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January 2010


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Supercomputer Breakthrough Allows Astronomers to Share Universe Simulations

Supercomputer Breakthrough Allows Astronomers to Share Universe Simulations

Supercomputing has helped astrophysicists create massive models of the universe, but such simulations remain out of reach for many in the United States and around the world. That could all change after a successful test allowed…


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Computing Pioneer Herbert Grosch, Dead at 91

Computing Pioneer Herbert Grosch, Dead at 91

Herbert R.J. Grosch, a computing pioneer who served as ACM president from 1976-1978, died on January 18 at the age of 91.


From ACM TechNews

NSF Earmarks $30M for Game-Changing Internet Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) will award $30 million across two to four projects to redesign the Internet via new security, reliability, and collaborative applications, under the aegis of its Future Internet Architectures…


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NASA to Boost Speed of Deep Space Communications

NASA to Boost Speed of Deep Space Communications

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) wants to combine three space-based communication networks into a much faster, more efficient data network. 


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Female Teachers Can Transfer Fear of Math and Undermine Girls' Math Performance

Female Teachers Can Transfer Fear of Math and Undermine Girls' Math Performance

University of Chicago researchers have found that female elementary school teachers can pass on their anxiety and stereotypes about math to female students. 


From ACM TechNews

Major Step Towards Low-Power All-Optical Switching for Optical Communications

A key breakthrough involving optical random access memory has been achieved by Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC) and Ghent University. Researchers have created a super-fast and small optical random access memory…


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How Crowdsourcing Is Helping in Haiti

How Crowdsourcing Is Helping in Haiti

The revolution in texting, social networking, and crowdsourcing has enabled innovations such as the 4636 texting service, which is aiding the disaster relief efforts in Haiti by recruiting scores of volunteers to help translate…


From ACM TechNews

No Catastrophes Please, It's Software Modeling

Thales Research and Technology (TRT) researchers have created a development platform that enables applications to tackle the increasing complexity of modern computer systems. Model driven engineering is emerging as the most…


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Researchers Criticize 3D Secure Credit Card Authentication

Researchers Criticize 3D Secure Credit Card Authentication

University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory researchers Steven J. Murdoch and Ross Anderson contend in a paper that the 3D Secure credit card authentication system branded as the MasterCard SecureCode and Verified by Visa schemes…


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Engineering Team Explores How Thoughts Can Operate Computers and More

On any given day, John LaRocco can be found in front of a computer in a lab in the College of Engineering at Rowan University, electrodes poking out from the black Lycra-like cap that covers his head, Velcroed securely under…


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The Web Way to Learn a Language

The Web Way to Learn a Language

The young woman seated next to us at the sushi bar exuded a vaguely exotic air; her looks and style, we thought, made it likely that she was not American born.

But then she spoke in perfect American English, even ending her …


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EFF Reveals How Your Digital Fingerprint Makes You Easy to Track

Think that turning off cookies and turning on private browsing makes you invisible on the web? Think again.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a new web app dubbed Panopticlick that reveals just how scarily…


From ACM TechNews

IT Skills Volatility Stabilizing, Report Finds

Volatility in market values for information technology (IT) skills  is stabilizing, despite remaining high over the past few months, Foote Partners reports. Volatility values for individual IT skills and certifications remained…


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Tim Berners-Lee Unveils Government Data Project

Tim Berners-Lee Unveils Government Data Project

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has unveiled a new venture for the U.K. government, a Web site at http://data.gov.uk designed to provide the public with better access to official data, ranging from traffic statistics to crime figures, for…


From ACM TechNews

Computers Do Better Than Humans at Measuring Some Radiology Images

Computers Do Better Than Humans at Measuring Some Radiology Images

Ohio State University researchers have developed software that can analyze images of knee ligaments much faster and just as reliably as humans. 


From ACM News

Innovative Technique Can Spot Errors in Key Technological Systems

An innovative computational technique that draws on statistics, imaging, and other disciplines has the capability to detect errors in sensitive technological systems ranging from satellites to weather instruments. The patented…


From ACM News

Quantum Computer Simulates Hydrogen Molecule Just Right

Quantum Computer Simulates Hydrogen Molecule Just Right

Almost three decades ago, Richard Feynman — known popularly as much for his bongo drumming and pranks as for his brilliant insights into physics — told an electrified audience at MIT how to build a computer so powerful that its…


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Networking Formula Could Predict Research Success

Networking Formula Could Predict Research Success

A Texas Tech University economist Miaomiao Wang has found that a fairly simple networking formula could increase the odds that policymakers will fund dynamic and productive research partnerships.


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Report Reveals Critical Infrastructure Under Constant Cyber Attack

Report Reveals Critical Infrastructure Under Constant Cyber Attack

The staggering cost and impact of cyber attacks on critical infrastructure such as electrical grids, oil and gas production, telecommunications and transportation networksis revealed in a report released Thursday (January 28)…


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As Devices Pull More Data, Patience May Be Required

As Devices Pull More Data, Patience May Be Required

Could Apple's new iPad end up being too much of a good thing? Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, played up the iPad's ability to stream live baseball games and hit movies during his demonstration Wednesday. But people willing…


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Forty Students Named Finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2010

Forty Students Named Finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2010

Forty high school seniors from across the United States were named finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2010, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Finalists will gather in Washington, D.C. in March to compete…


From ACM TechNews

China Set for Global Lead in Scientific Research

China has demonstrated the most growth in scientific research of any country in the past three decades and is on pace to overtake the United States as the world's scientific leader by 2020, according to a recent Thomson Reuters…


From ACM TechNews

Safety in Numbers: A Cloud-Based Immune System for Computers

Safety in Numbers: A Cloud-Based Immune System for Computers

Researchers at Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have incorporated cloud computing technology into Dimmunix, a new tool designed to make programs immune to future recurrences of bugs. 


From ACM TechNews

Colleges Look for New Ways to Help Women in Science

Colleges Look for New Ways to Help Women in Science

Colleges have developed programs to support women in science and engineering through the use of federal grants such as those offered under the U.S. National Science Foundation's Advance program. Advance offers "institutional…


From ACM TechNews

To Beat Spam, Turn Its Own Weapons Against It

To Beat Spam, Turn Its Own Weapons Against It

Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute and the University of California, San Diego have developed a method for blocking the most common type of spam. The researchers used a trick that spammers employ to…


From ACM TechNews

Estonians Put ROBOSWARM Technology to the Test

A swarm robot demonstrator has been successfully tested by a European collaboration that brought together nine research and industry partners from seven countries. Part of the ROBOSWARM project, the demonstrator consisted of…


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Computer Mimics Nature by Using TV

Computer Mimics Nature by Using TV

University of Bath researchers led by professor Peter Hall and Ph.D. candidate Chris Li have developed software that enables a computer to process video of a tree and then generate lifelike computer animations of trees and the…


From ACM TechNews

World Wide Web May Split Up Into Several Separate Networks

The recent dispute between the Chinese government and Google, and the latter's subsequent threat to leave China, has some analysts worried that the World Wide Web may fracture into several regional fiefdoms. 


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Apple Wins Patent for "Proximity Sensing" Multi-Touch Display

Apple has been granted a patent for a multi-touch display that can sense when and where a finger is near the screen. The patent was one of 13 granted to Apple, and revealed on the eve of Wednesday's expected announcement of a…


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Supercomputer Center Pursuing HPC-based Radiation Therapy

Supercomputer Center Pursuing HPC-based Radiation Therapy

Researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego have joined forces with the Department of Radiation Oncology in the university's School of Medicine, its Department of Mathematics, and the Lawrence Livermore…

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