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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.


Biology Software Promises Easier Way to Program Living Cells
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Biology Software Promises Easier Way to Program Living Cells

Synthetic biologists have created software that automates the design of DNA circuits for living cells.

Massive Network of Robotic Ocean Probes Gets Smart ­pgrade
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Massive Network of Robotic Ocean Probes Gets Smart ­pgrade

The Southern Ocean guards its secrets well. Strong winds and punishing waves have kept all except the hardiest sailors at bay.

'minimal' Cell Raises Stakes in Race to Harness Synthetic Life
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'minimal' Cell Raises Stakes in Race to Harness Synthetic Life

Genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter has created a synthetic cell that contains the smallest genome of any known, independent organism.

The Black-Hole Collision That Reshaped Physics
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The Black-Hole Collision That Reshaped Physics

The event was catastrophic on a cosmic scale—a merger of black holes that violently shook the surrounding fabric of space and time, and sent a blast of space-time...

Mobile-Phone Health Apps Deliver Data Bounty
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Mobile-Phone Health Apps Deliver Data Bounty

Last summer, physician Yvonne Chan wondered how the wildfires raging through Washington state were affecting people with asthma—for whom smoke and heat can trigger...

Living Factories of the Future
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Living Factories of the Future

From an evolutionary perspective, yeast has no business producing a pain killer. But by re-engineering the microbe's genome, Christina Smolke at Stanford University...

Oldest Ancient-Human Dna Details Dawn of Neanderthals
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Oldest Ancient-Human Dna Details Dawn of Neanderthals

Matthias Meyer has just published the results of what may be the world's most wasteful genome-sequencing project.

On the Hunt For a Mystery Planet
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On the Hunt For a Mystery Planet

Astronomer Scott Sheppard runs through his checklist as he settles in for a long night of skygazing at the Subaru telescope atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

What Google's Winning Go Algorithm Will Do Next
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What Google's Winning Go Algorithm Will Do Next

Following the defeat of one of its finest human players, the ancient game of Go has joined the growing list of tasks at which computers perform better than humans...

Welcome to the Crispr Zoo
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Welcome to the Crispr Zoo

Timothy Doran's 11-year-old daughter is allergic to eggs. And like about 2% of children worldwide who share the condition, she is unable to receive many routine...

Crispr: Gene Editing Is Just the Beginning
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Crispr: Gene Editing Is Just the Beginning

Whenever a paper about CRISPR–Cas9 hits the press, the staff at Addgene quickly find out.

Et Search: Look For the Aliens Looking For Earth
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Et Search: Look For the Aliens Looking For Earth

By watching how the light dims as a planet orbits in front of its parent star, NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered more than 1,000 worlds since its launch in...

Should You Edit Your Children's Genes?
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Should You Edit Your Children's Genes?

Ruthie Weiss's basketball team seemed to be minutes away from its fourth straight loss.

Dna Tags Help the Hunt For Drugs
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Dna Tags Help the Hunt For Drugs

Nestled in a plastic box, in an ordinary laboratory freezer on the second floor of a concrete building in Waltham, Massachusetts, is a clear test tube that contains...

Evidence Mounts For Interbreeding Bonanza in Ancient Human Species
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Evidence Mounts For Interbreeding Bonanza in Ancient Human Species

The discovery of yet another period of interbreeding between early humans and Neanderthals is adding to the growing sense that sexual encounters among different...

The Truth About Exoplanets
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The Truth About Exoplanets

The trickle of discoveries has become a torrent.

Einstein's Gravitational Waves Found at Last
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Einstein's Gravitational Waves Found at Last

One hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, scientists have finally spotted these elusive ripples in space-time.

The Chips Are Down For Moore's Law
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The Chips Are Down For Moore's Law

Next month, the worldwide semiconductor industry will formally acknowledge what has become increasingly obvious to everyone involved: Moore's law, the principle...

Meet the Soft, Cuddly Robots of the Future
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Meet the Soft, Cuddly Robots of the Future

In 2007, Cecilia Laschi asked her father to catch a live octopus for her seaside lab in Livorno, Italy.

­k Scientists Gain Licence to Edit Genes in Human Embryos
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­k Scientists Gain Licence to Edit Genes in Human Embryos

Scientists in London have been granted permission to edit the genomes of human embryos for research, UK fertility regulators announced. The 1 February approval...
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