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November 2011


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Did an Illinois Water ­tility Come ­nder Cyberattack?

Did an Illinois Water ­tility Come ­nder Cyberattack?

And why was it connected to the Internet, anyway?


From ACM TechNews

Iu Showcases Innovative Approach to Networking at Sc1 Scinet Research Sandbox

Iu Showcases Innovative Approach to Networking at Sc1 Scinet Research Sandbox

The challenge of moving massive amounts of data to supercomputing facilities for analysis was addressed by Indiana University researchers through data transfer over an experimental 100 Gbps network that exploits a link whose…


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A Computer System Allows a Machine to Recognize a Person's Emotional State

A Computer System Allows a Machine to Recognize a Person's Emotional State

Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Universidad de Granada have developed a computer system that automatically recognizes the emotional state of a person that is speaking to it. 


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Helping Computers Make Faster Decisions

Helping Computers Make Faster Decisions

Improvements in the standard algorithm that computers use to solve integer programs enables them to make yes/no decisions faster. 


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EFF Proposes New Method to Strengthen Public Key Infrastructure

EFF Proposes New Method to Strengthen Public Key Infrastructure

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has proposed an extension to the current Secure Sockets Layer chain of trust that aims to improve the security of HTTPS and other secure communication protocols. 


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Nuclear 'space Battery' Bests Solar in Curiosity Mars Mission

Nuclear 'space Battery' Bests Solar in Curiosity Mars Mission

If you're going to Mars with an SUV-size robot, you'll need a really good energy supply.


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10 Robots Inspired by Animals and Insects

All the research in the world can't beat millions of years of evolution.


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Cyberwar Explodes in Syria

A familiar digital chime rang on the computer. Someone was calling via Skype from Syria.


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Separating You and Me? 4.74 Degrees

Separating You and Me? 4.74 Degrees

The world is even smaller than you thought.


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Why Are Humans Scared of Robots?

Why Are Humans Scared of Robots?

"If popular culture has taught us anything, it is that someday mankind must face and destroy the growing robot menace." Author and robotic engineer Daniel H Wilson's description of How to Survive a Robot Uprising seems like…


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Lab's Behavioral System Can Catch Insider Threats

Lab's Behavioral System Can Catch Insider Threats

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed a tool to identify malicious insiders and stop them from sending sensitive information outside the organization. 


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M­ Researchers Develop Tool That Saves Time, Eliminates Mistakes in Diabetes Care

M­ Researchers Develop Tool That Saves Time, Eliminates Mistakes in Diabetes Care

Doctors will be able to make the right decisions for diabetes treatment by using the diabetes dashboard, a tool that allows them to view patient information on a single computer screen. 


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Eu Chief Privacy Regulator on New Internet Rules

Eu Chief Privacy Regulator on New Internet Rules

In an interview, European Commission vice president Viviane Reding discusses the differences between U.S. and European views on Internet privacy regulation. 


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New Stanford Software Takes Folding@home's Biological Research to Supercomputers

New Stanford Software Takes Folding@home's Biological Research to Supercomputers

Stanford University researchers have developed Copernicus, a distributed framework for supercomputers that is based on Folding@home, a distributed computing project that borrows computing time from home computers to simulate…


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The Problem With Landing Humans on Mars (and How to Fix It)

The Problem With Landing Humans on Mars (and How to Fix It)

When NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory—scheduled to lift-off from Cape Canaveral later this week—touches down on the Red Planet in August of 2012, the one-ton probe will be the largest and most complex piece of unmanned machinery…


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Russian Probe Misses Mars Trip

Russian Probe Misses Mars Trip

Russia's stranded Phobos-Grunt spacecraft reportedly has lost its main opportunity to go to Mars, land on one of its moons and return to Earth with a sample. Nevertheless, efforts to revive it continue.


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Managing the Demise of Privacy

Managing the Demise of Privacy

Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists examine identity management in social media at the Privacy Identity Innovation conference.


From ACM Careers

How to Get Your Kid Into an Elite Computer Science Program

Robotics competitions, programming skills tip the scales for college applicants; being a girl helps.


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H(ackers)2O: Attack on City Water Station Destroys Pump

Hackers gained remote access into the control system of the city water utility in Springfield, Illinois, and destroyed a pump, according to a report released by a state fusion center and obtained by a security expert.


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Cyberwar Most Likely to Take Place Among Smaller Powers, Experts Say

Most Americans who worry about cyberwarfare are concerned that it will be directed against the United States. But the truth is that cyber conflict is far more likely to involve smaller players—and the dangers associated with…


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Obfuscated Code Contest Returns

Obfuscated Code Contest Returns

The International Obfuscated C Code Contest recently launched a challenge for the first time in five years, asking participants to write bizarre and unnecessarily complex C programming code. The goal is to stress the importance…


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A Touchscreen You Can Really Feel

A Touchscreen You Can Really Feel

The texture of a touchscreen can be controlled to provide users with tactile feedback, according to researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Integrated Actuators Laboratory (LAI).


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Google's Search Algorithm Challenged

Google's Search Algorithm Challenged

Padua University professor Massimo Marchiori is leading the development of Volunia, a new search engine that could challenge Google's search algorithm and lead to radically different search engines in the future. 


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Rankings Released For Supercomputers Doing 'big Data'

Rankings Released For Supercomputers Doing 'big Data'

This year's Graph500 competition, which measures supercomputers that handle big data scaling problems, featured 50 systems, up from nine last year. The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration/SC Blue Gene/Q Prototype II…


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$50,000 to Solve the Most Complicated Puzzle Ever Attempted

$50,000 to Solve the Most Complicated Puzzle Ever Attempted

University of California, San Diego researchers are participating in DARPA's Shredder Challenge, which involves piecing together about 10,000 pieces of different documents that have been shredded. 


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Panoramic Tool Lets ­sers Observe Dynamic Imagery

Panoramic Tool Lets ­sers Observe Dynamic Imagery

New imagery available through Carnegie Mellon's GigaPan Time Machine lets users move in space and time to explore the sun, a beehive, or the chlorophyll content of the oceans.


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Mapping a World of Human Activity

Mapping a World of Human Activity

With the world networked on an unprecedented scale, and the global population hitting 7 billion only weeks ago, we are living in a uniquely interconnected era, creating new opportunites and dependencies. It's the result ofthe…


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A New Perspective on Crime Scenes

In 2009, to better record crime scenes, the New York City Police Department began using the Panoscan, a camera that creates high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic images. Each panorama takes between 3 to 30 minutes to produce…


From ACM Opinion

Google and Microsoft Talk Artificial Intelligence

Google and Microsoft Talk Artificial Intelligence

Google and Microsoft don't share a stage often, being increasingly fierce competitors in areas such as Web search, mobile, and cloud computing. But the rivals can agree on some things—like the importance of artificial intelligence…


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Intel Shows Off Its Knights Corner One Teraflops Chip

Intel Shows Off Its Knights Corner One Teraflops Chip

Intel has developed an accelerator chip capable of running at speeds of one teraflops, equal to one trillion calculations per second.