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September 2014


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The Hidden World of Facebook "like Farms"

The Hidden World of Facebook "like Farms"

A new study systematically investigated the nature of so-called Facebook "like farms," services which will direct Facebook Likes to a given Facebook page for a fee. 


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Victoria Team Defends Title With Speedy Robot

Victoria Team Defends Title With Speedy Robot

Victoria University of Wellington students will travel to Sydney, Australia, to defend their title at the Australasian National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition. 


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New Rfid Technology Helps Robots Find Household Objects

New Rfid Technology Helps Robots Find Household Objects

Mobile robots could be much more useful in homes, if they could locate people, places and objects.


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Scientists Make Quantum Leap, Teleport Data from Light to Matter

Scientists Make Quantum Leap, Teleport Data from Light to Matter

We're one step closer to creating the Ansible communicator in "Ender's Game," the warp drive envisioned by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre and a "Star Trek"-style Transporter.


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A Sense of Technology

A Sense of Technology

Researchers are working to add smell, taste, and touch to the digital world, but significant challenges remain.


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Robots That Learn Through Repetition, Not Programming

Robots That Learn Through Repetition, Not Programming

Eugene Izhikevich thinks you shouldn't have to write code in order to teach robots new tricks.


From ACM Careers

New Smartphone App Gives Sight to the Blind

New Smartphone App Gives Sight to the Blind

Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son's school report and labels on bottles in the fridge.


From ACM Careers

Nasa Invents a Folding Solar Panel Inspired By Origami

Nasa Invents a Folding Solar Panel Inspired By Origami

Twenty years ago Brian Trease was a high school exchange student in Japan.


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Ieee Standards Group Wants to Bring Order to Iot

Ieee Standards Group Wants to Bring Order to Iot

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) P2413 Working Group wants to develop an overall architecture for the Internet of Things. 


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Mozilla Rust Language Approaches 1.0 Milestone

Mozilla Rust Language Approaches 1.0 Milestone

Mozilla plans to ship Rust 1.0 beta around the end of the year, and says the system's programming language could become the 1.0 release if all goes well. 


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Nuclear Spins Control Current in Plastic Led

Nuclear Spins Control Current in Plastic Led

A recent breakthrough brings physics closer to the development of quantum computers, more compact data storage devices, and plastic or organic LEDs. 


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Gaze-Tracker Lets You Connect to Devices with a Glance

Gaze-Tracker Lets You Connect to Devices with a Glance

An eye-tracking camera calculates where the wearer is looking, and transmits it to all the nearby Internet-connected devices, such as stereos and TVs, via Wi-Fi.


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Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality

Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality

Virtual reality is virtually here—although its first incarnation will come with short battery life, images that do not quite track eye movements and a tendency to induce motion sickness.


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A Newspaper's First Trip Into Virtual Reality Goes to a Desolate Farm

A Newspaper's First Trip Into Virtual Reality Goes to a Desolate Farm

Against the odds, the Des Moines Register has just become one of the first newspapers to move into virtual reality.


From ACM Opinion

The History of the Predator, the Drone that Changed the World

The History of the Predator, the Drone that Changed the World

These days, the word drone is used to refer to just about any kind of remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft.


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The Hidden World of Facebook 'like Farms'

The Hidden World of Facebook 'like Farms'

Facebook has become the advertising outlet of choice for many of the world’s businesses and companies.


From ACM Careers

How Two Men ­nlocked Modern Encryption

How Two Men ­nlocked Modern Encryption

In September of 1974, when he was 30 years old, Whitfield Diffie was obsessed with cryptography.


From ACM TechNews

Making Big Data Think Bigger

Making Big Data Think Bigger

Big-data management will create a significant shift in the way decisions are made, as new sources of data are mined for patterns. 


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'honeybee' Robots Replicate Swarm Behavior

'honeybee' Robots Replicate Swarm Behavior

A new open-platform system will make it more feasible and economical for researchers to replicate swarm behavior in a large number of robots.


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­.s. Official: Chinese Want Nsa Cyber Schools

­.s. Official: Chinese Want Nsa Cyber Schools

Corporate leaders in China believe cyber-relations with the U.S. could improve if Chinese universities taught U.S. National Security Agency-approved curricula. 


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Quick-Change Materials Break the Silicon Speed Limit For Computers

Quick-Change Materials Break the Silicon Speed Limit For Computers

New phase-change materials-based devices can be melted and recrystallized in as little as half a nanosecond using appropriate voltage pulses. 


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What's the Next Big Tech Trend? This Federal Agency Thinks It Can Predict the Answer

What's the Next Big Tech Trend? This Federal Agency Thinks It Can Predict the Answer

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity  is using machine intelligence to predict what emerging technologies will become popular in the future. 


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Virginia Tech Researchers Devise Traffic App to Rival Weather Apps

Virginia Tech Researchers Devise Traffic App to Rival Weather Apps

Researchers are developing a cloud-based application that will use real-time information and historical data to predict when and where traffic is likely to occur. 


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Time Dilation Measured at 40 Percent of the Speed of Light—in the Lab

Time Dilation Measured at 40 Percent of the Speed of Light—in the Lab

Einstein is most famous for general relativity, which is really a theory of gravity.


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Nasa's Newest Mars Mission Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Red Planet

Nasa's Newest Mars Mission Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Red Planet

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars' orbit at 7:24 p.m. PDT (10:24 p.m. EDT) Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet's upper atmosphere as never…


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Quantum Internet Could Keep ­S Safe from Spying Eyes

Quantum Internet Could Keep ­S Safe from Spying Eyes

Quantum networks are quietly spreading across the world.


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Microsoft Shuts Down Silicon Valley Research Lab, Amid Broader Layoffs

Microsoft Shuts Down Silicon Valley Research Lab, Amid Broader Layoffs

Microsoft laid off another 2,100 employees on Thursday.


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Visualizing 4-Dimensional Asteroids

Visualizing 4-Dimensional Asteroids

One of the largest treasure troves of astronomical data comes from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), an ongoing scan of the firmament that began 15 years ago.


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Boosting Hispanic Share of Tech Workforce Could Be Key to Closing STEM Gap

Boosting Hispanic Share of Tech Workforce Could Be Key to Closing STEM Gap

Greater Hispanic participation could play a crucial role in reaching the Obama administration's goals for increased student exposure to opportunities in STEM fields.  


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Sensors Everywhere Could Mean Privacy Nowhere, Expert Says

Sensors Everywhere Could Mean Privacy Nowhere, Expert Says

Purdue University professor Eugene Spafford says the Internet of Things will permanently record data on people, often without their knowledge.