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October 2015


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Rewrite of Onboard Memory Planned for NASA Mars Orbiter

Rewrite of Onboard Memory Planned for NASA Mars Orbiter

Tables stored in flash memory aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) tell locations of Earth and the sun for the past 10 years, but not their locations next year.


From ACM News

Tor Just Launched the Easiest App Yet for Anonymous, Encrypted IM

Tor Just Launched the Easiest App Yet for Anonymous, Encrypted IM

The anonymity network Tor has long been the paranoid standard for privacy online, and the Tor Browser that runs on it remains the best way to use the web while revealing the least identifying data.


From ACM TechNews

Dog Robot Copes with Rough Terrain

Dog Robot Copes with Rough Terrain

Researchers have designed and built a new robot "dog" that can traverse rough terrain either autonomously or while controlled by a remote operator. 


From ACM TechNews

New Traffic App and Disaster Prevention Technology Road Tested

New Traffic App and Disaster Prevention Technology Road Tested

A new app that enables smartphone users to provide feedback on traffic accidents is now available for download. 


From ACM TechNews

Dartmouth Study Illustrates How Game Design Can Reduce Stereotypes and Social Biases

Dartmouth Study Illustrates How Game Design Can Reduce Stereotypes and Social Biases

A new Dartmouth College study highlights how games can have beneficial societal effects.


From ACM TechNews

How Sensorimotor Intelligence May Develop

How Sensorimotor Intelligence May Develop

The emergence of self-directed behavior in robots can be grounded in the synaptic plasticity of their nervous systems, according to a new study.


From ACM Opinion

Apple's Deep Learning Curve

Apple's Deep Learning Curve

In the world of artificial intelligence, one of the year's biggest coming-out parties is the Neural Information Processing Systems conference.


From ACM TechNews

Facebook's AI Can Caption Photos for the Blind on Its Own

Facebook's AI Can Caption Photos for the Blind on Its Own

Facebook's Accessibility Team says it is developing an artificial intelligence tool to automatically describe photos posted on the social network to blind users.


From ACM News

Smart Glasses Translate Video Into Sound to Help the Blind See

Smart Glasses Translate Video Into Sound to Help the Blind See

Blind people have long relied on sound as a substitution for sight, and some even use echolocation to navigate around objects. But it turns out that sound can be specifically designed to convey visual information.


From ACM News

Now You Can Use Emojis to Search for Cute Cat Videos

Now You Can Use Emojis to Search for Cute Cat Videos

In a move that makes it possible to seamlessly combine your love of emojis with adorable animal videos, a group of researchers has built a prototype of a search engine that uses the tiny icons to search videos.


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Leap Second Heads Into Fierce Debate

Leap Second Heads Into Fierce Debate

When Earth's rotation gets far enough out of sync with the drumbeat of atomic time, a leap second is added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and the world’s clocks count off 59, then 60, then 00 seconds.


From ACM News

Designing Interactive Memory Joggers

Designing Interactive Memory Joggers

Texts, photos, and videos are the fodder of memories, which require appropriate cues to materialize those memories from custom-designed hardware, says one researcher.


From ACM News

Rosetta Sniffs Oxygen Around Comet 67P

Rosetta Sniffs Oxygen Around Comet 67P

Scientists have detected molecules of oxygen in the hazy halo of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko—an unexpected discovery that may challenge theories about the formation of the Solar System.


From ACM TechNews

IBM Says Carbon, Oxygen Essential to Advancing Resistive Memory

IBM Says Carbon, Oxygen Essential to Advancing Resistive Memory

Researchers at IBM Zurich believe they have overcome some of the key challenges that have stood in the way of building memory technology using carbon. 


From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Project Oxford Natural-Language Machine-Learning Beta Debuts

Microsoft Project Oxford Natural-Language Machine-Learning Beta Debuts

Microsoft Research's Project Oxford is now offering a public beta version of its Language Understanding Intelligent Service.


From ACM TechNews

Nanoquakes Probe New 2-Dimensional Material

Nanoquakes Probe New 2-Dimensional Material

New research could lead to a post-graphene era of new materials for electronic applications. 


From ACM News

A Quick Guide to the Cybersecurity Bill Passed by the U.S. Senate

A Quick Guide to the Cybersecurity Bill Passed by the U.S. Senate

After more than a year of bickering, stalling and revising, the Senate passed its most significant cybersecurity bill to date 74–21.


From ACM TechNews

One Click Away From the Perfect Outfit

One Click Away From the Perfect Outfit

A new iOS smartphone app uses adaptive algorithms to redirect users to online shops selling products they like.


From ACM News

Researchers Put Words In Your Mouth—Virtually

Researchers Put Words In Your Mouth—Virtually

In the 1997 action movie Face/Off, an FBI agent must undergo face-transplant surgery and assume the identity of a ruthless terrorist to foil a plot.


From ACM News

Cassini Seeks Insights to Life in Plumes of Enceladus, Saturn’s Icy Moon

Cassini Seeks Insights to Life in Plumes of Enceladus, Saturn’s Icy Moon

Where there is water, is there life?


From ACM News

European Parliament Votes Against Net Neutrality Amendments

European Parliament Votes Against Net Neutrality Amendments

The European Parliament has voted against a set of rules intended to safeguard "net neutrality" in the EU.


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MIT Uses Wireless Signals to Identify People Through Walls

MIT Uses Wireless Signals to Identify People Through Walls

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab is developing a device that uses wireless signals to identify human figures through walls.


From ACM Careers

Behind the Scenes of the Internet's First Football Game

Behind the Scenes of the Internet's First Football Game

At 5:05 AM Sunday, long before the rest of Sunnyvale, California, will wake up, Yahoo's control room is packed.


From ACM TechNews

UC3M Researches Simulator of Human Behavior

UC3M Researches Simulator of Human Behavior

Researchers at the Charles III University of Madrid in Spain are investigating how to build a system that recreates human behavior. 


From ACM TechNews

The Computer System That Won Jeopardy Could Soon Help NASA With Research

The Computer System That Won Jeopardy Could Soon Help NASA With Research

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration researchers want to use IBM's Watson to help improve their awareness of scientific and technical literature. 


From ACM TechNews

Coding Bootcamp Grads Boost Their Salaries by 40 Percent on Average

Coding Bootcamp Grads Boost Their Salaries by 40 Percent on Average

Graduates of coding bootcamps found completing the programs helped boost their salaries by an average of 38 percent or $18,000, according to the Course Report. 


From ACM TechNews

Manipulating Faces From Afar in Real Time

Manipulating Faces From Afar in Real Time

Computer scientists say they have created a process dubbed "live facial re-enactment" that can instantaneously transfer facial expressions. 


From ACM TechNews

A Basis for All Cryptography

A Basis for All Cryptography

The inability to practically apply indistinguishability obfuscation to deliver secure cryptography may be mitigated with an efficient method for functional encryption. 


From ACM TechNews

Three Scenarios for the Evolution of Exascale Computing

Three Scenarios for the Evolution of Exascale Computing

Sandia National Labs' Erik DeBenedictis outlines three scenarios for evolving supercomputers to the 1- to 50-exaflop range. 


From ACM News

Relearning to Speak

Relearning to Speak

New systems can help you not only learn to understand a second language, but how to pronounce it correctly.

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