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The Quiet Rise of the Satellite Spy Agency
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The Quiet Rise of the Satellite Spy Agency

As far as intelligence agencies go, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has remained relatively low profile—attracting neither the intrigue of, say, the...

How Two Men ­nlocked Modern Encryption
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How Two Men ­nlocked Modern Encryption

In September of 1974, when he was 30 years old, Whitfield Diffie was obsessed with cryptography.

The Internet Is Losing Interest in Computers
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The Internet Is Losing Interest in Computers

You may know Google Trends.

Listening In: The Navy Is Tracking Ocean Sounds Collected By Scientists
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Listening In: The Navy Is Tracking Ocean Sounds Collected By Scientists

In a retired shore station for transpacific communications cables on the western coast of Vancouver Island sits a military computer in a padlocked cage.

Vexed in the City: Starved For Tech Talent and Yet Nobody to Hire?
From ACM Careers

Vexed in the City: Starved For Tech Talent and Yet Nobody to Hire?

Darin Wedel made headlines in 2012 when his wife, Jennifer, asked President Barack Obama during a Google+ Hangout why her husband was still out of work while H-1B...

How to Invent a Person Online
From ACM Opinion

How to Invent a Person Online

On April 8, 2013, I received an envelope in the mail from a nonexistent return address in Toledo, Ohio.

How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works
From ACM TechNews

How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works

Four experts at Applied Research Associates discuss the augmented reality system they created for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

A Rare Look Inside the Air Force's Drone Training Classroom
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A Rare Look Inside the Air Force's Drone Training Classroom

Learning how to drop bombs and fire Hellfire missiles is more like sitting in a regular college classroom than you might expect.

Skip the Humans: Drug Discovery By Simulating Cells
From ACM News

Skip the Humans: Drug Discovery By Simulating Cells

The future of medicine, we're often told, will be personalized.

The Military Is Building Brain Chips to Treat Ptsd
From ACM News

The Military Is Building Brain Chips to Treat Ptsd

How well can you predict your next mood swing?

How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works
From ACM Opinion

How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works

Six years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) decided that they had a new dream. The agency wanted a system that would overlay digital tactical...

Making Babies
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Making Babies

Forty years ago, there was exactly one way for humans to reproduce.

Should ­.s. Hackers Fix Cybersecurity Holes or Exploit Them?
From ACM Opinion

Should ­.s. Hackers Fix Cybersecurity Holes or Exploit Them?

There's a debate going on about whether the U.S. government—specifically, the NSA and United States Cyber Command—should stockpile Internet vulnerabilities or disclose...

Computers See Your Face as a Child. Will They Recognize You as an Adult?
From ACM TechNews

Computers See Your Face as a Child. Will They Recognize You as an Adult?

Questions have emerged about whether facial recognition technology could recognize an adult based on images of that person as a child. 

The Not-So-Distant Future When We Can All ­pgrade Our Brains
From ACM Opinion

The Not-So-Distant Future When We Can All ­pgrade Our Brains

In a decade, cognitive enhancement may have gone mainstream.

The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets
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The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets

The first rule of riding in Google's self-driving car, says Dmitri Dolgov, is not to compliment Google's self-driving car.

Which College—and Which Major—will Make You Richest?
From ACM Careers

Which College—and Which Major—will Make You Richest?

A Bachelor of Science from Harvey Mudd College, the small California science and engineering school, is the most valuable college degree in America.

How to Win $1 Billion on Ncaa Basketball: A Mathematician's Tips
From ACM Opinion

How to Win $1 Billion on Ncaa Basketball: A Mathematician's Tips

Last Thursday, the underground classroom at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York was filled to capacity for a college professor's PowerPoint-aided lecture...

The First Woman to Get a Ph.d. in Computer Science From MIT
From ACM News

The First Woman to Get a Ph.d. in Computer Science From MIT

Irene Greif talks to The Atlantic about her life and legacy.

Remembering Mit, When There Were Just 50 Women in a Class of 1,000
From ACM Opinion

Remembering Mit, When There Were Just 50 Women in a Class of 1,000

When Radia Perlman attended MIT in the late '60s and '70s, she was one of just a few dozen women (about 50) out of a class of 1,000.
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