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January 2016


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The Physics of Life

The Physics of Life

First, Zvonimir Dogic and his students took microtubules—threadlike proteins that make up part of the cell's internal 'cytoskeleton'—and mixed them with kinesins, motor proteins that travel along these threads like trains on…


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The Big Data of Bad Driving, and How Insurers Plan to Track Your Every Turn

The Big Data of Bad Driving, and How Insurers Plan to Track Your Every Turn

For years, insurance companies have used estimates of your annual mileage to determine your car insurance rates.


From ACM News

Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'namib Dune' on Mars

Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'namib Dune' on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, partway through the first up-close study ever conducted of extraterrestrial sand dunes, is providing dramatic views of a dune's steep face, where cascading sand has sculpted very different textures…


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Dancing with Drones

Dancing with Drones

Drones may have a poor reputation as threats to privacy, but they offer a new dimension to dance.


From ACM TechNews

Face Time: Onr-Sponsored Tech Reads Facial Expressions For Autism Symptoms

Face Time: Onr-Sponsored Tech Reads Facial Expressions For Autism Symptoms

A new app can screen for autism by reading children's facial expressions for emotional cues. 


From ACM TechNews

Carnegie Mellon Develops New Method For Analyzing Synaptic Density

Carnegie Mellon Develops New Method For Analyzing Synaptic Density

Carnegie Mellon University researchers say they are using machine learning to survey learning-related changes in synapse properties.


From ACM TechNews

Four Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016

Four Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016

Significant virtual reality milestones are expected this year.


From ACM Opinion

In 2015, Promising Surveillance Cases Ran Into Legal Brick Walls

In 2015, Promising Surveillance Cases Ran Into Legal Brick Walls

Today, the first Snowden disclosures in 2013 feel like a distant memory.


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In Memoriam: Peter Naur 1928-2016

In Memoriam: Peter Naur 1928-2016

Peter Naur, a Danish computer scientist and 2005 recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, died January 3 after a brief illness.


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Page Views Don't Matter Anymore—but They Just Won't Die

Page Views Don't Matter Anymore—but They Just Won't Die

The page view is a zombie.


From ACM TechNews

New Questions About Many Queries For Quantum Computing

New Questions About Many Queries For Quantum Computing

Researchers in Canada have raised new concerns about the advantages of the bucket brigade model for algorithms using super-polynomial oracle queries. 


From ACM TechNews

How Software Developers Helped End the Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone

How Software Developers Helped End the Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone

A team of software developers helped solve the problem of distributing wages to healthcare workers fighting the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. 


From ACM TechNews

App Differentiates a Baby's Crying Sounds

App Differentiates a Baby's Crying Sounds

Researchers at National Taiwan University Hospital have developed the Infant Cries Translator app, which can distinguish four separate crying sounds made by babies.


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What Happens When Virtual Reality Gets Too Real

What Happens When Virtual Reality Gets Too Real

A researcher is convinced virtual reality experiences can change users' thinking and behavior. 


From ACM TechNews

'human Computation' Could Save the World Without the Risks of AI

'human Computation' Could Save the World Without the Risks of AI

Some scientists are urging human-machine collaboration via systems that integrate computer and human capabilities. 


From ACM TechNews

Machines, Lost in Translation: The Dream of ­Universal ­Understanding

Machines, Lost in Translation: The Dream of ­Universal ­Understanding

A universal translator remains an elusive goal more than 60 years after the creation of one was first undertaken. 


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Ipv6 Celebrates Its 20th Birthday By Reaching 10 Percent Deployment

Ipv6 Celebrates Its 20th Birthday By Reaching 10 Percent Deployment

Twenty years ago this month, RFC 1883 was published: Internet Protocol, Version 6 (IPv6) Specification.


From Communications of the ACM

Preserving the Internet

Preserving the Internet

Is the Internet ephemeral by its nature, or can it be archived?


From Communications of the ACM

Better Memory

Better Memory

Advances in non-volatile memory are changing the face of computing and ushering in a new era of efficiencies.


From Communications of the ACM

Seeing More Clearly

Seeing More Clearly

Computer understanding of images has improved rapidly, but true visual intelligence is still a long way off.


From Communications of the ACM

Gene Amdahl, 1922-2015

Gene Amdahl, 1922-2015

Gene Amdahl, who formulated Amdahl's Law and worked with IBM and others on developments related to mainframe computing, died recently from complications of pneumonia.

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