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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.


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 ­niverse Recreates Evolution of the Cosmos
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Model ­niverse Recreates Evolution of the Cosmos

Can current theories of cosmology explain how the Universe evolved?

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.

Exotic Space Particles Slam Into Buried South Pole Detector
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Exotic Space Particles Slam Into Buried South Pole Detector

A belowground experiment at the South Pole has now discovered three of the highest-energy neutrinos ever found, particles that may be created in the most violent...

'electronic Skin' Equipped with Memory
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'electronic Skin' Equipped with Memory

Researchers have created a wearable device that is as thin as a temporary tattoo and can store and transmit data about a person's movements, receive diagnostic...

Exomars Scientists Narrow Down Landing Sites
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Exomars Scientists Narrow Down Landing Sites

Scientists have picked four potential landing sites for a European rover designed to search for life on Mars.

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.

China's Moon Rover Awake but Immobile
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China's Moon Rover Awake but Immobile

China's Moon rover Yutu, or "Jade Rabbit," has stopped hopping. But its ears are still twitching—and communicating with Earth.

Oscar-Winning Visual Effects Mastermind Behind Gravity, Talks Physics Lessons, Nasa Imagery, and Defining the Art of Cg 'weightlessness' in Space
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Oscar-Winning Visual Effects Mastermind Behind Gravity, Talks Physics Lessons, Nasa Imagery, and Defining the Art of Cg 'weightlessness' in Space

Tim Webber is a visual effects supervisor who has worked on an array of critically acclaimed blockbusters.

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...

Atom Circuits a Step Closer
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Atom Circuits a Step Closer

A memory effect that is crucial in electronics has been seen for the first time in a cloud of ultracold atoms.

Laser Looks ­nder the Surface of Art
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Laser Looks ­nder the Surface of Art

Chemists have unveiled a technique that can get under the skin of paintings to provide a three-dimensional analysis of the old masters' works without causing any...

Is the $1,000 Genome For Real?
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Is the $1,000 Genome For Real?


Comet Craft Ready to Wake
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Comet Craft Ready to Wake

Space scientists are used to moments of high tension.

The Best Time to Wage Cyberwar
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The Best Time to Wage Cyberwar

If you discover a way to hack into your enemy's computers, do you strike while the iron is hot, or patiently wait for a better opportunity to arise?
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