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September 2012


From ACM News

In Cyberattacks, Hacking Humans Is Highly Effective Way to Access Systems

In Cyberattacks, Hacking Humans Is Highly Effective Way to Access Systems

The emails arrived like poison darts from cyberspace.


From ACM News

Larry Roberts Calls Himself the Founder of the Internet. Who Are You to Argue?

Larry Roberts Calls Himself the Founder of the Internet. Who Are You to Argue?

In 1966, the U.S. Department of Defense hired Roberts to design the ARPAnet, a computer network that would connect various research outfits across the country.


From ACM News

Automatic Building Mapping Could Help Emergency Responders

Automatic Building Mapping Could Help Emergency Responders

MIT researchers have built a wearable sensor system that automatically creates a digital map of the environment through which the wearer is moving.


From ACM TechNews

Google Spans Entire Planet With GPS-Powered Database

Google Spans Entire Planet With GPS-Powered Database

A new Google research paper details the workings of the Spanner data storage and compilation system, billed as the first database capable of quickly storing and retrieving information across a worldwide network of data centers…


From ACM TechNews

ITU Predicts 25 Billion Networked Devices by 2020

ITU Predicts 25 Billion Networked Devices by 2020

There will be as many as 25 billion devices online by 2020 as the Internet of things revolution takes off, and the proliferation of technologies such as machine-to-machine communications will be the primary driver of the growth…


From ACM Careers

Warehouse 'Bots Do Battle to Make Same-Day Delivery a Reality

Warehouse 'Bots Do Battle to Make Same-Day Delivery a Reality

The robots zipping across the aluminum grid look less like Star Wars droids and more like little red wagons.


From ACM Careers

On Waterfront, Rise of the Machines

On Waterfront, Rise of the Machines

In the rising light of a mid-September morning, the CSAV Pyrenees, a blue-water freighter sailing out of Suape Port in Brazil, was lashed to its lines at Berth 59 of the Port Newark Container Terminal.


From ACM TechNews

Meet Mira, the Supercomputer That Makes Universes

Meet Mira, the Supercomputer That Makes Universes

One of the largest and most complex universe simulations ever attempted will be run in October by Mira, the world's third fastest supercomputer.  


From ACM TechNews

UC Berkeley Researchers May Track Twitter Hackers

UC Berkeley Researchers May Track Twitter Hackers

A $10 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation will enable University of California, Berkeley researchers to spend the next five years exploring how to contest hackers on social networking sites.  


From ACM TechNews

Google Adds Coral Reef Panoramas to Street View Maps

Google Adds Coral Reef Panoramas to Street View Maps

Google recently added panoramas of coral reefs to its Street View services, enabling users to navigate their way around the sites.


From ACM News

NASA Rover Finds Old Streambed on Martian Surface

NASA Rover Finds Old Streambed on Martian Surface

NASA's Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving.


From ACM News

Why Your Next 'Passw0rd' Might Not Be a Password

Why Your Next 'Passw0rd' Might Not Be a Password

It's been a rough year for passwords. First, 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords were leaked online. Soon after, millions of passwords from eHarmony and Yahoo users were published by hackers.


From ACM TechNews

Georgia Tech Creating High-Tech Tools to Study Autism

Georgia Tech Creating High-Tech Tools to Study Autism

Georgia Tech researchers have developed two tools that automatically measure children's behavior to provide insight into behavioral disorders such as autism.  


From ACM TechNews

Using Artificial Intelligence to Chart the Universe

Using Artificial Intelligence to Chart the Universe

Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics researchers have developed an AI algorithm to help chart and explain the structure and dynamics of the universe.  


From ACM TechNews

NIST's Hash Algorithm Refresh Possibly Premature

NIST's Hash Algorithm Refresh Possibly Premature

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology soon will announce the winning hash algorithm, which eventually will become the next-generation industry standard SHA-3.  


From ACM TechNews

Hitachi Targets 2015 for Data Storage That Last 100 Million Years

Hitachi Targets 2015 for Data Storage That Last 100 Million Years

Hitachi hopes to bring new storage technology capable of holding data for hundreds of millions of years to market by 2015.  


