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September 2014


From ACM Opinion

'Glass Brain' Offers Tours of the Space between Your Ears

'Glass Brain' Offers Tours of the Space between Your Ears

Former Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart takes pride in his brain.


From ACM TechNews

Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea

Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea

Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas researchers have nearly doubled the swimming speed of their robotic octopus.


From ACM News

Existing Delivery Techniques Could Hinder Internet Protocol Revolution

Existing Delivery Techniques Could Hinder Internet Protocol Revolution

Named Data Networking Consortium supports an emerging Internet architecture designed for an increasingly mobile world.


From ACM Careers

The Google Formula for Success

The Google Formula for Success

Can Google’s winning ways be applied to all kinds of businesses?


From ACM TechNews

Underwater Robot for Port Security

Underwater Robot for Port Security

A new submersible robot has a flattened panel on one side so it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans. 


From ACM TechNews

Graphene Reduces Complexity and Cost of Touchscreens

Graphene Reduces Complexity and Cost of Touchscreens

Researchers say graphene-treated nanowires can be used to produce flexible touchscreens at a fraction of the current cost.


From ACM News

Hong Kong Protesters Use a Mesh Network to Organise

Hong Kong Protesters Use a Mesh Network to Organise

Hong Kong's mass protest is networked. Activists are relying on a free app that can send messages without any cellphone connection.


From ACM News

Computer Scientist Gérard Berry is Awarded the 2014 CNRS Gold Medal

Computer Scientist Gérard Berry is Awarded the 2014 CNRS Gold Medal

This year's CNRS Gold Medal has been awarded to Gérard Berry, holder of the first chair in computer science at the Collège de France since 2012.


From ACM News

Radio Waves Offer Cheap Gesture Detection on Smartphones

Radio Waves Offer Cheap Gesture Detection on Smartphones

A research project at the University of Washington shows a way to add gesture control to phones without requiring sophisticated new sensors.


From ACM TechNews

New Technology May Lead to Prolonged Power in Mobile Devices

New Technology May Lead to Prolonged Power in Mobile Devices

New technology accesses the power of a single electron to control energy consumption inside transistors, which could lead to wearable computers with built-in power sources. 


From ACM TechNews

New Discovery Could Pave the Way for Spin-based Computing

New Discovery Could Pave the Way for Spin-based Computing

Researchers have found a way to fuse electricity and magnetism in a single material, which they say could lead to ultrahigh density storage and computing architectures. 


From ACM TechNews

Dartmouth's New ZEBRA Bracelet Strengthens Computer Security

Dartmouth's New ZEBRA Bracelet Strengthens Computer Security

Dartmouth College researchers have developed wearable computer security technology that authenticates users while they are using a device. 


From ACM TechNews

Code the Ode: Center for Digital Humanities Marries Technology and Humanistic Studies

Code the Ode: Center for Digital Humanities Marries Technology and Humanistic Studies

Princeton University's new Center for Digital Humanities will support interdisciplinary initiatives across the humanities, computer sciences, and library sciences.


From ACM TechNews

Putting the Squeeze on Quantum Information

Putting the Squeeze on Quantum Information

Researchers have demonstrated that information stored in quantum bits can be exponentially compressed without losing data. 


From ACM TechNews

Supercomputer Ushers in New Era of Australian Research

Supercomputer Ushers in New Era of Australian Research

The Pawsey Supercomputing Center recently installed the final stage upgrade for Magnus, the most advanced scientific supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere. 


From ACM TechNews

Companies Rush to Fix Shellshock Software Bug as Hackers Launch Thousands of Attacks

Companies Rush to Fix Shellshock Software Bug as Hackers Launch Thousands of Attacks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week warned about the newly discovered Shellshock bug affecting a widely used Bash Unix shell. 


From ACM Opinion

A Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs

A Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs

Believe it or not, I do have friends who would describe themselves as not liking math, and every so often one of them will share this meme on Facebook: And then Satan said, "Put the alphabet in math."


From ACM News

Shellshock: 'Deadly serious' new vulnerability found

Shellshock: 'Deadly serious' new vulnerability found

A "deadly serious" bug potentially affecting hundreds of millions of computers, servers and devices has been discovered.


From ACM News

Drone Exemptions for Hollywood Pave the Way for Widespread Use

Drone Exemptions for Hollywood Pave the Way for Widespread Use

The commercial use of drones in American skies took a leap forward on Thursday with the help of Hollywood. The Federal Aviation Administration said six companies could use camera-equipped drones on certain movie and television…


From ACM TechNews

Build Something

Build Something

Research has found that giving students a sense of the usefulness of their studies to the greater world can help improve learning. For the computer sciences one way of doing this is the Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software…


From ACM TechNews

Geo-Ranking the Internet

Geo-Ranking the Internet

Many factors can affect how resilient and durable access to the Internet can be in a given country, and a pair of German researchers have defined nine factors that can be aggregated to measure Internet resiliency at the national…


From ACM TechNews

'Dr. Fill' Vies for Crossword Solving Supremacy, but Still Comes Up Short

'Dr. Fill' Vies for Crossword Solving Supremacy, but Still Comes Up Short

Computers have long been able to beat even the best human opponents at games such as chess, but humans remain dominant when it comes to the crossword puzzle.


From ACM TechNews

Facebook, Intel Back Effort to Lift Engineer Diversity

Facebook, Intel Back Effort to Lift Engineer Diversity

Rectifying a lack of diversity among computer science undergraduates is the goal of the BRAID program, to which Facebook, Intel, Google, Microsoft, and others will contribute $1.35 million over the next three years to 15 universities'…


From ACM TechNews

Robotic Fabric Could Bring 'Active Clothing,' Wearable Robots

Robotic Fabric Could Bring 'Active Clothing,' Wearable Robots

Purdue University researchers are developing a robotic fabric that moves and contracts and is embedded with sensors. The researchers say the fabric could be used to create active clothing and a new class of soft robots.


From ACM News

The Solace of Oblivion

The Solace of Oblivion

October 31, 2006, an eighteen-year-old woman named Nikki Catsouras slammed her father's sports car into the side of a concrete toll booth in Orange County, California.


From ACM News

Tiny Robot Learns to Fly a Real Plane

Tiny Robot Learns to Fly a Real Plane

A small, hobby-sized robot could herald the pilot of the future.


From ACM News

The Anita Borg Institute and Harvey Mudd College Launch Initiative to Increase the Diversity in Computer Science Undergraduate Majors at 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

The Anita Borg Institute and Harvey Mudd College Launch Initiative to Increase the Diversity in Computer Science Undergraduate Majors at 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

"BRAID" will work with 15 CS departments to increase the percentage of their undergraduate majors that are female and minorities.


From ACM TechNews

Video Games Could Dramatically Streamline Education Research

Video Games Could Dramatically Streamline Education Research

Washington State University researchers have developed a computational modeling method for conducting research on science curricula in classrooms. 


From ACM TechNews

Fingertip Sensor Gives Robot Unprecedented Dexterity

Fingertip Sensor Gives Robot Unprecedented Dexterity

Researchers have developed a robot equipped with tactile sensors that enable it to grasp a USB cable draped over a hook and insert it into a USB port. 


From ACM TechNews

GoogleX to Circle the Earth With Internet-Connected Balloons

GoogleX to Circle the Earth With Internet-Connected Balloons

GoogleX's Project Loon aims to provide wireless Internet access to billions of people living in remote locations by building a ring of balloons around the Earth. 

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