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October 2014


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A Quantum World Arising from Many Ordinary Ones

A Quantum World Arising from Many Ordinary Ones

The bizarre behaviour of the quantum world—with objects existing in two places simultaneously and light behaving as either waves or particles—could result from interactions between many "parallel" everyday worlds, a new theory


From ACM Careers

Using Drones to Make Peace, Not War

Using Drones to Make Peace, Not War

Amin Rigi says drones should be used to save lives, not spy or kill.


From ACM News

Scientists Consider Repurposing Robots for Ebola

Scientists Consider Repurposing Robots for Ebola

Robotics scientists nationwide are pondering an intriguing possibility: Might robotic technologies deployed in rescue and disaster situations be quickly repurposed to help contain the Ebola epidemic?


From ACM News

Electronics in the Operating Room

Electronics in the Operating Room

Electronic devices increasingly are being incorporated into surgical procedures on a functional level.


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Take Big-Data Approach to Estimate Range of Electric Vehicles

Researchers Take Big-Data Approach to Estimate Range of Electric Vehicles

North Carolina State University researchers say they have developed a more accurate way to determine how far electric vehicles can go before needing a recharge. 


From ACM TechNews

Irish Researchers Develop New Tool to Protect Earth From Space Debris

Irish Researchers Develop New Tool to Protect Earth From Space Debris

In collaboration with the European Space Agency, researchers at Trinity College in Dublin have designed a risk assessment tool for the re-entry of spacecraft debris. 


From ACM TechNews

Painting by the Numbers: Data Visualization

Painting by the Numbers: Data Visualization

There is rising interest in digital visualization, which serves as a communication tool in areas ranging from hip hop to scientific collaboration. 


From ACM TechNews

How Technology Is Helping Fight Ebola

How Technology Is Helping Fight Ebola

A wide variety of technologies, from apps and software to big data and robots, are being employed to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 


From ACM TechNews

Virtual Reality Could Let Astronauts 'Go to the Beach'

Virtual Reality Could Let Astronauts 'Go to the Beach'

The Virtual Space Station is a virtual reality system that could provide an escape for astronauts on long space missions. 


From ACM News

How Movie-Makers Read Your Mind

How Movie-Makers Read Your Mind

Why is there such interest in finding new ways to gauge audience reactions?


From ACM News

Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions

Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions

Bob Foreman's architecture firm ran up a $166,000 phone bill in a single weekend last March.


From ACM News

Oldest-Known Human Genome Sequenced

Oldest-Known Human Genome Sequenced

A 45,000-year-old leg bone from Siberia has yielded the oldest genome sequence for Homo sapiens on record—revealing a mysterious population that may once have spanned northern Asia.


From ACM TechNews

Agencies Bring Energy Modeling Out of the Lab

Agencies Bring Energy Modeling Out of the Lab

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed a database and software to help building professionals manage energy upgrades. 


From ACM TechNews

Topcoder Now Has 3,700 Swift Devs

Topcoder Now Has 3,700 Swift Devs

Appirio, which owns and operates the TopCoder platform, says it has registered more than 3,700 Swift developers who are working on 2,000 projects in 110 countries. 


From ACM TechNews

Open Surveillance

Open Surveillance

A new encrypted search system could enable law enforcement officials to collect data more openly without compromising investigations.


From ACM TechNews

What Happened to All the Women in Computer Science?

What Happened to All the Women in Computer Science?

Ada Lovelace is recognized as the first computer programmer, but today computer science is overwhelmingly a male domain.


From ACM Opinion

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

The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges.


From ACM News

U.S. Government Probes Medical Devices for Possible Cyber Flaws

U.S. Government Probes Medical Devices for Possible Cyber Flaws

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at


From ACM News

Data Bank Struggles As Protein Imaging Ups Its Game

Data Bank Struggles As Protein Imaging Ups Its Game

Structural biology, the mapping of complex biological molecules such as proteins, is in the grip of a revolution.


From ACM News

U.S. National Security Prosecutors Shift Focus from Spies to Cyber

U.S. National Security Prosecutors Shift Focus from Spies to Cyber

The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands, as American business and government agencies


From ACM News

Galactic Wheel of Life Shines in Infrared

Galactic Wheel of Life Shines in Infrared

It might look like a spoked wheel or even a "Chakram" weapon wielded by warriors like "Xena," from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast place of stellar life.


From ACM TechNews

Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial Intelligence Is as Elusive as Ever

Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial Intelligence Is as Elusive as Ever

Scientists are no closer to achieving an overall general artificial intelligence, in the sense that a computer can behave like a human.


From ACM TechNews

U.K. Child Coders Triumph in European Contest

U.K. Child Coders Triumph in European Contest

Microsoft recently brought together young programmers from across Europe for a gaming competition based on Kodu, the company's visual programming language.


From ACM TechNews

The Social Web of Things

The Social Web of Things

Federal University of Bahia researchers suggest a social Internet of Things will enable people and their devices to be more coherently connected. 


From ACM TechNews

Transforming Typewriters for the Digital Generation

Transforming Typewriters for the Digital Generation

A Plymouth University graduate has used sensors and circuit boards to convert a typewriter into an interactive social tool. 


From ACM TechNews

The Internet Isn't Broken. It's Asleep

The Internet Isn't Broken. It's Asleep

Researchers are leading an ambitious monitoring project that seeks to map out the Internet's "sleep" patterns to better discern normal downtime from major outages.


From ACM TechNews

MIT Computer Scientists Can Predict the Price of Bitcoin

MIT Computer Scientists Can Predict the Price of Bitcoin

Researchers have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict the price of Bitcoin. 


From ACM News

If I Can Get Wi-Fi Here, I Can Get It Anywhere

If I Can Get Wi-Fi Here, I Can Get It Anywhere

New York has ambitious plans for its extensive network of pay telephones.


From ACM News

How the World Came to Be Run by Computer Code

How the World Came to Be Run by Computer Code

From the scythe to the steam engine, we've always used technology to control the world around us.


From ACM Careers

This Incredible Oculus Sim Lets Soccer Players Relive Games

This Incredible Oculus Sim Lets Soccer Players Relive Games

For many athletes, watching game film is a necessary chore.

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