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March 2014


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Stodgy, Old Baseball Invents the Future of Instant Replay

Stodgy, Old Baseball Invents the Future of Instant Replay

Major League Baseball is not inclined to tinker much with America's pastime, aside from the occasional tweak to the number of teams in the playoffs.


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Open Enigma Project Makes Encryption Machines Accessible

Open Enigma Project Makes Encryption Machines Accessible

Enigma machines have captivated everyone from legendary code breaker Alan Turing and the dedicated cryptographers from England's Bletchley Park to historians and collectors the world over.


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Human Evolution: The Neanderthal in the Family

Human Evolution: The Neanderthal in the Family

Before ancient DNA exposed the sexual proclivities of Neanderthals or the ancestry of the first Americans, there was the quagga.


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Dell's New Research Division Wants Computers to Detect Your Mood

Dell's New Research Division Wants Computers to Detect Your Mood

Dell Research is conducting experiments to detect a person's mood, for use in computers involved with education and communications. 


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Dolphin Whistle Instantly Translated By Computer

Dolphin Whistle Instantly Translated By Computer

The Wild Dolphin Project is developing algorithms to analyze animal sounds to determine if information is transmitted, in an attempt to understand animal behavior. 


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Experts Say NSA Rules Leave Privacy Vulnerable

Experts Say NSA Rules Leave Privacy Vulnerable

Cybersecurity experts doubt U.S. President Barack Obama's assurance the U.S. National Security Agency is not spying on ordinary Americans' communications.


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Penn Scientists Teach Computer Programs How to Teach Programming

Penn Scientists Teach Computer Programs How to Teach Programming

University of Pennsylvania researchers are developing "automated program synthesis tools" that check whether human-supplied code operates correctly. 


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Lens-Free Camera Sees Things Differently

Lens-Free Camera Sees Things Differently

In a new system, a curved camera lens is replaced with a tiny sensor that uses a spiral shape to map light and a computer determines the resulting image. 


From ACM TechNews

Linux Foundation Finds That Collaboration Pays Off

Linux Foundation Finds That Collaboration Pays Off

In a Linux Foundation survey of 700 business managers and software developers, 91 percent said collaborative software development is important to their business. 


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How Twitter Knows You're Obese

How Twitter Knows You're Obese

A researcher contends Twitter and other social media can complement other data sources for public health officials to identify at-risk communities. 


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In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits the Question of Software Patents

In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits the Question of Software Patents

If you write a book or a song, you can get copyright protection for it. If you invent a pill or a better mousetrap, you can patent it.


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The Electronic Holy War

The Electronic Holy War

In May, 1997, I.B.M.'s Deep Blue supercomputer prevailed over Garry Kasparov in a series of six chess games, becoming the first computer to defeat a world-champion chess player.


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Comet Lander Checks In with Earth

Comet Lander Checks In with Earth

The Philae lander, which Europe hopes to put on the surface of a comet later this year, has been re-activated after three years in deep-space hibernation.


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Search for Lost Jet Is Complicated by Geopolitics and Rivalries

Search for Lost Jet Is Complicated by Geopolitics and Rivalries

The frantic hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been, in one way, a nearly miraculous display of international collaboration: 26 nations, many of them rivals, have opened up their territorial waters and airspace or have…


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How the NSA Would Get Phone Data Under Obama Administration's New Plan

How the NSA Would Get Phone Data Under Obama Administration's New Plan

One of the key points in the "fact sheet" that the White House published today about its plan to end the NSA's bulk collection of phone record data is that while the NSA will no longer have possession of phone data, it will still…


From ACM TechNews

Apple Seeks Greater Emoji Racial Diversity

Apple Seeks Greater Emoji Racial Diversity

Apple says it wants to boost the ethnic diversity of the emoji used in text-messaging apps.


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Cross-Industry IoT Group Pushes for Gear That Works Together

Cross-Industry IoT Group Pushes for Gear That Works Together

Five information technology and equipment firms launched the Industrial Internet Consortium Thursday to guide standards for the Internet of Things. 


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The Curious Nature of Sharing Cascades on Facebook

The Curious Nature of Sharing Cascades on Facebook

Although the bulk of content on Facebook is shared only a few times, some can be reshared millions of times.


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Japanese Language Inspires Student to Develop Unique Computer Game

Japanese Language Inspires Student to Develop Unique Computer Game

Koe is a role-playing game that teaches users the Japanese language within the context of entertaining game play. 


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Carnegie Mellon Robot Invites Humans to Play Mean Game of Scrabble

Carnegie Mellon Robot Invites Humans to Play Mean Game of Scrabble

Victor is a Scrabble-playing social robot designed to help scientists better understand what it takes to get people to enjoy interacting with a robot. 


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Hypnotic Art Shows How Patterns Emerge From Randomness in Nature

Hypnotic Art Shows How Patterns Emerge From Randomness in Nature

British mathematician Alan Turing is perhaps best known for the Turing test, which determines if a computer can be considered intelligent based on whether it can pass for a human in conversation.


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Consortium Wants Standards for 'Internet of Things'

Consortium Wants Standards for 'Internet of Things'

Attention: Internet of Things. For better or worse, big boys are in the room.


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How Vintage Tech Helped Us Track the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

How Vintage Tech Helped Us Track the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

The saga of MH370, the Malaysian Airlines flight missing for more than two weeks, seems to be entering its final chapter.


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Justice Scalia Looks Forward to Hearing NSA Spying Case

Justice Scalia Looks Forward to Hearing NSA Spying Case

Justice Antonin Scalia signaled during a law school talk on March 21 that the Supreme Court is very much aware that legal challenges to the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance programs are headed toward the high…


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Robotic Arm Probes Chemistry of 3-D Objects by Mass Spectrometry

Robotic Arm Probes Chemistry of 3-D Objects by Mass Spectrometry

Researchers have developed a system that enables scientists to better simulate and analyze the chemical reactions of early Earth on the surface of real rocks. 


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Don't Let Personal Data Escape Your Smartphone

Don't Let Personal Data Escape Your Smartphone

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne researchers have developed an application that automatically secures shared information on a mobile phone. 


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All Android Devices at Risk of Being Hacked When Installing OS System Updates

All Android Devices at Risk of Being Hacked When Installing OS System Updates

Security researchers have uncovered a new class of vulnerabilities in the Android operating system. 


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University of Twente Tool Makes Scanning the Internet for Illegal Images Possible

University of Twente Tool Makes Scanning the Internet for Illegal Images Possible

A new system makes it possible to scan Internet traffic for illegal photographs without infringing on users' privacy rights. 


From ACM Careers

Which College—and Which Major—Will Make You Richest?

Which College—and Which Major—Will Make You Richest?

A Bachelor of Science from Harvey Mudd College, the small California science and engineering school, is the most valuable college degree in America.


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New Focus for Robotics: Artificial Creativity

New Focus for Robotics: Artificial Creativity

The founding director of the Center for Music Technology at Georgia Tech is exploring how creative robots can be.

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