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February 2015


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Forecasting the Flu Better

Forecasting the Flu Better

A research team at the University of California, San Diego says it has refined and improved the predictions of Google Flu Trends. 


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­ber and CM­ Collaborating on Robotically Driven Cars in Lawrenceville

­ber and CM­ Collaborating on Robotically Driven Cars in Lawrenceville

Uber and Carnegie Mellon University are jointly creating a robotics research lab and technology center at the RIDC Chocolate Factory in Pittsburgh.


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Stanford Researchers ­se Big Data to Identify Patients at Risk of High-Cholesterol Disorder

Stanford Researchers ­se Big Data to Identify Patients at Risk of High-Cholesterol Disorder

Stanford University researchers are working to identify hospital patients who may have a genetic disease that causes a deadly buildup of cholesterol in their arteries. 


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Crowdsourcing America's Cybersecurity Is an Idea So Crazy It Might Just Work

Crowdsourcing America's Cybersecurity Is an Idea So Crazy It Might Just Work

Crowdsourced cybersecurity is gaining ground. 


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European Project Launches the World's First Real-Time 'mixed Reality' Ski Race

European Project Launches the World's First Real-Time 'mixed Reality' Ski Race

The European Commission is funding an interactive mixed reality downhill ski race as part of the 3D LIVE project. 


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Don't Call Them 'utility' Rules: The Fcc's Net Neutrality Regime, Explained

Don't Call Them 'utility' Rules: The Fcc's Net Neutrality Regime, Explained

Within a few weeks we’ll have a huge document full of legalese on the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, to replace the near-200-page order from 2010 that was mostly overturned by a court ruling last year…


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Could a Robot Have Written This Story? The Rise of the Robo-Journalist

Could a Robot Have Written This Story? The Rise of the Robo-Journalist

At large news agencies where speed is crucial, template-style stories have long been used for company results, allowing journalists to simply key in the relevant facts and numbers and fire off the dispatch.


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Planck Mission Explores the History of Our Universe

Planck Mission Explores the History of Our Universe

Hot gas, dust and magnetic fields mingle in a colorful swirl in this new map of our Milky Way galaxy.


From ACM Opinion

Quantum Computing Without Qubits

Quantum Computing Without Qubits

For more than 20 years, Ivan H. Deutsch has struggled to design the guts of a working quantum computer.


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The Computer that Crunches Cloud Data to Heat Your Home

The Computer that Crunches Cloud Data to Heat Your Home

Each photo we "like", email we send, and search we run creates heat.


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Programming Safety Into Self-Driving Cars

Programming Safety Into Self-Driving Cars

University of Massachusetts, Amherst professor Shlomo Zilberstein has been investigating ways of helping semi-autonomous systems to better make decisions. 


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Lost Chunk of Pioneering EDSAC Computer Found

Lost Chunk of Pioneering EDSAC Computer Found

An original part of one of the United Kingdom's pioneering computers has been donated to a project that is working to rebuild the machine. 


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Team Led By UCLA and Columbia Engineers Uses Disorder to Control Light on a Nanoscale

Team Led By UCLA and Columbia Engineers Uses Disorder to Control Light on a Nanoscale

Researchers have made a discovery that could lead to the more precise transfer of information in computer chips. 


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'if We Want to Out Compete, We Have to Out Compute,' Witnesses Tell Congressional Science Committee

'if We Want to Out Compete, We Have to Out Compute,' Witnesses Tell Congressional Science Committee

Experts in high-performance computing and science policy called for more funding for supercomputing resources and research.


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Comet Scientists Abandon Philae Flyby

Comet Scientists Abandon Philae Flyby

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft will not make a dedicated flyby to search for the lost comet lander Philae any time soon, according to a post on the agency's Rosetta blog.


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Graphene's Cousin Silicene Makes Transistor Debut

Graphene's Cousin Silicene Makes Transistor Debut

Seven years ago, silicene was little more than a theorist's dream.


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British Army Creates Team of Facebook Warriors

British Army Creates Team of Facebook Warriors

The British army is creating a special force of Facebook warriors, skilled in psychological operations and use of social media to engage in unconventional warfare in the information age.


From ACM Opinion

Google Brain's Co-Inventor Tells Why He's Building Chinese Neural Networks

Google Brain's Co-Inventor Tells Why He's Building Chinese Neural Networks

To chat with Andrew Ng I almost have to tackle him.


From ACM Careers

Programming: Pick ­p Python

Programming: Pick ­p Python

Last month, Adina Howe took up a post at Iowa State University in Ames. Officially, she is an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering.


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German Professor Develops Method to Secure IoT Smart Device Data

German Professor Develops Method to Secure IoT Smart Device Data

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology professor Martina Zitterbart is developing a way to hide data transmitted on smart devices that will run on the Internet of Things. 


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Shopping Through the Lens of It

Shopping Through the Lens of It

Pennsylvania State University researchers are studying how smart cameras could eventually guide visually-impaired shoppers to find the items they need. 


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School Leaders Mostly Mystified by Computer Science Education

School Leaders Mostly Mystified by Computer Science Education

A disparity exists in the type of computer science education available to students in higher- versus lower-income schools, according to a new survey of U.S. teachers. 


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Researchers Determine How the Brain Controls Robotic Grasping Tools

Researchers Determine How the Brain Controls Robotic Grasping Tools

University of Missouri researchers suggest the cerebellum may play a critical role in controlling assistive robots for the disabled. 


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Graphene Displays Clear Prospects For Flexible Electronics

Graphene Displays Clear Prospects For Flexible Electronics

Researchers have demonstrated that new two-dimensional designer materials can be produced to create flexible, transparent, and more efficient electronic devices. 


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Pursuing Deep Learning

Pursuing Deep Learning

Startups are trying to take advantage of deep learning techniques to improve search results.


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Microsoft Ecologists Compute Future of the Planet

Microsoft Ecologists Compute Future of the Planet

Environmentally focused computer scientists at Microsoft Research Cambridge will discuss their work at an upcoming agriculture technology summit. 


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Brain Power: Pitt Hosts All-Female Computer Programming Competition

Brain Power: Pitt Hosts All-Female Computer Programming Competition

Last weekend, the University of Pittsburgh Department of Computer Sciences hosted the "She Innovates" hackathon for women.


From ACM Careers

I'll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence

I'll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence

The artificial-intelligence industry, a field that conjures up images of humanoid robots and self-aware computer systems, is making a comeback at Silicon Valley companies like Scaled Inference Inc.


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China's Internet Population Hits 649 Million, 86 Percent on Phones

China's Internet Population Hits 649 Million, 86 Percent on Phones

China had 649 million Internet users by the end of 2014, with 557 million of those using handsets to go online, said a government report on Tuesday, as the world's biggest smartphone market continues its shift to mobile.


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Go and Rust: The Road Ahead For Two Young Programming Languages

Go and Rust: The Road Ahead For Two Young Programming Languages

Go and Rust are two rising programming languages that have top-of-the-line pedigrees, created by major forces in the technology industry.