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Google Maps Trained ­S to Follow Directions. Now Its Former Developer Wants ­S to Explore.
From ACM Opinion

Google Maps Trained ­S to Follow Directions. Now Its Former Developer Wants ­S to Explore.

It's not evident from the way his hair flops casually down and across, nor from his equally relaxed demeanor, but John Hanke is one of Google's most important idea...

How to Save the Troubled Graphene Transistor
From ACM News

How to Save the Troubled Graphene Transistor

The writing is on the wall for the silicon chip.

When You Can't Tell Web Suffixes Without a Scorecard
From ACM News

When You Can't Tell Web Suffixes Without a Scorecard

On the Web, there's no place like .home.

Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online
From ACM Careers

Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online

Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the...

Gene Golovchinsky, 1965 2013
From ACM News

Gene Golovchinsky, 1965 2013

Gene Golovchinsky, senior research scientist at FX Palo Alto Laboratory, passed away last week at the age of 48.  

How Big Data Could Help Identify the Next Felon—or Blame the Wrong Guy
From ACM Careers

How Big Data Could Help Identify the Next Felon—or Blame the Wrong Guy

Think of it as big data meets "Minority Report."

Here's What You Find When You Scan the Entire Internet in an Hour
From ACM News

Here's What You Find When You Scan the Entire Internet in an Hour

Until recently, scanning the entire Internet, with its billions of unique addresses, was a slow and labor-intensive process.

Nasa Rover Gets Movie as a Mars Moon Passes Another
From ACM News

Nasa Rover Gets Movie as a Mars Moon Passes Another

The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes directly in front of the other, Deimos, in a new series of sky-watching images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity...

An Inventor Wants One Less Wire to Worry About
From ACM Careers

An Inventor Wants One Less Wire to Worry About

Sometimes, there is an actual eureka moment.

Medical Hacking Poses a Terrifying Threat, in Theory
From ACM News

Medical Hacking Poses a Terrifying Threat, in Theory

In the world of hypothetical cybercrime, not much is scarier than the hacked medical device.

Nasa Voyager Statement About Competing Models to Explain Recent Spacecraft Data
From ACM News

Nasa Voyager Statement About Competing Models to Explain Recent Spacecraft Data

A newly published paper argues that NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has already entered interstellar space.

Researchers Building a Computer Chip Based on the Human Brain
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Building a Computer Chip Based on the Human Brain

Boise State University researchers are developing a chip with a computing architecture resembling the human brain.

Scientists Find Asymmetry in Topological Insulators
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Find Asymmetry in Topological Insulators

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have found that a class of materials being targeted for the next generation...

Some Like It Cold: Intelligence Agencies Push For Low-Power Exascale
From ACM TechNews

Some Like It Cold: Intelligence Agencies Push For Low-Power Exascale

The U.S. intelligence community is investing in superconductive computing research so it can help institute more efficient, low-power exascale computing.

Weather Channel Now Also Forecasts What You'll Buy
From ACM Careers

Weather Channel Now Also Forecasts What You'll Buy

The Weather Channel knows the chance for rain in St. Louis on Friday, what the heat index could reach in Santa Fe on Saturday, and how humid Baltimore may get on...

The New York Times Was Losing $5 Per Second Thanks to Its Web Site Outage
From ACM News

The New York Times Was Losing $5 Per Second Thanks to Its Web Site Outage

The New York Times is still reeling from a massive Web outage that took down its homepage, its corporate Web site, and everything in between.

How to Share Scientific Data
From ACM News

How to Share Scientific Data

Stewart Brand, the founder of the Whole Earth catalog and a Silicon Valley muse, once said that information wanted to be free and expensive, simultaneously. That...

'spoofers' Use Fake Gps Signals to Knock a Yacht Off Course
From ACM News

'spoofers' Use Fake Gps Signals to Knock a Yacht Off Course

University of Texas researchers recently tricked the navigation system of an $80 million yacht and sent the ship off course in an experiment that showed how any...

Jpl, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software
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Jpl, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software

A year after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's landed on Mars, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., are testing a sophisticated flight...

As New Targets For Hackers, Your Car and Your House
From ACM News

As New Targets For Hackers, Your Car and Your House

Imagine driving on the freeway at 60 miles per hour and your car suddenly screeches to a halt, causing a pileup that injures dozens of people.
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