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June 2010


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Researchers Move Organic Nanoelectronics a Step Closer

Researchers Move Organic Nanoelectronics a Step Closer

An international team of researchers has overcome a key stumbling block by using metal crystal to order the molecules in the PEDOT, the single most industrially important conducting polymer.


From ACM News

Programming 'boot Camp' Offers Basic Training

Programming 'boot Camp' Offers Basic Training

John Stamey is a drill-sergeant to computer science students at Coastal Carolina University. Everyone in first-semester programming must write 370  programs. Student performance has improved dramatically.


From ACM TechNews

Flickr Photos Yield Tourist Trails

Flickr Photos Yield Tourist Trails

Yahoo! researchers have developed a tool that draws on the database of millions of Flickr photos to generate detailed itineraries of what tourist sites to visit and in what order. 


From ACM News

Chinese Aim to Build the Next Silicon Valley

Chinese Aim to Build the Next Silicon Valley

Many of the cool tools consumers crave, such as iPads, smart phones and laptops, were dreamed up in the United States. But when it came time to turn the inventors' ideas into real products, the manufacturing work was sent to…


From ACM TechNews

Gaming Chips Score in Data Centers

Computers based on the graphical processing unit chips that power today's computer games are increasingly being used in place of supercomputers for many technical research tasks.


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Technology Milestone Heralds a More Secure Internet

Moves to make the web's address system more secure will take a major step forward next month. In the planning for a decade, the Domain Name System Security Extentions, DNSSEC, will help protect users from cyber attacks such as…


From ICT Results

Nanospheres Stretch Limits of Hard Disk Storage

Nanospheres Stretch Limits of Hard Disk Storage

A new magnetic recording medium made up of tiny nanospheres has been devised by European researchers. The technology may lead to hard disks able to store more than a thousand billion bits of information in a square inch.


From ACM News

Singapore Gets Wired For Speed

This island city-state, thanks to its small size and a big public investment, could soon be the first country blanketed with a fiber optic infrastructure so fast that it would enable the contents of a DVD to be downloaded in…


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Sandia to Play Major Role in Creation of 'virtual' Nuclear Reactor

Sandia National Laboratories computational scientists will lead two of five technical areas in a U.S. Department of Energy effort to create a "virtual" nuclear reactor, to be headquartered at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


From ACM News

Japanese Baby-Bot to Shed Light on Human Learning

Japanese Baby-Bot to Shed Light on Human Learning

Japanese researchers have created a baby robot designed to simulate the behavior and development of a real infant in an effort to better understand how humans grow up.


From ACM TechNews

Studying Engineering Before They Can Spell It

Studying Engineering Before They Can Spell It

Children in kindergarten are being introduced to engineering as school districts across the U.S. embark on an aggressive pursuit of the discipline amid growing worries that students lack the technical skills to compete in an…


From ACM TechNews

Imec Ramps Resistive Ram Research

Increasingly diverse applications that influence specifications and device requirements will prevent resistive RAMs from leading to a single "universal" memory, predict's IMEC's program director for CMOS technology Laith Altimime…


From ACM TechNews

New Musical Resonance, Via Your Cell Phone

New Musical Resonance, Via Your Cell Phone

Drexel University researchers have developed software that listens to a live orchestral performance and then displays real-time information describing the relevant music theory and context on an iPhone. 


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19th-Century Tech Makes a Smarter iPhone

19th-Century Tech Makes a Smarter iPhone

Rarely has 19th-century technology stirred an audience of 21st-century technophiles as it did last week when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revealed that the next-generation iPhone will pack a gyroscope. But will this new sensor…


From ACM TechNews

3-D Without the Glasses

Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group has designed a lens that presents different images to a viewer's left and right eye, which could make it possible to watch three-dimensional movies without glasses. 


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Nanowires Could Lead to Foldable Tablets, Say Researchers

Nanowires Could Lead to Foldable Tablets, Say Researchers

Duke University scientists have developed a method to make large quantities of copper nanowires, which could be used to create bendable, foldable tablet computers. 


From ACM TechNews

Python Language Upgrade Slithers Toward Final Release

Developers of Python 2.7 offered a release candidate for the last upgrade in the legacy 2.x dynamic language line earlier in June, and plan to make a finished version available July 3, says Python Software Foundation chairman…


From ACM News

Microsoft's Xbox Motion Control System Is Kinect

Microsoft's Xbox Motion Control System Is Kinect

After more than a year of speculation, we finally know what Microsoft's new motion-control system is called. For those that have referred to it for a year as Project Natal, meet Kinect for Xbox 360.


From ACM News

Merely Human? That

Merely Human? That

On a Tuesday evening this spring, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, became part man and part machine. About 40 people, all gathered here at a NASA campus for a nine-day, $15,000 course at Singularity University, saw it happen…


From ACM News

A Decade Later, Genetic Map Yields Few New Cures

Ten years after President Bill Clinton announced that the first draft of the human genome was complete, medicine has yet to see any large part of the promised benefits.


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Boldly Going Nowhere: Nasa Ends Plan to Put Man Back on Moon

Boldly Going Nowhere: Nasa Ends Plan to Put Man Back on Moon

NASA has begun to wind down construction of the rockets and spacecraft that were to have taken astronauts back to the Moon, effectively dismantling what was arguably America's greatest technological achievement.


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Computing with Secrets, but Keeping them Safe

A novel technique could see future Web services work with sensitive data without ever being able to read it. Several implementations of a mathematical proof unveiled just last year will allow cryptographers to start making the…


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Pentagon Manhunt

Pentagon Manhunt

Pentagon investigators are trying to determine the whereabouts of the Australian-born founder of the secretive website Wikileaks for fear that he may be about to publish a huge cache of classified State Department cables that…


From ACM TechNews

Programming Visually With Sikuli

Programming Visually With Sikuli

Researchers at MIT and the University of Maryland have created Sikuli, software that could eventually make programming easy enough for everyday computer users. 


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Europe's PRACE HPC Grid Aims for Exaflop Power by 2019

The EC is funding a project to develop a grid of up to six "tier 0" high-performance computing systems and is aiming for a combined computing power in the multi-petaflop range in the next five years, and in the exaflop range…


From ACM TechNews

Flying Bots That Self-Assemble

Flying Bots That Self-Assemble

Swiss researchers are developing a swarm of single-propeller robots that are able to self-assemble and take flight. 


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Why Do Women Leave Science And Engineering?

Why Do Women Leave Science And Engineering?

Increasing the retention rate of women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields could help stem the U.S.'s declining share in world patenting and scientific publishing, writes McGill University professor Jennifer…


From ACM TechNews

New System Developed for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

New System Developed for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

University of Grenada researchers have developed techniques that enable the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease by analyzing computer images. 


From ACM TechNews

Protecting Privacy: Make the Data 'fade Away'

Personal information can be protected by having it gradually fade away over time,  says the University of Twente's Harold van Heerde, whose dissertation shows that data degradation can be implemented with an acceptable loss of…


From ACM TechNews

Study Looks at Potential Effects of Multi-Touch Devices

Study Looks at Potential Effects of Multi-Touch Devices

Arizona State University professor Kanav Kahol is leading a research effort to evaluate whether the long-term use of multitouch devices places musculoskeletal stress on users. 

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