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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.


Barcelona Bets on 'Digital Twin' as Future of City Planning
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Barcelona Bets on 'Digital Twin' as Future of City Planning

Officials in Barcelona, Spain, are using the Barcelona Supercomputing Center's MareNostrum supercomputer to improve urban planning with a digital twin of the city...

Bluetooth Hack Can Unlock Tesla, Devices
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Bluetooth Hack Can Unlock Tesla, Devices

Sultan Qasim Khan at U.K.-based security firm NCC Group  devised an exploit for unlocking Teslas and countless other devices.

Differential Privacy the Correct Choice for 2020 U.S. Census
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Differential Privacy the Correct Choice for 2020 U.S. Census

A new study concluded the U.S. Census Bureau's move to DP as a de-identification mechanism for the 2020 Census was appropriate.

Scientists Create Method to Kill Cyberattacks in Less Than a Second
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Scientists Create Method to Kill Cyberattacks in Less Than a Second

Researchers have developed a technique for automatically detecting and neutralizing cyberattacks in under a second.

Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says
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Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says

The campaign detailed by a cybersecurity firm highlights Beijing's increasingly sophisticated tactics to spy on an array of targets, including countries it considers...

Next-Generation Weather Reporting: Versatile, Flexible, Economical Sensors
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Next-Generation Weather Reporting: Versatile, Flexible, Economical Sensors

A team of scientists in Japan has developed a multitasking weather sensor that measures rain volumes and wind speeds.

Finding the Branches on the Tree of Life
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Finding the Branches on the Tree of Life

The new Deep Learning for Unsupervised Clustering of DNA Sequences technique draws taxonomic relationships between organisms via unsupervised machine learning. ...

Seeing is Deceiving
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Seeing is Deceiving

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo trained algorithms on self-blended images to better spot deepfake images and video.

Always Improving Performance
From Communications of the ACM

Always Improving Performance

Jack J. Dongarra is the recipient of the 2021 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his pioneering contributions to numerical algorithms and libraries that enabled high-performance...

A Deeper Understanding of Deep Learning
From Communications of the ACM

A Deeper Understanding of Deep Learning

Kernel methods clarify why neural networks generalize so well.

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation
From Communications of the ACM

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation

Labor shortages have many companies turning to automation technology, but with mixed outcomes.

Immersion Cooling Heats Up
From Communications of the ACM

Immersion Cooling Heats Up

Depending on climate conditions, the availability of renewables and other factors, immersion cooling can make a profound difference in both energy consumption and...

'The Way Things Were': How ACM Is Opening the Doors to Its Archives
From ACM News

'The Way Things Were': How ACM Is Opening the Doors to Its Archives

ACM, in the midst of both a landmark celebration and a broader open-access initiative, is putting its history online for anyone to access.

Smart Pacifier Developed to Monitor Infant Health in Hospitals
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Smart Pacifier Developed to Monitor Infant Health in Hospitals

U.S. and South Korean researchers have designed a bioelectronic pacifier to monitor the electrolyte levels of infants in Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICUs).

Using AI to Predict Bone Fractures in Cancer Patients
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Using AI to Predict Bone Fractures in Cancer Patients

Ohio State University researchers used artificial intelligence to predict how cancer could elevate the probability of spinal fractures by creating digital twins...

Laser Bursts Drive Fastest-Ever Logic Gates
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Laser Bursts Drive Fastest-Ever Logic Gates

Researchers have created the fastest logic gate to date, powered by laser-generated ultrafast bursts of electricity.

Online Retail Images Reveal Skin Tone Discrepancies
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Online Retail Images Reveal Skin Tone Discrepancies

Cornell University researchers uncovered discrepancies in the skin tones of models as depicted in online retail images.

New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection
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New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection

Engineering researchers have come up with a new technique that can detect ransomware faster than previous systems.

Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences
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Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences

U.S. researchers' "Dr. Evil project" proves drug discovery AI could be used to create biochemical weapons.
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