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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.


Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?
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Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?

Computer technology has enhanced lives in countless ways, but some experts believe it might be affecting people's ability to think deeply.

U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield
From ACM News

U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield

The U.S. military announced a new "cyber command" designed to wage digital warfare and to bolster defenses against mounting threats to its computer networks. Defense...

From ACM TechNews

Neural Networks That Replicate Biological Brains

Imperial College London professor of cognitive robotics Murray Shanahan is using graphics processing technology originally developed for the gaming industry to...

From ACM TechNews

Futurephile: Knowledge Embedded in Everything

The day will come when everyone will wear glasses with a computer overlay capable of processing the faces of passersby and tell wearers if they have met someone...

Vinton Cerf: Outer Space Could be Next Frontier for Cybersecurity
From ACM TechNews

Vinton Cerf: Outer Space Could be Next Frontier for Cybersecurity

NASA and Google Internet evangelist Vinton Cerf are currently testing an extraterrestrial Internet that could lead to technology for use in securing ad hoc networks...

From ACM TechNews

Let the Search Engine Try Again

A Pennsylvania State University researcher has analyzed the way Web surfers reformulate their Web searches and believes his research could lead to improvements...

Behavior-Driven Development Catches On
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Behavior-Driven Development Catches On

A process that helps users be more involved in the development of applications, behavior-driven development (BDD) continues to become increasingly popular among...

Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos
From ACM News

Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos

Fears over energy security and climate change have led to record investment in renewable energy. But a major problem threatens to stall progress towards a more...

Simulated Data Center Tests Heat Control Techniques
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Simulated Data Center Tests Heat Control Techniques

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are using a 1,100-square-foot simulated data center to optimize cooling strategies and develop new heat transfer...

Contractors Vie For Plum Work, Hacking For U.s.
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Contractors Vie For Plum Work, Hacking For U.s.

The U.S. government’s urgent push into cyberwarfare has set off a rush among the biggest military companies for billions of dollars in new defense contracts. The...

From ACM TechNews

City 2.0: Using Tech Building Blocks in Tomorrow's Urban Centers

Ubiquitous wireless networks, sustainable data centers, the development of the smart energy grid, and the commonality of city-supplied social networks are bringing...

Are Your 'secret Questions' Too Easily Answered?
From ACM TechNews

Are Your 'secret Questions' Too Easily Answered?

The "secret questions" that protect online accounts and passwords may be far less secure than commonly believed, largely because their answers are often far too...

Content Control
From Communications of the ACM

Content Control

Entertainment businesses say digital rights management prevents the theft of their products, but access control technologies have been a uniform failure when it...

Micromedicine to the Rescue
From Communications of the ACM

Micromedicine to the Rescue

Medical researchers have long dreamed of "magic bullets" that go directly where they are needed. Now micromedicine and nanotechnology are making a range of molecules...

China Develops Quantum Cryptography Network
From ACM TechNews

China Develops Quantum Cryptography Network

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China say they have developed the first optical quantum cryptography network. The quantum communication...

Virtual Cocoon Could Simulate Five Senses
From ACM TechNews

Virtual Cocoon Could Simulate Five Senses

Research teams from York University and Warwick University, along with experts from the universities of Bangor, Bedford, and Brighton, are working to create new...

From ACM News

Hackers Attack ­c Berkeley Databases

The University of California, Berkeley, began notifying students, alumni and others on Friday (May 8) that their personal information may have been stolen after...

A Nimbus Rises in the World of Cloud Computing
From ACM News

A Nimbus Rises in the World of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a hot topic in the technology world these days, called by television and business magazines the way of the future. While it's difficult to predict...

46th Dac Announces Technical Program
From ACM TechNews

46th Dac Announces Technical Program

The technical program for ACM's 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) will offer 54 research paper sessions, featuring 156 talks selected from 733 submissions...

Asia's Fastest Supercomputer Keys 3D Animation
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Asia's Fastest Supercomputer Keys 3D Animation

Eka, the fastest supercomputer in Asia today, is a firm pillar of the 3D animation scene in Pune, India. With peak powers of 172 TeraFlops, Eka was used in the...
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