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'Peace Technologies' Enable Eyewitness Reporting When Disasters Strike
From Communications of the ACM

'Peace Technologies' Enable Eyewitness Reporting When Disasters Strike

Ushahidi — or "testimony" in Swahili — has played a central role in coordinating responses to crises around the globe.

Wikipedia's Secret Multilingual Workforce
From ACM TechNews

Wikipedia's Secret Multilingual Workforce

Versions of Wikipedia content in different languages have little overlap, with the English edition, for example, containing just 51 percent of the articles in German...

Never Forget a Face
From ACM TechNews

Never Forget a Face

A new algorithm makes subtle changes to various points on a face to make it more memorable without changing the subject's overall appearance. 

Nmsu Professor Shows There's More to Computer Science Than Gaming Careers
From ACM TechNews

Nmsu Professor Shows There's More to Computer Science Than Gaming Careers

New Mexico State University researchers recently used real and computer-generated data to develop a software system to study biological systems. 

Adding MUSCLE to Multiscale Simulations
From ACM TechNews

Adding MUSCLE to Multiscale Simulations

The Multiscale Coupling Library and Environment 2 project is aimed at implementing and executing multiscale models with feedback loops.

Hi-Tech Sensors Aim to Help Prevent Obesity
From ACM TechNews

Hi-Tech Sensors Aim to Help Prevent Obesity

The European Union is funding a project that intends to use high-tech sensors to get young people to adopt healthy lifestyles. 

Algorithms Are Watching
From ACM TechNews

Algorithms Are Watching

New research involves the use of algorithms in data mining and the analysis of social networks to study how information moves within large social graphs. 

Running Shoe Warns of Danger
From ACM TechNews

Running Shoe Warns of Danger

The European Union is backing the development of a running shoe that would help reduce injuries by providing feedback on running form and the workout routine. 

Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram
From ACM News

Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our Universe could be just one big projection.

An App-Led Walk Down Memory Lane
From ACM TechNews

An App-Led Walk Down Memory Lane

The Memoir iPhone app accesses photos and status updates from a user's social networks based on the user's location, what is going on, and who else is around. 

Ten Times More Throughput on Optic Fibers
From ACM TechNews

Ten Times More Throughput on Optic Fibers

Researchers say they can dramatically increased the capacity of optical fibers by reducing the space required between pulses of light that transport data. 

Database Tracks Toxic Side Effects of Pharmaceuticals
From ACM TechNews

Database Tracks Toxic Side Effects of Pharmaceuticals

Updates to an extensive toxicology database should make it easier to track information about the unintentional toxic effects of therapeutic drugs. 

Love Connection
From ACM TechNews

Love Connection

Researchers have developed an algorithm for dating sites that uses a person's contact history to recommend compatible partners. 

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. 
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