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August 2015


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Visualizing the Complex, Invisible Web of Wireless Signals that Surround Us

Visualizing the Complex, Invisible Web of Wireless Signals that Surround Us

As we wander through buildings and streets, restaurants and universities, countless signals are buzzing around our heads, so silent and invisible we forget they are there.


From ACM News

Who Drew This? A Computer… or Van Gogh?

Who Drew This? A Computer… or Van Gogh?

German researchers have created a machine-learning algorithm that can take a photograph and make it look like a drawing by Vincent van Gogh or Pablo Picasso.


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European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google

European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google

In private sessions this summer, giant publishers and media companies from Germany, France and elsewhere have met with European officials about proposals to regulate Europe's digital economy.


From ACM TechNews

Why the World's Top Computing Experts are Worrying About Your Data

Why the World's Top Computing Experts are Worrying About Your Data

Many of the world's top computer science experts met last week to determine how the widespread collection of data about consumers can be prevented from causing harm.  


From ACM TechNews

Uber Project May Improve Autonomous Cars' Vision

Uber Project May Improve Autonomous Cars' Vision

Uber is collaborating with the University of Arizona on a mapping and safety project for self-driving cars.


From ACM TechNews

Our Number's Up: Machines Will Do Maths We'll Never Understand

Our Number's Up: Machines Will Do Maths We'll Never Understand

Some mathematicians think the field of mathematics is approaching a limit that cannot yield further breakthroughs without computerized assistance. 


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Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

A new algorithmic analysis technique can identify the disjointed patterns of speech considered a hallmark of schizophrenia.


From ACM TechNews

Estimate: Human Brain 30 Times Faster than Best Supercomputers

Estimate: Human Brain 30 Times Faster than Best Supercomputers

Two Ph.D. students are seeking to determine how soon artificial intelligence might exceed the capabilities of the human brain.  


From ACM TechNews

Research Aims for Bitcoin Science to Catch Up With Growth in Usage

Research Aims for Bitcoin Science to Catch Up With Growth in Usage

Bitcoin was quickly adopted by people before any serious analysis of the technology was done,  says University of Maryland, College Park professor Jonathan Katz.


From ACM TechNews

Pursuing Electronics That Bend, Pentagon Advances Partnership With Tech Firms

Pursuing Electronics That Bend, Pentagon Advances Partnership With Tech Firms

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced a Pentagon project to develop flexible electronic devices with Silicon Valley companies and scientists.


From ACM Careers

Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies

Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies

Wearing a green Dartmouth College jersey, the newest player on the school's football team readies for action during a preseason practice.


From ACM News

NASA's New Horizons Team Selects Potential Kuiper Belt Flyby Target

NASA's New Horizons Team Selects Potential Kuiper Belt Flyby Target

This remote KBO was one of two identified as potential destinations and the one recommended to NASA by the New Horizons team. Although NASA has selected 2014 MU69 as the target, as part of its normal review process the agency…


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Quantum 'Spookiness' Passes Toughest Test Yet

Quantum 'Spookiness' Passes Toughest Test Yet

It's a bad day both for Albert Einstein and for hackers.


From ACM TechNews

STEM Fields Dominate Ranking of College Majors

STEM Fields Dominate Ranking of College Majors

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degree holders were among the top earners in a new ranking of bachelor-level majors by PayScale. 


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Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors

Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors

A new tool could offer a way around censorship technologies enabled by repressive governments.


From ACM TechNews

Super-Intelligent Machines Spawned by AI? Execs Aren't Worried

Super-Intelligent Machines Spawned by AI? Execs Aren't Worried

Technology experts at an artificial intelligence-themed event were dismissive of scenarios in which super-intelligent machines eventually surpass human intelligence.


From ACM TechNews

Electrical Circuit Made of Gel Can Repair Itself

Electrical Circuit Made of Gel Can Repair Itself

University of Texas at Austin professor Guihua Yu and colleagues have used a new gel with a unique combination of properties to fabricate a self-healing electrical circuit. 


From ACM TechNews

The Growing Need for More Women Cybersleuths

The Growing Need for More Women Cybersleuths

The recent rash of online hacks highlights a mounting need for cybersecurity professionals, including women. 


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U.S. Court Rules for Government Over NSA Metadata Collection Program

U.S. Court Rules for Government Over NSA Metadata Collection Program

A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial program that has since been amended by Congress.


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Interstellar Seeds Could Create Oases of Life

Interstellar Seeds Could Create Oases of Life

We only have one example of a planet with life: Earth. But within the next generation, it should become possible to detect signs of life on planets orbiting distant stars.


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Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors

Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors

After the huge chemical explosion in Tianjin, China, this month, two cleanup efforts began.


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Challenges of the Brave New Data World

Challenges of the Brave New Data World

Can Big Data coexist with Privacy?


From ACM TechNews

Tech Nightmares That Keep Turing Award Winners Up at Night

Tech Nightmares That Keep Turing Award Winners Up at Night

Three ACM A.M. Turing Award winning-scientists discuss technology trends they find very troubling.


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Nine Real NASA Technologies in 'The Martian'

Nine Real NASA Technologies in 'The Martian'

Mars has held a central place in human imagination and culture for millennia.


From ACM TechNews

New JavaScript-Based Language Brings the Speed

New JavaScript-Based Language Brings the Speed

Oslo, Norway-based developer Sindre Aarsaether sees tags and selectors as a key differentiator for Imba, a speedy JavaScript-based language for the Web. 


From ACM News

The Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise

The Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise

When you fill a sink, the water rises at the same rate to the same height in every corner. That's not the way it works with our rising seas.


From ACM TechNews

IIT-Bombay Team Creates Program to Detect Drunk Text Message Writers

IIT-Bombay Team Creates Program to Detect Drunk Text Message Writers

A new program can detect if someone is drunk by reading their text messages.


From ACM TechNews

WashU Computer Scientist Considers Competition's Effect on Social Welfare

WashU Computer Scientist Considers Competition's Effect on Social Welfare

Sanmay Das has received a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to use novel methods to model the dynamics of competing platforms in defined sectors. 


From ACM TechNews

UAVs Learn to Fly Solo

UAVs Learn to Fly Solo

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Robust Robotics Group want to teach unmanned aerial vehicles and other robots to think for themselves. 


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Warming Seas and Melting Ice Sheets

Warming Seas and Melting Ice Sheets

Sea level rise is a natural consequence of the warming of our planet.

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