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The Internet of Things
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The Internet of Things

2009 ACM Prize recipient Eric Brewer, 2004 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient Vint Cerf, 2016–2017 Athena Lecturer Jennifer Rexford, ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award...

DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles
From ACM News

DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles

Leonid Mirny swivels in his office chair and grabs the power cord for his laptop.

On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates
From ACM News

On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates

As we've explored the Solar System, some items we're familiar with from Earth's geology have kept appearing in new places.

Our Ability to Keep 'Em Guessing Peaks Around Age 25
From ACM TechNews

Our Ability to Keep 'Em Guessing Peaks Around Age 25

People's ability to behave randomly reaches its zenith at age 25, and then gradually erodes before experiencing a swift decline at age 60.

Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps
From ACM TechNews

Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps

A collaboration between researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Google has enabled the Internet company to reduce the number of fraudulent businesses...

Twin Research Reveals Which Facial Features Are Most Controlled by Genetics
From ACM TechNews

Twin Research Reveals Which Facial Features Are Most Controlled by Genetics

Researchers at King's College London in the U.K. reviewed three-dimensional facial simulations of about 1,000 female twins, and found the shapes of specific facial...

UT Researcher Creates Robotic Cheetah
From ACM TechNews

UT Researcher Creates Robotic Cheetah

Researchers are developing a scaled-down robotic version of a cheetah that uses only about 15% more energy than the real animal.

What Netflix Can Teach Us About Treating Cancer
From ACM TechNews

What Netflix Can Teach Us About Treating Cancer

Johns Hopkins University professor Elana Fertig details her research to enhance precision medicine in cancer, using the techniques developed for finding patterns...

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation' 
From ACM News

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation' 

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, southbound for its next destination...

Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101
From ACM News

Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101

Huskey was a pioneering computer scientist who worked on early computing systems, and later helped universities around the world establish computer centers and...

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling
From ACM Careers

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling

Fifty years ago, Peter Samson, one of the inventors of Spacewar, considered the world's first video game, began another craze underground.

'Space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering
From ACM News

'Space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering

Raul Polit Casillas grew up around fabrics. His mother is a fashion designer in Spain, and, at a young age, he was intrigued by how materials are used for design...

Find Out If a Robot Will Take Your Job 
From ACM Careers

Find Out If a Robot Will Take Your Job 

At a community college in upstate New York, 12 cafeteria workers recently learned that they will lose their jobs—and be replaced by self-serve machines.

Pattern Discovery Over Pattern Recognition: A New Way for Computers to See
From ACM TechNews

Pattern Discovery Over Pattern Recognition: A New Way for Computers to See

Researchers are designing machine-learning systems to enable supercomputers to identify large-scale atmospheric structures in climate data.

Motor Neurons Adjust to Control Tasks
From ACM TechNews

Motor Neurons Adjust to Control Tasks

Researchers have found that motor cortical neurons optimally adjust how they encode movements in a task-specific manner.

Cyber Threat Info Sharing Made Easier
From ACM TechNews

Cyber Threat Info Sharing Made Easier

The next iteration of the Structured Threat Information eXchange machine-to-machine cyberthreat information-sharing language is nearing completion.

Researchers Harness Heat to Power Computers
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Harness Heat to Power Computers

Researchers say they have developed a nano-thermal-mechanical device that could help computers use heat as an alternative energy source.

From Coal to Code
From ACM News

From Coal to Code

Coal miners find new lives as programmers.

Internet Atlas Maps the Physical Internet to Enhance Security
From ACM TechNews

Internet Atlas Maps the Physical Internet to Enhance Security

Researchers say they have developed the first-ever detailed worldwide map of the Internet.

Could the US Take Out North Korea's Missiles Before Launch?
From ACM News

Could the US Take Out North Korea's Missiles Before Launch?

A failed missile launch in North Korea Sunday has brought renewed attention to reports that the United States is trying to degrade North Korea's missile capabilities...
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