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Smart Cities: Citizens Come to Their Sensors
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Smart Cities: Citizens Come to Their Sensors

Santander, Spain, has become a model for high-tech smart cities worldwide.

From ACM News

Watch Out, Wall Street: Report Says Tech Is Now Nyc's Second-Largest Sector

New York City's economy has traditionally been dominated by finance, real estate, and media.

Nsa Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data
From ACM Opinion

Nsa Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data

The head of the National Security Agency delivered a vigorous defense Wednesday of his agency's collection of Americans' phone records for counterterrorism purposes...

Scientists ­se Math--and Computer War Games--to Show How Society Evolved
From ACM TechNews

Scientists ­se Math--and Computer War Games--to Show How Society Evolved

Researchers have developed mathematical formulas and computer simulations to discover how complex societies evolved. 

Harvard Plans to Boldly Go With 'spocs'
From ACM TechNews

Harvard Plans to Boldly Go With 'spocs'

Harvard University is moving beyond massive open online courses to small private online courses. 

Supercomputing Enables Climate Time Machine
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputing Enables Climate Time Machine

Climate models are improving with each generation of supercomputer, enabling more precise predictions of extreme weather events. 

Science Benefits From Diverse Landing Area of Nasa Mars Rover
From ACM News

Science Benefits From Diverse Landing Area of Nasa Mars Rover

NASA's Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its interior to the current interaction between the Martian surface and...

Why Space Telescope Mirror Is Most Complex Ever Built
From ACM News

Why Space Telescope Mirror Is Most Complex Ever Built

"You will not be touching anything."

The Alan Turing Year Leaves a Rich Legacy
From Communications of the ACM

The Alan Turing Year Leaves a Rich Legacy

A year-long celebration of the life and work of a man whom many call the founding father of computer science.

­t Arlington Researchers Successfully Test Model For Implant Device Reactions
From ACM TechNews

­t Arlington Researchers Successfully Test Model For Implant Device Reactions

A NEW computer simulation could improve the treatment of dangerous reactions to medical implants such as stents, catheters, and artificial joints. 

Meet the Machines that Steal Your Phone's Data
From ACM News

Meet the Machines that Steal Your Phone's Data

The National Security Agency's spying tactics are being intensely scrutinized following the recent leaks of secret documents. However, the NSA isn't the only U.S...

Better Thinking Tools
From ACM News

Better Thinking Tools

A new book calls for human-computer interfaces that better support thinking and learning.

How Engineers Revamped Spitzer to Probe Exoplanets
From ACM News

How Engineers Revamped Spitzer to Probe Exoplanets

Now approaching its 10th anniversary, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has evolved into a premier observatory for an endeavor not envisioned in its original design...

Interstellar 8-Track: How Voyager's Vintage Tech Keeps Running
From ACM News

Interstellar 8-Track: How Voyager's Vintage Tech Keeps Running

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has gone interstellar.

Internet Archaeologists Reconstruct Lost Web Pages
From ACM TechNews

Internet Archaeologists Reconstruct Lost Web Pages

Researchers recently embarked on an effort to reconstruct deleted social media posts and resources, in part from the clues they leave behind on the web.

3D Mapping Is a 'pisa' Cake For Aussie Scientists
From ACM TechNews

3D Mapping Is a 'pisa' Cake For Aussie Scientists

Zebedee is a new handheld three-dimensional mapping system that includes a laser scanner to capture millions of detailed measurements of a site. 

Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You
From ACM News

Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You

"I celebrate myself, and sing myself," wrote Walt Whitman, America's great bard of self-promotion.

Empty F-16 Jet Tested By Boeing and ­.s. Air Force
From ACM News

Empty F-16 Jet Tested By Boeing and ­.s. Air Force

Boeing has revealed that it has retrofitted retired fighter jets to turn them into drones.

European ­niversities Catch the Online Wave
From ACM TechNews

European ­niversities Catch the Online Wave

Europe is beginning to embrace massive open online courses, which have steadily gained popularity in the United States over the past several years. 

Special Feature: Five Questions for Berkeley Lab's CRD Director
From ACM TechNews

Special Feature: Five Questions for Berkeley Lab's CRD Director

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computational Research Division director David Brown says applied mathematics helps supercomputers solve scientific problems...
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