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February 2015


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Researchers Design New App to Help Elderly Patients Reduce Medication Mistakes

Researchers Design New App to Help Elderly Patients Reduce Medication Mistakes

Researchers in Spain have developed Alicia, an application to assist elderly patients with administering their own medications at home. 


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Meet Poppy, the Printable Robot

Meet Poppy, the Printable Robot

European researchers have developed an open source, 3D-printed, humanoid robot. 


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How Elementary School Teachers' Biases Can Discourage Girls From Math and Science

How Elementary School Teachers' Biases Can Discourage Girls From Math and Science

A new study suggests the biases of elementary school teachers have a profound effect on whether or not girls pursue studies in math and science. 


From ACM TechNews

DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web

DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web

Memex is a search engine under development that is being designed to access the Dark Web to help law enforcement track illegal activity. 


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Not in Front of the Telly: Warning Over 'listening' Tv

Not in Front of the Telly: Warning Over 'listening' Tv

Samsung is warning customers about discussing personal information in front of their smart television set.


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Facebook, Linkedin Join to Help Women in Tech

Facebook, Linkedin Join to Help Women in Tech

Facebook and LinkedIn have launched a collaborative initiative to boost the shrinking numbers of women studying engineering and computer science. 


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DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web

DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web

A new search engine being developed by Darpa aims to shine a light on the dark web and uncover patterns and relationships in online data to help law enforcement and others track illegal activity.


From ACM News

What Watson Has Been Up To Since “jeopardy!”

What Watson Has Been Up To Since “jeopardy!”

Remember Watson, the computer that won "Jeopardy!" in 2011 and made us all worry about the impending obsolescence of the human race?


From ACM Opinion

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence

Years ago I had coffee with a friend who ran a startup.


From ACM News

Nsa Acknowledges What We All Feared: Iran Learns From Us Cyberattacks

Nsa Acknowledges What We All Feared: Iran Learns From Us Cyberattacks

After the Stuxnet digital weapon was discovered on machines in Iran in 2010, many security researchers warned that US adversaries would learn from this and other US attacks and develop similar techniques to target America and…


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Nasa Spacecraft Completes 40,000 Mars Orbits

Nasa Spacecraft Completes 40,000 Mars Orbits

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passed a mission milestone of 40,000 orbits on Feb. 7, 2015, in its ninth year of returning information about the atmosphere, surface and subsurface of Mars, from equatorial to polar latitudes…


From ACM Careers

Washington Lawmakers Want Computer Science to Count as Foreign Language

Washington Lawmakers Want Computer Science to Count as Foreign Language

Two Washington state legislators have recently introduced a bill that would allow computer science class (e.g., programming) to effectively count as a foreign language requirement for the purposes of in-state college admissions…


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Over-the-Air Software Coming Soon to Your Next Car

Over-the-Air Software Coming Soon to Your Next Car

Car manufacturers soon hope to upgrade vehicles' software over-the-air, which they say will enhance customer satisfaction, boost safety, and curb costs. 


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The Facebook Page That Posts the Same Picture Every Day

The Facebook Page That Posts the Same Picture Every Day

The Facebook page "the same photo of Toto Cutugno every day" has caught the attention of fans of the Italian singer, as well as researchers. 


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Stanford-Designed Hapkit Brings Physical Touch to the Virtual Classroom

Stanford-Designed Hapkit Brings Physical Touch to the Virtual Classroom

Stanford University researchers have developed Hapkit, a do-it-yourself kit that gives online learners hands-on experience by bringing haptics into virtual classrooms. 


From ACM Opinion

J. Craig Venter on Dna and Life's Mysteries

J. Craig Venter on Dna and Life's Mysteries

J. Craig Venter is in the life business.


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Software Engineers with Autism Add Value to the Corporate Workplace

Software Engineers with Autism Add Value to the Corporate Workplace

Companies are training workers with autism spectrum disorders for software testing, quality assurance


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The Attention Machine

The Attention Machine

Human attention isn't stable, ever, and it costs us: lives lost when drivers space out, billions of dollars wasted on inefficient work, and mental disorders that hijack focus.


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Human Traffickers Caught on Hidden Internet

Human Traffickers Caught on Hidden Internet

In November 2012 a 28-year-old woman plunged 15 meters from a bedroom window to the pavement in New York City, a devastating fall that left her body broken but alive.

 


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Look Into My Eyes: Tracking Your Gaze Could Be the Next Big Gaming Input

Look Into My Eyes: Tracking Your Gaze Could Be the Next Big Gaming Input

The bulk of the press release announcing a March 10 release for the PC port of Assassin's Creed Rogue is strictly boilerplate.


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Looking ­nder the Bitcoin Bonnet: Students Aim to Enhance Transparency

Looking ­nder the Bitcoin Bonnet: Students Aim to Enhance Transparency

Trinity College Dublin researchers are studying Bitcoin in an effort to make the cryptocurrency more transparent and reduce the risk of fraud. 


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Monkey Mustaches and Beards Help Algorithm Recognize Faces

Monkey Mustaches and Beards Help Algorithm Recognize Faces

New York University researchers have developed an algorithm that can correctly identify colorful monkeys called guenons by their faces. 


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Society's View of It Workers As 'unwashed Nerds' Stops Women Entering Industry

Society's View of It Workers As 'unwashed Nerds' Stops Women Entering Industry

Society needs to change the way it presents and views information technology careers if more women are to be encouraged to join the industry. 


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Engineering Students Make History With Firefighting Humanoid Robot

Engineering Students Make History With Firefighting Humanoid Robot

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University students and the U.S. Navy recently unveiled a fire-fighting humanoid robot.


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Senator: Your Futuristic Car Is Putting Your Privacy and Security At Risk

Senator: Your Futuristic Car Is Putting Your Privacy and Security At Risk

Cars these days have more in common with smart phones than the Model-T. But a new reportfrom Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) warns that the increasing technical complexity of vehicles is leaving drivers' security and privacy at risk…


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­mass Medical School, Wpi Developing Smartphone App to Address Stress Eating

­mass Medical School, Wpi Developing Smartphone App to Address Stress Eating

Researchers are developing a stress-eating smartphone app to help users better understand why they overeat.


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No, the Robots Are Not Going to Rise Up and Kill You

No, the Robots Are Not Going to Rise Up and Kill You

IBM researcher David Buchanan says worries about artificial intelligence surpassing humans in more existential ways are overblown. 


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Autonomous Vehicles: No Drivers Required

Autonomous Vehicles: No Drivers Required

This summer, people will cruise through the streets of Greenwich, U.K., in electric shuttles with no one's hands on the steering wheel—or any steering wheel at all.


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NASA's Curiosity Analyzing Sample of Martian Mountain

NASA's Curiosity Analyzing Sample of Martian Mountain

The second bite of a Martian mountain taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover hints at long-ago effects of water that was more acidic than any evidenced in the rover's first taste of Mount Sharp, a layered rock record of ancient…


From ACM News

Networks Reveal the Connections of Disease

Networks Reveal the Connections of Disease

Stefan Thurner is a physicist, not a biologist. But not long ago, the Austrian national health insurance clearinghouse asked Thurner and his colleagues at the Medical University of Vienna to examine some data for them.