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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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New Report Reveals That Girls Have the Edge in New Technologies

More girls are using computers at home than boys, and mothers are usually assisting their children with the technology, according to the new Learning in the Family...

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Human Face of the Human Interface

John M. Carroll, founder of the User Interface Institute at IBM's Watson Research lab and a professor at Pennsylvania State University, says the ability to pick...

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How Google Is Making ­S Smarter

Various articles have recently appeared that question whether blogs, text messaging, and the Internet are making people less intelligent. "As we come to rely on...

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Semantic Search Engine Helps Scientists Do Productive Searches

Scientists at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) have developed Noesis, a new semantic Web search engine that enables researchers to obtain...

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ACM Names 44 Fellows For Contributions to Computing and Information Technology

ACM has named 44 of its members as 2008 ACM Fellows for their contributions to computing technology. ACM says their work has led to a variety of innovations in...

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More Chip Cores Can Mean Slower Supercomputing, Sandia Simulation Shows

Simulations at Sandia National Laboratory have shown that increasing the number of processor cores on individual chips may actually worsen the performance of many...

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Girls and Gadgets Computer Conference Held at ­niversity of Teesside

The University of Teesside's recent Girls and Gadgets Computer Conference attracted about 200 teenage girls in the United Kingdom. Organized by Alison Brown, a...

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Let the Cracking Begin

Analysts have started the process of testing new Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA) candidates for flaws as part of the first round of the National Institute of Standards...

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Group Details 25 Most Dangerous Coding Errors Hackers Exploit

A group of 35 high-profile organizations, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency's Information Assurance Division,...

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Auto Gear-Change Bicycle: Computer Controlled Bicycle Gear Changes Optimize Power, Comfort

Researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Defense University in Tashi, Taiwan, are developing a computer system for bicyclists that tells...

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Internet Service Speed Is Fast-Track Issue For New Administration

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama wants to provide everyone in the United States with access to high-speed Internet service and create thousands of jobs in the...

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Operating on the Virtual Human

Oxford University physiologist Peter Kohl believes surgeons will be using virtual reality to simulate alternative operations within 10 years. Computer models will...

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Revealed: The Environmental Impact of Google Searches

Harvard University physicist Alex Wissner-Gross has been researching the environmental impact of Google searching and claims that one search generates about 7 grams...

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Nsf Looking For Wicked Cool Visual and Data Analysis Algorithms

The National Science Foundation (NSF) wants to develop highly interpretive mathematical and computational algorithms and techniques to help the U.S. government...

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P2P Traffic Control

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine believe that peer-to-peer style information sharing could be used to improve road conditions for drivers. Using...

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Energy Drain By Computers Stifles Efforts at Cost Control

Higher-education institutions are having a hard time keeping computing costs under control because of power-thirsty data centers. Experts say colleges and universities...

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­W Med Students Prepare With Cutting Edge Technology

The University of Washington (UW) is increasingly requiring all medical, nursing, and pharmacology students, and those in similar fields, to perfect their skills...

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Get Them While They're Young: Tomorrow's It Pros

The Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow's ICT Skills (CCICT) is hoping to increase the number of students studying information technology through its new National ICT...

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Even the Most Sophisticated Computers Can't Tell a Dog From a Cat

Chris Bishop, chief research scientist for Microsoft Research in Cambridge, England, says there is still much that needs to be explored about digital intelligence...

The Long Road to 64 Bits
From Communications of the ACM

The Long Road to 64 Bits

The sometimes contentious development of 64-bit systems shows how technology decisions can have unexpected, enduring consequences.
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