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April 2014


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Your T-Shirt's Ringing: Telecommunications in the Spaser Age

Your T-Shirt's Ringing: Telecommunications in the Spaser Age

New technology could make it possible to print extremely thin mobile phones directly on clothing. 


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The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets

The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets

The first rule of riding in Google's self-driving car, says Dmitri Dolgov, is not to compliment Google's self-driving car.


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‘a Real Inventor’: ­w’s Gary Kildall, Father of the Pc Operating System, Honored For Key Work

‘a Real Inventor’: ­w’s Gary Kildall, Father of the Pc Operating System, Honored For Key Work

Gary Kildall, who died in 1994, will be honored by the IEEE for his creation of the landmark PC operating system CP/M, as well as his invention of BIOS.


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Supreme Court Takes on Privacy in Digital Age

Supreme Court Takes on Privacy in Digital Age

Two Supreme Court cases about police searches of cellphones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device.


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Data Mashups Can Help Answer the World's Biggest Questions

Data Mashups Can Help Answer the World's Biggest Questions

The Medical and Environmental Data Mashup Infrastructure project aims to enable research into the links between climate, weather, environment, and health. 


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Low-Level Federal Judges Balking at Law Enforcement Requests For Electronic Evidence

Low-Level Federal Judges Balking at Law Enforcement Requests For Electronic Evidence

Judges at the lowest levels of the federal judiciary are balking at sweeping requests by law enforcement officials for cellphone and other sensitive personal data, declaring the demands overly broad and at odds with basic constitutional…


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­p Close on Baseball's Borders

­p Close on Baseball's Borders

Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated has called the line running through Connecticut that separates Yankee fans and Red Sox fans the Munson-Nixon line.


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When the Internet Dies, Meet the Meshnet That Survives

When the Internet Dies, Meet the Meshnet That Survives

A nonprofit recently staged a small-scale drill mimicking the outages that affected New York after Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012. 


From ACM TechNews

Google Names Participants For 2014 Summer of Code Program

Google Names Participants For 2014 Summer of Code Program

The 10th Annual Google Summer of Code program will involve 1,307 students working with 190 mentoring organizations to create open source code. 


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It's Now Possible to Wirelessly Charge 40 Smartphones From 16 Feet Away

It's Now Possible to Wirelessly Charge 40 Smartphones From 16 Feet Away

Researchers have broken a record by transmitting enough power wirelessly over a distance of about 16 feet to simultaneously charge up to 40 smartphones. 


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Microsoft, Google, Other Tech Giants ­nite to Prevent Next Heartbleed

Microsoft, Google, Other Tech Giants ­nite to Prevent Next Heartbleed

Microsoft, Google, and other tech giants have committed to contribute more than $3 million to an initiative to improve open source software. 


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High School Students Are All About Computers but Get Little Instruction in Computer Science

High School Students Are All About Computers but Get Little Instruction in Computer Science

There is a significant gap between U.S. high school students' exposure to computer science and their use of computers and technology. 


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Russia's Putin Calls the Internet a 'cia Project'

Russia's Putin Calls the Internet a 'cia Project'

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting.


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Americans Predict a Future Like Science Fiction

Americans Predict a Future Like Science Fiction

Given the fast-paced changes that happen in technology, predicting the future has become more fun than guessing who will win the Super Bowl or "Dancing With the Stars."


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Virtual Earth Plays Out Fate of Life on the Planet

Virtual Earth Plays Out Fate of Life on the Planet

We can simulate the climate and we can even simulate babies. Now, we can simulate life on Earth, too—the vast and complex interactions of the living organisms on our planet.


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Robot Scouts Rooms People Can't Enter

Robot Scouts Rooms People Can't Enter

Student researchers are working with Sandia National Laboratories to develop a robotic system that can be used to map rooms in three-dimensional space. 


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Superconducting Qubit Array Points the Way to Quantum Computers

Superconducting Qubit Array Points the Way to Quantum Computers

Researchers say they have demonstrated a new level of reliability in a five-qubit array, moving one step closer to making a quantum computer a reality. 


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Alzheimer's and Cancer Link Found

Alzheimer's and Cancer Link Found

Researchers have determined that Alzheimer's disease and glioblastoma multiform, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, share a pathway in gene transcription. 


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Computational Method Dramatically Speeds Up Estimates of Gene Expression, CMU, UMD Researchers Report

Computational Method Dramatically Speeds Up Estimates of Gene Expression, CMU, UMD Researchers Report

Researchers say they have developed a computational method that dramatically speeds up estimates of gene activity from RNA sequencing data. 


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Heartbleed Bug Provokes Open Source Soul-Searching

Heartbleed Bug Provokes Open Source Soul-Searching

Vulnerability underscored the issue of how projects like OpenSSL should be supported.


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Apple's Display Tech Lets Users Interact with 3D Objects in Mid-Air

Apple's Display Tech Lets Users Interact with 3D Objects in Mid-Air

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent application for an "Interactive three-dimensional display system," which details a method of presenting users with what appears to be a 3D image that can be manipulated…


From ACM Opinion

The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.

The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.

The best way to think about Aereo, the company at the center of this week's Supreme Court battle over the future of computing, is as an example of legal performance art.


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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014

Technology news is full of incremental developments, but few of them are true milestones.


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Scientists Develop Antarctic Ice Dating Technique Using Krypton

Scientists Develop Antarctic Ice Dating Technique Using Krypton

Using a form of krypton, a chemical element created when cosmic rays hit the planet, scientists have developed a new technique to more accurately date ancient Antarctic ice which could help them understand the forces that have…


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How America's Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future

How America's Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future

Stories set in the future are often judged, as time passes, on whether they come true or not.


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Michigan Man Among 1st in U.s. to Get 'bionic Eye'

Michigan Man Among 1st in U.s. to Get 'bionic Eye'

A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.


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Listening to the Big Bang

Listening to the Big Bang

For six months each year, the perennially dark and wind-swept plains of the southern polar ice cap have an average temperature of about 58 degrees Fahrenheit below zero.


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'photonic Transistor' Switches Light Signals Instead of Electronic Signals

'photonic Transistor' Switches Light Signals Instead of Electronic Signals

A practical "photonic transistor" for optical interconnects will be able to control light signals similarly to electronic transistors. 


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Code Camp Empowers High School Girls With Computer Science Education

Code Camp Empowers High School Girls With Computer Science Education

Stanford's Girls Teach Girls To Code program recently hosted more than 200 high school girls on campus for a "Code Camp."


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Researchers ­se Twitter to Predict Crime

Researchers ­se Twitter to Predict Crime

Twitter can be useful for predicting up to 25 kinds of crimes, especially offenses like stalking, thefts, and certain kinds of assault, if the correct analysis is applied.