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Twitter as Medium and Message
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Twitter as Medium and Message

Researchers are mining Twitter's vast flow of data to measure public sentiment, follow political activity, and detect earthquakes and flu outbreaks.

Grid Computing's Future
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Grid Computing's Future

Outreach programs and usability improvements are drawing many researchers to grid computing from disciplines that have not traditionally used such resources.

The Secret World of Printing Concept Cars in 3D
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The Secret World of Printing Concept Cars in 3D

The work that goes into building a physical model of a concept car is usually hidden behind closed doors, known only to engineers sworn to secrecy and similarly...

Progress in Artificial Intelligence Brings Wonders and Fears
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Progress in Artificial Intelligence Brings Wonders and Fears

At the dawn of the modern computer era, two Pentagon-financed laboratories bracketed Stanford University. At one laboratory, a small group of scientists and engineers...

Better Than Human? What's Next for Jeopardy! Computer
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Better Than Human? What's Next for Jeopardy! Computer

A medical robot; a Google-killer; a financial advisor; a tool for trawling legal documents; an aide for the intelligence services. These are just some of the...

Nasa
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Nasa

The last time NASA visited the Tempel 1 comet, it was with fireworks, on July 4, 2005. On that day, the Deep Impact spacecraft slammed an 820-pound projectile...

Print Me a Stradivarius
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Print Me a Stradivarius

The industrial revolution of the late 18th century made possible the mass production of goods, thereby creating economies of scale which changed the economy—and...

From ACM News

California High Court: Retailers Can't Request Cardholders' Zip Code

California's high court ruled Thursday that retailers don't have the right to ask customers for their ZIP code while completing credit card transactions, saying...

Pentagon
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Pentagon

In the past three years, America’s military and intelligence agencies have spent more than $125 million on computer models that are supposed to forecast political...

Innovation Far Removed From the Lab
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Innovation Far Removed From the Lab

Daniel Reetz loves trash bins. A big one in Fargo, N.D., was where he found most of the materials he used to build a scanner that was fast enough to scan a 400...

Behind-the-Scenes with Ibm's 'jeopardy!' Computer, Watson
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Behind-the-Scenes with Ibm's 'jeopardy!' Computer, Watson

His name is Watson. He's bad with puns. Great at math. And, next week, he will compete on the game show "Jeopardy!" against real, live, breathing, thinking humans...

ACM Launches New Digital Library
From Communications of the ACM

ACM Launches New Digital Library

More than 50 years of computing literature is augmented, streamlined, and joined to powerful new tools for retrieval and analysis.

Maurice Wilkes: The Last Pioneer
From Communications of the ACM

Maurice Wilkes: The Last Pioneer

Computer science has lost not only a great scientist, but an important link to the electronic computing revolution that took place in the 1940s.

Information Theory After Shannon
From Communications of the ACM

Information Theory After Shannon

Purdue University's Science of Information Center seeks new principles to answer the question 'What is information?'

Nasa Inventions Headed to Your Home
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Nasa Inventions Headed to Your Home

With only two shuttle flights left and the future of manned spaceflight in question, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is having a bit of an identity...

Driving Blood-Flow Research at the Petascale
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Driving Blood-Flow Research at the Petascale

Brown University researchers are using Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Cray XT5 Kraken supercomputer to develop three-dimensional models of the human arterial tree...

Ipad Animation Helps Assess Mobility in Elderly
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Ipad Animation Helps Assess Mobility in Elderly

Two professors at Wake Forest University have developed the Mobility Assessment Tool which uses an iPad and video animation to assess the physical mobility of older...

Researchers Helping Pentagon Build Mind-Controlled Prosthetics
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Researchers Helping Pentagon Build Mind-Controlled Prosthetics

A U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-funded multi-institution research project aims to develop mind-controlled prosthetic devices that will not break...

Learning While Driving
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Learning While Driving

Truck drivers will be able to receive occupational training tailored to their specific needs while on the road via devices such as a tablet computer or laptop using...

Computer Simulations For Safer Planes
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Computer Simulations For Safer Planes

European researchers are exploring the use of computer simulation in the building of aircraft. Forty-four partners from 11 countries are measuring aircraft parts...
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