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Auto Gear-Change Bicycle: Computer Controlled Bicycle Gear Changes Optimize Power, Comfort

Researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Defense University in Tashi, Taiwan, are developing a computer system for bicyclists that tells...

ACM's Annual Report
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ACM's Annual Report

I would be hard-pressed to recall in my four decades as an ACM member a time as eventful and exceptional as recorded by ACM in FY08.

A Pioneer Woman
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A Pioneer Woman

Programmer Jean Bartik is inducted into the Computer History Museum's Hall of Fellows.

Context-Aware Smartphones
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Context-Aware Smartphones

Future generations of smartphones will be context aware, tracking your behavior, providing information about the immediate environment, and anticipating your intentions...

The Universe in Your Computer
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The Universe in Your Computer

Two virtual astronomical telescopes promise to transform the way people view and study the cosmos.

Calculating the Future
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Calculating the Future

Climate researchers have no shortage of scientific issues on which to expend computer power. The biggest problem is choosing which one to tackle first.

From ACM TechNews

More and More, Schools Got Game

Teachers are increasingly incorporating video games, virtual reality, and simulations to improve education. Business and science classes are starting to use sophisticated...

Touching the Future
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Touching the Future

In combination with finger and hand gestures, multitouch input is enabling users to manipulate and display information in innovative and unprecedented ways.

Upwardly Mobile
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Upwardly Mobile

Mobile phones are bridging the digital divide and transforming many economic, social, and medical realities, particularly in developing nations.

Living Machines
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Living Machines

Researchers of molecular computing and communication are focusing on the type of breakthroughs needed to make the vision of ultrasmall, biocompatible computers....

Making a Difference
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Making a Difference

The Grace Hopper Celebration featured technical talks, workshops, networking events, and lively discussions about increasing the number of women in computer science...

The Limits of Computability
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The Limits of Computability

Computational complexity and intractability may help scientists better understand how humans process information and make decisions.

Analyzing Online Social Networks
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Analyzing Online Social Networks

Social network analysis explains why some sites succeed and others fail, how physical and online social networks differ and are alike, and attempts to predict how...

Damage Control
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Damage Control

The U.S. patent system is overdue for reform, but what needs fixing, and how, is a matter of some dispute.

A European Perspective of VoIP in Market Competition
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A European Perspective of VoIP in Market Competition

The debate on the future of VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is not new. For some time now this technological innovation has been considered one of main drivers...

Education: Reprogramming College Preparatory Computer Science
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Education: Reprogramming College Preparatory Computer Science

The college preparatory computer science education curriculum must be improved, beginning with the earliest phases of the process.

An Inspiring Legacy
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An Inspiring Legacy

Admired and respected by his students and colleagues, Randy Pausch will be remembered as a devoted teacher and innovative researcher.

Green Computing
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Green Computing

Are you ready for a personal energy meter?

Searching the Deep Web
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Searching the Deep Web

While the Semantic Web may be a long time coming, Deep Web search strategies offer the promise of a semantic Web.

Clean Elections
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Clean Elections

With end-to-end auditable voting, a voter can verify whether his or her vote was tallied correctly and whether all of the votes were properly tabulated.
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