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July 2013


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What Is Graphene? Here's What You Need to Know About a Material that Could Be the Next Silicon

What Is Graphene? Here's What You Need to Know About a Material that Could Be the Next Silicon

Graphene, an emerging material that could change the way electronic components are made and help computing performance continue to grow, is everywhere in the research world these days. 


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How the ­.s. Forces Net Firms to Cooperate on Surveillance

How the ­.s. Forces Net Firms to Cooperate on Surveillance

By wielding a potent legal threat, the U.S. government is often able to force Internet companies to aid its surveillance demands.


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Curiosity Mars Rover Passes Kilometer of Driving

Curiosity Mars Rover Passes Kilometer of Driving

The latest drive by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover brought the total distance that the rover has driven on Mars to more than 1 kilometer (about 0.62 mile).


From ACM TechNews

New Model to Improve Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication for 'Intelligent Transportation'

New Model to Improve Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication for 'Intelligent Transportation'

A newly developed model improves the clarity of vehicle-to-vehicle transmissions needed to make intelligent transportation a reality. 


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'virtual Lolita' Aims to Trap Chatroom Pedophiles

'virtual Lolita' Aims to Trap Chatroom Pedophiles

Negobot, a "virtual Lolita" robot, poses as a 14-year-old girl and tries to identify pedophiles in online chatrooms. 


From ACM TechNews

Daydreaming Simulated By Computer Model

Daydreaming Simulated By Computer Model

A new virtual model of the human brain daydreams like people do. 


From ACM TechNews

TV White Space Pilot Targets Connectivity Gaps at U.S. University

TV White Space Pilot Targets Connectivity Gaps at U.S. University

West Virginia University recently announced plans to use vacant broadcast TV channels for wireless broadband services with its TV white space test network.


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Zombies Offer Fresh Insight Into Crowd Behaviour

Zombies Offer Fresh Insight Into Crowd Behaviour

A new computer game simulates a zombie invasion, in order to gather data on crowd behavior and the impact of stress on decision-making.


From ACM Opinion

The End of Digital Tyranny: Why the Future of Computing Is Analog

The End of Digital Tyranny: Why the Future of Computing Is Analog

Our world is ruled by 1s and 0s.


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Writing Programs Using Ordinary Language

Writing Programs Using Ordinary Language

In a pair of recent papers, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have demonstrated that, for a few specific tasks, it's possible to write computer programs using ordinary language rather…


From ACM Opinion

Hugh Herr and the Liberating Age of Bionics

Hugh Herr and the Liberating Age of Bionics

"It's extraordinary that we live in this day and age with all our wonderful modern technology, and still we have shoes that give us blisters," says Hugh Herr, with more than a little incredulity and perhaps even fresh anger at…


From ACM TechNews

Id Got You, Under the Skin: Automated Thermal Face Recognition Based on Minutiae Extraction

Id Got You, Under the Skin: Automated Thermal Face Recognition Based on Minutiae Extraction

A thermal-imaging scan for instantaneous face recognition could be the next advance in biometrics. 


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Miracle Material Graphene Could Deliver Internet One Hundred Times Faster

Miracle Material Graphene Could Deliver Internet One Hundred Times Faster

Researchers have demonstrated incredibly short optical response rates using graphene, which could lead to much faster Internet speeds.


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Ntu Invention Transforms Plain Surfaces Into Low-Cost Touchscreens

Ntu Invention Transforms Plain Surfaces Into Low-Cost Touchscreens

Researchers have developed a low-cost system that could turn a whiteboard, glass window, or a wooden tabletop into a responsive, touch-sensitive surface. 


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Make Way for State and Local Cyber-Ranges

Make Way for State and Local Cyber-Ranges

The U.S. government has wanted a nationwide network of unclassified cyberexercise facilities for years, and now that idea is coming to state and local governments. 


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Crm For Cities

Crm For Cities

New mobile apps improve citizen-government communications.


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Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell

Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell

Like dozens of other brick-and-mortar retailers,Nordstrom wanted to learn more about its customers—how many came through the doors, how many were repeat visitors—the kind of information that e-commerce sites like Amazon have…


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Fact or Fiction: Encryption Prevents Digital Eavesdropping

Fact or Fiction: Encryption Prevents Digital Eavesdropping

Since the dawn of the Web and ubiquitous free e-mail services over the past two decades, the need to secure personal information online has been evident but often ignored.


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Here Come the Arabic, Russian, and Chinese Net Addresses

Here Come the Arabic, Russian, and Chinese Net Addresses

ICANN, the organization in charge of a major overhaul of Internet addresses, said it has signed agreements that will bring Chinese, Russian, and Arabic domain names to the Net.


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Canadian Team Claims $250,000 Prize For Human-Powered Helicopter

Canadian Team Claims $250,000 Prize For Human-Powered Helicopter

The Canadian AeroVelo team has done what many thought impossible.


From ACM TechNews

Predicting Earthquakes and Saving Lives--With Smartphones

Predicting Earthquakes and Saving Lives--With Smartphones

A new app called CrowdShake provides early earthquake warnings by converting a smartphone's accelerometer into a seismometer. 


From ACM TechNews

A Mind-Blowing Dome Made By 6,500 Computer-Guided Silkworms

A Mind-Blowing Dome Made By 6,500 Computer-Guided Silkworms

Researchers have used 6,500 live silkworms to create a three-dimensional printed dome, utilizing a hybrid fabrication method called CNSilk. 


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Experts Create 3D Map of Richard III's Grave

Experts Create 3D Map of Richard III's Grave

Researchers are using two scanning techniques to create a detailed three-dimensional digital visualization of King Richard III's grave.


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Silicon Oxide Memories Transcend a Hurdle

Silicon Oxide Memories Transcend a Hurdle

Researchers have developed a one-kilobit rewritable silicon oxide device with diodes that eliminate data-corrupting crosstalk. 


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Alert! Study Finds Internet Users Heed Browser Warnings

Alert! Study Finds Internet Users Heed Browser Warnings

Security warnings displayed by Web browsers are much more effective at deterring risky Internet behavior than was previously believed, a recent study found.


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Breakthrough Could Lead to 'artificial Skin' That Senses Touch, Humidity, and Temperature

Breakthrough Could Lead to 'artificial Skin' That Senses Touch, Humidity, and Temperature

A newly developed flexible sensor out of tiny gold particles could be used to create electronic skin. 


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Robot Mom Would Beat Robot Butler in Popularity Contest

Robot Mom Would Beat Robot Butler in Popularity Contest

Researchers have found that people express more positive feelings toward a robot that takes care of them than toward a robot that needs care. 


From ACM Opinion

Censoring the News Before It Happens

Censoring the News Before It Happens

Every day in China, hundreds of messages are sent from government offices to website editors around the country that say things like, "Report on the new provincial budget tomorrow, but do not feature it on the front page, make…


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Computational Photography: The Snap Is Only the Start

Computational Photography: The Snap Is Only the Start

Imagine a camera that allows you to see through a crowd to get a clear view of someone who would otherwise be obscured, a smartphone that matches big-budget lenses for image quality, or a photograph that lets you change your…


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Researchers Find Bug Bounty Programs Pay Economic Rewards

Researchers Find Bug Bounty Programs Pay Economic Rewards

Bug bounty programs can be as much as 100 times more cost-effective for finding security vulnerabilities than hiring full-time security researchers to do the same thing.