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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.


Attempts to Predict Terrorist Attacks Hit Limits
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Attempts to Predict Terrorist Attacks Hit Limits

From France to Nigeria, the world is reeling from a wave of deadly terrorist attacks.

Tropical Paradise Inspires Virtual Ecology Lab
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Tropical Paradise Inspires Virtual Ecology Lab

A paradise on Earth could soon become the first ecosystem in the world to be replicated in digital form in pain­staking detail, from the genes of its plants and...

Exoplanet Bounty Includes Most Earth-Like Worlds Yet
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Exoplanet Bounty Includes Most Earth-Like Worlds Yet

NASA's Kepler space telescope has hit a milestone: confirming the existence of 1,000 planets, including a fresh crop of alien worlds that are more Earth-like than...

Galaxy Seen Shuddering from Ancient Collision
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Galaxy Seen Shuddering from Ancient Collision

Using thousands of exposures from the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have created the sharpest and deepest image ever assembled of the Andromeda galaxy.

Comet Lander's Location Still Eludes Scientists
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Comet Lander's Location Still Eludes Scientists

More than a month after the Philae spacecraft bounced to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, European Space Agency scientists still have not been able...

­ndersea Robot Explores Life Below Arctic Ice
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­ndersea Robot Explores Life Below Arctic Ice

While 2014 has not been kind to rockets, it has been a banner year for robots of all stripes.

STEM Cells: The Black Box of Reprogramming
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STEM Cells: The Black Box of Reprogramming

Eggs and sperm do it when they combine to make an embryo.

Titan's Giant Dunes Track Ancient Climate
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Titan's Giant Dunes Track Ancient Climate

Long sand dunes that ripple across Saturn's moon Titan may have been there for thousands of years, results from NASA's Cassini spacecraft suggest.

Physics: Quantum Computer Quest
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Physics: Quantum Computer Quest

When asked what he likes best about working for Google, physicist John Martinis does not mention the famous massage chairs in the hallways, or the free snacks available...

­S Regulators Move on Thought-Controlled Prosthetics
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­S Regulators Move on Thought-Controlled Prosthetics

For the first time since accidents severed the neural connection between their brains and limbs, a small number of patients are reaching out and feeling the world...

Mathematical Time Law Governs Crowd Flow
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Mathematical Time Law Governs Crowd Flow

Walking in crowds means predicting the future.

Joint Effort Nabs Next Wave of ­S Supercomputers
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Joint Effort Nabs Next Wave of ­S Supercomputers

Once locked in an arms race with each other for the fastest supercomputers, US national laboratories are now banding together to buy their next-generation machines...

Half of Stars Lurk Outside Galaxies
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Half of Stars Lurk Outside Galaxies

Astronomers have spotted a faint cosmic glow, unseen until now, that may come from stars that float adrift between galaxies.

Oldest-Known Human Genome Sequenced
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Oldest-Known Human Genome Sequenced

A 45,000-year-old leg bone from Siberia has yielded the oldest genome sequence for Homo sapiens on record—revealing a mysterious population that may once have spanned...

Data Bank Struggles As Protein Imaging ­ps Its Game
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Data Bank Struggles As Protein Imaging ­ps Its Game

Structural biology, the mapping of complex biological molecules such as proteins, is in the grip of a revolution.

Gravity Map Uncovers Sea-Floor Surprises
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Gravity Map Uncovers Sea-Floor Surprises

s though someone had pulled a plug in the oceans and drained them away, a sea-floor map has exposed thousands of never-before-seen underwater mountains and ridges...

Artificial Arms Get Closer to the Real Thing
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Artificial Arms Get Closer to the Real Thing

Powered prosthetic hands and arms have advanced little in the last 50 years.

Large Hadron Collider: The Big Reboot
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Large Hadron Collider: The Big Reboot

Mike Lamont grabs the last croissant from a table and eats it as he walks through the control centre at CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics just...

Neuroscience: Brains of Norway
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Neuroscience: Brains of Norway

The fact that Edvard and May-Britt Moser have collaborated for 30 years—and been married for 28—has done nothing to dull their passion for the brain.

Quantum Bits Get Their First Compression
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Quantum Bits Get Their First Compression

Without algorithms that compress data to encode information into fewer bits, hard drives would clog up and Internet traffic would slow to a snail's pace.
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