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Data Mining Reveals the Secret to Getting Good Answers
From ACM TechNews

Data Mining Reveals the Secret to Getting Good Answers

A new algorithm can rank the questions and answers on question and answer websites, while weeding out off-topic and irrelevant entries.

2014 Bower Award Goes To… Validation
From ACM News

2014 Bower Award Goes To… Validation

Edmund Clarke will receive the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science.

Supercomputer-Driven Materials Design
From ACM News

Supercomputer-Driven Materials Design

The job of a materials scientist—to warp matter into new and useful forms—has historically involved a ridiculous amount of guesswork.

Study Looks at Better Prediction For Epileptic Seizures Through Adaptive Learning Approach
From ACM TechNews

Study Looks at Better Prediction For Epileptic Seizures Through Adaptive Learning Approach

Researchers have developed a computational model they say can more accurately predict when an epileptic seizure will occur. 

Life Points the Way to a New Template For Chipmaking
From Communications of the ACM

Life Points the Way to a New Template For Chipmaking

While significant obstacles remain, researchers are optimistic about using DNA to guide graphene into complex circuit shapes on silicon.

CS Enrollments Rise . . . at the Expense of the Humanities?
From Communications of the ACM

CS Enrollments Rise . . . at the Expense of the Humanities?

A growing proportion of U.S. college students are earning degrees in computer and information sciences, surprising some in academia.

Chaotic Physics in Ferroelectrics Hints at Brain-Like Computing
From ACM TechNews

Chaotic Physics in Ferroelectrics Hints at Brain-Like Computing

Researchers have found unexpected behavior in ferroelectric materials, supporting a new approach to information storage and processing. 

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...
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