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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


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No Catastrophes Please, It's Software Modeling

Thales Research and Technology (TRT) researchers have created a development platform that enables applications to tackle the increasing complexity of modern computer...

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Engineering Team Explores How Thoughts Can Operate Computers and More

On any given day, John LaRocco can be found in front of a computer in a lab in the College of Engineering at Rowan University, electrodes poking out from the black...

The Web Way to Learn a Language
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The Web Way to Learn a Language

The young woman seated next to us at the sushi bar exuded a vaguely exotic air; her looks and style, we thought, made it likely that she was not American born. ...

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Eff Reveals How Your Digital Fingerprint Makes You Easy to Track

Think that turning off cookies and turning on private browsing makes you invisible on the web? Think again. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched...

Computers Do Better Than Humans at Measuring Some Radiology Images
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Computers Do Better Than Humans at Measuring Some Radiology Images

Ohio State University researchers have developed software that can analyze images of knee ligaments much faster and just as reliably as humans. 

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Innovative Technique Can Spot Errors in Key Technological Systems

An innovative computational technique that draws on statistics, imaging, and other disciplines has the capability to detect errors in sensitive technological systems...

Quantum Computer Simulates Hydrogen Molecule Just Right
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Quantum Computer Simulates Hydrogen Molecule Just Right

Almost three decades ago, Richard Feynman — known popularly as much for his bongo drumming and pranks as for his brilliant insights into physics — told an electrified...

Safety in Numbers: A Cloud-Based Immune System For Computers
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Safety in Numbers: A Cloud-Based Immune System For Computers

Researchers at Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have incorporated cloud computing technology into Dimmunix, a new tool designed to...

Computer Mimics Nature By ­sing Tv
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Computer Mimics Nature By ­sing Tv

University of Bath researchers led by professor Peter Hall and Ph.D. candidate Chris Li have developed software that enables a computer to process video of a tree...

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Apple Wins Patent For "proximity Sensing" Multi-Touch Display

Apple has been granted a patent for a multi-touch display that can sense when and where a finger is near the screen. The patent was one of 13 granted to Apple,U...

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Pentagon Searches For

One of the trickiest problems in cyber security is trying to figure who’s really behind an attack. Darpa, the Pentagon agency that created the Internet, is trying...

In Digital Combat, U.s. Finds No Easy Deterrent
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In Digital Combat, U.s. Finds No Easy Deterrent

On a Monday morning earlier this month, top Pentagon leaders gathered to simulate how they would respond to a sophisticated cyberattack aimed at paralyzing the...

Software to Test Cybersecurity Systems For Flaws
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Software to Test Cybersecurity Systems For Flaws

Cybersecurity systems are tough to crack, but not tough enough. A Clarkson University professor is developing software programs that will test cybersecurity systems...

Type Theory Comes of Age
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Type Theory Comes of Age

Type systems are moving beyond the realm of data structure and into more complex domains like security and networking.

Alternate Interface Technologies Emerge
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Alternate Interface Technologies Emerge

Researchers working in human-computer interaction are developing new interfaces to produce greater efficiencies in personal computing and enhance miniaturization...

Computing Simulation Tool Nets Best Paper Award
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Computing Simulation Tool Nets Best Paper Award

Novel research has improved the simulation performance of hardware models created in SystemC. Preliminary experiments showed the researchers were able to speed...

New Life For Magnetic Tape
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New Life For Magnetic Tape

Music lovers may have long forsaken them, but magnetic tapes still reign supreme when it comes to storing vast amounts of digital data. And new research from IBM...

Helping Computers ­nderstand Natural Human Speech
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Helping Computers ­nderstand Natural Human Speech

Lockheed Martin researchers are developing software that can extract meaning from a string of spoken sentences. The technology, called Spoken Language Interaction...

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Agile Development Hitting the Mainstream, Report Says

Agile application development methodologies are being rapidly embraced by enterprises, according to a new Forrester Research study. Forty-five percent of the nearly...

Software Development Gets a Better Production Line
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Software Development Gets a Better Production Line

European researchers have devised a new software development paradigm using an assembly line-style development process. "Think of this as a sandwich shop, where...
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