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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.


Quantum Network Would Be Most Precise Clock Yet
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Quantum Network Would Be Most Precise Clock Yet

By exploiting the tricks of quantum physics, researchers say they could build a worldwide network of atomic clocks that are much more accurate than any single clock...

Sound Clue in Hunt For Mh370
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Sound Clue in Hunt For Mh370

Researchers are exploring what may be the first promising lead in months in the search for the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

Ambitious Plans For Brain Project Unveiled
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Ambitious Plans For Brain Project Unveiled

A working group of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) presented a ten-year plan for the agency's portion of a major neuroscience initiative announced last...

Theoretical Physics: Complexity on the Horizon
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Theoretical Physics: Complexity on the Horizon

When physicist Leonard Susskind gives talks these days, he often wears a black T-shirt proclaiming "I ♥ Complexity".

Pluto-Bound Probe Faces Crisis
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Pluto-Bound Probe Faces Crisis

Nearly 4.3 billion kilometres from Earth, and most of the way to Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is in danger of missing out on half of its mission.

Microbial Stowaways to Mars Identified
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Microbial Stowaways to Mars Identified

Dozens of microbial species may have accompanied the Curiosity rover to Mars, where it landed in August 2012.

Nasa Plans Mars Sample-Return Rover
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Nasa Plans Mars Sample-Return Rover

NASA's Curiosity rover is in the prime of its life, exploring the rocks, soil and air of Mars. But the agency is already planning its successor—and this time, the...

Model Universe Recreates Evolution of the Cosmos
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Model Universe Recreates Evolution of the Cosmos

Can current theories of cosmology explain how the Universe evolved?

First Life with 'alien' Dna
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First Life with 'alien' Dna

For billions of years, the history of life has been written with just four letters—A, T, C and G, the labels given to the DNA subunits contained in all organisms...

Imaging: Cancer Caught in the Act
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Imaging: Cancer Caught in the Act

Mikala Egeblad was blown away when she made her first action film of tumour cells inside live mice.

Wiring of Retina Reveals How Eyes Sense Motion
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Wiring of Retina Reveals How Eyes Sense Motion

A vast project to map neural connections in the mouse retina may have answered the long-standing question of how the eyes detect motion.

Basic Science Finds Corporate Refuge
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Basic Science Finds Corporate Refuge

Microsoft makes Windows, Word, and the Xbox. But it also employs scientists who make sensors to stick on the hides of elephants and rhinoceroses.

How to Build a Neanderthal
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How to Build a Neanderthal

The DNA sequences of Neanderthals and other extinct human relatives have exposed lost migrations, sexual escapades and even new species.

Human Evolution: The Neanderthal in the Family
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Human Evolution: The Neanderthal in the Family

Before ancient DNA exposed the sexual proclivities of Neanderthals or the ancestry of the first Americans, there was the quagga.

Dwarf Planet Stretches Solar System's Edge
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Dwarf Planet Stretches Solar System's Edge

The Solar System just got a lot more far-flung.

Mugshots Built from Dna Data
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Mugshots Built from Dna Data

Leaving a hair at a crime scene could one day be as damning as leaving a photograph of your face.

The $1,000 Genome
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The $1,000 Genome

In Silicon Valley, Moore's law seems to stand on equal footing with the natural laws codified by Isaac Newton.

Computer Science: The Learning Machines
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Computer Science: The Learning Machines

Three years ago, researchers at the secretive Google X lab in Mountain View, California, extracted some 10 million still images from YouTube videos and fed them...

Autonomous Drones Flock Like Birds
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Autonomous Drones Flock Like Birds

A Hungarian team has created the first drones that can fly as a coordinated flock.

Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Gibberish Papers
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Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Gibberish Papers

The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer...
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