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Proofs Probable
From Communications of the ACM

Proofs Probable

Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali laid the foundations for modern cryptography, with contributions including interactive and zero-knowledge proofs.

The Future Is Flexible Displays
From Communications of the ACM

The Future Is Flexible Displays

Manufacturers hint that bendable screens are coming soon, but academics argue that many engineering challenges remain.

Augmented-Reality Glasses Bring Cloud Security Into Sharp Focus
From Communications of the ACM

Augmented-Reality Glasses Bring Cloud Security Into Sharp Focus

The possibility of a new $200-billion-plus industry has cloud security experts bracing for the ramifications.

The Future of Propaganda: Sean Gourley on Big Data and the 'war of Ideas'
From ACM Opinion

The Future of Propaganda: Sean Gourley on Big Data and the 'war of Ideas'

In 2009, Sean Gourley, an Oxford-trained physicist, gave a TED talk called "The Mathematics of War."

Intel Fuels a Rebellion Around Your Data
From ACM TechNews

Intel Fuels a Rebellion Around Your Data

Intel Labs is launching a data economy initiative to help consumers realize more of the value of their personal digital information. 

Group Helps to Improve Use of Colossal Digital Library 'Europeana'
From ACM TechNews

Group Helps to Improve Use of Colossal Digital Library 'Europeana'

The UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country's IXA Group has enhanced the use of the vast Europeana digital library.

Good, Better, Best Practices in Terminology
From ACM TechNews

Good, Better, Best Practices in Terminology

The Legal Language Interoperability Services project is focused on improving terminological databases, with an emphasis on legal and administrative terminology. ...

iPlant: It's Not Just for Plants Anymore!
From ACM TechNews

iPlant: It's Not Just for Plants Anymore!

The iPlant Collaborative, which helps biologists leverage data sets and computational techniques, now serves the animal agricultural community with iAnimal. 

Revolutionizing Tornado Prediction
From ACM TechNews

Revolutionizing Tornado Prediction

Researchers are developing a tornado modeling and simulation system that aims to explain why some storms generate tornadoes, while others do not. 

The Rise of Big Data
From ACM TechNews

The Rise of Big Data

Big data is transforming the way people experience the world and enabling them to learn things that in the past would have been impossible. 

Vanishing Electronics
From Communications of the ACM

Vanishing Electronics

Engineers are reinventing electronics by building safe devices that dissolve in the body or within the environment. The technology could redefine everything from...

'Small Data' Enabled Prediction of Obama's Win, Say Economists
From Communications of the ACM

'Small Data' Enabled Prediction of Obama's Win, Say Economists

"Big data" from crowdsourcing resulted in more complex predictions.

Rock Snot Genomics
From ACM TechNews

Rock Snot Genomics

Researchers are using the Ranger supercomputer to analyze diatom DNA data to help them understand what the diatom's original ancestor might have looked like. 

Battery Backups Can Lower Datacenter Energy Costs
From ACM News

Battery Backups Can Lower Datacenter Energy Costs

Researchers at Penn State say that datacenters can cut up to 40 percent off their energy costs by provisioning UPS battery backup devices to meet peak energy requirements...

Q&a: Hacker Culture, Coding, and Free Speech
From ACM News

Q&a: Hacker Culture, Coding, and Free Speech

Anthropologist E. Gabriella Coleman, author of Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking, is fascinated by hacker culture, and with its notion that software...

Developing New Information Services More Quickly
From ACM TechNews

Developing New Information Services More Quickly

Researchers have designed a new service-engineering platform to help accelerate the development of information technology services. 

The Grooviest Words of Medieval Times
From ACM TechNews

The Grooviest Words of Medieval Times

New software is determining the dates of British documents from approximately 1066 to the 1400s, based on popular words or phrases they contain. 

­c San Diego Team Achieves Petaflop-Level Earthquake Simulations on Gpu-Powered Supercomputers
From ACM TechNews

­c San Diego Team Achieves Petaflop-Level Earthquake Simulations on Gpu-Powered Supercomputers

A new highly scalable software can dramatically cut both research times and energy costs in simulating seismic hazards. 

Nsf-Supported Stampede Opens the Gates of Advanced Computation to Thousands of Research Teams
From ACM TechNews

Nsf-Supported Stampede Opens the Gates of Advanced Computation to Thousands of Research Teams

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Stampede supercomputer is the most powerful within the NSF Extreme Digital environment. 

Looking Back at Big Data
From Communications of the ACM

Looking Back at Big Data

As computational tools open up new ways of understanding history, historians and computer scientists are working together to explore the possibilities.
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