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September 2014


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Teaching Computers the Nuances of Human Conversation

Teaching Computers the Nuances of Human Conversation

Natural-language processing has become very good at recognizing human speech, but it still struggles to understand subtle nuances. 


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Three Pilot Projects Receive Grants to Improve Online Security and Privacy

Three Pilot Projects Receive Grants to Improve Online Security and Privacy

Nearly $3 million in grants will be issued to support three pilot projects as part of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace program. 


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Scientists Twist Radio Beams to Send Data

Scientists Twist Radio Beams to Send Data

Scientists have twisted radio beams together to send data at high speeds without some of the problems experienced with optical systems. 


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Mapping Big Data

Mapping Big Data

Researchers are applying geographic mapping principals to large sets of unstructured data in hopes of gaining insights into the relationships between them. 


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The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents

The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents

During the past six months, retired pharmaceutical researcher Irv Cantor helped transcribe a 641-page field book written by an archaeologist traveling through 1920s China.


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Nsa Director Rogers ­rges Cyber-Resiliency

Nsa Director Rogers ­rges Cyber-Resiliency

In his keynote address at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit, NSA Director and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Admiral Mike Rogers, explained that the Defense Department and corporate information security teams must focus on…


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New Nsa-Funded Programming Language Could Close Long-Standing Security Holes

New Nsa-Funded Programming Language Could Close Long-Standing Security Holes

Steve McConnell, author of "Code Complete," says coding errors create software vulnerabilities that criminal hackers can use to enter and attack an enterprise.  


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Battling Bacteria With Software

Battling Bacteria With Software

Researchers have developed software to help track a potentially dangerous bug which has become resistant to some of the most potent antibiotics. 


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Njit Computer Scientists Win a Major Grant to Network Mobile Devices in the Cloud

Njit Computer Scientists Win a Major Grant to Network Mobile Devices in the Cloud

New Jersey Institute of Technology researchers have received a multi-year grant to develop a platform enabling mobile devices to interact with each other via the cloud. 


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Fighting Lung Cancer: Faster Image Processing For Low-Radiation Ct Scans

Fighting Lung Cancer: Faster Image Processing For Low-Radiation Ct Scans

The University of Michigan hopes to reduce the image-reconstructon process time for low-dose computed tomography scans from 30 minutes or more to five minutes. 


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Dawn Operating Normally After Safe Mode Triggered

Dawn Operating Normally After Safe Mode Triggered

The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on September 11.


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Seeking Human Cyber Consciousness

Seeking Human Cyber Consciousness

An American lawyer, author, and entrepreneur is using computer science to advance towards "the coming age of our own cyber consciousness and techno-immortality."


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MIT Invents a Magic Lens That Combines All Your Screens Into a Single Experience

MIT Invents a Magic Lens That Combines All Your Screens Into a Single Experience

When we need to send a command or a file from our smartphone to our laptop, we do it through menus.


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How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously ­nknown Patterns in Sport

How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously ­nknown Patterns in Sport

If you've ever watched soccer, you'll know of the subtle differences in tactics and formation between different teams.


From ACM Opinion

Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture

Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture

Steve Jobs’s office remains Steve Jobs's office.


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The Internet Is Losing Interest in Computers

The Internet Is Losing Interest in Computers

You may know Google Trends.


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Cutting the Cord on Soft Robots

Cutting the Cord on Soft Robots

A new untethered soft robot has four legs and can stand up and walk away from its designers. 


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Ethical Trap: Robot Paralyzed By Choice of Who to Save

Ethical Trap: Robot Paralyzed By Choice of Who to Save

Bristol Robotics Laboratory's Alan Winfield and colleagues recently tested an ethical challenge for a robot.


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Herb: A Robot That Can ­nload a Dishwasher and (sometimes) Take Apart an Oreo

Herb: A Robot That Can ­nload a Dishwasher and (sometimes) Take Apart an Oreo

The Home Exploring Robot Butler has advanced manipulation skills that enable it to perform multiple functions. 


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Will Tomorrow's Robots Move Like Snakes?

Will Tomorrow's Robots Move Like Snakes?

Researchers have developed a soft robotic arm, inspired by octopus tentacles, that can snake through a pipelike environment without a human operator. 


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Why the ­.S. Might Just Need a Federal Commission on Robots

Why the ­.S. Might Just Need a Federal Commission on Robots

A Federal Robot Commission could help extract sense and insight from the many technological applications that separate human agency from execution.


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How Main Street Will Pay For Home Depot's Data Breach

How Main Street Will Pay For Home Depot's Data Breach

Federal law protects consumers from the cost of fraudulent charges incurred when thieves steal credit-card and debit-card numbers.


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With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise

With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise

At a New York state elementary school, teachers can use a behavior-monitoring app to compile information on which children have positive attitudes and which act out.


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Researchers' New App Outs Iphone and Android Phone Energy Hogs

Researchers' New App Outs Iphone and Android Phone Energy Hogs

New, free iOS and Android software identifies which apps drain the most power from device batteries. 


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­.s. Scientists See Long Fight Against Ebola

­.s. Scientists See Long Fight Against Ebola

The deadly Ebola outbreak sweeping across three countries in West Africa could infect hundreds of thousands of people before it is brought under control.


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ACM Awards Knuth Prize to Pioneer for Advances in Algorithms and Complexity Theory

ACM Awards Knuth Prize to Pioneer for Advances in Algorithms and Complexity Theory

Georgia Tech's Lipton cited for introduction of new ideas and techniques


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Julian Assange on Snowden, Disliking Google, and His 'inevitable' Freedom

Julian Assange on Snowden, Disliking Google, and His 'inevitable' Freedom

It would be too much to say that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange feels optimistic.


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Google and Edx Put ‘youtube For Courses’ Platform on Hold

Google and Edx Put ‘youtube For Courses’ Platform on Hold

Their collaboration opens the edX platform to some new organizations, but individuals will have to wait a while longer.


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Nsa Chief on Tech-Savvy Islamic State: 'i'm Watching'

Nsa Chief on Tech-Savvy Islamic State: 'i'm Watching'

While U.S. military leaders appeared before Congress to outline their strategy to fight Islamic State militants on the battlefield, the National Security Agency chief said on Tuesday he was watching the media-savvy group's cyber…


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White House Introduces New Class of Innovation Fellows

White House Introduces New Class of Innovation Fellows

The White House has revealed the assignments and backgrounds of its third class of Presidential Innovation Fellows.