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June 2014


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Hackers Reverse-Engineer Nsa's Leaked Bugging Devices

Hackers Reverse-Engineer Nsa's Leaked Bugging Devices

Security researchers have reverse-engineered some of the wireless spying devices used by the U.S. National Security Agency.


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New Manufacturing Methods Needed For 'soft' Machines, Robots

New Manufacturing Methods Needed For 'soft' Machines, Robots

Purdue University researchers have developed a technique that could be used to produce "soft machines" made of elastic materials and liquid metals. 


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Scheduling Algorithms Based on Game Theory Makes Better ­se of Computational Resources

Scheduling Algorithms Based on Game Theory Makes Better ­se of Computational Resources

A new method has been developed to address the scheduling problem in the ASTRO program in cosmology and the WIEK2k program in theoretical chemistry. 


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Memory Cells Built on Paper

Memory Cells Built on Paper

A team at the National Taiwan University in Taipei has printed small resistive random access memory cells on paper. 


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Information School Team App For West African Fishermen Snags Sustainable Fishing Prize

Information School Team App For West African Fishermen Snags Sustainable Fishing Prize

A team from the University of California, Berkeley's School of Information won the grand prize of the Fishackathon programming challenge. 


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Top500 Supercomputer Race Hits a Slow Patch

Top500 Supercomputer Race Hits a Slow Patch

The performance of the world's fastest computers has been steadily growing for two decades, but the latest tally of their collective performance shows slowing progress.


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We Can Code It!

We Can Code It!

Why coding literacy is key to winning the 21st century.


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The Game Theory of Life

The Game Theory of Life

An insight borrowed from computer science suggests that evolution values both fitness and diversity.


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Computing a Cure For Hiv: 9 Ways Supercomputers Help Scientists ­nderstand and Treat the Virus

Computing a Cure For Hiv: 9 Ways Supercomputers Help Scientists ­nderstand and Treat the Virus

HIV/AIDS has caused an estimated 36 million deaths, according to the World Health Organization, and remains a major menace worldwide.


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3D Images Remodel History

3D Images Remodel History

It took hundreds of thousands of workers decades to create China's terracotta army, but digital avatars made in minutes could solve the lingering mystery of one of the country's most famous relics.


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As Robotics Advances, Worries of Killer Robots Rise

As Robotics Advances, Worries of Killer Robots Rise

From driverless cars to delivery drones, a new generation of robots is about to revolutionize the way people work, drive and shop.


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China's Lunar Rover Limps Into Another Long Night

China's Lunar Rover Limps Into Another Long Night

As it plunges into another two-week long 'lunar night', Jade Rabbit, China's Moon rover, is living on borrowed time.


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Spitzer Spies an Odd, Tiny Asteroid

Spitzer Spies an Odd, Tiny Asteroid

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have measured the size of an asteroid candidate for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), a proposed spacecraft concept to capture either a small asteroid, or a boulder from…


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Mind-Control: 'i Drove a Car with My Thoughts'

Mind-Control: 'i Drove a Car with My Thoughts'

Henrik Matzke is in the driving seat of a car, poised to make a very unusual manoeuvre.


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­nicode ­pdate Adds Emoji For Spiders, Chili Pepper, 'live Long and Prosper,' and More

­nicode ­pdate Adds Emoji For Spiders, Chili Pepper, 'live Long and Prosper,' and More

The Unicode consortium has updated its character-encoding standard to include an additional 250 emoji. 


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A New Safety System For City and School Buses Will Avoid Accidents Around Bus Stops

A New Safety System For City and School Buses Will Avoid Accidents Around Bus Stops

A new safety system for city and school buses detects the presence of pedestrians in the area surrounding a bus stop and warns the driver of dangerous conditions. 


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Can We See the Arrow of Time?

Can We See the Arrow of Time?

A new algorithm can determine whether a given snippet of video is playing backward or forward with 80-percent accuracy. 


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Female Tech Staff 'in Decline' in the U.k.

Female Tech Staff 'in Decline' in the U.k.

A new report finds the gender gap in the U.K. information technology industry is getting worse.


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Lighting on the Wall: World's Most Spectacular Video Projections

Lighting on the Wall: World's Most Spectacular Video Projections

Sydney has had a radical makeover this summer, with the famous Opera House dressed in snakeskin and the underpass dotted with flowers to mark the city's Vivid festival.


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Quantum Computers Still Aren’t Faster Than Regular Old Computers

Quantum Computers Still Aren’t Faster Than Regular Old Computers

Researchers recently found a quantum computer performed no faster than a classical computer when running optimization algorithms. 


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Can Hp Build the Computer of the Future?

Can Hp Build the Computer of the Future?

On June 11, Hewlett-Packard revealed plans to make a new kind of computer that it's playfully calling The Machine.


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Commercial Quantum Computer Still Awaits Ultimate Test

Commercial Quantum Computer Still Awaits Ultimate Test

Quantum computers promise to revolutionise the digital world, but how do you tell if a computer really is harnessing the power quantum mechanics?


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Supreme Court Tosses 'abstract' Software Patent

Supreme Court Tosses 'abstract' Software Patent

The Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out an Australian company's patent for business software in a decision that clarifies standards for awarding patents, but not as much as some firms had hoped.


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Mobile Apps Enable Professional Development

Mobile Apps Enable Professional Development

Continuing Education begins adapting to the smartphone.


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Breakthrough For Information Technology Using Heusler Materials

Breakthrough For Information Technology Using Heusler Materials

For the first time, researchers have directly observed the 100-percent spin polarization of a Heusler compound.


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Seeking Reality in the Future of Aeronautical Simulation

Seeking Reality in the Future of Aeronautical Simulation

Computer simulation software is being used to help design future airliners that will cut fuel consumption, reduce polluting emissions, and fly more quietly. 


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Facial Recognition Algorithms Improve

Facial Recognition Algorithms Improve

The accuracy of facial-recognition algorithms has improved over the past three years, according to a U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study. 


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Why Businesses Should Use Caution With Html5-Based Mobile Apps

Why Businesses Should Use Caution With Html5-Based Mobile Apps

University of Syracuse researchers have found that vulnerabilities in HTML5 could enable malicious code execution in mobile apps. 


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The Thought Experiment

The Thought Experiment

I was about 15 minutes late for my first phone call with Jan Scheuermann.


From ACM Careers

Losing the Key

Losing the Key

In this age of rapid transformation, the house key has been surprisingly resistant to change.