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June 2013


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Fast Fiber: Apps Coming at 70 Percent the Speed of Light

Fast Fiber: Apps Coming at 70 Percent the Speed of Light

The speed of data transfer will rise dramatically as Gigabit Ethernet grows increasingly available. 


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Multiview 3-D Photography Made Simple

Multiview 3-D Photography Made Simple

Researchers have developed a system that helps users transform a regular camera into a light-field camera that can record high-resolution, multiview images. 


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How Smart Technology Could Change Public Transit

How Smart Technology Could Change Public Transit

Ryerson University professor Joseph Chow is working to improve Canada's urban transportation systems using data analysis and mobile computing. 


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Secret to Prism Program: Even Bigger Data Seizure

Secret to Prism Program: Even Bigger Data Seizure

In the months and early years after 9/11, FBI agents began showing up at Microsoft Corp. more frequently than before, armed with court orders demanding information on customers.


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A New Era For Signatures

A New Era For Signatures

The market for e-signature software and services is poised for dramatic growth.


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Billion-Pixel View of Mars Comes From Curiosity Rover

Billion-Pixel View of Mars Comes From Curiosity Rover

A billion-pixel view from the surface of Mars, from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, offers armchair explorers a way to examine one part of the Red Planet in great detail.


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3D Printing Powered By Thought

3D Printing Powered By Thought

It's definitely not a bird. Nor is it a plane. The garish orange piece of plastic, small enough to hold in the palm of a hand, could pass for a missing limb of a toy tyrannosaurus.


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The Secret War

The Secret War

Inside Fort Meade, Maryland, a top-secret city bustles.


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NASA Issues Grand Challenge, Calls for Public, Scientific Help in Tracking Threatening Asteroids

NASA Issues Grand Challenge, Calls for Public, Scientific Help in Tracking Threatening Asteroids

NASA announced two programs that call on organizations around the world to help spot, track, and possibly alter the direction of asteroids headed for Earth. 


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­.s. and Russia Sign Pact to Create Communication Link on Cybersecurity

­.s. and Russia Sign Pact to Create Communication Link on Cybersecurity

The United States and Russia have agreed to use real-time communications about national security incidents to lower the risk of conflict in cyberspace. 


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Now You Can Build Google's $1m Artificial Brain on the Cheap

Now You Can Build Google's $1m Artificial Brain on the Cheap

A researcher is trying to make deep learning more accessible to researchers. 


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Mapping a Room in a Snap

Mapping a Room in a Snap

Researchers have developed an algorithm that makes it possible to measure the dimensions of a room using a few microphones and a snap of the fingers. 


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This Robot Wants to Beat You at Air Hockey

This Robot Wants to Beat You at Air Hockey

Researchers have developed an air-hockey robot that can change its strategy in response to the playing style of its human opponent. 


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Mathematical Algorithms Cut Train Delays

Mathematical Algorithms Cut Train Delays

New software is reducing delays and waiting times for commuters using railways in European countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, and Greece. 


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Nasa Announces Asteroid Grand Challenge

Nasa Announces Asteroid Grand Challenge

NASA announced Tuesday a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them.


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Drones in Science: Fly, and Bring Me Data

Drones in Science: Fly, and Bring Me Data

The Tempest—wingspan 3.2 metres, cruising speed 75 knots—was designed to fly into severe storms.


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The Limitations Of Crowdsourcing: On The Hunt For The Boston Bombers

The Limitations Of Crowdsourcing: On The Hunt For The Boston Bombers

Crowdsourcing demonstrated some of its limitations after the Boston Marathon bombing.


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Europe Says Farewell to Prolific Herschel Space Telescope

Europe Says Farewell to Prolific Herschel Space Telescope


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Don't Hurt the Web With Rushed Intellectual Property Laws, ­rges Internet Society

Don't Hurt the Web With Rushed Intellectual Property Laws, ­rges Internet Society

The Internet Society hopes to get as many different voices as possible involved in bringing intellectual property policies in line with leading online platforms.


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Materials Scientists Build Chlorophyll-Based Phototransistor

Materials Scientists Build Chlorophyll-Based Phototransistor

A newly developed method incorporates chlorophyll into graphene transistors to make light-activated switches. 


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Neuroscience to Benefit From Hybrid Supercomputer Memory

Neuroscience to Benefit From Hybrid Supercomputer Memory

Researchers are studying how to combine different types of memory for less expensive and optimal supercomputing performance. 


From ACM Careers

3d Printer Brings Dexterity to Children With No Fingers

3d Printer Brings Dexterity to Children With No Fingers

Richard Van As was working in his home near Johannesburg, South Africa, in May of 2011, when he lost control of his table saw.


From ACM News

Echolocating App Will Let You Map a Room with Sound

Echolocating App Will Let You Map a Room with Sound

Bats, dolphins, and even some blind people use echoes to create a mental 3D map of their environment and where they are in it. A smartphone's chirp could soon let us do the same.


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GPS Maps Reveal Where Cats Go All Day

GPS Maps Reveal Where Cats Go All Day

The mysterious comings and goings of our feline friends just got a little less mysterious. Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College loaded a group of cats in Shamley Green, Surrey, with cameras and GPS trackers to figure out …


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Phones Leave a Telltale Trail

Phones Leave a Telltale Trail

The April robbery at the Cartier store in Chevy Chase, Md., was brazen and quick.


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Now You Can Build Google's $1m Artificial Brain on the Cheap

Now You Can Build Google's $1m Artificial Brain on the Cheap

Andrew Ng wants to bring deep learning—an emerging computer science field that seeks to mimic the human brain with hardware and software into the DIY era.


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China Trounces ­.s. in Top500 Supercomputer Race

China Trounces ­.s. in Top500 Supercomputer Race

China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer has overtaken the U.S.'s Titan system as the world's most powerful computer, according to the latest Top500 List, a twice-yearly ranking of the world's fastest publicly known supercomputers.


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Programming Model for Supercomputers of the Future

Programming Model for Supercomputers of the Future

Next-generation supercomputers could benefit from an asynchronous programming model developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics.


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A Revolution in the Making

A Revolution in the Making

On a dark and stormy night two weeks ago in Schenectady, N.Y., Ken Hislop was relaxing at home when his cellphone suddenly began buzzing in his pocket. It was an urgent text message—from the General Electric Co. factory where…


From ACM Opinion

Will the Nsa Rethink Its Data Collection System?

Will the Nsa Rethink Its Data Collection System?

Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin talks to Joel Brenner, former senior counsel at the National Security Agency, about whether the NSA can protect Americans' privacy while also collecting foreign intelligence through its…