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Meet the Data Brains Behind the Rise of Facebook
From ACM Opinion

Meet the Data Brains Behind the Rise of Facebook

Jay Parikh sits at a desk inside Building 16 at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, and his administrative assistant, Genie Samuel, sits next to...

Behind the Scenes of Latin America's Internet 'brain'
From ACM News

Behind the Scenes of Latin America's Internet 'brain'

It may be one of central Miami's most recognisable buildings, yet only a few people know what goes on inside the sturdy concrete block with massive spheres on its...

Irgc Official: Iran Enjoys 4th Biggest Cyber Army in World
From ACM News

Irgc Official: Iran Enjoys 4th Biggest Cyber Army in World

Iran enjoys the world's fourth biggest cyber army, an official of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps announced on Saturday, stressing that the IRGC's power is...

Once Blackberry Focused, a Campus Widens Its View
From ACM Careers

Once Blackberry Focused, a Campus Widens Its View

The University of Waterloo, in a city that people outside Canada would struggle to find on a map, is one of the world’s best technology schools.

New Research May Extend Integrated Circuit Battery Life Tenfold
From ACM TechNews

New Research May Extend Integrated Circuit Battery Life Tenfold

Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Sematech, and Texas State University built and tested vertical Esaki tunnel diodes smaller than 120 nanometers...

­niversity of Twente Researchers Find Faults in It Systems
From ACM TechNews

­niversity of Twente Researchers Find Faults in It Systems

University of Twente researchers are developing model-checking techniques to help remove the faults from computer systems and make them error-free.  

From ACM News

What It Really Takes to Make a Flexible Phone

Had Dr. Dipak Chowdhury known just how accident-prone I really am, he never would have handed over the 0.1-millimeter sheet of glass for me to bend between my fingers...

Ticketmaster Dumps 'hated' Captcha Verification System
From ACM News

Ticketmaster Dumps 'hated' Captcha Verification System

The world's largest online ticket retailer is to stop requiring users to enter hard-to-read words in order to prove they are human.

From ACM News

Software Predicts Tomorrow's News By Analyzing Today's and Yesterday's

Researchers have created software that predicts when and where disease outbreaks might occur based on two decades of New York Times articles and other online data...

Eric Schmidt ­nloads on China in New Book
From ACM Opinion

Eric Schmidt ­nloads on China in New Book

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is brutally clear: China is the most dangerous superpower on Earth.

Scan May Detect Signs of Nfl Players' Brain Disease
From ACM News

Scan May Detect Signs of Nfl Players' Brain Disease

An insidious, microscopic protein that has been found in the brain tissue of professional football players after death may now be detectable in living people by...

An Idea That Changed the World
From ACM News

An Idea That Changed the World

The Russian Revolution of 1917 was called the "Ten Days That Shook the World," the title of a book by foreign correspondent Jack Reed, Class of 1910. But how about...

An Internet For Manufacturing
From ACM News

An Internet For Manufacturing

What is the industrial Internet?

Experts Discuss the Future of Supercomputers
From ACM TechNews

Experts Discuss the Future of Supercomputers

Science Live recently hosted an online chat with University of Tennessee professor Jack Dongarra and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory deputy director Horst...

Nasa's Cassini Watches Storm Choke on Its Own Tail
From ACM News

Nasa's Cassini Watches Storm Choke on Its Own Tail

Call it a Saturnian version of the Ouroboros, the mythical serpent that bites its own tail.

How to ­se a Million-Core Supercomputer—without It Blowing ­p in Your Face
From ACM News

How to ­se a Million-Core Supercomputer—without It Blowing ­p in Your Face

At the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, a supercomputer named "Sequoia" puts nearly every other computer on the planet to shame.

Winners of 10th Annual International Science & Technology Visualization Challenge Announced
From ACM News

Winners of 10th Annual International Science & Technology Visualization Challenge Announced

The National Science Foundation, along with the journal Science, today announces the 53 winners and honorable mentions of the International Science & Technology...

Hevc Video Standard Finished; High-End Improvements Coming
From ACM TechNews

Hevc Video Standard Finished; High-End Improvements Coming

The Moving Picture Experts Group has developed the High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC). The video-compression technology will enable higher-quality video, and also...

First Look at an Atom's Shadow
From ACM News

First Look at an Atom's Shadow

Nearly 2,500 years ago, the Greek philosopher Democritus theorized the existence of atoms by imagining what happens if you break a material into its smallest possible...

Stanford Researchers Break Million-Core Supercomputer Barrier
From ACM TechNews

Stanford Researchers Break Million-Core Supercomputer Barrier

Researchers at Stanford University's Center for Turbulence Research used the Sequoia IBM BlueGene/Q supercomputer with more than 1 million computing cores to solve...
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