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Amir Pnueli: Ahead of His Time
From Communications of the ACM

Amir Pnueli: Ahead of His Time

Remembering a legacy of practical and theoretical innovation.

New Game For Playstation 3: Crunching Numbers
From ACM TechNews

New Game For Playstation 3: Crunching Numbers

Researchers and some government agencies are using Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) consoles to process data using the game machine's powerful Cell processor. For example...

Growing Europe's Nanowires
From ACM TechNews

Growing Europe's Nanowires

European researchers engaged in the NODE project have devised a cutting-edge technology for "growing" nanowires in a vertical configuration, which could lead to...

Virginia Tech Team to Build Battlefield Robots For 2010 Competition
From ACM News

Virginia Tech Team to Build Battlefield Robots For 2010 Competition

The roving, walking robotic soldiers of the "Terminator" films are becoming less sci-fi and more certain future every day. Now, a team of robotics researchers from...

Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones
From ACM News

Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones

Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they...

Google Collaborates With D-Wave on Possible Quantum Image Search
From ACM TechNews

Google Collaborates With D-Wave on Possible Quantum Image Search

Google has developed new search technology that recognizes images significantly faster than the computers currently used in its data centers. The image search...

Five Ways to Revolutionize Computer Memory
From ACM TechNews

Five Ways to Revolutionize Computer Memory

Various technologies are under development in labs worldwide to dramatically enhance computer memory capacity beyond that of flash memory. 

Computing With a Wave of the Hand
From ACM TechNews

Computing With a Wave of the Hand

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab researchers have devised a way to turn liquid crystal displays (LCDs) into lens-less cameras through the use of...

A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing
From ACM News

A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing

In a speech given just a few weeks before he was lost at sea off the California coast in January 2007, Jim Gray, a database software pioneer and a Microsoft researcher...

From ACM TechNews

Wales Gets

The Welsh Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has announced HPC Wales, a new high-performance computing (HPC) institute that will provide the industrial...

China Ready For Humanoid Robot Olympics
From ACM News

China Ready For Humanoid Robot Olympics

In an effort to strengthen achievements in the technology sector, China will hold a special olympics event for robots. The International Humanoid Robot Olympic...

Southampton Supercomputer to Crunch Computations
From ACM TechNews

Southampton Supercomputer to Crunch Computations

The new University of Southampton supercomputer, which will go live in January 2010, will enable students in the school's Institute for Complex Systems Simulation...

Benchmarking Tools Compare Robot Algorithms
From ICT Results

Benchmarking Tools Compare Robot Algorithms

"What does the world look like?" and "Where am I?" are two questions robots must solve if they are to act autonomously in an unknown environment. Work by European...

From ACM TechNews

Scientists, IT Community Await Exascale Computers

The information technology (IT) industry discussed the challenges it faces in developing exascale systems, a new generation of supercomputers that promise to be...

Bristol Postdoc Shares in High-Performance Computing Prize
From ACM TechNews

Bristol Postdoc Shares in High-Performance Computing Prize

University of Bristol postdoctoral researcher Rio Yokota was a member of the team that won the first Gordon Bell prize in the price per performance category of...

'one Keypad Per Child' Lets Schoolchildren Share Screen to Learn Math
From ACM News

'one Keypad Per Child' Lets Schoolchildren Share Screen to Learn Math

University of Washington computer science undergraduates have developed a system that lets up to four students share a single computer to do interactive math problems...

From ACM News

Popeye, the Robot with Brains Not Brawn

European researchers have developed a new approach to artificial intelligence that could empower computers to respond intelligently to human behaviour as well as...

Breakthrough in 'spintronics' Can Lead to Energy Efficient Chips
From ACM TechNews

Breakthrough in 'spintronics' Can Lead to Energy Efficient Chips

Scientists from the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at University of Twente, and from the FOM Foundation, have successfully transferred magnetic information...

Pneumatic Ball-Levitating Robot Wins at Beer Pong
From ACM News

Pneumatic Ball-Levitating Robot Wins at Beer Pong

A pair of grad students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are using a computer-controled gimbaled air-jet system with two degrees of motion to not...

From ACM News

22 Stories ­nderground: Iron Mountain's Experimental Room 48

Down a road that winds through the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, just across from a cow pasture, the bucolic scenery of Butler County is interrupted by...
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