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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.


A Window Into Europa's Ocean Right at the Surface
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A Window Into Europa's Ocean Right at the Surface

If you could lick the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa, you would actually be sampling a bit of the ocean beneath.

Computer Swap on Curiosity Rover
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Computer Swap on Curiosity Rover

The ground team for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer in response to a memory issue on the computer that had been...

NASA Rover Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample
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NASA Rover Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another...

Nasa Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East
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Nasa Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East

A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during...

Nasa Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample
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Nasa Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample

NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample...

Nasa's Cassini Watches Storm Choke on Its Own Tail
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Nasa's Cassini Watches Storm Choke on Its Own Tail

Call it a Saturnian version of the Ouroboros, the mythical serpent that bites its own tail.

Nasa's Veteran Mars Rover Ready to Start 10th Year
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Nasa's Veteran Mars Rover Ready to Start 10th Year

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, one of the twin rovers that bounced to airbag-cushioned safe landings on Mars nine years ago this week, is currently...

NASA Mars Rover Preparing to Drill Into First Martian Rock
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NASA Mars Rover Preparing to Drill Into First Martian Rock

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that may hold clues to a wet history on the Red Planet.

When Huygens Met Titan
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When Huygens Met Titan

Eight years ago, the European Space Agency's Huygens bounced, slid, and wobbled its way to rest on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan.

Billions and Billions of Planets
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Billions and Billions of Planets

Look up at the night sky and you'll see stars, sure. But the sky is also filled with planets—billions and billions of them at least.

Cassini Instrument Learns New Tricks
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Cassini Instrument Learns New Tricks

For seven years, a mini-fridge-sized instrument aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft reliably investigated weather patterns swirling around Saturn; the hydrocarbon...

Nasa Voyager 1 Encounters New Region in Deep Space
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Nasa Voyager 1 Encounters New Region in Deep Space

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before...

Nasa Mars Rover Fully Analyzes First Soil Samples
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Nasa Mars Rover Fully Analyzes First Soil Samples

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian...

What Goes Down Must Come Back Up
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What Goes Down Must Come Back Up

For most of the past two decades, the NASA and European Topex/Poseidon, Jason-1 and Jason-2 satellites have tracked the gradual rise of the world's ocean in response...

NASA Observatories Find Most Distant Galaxy Candidate
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NASA Observatories Find Most Distant Galaxy Candidate

By combining the power of NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and one of nature's own natural "zoom lenses" in space, astronomers have set a new record for...

Climate Likely to Be on Hotter Side of Projections
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Climate Likely to Be on Hotter Side of Projections

A new NASA-funded study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo., finds climate model projections that show a greater rise in global temperature...

Nasa's Spitzer Sees Light of Lonesome Stars
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Nasa's Spitzer Sees Light of Lonesome Stars

A new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggests a cause for the mysterious glow of infrared light seen across the entire sky.

Mars Soil Sample Delivered for Analysis Inside Rover
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Mars Soil Sample Delivered for Analysis Inside Rover

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has ingested its first solid sample into an analytical instrument inside the rover, a capability at the core of the two-year mission...

What's Baking on Titan?
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What's Baking on Titan?

Radar images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal some new curiosities on the surface of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan, including a nearly circular feature that...

Bounce, Skid, Wobble: How Huygens Landed on Titan
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Bounce, Skid, Wobble: How Huygens Landed on Titan

The European Space Agency's Huygens probe, ferried to Saturn's moon Titan by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, bounced, slid and wobbled its way to rest in the 10 seconds...
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