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February 2014


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The Mammoth Cometh

The Mammoth Cometh

The first time Ben Novak saw a passenger pigeon, he fell to his knees and remained in that position, speechless, for 20 minutes.


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Computer Models Help Unravel Mystery of Puebloans' Disappearance

Computer Models Help Unravel Mystery of Puebloans' Disappearance

Remember playing "The Oregon Trail" computer game in middle school?


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Xi Jinping Leads Internet Security Group

Xi Jinping Leads Internet Security Group

President Xi Jinping will head the central Internet security and informatization leading group, according to a statement released after the first meeting of the group on Thursday.


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Autonomous Drones Flock Like Birds

Autonomous Drones Flock Like Birds

A Hungarian team has created the first drones that can fly as a coordinated flock.


From ACM TechNews

HP Launching New Scholarship Program for Women in Information Security

HP Launching New Scholarship Program for Women in Information Security

Women interested in the theory and practice of cybersecurity can now turn to a new scholarship program launched by Hewlett-Packard to support their studies. 


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Creating Animated Characters Outdoors

Creating Animated Characters Outdoors

A new method for motion capture that works without markers immediately transfers actors' movements to virtual characters in near-real time. 


From ACM TechNews

New Map of Twitterverse Finds 6 Types of Networks

New Map of Twitterverse Finds 6 Types of Networks

Researchers have found most of the information being discussed on Twitter falls into six distinct patterns or networks. 


From ACM TechNews

KAIST Developed an Extremely Low-Powered, High-Performance Head-Mounted Display Embedding an Augmented Reality Chip

KAIST Developed an Extremely Low-Powered, High-Performance Head-Mounted Display Embedding an Augmented Reality Chip

The new K-Glass head-mounted display features an Augmented Reality chip based on the Visual Attention Model, which mimics the human brain's visual data processing. 


From ACM TechNews

Necklace Projectors Will Throw Emails Onto the Floor

Necklace Projectors Will Throw Emails Onto the Floor

Researchers have created a projector embedded in jewelry to enable consumers to use their hands or the floor as a screen for reading email and other digital information. 


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How an Unlikely Group of High-Tech Wizards Revived Obama's Troubled HealthCare.gov Website

How an Unlikely Group of High-Tech Wizards Revived Obama's Troubled HealthCare.gov Website

Last Oct. 17—more than two weeks after the launch of HealthCare.gov—White House chief of staff Denis McDonough came back from Baltimore rattled by what he had learned at the headquarters of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…


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Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Gibberish Papers

Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Gibberish Papers

The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense.


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An Artificial Hand with Real Feeling

An Artificial Hand with Real Feeling

Igor Spetic's hand was in a fist when it was severed by a forging hammer three years ago as he made an aluminum jet part at his job.


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The Spy Tech That Might Have Kept El Chapo Invisible for So Long

The Spy Tech That Might Have Kept El Chapo Invisible for So Long

Joaquin Guzman, better known by the nickname "El Chapo," didn't get to be one of the world's most notorious and elusive drug lords without knowing a thing or two about how to cover his tracks.


From ACM TechNews

On the Road to Mottronics: Researchers at the Advanced Light Source Find Key to Controlling the Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Mott Thin Films

On the Road to Mottronics: Researchers at the Advanced Light Source Find Key to Controlling the Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Mott Thin Films

Researchers have found the conducting and insulating phases of ultra-thin films of Mott materials can be controlled by applying an epitaxial strain to the crystal lattice. 


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As Military Robots Increase, So Does the Complexity of Their Relationship With Soldiers

As Military Robots Increase, So Does the Complexity of Their Relationship With Soldiers

U.S. military personnel are forming complex emotional ties with robots, in a growing trend that might foreshadow the future of human-robot interactions. 


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Virtual Reality Headset Helps Navy Simulate Future Workspaces

Virtual Reality Headset Helps Navy Simulate Future Workspaces

Project BlueShark is helping the Navy experiment with a virtual reality headset for applications such as providing ship operators with a 3D view of their environments. 


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Google Powers Forest Protection Effort

Google Powers Forest Protection Effort

An online community-oriented map could fill a key role in the effort to protect forests around the world. 


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How Much Is the Internet of Everything Worth? Cisco Says $19 Trillion

How Much Is the Internet of Everything Worth? Cisco Says $19 Trillion

Are you curious why everyone is talking about the Internet of everything?


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Brainy Computer Chip Ditches Digital for Analog

Brainy Computer Chip Ditches Digital for Analog

Part of the European Human Brain Project aims to mimic the brain for better computing.


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NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza

NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza

NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets.


From ACM Opinion

The Weirdest Thing About the Apple Security Bug Is How Simple It Was

The Weirdest Thing About the Apple Security Bug Is How Simple It Was

So for the past 18 months, there has been a horrific security hole in many of Apple's products that has allowed "man in the middle" attacks on supposedly secure Internet communications.


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NASA's Latest Robot: A Rolling Tangle of Rods That Can Take a Beating

NASA's Latest Robot: A Rolling Tangle of Rods That Can Take a Beating

Space-bound robots tend look like tanks and are about as flexible as the Tin Man after a rainstorm.


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The Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came to Rule the World

The Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came to Rule the World

This is a story about ARM Holdings, the mobile technology company.


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Augmented Reality Gets to Work

Augmented Reality Gets to Work

For Thomas Caudell, it started with a desire to make it easier to build airplanes.


From ACM TechNews

Faster Computer Performance Targeted By Memory Consortium

Faster Computer Performance Targeted By Memory Consortium

The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium has proposed a faster and more power-efficient specification for its emerging Hybrid Memory Cube memory technology. 


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Self-Completing Programs

Self-Completing Programs

The Sketch programming language enables programmers to leave out some coding details, with Sketch filling in the blanks. 


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Cockpit for Apps: Minority Report Meets Google Glass

Cockpit for Apps: Minority Report Meets Google Glass

A "personal cockpit" would provide a good way for people to interact with their apps in the near future, according to researchers at the University of Manitoba. 


From ACM TechNews

Consortium Aims to Boost Minority Faculty in STEM Fields

Consortium Aims to Boost Minority Faculty in STEM Fields

The California Alliance for Graduate Education and Professoriate is trying to solve the problem of having too few minority Ph.D. students in STEM fields. 


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From a Distance: New Technique for Repair Work

From a Distance: New Technique for Repair Work

Companies operating globally could use a new platform to enable local engineers to collaborate with experts abroad in real time to address issues with production. 


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Scientists Re-Weigh the Electron, Get More Precise Mass

Scientists Re-Weigh the Electron, Get More Precise Mass

Ernest Rutherford, pioneer in studying the world inside atoms, famously remarked that all science is either physics or stamp collecting.

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