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June 2014


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11 Amazing Images from High-Powered Microscopes

11 Amazing Images from High-Powered Microscopes

Thanks to high-powered microscopes we’re able to see life in incredible detail.


From ACM TechNews

­niversity Engineers Design Systems to Help Children With Special Needs

­niversity Engineers Design Systems to Help Children With Special Needs

Researchers are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to find ways to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental disabilities. 


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Open Data Is Open For Business

Open Data Is Open For Business

Open-data advocates say a multibillion-dollar industry could result from turning raw government data files into products for the public to consume or industries to buy. 


From ACM TechNews

­CLA Researchers Create Nanoscale Structure For Computer Chips That Could Yield Higher-Performance Memory

­CLA Researchers Create Nanoscale Structure For Computer Chips That Could Yield Higher-Performance Memory

Researchers say a new nanoscale magnetic component for memory chips could drastically improve their energy efficiency and scalability. 


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How Online 'chatbots' Are Already Tricking You

How Online 'chatbots' Are Already Tricking You

Sometimes it's the promise of sex that fools you.


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Cyberattack Insurance a Challenge For Business

Cyberattack Insurance a Challenge For Business

Julia Roberts's smile is insured. So are Heidi Klum’s legs, Daniel Craig's body and Jennifer Lopez's derrière.


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Paper Planes Transform Into Tiny Drones

Paper Planes Transform Into Tiny Drones

It took Chuck Pell less than a minute to build his drone.


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Think Fast, Robot

Think Fast, Robot

One of the reasons we don't yet have self-driving cars and mini-helicopters delivering online purchases is that autonomous vehicles tend not to perform well under pressure.


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Virtual Soccer Now a World Cup Fan's Best Prediction Tool

Virtual Soccer Now a World Cup Fan's Best Prediction Tool

Thursday marks the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup, signaling the start of a global guessing game about which two teams will appear in the finals of the 64-match bracket.


From ACM TechNews

­niversity of Michigan to Create Simulated City to Test Future Robotic Cars

­niversity of Michigan to Create Simulated City to Test Future Robotic Cars

The University of Michigan is building a simulated city center across 32 acres on its North Campus to serve as the testing ground for automated vehicles. 


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Teenager Unleashes Computer Power For Cancer Diagnosis

Teenager Unleashes Computer Power For Cancer Diagnosis

Duke University undergraduate Brittany Wenger recently spoke about her research into using artificial intelligence to teach computers to diagnose cancer. 


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Innovative Diabetes App For Smartphones

Innovative Diabetes App For Smartphones

A new smartphone-based system makes it easier for diabetics to plan their meals and control their blood glucose. 


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Researchers Propose Tactics for Ethical Use of Twitter Data

Researchers Propose Tactics for Ethical Use of Twitter Data

Researchers have proposed guidelines to ensure data mined from Twitter feeds is obtained and used ethically. 


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Internet Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies

Internet Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies

Google and other major Internet service providers are working to make it harder and more costly for government intelligence agencies to penetrate their networks. 


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Hail Cyborgs! The Line Between Robots and Humans Is Blurring

Hail Cyborgs! The Line Between Robots and Humans Is Blurring

The advance of robotics heralds an increasingly porous boundary between machines and people.


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Discovery Opens New Path to Superfast Quantum Computing

Discovery Opens New Path to Superfast Quantum Computing

Researchers have used a super-cold cloud of atoms to perceive a quantum phenomenon predicted 60 years ago, opening a new experimental path to quantum computing. 


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Turing Test Breakthrough as Super-Computer Becomes First to Convince US It's Human

Turing Test Breakthrough as Super-Computer Becomes First to Convince US It's Human

A program that convinced humans it was a 13-year-old boy has become the first computer ever to pass the Turing Test.


From ACM Opinion

World Cup Kickoff Looms For Demo of Brain-Controlled Machine

World Cup Kickoff Looms For Demo of Brain-Controlled Machine

During the World Cup next week, there may be 1 minute during the opening ceremony when the boisterous stadium crowd in São Paulo falls silent: when a paraplegic young person wearing a brain-controlled, robotic exoskeleton attempts…


From ACM Opinion

Tetris at 30: An Interview with the Historic Puzzle Game's Creator

Tetris at 30: An Interview with the Historic Puzzle Game's Creator

Thirty years ago today, a little game about dropping geometrically strange thingamajigs — originally clusters of punctuation marks—into neat, lookalike rows kicked off on a wild journey that led it (and its Russian creator, Alexey…


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Baggage Claim: Airlines Are Winning the War on Lost Luggage

Baggage Claim: Airlines Are Winning the War on Lost Luggage

The number of bags delayed, damaged or lost by airlines has fallen by more than half since the industry hit a low point for lost luggage six years ago.


From ACM TechNews

How to Raise a Personable Robot

Social roboticist Heather Knight's research focuses on making robots socially expressive so they can interact with people on a more personable level. 


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Intelligent Machines for Tomorrow’s Factory

Intelligent Machines for Tomorrow’s Factory

The European Union's SkillPro research project is developing a plug-and-produce process to speed mass manufacturing of industrial goods. 


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Social Media Garden Is First Step in Creating 'emotional' Buildings

Social Media Garden Is First Step in Creating 'emotional' Buildings

Computer scientists and architects are exploring whether architecture is able to reflect and map human emotions.


From ACM TechNews

App Paired With Sensor Measures Stress and Delivers Advice to Cope in Real Time

App Paired With Sensor Measures Stress and Delivers Advice to Cope in Real Time

ParentGuardian is a smartphone-based system designed to detect stress in parents and help decrease that stress during interactions with their children. 


From ACM TechNews

Pixar to Give Away 'toy Story' 3D Renderman Software

Pixar to Give Away 'toy Story' 3D Renderman Software

Pixar plans to make a non-commercial version of RenderMan freely available to students, institutions, researchers, developers, and for personal use. 


From ACM Opinion

A Fast Look at Swift, Apple's New Programming Language

A Fast Look at Swift, Apple's New Programming Language

If anyone outside Apple saw Swift coming, they certainly weren't making any public predictions.


From ACM Careers

How Ebay's Research Laboratories Are Tackling the Tricky Task of Fashion Recommendations

How Ebay's Research Laboratories Are Tackling the Tricky Task of Fashion Recommendations

If you've ever puzzled over what to wear in the morning, you might also have wondered whether you could leave the choice to an algorithm that could recommend a decent combination of clothes.


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Theoretical Physics: Complexity on the Horizon

Theoretical Physics: Complexity on the Horizon

When physicist Leonard Susskind gives talks these days, he often wears a black T-shirt proclaiming "I ♥ Complexity".


From ACM TechNews

New Nanotech May Provide Power Storage in Cables, Clothes

New Nanotech May Provide Power Storage in Cables, Clothes

A new method to transmit and store electricity in a single lightweight copper wire could lead to smaller electronic devices because it could make batteries obsolete.


From ACM Opinion

Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?

Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?

Joss Wright is training a robot to freak people out.