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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
From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM TechNews

­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
From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM TechNews

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. 

Kean Computer Science Students in ­nion Travel 'beyond the Grave'
From ACM TechNews

Kean Computer Science Students in ­nion Travel 'beyond the Grave'

A new smartphone app provides access to information on grave markers in the First Presbyterian Church cemetery in Elizabeth, N.J. 

Ephemeral Data
From Communications of the ACM

Ephemeral Data

Privacy issues can evaporate when embarrassing content does likewise.

Remembering Douglas Engelbart
From Communications of the ACM

Remembering Douglas Engelbart

"Inspiring," "visionary," "humble," "honest," "impeccable integrity," "passionate and stubborn about his work." Tributes poured in for Douglas Engelbart, inventor...

Sdsc Launches 'sherlock' to Solve Complex National Challenges
From ACM TechNews

Sdsc Launches 'sherlock' to Solve Complex National Challenges

The San Diego Supercomputer Center is offering Sherlock technology to provide healthcare and government IT services to U.S. government agencies and universities...

How Footprint Recognition Software May Help Zoology
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How Footprint Recognition Software May Help Zoology

WildTrack has developed image-processing software that the detects physical  characteristics of animal footprints that are hard for an untrained eye to recognize...

'spoofers' Use Fake Gps Signals to Knock a Yacht Off Course
From ACM News

'spoofers' Use Fake Gps Signals to Knock a Yacht Off Course

University of Texas researchers recently tricked the navigation system of an $80 million yacht and sent the ship off course in an experiment that showed how any...

World's Most Influential Thinkers Revealed
From ACM News

World's Most Influential Thinkers Revealed

Who are the most influential thinkers on the planet? That's a question that you might imagine ought to be straightforward to determine, given the recent advances...

Sharing Resources in Condo Computing
From ACM News

Sharing Resources in Condo Computing

Condominium computing offers researchers the ability to own computing resources while sharing infrastructure costs.

Q&a: Tiffani Williams, Computer Scientist, on Creating an Open Source Tree of Life
From ACM TechNews

Q&a: Tiffani Williams, Computer Scientist, on Creating an Open Source Tree of Life

The Open Tree of Life project aims to develop an open source compendium of existing knowledge on thousands of plant and animal species. 
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