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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.


Methane Snow on Pluto's Peaks
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Methane Snow on Pluto's Peaks

One of Pluto's most identifiable features, Cthulhu (pronounced kuh-THU-lu) stretches nearly halfway around Pluto's equator, starting from the west of the great...

The Frozen Canyons of Pluto's North Pole
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The Frozen Canyons of Pluto's North Pole

This ethereal scene captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft tells yet another story of Pluto's diversity of geological and compositional features—this time in...

Nasa Introduces New, Wider Set of Eyes on the ­niverse
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Nasa Introduces New, Wider Set of Eyes on the ­niverse

After years of preparatory studies, NASA is formally starting an astrophysics mission designed to help unlock the secrets of the universe—the Wide Field Infrared...

Pluto's 'hulk-Like' Moon Charon: A Possible Ancient Ocean?
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Pluto's 'hulk-Like' Moon Charon: A Possible Ancient Ocean?

Pluto's largest moon may have gotten too big for its own skin.

Particles in Love: Quantum Mechanics Explored in New Study
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Particles in Love: Quantum Mechanics Explored in New Study

Here's a love story at the smallest scales imaginable: particles of light.

Study: Long-Term Global Warming Needs External Drivers
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Study: Long-Term Global Warming Needs External Drivers

A study by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, shows, in detail, the reason why...

Nasa's James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror Fully Assembled
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Nasa's James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror Fully Assembled

The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched.

Saturn's Rings: Less Than Meets the Eye?
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Saturn's Rings: Less Than Meets the Eye?

It seems intuitive that an opaque material should contain more stuff than a more translucent substance.

Sandy Selfie Sent from Nasa Mars Rover
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Sandy Selfie Sent from Nasa Mars Rover

The latest self-portrait from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the car-size mobile laboratory beside a dark dune where it has been scooping and sieving samples...

New Animation Takes a Colorful Flight Over Ceres
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New Animation Takes a Colorful Flight Over Ceres

A colorful new animation shows a simulated flight over the surface of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Tastes Scooped, Sieved Sand
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NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Tastes Scooped, Sieved Sand

At its current location for inspecting an active sand dune, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is adding some sample-processing moves not previously used on Mars.

Nasa's Van Allen Probes Revolutionize View of Radiation Belts
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Nasa's Van Allen Probes Revolutionize View of Radiation Belts

About 600 miles from Earth's surface is the first of two donut-shaped electron swarms, known as the Van Allen Belts, or the radiation belts.

New Details on Ceres Seen in Dawn Images
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New Details on Ceres Seen in Dawn Images

Features on dwarf planet Ceres that piqued the interest of scientists throughout 2015 stand out in exquisite detail in the latest images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft...

Andromeda Galaxy Scanned with High-Energy X-Ray Vision
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Andromeda Galaxy Scanned with High-Energy X-Ray Vision

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has captured the best high-energy X-ray view yet of a portion of our nearest large, neighboring galaxy,...

Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'namib Dune' on Mars
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Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'namib Dune' on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, partway through the first up-close study ever conducted of extraterrestrial sand dunes, is providing dramatic views of a dune's steep...

Nasa Suspends 2016 Launch of Insight Mission to Mars
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Nasa Suspends 2016 Launch of Insight Mission to Mars

After thorough examination, NASA managers have decided to suspend the planned March 2016 launch of the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy...

Cassini Completes Final Close Enceladus Flyby
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Cassini Completes Final Close Enceladus Flyby

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun transmitting data and images from the mission's final close flyby of Saturn's active moon Enceladus. Cassini passed Enceladus...

Rocks Rich in Silica Present Puzzles For Mars Rover Team
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Rocks Rich in Silica Present Puzzles For Mars Rover Team

In detective stories, as the plot thickens, an unexpected clue often delivers more questions than answers.

Cassini Closes in on Enceladus, One Last Time
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Cassini Closes in on Enceladus, One Last Time

A thrilling chapter in the exploration of the solar system will soon conclude, as NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft makes its final close flyby of the ocean...

Nasa Mars Rover Curiosity Reaches Sand Dunes
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Nasa Mars Rover Curiosity Reaches Sand Dunes

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has begun an up-close investigation of dark sand dunes up to two stories tall. The dunes are on the rover's trek up the lower portion...
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