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February 2014


From ACM TechNews

Vibration Energy the Secret to Self-Powered Electronics

Vibration Energy the Secret to Self-Powered Electronics

A promising solution for charging smartphone batteries on the go uses a nanogenerator to harvest and convert vibration energy from a surface into power for the phone. 


From ACM News

Nasa Responds to California's Evolving Drought

Nasa Responds to California's Evolving Drought

NASA is partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop and apply new technology and products to better manage and monitor the state's water resources and respond to its ongoing drought.


From ACM News

Syria War Stirs New ­.S. Debate on Cyberattacks

Syria War Stirs New ­.S. Debate on Cyberattacks

Not long after the uprising in Syria turned bloody late in the spring of 2011, the Pentagon and theNational Security Agency developed a battle plan that featured a sophisticated cyberattack on the Syrian military and President…


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Telecom Firms Mine For Gold in Big Data Despite Privacy Concerns

Telecom Firms Mine For Gold in Big Data Despite Privacy Concerns

Last year's revelations over the U.S. tapping of phone and internet data gave telecoms firms pause for thought over whether they should sell their "big data" for gain, but the commercial potential could prove irresistible.


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Swarm of Bat-Like Flying Robots Could Hunt For Survivors or Terrorists

Swarm of Bat-Like Flying Robots Could Hunt For Survivors or Terrorists

Bats are the inspiration for an initiative at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to develop small flying robots. 


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Qr Codes Threaten Internet Security

Qr Codes Threaten Internet Security

Quick Response codes could demand a dangerous level of trust from users, according to Internet security researchers.


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Silicon-Germanium Chip Sets New Speed Record

Silicon-Germanium Chip Sets New Speed Record

Researchers say they have operated a silicon-germanium transistor at 798 GHz fMAX, which makes it the world's fastest silicon-based device by about 200 GHz. 


From ACM News

Can AI Design a Video Game?

Can AI Design a Video Game?

Researcher Michael Cook thinks his ANGELINA software can design a video game—and that's not all.


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Mt. Gox Disappears From Web in New Setback

Mt. Gox Disappears From Web in New Setback

Bitcoin suffered a major setback Tuesday as the website of Mt.Gox, the once dominant trading platform for the virtual currency, was all but shut down.


From ACM Opinion

Spy Chief James Clapper: We Can't Stop Another Snowden

Spy Chief James Clapper: We Can't Stop Another Snowden

Every morning at around 4:30 a.m., James Clapper wakes up and prepares for the worst job in Washington.


From ACM News

Self-Completing Programs

Self-Completing Programs

Since he was a graduate student, Armando Solar-Lezama, an associate professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been working on a programming language called Sketch, which allows programmers…


From ACM Opinion

Are the Robots About to Rise?

Are the Robots About to Rise?

It's hard to know where to start with Ray Kurzweil.


From ACM Careers

The Special Effects Firms Transforming the Film Industry

The Special Effects Firms Transforming the Film Industry

If you are looking for a sure thing at this year's Oscars look no further than Gravity to win the best visual effects category.


From ACM News

Marginally ­seful

Marginally ­seful

Bitcoin, a purely digital currency, is backed by no commodity and governed by no central bank, but it exists because a small number of humans have chosen to believe in its legitimacy.


From ACM TechNews

Internationalizing STEM

Internationalizing STEM

There is growing interest in programs that allow students to double-major in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field and a foreign language. 


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New Study Reveals Communications Potential of Graphene

New Study Reveals Communications Potential of Graphene

Graphene could be used to provide secure wireless connections and improve the efficiency of communications devices. 


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­sing Holograms to Improve Electronic Devices

­sing Holograms to Improve Electronic Devices

A new type of holographic memory device could provide unprecedented data storage capacity and data-processing capabilities in electronic devices. 


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The Joy of Teaching Computer Science in the Age of Facebook

The Joy of Teaching Computer Science in the Age of Facebook

Stanford University professor Mehran Sahami says students today understand computing's potential and are technology consumers.


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Smartphones May Be Our First Line of Defense Against Radiation

Smartphones May Be Our First Line of Defense Against Radiation

Smartphones could be used to detect gamma radiation.


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A New System Accelerates Verification of Printed Electronic Documents

A New System Accelerates Verification of Printed Electronic Documents

The new Valid@doc system accelerates online administrative procedures by automatically verifying and validating printed electronic documents.


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Taking European Expertise in Computing to Market

Taking European Expertise in Computing to Market

The European Commission hopes to complement academics with business expertise through Technology Transfer in Computing Systems. 


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Willow Garage's Last Days

Willow Garage's Last Days

In 2006, Scott Hassan, a prolific software engineer, started a research lab dedicated to robotics called Willow Garage.


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Smarter Caching

Smarter Caching

Computer chips keep getting faster because transistors keep getting smaller.


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Robots with Human-Like Brains to Take on Mars Unaided

Robots with Human-Like Brains to Take on Mars Unaided

It's second nature for us to follow an airplane across the sky, or to walk around a rock we see in our path.


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Eu Project to Build Lie Detector For Social Media

Eu Project to Build Lie Detector For Social Media

Researchers are leading a European Union-funded project to classify online rumors as speculation, controversy, misinformation, or disinformation. 


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How Hackathons Can Become More Female-Friendly

How Hackathons Can Become More Female-Friendly

Anecdotal evidence suggests women sometimes feel they do not fit in at hackathons. 


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Mitsubishi Develops Predictive Agent to Anticipate Drivers' Needs

Mitsubishi Develops Predictive Agent to Anticipate Drivers' Needs

Mitsubishi researchers are developing a vehicle assistant system that can anticipate driver needs when controlling car navigation systems and stereos. 


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Women Fleeing Science, Tech Fields

Women Fleeing Science, Tech Fields

While the talent pipeline of female workers in science, engineering, and technology is growing, many women are leaving these in-demand fields. 


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#cursing Study: 10 Lessons About How We ­se Swear Words on Twitter

#cursing Study: 10 Lessons About How We ­se Swear Words on Twitter

A recent study analyzed more than 50 million tweets from about 14 million users to determine how much Twitter users curse.


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Nsa Surveillance Exposes Political Party Divisions

Nsa Surveillance Exposes Political Party Divisions

The debate about whether to continue the dragnet surveillance of Americans' phone records is highlighting divisions within the Democratic and Republican parties that could transform the politics of national security.