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Giving Women the Access Code
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Giving Women the Access Code

When Maria Klawe became president of Harvey Mudd College in 2006, she was dismayed— but not surprised—at how few women were majoring in computer science.

Jeffrey Bigham: ­sing the Crowd to Help People With Disabilities
From ACM News

Jeffrey Bigham: ­sing the Crowd to Help People With Disabilities

Jeffrey Bigham's research uses Web-based applications and crowdsourcing to help people with disabilities in near real-time. Is it any surprise he won a NSF Career...

Ideas Global Challenge Team Profile: Wecyclers
From ACM TechNews

Ideas Global Challenge Team Profile: Wecyclers

A participant in MIT's IDEAS Global Challenge is Wecyclers, a crowdsourced recycling platform that will operate in Lagos, Nigeria, and is designed to incentivize...

Cyber and Drone Attacks May Change Warfare More Than the Machine Gun
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Cyber and Drone Attacks May Change Warfare More Than the Machine Gun

Information technology is changing the way nations wage war, with philosophical and ethical perspectives struggling to keep pace with those changes.  

­.s. Outgunned in Hacker War
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­.s. Outgunned in Hacker War

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's top cyber cop offered a grim appraisal of the nation's efforts to keep computer hackers from plundering corporate data networks...

Study Tracks How Conservatives Lost Their Faith in Science
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Study Tracks How Conservatives Lost Their Faith in Science

An analysis of 36 years' worth of polling data indicates that confidence in science as an institution has steadily declined among Americans who consider themselves...

A Surge in Learning the Language of the Internet
From ACM TechNews

A Surge in Learning the Language of the Internet

The market for online classes in programming, Web construction, and application development is booming.  

Smarter Computing Systems Make Society Better
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Smarter Computing Systems Make Society Better

The High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation project is driving the development of computing systems designed to make everyday life easier, such...

Fixing the Brain With Computers
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Fixing the Brain With Computers

Disabilities such as epilepsy, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Parkinson’s disease are being treated with neuroimplants, says St. Louis University...

New Ornl Tool Developed to Assess Global Freshwater Stress
From ACM TechNews

New Ornl Tool Developed to Assess Global Freshwater Stress

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed a method to make better use of large amounts of data concerning global geography, population, and climate...

Rebecca Mackinnon Discusses Threats to Internet Freedom: Part 2
From ACM News

Rebecca Mackinnon Discusses Threats to Internet Freedom: Part 2

Many people don't realize that most of the censorship and surveillance in China is not being done by the government, but by companies at the behest of the government...

China's Not-So-Super Computers
From ACM News

China's Not-So-Super Computers

The supercomputer in this southern boomtown is named Nebulae for the interstellar clouds of gas that give birth to stars.

Genius and Tragedy at Dawn of Computer Age
From ACM News

Genius and Tragedy at Dawn of Computer Age

One of the many myths about Apple is that the company's name is a reference to the half-eaten apple reportedly found beside the corpse of the British computer scientist...

Feds Fight Homelessness With Mobile App Challenge
From ACM TechNews

Feds Fight Homelessness With Mobile App Challenge

The U.S. departments of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services and Bon Jovi's JBJ Soul Foundation recently launched the...

Ancient Sites Spotted From Space, Say Archaeologists
From ACM TechNews

Ancient Sites Spotted From Space, Say Archaeologists

Computer science techniques have enabled archaeologists to discover about 9,000 possible early human settlements across 23,000 square miles in northeastern Syria...

Fbi Still Struggling With Supreme Court's Gps Ruling
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Fbi Still Struggling With Supreme Court's Gps Ruling

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court said police had overstepped their legal authority by planting a GPS tracker on the car of a suspected drug dealer without getting...

The Spanish Link in Cracking the Enigma Code
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The Spanish Link in Cracking the Enigma Code

A pair of rare Enigma machines used in the Spanish Civil War have been given to the head of GCHQ, Britain's communications intelligence agency.

Protesters See Tweets Used Against Them
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Protesters See Tweets Used Against Them

When Jeff Rae was arrested last October with hundreds of other Occupy Wall Street protesters during a march on the Brooklyn Bridge, he decided to fight the charges...

From ACM News

The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents' garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from...

Education Woes Linked to National Security
From ACM TechNews

Education Woes Linked to National Security

A report furnished by a U.S. task force warned that unless the American educational system improves, national security and economic prosperity will be threatened...
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