From ACM News

Apple-Google Maps Talks Crashed Over Voice-Guided Directions

Apple-Google Maps Talks Crashed Over Voice-Guided Directions

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says Apple should have continued to use Google’s mapping application in iOS 6 instead of swapping it out for its poorly received home-brewed replacement, and given the sour reception Apple’s Maps…


From ACM TechNews

Jazz-Singing Robot Could Shed Light on Consciousness

Jazz-Singing Robot Could Shed Light on Consciousness

The University of Palermo's Antonio Chella is working to teach a singing robot how to improvise jazz duets with a human with hopes of learning more about the nature of consciousness.  


From ACM News

UM Researchers Mine Data to Uncover Terrorist Threats

U.S. counterterrorism efforts monitor and sort vast databases of information for clues on potential plots. Now a team of University of Maryland researchers have used data-mining techniques employed by online giants like Google…


From ACM News

Hubble Goes to the eXtreme to Assemble Farthest-Ever View of the Universe

Hubble Goes to the eXtreme to Assemble Farthest-Ever View of the Universe

Like photographers assembling a portfolio of best shots, astronomers have assembled a new, improved portrait of mankind's deepest-ever view of the universe.


From ACM Opinion

Why Everyone (Not Just Geeks) Should Care About Big Data

Why Everyone (Not Just Geeks) Should Care About Big Data

Hugo Campos has a cardiac defibrillator implanted in his body. It sends data about his heart to his doctors and back to the manufacturer, but it takes days to get access to this data himself—if he can access it all.


From ACM TechNews

Machine Learning Saves Babies!

Machine Learning Saves Babies!

Hospitals collect an enormous amount of data on premature babies. Computer scientists are using machine learning to find common patterns in the data, create new measures for predicting declines in health, and form new treatment…


From ACM TechNews

Self-Driving Cars a Reality for 'Ordinary People' Within 5 Years, Says Google's Sergey Brin

Self-Driving Cars a Reality for 'Ordinary People' Within 5 Years, Says Google's Sergey Brin

Self-driving, autonomous vehicles will be available for "ordinary people" in less than five years and they will be much safer than those driven by humans, says Google CEO Sergey Brin.


From ACM TechNews

DBToaster Breaks Up Data Jams in Server Farms

DBToaster Breaks Up Data Jams in Server Farms

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne researchers have developed DBToaster, a system designed to improve the flow of database queries into server farms by accelerating the pace of operations by a factor of 100.


From ACM TechNews

3-D Display Screen on Mobile Devices Could Be on the Horizon

3-D Display Screen on Mobile Devices Could Be on the Horizon

The University of Bristol is leading the development of three-dimensional display technology that would enable the screen of a mobile device to physically mutate to show hilly terrain and buildings as it visually displays a street…


From ACM TechNews

10 Hot IT Skills for 2013

10 Hot IT Skills for 2013

The demand for high-tech professionals continues to rise, as 33 percent of IT professionals in Computerworld's 2013 Forecast survey say they plan to hire more workers in the next 12 months.


From ACM Opinion

Meet Mira, the Supercomputer That Makes Universes

Meet Mira, the Supercomputer That Makes Universes

Cosmology is the most ambitious of sciences. Its goal, plainly stated, is to describe the origin, evolution, and structure of the entire universe, a universe that is as enormous as it is ancient.


From ACM Opinion

Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.

Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.

The Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca is a 2.2-mile asphalt roller coaster plunging and soaring across California's tawny Monterey highlands.


From ACM TechNews

12 Technologies to Watch in STEM Education

12 Technologies to Watch in STEM Education

The New Media Consortium has released a technology outlook to watch for in science, technology, engineering, and math education over the next five years.  


From ACM TechNews

New Server Cooling Technology Deployed in Pilot Program at Calit2

New Server Cooling Technology Deployed in Pilot Program at Calit2

Calit2 recently developed Cool-Flo, cooling technology that could improve energy efficiency and enable higher-performance computing.

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