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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.


Pocket Laboratories
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Pocket Laboratories

As spring turns to summer along the east coast of the United States, thoughts turn to holidays, beaches, picnics—and mosquitoes.

Planetariums, Not Just For Kids
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Planetariums, Not Just For Kids

Most researchers think of planetariums, if they think of them at all, as a place to take schoolchildren for whizzy trips through the stars, with nothing to offer...

The Shock Tactics Set to Shake ­p Immunology
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The Shock Tactics Set to Shake ­p Immunology

Six times a day, Katrin pauses whatever she's doing, removes a small magnet from her pocket and touches it to a raised patch of skin just below her collar bone....

Dna's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles
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Dna's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles

Leonid Mirny swivels in his office chair and grabs the power cord for his laptop.

Mobile-Phone Signals Bolster Street-Level Rain Forecasts
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Mobile-Phone Signals Bolster Street-Level Rain Forecasts

Meteorologists have long struggled to forecast storms and flooding at the level of streets and neighborhoods, but they may soon make headway thanks to the spread...

Machine Learning Predicts the Look of STEM Cells
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Machine Learning Predicts the Look of STEM Cells

No two stem cells are identical, even if they are genetic clones.

The Diy Electronics Transforming Research
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The Diy Electronics Transforming Research

A research subject watches a brush slowly stroking a rubber hand on a table in front of her, while her own hand—hidden from view—experiences the same stimulation...

How to Hunt For a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth
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How to Hunt For a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth

Here's how to catch a black hole. First, spend many years enlisting eight of the top radio observatories across four continents to join forces for an unprecedented...

Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality
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Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality

"It feels like the entire universe is within a sphere that is maybe within a couple metres' radius," says topologist Henry Segerman at Oklahoma State University...

The Quest to Crystallize Time
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The Quest to Crystallize Time

Christopher Monroe spends his life poking at atoms with light.

Magnetic Hard Drives Go Atomic
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Magnetic Hard Drives Go Atomic

Chop a magnet in two, and it becomes two smaller magnets.

Quantum Microscope Offers Mri For Molecules
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Quantum Microscope Offers Mri For Molecules

A quantum microscope that uses a sensor built from diamonds could allow researchers to study such nanoscale mysteries as how DNA folds in a cell, why drugs work...

How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy
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How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy

A complex variant of poker is the latest game to be mastered by artificial intelligence (AI). And it has been conquered not once, but twice, by two rival bots developed...

How Bioinformatics Tools Are Bringing Genetic Analysis to the Masses
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How Bioinformatics Tools Are Bringing Genetic Analysis to the Masses

For doctors trying to treat people who have symptoms that have no clear cause, gene-sequencing technologies might help in pointing them to a diagnosis. But the...

The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time
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The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time

The first time molecular biologist Greg Hannon flew through a tumour, he was astonished—and inspired.

Broad Institute Wins Bitter Battle Over Crispr Patents
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Broad Institute Wins Bitter Battle Over Crispr Patents

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has upheld a series of patents granted for the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology to the Broad Institute of MIT and...

­S Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies
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­S Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies

Scientists should be permitted to modify human embryos destined for implantation in the womb to eliminate devastating genetic diseases such as sickle-cell anaemia...

Elusive Triangulene Created By Moving Atoms One at a Time
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Elusive Triangulene Created By Moving Atoms One at a Time

Researchers at IBM have created an elusive molecule by knocking around atoms using a needle-like microscope tip.

Long-Awaited Mathematics Proof Could Help Scan Earth's Innards
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Long-Awaited Mathematics Proof Could Help Scan Earth's Innards

Mathematicians say that they have solved a major, decades-old problem in geometry: how to reconstruct the inner structure of a mystery object 'X' from knowing only...

How Plants Evolved Into Carnivores
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How Plants Evolved Into Carnivores

Any insect unlucky enough to land on the mouth-like leaves of an Australian pitcher plant will meet a grisly end.
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