Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

"I have a hard time saying this with a straight face, but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another," says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at the University of Maryland.


From ACM News

Obama's New Executive Order Says the U.S. Must Build an Exascale Supercomputer

Obama's New Executive Order Says the U.S. Must Build an Exascale Supercomputer

President Obama has established a new initiative across multiple government agencies that will focus entirely on creating the fastest supercomputers ever devised.


From ACM News

Neanderthals Had Outsize Effect on Human Biology

Neanderthals Had Outsize Effect on Human Biology

Our ancestors were not a picky bunch.


From ACM TechNews

Consortium Including MIT Awarded $110M National Grant to Promote Photonics Manufacturing

Consortium Including MIT Awarded $110M National Grant to Promote Photonics Manufacturing

The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics will work to advance U.S. capabilities in integrated photonic technology.


From ACM TechNews

Did These Researchers Just Create an Autistic Computer Program?

Did These Researchers Just Create an Autistic Computer Program?

Baylor College of Medicine researchers claim to have modeled a theorized cause of autism in an artificial neural network.


From ACM TechNews

Scientists in Greece Design Cryptographic E-Voting Platform

Scientists in Greece Design Cryptographic E-Voting Platform

Researchers in Greece say they have designed the world's first encrypted electronic voting system in which voters can confirm their votes go to the intended candidate. 


From ACM TechNews

China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet

China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet

China's government aims to redraft the rules of the global Internet so it can regulate the Internet on its own terms. 


From ACM TechNews

India Loves MOOCs

India Loves MOOCs

Massively open online courses have taken off in a big way in India, where they are meeting a need for education, particularly technical education. 


From ACM TechNews

China Building One of the World's Fastest Astronomical Computers to Power Giant, Alien-Seeking Telescope

China Building One of the World's Fastest Astronomical Computers to Power Giant, Alien-Seeking Telescope

China's new Sky Eye 1 supercomputer is expected to be the fastest astronomical supercomputer in the world, topping Japan's Aterui. 


From ACM News

Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target

Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target

Put a computer on a sniper rifle, and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman.


From ACM Careers

As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change

As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change

After Paul Minton graduated from college, he worked as a waiter, but always felt he should do more.


From ACM Careers

In Silicon Valley, Coders Are Making More Room for Curators

In Silicon Valley, Coders Are Making More Room for Curators

It's been almost a decade since the debut of the Netflix Prize, a $1 million bounty for the person or group that could best improve the company’s movie suggestion algorithm.


From ACM News

Physicists Restart Souped-Up Hadron Collider

Physicists Restart Souped-Up Hadron Collider

After a two-year shutdown, the atom-smashing machine known as the Large Hadron Collider has embarked on a renewed quest to probe some of the biggest puzzles about the universe, such as dark matter and the possible presence of

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