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October 2013


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Big Data Heralds Return of the Cray Supercomputer

"Big data" means big computers, and good news for Cray Inc.


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Managing the Deluge of 'big Data' From Space

Managing the Deluge of 'big Data' From Space

For NASA and its dozens of missions, data pour in every day like rushing rivers.


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Graphics Chips Help Process Big Data Sets in Milliseconds

Graphics Chips Help Process Big Data Sets in Milliseconds

New software can use the graphics processors found on everyday computers to process torrents of data more quickly than is normally possible, opening up new ways to visually explore everything from Twitter posts to political donations…


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The Rapid Advance of Artificial Intelligence

The Rapid Advance of Artificial Intelligence

The latest work in the realm of artificial intelligence by scientists, roboticists, and others could potentially transform the world within the next five years. 


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Ibm Seeks to Marry Biological and Artificial Computing

Ibm Seeks to Marry Biological and Artificial Computing

IBM is seeking insights about biological and artificial computing by building next-generation systems that meld concepts from both worlds. 


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Dude, Where's My Code?

Dude, Where's My Code?

Stack is a new system that automatically combs through programmers' code, identifying those lines that compilers might discard, but that could be functional. 


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Electric Cars: Hidden Habits You Are Sharing with Firms

Electric Cars: Hidden Habits You Are Sharing with Firms

You wouldn't think that anybody would care about your drive to the supermarket to buy milk.


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Taking the Internet ­nderwater

Taking the Internet ­nderwater

A deep-sea Internet framework could lead to better tsunami detection, offshore oil and natural gas exploration, surveillance, pollution monitoring, and other activities. 


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The Future Fabric of Data Analysis

The Future Fabric of Data Analysis

A new approach to computation is required for managing big data because of the shift to a decentralized, distributed computer architecture. 


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Whither Supercomputing?

Whither Supercomputing?

Even as America’s economic uncertainty over the government shutdown ends, the fate of Supercomputing remains undecided.


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Huawei Executive Talks About Cyber Security

Huawei Executive Talks About Cyber Security

As the world's second-largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment, Huawei plays a part in the technology industry's efforts to ensure network security around the world. But last year, some U.S. lawmakers called Huawei…


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How IBM Is Making Computers More Like Your Brain. For Real

How IBM Is Making Computers More Like Your Brain. For Real

Despite a strong philosophical connection, computers and brains inhabit separate realms in research.


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This Algorithm Can Predict Your Success At ­niversity

This Algorithm Can Predict Your Success At ­niversity

In a large university full of lecture classes, it can be hard to pinpoint the students who are falling through the cracks.


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On a New Jersey Islet, Twilight of the Landline

On a New Jersey Islet, Twilight of the Landline

Hurricane Sandy devastated this barrier island community of multimillion-dollar homes, but in Peter Flihan's view, Verizon Communications has delivered a second blow: the telecommunications giant did not rebuild the landlines…


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Measuring a Superconducting Qubit by Manipulating Its Environment

Measuring a Superconducting Qubit by Manipulating Its Environment

Measurement in quantum systems is an inherently challenging problem.


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Tweets Have Become Shorter Since 2009, Say Computer Scientists

Tweets Have Become Shorter Since 2009, Say Computer Scientists

Twitter users are communicating with fewer and shorter words, researchers have found.


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Researchers Discover New Approach to Improve Personalized Cancer Treatments

Researchers Discover New Approach to Improve Personalized Cancer Treatments

A new method for targeting mutated cells could lead to a major breakthrough in a personalized medicine approach to treat cancer. 


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Impact of Aging on Smart Phone ­se to Be Examined

Impact of Aging on Smart Phone ­se to Be Examined

The University of Strathclyde's Mark Dunlop is launching a project to study the effects of aging on the use of smartphones and other mobile devices. 


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Google Seeks Student Coders for Code-In, Summer of Code Events

Google Seeks Student Coders for Code-In, Summer of Code Events

Google is looking for great young software developers to participate in its Google Code-in 2013 and Google Summer of Code 2014 events. 


From ACM Opinion

N.s.a. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts

N.s.a. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts

The director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, said in an interview that to prevent terrorist attacks he saw no effective alternative to the N.S.A.'s bulk collection of telephone and other electronic metadata…


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A Touch of Security

A Touch of Security

Biometrics hold promise, but haven’t yet paid off in consumer devices.


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Cryptographer Adi Shamir Prevented from Attending Nsa History Conference

Cryptographer Adi Shamir Prevented from Attending Nsa History Conference

In this email message to colleagues, Israeli cryptographer Adi Shamir recounts the difficulties he faced in getting a visa to attend the 2013 Cryptologic History Symposium sponsored by the National Security Agency.


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Unbreakable Encryption Comes to the U.S.

Unbreakable Encryption Comes to the U.S.

As revelations about the depth and breadth of the NSA's digital eavesdropping program continue to come to light, Ohio-based Battelle Memorial Institute is rolling out a new kind of network encryption designed to be virtually…


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The Rapid Advance of Artificial Intelligence

The Rapid Advance of Artificial Intelligence

A gaggle of Harry Potter fans descended for several days this summer on the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for the Leaky Con gathering, an annual haunt of a group of predominantly young women who immerse themselves in a…


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The Future Fabric of Data Analysis

The Future Fabric of Data Analysis

When subatomic particles smash together at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, they create showers of new particles whose signatures are recorded by four detectors.


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Privacy Fears Grow as Cities Increase Surveillance

Privacy Fears Grow as Cities Increase Surveillance

Cities across the United States increasingly are using big data for law enforcement, raising concerns about government tracking the details of citizens' lives. 


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Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here's What It Takes

Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here's What It Takes

Nico Sell, the cofounder of a secure communication app called Wickr, has appeared on television twice.


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Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback

Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback

The increasing in cybercrime has created a growing need for cybersecurity specialists, but demand far outpaces the number of those qualified to do the job.


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NSA Collects Millions of Email Address Books Globally

NSA Collects Millions of Email Address Books Globally

The U.S. National Security Agency harvests hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts worldwide.


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A Day to Remember the First Computer Programmer Was a Woman

A Day to Remember the First Computer Programmer Was a Woman

Ada Lovelace wrote the first computer program in 1842, a feat that is commemorated on Oct. 15.