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June 2015


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Rosetta's Miro Instrument Maps Comet Water

Rosetta's Miro Instrument Maps Comet Water

Since last September, scientists using NASA's Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft have generated maps of the distribution of water in the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov…


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Carrying a Table Together With a Robot

Carrying a Table Together With a Robot

Seven European Union-based research teams are working to teach robots how to interact with humans and work together to accomplish tasks. 


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Is Your Tablet a Risk to Hospital Care?

Is Your Tablet a Risk to Hospital Care?

Medical personnel can use a portable electronic device without posing a danger to others, as long as they adhere to a hospital's designated minimum separation distance. 


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Indiana ­niversity Scientists Create Computational Algorithm For Fact-Checking

Indiana ­niversity Scientists Create Computational Algorithm For Fact-Checking

Indiana University researchers have developed a computational method that can exploit any body of knowledge to help human fact-checkers. 


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How Encryption Keys Could Be Stolen By Your Lunch

How Encryption Keys Could Be Stolen By Your Lunch

Researchers from Tel Aviv University have developed an easily concealable device that can deduce encryption keys by sniffing the electromagnetic leakage from a computer. 


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Coding Camp Movement Shows Spike in Graduates and Schools in 2015, New Survey Says

Coding Camp Movement Shows Spike in Graduates and Schools in 2015, New Survey Says

The trend toward using coding camps as a means to quickly gain technology skills is gaining increasing significance in 2015, according to a new Course Report survey. 


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New App Sheds Light on Phone ­sage

New App Sheds Light on Phone ­sage

A new application dubbed AppT enables users to monitor and analyze their mobile device usage. 


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Face Recognition Row Over Right to Identify You in the Street

Face Recognition Row Over Right to Identify You in the Street

"If you are walking down the street, a public street, should a company be able to identify you without your permission?"


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The State of Encryption Tools, 2 Years After Snowden Leaks

The State of Encryption Tools, 2 Years After Snowden Leaks


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The Surreal Dreams of Google's Image Recognition Software

The Surreal Dreams of Google's Image Recognition Software

Image recognition is a complicated business. For Google, that means an artificial neural network—software capable of learning.


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Injectable Implants Could Help Crack the Brain's Codes

Injectable Implants Could Help Crack the Brain's Codes

Understanding how the brain works—or doesn't, as the case may be—depends on deciphering the patterns of electrical signals its neurons produce.


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Inside an MIT Researcher's Grand Plan to Create the Personal Food Computer

Inside an MIT Researcher's Grand Plan to Create the Personal Food Computer

The CityFarm research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab seeks to expand the emerging field of vertical farming. 


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Google Deepmind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read

Google Deepmind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read

Karl Moritz Hermann and his team at Google DeepMind say the way some news sites display articles facilitates the creation of a database computers can use to learn. 


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Researchers Create Transparent, Stretchable Conductors ­sing Nano-Accordion Structure

Researchers Create Transparent, Stretchable Conductors ­sing Nano-Accordion Structure

North Carolina State University  researchers have created stretchable, transparent conductors using a nano-accordion design. 


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Atlasify: Search ­sing Maps

Atlasify: Search ­sing Maps

Researchers have launched a beta version of a search engine that invites users to explore concepts by generating cartographic atlases about subjects of interest. 


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The Secret Alliance That Could Give the Web a Massive Speed Boost

The Secret Alliance That Could Give the Web a Massive Speed Boost

WebAssembly is a joint project among Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, and Apple to create a new Internet platform. 


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Ancient American Genome Rekindles Legal Row

Ancient American Genome Rekindles Legal Row

The genome of a famous 8,500-year-old North American skeleton, known as Kennewick Man, shows that he is closely related to Native American tribes that have for decades been seeking to bury his bones.


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Eight Spacecraft that Have Been Rescued, Resurrected, and Repurposed

Eight Spacecraft that Have Been Rescued, Resurrected, and Repurposed

Earlier this week, the Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander finally woke up after a seven-month snooze.


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ACM Appoints New Ceo

ACM Appoints New Ceo

Indiana University’s Robert Schnabel will take the top staff position at the world’s largest computing society.


From ACM Opinion

Beware the Listening Machines

Beware the Listening Machines

One of my great pleasures in life is attending conferences on fields I'm intrigued by, but know nothing about.


From ACM TechNews

App Makes Virtual Clothes Fitting Faster

App Makes Virtual Clothes Fitting Faster

University of Technology, Sydney researchers are developing a smartphone application to help online clothes shoppers get the purchase right the first time. 


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Internet2 Implements Open Source Sdn Networking Os

Internet2 Implements Open Source Sdn Networking Os

A software defined networking operating system developed by the ONOS project is now up and running on a "virtual slice" of Internet2. 


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Speech Recognition From Brain Activity

Speech Recognition From Brain Activity

Researchers have reconstructed spoken words from brain waves associated with speech processes and transformed the speech into text. 


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A Kaist Research Team Develops the First Flexible Phase-Change Random Access Memory

A Kaist Research Team Develops the First Flexible Phase-Change Random Access Memory

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) researchers say they have developed the first flexible phase change random access memory. 


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Revealed: The Secret Gear Connecting Google's Online Empire

Revealed: The Secret Gear Connecting Google's Online Empire

Three-and-a-half years ago, a strange computing device appeared at an office building in the tiny farmland town of Shelby, Iowa.


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Shock European Court Decision: Websites Are Liable For ­sers' Comments

Shock European Court Decision: Websites Are Liable For ­sers' Comments

In a surprise decision, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that the Estonian news site Delfi may be held responsible for anonymous and allegedly defamatory comments from its readers.


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Dissolving Titan

Dissolving Titan

Saturn's moon Titan is home to seas and lakes filled with liquid hydrocarbons, but what makes the depressions they lie in? A new study suggests that the moon’s surface dissolves in a similar process that creates sinkholes on…


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President Obama: The Fast Company Interview

President Obama: The Fast Company Interview

In an interview, U.S. President Barack Obama discusses "digital teams" of technologists he brought in to improve technology across the executive branch of government. 


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Style Software Gives Fashion Tips After Judging What You Wear

Style Software Gives Fashion Tips After Judging What You Wear

New software can judge outfits from a photograph and offer suggestions to make them look more chic.


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­sing Virtual Reality to Overcome Fear, Reduce Prejudice

­sing Virtual Reality to Overcome Fear, Reduce Prejudice

Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab is exploring how to overcome phobias, confront prejudices, and better tolerate pain with virtual reality.