1. Computing

    Computer, Name That Tune!

    Computers can analyze music mathematically and use the result to track down songs, without even knowing the composer, performer, or title.

  2. Computing

    The Machine’s Got Rhythm

    By teaching computers how to transcribe musical recordings, a relatively mundane task, researchers are opening new musical possibilities.

  3. Computing

    Games Theory

    Online games can not only entertain but also provide valuable data for researchers tackling computer-vision and other tough computational problems.

  4. Computing

    Digital Fingerprints

    New methods to identify Internet users by their behavior can uncover criminals online, but these techniques may also track millions of innocent users.

  5. Computing

    What a Flake

    New ways to simulate ice-crystal growth yield patterns remarkably similar to the beautiful and intricate shapes of snowflakes and may shed light on how those real-life shapes come about.

  6. Computing

    Hairy Calculations: Picturing tresses in a truer light

    Hard-to-simulate blond hair may look more natural in future animations thanks to a new computer model that allows for hairs' transparency and includes the illumination produced by light propagating from hair to hair.

  7. Computing

    The Risky Business of Spreadsheet Errors

    Faulty spreadsheets and poor software practices can put businesses at risk.

  8. Computing

    Network Inoculation: Antivirus shield would outrace cyber infections

    As a new way to protect a computer network from viruses, an epidemic of antiviral protection could theoretically propagate faster through the network than the virus itself, thanks to a novel topological twist.

  9. Computing

    Untangling a Web: The Internet gets a new look

    A new mathematical model of the Internet shows that it may not be as vulnerable to centralized attacks as previous research suggested.

  10. Computing

    Net History is a new Web site devoted to the history of the Internet. Its aim is to provide material documenting the applications and platforms that came together to create the early Internet, including protocols, personal computers, e-mail, the World Wide Web, networks, and much more. You can sign up for a free monthly newsletter and […]

  11. Computing

    Calculating Swarms

    Ant teamwork suggests models for computing faster and organizing better.

  12. Computing

    Straining for Speed

    Hitting fundamental limits on how small they can make certain structures within semiconductor transistors, chip makers are deforming the silicon crystals from which those transistors are made to eke out some extra speed.