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Robots Like Us
From Communications of the ACM

Robots Like Us

Thanks to new research initiatives, autonomous humanoid robots are inching closer to reality.

Medical Device Hack Attacks May Kill, Researchers Warn
From ACM News

Medical Device Hack Attacks May Kill, Researchers Warn

Karen Sandler has a big heart. And that's not just because she is head of the Gnome Foundation—a non-profit community group dedicated to making and giving away...

Digitally Possessed
From Communications of the ACM

Digitally Possessed

Virtual possessions play an increasingly important role in our daily lives. How we think about them and deal with them is changing the way we think and interact...

Research Consortium Claims Solution For Multi-Core Scaling
From ACM TechNews

Research Consortium Claims Solution For Multi-Core Scaling

Hierarchical hardware coherence that remains transparent to application programs could be used to solve the scaling problem for next-generation processors, according...

Cassini Successfully Flies Over Enceladus
From ACM News

Cassini Successfully Flies Over Enceladus

Cassini flew by Enceladus at an altitude of about 46 miles (74 kilometers). This flyby was designed primarily for the ion and neutral mass spectrometer to analyze...

Iraq Emerges From Isolation as Telecommunications Hub
From ACM News

Iraq Emerges From Isolation as Telecommunications Hub

Iraq, cut off from decades of technological progress because of dictatorship, sanctions and wars, recently took a big step out of isolation and into the digital...

Artificial Intelligence Could Be on Brink of Passing Turing Test
From ACM News

Artificial Intelligence Could Be on Brink of Passing Turing Test

One hundred years after Alan Turing was born, his eponymous test remains an elusive benchmark for artificial intelligence. Now, for the first time in decades, it's...

­WM Discovery Advances Graphene-Based Electronics
From ACM TechNews

­WM Discovery Advances Graphene-Based Electronics

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researchers have discovered a new carbon-based material that could lead to the next generation of electronics.  

Ghent ­niversity and Imec Report Open Source Software Release of Ipkiss
From ACM TechNews

Ghent ­niversity and Imec Report Open Source Software Release of Ipkiss

Researchers at the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center and Ghent University recently launched IPKISS, a generic and modular open source software framework for...

Simulating Tomorrow's Chips
From ACM News

Simulating Tomorrow's Chips

Most computer chips today have anywhere from four to 10 separate cores, or processing units, which can work in parallel, increasing the chips' efficiency. But the...

Secret Computer Code Threatens Science
From ACM News

Secret Computer Code Threatens Science

Modern science relies upon researchers sharing their work so that their peers can check and verify success or failure.

A Ballooning Megabyte Budget
From ACM News

A Ballooning Megabyte Budget

Everyone knows how long a minute is.

Novel Coding Technique Patented By A*star Researchers
From ACM TechNews

Novel Coding Technique Patented By A*star Researchers

A*STAR Data Storage Institute researchers have developed an algorithm for correcting errors that occur when information is stored and read out incorrectly.  

The Technology That Allowed the Titanic Survivors to Survive
From ACM News

The Technology That Allowed the Titanic Survivors to Survive

More than 1,500 people died in the sinking of the Titanic, but more than 700 survived. Those who did owed their escape to the newest communications technology of...

Quantum Computing: Is It Possible, and Should You Care?
From ACM News

Quantum Computing: Is It Possible, and Should You Care?

What is a quantum computer and when can I have one?

How to Handle Asteroid Threats
From ACM News

How to Handle Asteroid Threats

How do you solve a problem like Apophis?

Webrtc Puts Video Chats All in the Browser
From ACM TechNews

Webrtc Puts Video Chats All in the Browser

The Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) standard is expected to gain widespread use once it is mature, according to technology observers.  

A Quantum Network Built with Two Atoms and Fiber Optic Cable
From ACM News

A Quantum Network Built with Two Atoms and Fiber Optic Cable

In an ordinary computer network, data in the form of binary numbers are transferred from one machine (node) to another via some sort of electronic signal, either...

Israel's Rocket-Hunting Ace Got His Start Playing Warcraft
From ACM News

Israel's Rocket-Hunting Ace Got His Start Playing Warcraft

While many of the boys in Idan Yahya's high school class were buffing up and preparing themselves for selection into elite combat units, this gawky teenager was...

Computer Scientists Build Computer ­sing Swarms of Crabs
From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Build Computer ­sing Swarms of Crabs

Kobe University researchers have built a billiard ball computer using soldier crabs.
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