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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.


The Invisible Network That Keeps the World Running
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The Invisible Network That Keeps the World Running

It’s been just over 45 years since the Apollo Moon landings, and some would have it that we are failing to build big anymore; that we've since become too fascinated...

AI Will Not Kill ­s, Says Microsoft Research Chief
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AI Will Not Kill ­s, Says Microsoft Research Chief

Microsoft Research's chief has said he thinks artificial intelligence systems could achieve consciousness, but has played down the threat to human life.

Back-­p Brains: The Era of Digital Immortality
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Back-­p Brains: The Era of Digital Immortality

A few months before she died, my grandmother made a decision.

The Daunting Challenge of Reporting on Cyberwar
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The Daunting Challenge of Reporting on Cyberwar

The US and UK are soon to take part in cyber war games, testing each other out for when the inevitable real cyberwar kicks off.

The Hidden Ways Traffic Flows Around ­s
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The Hidden Ways Traffic Flows Around ­s

Get in your car and drive.

Can the Government Ban Encryption?
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Can the Government Ban Encryption?

Whenever the terrorist threat is increased, as it has been since the tragic events in Paris last week, so too are the calls from politicians to increase the powers...

Nasa to Hack Mars Rover Opportunity to Fix 'amnesia' Fault
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Nasa to Hack Mars Rover Opportunity to Fix 'amnesia' Fault

The Mars rover Opportunity is having memory problems that the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration will try to fix remotely. 

How to Design the Fighter Cockpit of Tomorrow
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How to Design the Fighter Cockpit of Tomorrow

If you think your office needs a lick of paint and some new furniture, spare a thought for fighter pilots.

Are These the Five Craziest Space Missions?
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Are These the Five Craziest Space Missions?

The landing of the Philae Lander—on a comet travelling at 135,000km/h (84,000mph)—has been hailed as the start of a new chapter in space exploration.

The 12 Missions of Christmas
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The 12 Missions of Christmas

In July 1965, Mariner 4 became the first space probe to send back pictures of another world from space. Fifty years on, not only do several spacecraft orbit the...

Food: The Rarely Seen Robots That Package What We Eat
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Food: The Rarely Seen Robots That Package What We Eat

Last July, while touring a jelly bean factory, I came upon a startling sight.

Can Internet Companies Monitor Terrorists?
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Can Internet Companies Monitor Terrorists?

Facebook is saying little apart from the fact that "we do not allow terrorist content on the site and take steps to prevent people from using our service for these...

Museum Switches on Historic Computer
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Museum Switches on Historic Computer

A project to recreate one of Britain's pioneering computers has reached a key milestone.

Rosetta: Concerns For Comet Lander After ­neven Landing
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Rosetta: Concerns For Comet Lander After ­neven Landing

The lander bounced twice, initially about 1km back out into space, before settling in the shadow of a cliff, 1km from its intended target site.

Dark Net Experts Trade Theories on 'de-Cloaking' After Raids
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Dark Net Experts Trade Theories on 'de-Cloaking' After Raids

The hidden web community has started trying to find out how services and identities were compromised after police raids led to 17 arrests.

The Rise of Human-Like Robots, Cars and Drones
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The Rise of Human-Like Robots, Cars and Drones

Ginger is only a couple of feet tall, but she soon commands attention as she takes to the stage. "I would like to say it's a pleasure to be here," she tells the...

Met Office to Build Supercomputer
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Met Office to Build Supercomputer

The British government will spend 97 million British pounds on a new supercomputer to improve the Met Office's weather forecasting and climate modeling. 

Met Office to Build £97m Supercomputer
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Met Office to Build £97m Supercomputer

The facility will work 13 times faster than the current system, enabling detailed, UK-wide forecast models with a resolution of 1.5km to be run every single hour...

How the World Came to Be Run By Computer Code
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How the World Came to Be Run By Computer Code

From the scythe to the steam engine, we've always used technology to control the world around us.

Ebola: Can Big Data Analytics Help Contain Its Spread?
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Ebola: Can Big Data Analytics Help Contain Its Spread?

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has now claimed more than 4,000 lives.
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