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October 2013


From ACM Careers

All Is Fair in Love and Twitter

All Is Fair in Love and Twitter

Right in the center of South Park, a large, grassy oval near San Francisco's financial district, there is a rinky-dink playground with slides, ladders, and firefighter poles, all dented and dinged, connected by gritty brown pylons…


From ACM News

Autonomous Vehicles Roll Forward

Autonomous Vehicles Roll Forward

Self-driving vehicles will likely provide substantial benefits, and introduce new challenges.


From ACM Opinion

Yep, Apple's A7 Looks Twice As Fast–at Least For Fractal Math

Yep, Apple's A7 Looks Twice As Fast–at Least For Fractal Math

Is Apple's A7 chip twice as fast at processing and graphics, as Apple promised when announcing the new iPhone 5S?


From ACM News

Mugged By a Mug Shot Online

Mugged By a Mug Shot Online

In March last year, a college freshman named Maxwell Birnbaum was riding in a van filled with friends from Austin, Tex., to a spring-break rental house in Gulf Shores, Ala.


From ACM News

Making Martian Clouds on Earth

Making Martian Clouds on Earth

At first glance, Mars' clouds might easily be mistaken for those on Earth: Images of the Martian sky, taken by NASA's Opportunity rover, depict gauzy, high-altitude wisps, similar to our cirrus clouds.


From ACM News

2013 Chemistry Nobel Goes to Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions

2013 Chemistry Nobel Goes to Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions

What is actually happening at the atomic scale when two elements react?


From ACM TechNews

The Human Brain Project Has Officially Begun

The Human Brain Project Has Officially Begun

Scientists from 135 institutions working on the Human Brain Project are meeting this week at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. 


From ACM TechNews

Send in the Bots

Send in the Bots

Scientists are using autonomous robots to make discoveries about animal behavior and cognition, some of which would be impossible using live animals. 


From ACM TechNews

Sc13 Supercomputing Show Must Go On, Government Shutdown or Not

Sc13 Supercomputing Show Must Go On, Government Shutdown or Not

SC13 will hold its annual Supercomputing Conference the week of November 17 in Denver as scheduled, regardless of the status of the U.S. government shutdown.


From ACM TechNews

UltraHaptics – It's Magic in the Air

UltraHaptics – It's Magic in the Air

UltraHaptics is a new interface system that enables users to experience multi-point haptic feedback above an interactive surface without having to touch or hold a device.


From ACM TechNews

Disney Develops Algorithm For Rendering 3D Tactile Features on Touch Surfaces

Disney Develops Algorithm For Rendering 3D Tactile Features on Touch Surfaces

Disney researchers have developed an algorithm for tactile rendering of three-dimensional features and textures. 


From ACM TechNews

Big Data Is Too Big For Scientists to Handle Alone

Big Data Is Too Big For Scientists to Handle Alone

Experts say big data can only be leveraged in future scientific endeavors with a combination of science, statistics, computers, mathematics, and leadership. 


From ACM News

Nasa Missions Struggle to Cope with Shutdown

Nasa Missions Struggle to Cope with Shutdown

All it took was four minutes.


From ACM TechNews

Teens Hone Their Hacking Skills in National Competitions Guided By Federal Officials

Teens Hone Their Hacking Skills in National Competitions Guided By Federal Officials

Federal officials are guiding national cybercontests aimed at helping tech-savvy teenagers prepare for careers in protecting the government and private companies from hackers.


From ACM Careers

In Digital Era, What Does 'watching Tv' Even Mean?

In Digital Era, What Does 'watching Tv' Even Mean?

We spend a full five hours and 16 minutes a day in front of a screen, and that's without even turning on a television.


From ACM News

The Mathematical Shape of Things to Come

The Mathematical Shape of Things to Come

Simon DeDeo, a research fellow in applied mathematics and complex systems at the Santa Fe Institute, had a problem.


From ACM Careers

Researchers Split Over NSA Hacking

Researchers Split Over NSA Hacking

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has upset a great many people this year.


From ACM News

Spy Agencies Exploit It Vulnerabilities

Spy Agencies Exploit It Vulnerabilities

The U.K.'s Government Communications Headquarters surveillance group and the U.S. National Security Agency use hacking techniques to eavesdrop on Internet users, and may be weakening the security of communications hardware and…


From ACM News

Silk Road Bust Hints at Fbi's New Cybercrime Powers

Silk Road Bust Hints at Fbi's New Cybercrime Powers

The biggest drug marketplace on the Internet has been busted.


From ACM TechNews

Google Debuts Google Web Designer Beta For Html5 Creativity

Google Debuts Google Web Designer Beta For Html5 Creativity

Google has released the beta version of a tool designed to help Web developers create interactive and vibrant Internet content using HTML5, Google Web Designer. 


From ACM TechNews

DARPA Adds $15.5 Million to Help Take Semiconductors Beyond Moore's Law

DARPA Adds $15.5 Million to Help Take Semiconductors Beyond Moore's Law

Microelectronics Advanced Research Corp. has received $15.5 million to further development of future semiconductor technology. 


From ACM TechNews

Nsf Awards $12 Million to Sdsc to Deploy Comet Supercomputer

Nsf Awards $12 Million to Sdsc to Deploy Comet Supercomputer

Comet, a supercomputer awaiting deployment, is designed to transform advanced scientific computing by expanding access and capacity. 


From ACM News

How Gaming Tech Is Making For Better Interplanetary Exploration

How Gaming Tech Is Making For Better Interplanetary Exploration

"My dream in this area is that, someday, when we put human boots on the surface of Mars, I want there to be millions of people in attendance for that event," Jeff Norris, Mission Operations Innovations lead at NASA's Jet Propulsion…


From ACM Opinion

Graphene: 'miracle Material' Will Be in Your Home Sooner Than You Think

Graphene: 'miracle Material' Will Be in Your Home Sooner Than You Think

Just under 10 years ago, the Dutch-British physicist Andre Geim stumbled across a substance that would revolutionize the way we understand matter and win him and his colleague Kostya Novoselow the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics…


From ACM News

­.s. Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts to Break Tor Anonymity Network

­.s. Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts to Break Tor Anonymity Network

The National Security Agency may have attempted to penetrate and compromise a widely used network designed to protect the anonymity of its users, but it was only because terrorists and criminals use it, too.


From ACM News

New Kind of Microscope Uses Neutrons

New Kind of Microscope Uses Neutrons

Researchers at MIT, working with partners at NASA, have developed a new concept for a microscope that would use neutrons—subatomic particles with no electrical charge—instead of beams of light or electrons to create high-resolution…


From ACM TechNews

Stanford Algorithm Analyzes Sentence Sentiment, Advances Machine Learning

Stanford Algorithm Analyzes Sentence Sentiment, Advances Machine Learning

Neural Analysis of Sentiment is software that analyzes sentences from movie reviews and rates the sentiments they express on a five-point scale. 


From ACM TechNews

Private Data Gatekeeper Stands Between You and the Nsa

Private Data Gatekeeper Stands Between You and the Nsa

OpenPDS allows users to see and control any third-party requests for their information. 


From ACM TechNews

Moocs Could Help 2-Year Colleges and Their Students, Says Bill Gates

Moocs Could Help 2-Year Colleges and Their Students, Says Bill Gates

Online courses  that "flip" homework and coursework using outsourced lectures could help community colleges and students, according to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.


From ACM TechNews

Lack of Women in Ict Sector Costs Europe 9bn Euros a Year

Lack of Women in Ict Sector Costs Europe 9bn Euros a Year

The European economy is losing out on 9 billion euros annually because few women fill information and communications technology roles at tech firms.