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November 2013


From ACM News

Scientists Seek Other Scientists for Cosmology Problem

Scientists Seek Other Scientists for Cosmology Problem

How do you measure something that is invisible?


From ACM News

Jury: Newegg Infringes Spangenberg Patent, Must Pay $2.3 Million

Jury: Newegg Infringes Spangenberg Patent, Must Pay $2.3 Million

Newegg, an online retailer that has made a name for itself fighting the non-practicing patent holders sometimes called "patent trolls," sits on the losing end of a lawsuit tonight.


From ACM News

How Do Game Companies Share Massive Files?

How Do Game Companies Share Massive Files?

Electronic Arts' multi-player shooter "Battlefield 4" exploded onto the computer games scene earlier this month, giving players a realistic taste of military combat in the 21st Century.


From ACM Opinion

Can You Hack It?

Can You Hack It?

Wherever you're sitting right now, take a moment to note the connected devices around you.


From ACM TechNews

Text Messages Tell Drivers When There's a Jam Ahead

Text Messages Tell Drivers When There's a Jam Ahead

Drivers in Nairobi, Kenya, should have an easier time navigating traffic thanks to a new text message service from IBM Research Africa. 


From ACM TechNews

Inexpensive 'Nano-Camera' Can Operate at the Speed of Light

Inexpensive 'Nano-Camera' Can Operate at the Speed of Light

Researchers have created a $500 "nano-camera" that operates at the speed of light and could have applications in areas like medical imaging. 


From ACM TechNews

Something About STEM Drives Women Out

Something About STEM Drives Women Out

Women who have worked in STEM fields are more likely to leave their field for other careers than other professional women.


From ACM News

Body Sensors Measure Impact of Blasts on Soldiers

Body Sensors Measure Impact of Blasts on Soldiers

Along with the heavy body armor and weapons they carry in the field, U.S. troops may soon be wearing another piece of equipment: a lightweight canvas pouch with devices to measure the impact on the body of blasts from improvised…


From ACM News

Today, Glasses. Tomorrow, Body Implants?

Today, Glasses. Tomorrow, Body Implants?

Wearable gadgets like smart watches and Google Glass can seem like a fad that has all the durability of CB radios or Duran Duran, but they're important early signs of a new era of technology that will drive investment and innovation…


From ACM TechNews

Interview: Peter Denning

Interview: Peter Denning

Computer scientist and former ACM president Peter Denning explains how fundamental security principles were lost with the advent of the PC era. 


From ACM TechNews

Rise of the Robot Artist

Rise of the Robot Artist

Software programs are emerging that are able to generate works that meet some definitions.


From ACM News

'Wise Chisels': Art, Craftsmanship, and Power Tools

'Wise Chisels': Art, Craftsmanship, and Power Tools

It's often easy to tell at a glance the difference between a mass-produced object and one that has been handcrafted: The handmade item is likely to have distinctive imperfections and clear signs of an individual's technique and…


From ACM News

Weaponizing Robots

Weaponizing Robots

Should we expect to see autonomous killing machines on future battlefields?


From ACM News

Already Anticipating 'Terminator' Ethics

Already Anticipating 'Terminator' Ethics

What could possibly go wrong?


From ACM TechNews

Quantum Light Harvesting Hints at Entirely New Form of Computing

Quantum Light Harvesting Hints at Entirely New Form of Computing

The classical and quantum processes used by plants and bacteria to efficiently harvest light could have a transformative effect on computing. 


From ACM TechNews

Study Looks at Better Prediction for Epileptic Seizures Through Adaptive Learning Approach

Study Looks at Better Prediction for Epileptic Seizures Through Adaptive Learning Approach

Researchers have developed a computational model they say can more accurately predict when an epileptic seizure will occur. 


From ACM TechNews

25 Ideas to Improve Government--From Citizens

25 Ideas to Improve Government--From Citizens

Ideation Nation, a five-week civic engagement project, is striving to promote greater collaboration among citizens and governments. 


From ACM Opinion

My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet

My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet

Internet security relies on the fact that our computers can't break its cryptosystems. But the quantum algorithm you devised has the potential to do just that.


From ACM News

Newegg Trial: Crypto Legend Takes the Stand, Goes for Knockout Patent Punch

Newegg Trial: Crypto Legend Takes the Stand, Goes for Knockout Patent Punch

Newegg's courtroom face-off with patent-licensing giant TQP Development is nearing its end.


From ACM Opinion

Three Questions for Computing Pioneer Carver Mead

Three Questions for Computing Pioneer Carver Mead

Computer scientist Carver Mead gave Moore's Law its name in around 1970 and played a crucial role in making sure it's held true in the decades since.


From ACM TechNews

Tim Berners-Lee Says 'Surveillance Threatens Web'

Tim Berners-Lee Says 'Surveillance Threatens Web'

The Internet is threatened by a "growing tide of surveillance and censorship," warns Sir Tim Berners-Lee. 


From ACM TechNews

The Online Dating Engine That Assesses Your Taste in the Opposite Sex (and Whether They Find You Attractive)

The Online Dating Engine That Assesses Your Taste in the Opposite Sex (and Whether They Find You Attractive)

A new dating recommendation engine suggests potential dates based not only on mutual interests, but also on a person's likelihood to reply to initial contact. 


From ACM News

Why the U.S. May Lose the Race to Exascale

In the global race to build the next generation of supercomputers—exascale—there is no guarantee the U.S. will finish first.


From ACM News

What's Next for GPU Chips? Maybe the Network.

What's Next for GPU Chips? Maybe the Network.

Over the last few years it's been interesting to see where in the computing landscape graphics processors or GPUs like those turned out by Nvidia have turned up.


From ACM News

Meet The 'Assassination Market' Creator Who's Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins

Meet The 'Assassination Market' Creator Who's Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins

As Bitcoin becomes an increasingly popular form of digital cash, the cryptocurrency is being accepted in exchange for everything from socks to sushi to heroin.


From ACM News

Graphene: The Quest for Supercarbon

Graphene: The Quest for Supercarbon

Mr G gazes out from a recruitment poster hanging in an engineering building in Cambridge, U.K.


From ACM Opinion

Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease and Desist Letter to WikiPR

Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease and Desist Letter to WikiPR

On October 21, the Wikimedia Foundation issued a statement from Sue Gardner, our executive director, condemning the black hat practice of paid advocacy editing and sockpuppeting on Wikipedia.


From ACM TechNews

Stuxnet's Earlier Version Much More Powerful and Dangerous, New Analysis Finds

Stuxnet's Earlier Version Much More Powerful and Dangerous, New Analysis Finds

The version of the Stuxnet worm developed in 2005 was much stronger than the version used in a cyberattack against an Iranian nuclear facility in 2010.


From ACM TechNews

Milestone Could Help Magnets End Era of Computer Transistors

Milestone Could Help Magnets End Era of Computer Transistors

Magnetic switches could one day replace conventional transistors at the core of modern electronics.


From ACM TechNews

Chaotic Physics in Ferroelectrics Hints at Brain-Like Computing

Chaotic Physics in Ferroelectrics Hints at Brain-Like Computing

Researchers have found unexpected behavior in ferroelectric materials, supporting a new approach to information storage and processing. 

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