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May 2014


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Scientists Report Finding Reliable Way to Teleport Data

Scientists Report Finding Reliable Way to Teleport Data

Scientists in the Netherlands have moved a step closer to overriding one of Albert Einstein's most famous objections to the implications of quantum mechanics, which he described as "spooky action at a distance."


From ACM Careers

U.S. Companies Seek Cyber Experts for Top Jobs, Board Seats

U.S. Companies Seek Cyber Experts for Top Jobs, Board Seats

Some of the largest U.S. companies are looking to hire cybersecurity experts in newly elevated positions and bring technologists on to their boards, a sign that corporate America is increasingly worried about hacking threats.


From ACM News

A Tour of Bletchley Park: Codebreaking that Helped Win WWII, and the Birthplace of the Modern Computer

A Tour of Bletchley Park: Codebreaking that Helped Win WWII, and the Birthplace of the Modern Computer

MI6 called it Station X.


From ACM News

Robots As Furniture?

Robots As Furniture?

Planning the menu for a dinner party in a tiny apartment can be far easier than making sure guests have a place to sit: Many apartment dwellers simply don’t have the luxury of a full dining set and a comfy couch for movie nights…


From ACM TechNews

Robot Linda Will Mingle With Visitors at the Natural History Museum

Robot Linda Will Mingle With Visitors at the Natural History Museum

A specialist mobile robot named Linda will interact with the public at the Natural History Museum in London during Universities Week 2014. 


From ACM TechNews

Get Ready for the Computers of the Future

Get Ready for the Computers of the Future

Sandia National Laboratories computer scientists are exploring ways next-generation computers can make performance gains while reducing energy consumption. 


From ACM TechNews

Quantum Cryptography With Ordinary Equipment

Quantum Cryptography With Ordinary Equipment

Japanese researchers have proposed an approach to quantum cryptography they say could work with commercially available equipment. 


From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Study Other Computer Scientists

Computer Scientists Study Other Computer Scientists

A study and data set from Brown University on computer science faculty at the 50 top U.S. schools yielded interesting findings. 


From ACM TechNews

Computer Worms

Computer Worms

The informal, crowd-funded OpenWorm project aims to develop the world's first simulated organism, a worm known as Caenorhabditis elegans. 


From ACM Careers

To Young Minds of Today, Harvard Is the Stanford of the East

To Young Minds of Today, Harvard Is the Stanford of the East

In academia, where brand reputation is everything, one university holds an especially enviable place these days when it comes to attracting students and money.


From ACM News

Brokers Use 'Billions' of Data Points to Profile Americans

Brokers Use 'Billions' of Data Points to Profile Americans

Are you a financially strapped working mother who smokes?


From ACM News

Going Dark: The Internet Behind the Internet

Going Dark: The Internet Behind the Internet

The average computer user with an Internet connection has access to an amazing wealth of information. But there's also an entire world that's invisible to your standard Web browser.


From ACM Opinion

How DARPA's Augmented Reality Software Works

How DARPA's Augmented Reality Software Works

Six years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) decided that they had a new dream. The agency wanted a system that would overlay digital tactical information right over the top of the physical world.


From ACM TechNews

Google’s Experimental Smartphone Captures a Future Mapped in 3D

Google’s Experimental Smartphone Captures a Future Mapped in 3D

Google's Project Tango prototype Android smartphone could make it easier, faster, and less expensive to scan and map the world in 3D. 


From ACM TechNews

A Major Mystery Behind Microsoft's 'Brain-Like' Speech-to-Speech Translator

A Major Mystery Behind Microsoft's 'Brain-Like' Speech-to-Speech Translator

New speech-to-speech translation technology from Microsoft becomes better at learning a language as it learns additional languages. 


From ACM News

Estonia's e-Society: Visionary or Naive?

Estonia's e-Society: Visionary or Naive?

Estonians are very early adopters of information and communications technology (ICT) in domains across their society: from e-Banking and e-Health to e-Police and e-Voting. They show no fear the state as 'Big Brother;' rather,…


From ACM TechNews

Cloud and Supercomputing Cooperate in Molecular Dynamics Research

Cloud and Supercomputing Cooperate in Molecular Dynamics Research

The director of the biophysics program at Stanford University says cloud computing and supercomputing technologies are bothnecessary for many fields of study.


From ACM TechNews

Buckle Up--SSDs Are About to Get Three Times Faster

Buckle Up--SSDs Are About to Get Three Times Faster

Researchers say they have developed technology that improves write speeds on solid-state drives by 300 percent using a firmware patch. 


From ACM News

Experimental Google Smartphone Becomes Brain of Space Robot

Experimental Google Smartphone Becomes Brain of Space Robot

Robots excel at the tedious, repetitive tasks that bore humans into ineffectiveness.


From ACM News

Can Killer Robots Learn to Follow the Rules of War?

Can Killer Robots Learn to Follow the Rules of War?

As Memorial Day reminds us every year, war doesn't go away.


From ACM News

Using Thoughts to Control Airplanes

Using Thoughts to Control Airplanes

Pilots of the future could be able to control their aircraft by merely thinking commands.


From ACM News

Sunsets on Titan Reveal the Complexity of Hazy Exoplanets

Sunsets on Titan Reveal the Complexity of Hazy Exoplanets

Scientists working with data from NASA's Cassini mission have developed a new way to understand the atmospheres of exoplanets by using Saturn's smog-enshrouded moon Titan as a stand-in.


From ACM News

How Statisticians Found Air France Flight 447 Two Years After It Crashed Into Atlantic

How Statisticians Found Air France Flight 447 Two Years After It Crashed Into Atlantic

"In the early morning hours of June 1, 2009, Air France Flight AF 447, with 228 passengers and crew aboard, disappeared during stormy weather over the Atlantic while on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris."


From ACM TechNews

Girls at the Center of Obama's Science Push

Girls at the Center of Obama's Science Push

Girls and women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields will be a special focus of the annual White House science fair May 27. 


From ACM TechNews

Supercomputers Used to Model Disaster Scenarios

Supercomputers Used to Model Disaster Scenarios

Bangor University School of Computer Science researchers are using supercomputers to run programs that can predict how people will react in a disaster. 


From ACM TechNews

Google's 'Quantum Computing Playground' Lets You Fiddle With Quantum Algorithms

Google's 'Quantum Computing Playground' Lets You Fiddle With Quantum Algorithms

Google has released a new Web-based integrated development environment that enables users to experiment with quantum algorithms. 


From ACM TechNews

MINT Program Helps Pinpoint Threats Contained in Intelligence Data

MINT Program Helps Pinpoint Threats Contained in Intelligence Data

Researchers are working to improve the capabilities of the U.S. Multi-Disciplinary Intelligence system, which monitors incoming intelligence data.


From ACM TechNews

Computers Learn Better Reading Comprehension Through UT Research

Computers Learn Better Reading Comprehension Through UT Research

A University of Twente researcher has developed a way to help computers improve their understanding of written texts. 


From ACM News

Google Uses Artificial Brains to Teach Its Data Centers How to Behave

Google Uses Artificial Brains to Teach Its Data Centers How to Behave

At Google, artificial intelligence isn't just a means of building cars that drive on their own, smartphone services that respond to the spoken word, and online search engines that instantly recognize digital images.


From ACM News

Google's Next Phase in Driverless Cars: No Brakes or Steering Wheel

Google's Next Phase in Driverless Cars: No Brakes or Steering Wheel

Humans might be the one problem Google can't solve.

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