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April 2015


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NASA's New Horizons Detects Surface Features, Possible Polar Cap on Pluto

NASA's New Horizons Detects Surface Features, Possible Polar Cap on Pluto

For the first time, images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto—the primary target of the New Horizons close flyby in mid-July.


From ACM News

Holograms Could Bring Videogame-like Navigation to Your Car

Holograms Could Bring Videogame-like Navigation to Your Car

There are plenty of ways to get directions in the car, but most have one big shortcoming.


From ACM Careers

NIH Reiterates Ban on Editing Human Embryo DNA

NIH Reiterates Ban on Editing Human Embryo DNA

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reaffirmed its ban on research that involves gene editing of human embryos. In a statement released on 29 April, NIH director Francis Collins spelled out the agency's long-standing…


From ACM TechNews

Olga Troyanskaya Brings Order to Big Data of Human Biology

Olga Troyanskaya Brings Order to Big Data of Human Biology

Researchers at the Simons Center for Data Analysis have established how genes work together within 144 different human tissues and cell types. 


From ACM TechNews

Lawmakers Want a Few Good Hackers to Help Bring Congress Into the 21st Century

Lawmakers Want a Few Good Hackers to Help Bring Congress Into the 21st Century

The Hack4Congress D.C. brought together technology enthusiasts and non-technology hobbyists to work on projects intended to make the U.S. Congress more efficient. 


From ACM TechNews

Resilience, Not Abstinence, May Help Teens Battle Online Risk

Resilience, Not Abstinence, May Help Teens Battle Online Risk

Researchers found keeping teens safe on the Internet can be achieved by boosting their ability to cope with online risks, rather than trying to stop them from going online. 


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UC Berkeley Team Builds 'Smart' Grocery Cart With Recycled Smartphones

UC Berkeley Team Builds 'Smart' Grocery Cart With Recycled Smartphones

A smart grocery cart was the winning product concept in the inaugural Smartphone Encore Challenge. 


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NASA Bids Farewell to MESSENGER, Its Mercury Orbiter

NASA Bids Farewell to MESSENGER, Its Mercury Orbiter

A bit over 3,900 days ago, NASA sent a probe on a meandering course through the inner Solar System.


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Microsoft Shows Hololens' Augmented Reality Is No Gimmick

Microsoft Shows Hololens' Augmented Reality Is No Gimmick

Microsoft demonstrated how far its augmented-reality HoloLens wonderland project has come.


From ACM News

IBM Brings Quantum Computing a Step Closer

IBM Brings Quantum Computing a Step Closer

Researchers at IBM have stitched together a prototype circuit that could become the basis of quantum computers a decade hence.


From ACM TechNews

One Way to Reduce Email Stress: Re-Invent the Mailing List

One Way to Reduce Email Stress: Re-Invent the Mailing List

Researchers at MIT CSAIL have developed a prototype system called Murmur that they hope will improve the experience of using email mailing lists by incorporating popular social media features such as upvoting, following, and…


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Is the Universe a Hologram?

Is the Universe a Hologram?

At first glance, there is not the slightest doubt: to us, the universe looks three dimensional. But one of the most fruitful theories of theoretical physics in the last two decades is challenging this assumption.


From ACM TechNews

Online Fact-Checking Tool Gets a Big Test With Nepal Earthquake

Online Fact-Checking Tool Gets a Big Test With Nepal Earthquake

A group of volunteer "digital humanitarians" is using an experimental Web platform to crowdsource rumor verification following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal. 


From ACM TechNews

Why Coding Is Your Child's Key to Unlocking the Future

Why Coding Is Your Child's Key to Unlocking the Future

An increasing number of educators and activists are pushing to make programming a part of all children's basic education. 


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Zero Downtime for GNSS Applications

Zero Downtime for GNSS Applications

The CALIBRA project team has developed new solutions for ionospheric disturbance, which can affect the positioning of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). 


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Using Smartphones to Avoid Spatial Disorientation of Elderly

Using Smartphones to Avoid Spatial Disorientation of Elderly

Researchers have turned to network operating technologies to locate and send alerts to elderly people with mild cognitive impairment during episodes of disorientation.  


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Team Develops Faster, Higher Quality 3D Camera

Team Develops Faster, Higher Quality 3D Camera

Researchers have developed a three-dimensional capture camera they say is inexpensive, produces high-quality images, and works in all environments. 


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U.S. Is Faulted for Risking Edge in R&D

U.S. Is Faulted for Risking Edge in R&D

A new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is faulting the U.S. government for failing to maintain its investments in basic scientific research. 


From ACM Opinion

You Can't Backdoor a Platform

You Can't Backdoor a Platform

According to law enforcement and intelligence agencies, encryption should come with a backdoor.


From ACM News

Smartphone Secrets May Be Better Than a Password

Smartphone Secrets May Be Better Than a Password

Before you read this story, try to answer the following question: Who was the first person to text you today?


From ACM Opinion

Mercury Mission Set to End with Dramatic Crash

Mercury Mission Set to End with Dramatic Crash

On 30 April, after more than four years in orbit around Mercury, NASA's MESSENGER probe will plunge to its doom.


From ACM News

Researchers Plan to Demonstrate a Wireless Car Hack This Summer

Researchers Plan to Demonstrate a Wireless Car Hack This Summer

A note of caution to anyone who works on the security team of a major automobile manufacturer: Don't plan your summer vacation just yet.


From ACM TechNews

Security Experts Hack Teleoperated Surgical Robot

Security Experts Hack Teleoperated Surgical Robot

University of Washington in Seattle researchers are studying the issues associated with the communications technology involved in telesurgery. 


From ACM TechNews

Soggy Computing: Liquid Devices Might Match the Brain's Efficiency

Soggy Computing: Liquid Devices Might Match the Brain's Efficiency

Researchers are studying a class of materials capable of switching from an insulating state to a conductive, metallic one. 


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Iowa State Researchers Test Brain Activity to Identify Cybersecurity Threats

Iowa State Researchers Test Brain Activity to Identify Cybersecurity Threats

Iowa State University researchers are working to better understand internal cybersecurity threats by measuring brain activity. 


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Rosetta Captures Stunning New Images of Comet's Surface and Activity

Rosetta Captures Stunning New Images of Comet's Surface and Activity

What happens when you make a low-level flyby of a cometary nucleus?


From ACM News

Prosthetics That Can Feel, Thanks to the Science of Touch

Prosthetics That Can Feel, Thanks to the Science of Touch

In 2012, Pennsylvania native Jan Scheuermann ate the most satisfying bite of chocolate of her life.


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Project Elysium Wants to Use VR to Revive Deceased Loved Ones

Project Elysium Wants to Use VR to Revive Deceased Loved Ones

How far is too far when it comes to pushing the boundaries of virtual reality?


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Unforgettable Hubble Space Telescope Photos

Unforgettable Hubble Space Telescope Photos

"This is a really new birthplace of stars," Jennifer Wiseman, senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, said of the new image, which shows a cluster of 3,000 stars known as Westerlund 2 in the constellation Carina…


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Australian Researchers Reveal Graphene 3D Display Tech

Australian Researchers Reveal Graphene 3D Display Tech

Graphene is at the center of a new technique for creating three-dimensional (3D) holographic displays featured in films such as "Star Wars" and "Avatar."

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