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Is High-Tech Security at Public Events Counterproductive?
From ACM Opinion

Is High-Tech Security at Public Events Counterproductive?

Which is more intrusive: security screening and metal detectors every few blocks, or a drone flying high above it taking video of every little thing you do?

Smoke Color Is Key Clue to Analyzing Boston Marathon Bombs
From ACM News

Smoke Color Is Key Clue to Analyzing Boston Marathon Bombs

As a team of investigators led by the FBI begins deciphering the bombs that killed three people and wounded 150 more in Boston this week, a key clue is already...

How the Boston Pd Could Examine the Videos From the Bombing
From ACM News

How the Boston Pd Could Examine the Videos From the Bombing

As investigators try to figure out what happened during the bombings at the Boston Marathon, they'll turn to video taken at the scene of the explosions.

High-Speed Wi-Fi? Not So Fast
From ACM TechNews

High-Speed Wi-Fi? Not So Fast

Next-generation Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac will hit the market this year, but most people will have to wait to access to the increased throughput. 

How to Target an Asteroid
From ACM News

How to Target an Asteroid

Like many of his colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., Shyam Bhaskaran is working a lot with asteroids these days.

As Boston Bombing Photos and Videos Pour In, Where Do Investigators Begin?
From ACM News

As Boston Bombing Photos and Videos Pour In, Where Do Investigators Begin?

When bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, there were nearly as many camera-equipped smartphones as people there in Copley Square.

Interview with Brain Project Pioneer: Miyoung Chun
From ACM Opinion

Interview with Brain Project Pioneer: Miyoung Chun

Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) project, which President Obama announced in his State of the Union address in February, will...

Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever?
From ACM Opinion

Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever?

Ray Kurzweil must encounter his share of interviewers whose first question is: What do you hope your obituary will say?

'chinese Google' Opens Artificial-Intelligence Lab in Silicon Valley
From ACM News

'chinese Google' Opens Artificial-Intelligence Lab in Silicon Valley

It doesn't look like much.

Iowa State Researchers Discover Possible Route to Terahertz Storage Speeds
From ACM TechNews

Iowa State Researchers Discover Possible Route to Terahertz Storage Speeds

Ultra-short laser pulses and special materials can be used to switch magnetism about 1,000 times faster than current storage devices, say researchers. 

Breaking Moore's Law: How Chipmakers Are Pushing Pcs to Blistering New Levels
From ACM TechNews

Breaking Moore's Law: How Chipmakers Are Pushing Pcs to Blistering New Levels

Chipmakers are  engaged in projects to greatly accelerate personal computer speed and power, despite coming up against the limits of Moore's Law. 

Crowdsourced Videos, Photos Could Aid Boston Blast Investigations
From ACM News

Crowdsourced Videos, Photos Could Aid Boston Blast Investigations

Law enforcement officials could have something very different on their hands as they investigate the dual bomb blasts that struck the Boston Marathon finish line...

Human Genome, Then and Now
From ACM Opinion

Human Genome, Then and Now

Eight years of work, thousands of researchers around the world, $1 billion spent—and finally it was done.

Justices Consider Whether Patents on Genes Are Valid
From ACM News

Justices Consider Whether Patents on Genes Are Valid

The Supreme Court is poised to take up the highly charged question of whether human genes can be patented. But another question could trump it: Has the field of...

Hacker Says Phone App Could Hijack Plane
From ACM News

Hacker Says Phone App Could Hijack Plane

Could this be the deadliest smartphone app ever?

How Technology Is Slowly Developing Its Sense of Smell
From ACM Opinion

How Technology Is Slowly Developing Its Sense of Smell

Last week I attended what was, I think it is fair to say, the oddest conference I have been to yet. It was the first world congress of the Digital Olfaction Society...

Mathematicians Predict the Future With Data From the Past
From ACM News

Mathematicians Predict the Future With Data From the Past

In Issac Asimov's classic science fiction saga Foundation, mathematics professor Hari Seldon predicts the future using what he calls psychohistory.

Coming Soon: A Truly Chinese Internet
From ACM News

Coming Soon: A Truly Chinese Internet

Replete with its own thriving news portals, social media, and gaming sites, the Chinese Internet could take a major step toward becoming fully Chinese by the end...

Never Mind Facebook; Winklevoss Twins Rule in Digital Money
From ACM News

Never Mind Facebook; Winklevoss Twins Rule in Digital Money

The Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler—Olympic rowers, nemeses of Mark Zuckerberg—are laying claim to a new title: bitcoin moguls.

Tiny Chiplets: A New Level of Micro Manufacturing
From ACM News

Tiny Chiplets: A New Level of Micro Manufacturing

Under a microscope, four slivers of silicon—electronic circuits called chiplets—perform an elaborate, jerky dance as if controlled by a hidden puppet master.
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