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April 2009


From ACM TechNews

Computing Revolution Creating Desktop Supercomputers

University of Western Australia (UWA) Ph.D. candidate Chris Harris is investigating the use of graphics processing units (GPUs) in radio astronomy data processing. Harris says the GPUs typically used in desktop computers could…


From ACM News

Hackers: The China Syndrome

Hackers: The China Syndrome

For years, the U.S. intelligence community worried that China's government was attacking our cyber-infrastructure. Now one man has discovered it's worse: It's hundreds of thousands of everyday civilians. And they've only just…


From ACM News

China Insists It Does Not Hack Into US Computers

China insisted on Thursday (April 23) that it was opposed to Internet crimes, following a U.S. media report that said Chinese hackers may have been behind a cyber attack on computers linked to a new US fighter jet. "Some people…


From ACM News

A Genomic Clue For Cloud Computing

A Genomic Clue For Cloud Computing

University of Maryland computer science researchers recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation Cluster Exploratory Program (CluE) to fund research aimed at discovering how remote cluster computers, computer…


From ACM TechNews

Telepresence Seen as Space Exploration Game-Changer

Telepresence Seen as Space Exploration Game-Changer

Some experts say that telepresence could have such a major impact on society that it changes everything, from how humans explore space to how they remotely communicate with others. Telepresence generally refers to a group of…


From ACM News

Russian, Chinese Universities Claim Top Spots in ACM Programming Competition

Russian, Chinese Universities Claim Top Spots in ACM Programming Competition

Of the top 12 winners at the 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) competing for the best computer programmers in the world, four teams were from Russian universities, one was from Georgia (a former member…


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Project Shows Researchers a Path to Escience Assets

The rapid evolution of computing, networking, and data capturing technologies, along with advances in data mining and analysis, are fundatmentally changing the way scholarly research is conducted. Web resource aggregations are…


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Workplace Wiki a Wakeup For Book-Smart ­niversity Grads

The University of Technology, Sydney, has developed the UTS Work-Ready Project, a new wiki intended to help better prepare university graduates for the workforce. Work-Ready Project leader Andrew Litchfield says government and…


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Crypto Pioneers Differ on Cloud-Computing Risks

A group of pioneers in the security field, whose work in encryption is used to protect Internet data and communications every day, spoke recently about the state of cyber security and the topic that dominated was cloud computing…


From ACM News

Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project

Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project

Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project — the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever — according to current and former government officials familiar with the attacks…


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Microsoft Executive Sees Rise of Tablets, 'Room Computer'

Microsoft Executive Sees Rise of Tablets, 'Room Computer'

Technology that changes how people give commands to computers could make touch-based PCs more popular and transform the traditional desktop into a "room computer" in coming years, said Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research…


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25 Microchips That Shook the World

25 Microchips That Shook the World

In microchip design, as in life, small things sometimes add up to big things. Dream up a clever microcircuit, get it sculpted in a sliver of silicon, and your little creation may unleash a technological revolution. It happened…


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Intel Preps Tool For Many-Core Processors

Intel Preps Tool For Many-Core Processors

Later this year Intel will release a research project code-named Ct, short for C for Throughput, that will automatically make standard C and C++ compilers work with many-core processors--those with 16 to hundreds of cores. Ct…


From ACM TechNews

Diversity Computing Conference Hits Record Attendance

Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC) chair Pam Williams said this year's Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference was the best gathering so far. A record 400 people from academia, industry, and government…


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Smartphones Seen as Eventual Target of Computer Virus Attacks

Smartphones Seen as Eventual Target of Computer Virus Attacks

Northeastern University researchers say that smartphones will soon be targeted by viruses on a massive scale, but a study by the researchers could provide a way to negate these attacks. Northeastern University physicist and…


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Microsoft Cooking ­p New Parallel Programming Language

Microsoft is developing a new language for parallel programming called Axum. Previously known as Maestro, Axum is an incubation project intended to help programmers handle parallel programming in the .NET environment. Microsoft…


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'instant On' Computing

'instant On' Computing

Researchers supported by the National Science Foundation have achieved a breakthrough in adding ferroelectric materials to silicon, without intervening reaction layers. The development could help other researchers in their effort…


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Researchers Working on Memory to Replace Dram, Nand

Researchers at Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) believe that resistive-random access memory (RRAM) could replace dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and NAND flash memory. They say RRAM could be ready…


From ICT Results

Easier Access to Digital Audio Archives

Easier Access to Digital Audio Archives

Digital sound archives offer enormously rich resources but accessing them is currently difficult. Sound material is often held separately from other materials and media. Worse, it can be difficult to listen to or to browse the…


From ACM TechNews

DARPA Wants AI Systems to Interpret Surveillance Data

DARPA Wants AI Systems to Interpret Surveillance Data

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced an effort to create powerful artificial intelligences (AIs) that can mine and interpret a rapidly mounting volume of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance…


From ICT Results

Reconfigurable Hardware Delivers Design Flexibility

Technology is struggling to meet demands for high-performance, specialised computing systems. A European consortium is responding with a new kind of reconfigurable chip that is both efficient and flexible.  The chip merges a…


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Researchers Use Brain Interface to Post to Twitter

Researchers Use Brain Interface to Post to Twitter

In early April, Adam Wilson posted a status update on the social networking Web site Twitter — just by thinking about it. Just 23 characters long, his message, "using EEG to send tweet," demonstrates a natural, manageable way…


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Method For Verifying Safety Of Computer-Controlled Devices Developed

Method For Verifying Safety Of Computer-Controlled Devices Developed

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science have developed a new method for systematically identifying bugs in aircraft collision avoidance systems, high-speed train controls and other complex, computer…


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Robots Are Narrowing the Gap With Humans

Robots Are Narrowing the Gap With Humans

Robots are gaining on us humans. Guided by increased computing power, robots can now perform such tasks as picking up and peeling bananas, landing jumbo jets, steering cars through city traffic, searching human DNA for cancer…


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Funding Supports Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing and Communication

Funding Supports Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing and Communication

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) scientists say that diamonds could revolutionize quantum mechanics in computing by enabling ultra-secure communications, super-fast database searches, and unprecedented code-breaking…


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H-1b Visas Cuts U.S. Tech Wages By Up to 6 Percent, Study Says

A new study from professors at New York University (NYU) and the University of Pennsylvania found that the use of H-1B workers by U.S. companies has decreased wages for computer programmers, system analysts, and software engineers…


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Netbook Chips Create a Low-Power Cloud

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have successfully used a cluster of the same low-power processors that are used in netbooks and mobile devices to create a server architecture that uses less power than a light bulb. The…


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Student Innovations Honored at Chi Conference

ACM's recent Computer-Human Interaction (CHI 2009) conference gave computing students an opportunity to show off the technology they are developing and how it could change the way people live. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)…


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Harnessing Spammers to Solve AI Problems

Harnessing Spammers to Solve AI Problems

Some Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAs) security systems are already being solved by spammers, but CAPTCHA co-creator Luis von Ahn says that when a software program is written…


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Technarte to Showcase Innovative Art/Tech in Bilbao

Technarte to Showcase Innovative Art/Tech in Bilbao

Technarte, the International Conference on Art & Technology organized by Innovalia Association, will bring to Bilbao, Spain, the merge between art, science and engineering. On April 23 and 24, 2009, the Conference Centre Euskalduna…