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Programming Competition Allows Students to 'Geek Out' and Gain Crucial Skillsets

The Second Annual Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment conference hosted the XSEDE13 Student Programming Competition, a contest in which student...

Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online
From ACM Careers

Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online

Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the...

How Big Data Could Help Identify the Next Felon—or Blame the Wrong Guy
From ACM Careers

How Big Data Could Help Identify the Next Felon—or Blame the Wrong Guy

Think of it as big data meets "Minority Report."

Among the Nsa's Own Tips For Securing Computers: Remove the Webcam
From ACM News

Among the Nsa's Own Tips For Securing Computers: Remove the Webcam

Seems like everything gets hacked these days. Baby monitors. White House employees' personal email. Toilets.

Dragonflies Can See By Switching 'on' and 'off'
From ACM TechNews

Dragonflies Can See By Switching 'on' and 'off'

The vision systems for robots could benefit from research into the visual circuit in the brain of dragonflies.

Why We’re a Long Way From Computers That Really Work Like the Human Brain
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Why We’re a Long Way From Computers That Really Work Like the Human Brain

Significant work remains to be done before computers designed to simulate the human brain achieves that goal. 

Disney Researchers ­se Automated Analysis to Find Weakness in Soccer Coaching Strategy
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Disney Researchers ­se Automated Analysis to Find Weakness in Soccer Coaching Strategy

Researchers applying artificial intelligence to the analysis of professional soccer have discovered a strategic error often made by coaches of visiting teams. 

Crowdsourcing Weather Using Smartphone Batteries
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Crowdsourcing Weather Using Smartphone Batteries

A team of app developers and weather experts have created a system that crowdsources hundreds of thousands of smartphone temperature readings. 

Here's What You Find When You Scan the Entire Internet in an Hour
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Here's What You Find When You Scan the Entire Internet in an Hour

Until recently, scanning the entire Internet, with its billions of unique addresses, was a slow and labor-intensive process.

Nasa Rover Gets Movie as a Mars Moon Passes Another
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Nasa Rover Gets Movie as a Mars Moon Passes Another

The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes directly in front of the other, Deimos, in a new series of sky-watching images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity...

Why Can’t My Computer Understand Me?
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Why Can’t My Computer Understand Me?

In a terrific paper just presented at the premier international conference on artificial intelligence, Hector Levesque, a University of Toronto computer scientist...

It’s Time to Reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
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It’s Time to Reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

A bill working its way through Congress is an opportunity to update an unfair, outmoded cybersecurity law

A New 'dawn' in Exchanges' War on Hackers
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A New 'dawn' in Exchanges' War on Hackers

When prices on some U.S. stocks suddenly zoomed one day last month and others unexpectedly plunged, stock-market officials set out to detect a possible computer...

Medical Hacking Poses a Terrifying Threat, in Theory
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Medical Hacking Poses a Terrifying Threat, in Theory

In the world of hypothetical cybercrime, not much is scarier than the hacked medical device.

Nsa Broke Privacy Rules Thousands of Times Per Year, Audit Finds
From ACM TechNews

Nsa Broke Privacy Rules Thousands of Times Per Year, Audit Finds

The U.S. National Security Agency has violated privacy rules or overreached its authority thousands of times annually since 2008, primarily through unauthorized...

­.s. Brain Project Puts Focus on Ethics
From ACM Careers

­.s. Brain Project Puts Focus on Ethics

The false mouse memories made the ethicists uneasy. By stimulating certain neurons in the hippocampus, Susumu Tonegawa and his colleagues caused mice to recall...

Military Education Falls Short on Cybersecurity Training
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Military Education Falls Short on Cybersecurity Training

Most of the six U.S. military graduate programs have not fully integrated cybersecurity education into their curricula or aligned their programs with the strategic...

Weather Channel Now Also Forecasts What You'll Buy
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Weather Channel Now Also Forecasts What You'll Buy

The Weather Channel knows the chance for rain in St. Louis on Friday, what the heat index could reach in Santa Fe on Saturday, and how humid Baltimore may get on...

Terrorists Turn to Online Chat Rooms to Evade U.s.
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Terrorists Turn to Online Chat Rooms to Evade U.s.

Al-Qaida fighters have been using secretive chat rooms and encrypted Internet message boards for planning and coordinating attacks, including the threatened if...

It Helps Researchers See Their Data Like Never Before
From ACM TechNews

It Helps Researchers See Their Data Like Never Before

A new system allows scientists to view data in three dimensions over various time spans. 
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