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Cyber Challenge Tests Nation's Top Hackers
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Cyber Challenge Tests Nation's Top Hackers

With the coolness of a card shark at the final table of the World Series of Poker, Matt Bergin pulls the hood of his brown sweatshirt over his head and concentrates...

Learning to Love to Hate Robots
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Learning to Love to Hate Robots

Several studies have recently been conducted to determine how humans and robots interact and how to improve the human-robot relationship. For example, a Carnegie...

New Programs Aim to Lure Young Into Digital Jobs
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New Programs Aim to Lure Young Into Digital Jobs

Educators and technologists say both the image of computing work and computer science education in high schools need to change to fill what are expected to be the...

Privacy Concerns Could Limit Benefits From Real-Time Data Analysis
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Privacy Concerns Could Limit Benefits From Real-Time Data Analysis

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) computer scientist Tom M. Mitchell says society will be unable to capitalize on real-time data analysis technologies unless questions...

Scientists Explore Energy Efficiency in Multi-Scale Computing Systems
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Scientists Explore Energy Efficiency in Multi-Scale Computing Systems

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and nine other universities are collaborating on the Multi-Scale Systems Center (MuSyC), a new research center that...

Smarter Cars Are Gaining Traction
From ICT Results

Smarter Cars Are Gaining Traction

Lives can depend on a vehicle’s moment-by-moment traction. New European technology promises to make cars as good as experienced, alert drivers at sensing and adjusting...

Our Devices Will Spin Denser Webs of Data in 2010
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Our Devices Will Spin Denser Webs of Data in 2010

Over the next decade, the evolution of computing and the Internet will produce faster, increasingly intelligent devices. More of our possessions will contain sensors...

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ACM and India

ACM is in the process of establishing ACM India as a legal entity and will hold its first conference in late January....

Mit's Big Wheel in Copenhagen
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Mit's Big Wheel in Copenhagen

A bicycle wheel developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers features a hub packed with electronics that can perform multiple unique functions...

Translation Technologies Advancing Rapidly, Expert Says
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Translation Technologies Advancing Rapidly, Expert Says

Automatic translation technologies are swiftly advancing to the point where a classroom of speakers of different languages could hear the lecture in their native...

From ACM TechNews

Launch of First Operating System For Smart Grid Home Automation

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) has founded the Open Gateway Energy Management Alliance (OGEMA) to promote an open...

From ACM News

Racing, Shooting, and Zapping Your Way to Better Visual Cognition Skills

Regular video gamers are fast and accurate information processors, not only during game play, but in real-life situations as well, according to a new study in Current...

Virginia Tech Team to Build Battlefield Robots For 2010 Competition
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Virginia Tech Team to Build Battlefield Robots For 2010 Competition

The roving, walking robotic soldiers of the "Terminator" films are becoming less sci-fi and more certain future every day. Now, a team of robotics researchers from...

From ACM CareerNews

ACM India to Launch in January

The first major event for the ACM community in India is set for January 21, 2010 in Bangalore. The ACM India Launch Event will be a full day event featuring speakers...

Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones
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Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones

Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they...

From ACM TechNews

NexGen Air Transport System to ­ltimately Succeed, Computer Scientist Predicts

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NexGen) across the United States. University...

From ACM TechNews

Surgery on Beating Heart Thanks to Robotic Helping Hand

Researchers at France's Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics have developed a computerized three-dimensional (3D) model that enables...

Advancing STEM Education
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Advancing STEM Education

Seven institutions received funding in fiscal year 2009 through Innovation through Institutional Integration, or I3 — an effort intended to link institutions' existing...

A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing
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A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing

In a speech given just a few weeks before he was lost at sea off the California coast in January 2007, Jim Gray, a database software pioneer and a Microsoft researcher...

From ACM TechNews

Wales Gets

The Welsh Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has announced HPC Wales, a new high-performance computing (HPC) institute that will provide the industrial...
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