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September 2012


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'nanoresonators' Might Improve Cell Phone Performance

'nanoresonators' Might Improve Cell Phone Performance

Purdue University researchers have developed nanoelectromechanical resonators, which contain a small beam of silicon that vibrates when voltage is applied.  


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Leading Global Standards Organizations Endorse 'openstand' Principles

Leading Global Standards Organizations Endorse 'openstand' Principles

The Internet Architecture Board, the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the World Wide Web Consortium recently signed a statement affirming the importance…


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Bae's Striker Helmet Gives Fighter Pilots 'x-Ray Vision'

Bae's Striker Helmet Gives Fighter Pilots 'x-Ray Vision'

When a pilot in a Eurofighter Typhoon jet glances down, he doesn't see a steel-grey floor. Instead he sees clouds, and maybe sheep and cows in green fields below.


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Visible Light Communication Could Simplify Car Electronics

Visible Light Communication Could Simplify Car Electronics

Warwick University researchers are studying replacing the wiring inside cars with devices that communicate via light signals. The researchers have demonstrated how visible light communication could simplify and lighten the electronic…


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Computational Social Science: Making the Links

Computational Social Science: Making the Links

Jon Kleinberg's early work was not for the mathematically faint of heart.


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'degrade, Disrupt, Deceive': ­.s. Talks Openly About Hacking Foes

'degrade, Disrupt, Deceive': ­.s. Talks Openly About Hacking Foes

There was a time, not all that long ago, when the U.S. military wouldn't even whisper about its plans to hack into opponents' networks.


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Harnessing ­nused Smartphone Power For a Computing Boost

Harnessing ­nused Smartphone Power For a Computing Boost

Technical University of Braunschweig researchers have found that smartphones can be joined together in a network, which when connected via Wi-Fi, can carry out increased numbers of calculations per second.


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Quantum Chip Breakthrough to Be Unveiled

Quantum Chip Breakthrough to Be Unveiled

University of Bristol researchers say they have developed a quantum chip that will lead to the creation of completely secure mobile phones and super-fast computers that are much more powerful than today's devices.


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Austrian Programmers Build Free Bridge to Internet

Austrian Programmers Build Free Bridge to Internet

Austrian researchers have developed FunkFeuer, a low-cost way of spreading Internet access across communities using the same open radio spectrum as Wi-Fi.


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Secrecy Surrounding 'zero-Day Exploits' Industry Spurs Calls For Government Oversight

Secrecy Surrounding 'zero-Day Exploits' Industry Spurs Calls For Government Oversight

A barely regulated industry for zero-day exploits sold by researchers has sprung up, and even certain insiders believe trade of these hacker or security tools should be subject to more stringent regulation, analysts say.


From ACM Opinion

Meet the Man Who's Rewiring Google From the Inside Out

Meet the Man Who's Rewiring Google From the Inside Out

It was a tweet that fired the imagination like few others. On May 10, 2011, at 1:35 in the afternoon, Eric Brewer told the world he was redesigning the most important operation on the Internet.


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Making Web Applications More Efficient

Making Web Applications More Efficient

Most major Websites these days maintain huge databases: Shopping sites have databases of inventory and customer ratings, travel sites have databases of seat availability on flights, and social-networking sites have databases…


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The Digital Wallet Is Starting to Take Shape

The Digital Wallet Is Starting to Take Shape

Imagine if, in addition to all the things your smartphone does now, it could also act as your keys to the real world.


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Take a Spin on the Moon and Mars

Take a Spin on the Moon and Mars

The death of first moonwalker Neil Armstrong and the success of NASA's Curiosity rover have reignited interest in the idea of taking a spin on the moon and Mars, at least virtually.


From ACM Opinion

The Jet Propulsion Lab Is Way Weirder (and Awesomer) Than You Even Imagined

The Jet Propulsion Lab Is Way Weirder (and Awesomer) Than You Even Imagined

For a center of cutting-edge scientific research, Caltech's Jet Propulsion Lab seems to be a pretty wacky place. Luke Johnson, a graphic designer at the lab, set out to explore and map the campus on a dare, which became a much…


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The Security Skills Shortage Is Worse Than You Think

The Security Skills Shortage Is Worse Than You Think

Enterprise employers and security specialists are increasingly growing concerned about what some see as a deepening skills shortage in the information technology security field.


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Harness Unused Smartphone Power For a Computing Boost

Harness Unused Smartphone Power For a Computing Boost

Smarphone owners carry around more processing power in their pocket than a 1970s-era supercomputer, but most of the time it languishes unused.


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Helping Utilities Monitor For Network Security

Helping Utilities Monitor For Network Security

Idaho National Laboratory researchers have developed Sophia, software designed to help network operators detect intruders and other anomalies.


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The Dirtiest Word in Science

The Dirtiest Word in Science

The "sequester," or a series of automatic federal spending cuts, are set to go into effect in January 2013, cutting science funding dramatically.


From ACM Careers

The Joys of ­rban Tech

The Joys of ­rban Tech

For as long as many of us can remember, high-tech industries have flourished in the suburban office parks that are so ubiquitous in Silicon Valley, North Carolina's Research Triangle and other "nerdistans." But in recent years…


From Communications of the ACM

Chips Go Upscale

Chips Go Upscale

After decades in Flatland, the end of Moore's Law is pushing semiconductors into the third dimension.


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In Honor of Alan Turing

In Honor of Alan Turing

Thirty-two of the 39 living A.M. Turing Award laureates gathered in San Francisco to pay tribute to "the father of CS" and discuss the past, present, and future of computing.


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Atomic-Level Computing

Atomic-Level Computing

Thanks to the University of New South Wales and IBM Research, scientists are moving closer to the junction of quantum and digital computing.


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Garbage In, Info Out

Garbage In, Info Out

Security researchers used malware to investigate large-scale Internet censorship in Egypt and Libya.

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