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Companies Find Tech Talent in Robust Freelance Market
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Companies Find Tech Talent in Robust Freelance Market

Companies are turning to private marketplaces of software developers to assemble teams for specific projects, rather than hiring permanent personnel. 

A Bright Approach to Brain Implants
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A Bright Approach to Brain Implants

The brain was once considered a "black box," a device so mysterious that you could only guess what it was doing by observing human behavior.

Japan Road Tests Self-Driving Cars to Keep Aging Motorists Mobile
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Japan Road Tests Self-Driving Cars to Keep Aging Motorists Mobile

Japan's automakers aim to meet the challenge of aging drivers with few transportation options by testing self-driving vehicles on roads. 

What Happens When Virtual Reality Gets Too Real
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What Happens When Virtual Reality Gets Too Real

A researcher is convinced virtual reality experiences can change users' thinking and behavior. 

How the Science in 'star Wars’ Is Actually Real
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How the Science in 'star Wars’ Is Actually Real

For a story that takes place "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" a great deal of the technology in the "Star Wars" series actually has parallels today on...

Online Degree Hits Learning Curve
From ACM TechNews

Online Degree Hits Learning Curve

The Georgia Institute of Technology's launch of an inexpensive online computer science master's degree program two years ago has had mixed results.

In Belgium, an Encryption Powerhouse Rises
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In Belgium, an Encryption Powerhouse Rises

Belgium's University of Leuven has become a stage where privacy and surveillance advocates are fighting over digital encryption.

Researchers Put Words In Your Mouth—virtually
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Researchers Put Words In Your Mouth—virtually

In the 1997 action movie Face/Off, an FBI agent must undergo face-transplant surgery and assume the identity of a ruthless terrorist to foil a plot.

New Report Puts Numbers on Data Scientist Trend
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New Report Puts Numbers on Data Scientist Trend

Data scientist–a job that barely existed a decade ago–has become one of the hottest and best-paid professions in the U.S.

Scientists Tap Dragonfly Vision to Build a Better Bionic Eye
From ACM News

Scientists Tap Dragonfly Vision to Build a Better Bionic Eye

What can humans learn from dragonflies?

Election Polling: When 'who Will Win?' Beats 'who Do You Like?'
From ACM TechNews

Election Polling: When 'who Will Win?' Beats 'who Do You Like?'

Statisticians and political scientists are more reliant on the question, "Who do you think will actually win?" than "Who do you like?" when it comes to predictive...

Before a Robot Takes Your Job, You'll Be Working Side By Side
From ACM News

Before a Robot Takes Your Job, You'll Be Working Side By Side

That's the takeaway from a new report by Forrester Research, Inc.

Google Reveals How It Scales Its Network
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Google Reveals How It Scales Its Network

Google Inc., Tuesday, outlined its decade-long journey with software-defined networking in a new paper that it presented at the ACM SIGCOMM 2015 conference in London...

Scientists in Greece Design Cryptographic E-Voting Platform
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Scientists in Greece Design Cryptographic E-Voting Platform

Researchers in Greece say they have designed the world's first encrypted electronic voting system in which voters can confirm their votes go to the intended candidate...

China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet
From ACM TechNews

China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet

China's government aims to redraft the rules of the global Internet so it can regulate the Internet on its own terms. 

Physicists Restart Souped-­p Hadron Collider
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Physicists Restart Souped-­p Hadron Collider

After a two-year shutdown, the atom-smashing machine known as the Large Hadron Collider has embarked on a renewed quest to probe some of the biggest puzzles about...

Data Miners Dig For Answers About Harper Lee, Truman Capote, and 'go Set a Watchman'
From ACM TechNews

Data Miners Dig For Answers About Harper Lee, Truman Capote, and 'go Set a Watchman'

Literature researchers used data science to investigate long-standing debates about the work of Harper Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Go Set a Watchman...

Moore's Law Is Showing Its Age
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Moore's Law Is Showing Its Age

No company sounds more religious about Moore’s Law than Intel Corp., whose co-founder made a famous observation about the miniaturization of chip circuitry 50 years...

Moxie Marlinspike: The Coder Who Encrypted Your Texts
From ACM News

Moxie Marlinspike: The Coder Who Encrypted Your Texts

Dreadlocked programmer has spooked the FBI by creating a tool that police cannot crack.

Hospital Icus Mine Big Data in Push For Better Outcomes
From ACM TechNews

Hospital Icus Mine Big Data in Push For Better Outcomes

Some hospitals are using a big-data approach to mine intensive-care unit data to help providers and patients realize improved outcomes. 
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