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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Animation Made Easy
From ACM TechNews

Animation Made Easy

New software makes it easier to animate characters.

Time's Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure
From ACM TechNews

Time's Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure

The U.S. National Infrastructure Advisory Council warns there is a shrinking window of opportunity to fortify critical U.S. infrastructure against a massive "9/11...

Meet Mappy, a Software System That Automatically Maps Old-School Nintendo Games
From ACM TechNews

Meet Mappy, a Software System That Automatically Maps Old-School Nintendo Games

Mappy is a new software system that can autonomously generate maps of a video game's levels.

New York University Abu Dhabi Researchers Develop 'Unhackable' Computer Chip
From ACM TechNews

New York University Abu Dhabi Researchers Develop 'Unhackable' Computer Chip

Researchers say they have created an "unhackable" computer chip to boost the defenses of computer hardware.

Computer Approaches Human Skill for First Time in Brain Challenge
From ACM TechNews

Computer Approaches Human Skill for First Time in Brain Challenge

Researchers say they have developed an algorithm that can map brain neural networks with close to human-level accuracy.

It's All About Image
From Communications of the ACM

It's All About Image

Image recognition technology is advancing rapidly. Researchers are discovering new ways to tackle the task without enormous datasets.

Broadband to Mars
From Communications of the ACM

Broadband to Mars

Scientists are demonstrating that lasers could be the future of space communication.

Why GPS Spoofing Is a Threat to Companies, Countries
From Communications of the ACM

Why GPS Spoofing Is a Threat to Companies, Countries

Technology that falsifies navigation data presents significant dangers to public and private organizations.

Turing Laureates Celebrate Award's 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary
From Communications of the ACM

Turing Laureates Celebrate Award's 50th Anniversary

ACM recently held a conference in celebration of the first 50 years of the ACM A.M. Turing Award.

Charles W. Bachman
From Communications of the ACM

Charles W. Bachman: 1924-2017

An engineer best known for his work in database management systems, and in techniques of layered architecture that include Bachman diagrams.

A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization
From ACM Opinion

A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization

Law enforcement officials, technology companies and lawmakers have long tried to limit what they call the "radicalization" of young people over the internet.

Mysteries of Turbulence Unravelled
From ACM News

Mysteries of Turbulence Unravelled

"When I meet God, I'm going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he'll have an answer for the first."

Watch Hackers Hijack Three Robots for Spying and Espionage
From ACM News

Watch Hackers Hijack Three Robots for Spying and Espionage

The entire corpus of science fiction has trained humanity to fear the day when helpful household and industrial robots turn against it, in a Skynet-style uprising...

Print No Evil: Three-Layer Technique Helps Secure Additive Manufacturing
From ACM TechNews

Print No Evil: Three-Layer Technique Helps Secure Additive Manufacturing

Researchers have developed a three-layer system for validating that components produced via additive manufacturing have not been compromised.

Are Your Tweets Feeling Well?
From ACM TechNews

Are Your Tweets Feeling Well?

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory conducted a study to understand patterns of how people behave differently on social media when they are ill...

DARPA Assured Autonomy Seeks to Guarantee Safety of Learning-Enabled Autonomous Systems
From ACM TechNews

DARPA Assured Autonomy Seeks to Guarantee Safety of Learning-Enabled Autonomous Systems

Researchers at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have launched a new research program that aims to advance the ways computing systems can learn...

Martian Weather Kicks Into High Gear at Night
From ACM News

Martian Weather Kicks Into High Gear at Night

When night arrives on Mars, plunging temperatures can lead to weather much worse than researchers previously thought was possible on the Red Planet.

Battery-Free Cellphones on the Horizon
From ACM News

Battery-Free Cellphones on the Horizon

Backscattering could eventually harness sufficient energy to power small devices.

Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care
From ACM TechNews

Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care

Researchers are investigating how computers can enhance medical decisions.

End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis for American Cashiers
From ACM Careers

End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis for American Cashiers

The day before a fully automated grocery store opened its doors in 1939, the inventor Clarence Saunders took out a full page advertisement in the Memphis Press-Scimitar...
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