Sign In

Communications of the ACM

News Archive


Archives

The news archive provides access to past news stories from Communications of the ACM and other sources by date.

August 2011


From ACM News

Jupiter-Bound Space Probe Captures Earth And Moon

On its way to the biggest planet in the solar system—Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft took time to capture its home planet and its natural satellite—the moon.


From ACM News

Milky Way Galaxy Re-created

How long does it take to simulate the Milky Way? The answer is about nine months, if you're using a powerful supercomputer.


From ACM TechNews

Prof Explores Dynamics of Online Networking

Prof Explores Dynamics of Online Networking

University of Texas at Dallas professor Cuihua Shen has led a study of SourceForge, the Internet's largest open source community, using social network analysis to test social drivers that shape collaboration dynamics among users…


From ACM TechNews

The First Fully Stretchable OLED

The First Fully Stretchable OLED

University of California, Los Angeles researchers have developed the first fully stretchable organic light-emitting diode.


From ACM TechNews

Hanging Can Be Life Threatening

Although testing and static code analysis are used to detect and remove bugs in a system during development, problems can still occur once a software system is in place and is being used in a real-world application. 


From ACM TechNews

Turning Data Into Democratic Action: Social Apps Lab at CITRIS

Turning Data Into Democratic Action: Social Apps Lab at CITRIS

Current projects at the University of California Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society's Social Apps Lab include eradicating dengue fever, reducing asthma, and engaging citizens in local urban…


From ACM TechNews

Dumping Friends on Facebook Helps Make You Secure

Dumping Friends on Facebook Helps Make You Secure

Arizona State University researcher Pritam Gundecha has developed a method for determining which Facebook friends are most likely to leak private information. 


From ACM News

Online Review Too Good To Be True? Sometimes It Is

Online reviews are many, but it's often difficult to tell the real ones from the fakes. To help sort the genuinely delighted customers from profit-driven praise, researchers at Cornell University have developed software that…


From ACM News

CSI: Tech to Automatically Identify the Bad Guy

Researchers hope a new system could automatically scan the hours of CCTV footage police have to comb through to identify suspects without invading privacy.


From ACM Opinion

Technology Is Our Friend... Except When It Isn't

Technology Is Our Friend... Except When It Isn't

The technology in question starts with "gigapixel" photography. Gigapixel photos are giant panoramas that themselves consist of hundreds of component mega-pixel digital shots.


From ACM TechNews

Image Searches 'Poisoned' by Cybercriminals

More than 113 million Internet users were redirected to malicious pages due to search engine poisoning in May 2011, according to Trend Micro. 


From ACM TechNews

Increasing Fuel Efficiency With a Smartphone

Increasing Fuel Efficiency With a Smartphone

Researchers at MIT and Princeton University have developed SignalGuru, a system that uses a network of smartphones mounted on a car dashboard to collect information about traffic signals and to tell drivers when slowing down…


From ACM News

The 10 Commandments of Steve

More than anything else, Jobs's genius is in managing the creative process. Here's his playbook.


From ACM TechNews

Robot Teaches English as Second Language

Robot Teaches English as Second Language

Pasadena City College professor Ron Chang Lee has developed interactive robots that help students learn English as a second language.


From ACM TechNews

Football Analysis Leads to Advance in Artificial Intelligence

Football Analysis Leads to Advance in Artificial Intelligence

Oregon State University researchers have developed an AI-based tool that combines computer vision, machine learning, and automated planning to create a system that could improve a variety of fields. 


From ACM TechNews

UT Researchers Develop Algorithm to Improve Remote Electrocardiography

An algorithm developed by a team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has the potential to make an electrocardiogram more effective. 


From ACM News

Replicating Human Errors to Test Network Security

Replicating Human Errors to Test Network Security

University of Southern California researchers have developed a system for testing the security of computer networks by making computers simulate the type of human errors that leave networks vulnerable.


From ACM News

Stanley Kubrick Envisioned the iPad in '2001,' Says Samsung

Stanley Kubrick Envisioned the iPad in '2001,' Says Samsung

Sometimes life really does imitate art. In the battle to compete with Apple's iPad, Samsung has channeled the spirit of Stanley Kubrick, the director of "2001: A Space Odyssey."


From ACM News

Sleeping Around Gave Early Humans Immune Boost from Neanderthals, Denisovans

Sleeping Around Gave Early Humans Immune Boost from Neanderthals, Denisovans

The ancestry of modern humans has gotten much more interesting in recent years.


From ACM News

Chinese Cyberwar Video Goes Missing

Now you see it, now you don’t. A Chinese documentary that showed off the military’s ability to conduct a cyberattack against a U.S.-based site appears to have been removed from the Web site of state-run TV.


From ACM TechNews

Google Highlights Trouble in Detecting Web-Based Malware

Google Highlights Trouble in Detecting Web-Based Malware

It is now more difficult to identify malicious Web sites and attacks as antivirus software is proving to be an ineffective defense against new threats, according to a Google study. 


From ACM TechNews

Argonne Nanoscientists Invent Better Etching Technique

Argonne Nanoscientists Invent Better Etching Technique

Argonne National Laboratory researchers have developed an improved etching method that involves shooting beams of electrons at computer chips, which could lead to new advanced technologies. 


From ACM TechNews

NSF Launches Sustainability Research Networks Competition

The U.S. National Science Foundation recently announced a competition for Sustainability Research Networks as part of the organization's broader focus on Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability. 


From ACM TechNews

Simple Security for Wireless

Simple Security for Wireless

A new wireless security scheme from MIT protects against man-in-the-middle attacks does not require password protection or some additional communications mechanism. 


From ACM TechNews

Researchers: Target Cancer Cell Metabolism

Researchers: Target Cancer Cell Metabolism

Tel Aviv University professor Eytan Ruppin and colleagues have developed the first computerized genome-scale model of cancer cell metabolism. 


From ACM TechNews

Linux Foundation Releases Specification to Ease Licensing Headaches

Linux Foundation Releases Specification to Ease Licensing Headaches

The Linux Foundation and FOSSBazaar have  released the Software Package Data Exchange, a data exchange specification that tracks license information in a standardized way, allowing it to travel across the software supply chain…


From ACM News

Seeing the Future of the Office Internet

Seeing the Future of the Office Internet

Inside the headquarters of networking giant Cisco in San Jose, California, lies a technology showcase where executives can test out advanced technologies like high-definition videoconferencing, a digital avatar named Halie…


From ACM News

Jobs's Departure as CEO Puts Product Vision in Hands of Ive

Steve Jobs's departure as chief executive officer this week leaves Apple Inc. without the full- time attention of its technology visionary, putting pressure on head product designer Jonathan Ive to fill that gap.


From ACM News

Attention to Detail, Noted in 313 Patents

When people in the technology industry speak of Steven P. Jobs’s knack for design, they often have Apple’s iconic products in mind: the early all-in-one Macintosh computers, the first iMacs with their brightly colored and…


From ACM News

'Smart' CCTV Could Track Rioters

'Smart' CCTV Could Track Rioters

Researchers at Kingston University have created a system that uses artificial intelligence to recognise specific types of behaviour, such as someone holding a gun.

« Prev 1 2 3 7 Next »
Read CACM in a free mobile app!
Access the latest issue, plus archived issues and more
ACM Logo
  • ACM CACM apps available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and Android platforms
  • ACM Digital Library apps available for iOS, Android, and Windows devices
  • Download an app and sign in to it with your ACM Web Account
Find the app for your mobile device
ACM DL Logo