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June 2016


From ACM TechNews

Research Proves the Improbable Can Be Made Possible

Research Proves the Improbable Can Be Made Possible

Texas A&M University professor Daniel Jimenez has revolutionized the way research is conducted on microprocessors.


From ACM News

Google Tackles Challenge of How to Build an Honest Robot

Google Tackles Challenge of How to Build an Honest Robot

Google can see a future where robots help us unload the dishwasher and sweep the floor. The challenge is making sure they don’t inadvertently knock over a vase—or worse—while doing so.


From ACM Opinion

Here's Your Chance to Decode President Lincoln's Secret Messages

Here's Your Chance to Decode President Lincoln's Secret Messages

On April 12, 1865—three days after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox and two days before President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated—the president sent a telegram to Maj. Gen. Godfrey Weitzel, whose Union forces were…


From ACM News

Nasa's K2 Finds Newborn Exoplanet Around Young Star

Nasa's K2 Finds Newborn Exoplanet Around Young Star

Astronomers have discovered the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected.


From ACM News

You Can Run, but You Cannot Hide

You Can Run, but You Cannot Hide

Computerized methods turn up evidence of cheating in marathons.


From ACM News

When Will Computers Have Common Sense? Ask Facebook

When Will Computers Have Common Sense? Ask Facebook

Facebook is well known for its early and increasing use of artificial intelligence.


From ACM TechNews

AI Just Got a Big Boost in Its Ability to ­nderstand the News

AI Just Got a Big Boost in Its Ability to ­nderstand the News

Stanford University researchers say they have developed an algorithm that outperforms Google's DeepMind in reading and understanding written content.


From ACM TechNews

Disposable Robots Can Sprint, Fly, and Potentially Save Lives

Disposable Robots Can Sprint, Fly, and Potentially Save Lives

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are developing inexpensive mini-robots that can run, climb, fly, and communicate with emergency personnel.


From ACM TechNews

Malware, Data Theft, and Scams: Researchers Expose Risks of Free Livestreaming Websites

Malware, Data Theft, and Scams: Researchers Expose Risks of Free Livestreaming Websites

Researchers found free livestreaming services users often are exposed to malware infections, personal data theft, and scams.


From ACM News

First Human Test of CRISPR Proposed

First Human Test of CRISPR Proposed

A federal safety board next week will consider the first human use of the gene-editing technology CRISPR, according to the National Institutes of Health.


From ACM News

The Inventors of the Internet Are Trying to Build a Truly Permanent Web

The Inventors of the Internet Are Trying to Build a Truly Permanent Web

Today, much of the responsibility for preserving the web’s history rests on The Internet Archive.


From ACM Careers

Keyboard Warriors: South Korea Trains New Frontline in Decades-Old War with North

Keyboard Warriors: South Korea Trains New Frontline in Decades-Old War with North

In one college major at Seoul's elite Korea University, the courses are known only by number, and students keep their identities a secret from outsiders.


From ACM TechNews

Black Churches Put Faith in Coding Classes

Black Churches Put Faith in Coding Classes

Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition is working with African-American churches and the FAITHTECH Labs initiative to provide coding classes for children.


From ACM TechNews

Too Cute For Their Own Good, Robots Get Self-Defense Instincts

Too Cute For Their Own Good, Robots Get Self-Defense Instincts

Robot designers are developing robots that appear non-threatening, but can take action when humans attracted to their cuteness interfere with performance of their functions.


From ACM TechNews

China Tops List of Fastest Computers Again

China Tops List of Fastest Computers Again

For the seventh straight time, China has dominated the Top500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers.


From ACM TechNews

Speaking in Song

Speaking in Song

Researchers have developed voice synthesis software they say can make anyone's singing voice sound more melodious.


From ACM TechNews

Software ­nveiled to Tackle Online Extremism, Violence

Software ­nveiled to Tackle Online Extremism, Violence

The Counter Extremism Project has unveiled a software tool to help social media firms find and delete radical content.


From ACM News

Smile, You're in the Fbi Face-Recognition Database

Smile, You're in the Fbi Face-Recognition Database

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has access to as many as 411.9 million images as part of its face-recognition database. 


From ACM News

Kanade Wins 2016 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology

Kanade Wins 2016 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology

Major award cites scientific contributions that better humankind.


From ACM News

Ligo Detects Whispers of Another Black-Hole Merger

Ligo Detects Whispers of Another Black-Hole Merger

Just before 4 a.m. on 26 December, B. S. Sathyaprakash woke up to some good news: gravitational waves had been detected for only the second time in history.


From ACM News

Nasa's Juno Spacecraft to Risk Jupiter's Fireworks For Science

Nasa's Juno Spacecraft to Risk Jupiter's Fireworks For Science

On July 4, NASA will fly a solar-powered spacecraft the size of a basketball court within 2,900 miles (4,667 kilometers) of the cloud tops of our solar system's largest planet.


From ACM TechNews

Hpe Shows Off a Computer Intended to Emulate the Human Brain

Hpe Shows Off a Computer Intended to Emulate the Human Brain

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is showing off a prototype computer designed to imitate the parallelism of the human brain using circuit boards and memory chips.  


From ACM TechNews

Creating Printable, Programmable Machines

Creating Printable, Programmable Machines

Daniela Rus  of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is pioneering the science of printable, foldable, and do-it-yourself robotics.


From ACM TechNews

China Claims Exascale By 2020, Three Years Before ­.s.

China Claims Exascale By 2020, Three Years Before ­.s.

China wants to deliver an exascale computing system by 2020, three years ahead of the U.S. plan to achieve the same goal.


From ACM TechNews

Tech Culture Still Pushing Out Women, Study Finds

Tech Culture Still Pushing Out Women, Study Finds

Social dynamics and "culture fit" are a key reason why female engineers tend to leave the profession sooner than men, according to a new study.


From ACM TechNews

Fighting Virtual Reality Sickness

Fighting Virtual Reality Sickness

Virtual reality sickness associated with consumer VR headsets can be alleviated with subtle changes to the user's field of view, say researchers from Columbia University.


From ACM News

Fighting Isis With an Algorithm, Physicists Try to Predict Attacks

Fighting Isis With an Algorithm, Physicists Try to Predict Attacks

After Orlando and San Bernardino and Paris, there is new urgency to understand the signs that can precede acts of terrorism.


From ACM News

Barbara Liskov, Weizmann Women and Science Award

Barbara Liskov, Weizmann Women and Science Award

"I didn’t even know computers existed."


From ACM News

What a Amell Looks Like

What a Amell Looks Like

Boulder smells of peppermint … and crisp snow.


From ACM News

Rover Opportunity Wrapping ­p Study of Martian Valley

Rover Opportunity Wrapping ­p Study of Martian Valley

"Marathon Valley," slicing through a large crater's rim on Mars, has provided fruitful research targets for NASA's Opportunity rover since July 2015, but the rover may soon move on.