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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.


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...

Icy Heart Could Be Key to Pluto's Strange Geology
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Icy Heart Could Be Key to Pluto's Strange Geology

Pluto's icy heart beats with a planetary rhythm.

Inside Microsoft's Quest For a Topological Quantum Computer
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Inside Microsoft's Quest For a Topological Quantum Computer

The race is on build a "universal" quantum computer. Such a device could be programmed to speedily solve problems that classical computers cannot crack, potentially...

The Power of Prediction Markets
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The Power of Prediction Markets

It was a great way to mix science with gambling, says Anna Dreber.

The Polling Crisis: How to Tell What People Really Think
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The Polling Crisis: How to Tell What People Really Think

Hillary Clinton is heading for a landslide victory over Donald Trump. But wait.

Europe and Russia Prepare For Historic Landing on Mars
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Europe and Russia Prepare For Historic Landing on Mars

Almost three weeks after it crash-landed the Rosetta orbiter on a comet, the European Space Agency (ESA) is gearing up to land another spacecraft—this time on Mars...

­niverse Has Ten Times More Galaxies Than Researchers Thought
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­niverse Has Ten Times More Galaxies Than Researchers Thought

The observable Universe contains about 2 trillion galaxies—more than ten times as many as previously estimated, according to the first significant revision of the...

Google's AI Reasons Its Way Around the London ­nderground
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Google's AI Reasons Its Way Around the London ­nderground

Artificial-intelligence systems known as neural networks can recognize images, translate languages and even master the ancient game of Go. But their limited ability...

Pioneering Brain Implant Restores Paralysed Man's Sense of Touch
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Pioneering Brain Implant Restores Paralysed Man's Sense of Touch

For the first time, a paralysed man has gained a limited sense of touch, thanks to an electric implant that stimulates his brain and allows him to feel pressure...

World's Tiniest Machines Win Chemistry Nobel
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World's Tiniest Machines Win Chemistry Nobel

Three chemists who created tiny molecular machines have won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their intricate designs.

Can We Open the Black Box of Ai?
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Can We Open the Black Box of Ai?

Dean Pomerleau can still remember his first tussle with the black-box problem.

Deep Learning Boosts Google Translate Tool
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Deep Learning Boosts Google Translate Tool

Google's online translation service, Google Translate, will soon be using a new algorithm that is entirely based on deep learning, the company announced on 27 September...

­S Sharpens Surveillance of Crippling Solar Storms
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­S Sharpens Surveillance of Crippling Solar Storms

In the fight to protect Earth from solar storms, the battle lines are drawn in space at a point 1.6 million kilometres away.

Comet Crash: A Guide to Rosetta's Big Finale
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Comet Crash: A Guide to Rosetta's Big Finale

The Rosetta comet orbiter will meet a sticky end on 30 September, but not before a finale that should see it gather the most detailed images yet of 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko—or...

Daring Chinese Telescope Is Poised to Transform Astronomy
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Daring Chinese Telescope Is Poised to Transform Astronomy

Set in a remote natural depression in the mountainous region of Guizhou, China, the world's largest single-dish telescope is on the brink of sparking a new era...

Geneticists Attempt to Heal Rifts with Aboriginal Communities
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Geneticists Attempt to Heal Rifts with Aboriginal Communities

In 1938, anthropologists Norman Tindale and Joseph Birdsell set off on an 18-month, 29,000-kilometre expedition to survey Australia's indigenous groups.

Mars Contamination Fear Could Divert Curiosity Rover
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Mars Contamination Fear Could Divert Curiosity Rover

Four years into its travels across Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover faces an un­expected challenge: wending its way safely among dozens of dark streaks that could indicate...

Print Your Own 3D Lucy to Work Out How the Famous Hominin Died
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Print Your Own 3D Lucy to Work Out How the Famous Hominin Died

The world's most famous fossil is now open source. 3D scans of Lucy—a 3.18-million-year-old hominin found in Ethiopia—were released on 29 August, allowing anyone...

Beyond Terminator: Squishy 'octobot' Heralds New Era of Soft Robotics
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Beyond Terminator: Squishy 'octobot' Heralds New Era of Soft Robotics

A squishy octopus-shaped machine less than 2 centimetres tall is making waves in the field of soft robotics.

Brain's Chemical Signals Seen in Real Time
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Brain's Chemical Signals Seen in Real Time

Neuroscientists have invented a way to watch the ebb and flow of the brain's chemical messengers in real time.
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