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How a Ping-Pong-Playing Robot Is Revolutionizing Robotics
From ACM TechNews

How a Ping-Pong-Playing Robot Is Revolutionizing Robotics

An Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student is developing a new way for robots to learn by using a ping-pong-playing robotic arm. 

'unbreakable' Security Codes Inspired By Nature
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'unbreakable' Security Codes Inspired By Nature

A new method of encrypting confidential information was inspired by the time-varying nature of cardio-respiratory coupling functions in humans. 

Stanford Computer Scientists Learn to Predict Which Photos Will Go Viral on Facebook
From ACM TechNews

Stanford Computer Scientists Learn to Predict Which Photos Will Go Viral on Facebook

Stanford University researchers have developed a method for predicting which photos on Facebook will go viral. 

Overcoming Structural Uncertainty in Computer Models
From ACM TechNews

Overcoming Structural Uncertainty in Computer Models

Researchers have developed a technique for incorporating judgments into a model about structural uncertainty that stems from building an "incorrect" model. 

Big Data Reaches to the Stratosphere
From ACM TechNews

Big Data Reaches to the Stratosphere

A position paper developed at the recent Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing workshop emphasizes the goals and challenges of big data analytics. 

The Complexonaut
From ACM Opinion

The Complexonaut

When he was in elementary school, Scott Aaronson, like many mathematically precocious kids of his generation, dreamed of making his own video games.

How Your Location Data Is Being Used to Predict the Events You Will Want to Attend
From ACM TechNews

How Your Location Data Is Being Used to Predict the Events You Will Want to Attend

Researchers are tapping data from location-based social media network Foursquare to learn what makes people more likely to attend one event rather than another.

In the Long Run: Keeping Track of Athletes with Wearable Tech
From ACM TechNews

In the Long Run: Keeping Track of Athletes with Wearable Tech

Researchers have developed a wireless position location system that works anywhere conventional global-positioning systems satellites cannot reach.

Knowledge Transfer: Computers Teach Each Other Pac-Man
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Knowledge Transfer: Computers Teach Each Other Pac-Man

A computer now can give advice and teach skills to another computer similar to the way a real teacher interacts with a student.

Twitter Maps Show Americans' Beer Preferences
From ACM TechNews

Twitter Maps Show Americans' Beer Preferences

University of Kentucky (UK) researchers mapped tweets to discover the real-world preferences of brews and beer brands in the United States. 

Can a Computer Craft Compelling Stories?
From ACM TechNews

Can a Computer Craft Compelling Stories?

University of Southern California professor Andrew Gordon has a new project that involves getting computers to read and generate stories.

How Twitter Knows You're Obese
From ACM TechNews

How Twitter Knows You're Obese

A researcher contends Twitter and other social media can complement other data sources for public health officials to identify at-risk communities. 

Human Evolution: The Neanderthal in the Family
From ACM News

Human Evolution: The Neanderthal in the Family

Before ancient DNA exposed the sexual proclivities of Neanderthals or the ancestry of the first Americans, there was the quagga.

Dell's New Research Division Wants Computers to Detect Your Mood
From ACM TechNews

Dell's New Research Division Wants Computers to Detect Your Mood

Dell Research is conducting experiments to detect a person's mood, for use in computers involved with education and communications. 

Building the Google of Blood, One Tube at a Time
From ACM News

Building the Google of Blood, One Tube at a Time

The first shipment arrives at 4 A.M.

Mugshots Built from Dna Data
From ACM News

Mugshots Built from Dna Data

Leaving a hair at a crime scene could one day be as damning as leaving a photograph of your face.

This Underwater Microphone Could Find the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
From ACM News

This Underwater Microphone Could Find the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Authorities are all but certain Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down in the south Indian Ocean in water that may be as deep as 23,000 feet.

How Your Tweets Reveal Your Home Location
From ACM TechNews

How Your Tweets Reveal Your Home Location

An algorithm developed by IBM researchers exploits anyone's last 200 Twitter postings to reveal their home city location with nearly 70-percent accuracy.

New Models in Cosmetics Replacing Animal Testing
From Communications of the ACM

New Models in Cosmetics Replacing Animal Testing

A European law spurs scientists to develop computational simulations capable of predicting the toxicity of cosmetics.

Using Patient Data For Personalized Cancer Treatments
From Communications of the ACM

Using Patient Data For Personalized Cancer Treatments

Patient information databases eventually will help improve health outcomes and support development of new therapies.
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