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March 2015


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SAP, Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation co-founder Tschira dies

SAP, Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation co-founder Tschira dies

Klaus Tschira, co-founder of German software giant SAP and creator of the foundation that helped to launch the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, died today.


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Stacking Chips Gains Momentum at Stanford

Stacking Chips Gains Momentum at Stanford

A new model of a monolithic 3D stack could boost logic, memory bandwidth.


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U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment.


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A Gold Mine of Galaxy Nuggets

A Gold Mine of Galaxy Nuggets

One telescope finds the treasure chest, and the other narrows in on the gold coins.


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The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records

The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records

Steven Keating's doctors and medical experts view him as a citizen of the future.


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Dump User Names, Says Dartmouth Research

Dump User Names, Says Dartmouth Research

A joint academic and industry research team has found that two-factor authentication schemes depending on user names and passwords are inherently flawed. 


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Facebook AI Software Learns and Answers Questions

Facebook AI Software Learns and Answers Questions

New artificial intelligence software developed by Facebook can process text and then answer questions about it. 


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Avoiding the Crush

Avoiding the Crush

New crowd-modeling research describes a mathematical law that helps characterize a person's ability to move through crowds without running into another person. 


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Neuron Encyclopaedia Fires Up to Reveal Brain Secrets

Neuron Encyclopaedia Fires Up to Reveal Brain Secrets

An ambitious plan is afoot to build the world's largest public catalogue of neuronal structures.


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Festo Unleashes New Robotic Swarm of Ants and Butterflies

Festo Unleashes New Robotic Swarm of Ants and Butterflies

The family of animal robots created by German robotics company Festo is growing. As part of its Bionic Learning Network, the company has introduced two new robots: a swarm of ants that can operate cooperatively, and a butterfly…


From ACM Opinion

Germanwings Flight 9525, Technology, and the Question of Trust

Germanwings Flight 9525, Technology, and the Question of Trust

Shortly before the dreadful crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, I happened to be reading part of "The Second Machine Age," a book by two academics at M.I.T., Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, about the coming automation of many…


From ACM Careers

Hi-Tech and Big Data Offer Hope to Battered U.S. Oil Industry

Hi-Tech and Big Data Offer Hope to Battered U.S. Oil Industry

The tech geeks are coming to the oil industry's rescue.


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2,636 Icelandic Genomes Pinpoint Risk for Alzheimer's, Other Diseases

2,636 Icelandic Genomes Pinpoint Risk for Alzheimer's, Other Diseases

An Icelandic genetics firm has sequenced the genomes of 2,636 of its countrymen and women, finding genetic markers for a variety of diseases, as well as a new timeline for the paternal ancestor of all humans.


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The 5 Biases Pushing Women Out of STEM

The 5 Biases Pushing Women Out of STEM

Gender bias appears to be a key contributor to the scarcity of U.S. women in science, technology, engineering, and math, according to new studies. 


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Does Your Password Pass Muster?

Does Your Password Pass Muster?

New research raises concerns about the effectiveness of password strength meters, the bars that turn red, yellow, or green to rate the strength of new passwords. 


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Hoax-Detecting Software Spots Fake Papers

Hoax-Detecting Software Spots Fake Papers

Software programs that generate nonsense computer science papers have become sources of embarrassment for major academic publishers.


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So, Arkansas Is Leading the Learn to Code Movement

So, Arkansas Is Leading the Learn to Code Movement

Arkansas took the lead in pushing computer science in schools last month when it passed a law requiring all public and charter schools to offer computer science courses. 


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Carnegie Mellon's Snake Robots Learn to Turn by Following the Lead of Real Sidewinders

Carnegie Mellon's Snake Robots Learn to Turn by Following the Lead of Real Sidewinders

Researchers analyzed the motions of sidewinder rattlesnakes and tested their observations on snake robots. 


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For Hardware Makers, Sharing Their Secrets Is Now Part of the Business Plan

For Hardware Makers, Sharing Their Secrets Is Now Part of the Business Plan

Makers of computer, automotive, and other high-tech hardware components increasingly are adopting an open source model.


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Rover Amnesia Event Follows Latest Memory Reformatting

Rover Amnesia Event Follows Latest Memory Reformatting

The team operating NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity learned Thursday that the long-lived rover experienced a brief amnesia event related to its flash memory, the first since a reformatting of that nonvolatile type of…


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Goodbye GPS? DARPA Prepares New Tracking Technology

Goodbye GPS? DARPA Prepares New Tracking Technology

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing more advanced position- and navigation-tracking technology. 


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Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Entanglement, Prove Einstein Wrong

Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Entanglement, Prove Einstein Wrong

For the first time, quantum entanglement of a single particle has been observed by researchers—an event that Albert Einstein believed to be impossible under the contemporary quantum mechanics definition of physical reality, calling…


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Learning to See Data

Learning to See Data

For the past year or so genetic scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have been collaborating with a specialist from another universe: Daniel Kohn, a Brooklyn-based painter and conceptual artist.


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Nvidia's Powerful New Computer Helps Teach Cars to Drive

Nvidia's Powerful New Computer Helps Teach Cars to Drive

As cars get smarter and creep ever-closer to driving themselves, the software that makes infotainment systems and adaptive cruise control work is becoming as important as hardware like engines.


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Astronomers Upgrade Their Cosmic Light Bulbs

Astronomers Upgrade Their Cosmic Light Bulbs

The brilliant explosions of dead stars have been used for years to illuminate the far-flung reaches of our cosmos.


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The Smartest Hackers in the Room (Hint: They're Not the Humans)

The Smartest Hackers in the Room (Hint: They're Not the Humans)

Teams from around the world will engage in a dress rehearsal next month for the U.S. Pentagon's Cyber Grand Challenge, a competition to develop automated hacker-fighting software.


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Expert: Artificial Intelligence Systems More Apt to Fail Than to Destroy

Expert: Artificial Intelligence Systems More Apt to Fail Than to Destroy

Oregon State University professor and Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence president Thomas Dietterich says he is more concerned about potential ways artificial intelligence might fail or be abused than…


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Stealing Data From Computers Using Heat

Stealing Data From Computers Using Heat

Researchers at Israel's Ben Gurion University say they have developed a method of retrieving data from or sending simple commands to an air-gapped computer using heat emissions and a computer's built-in thermal sensors.


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Supercomputers Give Universities a Competitive Edge, Researchers Find

Supercomputers Give Universities a Competitive Edge, Researchers Find

Clemson University researchers found universities with locally available supercomputers are more efficient in producing research in critical fields than universities that do not have supercomputers.


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Silicon Valley Gender Gap Is Widening

Silicon Valley Gender Gap Is Widening

A report from the American Association of University Women warns that the gender gap in the technology sector is widening.

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