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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.


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?

Nasa Lays Out Long-Term Vision For Astrophysics
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Nasa Lays Out Long-Term Vision For Astrophysics

A new year is a good time to make long-term plans, and NASA has jumped into the deep end of planning.

Distant Planet Weighed ­sing Clues from Starlight
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Distant Planet Weighed ­sing Clues from Starlight

Researchers have weighed a planet orbiting a distant star by measuring the starlight passing through its atmosphere.

Nasa's Chief Scientist on Mars, Moons, and Money
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Nasa's Chief Scientist on Mars, Moons, and Money

Planetary geologist Ellen Stofan joined NASA in August as the agency's chief scientist, an overarching role in which she advises on the science of all NASA programmes...

Graphene: The Quest For Supercarbon
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Graphene: The Quest For Supercarbon

Mr G gazes out from a recruitment poster hanging in an engineering building in Cambridge, U.K.

Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger Lhc
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Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger Lhc

When Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) started up in 2008, particle physicists would not have dreamt of asking for something bigger until they got their US$5...

Nasa Missions Struggle to Cope with Shutdown
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Nasa Missions Struggle to Cope with Shutdown

All it took was four minutes.

Researchers Split Over NSA Hacking
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Researchers Split Over NSA Hacking

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has upset a great many people this year.

Formula Predicts Research Papers' Future Citations
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Formula Predicts Research Papers' Future Citations

It sounds like a science administrator’s dream—or a scientist's worst nightmare: a formula that predicts how often research papers will be cited.

Did a Hyper-Black Hole Spawn the ­niverse?
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Did a Hyper-Black Hole Spawn the ­niverse?

It could be time to bid the Big Bang bye-bye. Cosmologists have speculated that the Universe formed from the debris ejected when a four-dimensional star collapsed...

Gaming Improves Multitasking Skills
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Gaming Improves Multitasking Skills

Sixty-five-year-old Ann Linsey was starting to worry about how easily she got distracted from whatever she was doing.

Quantum Paradox Seen in Diamond
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Quantum Paradox Seen in Diamond

A quantum effect named after an ancient Greek puzzle has been observed in diamond, paving the way for the use of diamond crystals in quantum computer chips.

Exotic Optics: Metamaterial World
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Exotic Optics: Metamaterial World

Tom Driscoll would be happy if he never heard the phrase "Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak" again.

Father's Genetic Quest Pays Off
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Father's Genetic Quest Pays Off

Hugh Rienhoff says that his nine-year-old daughter, Bea, is "a fire cracker", "a tomboy" and "a very sassy, impudent girl". But in a forthcoming research paper,...

Drones in Science: Fly, and Bring Me Data
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Drones in Science: Fly, and Bring Me Data

The Tempest—wingspan 3.2 metres, cruising speed 75 knots—was designed to fly into severe storms.

Computer Memory Can Be Read with a Flash of Light
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Computer Memory Can Be Read with a Flash of Light

Modern computer-memory technologies come with a trade-off. There is speedy but short-term storage for on-the-fly processing—random-access memory, or RAM—and slow...

Neuroprosthetics: Once More, With Feeling
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Neuroprosthetics: Once More, With Feeling

Sitting motionless in her wheelchair, paralysed from the neck down by a stroke, Cathy Hutchinson seems to take no notice of the cable rising from the top of her...

Diamond Shows Promise For Quantum Internet
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Diamond Shows Promise For Quantum Internet

Today's Internet runs on linked silicon chips, but a future quantum version might be built from diamond crystals.

Moore's Law Is Not Just for Computers
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Moore's Law Is Not Just for Computers

Predicting the future of technology often seems a fool's game.

Computer Engineering: Feeling the Heat
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Computer Engineering: Feeling the Heat

A laptop computer can double as an effective portable knee-warmer—pleasant in a cold office.
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