The news archive provides access to past news stories from Communications of the ACM and other sources by date.
In October 2016, inside a sold-out arena in Zurich, a man named Numa Poujouly steered his wheelchair up to the central podium.
Japanese researchers report promising results from an experimental therapy for Parkinson's disease that involves implanting neurons made from 'reprogrammed' stem cells into the brain.
The report sets as high-level goals a vision for the future of federal IT, and a plan to jumpstart government transition to that vision.
For more than 50 years, computers have made steady and dramatic improvements, all thanks to Moore's Law—the exponential increase over time in the number of transistors that can be fabricated on an integrated circuit of a given…
A project led by Lehigh University will advance machine learning by merging statistical, computer science, and applied mathematical techniques.
Internet service providers can access the data on Internet-connected devices people use in their homes, even when those devices are set up to protect users' privacy.
Researchers have demonstrated that neural networks can accurately analyze gravitational lenses 10 million times faster than traditional methods.
BlueCache is a more energy-efficient datacenter caching system that uses flash memory.
Computational math and biology yield sophisticated guidance for public health officials.
For millennia, humans have turned to the sky to tell time.
Twenty years ago, in the wee hours of a muggy Florida morning, the Cassini spacecraft lit up the skies as it blasted off from Cape Canaveral.
An international research team has devised a new technique for controlling the domain structure of ferroelectric materials.
The BiliScreen app provides pancreatic cancer screening by having users take photos of themselves with a smartphone.
A new algorithm analyzed the estimates of an agribusiness expert and helped a business division at an agricultural chemicals company improve its forecast accuracy.
SharkSpotter is a new deep learning algorithm that can use real-time video footage streamed from aerial drones to detect sharks and alert swimmers.
The Interactive Robogami system lets users quickly design a robot, and then three-dimensionally print and assemble it in as little as four hours.
Bob Hutchinson's mother told him and his siblings almost nothing about her family, no matter how often they asked. "She was good at brushing people off," said Mr. Hutchinson, 60.
Scientists who make movies of molecules in motion have a new high-speed camera to shoot with. The €1.2-billion (US$1.4-billion) European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) will start running its first experiments in September near…
A scientist wanting to hack into an animal's brain used to have three different tools to choose from: electric current, drugs, and light. Now there's a fourth: magnetic fields.
The National Science Foundation has awarded New York University grants totalling more than $4 million for research to improve computer science and computational thinking in elementary and middle schools.
Vroom is a new software prototype that works by optimizing the end-to-end interaction between mobile devices and Web servers.
Researchers have developed a deep-learning algorithm that automatically recognizes formations of teams when analyzing player tracking data.
The Fellowships honor exceptional Ph.D. students worldwide whose research focuses on high-performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis.
Preparation of NASA's next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California--the first interplanetary launch in history from America's …
Carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen are some of the easiest heavier elements to form through fusion.
The draft report warns the U.S. is falling short on its ability to defend critical systems against aggressive cyberattacks.
Not only that, facial recognition technologies inform him of who you are and what you did.
When you pull the headset over your eyes and the game begins, you are transported to a tiny room with white walls.
How much of your privacy would you trade for a smarter home? Internet service providers (ISPs) can peek at the internet-connected devices people use in their own homes–baby monitors, TV set-top boxes, vibrators–even when those…
Early in August, NYU professor Siddharth Garg checked for traffic, and put a yellow Post-it onto a stop sign outside the Brooklyn building in which he works.