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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.


Military Technology: Laser Weapons Get Real
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Military Technology: Laser Weapons Get Real

Silently, the drone aircraft glides above the arid terrain of New Mexico—until it suddenly pivots out of control and plummets to the ground.

'instinctive' Robot Recovers From Injury Fast
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'instinctive' Robot Recovers From Injury Fast

Computer scientists have endowed a six-legged robot with the ability to rapidly modify its motion to cope with damage, such as the loss of a foot.

Quantum Physics: What Is Really Real?
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Quantum Physics: What Is Really Real?

Owen Maroney worries that physicists have spent the better part of a century engaging in fraud.

­.s. Science Academies Take On Human-Genome Editing
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­.s. Science Academies Take On Human-Genome Editing

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will launch a major initiative to develop guidelines for editing human genomes...

Five Factors That Will Decide If Philae Wakes
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Five Factors That Will Decide If Philae Wakes

Ever since the European Space Agency's Philae lander ran out of batteries on 15 November, just three days after it bounced on to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko...

Pluto-Bound Craft Hunts For Hazardous Moons
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Pluto-Bound Craft Hunts For Hazardous Moons

On 11 May, a telescope aboard a NASA craft will turn and stare at Pluto—like a space-robot equivalent of a sailor watching for shoals that could take out his vessel...

Images Expose Thunder in Exquisite Detail
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Images Expose Thunder in Exquisite Detail

On a U.S. military base outside Gainesville, Florida, atmospheric scientists make lightning by shooting rockets into thunderstorms.

The Trouble with Reference Rot
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The Trouble with Reference Rot

The scholarly literature is meant to be a permanent record of science.

Mercury Mission Set to End with Dramatic Crash
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Mercury Mission Set to End with Dramatic Crash

On 30 April, after more than four years in orbit around Mercury, NASA's MESSENGER probe will plunge to its doom.

3D Simulations of Colliding Black Holes Hailed As Most Realistic Yet
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3D Simulations of Colliding Black Holes Hailed As Most Realistic Yet

When astronomers try to simulate colliding giant black holes, they usually rely on simplified approximations to model the swirling disks of matter that surround...

Top 10 Hubble Images
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Top 10 Hubble Images

As the famous telescope turns 25, scientists who worked on the project choose their favourite pictures. 

Rule Rewrite Aims to Clean Up Scientific Software
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Rule Rewrite Aims to Clean Up Scientific Software

The finding seemed counterintuitive: warming in North America was driving plant species to lower elevations—not towards higher, cooler climes, as ecologists had...

The Printed Organs Coming to a Body Near You
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The Printed Organs Coming to a Body Near You

The advent of three-dimensional (3D) printing has generated a swell of interest in artificial organs meant to replace, or even enhance, human machinery.

Mystery of Ceres' Bright Spots Grows
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Mystery of Ceres' Bright Spots Grows

Not all of the puzzling bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres are alike.

Puzzle of Moon's Origin Resolved
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Puzzle of Moon's Origin Resolved

A nagging problem at the heart of the leading theory of how the Moon formed seems to have been explained away.

Mini Enzyme Moves Gene Editing Closer to the Clinic
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Mini Enzyme Moves Gene Editing Closer to the Clinic

A tweak to a technique that edits DNA with pinpoint precision has boosted its ability to correct defective genes in people.

Neuron Encyclopaedia Fires ­p to Reveal Brain Secrets
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Neuron Encyclopaedia Fires ­p to Reveal Brain Secrets

An ambitious plan is afoot to build the world's largest public catalogue of neuronal structures.

Extreme Cryptography Paves Way to Personalized Medicine
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Extreme Cryptography Paves Way to Personalized Medicine

The dream for tomorrow's medicine is to understand the links between DNA and disease—and to tailor therapies accordingly.

­k Mapped Out By Genetic Ancestry
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­k Mapped Out By Genetic Ancestry

Researchers have found genetic signatures among Britons that betray their historical roots in particular locales of the United Kingdom, leading to the finest-scale...

Mercury Seen As Never Before
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Mercury Seen As Never Before

NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is set to plunge to its doom on 30 April, ending nearly four years of exploration of Mercury. Before it goes, the mission is sending...
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