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July 2012


From ACM Opinion

Will Wright Wants to Make a Game Out of Life Itself

Will Wright Wants to Make a Game Out of Life Itself

For almost 30 years, Will Wright’s creations have attracted people who would never have played videogames. He's also managed the trick of developing games that enthrall hardcore fans while making rabid players out of novices.


From ACM TechNews

Nsf Announces New Savi at Intersection of It, Disasters

Nsf Announces New Savi at Intersection of It, Disasters

U.S. and Japanese researchers will collaborate on developing fundamental advances in information technology to support disaster management under a new Science Across Virtual Institutes project.


From ACM TechNews

Research ­pdate: Chips With Self-Assembling Rectangles

Research ­pdate: Chips With Self-Assembling Rectangles

MIT researchers have developed an approach to creating the array of wires on microchips that uses a system of self-assembling polymers. The process produces arrays of wires that meet at right angles, which are traditionally…


From ACM News

Top Five 'earth as Art' Winners

Top Five 'earth as Art' Winners

During a span of 40 years, since 1972, the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites has become a vital reference worldwide for understanding scientific issues related to land use and natural resources.


From ACM News

Minister Stresses Iran's Ability to Confront All Spy Malwares

Minister Stresses Iran's Ability to Confront All Spy Malwares

Iran's Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza Taqipour announced that Iran has successfully confronted sophisticated spy malwares and thwarted all cyber attacks against the country's infrastructures.


From ACM News

In First, Software Emulates Lifespan of Entire Organism

Scientists at Stanford University and the J. Craig Venter Institute have developed the first software simulation of an entire organism, a humble single-cell bacterium that lives in the human genital and respiratory tracts.


From ACM News

Assistance Systems Help Out Distracted Drivers

Assistance Systems Help Out Distracted Drivers

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are changing the way we drive — and paving the way for cars that can drive themselves.


From ACM News

Gps Hijacking Catches Feds, Drone Makers Off Guard

Gps Hijacking Catches Feds, Drone Makers Off Guard

On June 19, when University of Texas researchers successfully hijacked a drone by "spoofing" it— giving it bad GPS coordinates–they showed the Department of Homeland Security how civilian drones could fall into the wrong hands…


From ACM TechNews

Obama Proposes $1b For Science, Math Teachers

Obama Proposes $1b For Science, Math Teachers

The Obama administration has proposed a plan to invest $1 billion in fiscal year 2013 to increase U.S. students' participation in science, technology, engineering, and math by creating an elite corps of master educators through…


From ACM TechNews

Indian Scientists Try to Crack Monsoon Source Code

Indian Scientists Try to Crack Monsoon Source Code

Indian researchers are developing computer models that could help predict the erratic movements of monsoons.  


From ACM TechNews

Innovation Promises to Cut Massive Power Use at Big Data Companies in a Flash

Innovation Promises to Cut Massive Power Use at Big Data Companies in a Flash

Princeton University researchers have developed SSDAlloc, software that could help organizations use a type of memory in their servers that requires much less energy than conventional systems.  


From ACM TechNews

Imagining Tomorrow's Computers Today

Imagining Tomorrow's Computers Today

Intel principal engineer and futurist Brian David Johnson discusses his presentation at the recent Euroscience Open Forum on a future world of computers that develop relationships with the humans they serve.


From ACM TechNews

Lessons Learned From Mitx's Prototype Course

Lessons Learned From Mitx's Prototype Course

MIT and Harvard University are preparing to offer free online courses in the fall through the edX project, which is based on MIT's MITx platform.  


From ACM Careers

Would German-Style Apprenticeships Work in the ­.s.?

Would German-Style Apprenticeships Work in the ­.s.?

In a world of high youth unemployment, where the supply of skilled labor often fails to match employer demand, Germany believes help can be found in its Dual Vocational Training System (TVET)—a time-tested economic model now…


From ACM News

Autopilots Take to the Ground

Autopilots Take to the Ground

For decades, autopilots have controlled how planes climb, cruise and descend in the air.


