Sign In

Communications of the ACM

News Archive


Archives

The news archive provides access to past news stories from Communications of the ACM and other sources by date.

May 2014


From ACM TechNews

Wireless Camera Network Offers New Possibilities For Security Systems

Wireless Camera Network Offers New Possibilities For Security Systems

The Solar Wi-Fi Energy Efficient Tracking camera system is a prototype device for a solar-powered wireless network of smart cameras. 


From ACM News

The Age of Quantum Computing Has (almost) Arrived

The Age of Quantum Computing Has (almost) Arrived

Google owns a lot of computers—perhaps a million servers stitched together into the fastest, most powerful artificial intelligence on the planet.


From ACM Opinion

Should ­.s. Hackers Fix Cybersecurity Holes or Exploit Them?

Should ­.s. Hackers Fix Cybersecurity Holes or Exploit Them?

There's a debate going on about whether the U.S. government—specifically, the NSA and United States Cyber Command—should stockpile Internet vulnerabilities or disclose and fix them.


From ACM News

Pluto-Bound Probe Faces Crisis

Pluto-Bound Probe Faces Crisis

Nearly 4.3 billion kilometres from Earth, and most of the way to Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is in danger of missing out on half of its mission.


From ACM News

Construction to Begin on 2016 NASA Mars Lander

Construction to Begin on 2016 NASA Mars Lander

NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander, after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review on Friday.


From ACM TechNews

Fcc Chair: An Internet Fast Lane Would Be 'commercially Unreasonable'

Fcc Chair: An Internet Fast Lane Would Be 'commercially Unreasonable'

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler says the FCC could take action to block the emergence of Internet fast lanes, or "paid prioritization." 


From ACM TechNews

IBM and Fujifilm Show Super Dense Storage Tape For Big Data Work

IBM and Fujifilm Show Super Dense Storage Tape For Big Data Work

Researchers at IBM and Fujifilm are developing a magnetic tape prototype that can store 85.9 billion bits of data per square inch.


From ACM TechNews

Stanford Engineer Invents a Way to Beam Power to Medical Chips Deep Inside the Body

Stanford Engineer Invents a Way to Beam Power to Medical Chips Deep Inside the Body

Researchers say they have has developed a technology that paves the way for 'electroceutical' devices to treat illness or alleviate pain. 


From ACM TechNews

Hitachi Unveils Robot With a Sense of Humor

Hitachi Unveils Robot With a Sense of Humor

Hitachi engineers say they have created an android robot with a sense of humor. 


From ACM TechNews

Liberating Devices From Their Power Cords

Liberating Devices From Their Power Cords

Researchers have developed a method for creating materials that can store and discharge significant amounts of electricity. 


From ACM Opinion

Three Questions with the Man Leading Baidu's New AI Effort

Three Questions with the Man Leading Baidu's New AI Effort

Artificial intelligence is guided by the far-off goal of having software match humans at important tasks.


From ACM TechNews

Enabling Cutting Edge Future Internet Research

Enabling Cutting Edge Future Internet Research

The SMARTFIRE project, a two-year European Union effort initiated in 2013, aims to develop large-scale experimental facilities for cutting-edge Internet research. 


From ACM Careers

Coding Schools Tone Down Rosy Job Script

Coding Schools Tone Down Rosy Job Script

Learn to code. Get a job. Then what?


From ACM Opinion

The Myths & Realities of How the Eu's New 'right To Be Forgotten' in Google Works

The Myths & Realities of How the Eu's New 'right To Be Forgotten' in Google Works

Is it true that anyone in the EU can have anything removed from Google and other search engines?


From ACM News

Forging a Qubit to Rule Them All

Forging a Qubit to Rule Them All

Peering into his cabinet of curiosities on a recent spring day, Bob Willett, a scientist at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, N.J., nimbly plucked a tiny black crystal from the shelves and slid it under a microscope.


From ACM News

Hidden Greenland Canyons Mean More Sea Level Rise

Hidden Greenland Canyons Mean More Sea Level Rise

Scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine (UCI), have found that canyons under Greenland's ocean-feeding glaciers are deeper and longer than previously thought, increasing the amount of Greenland's estimated…


From ACM TechNews

New Energy-Saving Facility Boosts Stanford's Computing Prowess

New Energy-Saving Facility Boosts Stanford's Computing Prowess

The new Stanford Research Computing Center is saving energy through air-driven cooling. 


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Discover Critical Flaws in the Chip and Pin System

Researchers Discover Critical Flaws in the Chip and Pin System

A pair of critical flaws in EMV smart card technology can be exploited to generate cloned cards that are undetectable by normal bank procedures. 


From ACM TechNews

From the Smartphone to the Cloud and Back Again

From the Smartphone to the Cloud and Back Again

College of William & Mary professor Robert Dickerson says there are many reasons to tie a smartphone app to the cloud. 


From ACM News

For U.s. Companies That Challenge China, the Risk of Digital Reprisal

For U.s. Companies That Challenge China, the Risk of Digital Reprisal

Two large American steel makers, U.S. Steel and Allegheny Technologies, each lost confidential files giving access to their computer networks.


From ACM News

Microbial Stowaways to Mars Identified

Microbial Stowaways to Mars Identified

Dozens of microbial species may have accompanied the Curiosity rover to Mars, where it landed in August 2012.


From ACM News

How Google Built Its 3-D Interactive Rubik's Cube Doodle

How Google Built Its 3-D Interactive Rubik's Cube Doodle

Today Google launched one of its coolest doodles yet: a 3-D interactive Rubik's Cube.


From ACM Opinion

Why the Death of Net Neutrality Would Be a Disaster For Libraries

Why the Death of Net Neutrality Would Be a Disaster For Libraries

The Internet's eyes turned to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, as the panel approved a plan to consider allowing Internet service providers to charge Web sites like Netflix for higher-quality delivery of their…


From ACM TechNews

Device Aims to Brings Text and Graphics to Visually Impaired

Device Aims to Brings Text and Graphics to Visually Impaired

European researchers are working on a portable Braille device with a tactile display that enables visually impaired users to access digital words and graphics. 


From ACM TechNews

New Algorithm Shakes ­p Cryptography

New Algorithm Shakes ­p Cryptography

Researchers have uncovered a flaw in cryptography security, discrediting several cryptographic systems that were assumed to provide sufficient safeguards. 


From ACM TechNews

Glasses-Free 3D Projector

Glasses-Free 3D Projector

Researchers have developed a glasses-free, multi-perspective, three-dimensional video screen.


From ACM TechNews

Strongly Interacting Electrons in Wacky Oxide Synchronize to Compute Like the Brain

Strongly Interacting Electrons in Wacky Oxide Synchronize to Compute Like the Brain

A device developed by Pennsylvania State University electrical engineers could serve as the foundation for non-Boolean computing. 


From ACM TechNews

Harvard's Robotic Bees Aim to Pollinate Crops, Search For Survivors in Rubble

Harvard's Robotic Bees Aim to Pollinate Crops, Search For Survivors in Rubble

Researchers hope to prove within the next few years that it is possible to use robotic bees to artificially pollinate crops. 


From ACM TechNews

Do We Need a Title Ix For STEM Workers?

Do We Need a Title Ix For STEM Workers?

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget's Lisa Schlosser thinks a measure along the lines of Title IX may be necessary to close the gender gap in IT. 


From ACM TechNews

Fighting Off Virtual Attacks

Fighting Off Virtual Attacks

Researchers say they have taken ideas from nature and applied them to security for software that runs on digital devices.