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April 2015


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Ethics of Embryo Editing Paper Divides Scientists

Ethics of Embryo Editing Paper Divides Scientists

In the wake of the first ever report that scientists have edited the genomes of human embryos, experts cannot agree on whether the work was ethical. They also disagree over how close the methods are to being an option for treating…


From ACM TechNews

Ccny Researchers ­se Novel Polarization to Increase Data Speeds

Ccny Researchers ­se Novel Polarization to Increase Data Speeds

City College of New York researchers have developed an unconventional method for increasing data transmission speeds. 


From ACM TechNews

Tech Giants Help Track Nepal Earthquake Survivors as Communications Are Hit

Tech Giants Help Track Nepal Earthquake Survivors as Communications Are Hit

Global technology companies quickly responded to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday by helping connect survivors to each other and the world. 


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No Boys Allowed: Tackling the Coding Gender Gap

No Boys Allowed: Tackling the Coding Gender Gap

Girls Who Code aims to close the gender gap in technology and engineering by teaching girls computing skills and encouraging them to pursue jobs in computer science. 


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Who's Got the ­pper Hand? Poker Computer Program Pits Man Against Machine

Who's Got the ­pper Hand? Poker Computer Program Pits Man Against Machine

Carnegie Mellon University's Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas Hold ’em poker tournament pits four of the world's best poker players against a CMU-developed program.


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Putting a New Spin on Computing Memory

Putting a New Spin on Computing Memory

Drexel University researchers are studying a new class of materials in an attempt to make computer memory more stable and more energy-conscious. 


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Online Discussion Forums Good For Well-Being, Study Shows

Online Discussion Forums Good For Well-Being, Study Shows

New research associates online forums with positive well-being and even increased community engagement offline. 


From ACM News

Adios, Silicon: Why Exotic Designs Are the Future For the Chips in Your Gadgets

Adios, Silicon: Why Exotic Designs Are the Future For the Chips in Your Gadgets

Most of us assume that smartphones and laptops will keep getting faster and better.


From ACM News

In Nato Cyber Wargame, Berlya Fends Off Arch-Enemy Crimsonia

In Nato Cyber Wargame, Berlya Fends Off Arch-Enemy Crimsonia

Somewhere near Iceland, a new NATO member, Berlya is under cyber-attack, most likely launched from its arch-rival Crimsonia, although the Berlyans can’t be completely sure.


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Biometrics May Ditch the Password, But Not the Hackers

Biometrics May Ditch the Password, But Not the Hackers

Passwords get hacked—a lot.


From ACM Opinion

Building an Earth-Size Telescope, 1 Station at a Time

Building an Earth-Size Telescope, 1 Station at a Time

Imagine a trio of aerobatic aircraft. Over the years they've gotten very good at their routine. But they want to add another five or six or seven members.


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OS­ Innovation Boosts Wi-Fi Bandwidth Tenfold

OS­ Innovation Boosts Wi-Fi Bandwidth Tenfold

The prototype WiFO technology uses light-emitting diodes to transmit information, increasing the bandwidth of Wi-Fi systems by a factor of 10. 


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Developing a Robotic Therapist For Children

Developing a Robotic Therapist For Children

Carlos III University of Madrid researchers are developing an interactive autonomous social therapist robot. 


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Cloud Security Reaches Silicon

Cloud Security Reaches Silicon

Researchers are working to implement a way to thwart criminals from inferring computer data based on the pattern in which the machine accesses its memory.


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Pentagon Announces New Strategy For Cyberwarfare

Pentagon Announces New Strategy For Cyberwarfare

U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has outlined the circumstances under which the U.S. could use cyberweapons against attackers. 


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Revisiting the STEM Workforce

Revisiting the STEM Workforce

A new report by the National Science Board examines the U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce. 


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Jpl Celebrates Hubble's 25th Anniversary

Jpl Celebrates Hubble's 25th Anniversary

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the world's first space telescope. Hubble images have revealed a vast and colorful cosmos, showcasing, among many wonders, towering pillars…


From ACM Opinion

Should Law Enforcement Have the Ability to Access Encrypted Communications?

Should Law Enforcement Have the Ability to Access Encrypted Communications?

People's distress over the privacy of their communications has never been more acute. Whether the fear is over U.S. surveillance or breaches by hackers of unknown origins, many consumers fear that there is no such thing as privacy…


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Computers That Know How You Feel Will Soon Be Everywhere

Computers That Know How You Feel Will Soon Be Everywhere

Sometime next summer, you'll be able to watch a horror series that is exactly as scary as you want it to be—no more, no less.


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True or False?

True or False?

A new Google algorithm would influence search results based on the "trustworthiness" of websites.


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Statcast Arrives, Offering Way to Quantify Nearly Every Move in Game

Statcast Arrives, Offering Way to Quantify Nearly Every Move in Game

Which outfielders take the most efficient routes to a fly ball? Which pitcher's curveball has the highest spin rate? Which batter has the fastest speed to first base?


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Electronic Device Performance Enhanced With New Transistor Encasing Method

Electronic Device Performance Enhanced With New Transistor Encasing Method

University of Illinois researchers say they have developed a more effective method for closing gaps in atomically small wires, which could lead to new transistor technology. 


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Advances in Molecular Electronics: Lights On--Molecule On

Advances in Molecular Electronics: Lights On--Molecule On

A method for switching on the current flow through a single molecule with the help of light could result in being able to store and process information at the molecular level.


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Bug Bounties Fail to Find Many Software Flaws, Researchers Say

Bug Bounties Fail to Find Many Software Flaws, Researchers Say

Researchers say paying rewards to vulnerability researchers to locate flaws in software initially works, but mature software requires a different strategy. 


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Apple's Swift Makes Quick Strides With Developers

Apple's Swift Makes Quick Strides With Developers

Apple's Swift language has been embraced by developers because of its unique features. 


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White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption

White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption

The White House and U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials support arguments by the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence leaders that encryption technology should be restricted or modified to make it easier for the…


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Congress Probes Possible Bias Against Women in ­.s. Science Funding

Congress Probes Possible Bias Against Women in ­.s. Science Funding

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has launched an investigation into whether gender bias is influencing the awarding of research grants, which would be illegal under U.S. law.


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Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer

Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer

The computer scientist Stuart Russell wants to ensure that our increasingly intelligent machines remain aligned with human values.


From ACM Careers

How Click Farms Have Inflated Social Media Currency

How Click Farms Have Inflated Social Media Currency

Every Morning, Kim Casipong strolls past barbed wire, six dogs, and a watchman in order to get to her job in a pink apartment building decorated with ornate stonework in Lapu-Lapu City.


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Security Professionals Stymied By Outdated Visualization Tools

Security Professionals Stymied By Outdated Visualization Tools

Earlier this year, the film Blackhat got high marks for realistic scenes in which hackers and information security specialists work at their computers to hunt down perpetrators of a cyberattack.