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Taking the Internet ­nderwater
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Smart Cities: Citizens Come to Their Sensors

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

Bringing 'common Sense' to Text Analytics
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Bringing 'common Sense' to Text Analytics

Bringing "common sense" to artificial intelligence is one of the biggest challenges in computer science: It entails equipping computers with the shared knowledge...

The Alan Turing Year Leaves a Rich Legacy
From Communications of the ACM

The Alan Turing Year Leaves a Rich Legacy

A year-long celebration of the life and work of a man whom many call the founding father of computer science.

Google vs. Death
From ACM News

Google vs. Death

In person, it can be a little hard to hear Larry Page.

Moose Enables 'plug and Play' Simulations
From ACM TechNews

Moose Enables 'plug and Play' Simulations

Idaho National Laboratory researchers are developing MOOSE, a software framework for simulating the behavior of complex systems. 

Calling For Proposals: Creating Visions For Computing Research
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Calling For Proposals: Creating Visions For Computing Research

The Computing Research Association's Computing Community Consortium has issued a call for proposals for workshops on research at the frontiers of computing. 

­md Engineering Group on Cutting Edge in Car Safety
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­md Engineering Group on Cutting Edge in Car Safety

Researchers have developed programming that will give drivers instant information on what lies ahead of them on the road. 

Open Source Career Opportunities Continue to Abound
From ACM TechNews

Open Source Career Opportunities Continue to Abound

Open source jobs remain a consistent source of career growth for technology professionals, according to Dice.com statistics from August 2012 to August 2013. 

New Tool Enhances the Search For Genetic Mutations
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New Tool Enhances the Search For Genetic Mutations

New software uses statistical probabilities to help identify mutations and more accurately pinpoint their source and their possible significance for health. 

Plan B For Navigation
From ACM News

Plan B For Navigation

Scientists and engineers are exploring alternative navigation systems against the possibility of GPS failing.

How a Look at Your Gmail Reveals the Power of Metadata
From ACM News

How a Look at Your Gmail Reveals the Power of Metadata

Sometimes you have to give up a little privacy in order to find out how much—or how little—privacy you really have.

Google+ Posts Getting Language Translation Services
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Google+ Posts Getting Language Translation Services

The Google+ translation feature will enable desktop users to rapidly receive basic translations when other users make posts in languages other than their own. 

As Tennis Stats Proliferate, Software Tries to Make Sense of It All
From ACM TechNews

As Tennis Stats Proliferate, Software Tries to Make Sense of It All

SlamTracker software sifts through 20 years of data to predict how tennis players could perform under various circumstances. 
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