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June 2014


From ACM Opinion

What Your Cell Phone Can't Tell the Police

What Your Cell Phone Can't Tell the Police

On May 28th, Lisa Marie Roberts, of Portland, Oregon, was released from prison after serving nine and a half years for a murder she didn't commit.


From ACM News

The Space-Based Quantum Cryptography Race

The Space-Based Quantum Cryptography Race

One of the great benefits of quantum communication is the ability to send messages from one point in space to another with perfect security.


From ACM Opinion

New N.S.A. Chief Calls Damage From Snowden Leaks Manageable

New N.S.A. Chief Calls Damage From Snowden Leaks Manageable

The newly installed director of the National Security Agency says that while he has seen some terrorist groups alter their communications to avoid surveillance techniques revealed by Edward J. Snowden, the damage done over all…


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones

A study of tools used by law enforcment and intelligence agencies to conduct surveillance on computer and mobile phone users revealed a wide range of functions. 


From ACM TechNews

Rediscovered Plans Aid Edsac Reconstruction

Rediscovered Plans Aid Edsac Reconstruction

The National Museum of Computing's reconstruction of an early British digital computer will benefit from the resurfacing of circuit diagrams of the machine. 


From ACM TechNews

Hong Kong Researchers Develop 3D Tool for Surveillance Footage

Hong Kong Researchers Develop 3D Tool for Surveillance Footage

A new digital system is designed to reduce the amount of time it takes investigators to search through surveillance camera footage for suspects. 


From ACM TechNews

Demonstrating a Driverless Future

Demonstrating a Driverless Future

Researchers say they have developed one of the most advanced autonomous vehicles ever designed. 


From ACM TechNews

A Versatile Joystick for Animation Artists

A Versatile Joystick for Animation Artists

An artist can assemble a new input device consisting of modular building blocks into an approximate representation of any virtual character. 


From ACM TechNews

The Great Salmon Run Algorithm

The Great Salmon Run Algorithm

Researchers say a new algorithm based on the survival trials faced by salmon swimming upstream to spawn can help them find the optimal solution to a given problem. 


From ACM TechNews

High-Performance Data Replication Across Cloud Servers

High-Performance Data Replication Across Cloud Servers

Computer scientists in China have developed a system that can provide high-performance data replication across cloud servers. 


From ACM News

New York Subway Cell Coverage Stinks, But Here Are the Best Lines

New York Subway Cell Coverage Stinks, But Here Are the Best Lines

The New York City subway system may run 24 hours a day and represent the most efficient means to get around the metropolis, but it has long been a sore spot for anyone looking to continue their cellular calls.


From ACM Opinion

Ray Kurzweil Says He's Breathing Intelligence into Google Search

Ray Kurzweil Says He's Breathing Intelligence into Google Search

The big announcements at Google's I/O event in San Francisco Wednesday didn't mention Web search, the technology that got the company started and made it so successful. But in a small session later that day, the inventor andRay…


From ACM News

Make Robots Useful by Teaching Them to Talk Like Us

Make Robots Useful by Teaching Them to Talk Like Us

When Ashutosh Saxena wants some coffee or ice cream, he can ask a robot to make it for him.


From ACM News

Basic Logic Research Crucial for Computer, Software Engineering

Basic Logic Research Crucial for Computer, Software Engineering

The success of informatics would have been impossible without the groundwork provided by logicians; and, in turn, computer sciences keep posing new interesting questions, which can only be answered by formal logic.


From ACM News

DARPA's Most Challenging Robot Contest Set for June 2015

DARPA's Most Challenging Robot Contest Set for June 2015

Will robots ever be able to save the day in the aftermath of a tsunami or nuclear meltdown? The U.S. military has been trying to find out.


From ACM News

The Quadriplegic Who Moved His Hand

The Quadriplegic Who Moved His Hand

Ian Burkhart was 19 and fearless and horsing around in the surf with friends on vacation in North Carolina’s Outer Banks when he mistimed a dive and a wave drove him headfirst into a sandbar.


From ACM Opinion

Larry Page on Google's Many Arms

Larry Page on Google's Many Arms

One way to think of Google is as an extremely helpful, all-knowing, hyper-intelligent executive assistant.


From ACM News

E-Voting Experiments End in Norway Amid Security Fears

E-Voting Experiments End in Norway Amid Security Fears

Norway is ending trials of e-voting systems used in national and local elections.


From ACM TechNews

How to Make Smart Watches Not Worth Stealing

How to Make Smart Watches Not Worth Stealing

A prototype device can identify someone by measuring the electrical resistance of tissues within the person's wrist. 


From ACM TechNews

Computer Spots Rare Diseases in Family Photos

Computer Spots Rare Diseases in Family Photos

New software can learn to identify rare medical conditions by analyzing a face in a digital photograph. 


From ACM TechNews

Collaborative Learning--for Robots

Collaborative Learning--for Robots

A new algorithm enables independent agents to collaborate on a machine-learning model without aggregating data. 


From ACM TechNews

RIKEN's K Computer Tops 2014 Supercomputer Rankings

RIKEN's K Computer Tops 2014 Supercomputer Rankings

The K computer at Japan's RIKEN institute took the top spot in the 2014 Graph 500 supercomputer rankings.


From ACM TechNews

Goosebump Sensor Developed by Korean Research Team

Goosebump Sensor Developed by Korean Research Team

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology researchers have developed a sensor that can measure goosebumps on the human body in real time. 


From ACM News

Cassini Celebrates 10 Years Exploring Saturn

Cassini Celebrates 10 Years Exploring Saturn

It has been a decade since a robotic traveler from Earth first soared over rings of ice and fired its engine to fall forever into the embrace of Saturn.


From ACM Opinion

Searching for Answers in Very Old DNA

Searching for Answers in Very Old DNA

As he puts it in the subtitle of his memoir, "Neanderthal Man," Svante Paabo goes in search of lost genomes.


From ACM News

How ISIS Is Winning the Online War for Iraq

How ISIS Is Winning the Online War for Iraq

As the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) claimed control of Iraq's biggest oil refinery and akey border crossing between Iraq and Jordan—it lost a key propaganda weapon: its powerful smartphone app.


From ACM News

This Is What Math Equations Look Like in 3-D

This Is What Math Equations Look Like in 3-D

The doors to MIT are always unlocked.


From ACM TechNews

University of Oklahoma Students Develop App That Puts Weather Knowledge on Children's Radar

University of Oklahoma Students Develop App That Puts Weather Knowledge on Children's Radar

Elementary and middle-school students will be able to recognize and understand severe weather thanks to a new gaming app.


From ACM TechNews

Science DMZ: Faster, More Secure High-Performance Computing

Science DMZ: Faster, More Secure High-Performance Computing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service is planning to award a contract for the construction of a Science DMZ network. 


From ACM TechNews

Internet Traffic Congestion Real, But Sporadic, Study Says

Internet Traffic Congestion Real, But Sporadic, Study Says

A new study suggests Internet congestion can be a problem, but it is often intermittent and temporary. 

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