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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


The War on Red-Light Cameras
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The War on Red-Light Cameras

Late last month, after a drawn-out battle dating back to November, Houston finally turned off its 70 red-light cameras. City residents voted them down in a referendum...

Mining Data For Better Medicine
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Mining Data For Better Medicine

Researchers are utilizing digital medical records to conduct wide-ranging studies on the effects of certain drugs and how they relate to different populations. 

Schmidt Avoids a Gates-Like Disaster in D.c.
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Schmidt Avoids a Gates-Like Disaster in D.c.

Eric Schmidt cut a confident figure today prior to his testimony before U.S. lawmakers, who later appeared determined to find out if Google abuses its supremacy...

Success at 16
From Communications of the ACM

Success at 16

A high school student wins first prize from ACM for developing a faster keyboard layout.

Living in a Digital World
From Communications of the ACM

Living in a Digital World

Technology has created new opportunities to connect and interact. Yet, researchers are increasingly concerned that heavy technology usage is changing people's behavior...

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Privacy at Risk: Who's Watching You?

The notion of Big Brother has been around for decades, but technology has long lagged behind the Orwellian imagination. Not any more; in the era of smartphones...

News Mining Might Have Predicted Arab Spring
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News Mining Might Have Predicted Arab Spring

You could have foreseen the Arab Spring if only you'd been paying enough attention to the news. That's the claim of a new study that shows how data mining of...

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A Future For Drones: Automated Killing

One afternoon last fall at Fort Benning, GA, two model-size planes took off, climbed to 800 and 1,000 feet, and began criss-crossing the military base in search...

Caring, Empathetic Robots the Goal of Ou Professor's Research
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Caring, Empathetic Robots the Goal of Ou Professor's Research

University of Oklahoma professor Dean Hougen is studying whether robots can learn to care for one another, and possibly humans. 

Kinect Assists At-Risk Older Adults
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Kinect Assists At-Risk Older Adults

Kinect and other computer technology, like Doppler radar, are being used to detect the early onset of illness and the risk of falling in older adults.

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The America Invents Act and the Individual Inventor

Much has been said about how the newly passed patent reform legislation, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, benefits large corporations. While that argument...

'internet of Things' Is Set to Come
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'internet of Things' Is Set to Come

Oxfam charity shops will use technology developed by a U.K. consortium to create an Internet of things this fall. 

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Hacking Made Easier, Thanks To New Tools

Time was when it took a fair amount of expertise to launch the kinds of illegal computer attacks that have become the hallmarks of "hacktivist" groups like Anonymous...

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Walked Into a Lamppost? Hurt While Crocheting? Help Is on the Way

Today, hospitals and doctors use a system of about 18,000 codes to describe medical services in bills they send to insurers. Apparently, that doesn't allow for...

Nasa Mars Research Helps Find Buried Water on Earth
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Nasa Mars Research Helps Find Buried Water on Earth

A NASA-led team has used radar sounding technology developed to explore the subsurface of Mars to create high-resolution maps of freshwater aquifers buried deep...

Nasa's Dawn Collects a Bounty of Beauty from Vesta
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Nasa's Dawn Collects a Bounty of Beauty from Vesta

A new video from NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes us on a flyover journey above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.

In-Car Algorithm Could Rapidly Dissolve Traffic Jams
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In-Car Algorithm Could Rapidly Dissolve Traffic Jams

University of Seoul researchers Hyun Keun Lee and Beom Jun Kim have developed an algorithm that could automate and improve the process for dissolving traffic jams...

Nsf Seeking Proposals at the Interface of Computing, Economics
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Nsf Seeking Proposals at the Interface of Computing, Economics

Two U.S. National Science Foundation entities have issued a joint solicitation for interdisciplinary research and education projects that develop new knowledge...

Newly Published Cyber Security Report Identifies Key Research Priorities
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Newly Published Cyber Security Report Identifies Key Research Priorities

The U.K. National Center for Secure Information Technologies recently released a report identifying key research priorities for protecting the future Internet. 

Air Traffic System Vulnerable to Cyber Attack
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Air Traffic System Vulnerable to Cyber Attack

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology uses unencrypted global positioning system signals to broadcast a plane's position to networks. The...
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