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July 2016


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Meet The Woman Who Heads A Massively Influential All-Female Tech Team

Meet The Woman Who Heads A Massively Influential All-Female Tech Team

New ACM president Vicki Hanson makes no secret of her desire to see many more women make their way into executive positions across the technology industry.


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Could Trashing Junk Proteins Quash Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS and Huntington's?

Could Trashing Junk Proteins Quash Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS and Huntington's?

Although clutter can be a nuisance, it does not typically pose a health threat—unless you're an aging neuron.


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Chorus of Black Holes Sings in X-Rays

Chorus of Black Holes Sings in X-Rays

Supermassive black holes in the universe are like a raucous choir singing in the language of X-rays. When black holes pull in surrounding matter, they let out powerful X-ray bursts.


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Computing Study Refutes Famous Claim that 'Information is Physical'

Computing Study Refutes Famous Claim that 'Information is Physical'

As it turns out, information is not so physical after all.


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NUS in Quest to Create Next-Generation 'Quantum Music'

NUS in Quest to Create Next-Generation 'Quantum Music'

High-frequency vibrations produced by cooled atoms can be translated into musical sounds audible to humans.


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Plumbing the Possibilities of 'Seeing Around Corners'

Plumbing the Possibilities of 'Seeing Around Corners'

Researchers are exploring the possibilities of using scattered-light technology to recreate images hidden from a human line of sight.


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First Major Database of Non-Native English

First Major Database of Non-Native English

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have issued the first major database of fully annotated English sentences written by non-native English speakers.


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Selfie Righteous: New Tool Corrects Angles and Distances in Portraits

Selfie Righteous: New Tool Corrects Angles and Distances in Portraits

A new tool can correct distortions in self-portrait photographs by making a subject's face appear as if it were photographed from a longer distance or a different angle.


From ACM TechNews

Machines v. Hackers: Cybersecurity's Artificial Intelligence Future

Machines v. Hackers: Cybersecurity's Artificial Intelligence Future

Experts predict machines will perform increasingly complex cybersecurity operations over time, reducing the need for humans and facilitating a paradigm shift in cybersecurity.


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Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing

Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing

2016 Richard Tapia Achievement Award Recipient: Dr. David Patterson


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Australia Plans New Co-ordinates to Fix Sat-Nav Gap

Australia Plans New Co-ordinates to Fix Sat-Nav Gap

Australia is to shift its longitude and latitude to address a gap between local co-ordinates and those from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).


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Planet Hunters Seek New Ways to Detect Alien Life

Planet Hunters Seek New Ways to Detect Alien Life

In the search for life beyond Earth, false alarms abound.


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Facebook's Really Big Plans for Virtual Reality

Facebook's Really Big Plans for Virtual Reality

The office building on Facebook Way is in the unfinished style that honors materials like plywood, concrete, and steel.


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Single-Actuator Wave Robot Zips Around With High-Speed Wiggles

Single-Actuator Wave Robot Zips Around With High-Speed Wiggles

David Zarrouk of Israel's Ben Gurion University of the Negev has developed a robot that can move forward and backward by producing a continuously advancing wave.


From ACM TechNews

Computer Model Predicts How People Perceive Softness of 3D Printed Objects

Computer Model Predicts How People Perceive Softness of 3D Printed Objects

Researchers have developed a method to predict perceived softness and stiffness of three-dimensionally printed objects.


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Microsoft Maps Out F# Language Upgrade

Microsoft Maps Out F# Language Upgrade

Microsoft's upcoming upgrade to the F# "functional first" language will include new language capabilities and .Net Core support.


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Integration of Novel Materials With Silicon Chips Makes New 'Smart' Devices Possible

Integration of Novel Materials With Silicon Chips Makes New 'Smart' Devices Possible

Researchers at North Carolina State University and the U.S. Army Research Office have developed a method to integrate novel functional materials onto a computer chip.


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Homeowners' Groups Fill U.S. Last-Mile Broadband Gap

 Homeowners' Groups Fill U.S. Last-Mile Broadband Gap

Private homeowners associations are sidestepping incumbents by contracting with alternative network providers.


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Baidu Uses Millions of Users' Location Data to Make Predictions

Baidu Uses Millions of Users' Location Data to Make Predictions

Baidu, China's internet giant, has shown what you can learn when you have access to enough location data.


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Chinese Satellite Is One Giant Step for the Quantum Internet

Chinese Satellite Is One Giant Step for the Quantum Internet

China is poised to launch the world's first satellite designed to do quantum experiments. A fleet of quantum-enabled craft is likely to follow.


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Stitching a Drone's View of the World Into 3D Maps as It Flies

Stitching a Drone's View of the World Into 3D Maps as It Flies

When you're buzzing through the air at 60 kilometres per hour, it can be hard to take in the view. But now drones can create highly detailed 3D maps as they fly, using just an ordinary video camera.


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European Scientific Community Seeks Support for 5.3-Million-Euro Hybrid Cloud Build

European Scientific Community Seeks Support for 5.3-Million-Euro Hybrid Cloud Build

Ten European research organizations support an initiative to create a 5.3-million-euro hybrid cloud platform for the European scientific community.


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Physicists Find a Way of 'Bundling Together' Multiple Elements of a Quantum Computer

Physicists Find a Way of 'Bundling Together' Multiple Elements of a Quantum Computer

Physicists have discovered a way of using multilevel quantum systems, each of which is capable of working with multiple "conventional" quantum elements.


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Upcoming Tor Design Battles Hidden Services Snooping

Upcoming Tor Design Battles Hidden Services Snooping

Tor project representatives say malicious Tor Hidden Services Directories will be addressed in an upcoming redesign, and are only an "annoyance" in the meantime.


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New Movie Screen Allows for Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale

New Movie Screen Allows for Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale

Researchers have demonstrated a display on which audiences can watch three-dimensional films in a movie theater without additional eyewear.


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Rosetta Finale Set for 30 September

Rosetta Finale Set for 30 September

Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September.


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Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, Moore's Law Roadmap Predicts

Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, Moore's Law Roadmap Predicts

The 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors predicts the transistor could stop shrinking in only five years.


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New Method Reconstructs Highly Detailed 3D Eyes From a Single Photograph

New Method Reconstructs Highly Detailed 3D Eyes From a Single Photograph

Disney researchers say they have developed a technique that can capture the important, yet subtle details of human eyes with a single facial scan or photo.


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Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things

Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things

A surprisingly specific genetic portrait of the ancestor of all living things has been generated by scientists who say that the likeness sheds considerable light on the mystery of how life first emerged on Earth.


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Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards

Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards

You should be able to trust your wireless keyboard.

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