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Quantum Quests
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Quantum Quests

Three breakthrough experiments involving photons have extended coherence times and indicated scalable production.

Want a Flying Drone? These Students 3D-Printed Their Own
From ACM Careers

Want a Flying Drone? These Students 3D-Printed Their Own

It was supposed to be a big moment for the two brothers—both University of Virginia engineering students—the culmination of months of designing and refining.

Fbi ­ses Twitter, Social Media to Look For Securities Fraud
From ACM News

Fbi ­ses Twitter, Social Media to Look For Securities Fraud

The FBI sees social media as a potential breeding ground for securities fraud, and has agents scouring Twitter and Facebook for tips, according to two top agents...

How Google Plans to Find the ­ngoogleable
From ACM News

How Google Plans to Find the ­ngoogleable


In China, 25 Million People ­se Only Their Cell Phones to Read Books
From ACM Opinion

In China, 25 Million People ­se Only Their Cell Phones to Read Books

On vacation in China earlier this month, I stopped by Shanghai's seven-story downtown "Book City," bustling with activity on a weekday afternoon that, as a publisher...

Another Year, Another Doubling of Data Traffic (blame Video!)
From ACM News

Another Year, Another Doubling of Data Traffic (blame Video!)

Demand for mobile data continues to rise: Doubling in the past 12 months according to a new report for Ericsson. Smartphones are obviously part of the equation,...

Desperate, Hockey Fans Root For Virtual Team
From ACM News

Desperate, Hockey Fans Root For Virtual Team

Pat Hickey, who covered his first Montreal Canadiens game in 1968 for the now-defunct Montreal Star, and who has chronicled the team's exploits over the past 22...

White House Moves on Cybersecurity
From ACM News

White House Moves on Cybersecurity

The White House's strategy on cybersecurity: Co-opt the opposition.

Security Flaw In Common Keycard Locks Exploited In String Of Hotel Room Break-Ins
From ACM News

Security Flaw In Common Keycard Locks Exploited In String Of Hotel Room Break-Ins

Whoever robbed Janet Wolf's hotel room did his work discreetly.

Risk of Robot ­prising Wiping Out Human Race to Be Studied
From ACM News

Risk of Robot ­prising Wiping Out Human Race to Be Studied

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk will study dangers posed by biotechnology, artificial life, nanotechnology, and climate change.

Quantum Cryptography Conquers Noise Problem
From ACM News

Quantum Cryptography Conquers Noise Problem

It's hard to stand out from the crowd—particularly if you are a single photon in a sea of millions in an optical fibre.

Risk Profiling Software Tackles the Terrorist Threat
From ACM News

Risk Profiling Software Tackles the Terrorist Threat

The U.K. branch of an American company has developed a hi-tech software programme it believes can help detect and prevent potentially dangerous passengers and cargo...

Behind the Iron Dome: How Israel Stops Missiles
From ACM News

Behind the Iron Dome: How Israel Stops Missiles

The success of Israel's Iron Dome in shooting down missiles fired from Gaza has a lot to do with a company you've probably never heard of: MPrest Systems.

What Sinofsky's Departure Suggests About the Current State, and Likely Future, of Microsoft
From ACM Opinion

What Sinofsky's Departure Suggests About the Current State, and Likely Future, of Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division, abruptly left the company on November 12, shortly after introducing the latest version of the company's...

Supercomputers Face Growing Resilience Problems
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputers Face Growing Resilience Problems

North Carolina State University researchers have developed software that runs in conjunction with the Message Passing Interface, a library for splitting applications...

China to ­nveil Homebrewed Chip in 2013
From ACM TechNews

China to ­nveil Homebrewed Chip in 2013

Longsoon Technology, which is partly funded by the Chinese Academy of Science, will share details about its Godson eight-core processor at the International Solid...

X-37b: Secrets of the ­.s. Military Spaceplane
From ACM News

X-37b: Secrets of the ­.s. Military Spaceplane

In the early morning of 16 June, 2012, a top-secret spaceplane made a picture-perfect landing at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Brain-Like Chip Outstrips Normal Computers
From ACM News

Brain-Like Chip Outstrips Normal Computers

Computer chips that mimic the human brain are outstripping conventional chips in crucial ways. They could also revolutionise our understanding of how the brain...

From ACM News

Cyber Attacks From Iran and Gaza on Israel More Threatening Than Anonymous’s Efforts

Anonymous, the loose coalition of hackers waging war on Israeli Web sites, is the least of Israel's cyber problems.

Michio Kaku Sketches Technological Wonderland of the Future at Sc12
From ACM News

Michio Kaku Sketches Technological Wonderland of the Future at Sc12

Imagine a world where a computer chip costs just a penny.
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