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Communications, transportation, and commerce have been inextricably intertwined since the beginning of human history until quite recently, and they still remain closely related today.

“The success of the first electronic telegraph line in 1844 opened an era of modern communication in America. Before the telegraph there existed no separation between transportation and communication. Information traveled only as fast as the messenger who carried it.” Media and the American Mind (Czitrom, D. J., 1982)

This reality was even codified in the Dewey Decimal library classification system: 380 Commerce, communications, transportation
See also transportation and commerce


These are organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma. More…



OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, Urban Dictionary


Roget’s II (, Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords





History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
From the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network…


Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Communication
Charles Babbage Institute (CBI)
Museum of Broadcast Communications
The Museum of Communications (Telecommunications History Group)
Caring for antique communication devices: phonographs, radios, telephones, and other communication devices (Smithsonian)


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Communications News -- ScienceDaily Communication Technology. Read computer science articles on new technology, internet addiction and more. Read all the current research into computerized communication here.

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    on October 16, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    A group of researchers reports the construction of the first reservoir computing device built with a microelectromechanical system. The neural network exploits the nonlinear dynamics of a microscale silicon beam to perform its calculations. The group's work looks to create devices that can act simultaneously as a sensor and a computer using a fraction of the energy a normal computer would use. […]

  • Automated system identifies dense tissue, a risk...
    on October 16, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Researchers have developed an automated model that assesses dense breast tissue in mammograms -- which is an independent risk factor for breast cancer -- as reliably as expert radiologists. This marks the first time a deep-learning model of its kind has successfully been used in a clinic on real patients, according to the researchers. With broad implementation, the researchers hope the model can help bring greater reliability to breast density assessments across the nation. […]

  • Discovery of an atomic electronic simulator
    on October 15, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Targeting applications like neural networks for machine learning, a new discovery is paving the way for atomic ultra-efficient electronics, the need for which is increasingly critical in our data-driven society. The key to unlocking untold potential for the greenest electronics? Creating bespoke atomic patterns to in turn control electrons. […]

  • Security vulnerabilities in terahertz data links
    on October 15, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Scientists have assumed that future terahertz data links would have an inherent immunity to eavesdropping, but new research shows that's not necessarily the case. […]

  • Ultra-light gloves let users 'touch' virtual...
    on October 15, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Scientists have developed an ultra-light glove -- weighing less than 8 grams per finger -- that enables users to feel and manipulate virtual objects. Their system provides extremely realistic haptic feedback and could run on a battery, allowing for unparalleled freedom of movement. […]

Communications of the ACM: Communications / Networking The latest news, opinion and research in communications / networking, from Communications online.

  • All Systems Go for Second-Ever Mission to Enter...
    on October 16, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    A European rocket is ready to launch the most ambitious mission ever taken towards Mercury, Earth's once-neglected sibling in the Solar System. […]

  • Google Really Is Trying to Build a Censored...
    on October 16, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Google on Monday finally confirmed a secretive project that's been fueling an employee-led backlash for weeks at the company: an effort to build a version of its search engine that complies with China's online censorship regime. […]

  • There May Soon Be Three Internets. America's...
    on October 16, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    In September, Eric Schmidt, the former Google chief executive and Alphabet chairman, said that in the next 10 to 15 years, the internet would most likely be split in two—one internet led by China and one internet led by the United States. […]

  • M.I.T. Plans College for Artificial Intelligence,...
    on October 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Every major university is wrestling with how to adapt to the technology wave of artificial intelligence—how to prepare students not only to harness the powerful tools of A.I., but also to thoughtfully weigh its ethical and social implications. […]

  • The 50 Most Influential Living Computer Scientists
    on October 16, 2018 at 3:56 pm compiled a list of 50 mathematicians, logicians, and computer scientists who did most of the scientific spadework that laid the foundations for today's world. […]