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More Than a Mouse
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More Than a Mouse

Gesture and gaze are among the newest additions to a growing family of computer interfaces.

A Touch of Security
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A Touch of Security

Biometrics hold promise, but haven’t yet paid off in consumer devices.

Nsa's Surveillance Program Could Dig Deep
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Nsa's Surveillance Program Could Dig Deep

The U.S. National Security Agency has shrouded its collection of Americans’ personal information in secrecy, which makes it difficult to judge whether that data...

Backing Creativity
From Communications of the ACM

Backing Creativity

Hacker spaces are spreading around the world, though some government funding is raising questions.

How Can Computing Become More Accessible?
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How Can Computing Become More Accessible?

A growing number of tools and strategies are available to make computers and digital content accessible to people with disabilities.

Proofs Probable
From Communications of the ACM

Proofs Probable

Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali laid the foundations for modern cryptography, with contributions including interactive and zero-knowledge proofs.

Employers Struggle to Fill Computer Security Jobs
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Employers Struggle to Fill Computer Security Jobs

Corporations and government agencies are scrambling to find new ways to attract people to jobs in information security, thanks to a growing gap between the demand...

Decoding Dementia
From Communications of the ACM

Decoding Dementia

Computer models may help neurologists unlock the secrets of brain disorders, from Alzheimer's to cancer.

Life in Simulation
From Communications of the ACM

Life in Simulation

Computational models are tackling the complexity of biology, from single-celled microbes to human organs.

Stopping the Leaks
From Communications of the ACM

Stopping the Leaks

Side channels give out information that can be used to crack secrets, but researchers are identifying the holes and trying to close them.

­ist Conference Presents Prototype Interface Projects
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­ist Conference Presents Prototype Interface Projects

User interfaces have moved beyond mice and keyboards to touch screens, voice controls, and visual inputs like the Microsoft Kinect as was demonstrated at  the recent...

Digging For Drug Facts
From Communications of the ACM

Digging For Drug Facts

With the right approach, data mining can discover unexpected side effects and drug interactions.

Social Network Data Reveals Non-Members' Secrets
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Social Network Data Reveals Non-Members' Secrets

People who avoid social networking sites to maintain their privacy may not be as secure as they think, German computer scientists say. 

Game Changer
From Communications of the ACM

Game Changer

Judea Pearl's passionate advocacy of the importance of probability and causality helped revolutionize artificial intelligence.

Automating Scientific Discovery
From Communications of the ACM

Automating Scientific Discovery

Computer scientists are teaching machines to run experiments, make inferences from the data, and use the results to conduct new experiments.

Gaining Wisdom from Crowds
From Communications of the ACM

Gaining Wisdom from Crowds

Online games are harnessing humans' skills to solve scientific problems that are currently beyond the ability of computers.

Better Medicine Through Machine Learning
From Communications of the ACM

Better Medicine Through Machine Learning

Computers that tease out patterns from clinical data could improve patient diagnosis and care.

Filling Space With Polyhedra
From ACM News

Filling Space With Polyhedra

Salvatore Torquato’s unique space-packing method has implications in information theory and materials science.

Remaking American Medicine
From Communications of the ACM

Remaking American Medicine

Developing an IT ecosystem for health could improve — and transform — the practice of medicine.

Quantum Computing Claims Produce ­Uncertainty
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Quantum Computing Claims Produce ­Uncertainty

A Canadian company developing a quantum computer made news in May when it sold a system to defense manufacturer Lockheed-Martin for $10 million, though skeptics...
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