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September 2015


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The Jocks of Computer Code Do It for the Job Offers

The Jocks of Computer Code Do It for the Job Offers

At 21, Gennady Vladimirovich Korotkevich is already a legend. Tourist, as he's known online, is now the world's top sport programmer.


From ACM News

Neural Implant Enables Paralyzed ALS Patient to Type Six Words Per Minute

Neural Implant Enables Paralyzed ALS Patient to Type Six Words Per Minute

Typing six words per minute may not sound very impressive. But for paralyzed people typing via a brain-computer interface (BCI), it's a new world record.


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How Rosetta's Comet Got Its Shape

How Rosetta's Comet Got Its Shape

Two comets collided at low speed in the early Solar System to give rise to the distinctive 'rubber duck' shape of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, say Rosetta scientists.


From ACM TechNews

NASA, Google Team on Quantum Computing for AI Research

NASA, Google Team on Quantum Computing for AI Research

Google, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Universities Space Research Association will share access to D-Wave quantum computing technology.


From ACM TechNews

Computer Algorithm Created to Encode Human Memories

Computer Algorithm Created to Encode Human Memories

Researchers at the University of Southern California and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have spent 10 years developing an implant to help a brain encode memories.


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Researchers Tout Technology to Make Electronics Out of Old Tires

Researchers Tout Technology to Make Electronics Out of Old Tires

Discarded tires could be used to create electrodes for supercapacitors. 


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A Light Touch: Embedded Optical Sensors Could Make Robotic Hands More Dexterous

A Light Touch: Embedded Optical Sensors Could Make Robotic Hands More Dexterous

Researchers have developed a three-fingered soft robotic hand with multiple embedded fiber-optic sensors, as well as a new type of stretchable optical sensor. 


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Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips

Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips

The impending end of Moore's Law could have a negative impact on the computing industry, or any industry that depends on highly reliant, low-cost electronics. 


From ACM News

That Big Security Fix for Credit Cards Won't Stop Fraud

That Big Security Fix for Credit Cards Won't Stop Fraud

Tomorrow is the deadline that Visa and MasterCard have set for banks and retailers across the U.S. to roll out a new system for more secure bank cards with microchips embedded in them.


From ACM News

A New Map Traces the Limits of Computation

A New Map Traces the Limits of Computation

At first glance, the big news coming out of this summer's conference on the theory of computing appeared to be something of a letdown.


From ACM TechNews

euRathlon 2015 Announces Grand Challenge Winners

euRathlon 2015 Announces Grand Challenge Winners

The euRathlon consortium has announced the winners of its 2015 Grand Challenge after several days of competition in September in Piombino, Italy.


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Engineering Humans for War

Engineering Humans for War

Retired four-star general Paul F. Gorman recalls first learning about the "weakling of the battlefield" from reading S.L.A. Marshall, the U.S. Army combat historian during World War II.


From ACM Opinion

Searching for Life in Martian Water Will Be Very, Very Tricky

Searching for Life in Martian Water Will Be Very, Very Tricky

NASA scientists announced today the best evidence yet that Mars, once thought dry, sterile and dead, may yet have life in it: Liquid water still flows on at least some parts of the Red Planet, seeping from slopes to accumulate…


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Study Users to Increase Cybersecurity

Researchers Study Users to Increase Cybersecurity

How unexpected human behavior on computers can make systems vulnerable is the focus of researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. 


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Virtual Human Built from More Than 5,000 Slices of a Real Woman

Virtual Human Built from More Than 5,000 Slices of a Real Woman

She died two decades ago, but her body lives on in digital form.


From ACM TechNews

UW, NVidia Join to Create Faster Supercomputers

UW, NVidia Join to Create Faster Supercomputers

The National Center for Atmospheric Research-Wyoming Supercomputing Center at the University of Wyoming and Nvidia are collaborating on a new supercomputer. 


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Providing Support Networks for Women in STEM

Providing Support Networks for Women in STEM

Women are developing networks to help themselves and other women succeed in technology jobs.


From ACM TechNews

Physicists Find New Explanation for Key Experiment

Physicists Find New Explanation for Key Experiment

Bielefeld University researchers have developed a new measurement method for "spin caloritronics." 


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'Wiring Diagrams' Link Lifestyle to Brain Function

'Wiring Diagrams' Link Lifestyle to Brain Function

The brain's wiring patterns can shed light on a person’s positive and negative traits, researchers report in Nature Neuroscience.


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NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today's Mars

NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today's Mars

New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.


From ACM News

Complex Car Software Becomes the Weak Spot Under the Hood

Complex Car Software Becomes the Weak Spot Under the Hood

Shwetak N. Patel looked over the 2013 Mercedes C300 and saw not a sporty all-wheel-drive sedan, but a bundle of technology.


From ACM TechNews

Scientists Stop and Search Malware Hidden in Shortened URLs on Twitter

Scientists Stop and Search Malware Hidden in Shortened URLs on Twitter

Cardiff University researchers have developed a technique for detecting tweets containing malicious links. 


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GitHub Open Sources a Tool That Teaches Students to Code

GitHub Open Sources a Tool That Teaches Students to Code

GitHub, which has long been a fixture of the coding world, increasingly is becoming an integral part of coding education. 


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Study Suggests London Underground May Be 'Too Fast'

Study Suggests London Underground May Be 'Too Fast'

A computer model of the London Underground predicts trains that travel too fast compound congestion when key locations outside the city center become bottlenecks. 


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Election Polling: When 'Who Will Win?' Beats 'Who Do You Like?'

Election Polling: When 'Who Will Win?' Beats 'Who Do You Like?'

Statisticians and political scientists are more reliant on the question, "Who do you think will actually win?" than "Who do you like?" when it comes to predictive markets. 


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Google AI Beats Humans at More Classic Arcade Games Than Ever Before

Google AI Beats Humans at More Classic Arcade Games Than Ever Before

Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence has been upgraded to defeat human players in 1980s arcade games even better than before. 


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Diagnostic Apps for ADHD, Dementia?

Diagnostic Apps for ADHD, Dementia?

IBM Israel won the top prize at the Brain Inspired Technology for Education Hackathon for an application that screens for attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. 


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Research Sheds New Light on Big Data Breaches

Research Sheds New Light on Big Data Breaches

Researchers have found the number of large data breaches has decreased slightly since 2005.  


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Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips

Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips

At the inaugural International Solid-State Circuits Conference held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1960, a young computer engineer named Douglas Engelbart introduced the electronics industry…


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Intel kills a top-of-the-line processor

Intel kills a top-of-the-line processor

Economics trump performance in a chip with great potential.

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