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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.


How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs
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How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs

In Ridley Scott's seminal blockbuster Blade Runner, humanity has harnessed bio-engineering to create a race of replicants that look, act and sound human—but are...

The Quest to Map the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor
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The Quest to Map the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor

Geologists have charted mountain ranges and forests and desert tundras, astronomers the heavens above, yet our planet's oceans remain largely unexplored; it's often...

The Secret Science That Rules Crowds
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The Secret Science That Rules Crowds

Sometimes, being part of a large crowd can be worse than uncomfortable: it can turn lethal. Deadly crowd crushes that occurred in 2017 include incidents in an Angolan...

Quantum Computers 'One Step Closer'
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Quantum Computers 'One Step Closer'

Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the development of a programmable quantum processor made with silicon.

How to Control a Machine ­sing Your Mind
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How to Control a Machine ­sing Your Mind

Bill Kochevar's life was changed, seemingly irrevocably, when he was paralysed from the shoulders down following a cycling accident nearly a decade ago.

The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare
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The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare

Several months after the WannaCry cyber-attack, much of the world still seems to be asleep to the potential catastrophic effects of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure...

AI Early Diagnosis Could Save Heart and Cancer Patients
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AI Early Diagnosis Could Save Heart and Cancer Patients

Ultromics is a new artificial intelligence system that can diagnose heart scans with much greater accuracy than conventional methods, picking up details physicians...

Google's 'superhuman' Deepmind AI Claims Chess Crown
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Google's 'superhuman' Deepmind AI Claims Chess Crown

Google says its DeepMind unit's AlphaGo Zero algorithm defeated world-leading specialist software Stockfish 8 in a chess match within hours of teaching itself the...

How Do You Build the Next-Generation Internet?
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How Do You Build the Next-Generation Internet?

Imagine super-fast computers that can solve problems much quicker than machines today.

How the Search For a 'death Ray' Led to Radar
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How the Search For a 'death Ray' Led to Radar

You can trace the extent of our reliance on air travel to many inventions. The jet engine, perhaps, or the aeroplane itself. But sometimes inventions need other...

The World's Oldest Scientific Satellite Is Still in Orbit
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The World's Oldest Scientific Satellite Is Still in Orbit

From his desk at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, space debris analyst Tim Flohrer keeps track of the 23,000 or so catalogued objects...

Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . . How AI Protects US
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Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . . How AI Protects US

For some, the spread of artificial intelligence and robotics poses a threat to our privacy, our jobs – even our safety, as more and more tasks are handed over to...

The Search For the Solar System's Most Likely Place For Life
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The Search For the Solar System's Most Likely Place For Life

Chris McKay has fallen out of love with Mars. The red, dusty, corroded world no longer holds the allure it once did.

The Most Promising Route to 'mental Superpowers'
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The Most Promising Route to 'mental Superpowers'

Many of us have our special ways of dealing with our feelings and emotions.

The Next Era of Drones Will Be Defined By 'swarms' 
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The Next Era of Drones Will Be Defined By 'swarms' 

What do you picture when you think of a drone?

Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion
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Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion

Canadian researchers have been behind some recent major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Now, the country is betting on becoming a big player in one of...

Could Your Robot Go to Work Instead of You?
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Could Your Robot Go to Work Instead of You?

Getting yourself out of bed and into work can feel like one of the toughest parts of the day.

The AI that Learns Our Habits and Knows When People Cheat
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The AI that Learns Our Habits and Knows When People Cheat

For people who play the video game Counter Strike online, it's hard enough watching your back at the best of times. In the fast-paced first-person shooter, there...

Inside the Big Dish that Brought US Tv from the Moon
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Inside the Big Dish that Brought US Tv from the Moon

The Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia, is one of the most elegant scientific instruments ever built.

The Many Ways Lasers Help ­S See the World More Clearly
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The Many Ways Lasers Help ­S See the World More Clearly

Think of lasers and what springs to mind?
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