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April 2015


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Wear Your Social Network

Wear Your Social Network

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab students are making it easier for people to make connections by broadcasting their social media interests offline. 


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Researchers Build Brain-Machine Interface to Control Prosthetic Hand

Researchers Build Brain-Machine Interface to Control Prosthetic Hand

Researchers  have demonstrated a non-invasive technique to enable a subject to directly control a prosthetic hand using only their thoughts. 


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Do Girls Like Math? The Answer Matters

Do Girls Like Math? The Answer Matters

Although the gender imbalance in science and technology is a major issue in affluent countries such as the U.S., it is almost non-existent in many less developed countries. 


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Can You Vote For the Next President on Your Smartphone? Not Just Yet.

Can You Vote For the Next President on Your Smartphone? Not Just Yet.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has approved a measure to update the security and accessibility guidelines for voting machines. 


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Tech Titans' Latest Project: Defy Death

Tech Titans' Latest Project: Defy Death

Seated at the head of a table for 12 with a view of the city's soaring skyline, Peter Thiel was deep in conversation with his guests, eclectic scientists whose research was considered radical, even heretical.


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Large Hadron Collider Restarts

Large Hadron Collider Restarts

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has kicked off its second run, as protons circulated in the machine after a two-year break.


From ACM Careers

Why Shades of Asperger's Syndrome Are the Secret to Building a Great Tech Company

Why Shades of Asperger's Syndrome Are the Secret to Building a Great Tech Company

The individuals who have founded some of the most success tech companies are decidedly weird.


From ACM Opinion

Is 'making a Game Out of Learning' Bad For Learning?

Is 'making a Game Out of Learning' Bad For Learning?

In MIT's Education Arcade, classic game consoles line the office corridor, rafters are strung with holiday lights, and inflatable, stuffed and papier-maché creatures lurk around every corner.


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Diagnosis By Keyboard

Diagnosis By Keyboard

Analyzing people's keystrokes as they type on a computer keyboard can reveal a great deal of information about the state of their motor function, according to a new study from MIT.


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Google Patented Building Robots with Personalities

Google Patented Building Robots with Personalities

Whether or not we are headed toward a robot revolution, Google wants us to get comfortable with the next generation of robots.


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New U.s.-Japan Collaborations Bring Big Data Approaches to Disaster Response

New U.s.-Japan Collaborations Bring Big Data Approaches to Disaster Response

The U.S. National Science Foundation and the Japan Science and Technology Agency will jointly fund six collaborative big data projects to enhance disaster management. 


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Surveying the Mooc Landscape

Surveying the Mooc Landscape

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  have released "one of the largest investigations of massive open online courses to date."


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Roll Up Your Screen and Stow It Away?

Roll Up Your Screen and Stow It Away?

A structure based on a synthetic hybrid molecule of peptides and DNA could be used to produce thin, transparent, flexible screens.


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Wearable Technology Can Help With Public Speaking

Wearable Technology Can Help With Public Speaking

An intelligent user interface for smart glasses developed by a team from the University of Rochester can help people with public speaking. 


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A Robot Prepared For Self-Awareness

A Robot Prepared For Self-Awareness

Hector is an ambulatory robot developed at Bielefeld University endowed with a rudimentary form of consciousness.


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Mini Enzyme Moves Gene Editing Closer to the Clinic

Mini Enzyme Moves Gene Editing Closer to the Clinic

A tweak to a technique that edits DNA with pinpoint precision has boosted its ability to correct defective genes in people.


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See How Diseases Spread in These Mesmerizing Graphics

See How Diseases Spread in These Mesmerizing Graphics

You're an H1N1 influenza virus—swine flu—just hanging out in Hanoi, Vietnam. But now it's time to spread and infect.


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Thousands of Atoms Entangled with a Single Photon

Thousands of Atoms Entangled with a Single Photon

Physicists from MIT and the University of Belgrade have developed a new technique that can successfully entangle 3,000 atoms using only a single photon.


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Study Shows People Act to Protect Privacy When Told How Often Phone Apps Share Personal Information

Study Shows People Act to Protect Privacy When Told How Often Phone Apps Share Personal Information

Smartphone users will limit the information to which their smartphone apps have access, when they learn how frequently their information is shared with these apps.


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Computer Vision and Robotics Used to Survey Cardigan Bay

Computer Vision and Robotics Used to Survey Cardigan Bay

Aberystwyth University computer scientists assisted marine experts in mapping and recording the sea bed.


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Novel Graph Method Detects Cyberattack Patterns in Complex Computing Networks

Novel Graph Method Detects Cyberattack Patterns in Complex Computing Networks

Scientists have developed a framework allowing users to categorize cyberattacks as graph patterns. 


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­ab Rolls Out New Technology to Help ­sers Combat Mobile Malware Attacks

­ab Rolls Out New Technology to Help ­sers Combat Mobile Malware Attacks

University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers say they have developed new techniques to prevent sophisticated malware from attacking smartphones. 


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Google’s Project Zero Aims to 'improve Security Across the Internet'

Google’s Project Zero Aims to 'improve Security Across the Internet'

Google has assembled 'the best practically-minded security researchers' to 'significantly reduce the number of people harmed by targeted attacks.'


From ACM Opinion

Toolkits For the Mind

Toolkits For the Mind

When the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto decided to create Ruby, a programming language that has helped build Twitter, Hulu, and much of the modern Web, he was chasing an idea from a 1966 science fiction novelBabel…


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This Air Force Tech Could've Averted the Germanwings Crash

This Air Force Tech Could've Averted the Germanwings Crash

An old aviators' joke goes like this: In the future, airline cockpit crews will consist of one pilot and a dog. The pilot is there to feed the dog, the dog is there to bite the pilot if he touches any of the controls.


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Nasa Releases Tool Enabling Citizen Scientists to Examine Asteroid Vesta

Nasa Releases Tool Enabling Citizen Scientists to Examine Asteroid Vesta

NASA has announced the release of Vesta Trek, a free, web-based application that provides detailed visualizations of Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in our solar system.


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U.s. Establishes Sanctions Program to Combat Cyberattacks, Cyberspying

U.s. Establishes Sanctions Program to Combat Cyberattacks, Cyberspying

President Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order establishing the first sanctions program to allow the administration to impose penalties on individuals overseas who engage in destructive attacks or commercial espionage…


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Stanford Crypto Expert Dan Boneh Wins $175k Computer Science Award

Stanford Crypto Expert Dan Boneh Wins $175k Computer Science Award

Stanford University professor Dan Boneh's contributions to cryptography have earned him the 2014 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences.


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Virtual Reality Is Coming to Sex, Sports, and Facebook

Virtual Reality Is Coming to Sex, Sports, and Facebook

Technologists predict virtual reality technology will evolve to the point that it will be embedded in practically all aspects of human activity. 


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Crowdsourced Tool For Depression

Crowdsourced Tool For Depression

A new peer-to-peer networking tool enables people suffering from anxiety and depression to build online support communities and practice therapeutic methods.