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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.


Nasa's Nustar ­ntangles Mystery of How Stars Explode
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Nasa's Nustar ­ntangles Mystery of How Stars Explode

One of the biggest mysteries in astronomy, how stars blow up in supernova explosions, finally is being unraveled with the help of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope...

Curiosity Mars Rover Checking Possible Smoother Route
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Curiosity Mars Rover Checking Possible Smoother Route

The team operating NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is considering a path across a small sand dune to reach a favorable route to science destinations.

Nasa Preparing For 2014 Comet Watch at Mars
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Nasa Preparing For 2014 Comet Watch at Mars

This spring, NASA will be paying cautious attention to a comet that could put on a barnstorming show at Mars on Oct. 19, 2014.

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet
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Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt,...

NASA's Kepler Provides Insights on Enigmatic Planets
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NASA's Kepler Provides Insights on Enigmatic Planets

More than three-quarters of the planet candidates discovered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft have sizes ranging from that of Earth to that of Neptune, which is nearly...

Decade-Old Rover Adventure Continues on Mars and Earth
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Decade-Old Rover Adventure Continues on Mars and Earth

Eighth graders didn't have Facebook or Twitter to share news back then, in January 2004.

Curiosity Team Upgrades Software, Checks Wheel Wear
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Curiosity Team Upgrades Software, Checks Wheel Wear

The team operating NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has completed a software upgrade on the vehicle and is next planning a check of wear and tear on the rover's wheels...

Nasa's Deep Space Network Turns 50
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Nasa's Deep Space Network Turns 50

NASA's Deep Space Network, the world's largest and most powerful communications system for "talking to" spacecraft, will reach a milestone on Dec. 24: the 50th...

Dawn Creates Guide to Vesta's Hidden Attractions
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Dawn Creates Guide to Vesta's Hidden Attractions

Some beauty is revealed only at a second glance.

NASA Developing Natural Hazard Warning Systems
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NASA Developing Natural Hazard Warning Systems

Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have enhanced existing GPS technologies...

Nasa Curiosity: First Mars Age Measurement and Human Exploration Help
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Nasa Curiosity: First Mars Age Measurement and Human Exploration Help

NASA's Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars' past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions.

Laser Instrument on Nasa Mars Rover Tops 100,000 Zaps
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Laser Instrument on Nasa Mars Rover Tops 100,000 Zaps

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has passed the milestone of 100,000 shots fired by its laser. It uses the laser as one way to check which chemical elements are in rocks...

Nasa's Dawn Fills Out Its Ceres Dance Card
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Nasa's Dawn Fills Out Its Ceres Dance Card

It's going to be a ball when NASA's Dawn spacecraft finally arrives at the dwarf planet Ceres, and mission managers have now inked in the schedule on Dawn's dance...

Nasa Cassini Spacecraft Provides New View of Saturn and Earth
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Nasa Cassini Spacecraft Provides New View of Saturn and Earth

NASA has released a natural-color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible.

It's Complicated: Dawn Spurs Rewrite of Vesta's Story
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It's Complicated: Dawn Spurs Rewrite of Vesta's Story

Just when scientists thought they had a tidy theory for how the giant asteroid Vesta formed, a new paper from NASA's Dawn mission suggests the history is more complicated...

Black Holes Don't Make a Big Splash
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Black Holes Don't Make a Big Splash

Throughout our universe, tucked inside galaxies far, far away, giant black holes are pairing up and merging.

Last Command Sent to Planck Space Telescope
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Last Command Sent to Planck Space Telescope

The Planck space telescope has been turned off after spending nearly 4.5 years soaking up the relic radiation from the Big Bang and studying the evolution of stars...

Managing the Deluge of 'big Data' From Space
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Managing the Deluge of 'big Data' From Space

For NASA and its dozens of missions, data pour in every day like rushing rivers.

Dawn Reality-Checks Telescope Studies of Asteroids
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Dawn Reality-Checks Telescope Studies of Asteroids

Tantalized by images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based data, scientists thought the giant asteroid Vesta deserved a closer look.

Science Benefits From Diverse Landing Area of Nasa Mars Rover
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Science Benefits From Diverse Landing Area of Nasa Mars Rover

NASA's Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its interior to the current interaction between the Martian surface and...
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