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See Through Walls By the Glow of Your Wi-Fi
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See Through Walls By the Glow of Your Wi-Fi

University College London researchers have developed a system that can sense people moving behind masonry walls 25 centimeters thick using only passive radiation...

Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality
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Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality

In the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage, scientists at a U.S. laboratory shrink a submarine called Proteus and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject the...

Mitsubishi Quiets Car Noise With Machine Learning
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Mitsubishi Quiets Car Noise With Machine Learning

Mitsubishi Electric says its new noise suppression technology can improve the quality of hands-free phone communication in cars. 

Li-Fi-Like System Would Bring 100-Gbps Speeds Straight to Your Computer
From ACM TechNews

Li-Fi-Like System Would Bring 100-Gbps Speeds Straight to Your Computer

Researchers are developing a system that takes light from optic fiber, amplifies it, and beams it across a room to deliver data at more than 100 Gbps. 

Malware Could Steal Data From Iphones ­sing Siri
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Malware Could Steal Data From Iphones ­sing Siri

A security vulnerability in the iPhone 5 series of smartphone could be exploited by malicious software and compromise a user's personal information via Siri.

Atlas Drc Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely ­nplugged
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Atlas Drc Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely ­nplugged

We've always known that the ATLAS DRC humanoid robot was due for some serious upgrades before the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, because having a robot that's...

To Foil Cyberattacks, Connected Cars Need Overlapping Shields
From ACM TechNews

To Foil Cyberattacks, Connected Cars Need Overlapping Shields

Smart cars will need many more layers of cyberprotection than automakers believe is necessary.

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges.

Skype's Real-Time Translator Learns How to Speak From Social Media
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Skype's Real-Time Translator Learns How to Speak From Social Media

Microsoft says its upcoming Skype Translator app will translate multilingual conversations in real time. 

Introducing the Vacuum Transistor: A Device Made of Nothing
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Introducing the Vacuum Transistor: A Device Made of Nothing

In September 1976, in the midst of the Cold War, Victor Ivanovich Belenko, a disgruntled Soviet pilot, veered off course from a training flight over Siberia in...

Beyond Tianhe-2
From ACM News

Beyond Tianhe-2

The TOP500 semi-annual ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers, announced yesterday, revealed that China's Tianhe-2 has kept its first-place position...

Quantum Cryptography With Ordinary Equipment
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Quantum Cryptography With Ordinary Equipment

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

Mitsubishi Planning Predictive User Interface For Cars
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Mitsubishi Planning Predictive User Interface For Cars

Mitsubishi Electric recently demonstrated prototype technology that predicts in-car operations. 

New "look And Link" Wireless Technology Enables Device-to-Device Links By Pointing
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New "look And Link" Wireless Technology Enables Device-to-Device Links By Pointing

Researchers recently demonstrated their new Look and Link wireless technology, which could improve device-to-device communications. 

Nasa Jsc Unveils 'valkyrie' Drc Robot
From ACM News

Nasa Jsc Unveils 'valkyrie' Drc Robot

When teams participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) were announced last year, almost all of them provided reasonably detailed renderings that gave us...

The Highs and Hazards of Bitcoin
From ACM News

The Highs and Hazards of Bitcoin

Bitcoin, the leading online alternative currency, has attracted high-minded entrepreneurs and crooks alike.

Emergency Alert Study Reveals Metadata’s Better Side
From ACM TechNews

Emergency Alert Study Reveals Metadata’s Better Side

Cellphone metadata offers real-time information in emergency situations that could help first responders and protect the public.

Ibm's Watson Tries to Learn...everything
From ACM TechNews

Ibm's Watson Tries to Learn...everything

IBM has given Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute an open-ended three-year charter to improve the intelligence of IBM's Watson software. 

MIT Robots Can Assemble Your Ikea Furniture For You
From ACM News

MIT Robots Can Assemble Your Ikea Furniture For You

Oh, IKEA. Your modern and affordable Scandinavian-inspired furniture is full of such promise.

Nanoscale Chip Design Enables Future 'internet of Things'
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Nanoscale Chip Design Enables Future 'internet of Things'

With each passing day we are becoming more intertwined into the Internet of Things, where each and every object in the world—your clothes closet and every article...
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