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Broader Horizons
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Broader Horizons

ACM's Committee for Women in Computing (ACM-W) is widening its reach to involve women in industry as well as academia, including community college faculty and students...

Advertising Gets Personal
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Advertising Gets Personal

Online behavioral advertising and sophisticated data aggregation have changed the face of advertising and put privacy in the crosshairs.

DARPA Shredder Challenge Solved
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DARPA Shredder Challenge Solved

The eight-person winning team used original computer algorithms to narrow the search space and then relied on human observation to move the pieces into their final...

Cosmic Simulations
From Communications of the ACM

Cosmic Simulations

With the help of supercomputers, scientists are now able to create models of large-scale astronomical events.

Indian Scientists Try to Crack Monsoon Source Code
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Indian Scientists Try to Crack Monsoon Source Code

Indian researchers are developing computer models that could help predict the erratic movements of monsoons.  

Coning In: New Ways to Tap Old Data Boost Hurricane Forecast Accuracy
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Coning In: New Ways to Tap Old Data Boost Hurricane Forecast Accuracy

Despite advances in weather prediction technology, meteorologists must still qualify any hurricane forecasts with a "cone of uncertainty," which depicts just how...

Biology's Master Programmers
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Biology's Master Programmers

George Church is an imposing figure—over six feet tall, with a large, rectangular face bordered by a brown and silver nest of beard and topped by a thick mop of...

Study: Wikipedia Perpetuates Political Bias
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Study: Wikipedia Perpetuates Political Bias

Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Southern California say the collective intelligence used to create Wikipedia articles generally produces...

Degrees of Separation
From Communications of the ACM

Degrees of Separation

Researchers now have the capability to look at the small-world problem from both the traditional algorithmic approach and the new topological approach.

HTML5 Leads a Web Revolution
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HTML5 Leads a Web Revolution

Propelled by a proliferation of mobile devices and social networks, an enhanced family of Web specifications is bringing new power to developers and new capabilities...

Patently Inadequate
From Communications of the ACM

Patently Inadequate

The biggest change to U.S. patent law in nearly 60 years brings many changes, but fails to solve the software industry's most vexing problems.

Lost and Found
From Communications of the ACM

Lost and Found

Researchers discover computer pioneer Konrad Zuse's long-forgotten Z9, the world's first program-controlled binary relay calculator using floating-point arithmetic...

Researchers Predict Advent of 'resource-as-a-Service' Clouds
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Predict Advent of 'resource-as-a-Service' Clouds

The cloud model of rented virtualized servers and storage on demand could be sold in a much more efficient and granular manner, with specific resources rented for...

Eleven Countries ­se an Azti-Tecnalia Software as a Method to Assess the Status of Their Seabeds
From ACM TechNews

Eleven Countries ­se an Azti-Tecnalia Software as a Method to Assess the Status of Their Seabeds

AZTI-Tecnalia has developed software that allows users to assess the ecological status of seabed fauna.  

Assembling, Visualizing and Analyzing a Tree of All Life
From ACM TechNews

Assembling, Visualizing and Analyzing a Tree of All Life

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Assembling, Visualizing, and Analyzing the Tree of Life program aims to build a comprehensive tree of life that brings together...

Virtual Patient Under the Knife on Hi-Tech Operating Table
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Virtual Patient Under the Knife on Hi-Tech Operating Table

At St Mary's Hospital in London, surgeon Aimee Di Marco is about to cut up a body.

Social Network Data Reveals Non-Members' Secrets
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Social Network Data Reveals Non-Members' Secrets

People who avoid social networking sites to maintain their privacy may not be as secure as they think, German computer scientists say. 

Why Google Will Soon Answer Your Questions Directly
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Why Google Will Soon Answer Your Questions Directly

Google recently launched its "knowledge graph," which displays facts and services in response to search queries.  

Microsoft's Fds Data-Sorter Crushes Hadoop
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Microsoft's Fds Data-Sorter Crushes Hadoop

Microsoft researchers have developed the Flat Datacenter Storage approach, which features new sorting algorithms for the Bing search engine that beat a Hadoop cluster...

Researchers Improve Fast-Moving Mobile Networks
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Researchers Improve Fast-Moving Mobile Networks

A new method developed by researchers from North Carolina State University promises to improve the quality and efficiency of data transmission in mobile ad hoc...
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