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July 2014


From ACM TechNews

Python Bumps Off Java as Top Learning Language

Python Bumps Off Java as Top Learning Language

Python has surpassed Java as the top language used to introduce U.S. students to programming and computer science, according to a survey published by ACM. 


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The New Atomic Age: Building Smaller, Greener Electronics

The New Atomic Age: Building Smaller, Greener Electronics

University of Alberta researchers say they are developing atomically precise technologies that have practical, real-world applications. 


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Can Software Make Health Data More Private?

Can Software Make Health Data More Private?

New software could give people more control over how their personal health information is shared between doctors and medical institutions. 


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Stanford Engineers Envision an Electronic Switch Just Three Atoms Thick

Stanford Engineers Envision an Electronic Switch Just Three Atoms Thick

Stanford University researchers have developed a flexible crystal material that can form a paper-like sheet just three atoms thick and behave like a switch. 


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The Next Big Programming Language You've Never Heard Of

The Next Big Programming Language You've Never Heard Of

The success of D, a programming language some see as the successor to C++, has surprised even its creators.


From ACM News

Row Hits Flagship Brain Plan

Row Hits Flagship Brain Plan

The European Union's high-profile, €1-billion Human Brain Project, launched last October, has come under fire from neuroscientists, who claim that poor management has run part of the effort's scientific plans off course.


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Robots' Best Teachers Are Other Robots (in Cloud Networks)

Robots' Best Teachers Are Other Robots (in Cloud Networks)

Earlier this year, a vaguely humanoid robot served juice to a researcher lying on a hospital bed.


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The ­ltra-Simple App That Lets Anyone Encrypt Anything

The ­ltra-Simple App That Lets Anyone Encrypt Anything

Encryption is hard.


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Sun Sends More 'tsunami Waves' to Voyager 1

Sun Sends More 'tsunami Waves' to Voyager 1

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced a new "tsunami wave" from the sun as it sails through interstellar space.


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DARPA Demos Lightweight, 94ghz Silicon System on a Chip

DARPA Demos Lightweight, 94ghz Silicon System on a Chip

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says it has demonstrated an all-silicon, microchip-sized system on a chip that runs at 94 GHz.


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Hp Labs: Breaking Pcs to Build Better Systems

Hp Labs: Breaking Pcs to Build Better Systems

Hewlett-Packard recently opened the doors of its Science Labs facilities in Houston to more than 36 journalists and analysts for a day-long tour. 


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Sdsc Assists Researchers in Novel Wildlife Tracking Project

Sdsc Assists Researchers in Novel Wildlife Tracking Project

Researchers are using a supercomputer to provide data on the range and movements of California condors, giant pandas, and dugongs. 


From ACM News

Atoms Show The Way

Atoms Show The Way

A "quantum compass" will offer precise positioning data in places GPS cannot go.


From ACM News

Principles Are No Match For Europe's Love of U.s. Web Titans

Principles Are No Match For Europe's Love of U.s. Web Titans

On weekends, Guillaume Rosquin browses the shelves of local bookstores in Lyon, France.


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From Google to Amazon: Eu Goes to War Against Power of ­S Digital Giants

From Google to Amazon: Eu Goes to War Against Power of ­S Digital Giants

Within the salons of the Elysée Palace, along the corridors of the European parliament and under the glass dome of the Reichstag, Old Europe is preparing for a new war.


From ACM News

Chainsaws, Gunshots, and Coughs: Our Smartphones Are Listening

Chainsaws, Gunshots, and Coughs: Our Smartphones Are Listening

From chainsaws whirring in rainforests to snoring that sounds like chainsaws, entrepreneurs are finding all sorts of creative ways to detect sounds using smartphones.


From ACM Opinion

Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories

Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories

Forest fire on the way? Building stress getting too high? Farmland too moist?


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IBM Wants to Make its Watson Supercomputer as Small as a Pizza Box

IBM Wants to Make its Watson Supercomputer as Small as a Pizza Box

IBM researchers are developing handheld computers with the power of today's supercomputers. 


From ACM Careers

Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory

Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory

You know when you dial a number, and a man reads you the exact time at the tone? That precise timekeeping starts at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.


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Linking Television and the Internet

Linking Television and the Internet

Researchers  are working on the LinkedTV project, a new television concept designed to connect TV offerings with the Internet. 


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Female Cyber Sleuths Hack Into Silicon Valley's Boys Club

Female Cyber Sleuths Hack Into Silicon Valley's Boys Club

One area of the tech world in which women are making great gains is information security, where they outnumber men in certain positions.


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Blind Lead the Way in Brave New World of Tactile Technology

Blind Lead the Way in Brave New World of Tactile Technology

People are better and faster at navigating tactile technology when using both hands and several fingers, according to new research.


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Interview With the Most Influential Woman in UK IT 2014: Wendy Hall

Interview With the Most Influential Woman in UK IT 2014: Wendy Hall

ComputerWeekly.com has named University of Southampton computer science professor Wendy Hall its Most Influential Woman in UK IT 2014. 


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China Still Has the Fastest Supercomputer, but the ­.s. Still Rules

China Still Has the Fastest Supercomputer, but the ­.s. Still Rules

Although China has the world's most powerful supercomputer, the United States produces more supercomputers than any other country.


From ACM Careers

Will Workplace Robots Cost More Jobs Than They Create?

Will Workplace Robots Cost More Jobs Than They Create?

The UK unveiled its robotics strategy last Tuesday, revealing a plan drawn up by the Technology Strategy Board that aims to spur the country on towards capturing a significant slice of what is predicted to become a multi-trillion…


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Ibm: Commercial Nanotube Transistors Are Coming Soon

Ibm: Commercial Nanotube Transistors Are Coming Soon

For more than a decade, engineers have been fretting that they are running out of tricks for continuing to shrink silicon transistors.


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Caught Up in the Nsa Net

Caught Up in the Nsa Net

The Washington Post has published an analysis of about 22,000 surveillance reports collected by the U.S. National Security Agency between 2009 and 2012.


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Hospitals Are Mining Patients' Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick

Hospitals Are Mining Patients' Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick

Imagine getting a call from your doctor if you let your gym membership lapse, make a habit of buying candy bars at the checkout counter, or begin shopping at plus-size clothing stores.


From ACM News

How a Little Open Source Project Came to Dominate Big Data

How a Little Open Source Project Came to Dominate Big Data

It began as a nagging technical problem that needed solving. Now, it's driving a market that's expected to be worth $50.2 billion by 2020.


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Machines Finally Match Monkeys in Key Image-Recognition Test

Machines Finally Match Monkeys in Key Image-Recognition Test

There are so many ways that humans are still superior to machines.