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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.


Will We Ever… Control the Weather?
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Will We Ever… Control the Weather?

With 2,000 drummers, 15,000 other performers and vast quantities of fireworks, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics was a dazzling spectacle.

Internet of Things: The 'ghosts' that Haunt the Machine
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Internet of Things: The 'ghosts' that Haunt the Machine


Half-Century Milestone For Ibm Mainframes
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Half-Century Milestone For Ibm Mainframes

The IBM mainframe is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Comet Lander Checks In with Earth
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Comet Lander Checks In with Earth

The Philae lander, which Europe hopes to put on the surface of a comet later this year, has been re-activated after three years in deep-space hibernation.

Apple Seeks Greater Emoji Racial Diversity
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Apple Seeks Greater Emoji Racial Diversity

Apple says it wants to boost the ethnic diversity of the emoji used in text-messaging apps.

Will We Ever Travel in Wormholes?
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Will We Ever Travel in Wormholes?

The universe is huge.

Alan Turing Institute to Be Set Up to Research Big Data
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Alan Turing Institute to Be Set Up to Research Big Data

The U.K.  government will provide 42 million UK pounds ($70 million US) to fund a research center that will carry the name of computer pioneer Alan Turing. 

Russia and ­kraine in Cyber 'stand-Off'
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Russia and ­kraine in Cyber 'stand-Off'

As diplomatic efforts are stepped up to ease tensions in Ukraine, security experts have warned that Kiev and Moscow are locked in a cyber stand-off.

The Special Effects Firms Transforming the Film Industry
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The Special Effects Firms Transforming the Film Industry

If you are looking for a sure thing at this year's Oscars look no further than Gravity to win the best visual effects category.

The Last Places on Earth Without the Internet
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The Last Places on Earth Without the Internet

It can be easy to forget what life was like before the Internet.

Inside the Google Earth Satellite Factory
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Inside the Google Earth Satellite Factory

Behind a long rectangular window, in a high white room tended by ghostly figures in masks and hats, a new satellite is taking shape.

Bitcoins and Virtual Currency: How Do Businesses Cope?
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Bitcoins and Virtual Currency: How Do Businesses Cope?

Bitcoin speculators have made millions of pounds in the last few months as the value of the Internet-based virtual currency has exploded.

Hi-Tech Sensors Aim to Help Prevent Obesity
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Hi-Tech Sensors Aim to Help Prevent Obesity

The European Union is funding a project that intends to use high-tech sensors to get young people to adopt healthy lifestyles. 

Tim Berners-Lee Says 'surveillance Threatens Web'
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Tim Berners-Lee Says 'surveillance Threatens Web'

The Internet is threatened by a "growing tide of surveillance and censorship," warns Sir Tim Berners-Lee. 

Can Technology Help Avoid Stampedes?
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Can Technology Help Avoid Stampedes?

It seems the cruellest and most unnecessary of deaths—to be crushed in the midst of a crowd.

Electric Cars: Hidden Habits You Are Sharing with Firms
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Electric Cars: Hidden Habits You Are Sharing with Firms

You wouldn't think that anybody would care about your drive to the supermarket to buy milk.

Bbc Plans to Help Get the Nation Coding
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Bbc Plans to Help Get the Nation Coding

The British Broadcasting Corporation will launch an initiative in 2015 promoting software programming in the United Kingdom. 

­k to Create New Cyber Defence Force
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­k to Create New Cyber Defence Force

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence will recruit reservists as computer experts to work alongside regular forces in its new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit. 

Harvard Plans to Boldly Go With 'spocs'
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Harvard Plans to Boldly Go With 'spocs'

Harvard University is moving beyond massive open online courses to small private online courses. 

Why Space Telescope Mirror Is Most Complex Ever Built
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Why Space Telescope Mirror Is Most Complex Ever Built

"You will not be touching anything."
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