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January 2015


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Ensuring Security for Networks of the Future

Ensuring Security for Networks of the Future

Security for next-generation company networks will be the focus of a presentation at the CeBIT trade fair in Hannover, Germany, in March. 


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Exoplanet Bounty Includes Most Earth-Like Worlds Yet

Exoplanet Bounty Includes Most Earth-Like Worlds Yet

NASA's Kepler space telescope has hit a milestone: confirming the existence of 1,000 planets, including a fresh crop of alien worlds that are more Earth-like than any yet found.


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Nvidia Demos a Car Computer Trained with 'deep Learning'

Nvidia Demos a Car Computer Trained with 'deep Learning'

Many cars now include cameras or other sensors that record the passing world and trigger intelligent behavior, such as automatic braking or steering to avoid an obstacle.


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Someday Soon, You May Pay Your Restaurant Bill With A Retina Scan

Someday Soon, You May Pay Your Restaurant Bill With A Retina Scan

The past 30 years have seen payments shift from cash and checks to debit cards and websites, and most recently to mobile phone apps, including Apple Pay and Venmo. But in a few years, you may not need anything you weren't born…


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NASA's Messenger Probe Ready for Final Tour of Mercury

NASA's Messenger Probe Ready for Final Tour of Mercury

The first spacecraft to orbit Mercury is almost out of gas.


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Privacy By Design: Protect User Data From 'get-Go'

Privacy By Design: Protect User Data From 'get-Go'

The Privacy By Design project seeks to develop a framework for governments and companies to consider privacy protection from the start of a product's development. 


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Heads-Up Technology Puts Data on Car Windshields at Ces

Heads-Up Technology Puts Data on Car Windshields at Ces

Automakers and third-party vendors at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week are demonstrating windshield-based heads-up displays. 


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Tougher to ­se Bitcoin For Crime?

Tougher to ­se Bitcoin For Crime?

Researchers say they have found ways to determine the identity of anonymous Bitcoin users in between 11 and 60 percent of all Bitcoin transactions.


From ACM TechNews

Nasa to Hack Mars Rover Opportunity to Fix 'amnesia' Fault

Nasa to Hack Mars Rover Opportunity to Fix 'amnesia' Fault

The Mars rover Opportunity is having memory problems that the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration will try to fix remotely. 


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Robots Do Kitchen Duty With Cooking Video Dataset

Robots Do Kitchen Duty With Cooking Video Dataset

Researchers have built a self-learning robot that was able to improve its cooking skills by watching YouTube videos. 


From ACM Careers

A Visit to the Corporate-Industrial Robotics Competition For Teenagers

A Visit to the Corporate-Industrial Robotics Competition For Teenagers

Sometimes I think of school as an overlapping set of calendars.


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'Internet of Things' Poses Risks, FTC Chairwoman Warns

'Internet of Things' Poses Risks, FTC Chairwoman Warns

By 2015, the world will have 25 billion smart thermostats, fitness bands, and other Internet-connected, data-spewing devices, according to the Federal Trade Commission.


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New Stanford Course Brings Silicon Valley to the Humanities Classroom

New Stanford Course Brings Silicon Valley to the Humanities Classroom

Stanford University's new Literature and Social Online Learning course brings computer science and humanities students together in one classroom. 


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Galaxy Seen Shuddering from Ancient Collision

Galaxy Seen Shuddering from Ancient Collision

Using thousands of exposures from the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have created the sharpest and deepest image ever assembled of the Andromeda galaxy.


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Energy Harvesting Extends Life of Small Devices

Energy Harvesting Extends Life of Small Devices

Capturing ambient energy can keep off-grid devices running.


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Simple Pictures That State-of-the-Art AI Still Can't Recognize

Simple Pictures That State-of-the-Art AI Still Can't Recognize

Look at these black and yellow bars and tell me what you see.


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Predicting Superbugs' Countermoves to New Drugs

Predicting Superbugs' Countermoves to New Drugs

Researchers have developed software that can predict a constantly evolving infectious bacterium's countermoves to new drugs before the drug is tested on patients. 


From ACM TechNews

Diamond Defect May Lead to a Qubit Computer

Diamond Defect May Lead to a Qubit Computer

A research group is looking to exploit a special kind of diamond defect in a project that could benefit those working to design a quantum computer. 


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Hacker Claims You Can Steal Fingerprints With Only a Camera

Hacker Claims You Can Steal Fingerprints With Only a Camera

Physical access to a fingerprint may not be required to exploit fingerprint readers, according to a European hacker.


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How to Design the Fighter Cockpit of Tomorrow

How to Design the Fighter Cockpit of Tomorrow

If you think your office needs a lick of paint and some new furniture, spare a thought for fighter pilots.


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The Town Without Wi-Fi

The Town Without Wi-Fi

Monique Grimes had just moved to Florida for a new job when the syndrome started.


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The Space Missions and Events We're Most Looking Forward to in 2015

The Space Missions and Events We're Most Looking Forward to in 2015

This year will be another exciting one for space exploration.


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Web Freedom Is Seen as a Growing Global Issue

Web Freedom Is Seen as a Growing Global Issue

Efforts by various governments to censor the Internet made headlines in 2014 and are likely to continue in 2015. 


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Iot Groups Are Like an Orchestra Tuning ­p: The Music Starts in 2016

Iot Groups Are Like an Orchestra Tuning ­p: The Music Starts in 2016

Many companies are not waiting for existing organizations to set the standard for the Internet of Things.


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Brain-Training For Baseball Robot

Brain-Training For Baseball Robot

Researchers in Japan have developed a model of the part of the brain that is responsible for fine motor control. 


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'the Imitation Game' Gives Girls a Computer Scientist Role Model

'the Imitation Game' Gives Girls a Computer Scientist Role Model

Actress Keira Knightley is providing young women with a role model that could help change the face of computer science and related fields.


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Could Sheep Solve the Problem of Poor Wi-Fi Signal in the Countryside? Animals With Digital Collars Could Act as Hotspots

Could Sheep Solve the Problem of Poor Wi-Fi Signal in the Countryside? Animals With Digital Collars Could Act as Hotspots

A new project by Lancaster University researchers will explore equipping sheep with digital collars, placing sensors on riverbanks, and deploying rainfall monitors. 


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FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality Rules in February

FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality Rules in February

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced it will hold a vote on new net neutrality rules during its upcoming February meeting. 


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Throwing Money at Data Breach May Make It Worse

Throwing Money at Data Breach May Make It Worse

Researchers have found that overcompensation of customers affected by a data breach may only raise suspicions, rather than satisfy customers' sense of justice. 


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New Form of Memory Could Advance Brain-Inspired Computers

New Form of Memory Could Advance Brain-Inspired Computers

A new form of computer memory might help machines match the capabilities of the human brain when it comes to tasks such as interpreting images or video footage.