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New Software Forecasts Noise Levels in a Street
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New Software Forecasts Noise Levels in a Street

University of Granada researchers are using neural networks to help predict and analyze urban noise.  

'facebook For Animals' Tested on Birds
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'facebook For Animals' Tested on Birds

Oxford University researchers have developed a way of analyzing the social networks that link individual animals to each other via their study of around one million...

What Have We Learned: Flame Malware
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What Have We Learned: Flame Malware

When the news about the Flame malware first broke several weeks ago, people from all parts of the security community, political world and elsewhere quickly began...

Verifying Ages Online Is a Daunting Task, Even For Experts
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Verifying Ages Online Is a Daunting Task, Even For Experts

Just how hard can it be to verify the age of a person online?

New Grad Looking For a Job? Pentagon Contractors Post Openings For Black-Hat Hackers
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New Grad Looking For a Job? Pentagon Contractors Post Openings For Black-Hat Hackers

Mikko Hypponen enjoys his position as the chief research officer at the Helsinki-based security firm F-Secure. He has no intention of leaving. But lately, he's...

Incentives For Drivers Who Avoid Traffic Jams
From ACM TechNews

Incentives For Drivers Who Avoid Traffic Jams

Stanford University researchers have developed the Congestion and Parking Relief Incentives system, which enables people driving in congested areas to enter a daily...

The New Science of Computational Advertising
From ACM TechNews

The New Science of Computational Advertising

University College London researchers recently conducted a review of computational advertising technology and outlined the challenges that it faces.  

British Authorities Unveil Plan For Mass Electronic Surveillance
From ACM TechNews

British Authorities Unveil Plan For Mass Electronic Surveillance

British authorities have unveiled a plan to compile details about every email, phone call, and text message in the United Kingdom.  

­.s. Needs Another 600 Humans to Fly Its Robot Planes
From ACM Careers

­.s. Needs Another 600 Humans to Fly Its Robot Planes

The Pentagon doesn't have nearly enough people to operate its growing fleet of flying robots. Right now, the U.S. Air Force is short nearly 600 drone pilots and...

What Facebook Knows
From ACM News

What Facebook Knows

If Facebook were a country, a conceit that founder Mark Zuckerberg has entertained in public, its 900 million members would make it the third largest in the world...

U.s. Cities Embrace Software To Automatically Detect 'suspicious' Behavior
From ACM News

U.s. Cities Embrace Software To Automatically Detect 'suspicious' Behavior

San Francisco is set to become the latest U.S. city to invest in software, created by Texas-based BRS Labs, that monitors and memorizes movements as they are captured...

Researcher: Interdependencies Could Lead to Cloud 'meltdowns'
From ACM TechNews

Researcher: Interdependencies Could Lead to Cloud 'meltdowns'

As cloud computing becomes increasingly common, serious operational "meltdowns" could take place as end users and vendors mix, match, and bundle services for various...

Online Freedom: An App For That Is Coming
From ACM TechNews

Online Freedom: An App For That Is Coming

The U.S. government and the New America Foundation are developing the Commotion Wireless project, which aims to promote free expression online and takes advantage...

In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend
From ACM News

In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend

The 310 SUGV is a distant cousin of the Roomba, the robotic vacuum cleaner currently being promoted as a Father's Day gift. In Afghanistan, the Marines call him...

Get Ready, Because Voyager I Is *this Close* to Leaving Our Solar System
From ACM News

Get Ready, Because Voyager I Is *this Close* to Leaving Our Solar System

Last week, in the corners of the Internet devoted to outer space, things started to get a little, well, hot. Voyager 1, the man-made object farthest away from Earth...

H-1B Visas Hit the Cap, Sending Companies to Plan B
From ACM Careers

H-1B Visas Hit the Cap, Sending Companies to Plan B

For Silicon Valley, a day of ritual disappointment came on June 12: The U.S. announced that the slots for 2013 H-1B visas had all been filled.

The Tiny Island with a Huge Web Presence
From ACM News

The Tiny Island with a Huge Web Presence

If you're among the companies vying for one of the nearly 2,000 new generic top-level domains, or gTLDs, you've got big pockets. The application alone costs about...

Pandemic Preparedness
From ACM TechNews

Pandemic Preparedness

University of Texas at Austin researcher Lauren Ancel Meyers is working with the Texas Advanced Computing Center to enhance data-driven science.  

Tech World Preps to Honor 'father of Computer Science' Alan Turing, as Centenary Nears
From ACM TechNews

Tech World Preps to Honor 'father of Computer Science' Alan Turing, as Centenary Nears

Worldwide celebrations will mark the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing's birth on June 23. 

Nih Seeking Advances in Spatial ­ncertainty
From ACM TechNews

Nih Seeking Advances in Spatial ­ncertainty

NIH recently issued a solicitation for innovative research that identifies sources of spatial uncertainty in public health data, incorporates the inaccuracy into...
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