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April 2015


From ACM Careers

Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software's ­neasy Glare

Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software's ­neasy Glare

Before Betsy Chao, a senior here at Rutgers University, could take midterm exams in her online courses this semester, her instructors sent emails directing students to download Proctortrack, a new anti-cheating technology.


From ACM TechNews

Gotcha! Ultra-Realistic Robot Proves There's More Than One Way to Scare a Fish

Gotcha! Ultra-Realistic Robot Proves There's More Than One Way to Scare a Fish

Researchers have developed bio-inspired robotic models that serve as controllable stimuli for experiments studying animal behavior. 


From ACM TechNews

Making Big Data Work

Making Big Data Work

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a framework for working with big data. 


From ACM TechNews

Computers That Mimic the Function of the Brain

Computers That Mimic the Function of the Brain

Northwestern University researchers have developed a new type of memristor technology that can remember how much current has flowed through it. 


From ACM Careers

Jay Edelson, the Class-Action Lawyer Who May Be Tech's Least Friended Man

Jay Edelson, the Class-Action Lawyer Who May Be Tech's Least Friended Man

When technology executives imagine the boogeyman, they see a baby-face guy in wire-rim glasses. His name is Jay Edelson.


From ACM TechNews

Expert Panel Discusses Issue of New Principles For Internet Governance

Expert Panel Discusses Issue of New Principles For Internet Governance

A panel of Internet experts recently addressed the question of what kind of Internet users want. 


From ACM News

Teaching a Computer Not to Forget

Teaching a Computer Not to Forget

Imagine if every time you learned something new, you completely forgot how to do a thing you'd already learned.


From ACM News

Puzzle of Moon's Origin Resolved

Puzzle of Moon's Origin Resolved

A nagging problem at the heart of the leading theory of how the Moon formed seems to have been explained away.


From ACM News

Mlb Is Supercharging Its Stats System with Radar and AI

Mlb Is Supercharging Its Stats System with Radar and AI

For all the Brad Pitt-fueled hype, sabermetric analysis is still only as good as the systems that capture data from the field—who hit what to whom.


From ACM TechNews

Is Your Robot a Little Cheeky? Google May Build It That Way

Is Your Robot a Little Cheeky? Google May Build It That Way

Google is developing robots that have individual personalities. 


From ACM TechNews

Why Women Won't Code Is Topic of New Documentary

Why Women Won't Code Is Topic of New Documentary

Film director Robin Hauser Reynolds was inspired to create her new documentary about the gender gap in computer science by the experience of her daughter. 


From ACM TechNews

Planes Without Pilots

Planes Without Pilots

Modern airplanes are highly automated, but some researchers say there is room to automate planes even further.


From ACM TechNews

Coding For a More Open Cuba

Coding For a More Open Cuba

Technology experts will gather at Facebook's Menlo Park, CA, headquarters later this month to participate in the Code for Cuba hackathon. 


From ACM TechNews

Connecting Vehicles

Connecting Vehicles

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are developing a computational framework for connected-vehicle technologies that facilitates communication. 


From ACM TechNews

Nasa, IBM Team Up on Global Hackathon to Solve Earth's Problems

Nasa, IBM Team Up on Global Hackathon to Solve Earth's Problems

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration this weekend will hold its fourth annual space apps hackathon. 


From ACM News

Dawn in Excellent Shape One Month After Ceres Arrival

Dawn in Excellent Shape One Month After Ceres Arrival

Since its capture by the gravity of dwarf planet Ceres on March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has performed flawlessly, continuing to thrust with its ion engine as planned. The thrust, combined with Ceres' gravity, is gradually guiding…


From ACM News

This Working Computer Is Smaller Than a Grain of Rice

This Working Computer Is Smaller Than a Grain of Rice

The University of Michigan's Micro Mote is an autonomous computer programmed and charged via light, which could be used for a variety of medical and industrial purposes.


From ACM News

Planes Without Pilots

Planes Without Pilots

Mounting evidence that the co-pilot crashed a Germanwings plane into a French mountain has prompted a global debate about how to better screen crewmembers for mental illness and how to ensure that no one is left alone in the…


From ACM TechNews

Know Instantly How Much Privacy a Website Visit Costs You

Know Instantly How Much Privacy a Website Visit Costs You

An Italian researcher has developed algorithms that can calculate the privacy costs of websites. 


From ACM News

Brain Compass Implant Gives Blind Rats Psychic Gps

Brain Compass Implant Gives Blind Rats Psychic Gps

Who needs sight to get around when you've got a digital compass in your head?


From ACM TechNews

­niversity Receives Grant to Prevent Cyberbullying

­niversity Receives Grant to Prevent Cyberbullying

Rutgers University has received a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to develop a system that automatically detects cyberbullying. 


From ACM TechNews

How Cybersecurity Became Your Problem

How Cybersecurity Became Your Problem

Cyberattacks threaten to rise in frequency and complexity, which makes every person using modern technology a potential target. 


From ACM News

How Google Is Making Sure Cows Won't Foil Its Self-Driving Cars

How Google Is Making Sure Cows Won't Foil Its Self-Driving Cars

Most of us haven't had a cow wander on to a road in front of us while we're driving. Still, it's the type of situation Google is wisely anticipating.


From ACM News

What Are the Colors of Alien Life?

What Are the Colors of Alien Life?

Just before it became the first man-made vessel to leave the solar system, in 1990, Voyager 1 took a portrait of Earth, some four billion miles away.


From ACM Careers

The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley

The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley

Shariq Hashme squints at his laptop screen as he scrolls through hundreds of lines of computer code.


From ACM News

Metamaterial Radar May Improve Car and Drone Vision

Metamaterial Radar May Improve Car and Drone Vision

Plenty of people play with small drone aircraft in their backyards these days.


From ACM Opinion

Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks

Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks

Edward Snowden and an unlikely interviewer squared-off on HBO over the leaks that exposed the National Security Agency's extensive surveillance programs.


From ACM TechNews

Professor Uses Online Data to Predict Future Fashion Trends

Professor Uses Online Data to Predict Future Fashion Trends

A Pennsylvania State University team is collecting and analyzing data in an attempt to make fashion trends comprehensible to the average person. 


From ACM TechNews

Eek! How Your Face Reveals Your Body's Real Age

Eek! How Your Face Reveals Your Body's Real Age

A new study used three-dimensional facial images to predict biological age in a human population, to detect those aging quickly and slowly. 


From ACM TechNews

Sabina, New Domestic Service Robot

Sabina, New Domestic Service Robot

New software enables a domestic service robot  to learn under user guidance via remote control, voice commands, or by being shown the tasks.