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December 2013


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FAA Picks Six Projects to Tackle Drone Technology Development

FAA Picks Six Projects to Tackle Drone Technology Development

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday designated six projects across the U.S. for research into drones, the unmanned aircraft that have the potential to alter everything from package delivery to surveillance.


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Dogecoins and Litecoins and Peercoins Oh My: What You Need to Know About Bitcoin Alternatives

Dogecoins and Litecoins and Peercoins Oh My: What You Need to Know About Bitcoin Alternatives

By now, most people have heard of Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer currency whose value has soared over the past couple of years.


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Reading Your Palm for Security's Sake

Reading Your Palm for Security's Sake

They aren't taking any chances at Barclays Bank in Britain.


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Researchers Simulate a Worm's Internal Muscle Sensations With Code

Researchers Simulate a Worm's Internal Muscle Sensations With Code

Researchers have reached a milestone in an effort to create a virtual nematode worm in a computer. 


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Laser Demonstration Reveals Bright Future for Space Communication

Laser Demonstration Reveals Bright Future for Space Communication

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has completed its Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration mission.


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Motion-Captured Laughs Make Animations More Amusing

Motion-Captured Laughs Make Animations More Amusing

The European Commission's Ilhaire project aims to make chatbot avatars laugh more realistically. 


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Smartphone as Mentor: How Tech Could Change Behavior

Smartphone as Mentor: How Tech Could Change Behavior

In a University of Michigan class called Imagine, Innovate, Act!, non-computing students design mobile apps to help users set and meet wellness milestones. 


From ACM TechNews

Stanford and Google Team Up to Simulate Key Drug Receptor

Stanford and Google Team Up to Simulate Key Drug Receptor

A first-of-its-kind atom-level simulation of a cell's G protein-coupled receptor could help improve drug design and lead to specialized scientific projects. 


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A Breakthrough for Speeding Satellite Feeds

A Breakthrough for Speeding Satellite Feeds

A new data-coding technology based on transmission control protocol could more than double bandwidth on satellite Internet connections. 


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Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience

Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience

Computers have entered the age when they are able to learn from their own mistakes, a development that is about to turn the digital world on its head.


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NSA Phone Surveillance Legal, Federal Judge Rules

NSA Phone Surveillance Legal, Federal Judge Rules

The debate over the National Security Agency's collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program, citing its need in the…


From ACM Opinion

How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success

How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success

When Microsoft launched its research labs in 1991, the personal computer was just beginning to blossom into a worldwide phenomenon, thanks in no small part to Windows.


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The Great Ideas Hiding Under the Invisibility Cloak

The Great Ideas Hiding Under the Invisibility Cloak

Physicist John Pendry talks about the profound physics obscured by his invisibility cloak and how metamaterials could help realise the perfect lens.


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NASA Lays Out Long-term Vision for Astrophysics

NASA Lays Out Long-term Vision for Astrophysics

A new year is a good time to make long-term plans, and NASA has jumped into the deep end of planning.


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New Approach to Vertex Connectivity Could Maximize Networks' Bandwidth

New Approach to Vertex Connectivity Could Maximize Networks' Bandwidth

Researchers say they have developed a technique for addressing vertex-connectivity problems. 


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ChroGPS, a New Generation Visual Browser of the Epigenome

ChroGPS, a New Generation Visual Browser of the Epigenome

ChroGPS is a new software application that serves to facilitate the analysis and understanding of epigenetic data and to extract intelligible information. 


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Federal Agencies to Hire More Cyber Defenders in 2014

Federal Agencies to Hire More Cyber Defenders in 2014

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking to significantly expand its cyber workforce. 


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Canadian Girls Good at Math Half as Likely to Study STEM

Canadian Girls Good at Math Half as Likely to Study STEM

Canadian high school girls who are good at math are half as likely as their male counterparts to pursue STEM and computer science in college.


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Messages Sent via Molecules Can Aid Communication Underground, Underwater, or Inside the Body

Messages Sent via Molecules Can Aid Communication Underground, Underwater, or Inside the Body

A new molecular communications system can send messages and data in environments where electromagnetic waves cannot be used. 


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The One Big Question About RSA and Its Relationship With the NSA

The One Big Question About RSA and Its Relationship With the NSA

Last week, the Internet security world was jolted by a Reuters report detailing a secret $10 million payment to the security company RSA from the National Security Agency.


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Google's Schaft Robot Wins Darpa Rescue Challenge

Google's Schaft Robot Wins Darpa Rescue Challenge

Team Schaft's machine carried out all eight rescue-themed tasks to outscore its rivals by a wide margin.


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Graphene Can Host Exotic New Quantum Electronic States at Its Edges

Graphene Can Host Exotic New Quantum Electronic States at Its Edges

Researchers have uncovered unexpected features of graphene that appear under extreme conditions, which could allow the material to be used for exotic applications. 


From ACM Opinion

Stanford Researchers: It Is Trivially Easy to Match Metadata to Real People

Stanford Researchers: It Is Trivially Easy to Match Metadata to Real People

In defending the NSA's telephony metadata collection efforts, government officials have repeatedly resorted to one seemingly significant detail: This is just metadata—numbers dialed, lengths of calls.


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New Magnetic Behavior in Nanoparticles Discovered

New Magnetic Behavior in Nanoparticles Discovered

Researchers say they have reproduced the antiferromagnetic coupling between layers in particles measuring 10 to 20 nanometers.


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Increase Cybersecurity Workforce, Government Urged

Increase Cybersecurity Workforce, Government Urged

The International Internet System Security Certification Consortium is suggesting ways to increase the number of candidates for open federal cybersecurity positions. 


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Analytics: Where the Girls Are

Analytics: Where the Girls Are

Although women are generally underrepresented in many science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, analytics offers a level playing field for women. 


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Alan Turing gets royal pardon for 'gross indecency' – 61 years after he poisoned himself

Alan Turing gets royal pardon for 'gross indecency' – 61 years after he poisoned himself

Nearly 60 years after his suicide, Alan Turing has been officially pardoned by the Queen.


From ACM Opinion

The Predictive Power of Big Data

The Predictive Power of Big Data

Right now, the average person's data footprint—the annual amount of data produced worldwide, per capita—is just a little short of one terabyte.


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Edward Snowden, After Months of NSA Rvelations, Says His Mission's Accomplished

Edward Snowden, After Months of NSA Rvelations, Says His Mission's Accomplished

The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.


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Distant Planet Weighed Using Clues from Starlight

Distant Planet Weighed Using Clues from Starlight

Researchers have weighed a planet orbiting a distant star by measuring the starlight passing through its atmosphere.

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