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Obtaining Data From the 'brains' of Cars
From ACM TechNews

Obtaining Data From the 'brains' of Cars

Direct logging of data from cars provides access to invaluable data, as well as the ability to measure a vehicle's energy utilization. 

Are Racks-on-Chip the Future of Data Centers?
From ACM TechNews

Are Racks-on-Chip the Future of Data Centers?

Increasing the scale and decreasing the cost and power of data centers requires greatly boosting the density of computing, storage, and networking within those...

The Secrets of Online Money Laundering
From ACM News

The Secrets of Online Money Laundering

Money laundering is increasingly becoming a cybercrime.

Managing the Deluge of 'big Data' From Space
From ACM TechNews

Managing the Deluge of 'big Data' From Space

Researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are developing new strategies for managing large and complex data streams. 

Future-Proof Encryption
From Communications of the ACM

Future-Proof Encryption

Researchers are relying on quantum mechanics to generate unhackable methods of communication.

More Than a Mouse
From Communications of the ACM

More Than a Mouse

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

Legal Issues with Robots
From Communications of the ACM

Legal Issues with Robots

Who is responsible when property is damaged or someone is injured by an automated system? Existing product liability laws have not yet been tested in the context...

Web-Based Map Allows ­sers to See Intricate Patterns in ­.s. Population
From ACM TechNews

Web-Based Map Allows ­sers to See Intricate Patterns in ­.s. Population

A free, Web-based mapping site allows users to access detailed demographic data for any location in the United States. 

Here's Why the Feds Didn't Have More Skilled Programmers For Healthcare.gov
From ACM Opinion

Here's Why the Feds Didn't Have More Skilled Programmers For Healthcare.gov

HealthCare.gov, the Web site at the center of President Obama's federal health insurance exchange, has been plagued with problems since it opened for business Oct...

Smarter Video Searching and Indexing
From ACM TechNews

Smarter Video Searching and Indexing

A new framework that would enable Internet users to search for videos using images rather than text could lead to smarter searching and indexing. 

Graphics Chips Help Process Big Data Sets in Milliseconds
From ACM News

Graphics Chips Help Process Big Data Sets in Milliseconds

New software can use the graphics processors found on everyday computers to process torrents of data more quickly than is normally possible, opening up new ways...

Electric Cars: Hidden Habits You Are Sharing with Firms
From ACM News

Electric Cars: Hidden Habits You Are Sharing with Firms

You wouldn't think that anybody would care about your drive to the supermarket to buy milk.

Taking the Internet ­nderwater
From ACM TechNews

Taking the Internet ­nderwater

A deep-sea Internet framework could lead to better tsunami detection, offshore oil and natural gas exploration, surveillance, pollution monitoring, and other activities...

Researchers Discover New Approach to Improve Personalized Cancer Treatments
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Discover New Approach to Improve Personalized Cancer Treatments

A new method for targeting mutated cells could lead to a major breakthrough in a personalized medicine approach to treat cancer. 

Big Data Is Too Big For Scientists to Handle Alone
From ACM TechNews

Big Data Is Too Big For Scientists to Handle Alone

Experts say big data can only be leveraged in future scientific endeavors with a combination of science, statistics, computers, mathematics, and leadership. 

Researchers Split Over NSA Hacking
From ACM Careers

Researchers Split Over NSA Hacking

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has upset a great many people this year.

Computer Scientists Develop New Approach to Sort Cells ­p to 38 Times Faster
From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Develop New Approach to Sort Cells ­p to 38 Times Faster

A new approach combines computer vision and hardware optimization to sort cells up to 38 times faster than is currently possible. 

Tiny Sensor Used in Smartphones Could Create Urban Seismic Network
From ACM TechNews

Tiny Sensor Used in Smartphones Could Create Urban Seismic Network

A tiny chip used in smartphones to adjust the orientation of the screen can detect moderate to strong earthquakes when located near the epicenter. 

Bison Enables Complex Nuclear Fuel Modeling, Simulation
From ACM TechNews

Bison Enables Complex Nuclear Fuel Modeling, Simulation

BISON is a new software designed to make it easier for researchers to gain insight into processes they would not otherwise have resources to simulate. 

Smart Cities: Citizens Come to Their Sensors
From ACM TechNews

Smart Cities: Citizens Come to Their Sensors

Santander, Spain, has become a model for high-tech smart cities worldwide.
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