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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.


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.

Cosmic Test Backs 'quantum Spookiness'
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Cosmic Test Backs 'quantum Spookiness'

A version of an iconic experiment to confirm quantum theory has for the first time used the light of distant stars to bolster the case for a phenomenon that Albert...

Astronomers Explore Uses For AI-Generated Images
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Astronomers Explore Uses For AI-Generated Images

Volcanoes, monasteries, birds, thistles: the varied images in Jeff Clune's research paper could be his holiday snaps.

Neuroscience: Big Brain, Big Data
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Neuroscience: Big Brain, Big Data

As big brain-mapping initiatives go, Taiwan's might seem small.

D-Wave ­pgrade: How Scientists Are ­sing the World's Most Controversial Quantum Computer
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D-Wave ­pgrade: How Scientists Are ­sing the World's Most Controversial Quantum Computer

The company that makes the world's only commercially available quantum computers has released its biggest machine yet—and researchers are paying close attention...

Google Reveals Secret Test of AI Bot to Beat Top Go Players
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Google Reveals Secret Test of AI Bot to Beat Top Go Players

A mystery player causing a stir in the world of the complex strategy game Go has been revealed as an updated version of AlphaGo, the artificial-intelligence program...

How Scientists ­se Slack
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How Scientists ­se Slack

When geneticist Daniel MacArthur checks into his lab, the first thing he does is fire up Slack, a workplace messaging app.

Ephemeral Antimatter Atoms Pinned Down in Milestone Laser Test
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Ephemeral Antimatter Atoms Pinned Down in Milestone Laser Test

In a technical tour-de-force, physicists have made the first measurements of how antimatter atoms absorb light.

Tech Giants Open Virtual Worlds to Bevy of AI Programs
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Tech Giants Open Virtual Worlds to Bevy of AI Programs

The Minecraft video game was familiar to José Hernández-Orallo long before he started using it for his own research.

Algorithms Compete to Predict Recipe For Cancer Vaccine
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Algorithms Compete to Predict Recipe For Cancer Vaccine

Could predictive algorithms be the key to creating a successful cancer vaccine?

Controversial Impact Factor Gets a Heavyweight Rival
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Controversial Impact Factor Gets a Heavyweight Rival

One of science's most contentious metrics has a flashy new rival. On 8 December, publishing giant Elsevier launched the CiteScore index to assess the quality of...

Graphene-Spiked Silly Putty Picks ­p Human Pulse
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Graphene-Spiked Silly Putty Picks ­p Human Pulse

A dash of graphene can transform the stretchy goo known as Silly Putty into a pressure sensor able to monitor a human pulse or even track the dainty steps of a...

CRISPR Heavyweights Battle in US Patent Court
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CRISPR Heavyweights Battle in US Patent Court

It was a tough day in US patent court for the University of California, Berkeley.

Fire ­p the Atom Forge
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Fire ­p the Atom Forge

Electron microscopy is on the brink of a transition.

AI Science Search Engines Expand Their Reach
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AI Science Search Engines Expand Their Reach

A free AI-based scholarly search engine that aims to outdo Google Scholar is expanding its corpus of papers to cover some 10 million research articles in computer...

Brain Implants Allow Paralysed Monkeys to Walk
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Brain Implants Allow Paralysed Monkeys to Walk

For more than a decade, neuroscientist Grégoire Courtine has been flying every few months from his lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne...

The Real-Time Technicolour Living Brain
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The Real-Time Technicolour Living Brain

Rosa Cossart thinks she knows what a memory looks like.

Donald Trump's US Election Win Stuns Scientists
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Donald Trump's US Election Win Stuns Scientists

Republican businessman and reality-television star Donald Trump will be the United States' next president.

Computing Glitch May Have Doomed Mars Lander
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Computing Glitch May Have Doomed Mars Lander

Photos of a huge circle of churned-up Martian soil leave few doubts: a European Space Agency (ESA) probe that was supposed to test landing technology on Mars crashed...
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