From ACM News

Newest U.s. Counterterrorism Strategy: Trolling

Newest U.s. Counterterrorism Strategy: Trolling

In the decade since 9/11, the U.S. government has used a wide variety of tactics against terrorists.


From ACM TechNews

Microsoft, Juniper, Others in Coding Consortium Issue Guidelines For Safer Applications

Microsoft, Juniper, Others in Coding Consortium Issue Guidelines For Safer Applications

The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code recently issued "Practical Security Stories and Security Tasks for Agile Development Environments," a white paper that offers guidelines to lower the risk that vulnerabilities…


From ACM TechNews

Stanford Faculty Is Embracing Online Teaching Opportunities

Stanford Faculty Is Embracing Online Teaching Opportunities

Stanford University's online education initiative is providing seed grants to professors for developing new online courses.  


From ACM TechNews

­sing Hip-Hop to Teach Computer Science

­sing Hip-Hop to Teach Computer Science

Georgia Tech recently provided computer science education to Atlanta area high school students via a musical summer camp.  


From ACM TechNews

Graphene Transistors in High-Performance Demonstration

Graphene Transistors in High-Performance Demonstration

Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg researchers announced that they used silicon carbide to create graphene.  


From ACM News

Aclu: 'reasonable Suspicion' Not Good Enough For Gps Tracking

Aclu: 'reasonable Suspicion' Not Good Enough For Gps Tracking

If you're a student of the privacy and tech law worlds (or you just read Ars) then you're probably familiar with last year's Supreme Court decision, Jones v. United States.


From ACM News

Coning In: New Ways to Tap Old Data Boost Hurricane Forecast Accuracy

Coning In: New Ways to Tap Old Data Boost Hurricane Forecast Accuracy

Despite advances in weather prediction technology, meteorologists must still qualify any hurricane forecasts with a "cone of uncertainty," which depicts just how far the center of a storm might deviate from its projected track…


From ACM News

Study: Wikileaked Data Can Predict Insurgent Attacks

Study: Wikileaked Data Can Predict Insurgent Attacks

Insurgencies are amongst the hardest conflicts to predict. Insurgents can be loosely organized, split into factions, and strike from out of nowhere. But now researchers have demonstrated that with enough data, you might actually…


From ACM TechNews

Artificial Football Manager Hoping to Top the Fantasy Football League

Artificial Football Manager Hoping to Top the Fantasy Football League

Researchers at the University of Southampton plan to participate in the English Fantasy Football League with an artificial soccer manager.  


From ACM TechNews

Frog Calls Inspire a New Algorithm For Wireless Networks

Frog Calls Inspire a New Algorithm For Wireless Networks

Polytechnic University of Catalonia researchers have developed an algorithm based on the desynchronized form of calling used by Japanese tree frogs that assigns colors to network nodes, which can be applied to the development…


From ACM TechNews

Your Laptop Can Now Analyze Big Data

Your Laptop Can Now Analyze Big Data

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed GraphChi, a framework for running large-scale computations on one personal computer.  


From ACM TechNews

Can We Fix Computer Science Education in America?

Can We Fix Computer Science Education in America?

Computer science is the only one of the science, technology, engineering, and math fields that has seen a decrease in student participation during the last 20 years, falling from 25 percent to 19 percent, according to a recent…


From ACM Opinion

Western Media Seeking to Play Down Iran's Cyber Capability By New Virus Story

Western Media Seeking to Play Down Iran's Cyber Capability By New Virus Story

The western media sought to play down Iran's cyber and computer software capability by releasing hundreds of reports on the discovery of a new computer virus and attributing the semi-professional malware to Iran.


From ACM News

The Brave New World of Tomorrow's Tablets

The Brave New World of Tomorrow's Tablets

Tablets with paper-thin screens that can be folded and tucked into your back pocket, artificial intelligence and augmented reality—the stuff of science fiction may be coming to a store near you.


From ACM News

Apple Granted 'the Mother of All Smartphone Software Patents'

Apple Granted 'the Mother of All Smartphone Software Patents'

Both sides of the smartphone wars agree that the 25 patents granted Apple on Tuesday contain some powerful legal weapons.