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September 2016


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How the Fbi Could Have Hacked the San Bernardino Shooter's Iphone

How the Fbi Could Have Hacked the San Bernardino Shooter's Iphone

More than six months have passed since the FBI first ordered Apple to help the agency bypass the encryption on the iPhone 5c of Rizwan Syed Farook, an ISIS supporter who with his wife killed 14 people in San Bernardino before…


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Wireless Alerts Sound For Nyc Bombing Suspect

Wireless Alerts Sound For Nyc Bombing Suspect

New Yorkers' morning commute was interrupted this morning by a chorus of emergency alerts, part of a manhunt for bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami.


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Hardware Hack Defeats Iphone Passcode Security

Hardware Hack Defeats Iphone Passcode Security

University of Cambridge professor Sergei Skorobogatov has cloned iPhone memory chips, giving him an unlimited number of attempts to guess the passcode.  


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Saving Lives By Letting Cars Talk to Each Other

Saving Lives By Letting Cars Talk to Each Other

Wireless connectivity offers to improve safety as semi-autonomous and fully autonomous cars mature and proliferate.


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Congressional Report Slams Nsa Leaker Edward Snowden

Congressional Report Slams Nsa Leaker Edward Snowden

A House intelligence committee report issued Thursday condemned Edward Snowden, saying the National Security Agency leaker is not a whistleblower and that the vast majority of the documents he stole were defense secrets that…


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Sussex Physicists Develop New Touchscreen Technology

Sussex Physicists Develop New Touchscreen Technology

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Sussex say they have developed a new touchscreen technology based on electrodes made from indium tin oxide.


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How America's 911 Emergency Response System Can Be Hacked

How America's 911 Emergency Response System Can Be Hacked

Researchers at Israel's Ben Gurion University have created a method for disabling the U.S. 911 emergency system with telephony denial-of-service attacks.


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Media Lab Conference Addresses Gender Bias, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM

Media Lab Conference Addresses Gender Bias, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith has called for a push against implicit gender bias and for greater diversity and racial equity in technology disciplines.


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Engineers Teach Machines to Recognize Tree Species

Engineers Teach Machines to Recognize Tree Species

A new method developed by engineers from the California Institute of Technology has the potential to change the way urban forests are surveyed.


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How Big Data and Algorithms Are Slashing the Cost of Fixing Flint's Water Crisis

How Big Data and Algorithms Are Slashing the Cost of Fixing Flint's Water Crisis

University of Michigan researchers are using data analytics methods similar to those employed by Facebook and Amazon to help solve the water contamination in Flint, MI.


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Cassini Begins Epic Final Year at Saturn

Cassini Begins Epic Final Year at Saturn

After more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings and moons, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage.


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Detailed Map Shows Milky Way Is Bigger Than We Thought

Detailed Map Shows Milky Way Is Bigger Than We Thought

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released the largest, most detailed map yet of the Milky Way. It pinpoints the 3D positions of 1.1 billion stars, almost 400 million of which were previously unknown to science.


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Robot Reinforces Learning

Robot Reinforces Learning

Having students 'teach' their lessons to a classroom robot increases engagement.


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How Imperceptible Vibrations Could Take Augmented Reality to a New Level

How Imperceptible Vibrations Could Take Augmented Reality to a New Level

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a technique to make augmented reality technologies more immersive.


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Researchers Hope to Make Phone Batteries Last Longer

Researchers Hope to Make Phone Batteries Last Longer

A team of researchers is investigating how common techniques used by programmers might be inadvertently contributing to the battery drain of smart phones.  


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Simulation Highlights Potential For Low-Cost Security Imaging Device

Simulation Highlights Potential For Low-Cost Security Imaging Device

Researchers say they are developing security imaging technology that would cost less than scanning devices used in airports to detect hidden weapons or contraband.  


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Fighting Crime at the Intersection of Science and Social Justice

Fighting Crime at the Intersection of Science and Social Justice

Researchers at the Washington University in St. Louis have developed a Web-based application that helps fight sex trafficking by targeting places where it usually occurs.  


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Brain-Sensing Technology Allows Typing at 12 Words Per Minute

Brain-Sensing Technology Allows Typing at 12 Words Per Minute

It does not take an infinite number of monkeys to type a passage of Shakespeare.


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Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities

Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities

New York City wants to make Wi-Fi available to anyone who walks its streets. But Gotham is finding out the hard way that free and open Internet access is ripe for abuse.


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In Memoriam: Eric A. Weiss 1917-2016

In Memoriam: Eric A. Weiss 1917-2016

Weiss nurtured the nascent publication programs of a young ACM.


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The Science of Smartphone Batteries and How to Keep Them Charged

The Science of Smartphone Batteries and How to Keep Them Charged

Whenever a new iPhone gets announced, there's one feature that every Apple lover is hoping for: improved battery life.


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Socieotechnical Changes Inspire ­pdating Acm's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Socieotechnical Changes Inspire ­pdating Acm's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

ACM is updating the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to maintain its relevance as the conscience of computing.


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Machine Learning Techniques Aim to Reduce Traffic

Machine Learning Techniques Aim to Reduce Traffic

A study by researchers from Tsinghua University in China focused on how traffic signaling can be optimized using deep reinforcement learning.


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Connecting the Jungle and Other Remote Parts of the World

Connecting the Jungle and Other Remote Parts of the World

The European Union's TUCAN3G project is bringing 3G wireless service to previously unconnected regions of the world.  


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Faster Parallel Computing

Faster Parallel Computing

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a new programming language.


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A Computer Simulation to Spare Children From Heart Surgery

A Computer Simulation to Spare Children From Heart Surgery

New software models and compares various pediatric heart surgery interventions in advance, as part of the European Union's CARDIOPROOF project.  


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Q+a With the First Female Director of Mit's Largest Research Lab

Q+a With the First Female Director of Mit's Largest Research Lab

Daniela Rus discusses her objectives as the first female director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.


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How Space Scientists Turn Exoplanets Into Places We Can 'see'

How Space Scientists Turn Exoplanets Into Places We Can 'see'

Do a Google image search for "exoplanet."


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Pluto 'paints' Its Largest Moon Red

Pluto 'paints' Its Largest Moon Red

In June 2015, when the cameras on NASA's approaching New Horizons spacecraft first spotted the large reddish polar region on Pluto's largest moon, Charon, mission scientists knew two things: they'd never seen anything like it…


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AI Can Recognize Your Face Even If You're Pixelated

AI Can Recognize Your Face Even If You're Pixelated

Pixelation has long been a familiar fig leaf to cover our visual media’s most private parts.