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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.


Mobile-Phone Health Apps Deliver Data Bounty
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Mobile-Phone Health Apps Deliver Data Bounty

Last summer, physician Yvonne Chan wondered how the wildfires raging through Washington state were affecting people with asthma—for whom smoke and heat can trigger...

Living Factories of the Future
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Living Factories of the Future

From an evolutionary perspective, yeast has no business producing a pain killer. But by re-engineering the microbe's genome, Christina Smolke at Stanford University...

Oldest Ancient-Human Dna Details Dawn of Neanderthals
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Oldest Ancient-Human Dna Details Dawn of Neanderthals

Matthias Meyer has just published the results of what may be the world's most wasteful genome-sequencing project.

What Google's Winning Go Algorithm Will Do Next
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What Google's Winning Go Algorithm Will Do Next

Following the defeat of one of its finest human players, the ancient game of Go has joined the growing list of tasks at which computers perform better than humans...

Crispr: Gene Editing Is Just the Beginning
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Crispr: Gene Editing Is Just the Beginning

Whenever a paper about CRISPR–Cas9 hits the press, the staff at Addgene quickly find out.

Et Search: Look For the Aliens Looking For Earth
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Et Search: Look For the Aliens Looking For Earth

By watching how the light dims as a planet orbits in front of its parent star, NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered more than 1,000 worlds since its launch in...

Should You Edit Your Children's Genes?
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Should You Edit Your Children's Genes?

Ruthie Weiss's basketball team seemed to be minutes away from its fourth straight loss.

The Chips Are Down For Moore’s Law
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The Chips Are Down For Moore’s Law

The semiconductor industry will soon abandon its pursuit of Moore's law. Now things could get a lot more interesting.

Einstein's Gravitational Waves Found at Last
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Einstein's Gravitational Waves Found at Last

One hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, scientists have finally spotted these elusive ripples in space-time.

The Chips Are Down For Moore's Law
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The Chips Are Down For Moore's Law

Next month, the worldwide semiconductor industry will formally acknowledge what has become increasingly obvious to everyone involved: Moore's law, the principle...

Meet the Soft, Cuddly Robots of the Future
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Meet the Soft, Cuddly Robots of the Future

In 2007, Cecilia Laschi asked her father to catch a live octopus for her seaside lab in Livorno, Italy.

­k Scientists Gain Licence to Edit Genes in Human Embryos
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­k Scientists Gain Licence to Edit Genes in Human Embryos

Scientists in London have been granted permission to edit the genomes of human embryos for research, UK fertility regulators announced. The 1 February approval...

Babylonian Astronomers ­sed Geometry to Track Jupiter
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Babylonian Astronomers ­sed Geometry to Track Jupiter

A reanalysis of markings on Babylonian tablets has revealed that astronomers working between the fourth and first centuries bc used geometry to calculate the motions...

Google AI Algorithm Masters Ancient Game of Go
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Google AI Algorithm Masters Ancient Game of Go

A computer has beaten a human professional for the first time at Go—an ancient board game that has long been viewed as one of the greatest challenges for artificial...

Go Players React to Computer Defeat
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Go Players React to Computer Defeat

For decades, the ancient game of Go has stood out as the one board game that computers couldn't crack.

Enzyme Tweak Boosts Precision of Crispr Genome Edits
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Enzyme Tweak Boosts Precision of Crispr Genome Edits

A powerful technique for editing genomes is now more precise.

Japan's Venus Orbiter Makes Comeback
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Japan's Venus Orbiter Makes Comeback

Japan's Akatsuki spacecraft has entered orbit around Venus, five years after its first attempt failed.

Gene-Editing Summit Supports Some Research in Human Embryos
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Gene-Editing Summit Supports Some Research in Human Embryos

Gene-editing technology should not be used to modify human embryos that are intended for use in establishing a pregnancy, an international summit declared in a...

Artificial Intelligence Called In to Tackle Lhc Data Deluge
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Artificial Intelligence Called In to Tackle Lhc Data Deluge

The next generation of particle-collider experiments will feature some of the world's most advanced thinking machines, if links now being forged between particle...

Biologists Create More Precise Molecular Scissors For Genome Editing
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Biologists Create More Precise Molecular Scissors For Genome Editing

By tweaking an enzyme that cuts DNA, synthetic biologists say that they can make genome editing even more specific—an essential improvement if the technique is...
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