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November 2014


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Polite Drones Do Awkward Dance to Avoid Crashing

Polite Drones Do Awkward Dance to Avoid Crashing

No, I insist, after you.


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What's Next for the Rosetta Mission and Comet Exploration

What's Next for the Rosetta Mission and Comet Exploration

Somewhere dark and icy on a comet 320 million miles away, the history-making, comet-bouncing Philae spacecraft is sleeping.


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:-o: The Surprising Power of Emoticons

:-o: The Surprising Power of Emoticons

It all started with an awkward moment online. In the early 1980s, computer scientist Scott Fahlman realised his words were failing him.


From ACM TechNews

Note to Future Self

Note to Future Self

Jonathan Zittrain, director of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, is working to develop a sort of cryptographic time capsule. 


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New Device Could Make Large Biological Circuits Practical

New Device Could Make Large Biological Circuits Practical

Researchers have developed a new kind of load driver that could enable biological circuits to behave almost as predictably as electronic circuits. 


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Linguistic Mapping Reveals How Word Meanings Sometimes Change Overnight

Linguistic Mapping Reveals How Word Meanings Sometimes Change Overnight

To track how language evolves, Stony Brook University researcher Vivek Kulkarni and colleagues map the linguistic vector space of words. 


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Tomorrow's Degradable Electronics

Tomorrow's Degradable Electronics

SINTEF researchers in Norway say they have made electronic components that are soluble in water and disappear after a few hours. 


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Facebook's Flow Could Help JavaScript Programmers Spot Elusive Bugs

Facebook's Flow Could Help JavaScript Programmers Spot Elusive Bugs

Facebook researchers have developed Flow, an open source debugging tool for JavaScript designed to highlight problems caused by the misuse of data types. 


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US Regulators Move on Thought-Controlled Prosthetics

US Regulators Move on Thought-Controlled Prosthetics

For the first time since accidents severed the neural connection between their brains and limbs, a small number of patients are reaching out and feeling the world with prosthetic devices wired directly to their brains. 


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How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Staffers of Ross Perot have unearthed and restored a big chunk of ENIAC, the "Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer."


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Seven Steps to Creating a Brain Implant

Seven Steps to Creating a Brain Implant

The brain is one of the most delicate and complex objects in the universe, so tinkering with its activity may seem like a fool's errand.


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Structural Electronics Come Online

Structural Electronics Come Online

Multifunction components are becoming more common as the world gets "smarter."


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At China Online Coming-Out Party, Beijing Spells Out Internet Control Ambition

At China Online Coming-Out Party, Beijing Spells Out Internet Control Ambition

China showed governments and the planet's biggest tech firms last week its vision for global Internet governance—clean, controlled and choreographed.


From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Machine Learning Tech Adds Captions to Images

Microsoft Machine Learning Tech Adds Captions to Images

Microsoft is leveraging its machine learning research to build software that automatically captions images. 


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WebRTC Hammers Out Compromise on Video Codec Standards

WebRTC Hammers Out Compromise on Video Codec Standards

Proponents of WebRTC, the Web standard for real-time communications via browsers, have reached a compromise on the H.264 and VP8 video codecs.


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Fulbright Award Takes Computer Scientist to France

Fulbright Award Takes Computer Scientist to France

An Arizona State University professor will spend six months studying at the French Institute for Research in Computer Science Automation. 


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Automakers Aim to Drive Away Car Computer Hackers

Automakers Aim to Drive Away Car Computer Hackers

Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance.


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How to Teach Self-Driving Cars Ethics of the Road

How to Teach Self-Driving Cars Ethics of the Road

A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane.​


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Researchers Announce Advance in Image-Recognition Software

Researchers Announce Advance in Image-Recognition Software

Two groups of scientists, working independently, have created artificial intelligence software capable of recognizing and describing the content of photographs and videos with far greater accuracy than ever before, sometimes…


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Stanford Cyber Initiative Will Tackle Internet Technology Concerns From Many Angles

Stanford Cyber Initiative Will Tackle Internet Technology Concerns From Many Angles

The Stanford Cyber Initiative is a program applying broad Stanford University expertise to  cybersecurity, cyberspace, and networked information. 


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Silicon Valley Turns Prisoners Into Programmers at San Quentin

Silicon Valley Turns Prisoners Into Programmers at San Quentin

A San Francisco-based programming boot camp has launched a program in which inmates at San Quentin State Prison will learn the basics of computer coding. 


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Hour of Code to Feature 'Frozen' Characters

Hour of Code to Feature 'Frozen' Characters

Educational nonprofit Code.org is collaborating with Disney to open its week-long "Hour of Code" event during Computer Science Education Week Dec. 8-14. 


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Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

New software automatically ranks authors and creators whose work is in the public domain by how likely they are to be of interest to academics and the public. 


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Hackathon Develops Tech Tools to Fight Ebola Epidemic

Hackathon Develops Tech Tools to Fight Ebola Epidemic

The University of Oxford earlier this month hosted the Ebola Crisis Hackathon.


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Supercomputing 2014 Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in HPC

Supercomputing 2014 Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in HPC

Both novice and veteran researchers were honored for their contributions to high-performance computing at the Supercomputing 2014 (SC14) conference. 


From ACM Careers

Workers in Silicon Valley Weigh In on Obama's Immigration Order

Workers in Silicon Valley Weigh In on Obama's Immigration Order

Silicon Valley's constant stream of new apps and services depends on hundreds of thousands of foreign-born engineers to help create them.


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Molecular Flash Memory Could Store Massive Amounts of Data

Molecular Flash Memory Could Store Massive Amounts of Data

Novel molecules could help expand the storage capacity of flash memory, which is widely used in mobile devices such as smartphones. 


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NASA Issues 'Remastered' View of Jupiter's Moon Europa

NASA Issues 'Remastered' View of Jupiter's Moon Europa

Scientists have produced a new version of what is perhaps NASA's best view of Jupiter's ice-covered moon, Europa.


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Researchers Advance 'Quantum Teleportation'

Researchers Advance 'Quantum Teleportation'

The world at the quantum level, at the scale of particles too small for the eye to see, is very strange.


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Sculptor Offers Another Clue in 24-Year-Old Mystery at C.I.A.

Sculptor Offers Another Clue in 24-Year-Old Mystery at C.I.A.

The artist who created the enigmatic Kryptos, a puzzle-in-a-sculpture that has driven code breakers to distraction since it was installed 24 years ago in a courtyard at C.I.A. headquarters in Langley, Va., has decided that it…

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