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To Diagnose Heart Disease, Visualization Experts Recommend a Simpler Approach
From ACM TechNews

To Diagnose Heart Disease, Visualization Experts Recommend a Simpler Approach

Harvard University researchers have developed HemoVis, a method for visualizing human arteries that, in clinical testing, increased diagnostic accuracy from 39...

From ACM News

In Surprise, China ­nveils Supercomputer Based on Its Own Chips

China has made its first supercomputer based on Chinese microprocessor chips, an advance that surprised high-performance computing specialists in the United States...

Ice Cream Sandwich: A Deep-Dive Tour With Android
From ACM Opinion

Ice Cream Sandwich: A Deep-Dive Tour With Android

There are few things in this world I despise more than software updates. Downloading hundreds of files, waiting for the progress bar to fill, restarting the device—it’s...

How Yahoo Spawned Hadoop, the Future of Big Data
From ACM News

How Yahoo Spawned Hadoop, the Future of Big Data

The email went to Eric14. His real name is Eric Baldeschwieler, but no one calls him that. At fourteen letters, Baldeschwieler is a mouthful, and he works in...

Are Drones Creating a New Global Arms Race?
From ACM News

Are Drones Creating a New Global Arms Race?

Plastic tanks and miniature models of fighter jets are on display in Steven Zaloga's home office, and his bookshelves are overflowing with volumes about the history...

Ramcloud: When Disks and Flash Memory Are Just Too Slow
From ACM TechNews

Ramcloud: When Disks and Flash Memory Are Just Too Slow

Stanford University researchers have developed RAMCloud, a scalable, high performance storage approach that can store data in dynamic random access memory and aggregate...

Transparent, Super-Stretchy Skin-Like Sensor
From ACM News

Transparent, Super-Stretchy Skin-Like Sensor

Using carbon nanotubes bent to act as springs, Stanford researchers have developed a stretchable, transparent skin-like sensor that can be stretched to more than...

John Rogers's Bendable Microprocessors
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John Rogers's Bendable Microprocessors

John Rogers was in his lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign six years ago, testing new ways to make electronic circuits, when one of his team...

Future Computers Could Rewire Themselves
From ACM News

Future Computers Could Rewire Themselves

Future microchips may have only one type of component, capable of rewiring itself to do different jobs. Researchers from Northwestern University in the U.S. have...

From ACM News

Intel Faces Colossal Clash

Written off by some critics as a doomed dinosaur, stuck in the tar pit of a stalling personal computer market, Intel is headed for a colossal clash as it scrambles...

Hacking Cars
From Communications of the ACM

Hacking Cars

Researchers have discovered important security flaws in modern automobile systems. Will car thieves learn to pick locks with their laptops?

Modeling Chaotic Storms
From Communications of the ACM

Modeling Chaotic Storms

Scientists say improvements to extreme-weather prediction are possible with new weather models and a reinvention of the modeling technologies used to process them...

Carnegie Mellon Develops Touchscreen Technology That Distinguishes Taps By Different Parts of Finger
From ACM TechNews

Carnegie Mellon Develops Touchscreen Technology That Distinguishes Taps By Different Parts of Finger

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed TapSense, a system that combines a microphone with a touchscreen to distinguish the difference between the...

­niversity Studies Crowdsourcing For Intelligence
From ACM TechNews

­niversity Studies Crowdsourcing For Intelligence

The U.S. intelligence community is studying how to tap the power of crowdsourcing through a multi-university effort. 

From ACM TechNews

Magnifying Research: Scientists Team Together to Upgrade K-State's Supercomputer, Benefiting Other Colleges, Too

Kansas State University researchers are using a $700,000 U.S. National Science Foundation grant to upgrade its Beocat supercomputer, a cluster of servers that provides...

Wearable Depth-Sensing Projection System Makes Any Surface Capable of Multitouch Interaction
From ACM TechNews

Wearable Depth-Sensing Projection System Makes Any Surface Capable of Multitouch Interaction

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft have developed OmniTouch, a wearable projection system that enables users to turn any object into a graphical...

Scientists Create Computing Building Blocks From Bacteria and Dna
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Create Computing Building Blocks From Bacteria and Dna

Imperial College London researchers say they have developed a method for building logic gates out of bacteria and DNA, which makes them the most advanced biological...

Secure Android Kernel Could Make For 'classified' Smart Phones
From ACM TechNews

Secure Android Kernel Could Make For 'classified' Smart Phones

Researchers at George Mason University, the U.S. National Security Agency, and Google have developed a hardened kernel for the Android 3.0 operating system that...

Could a Computer One Day Rewire Itself?
From ACM TechNews

Could a Computer One Day Rewire Itself?

Northwestern University researchers have developed a nanomaterial that can guide electrical currents, which could lead to a computer that can redesign its internal...

Proton-Based Transistor Breakthrough
From ACM News

Proton-Based Transistor Breakthrough

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a proton-based transistor that might eventually enable machines to communicate with living things.
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