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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.


Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes
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Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes

Eyes are said to be the window to the soul—but researchers at Google see them as indicators of a person's health.

How an Underwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine
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How an Underwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine

On 15 November, Argentina's Navy lost contact with the ARA San Juan, a small diesel-powered submarine that had been involved in exercises off the east coast of...

AI-Controlled Brain Implants For Mood Disorders Tested in People
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AI-Controlled Brain Implants For Mood Disorders Tested in People

Brain implants that deliver electrical pulses tuned to a person's feelings and behaviour are being tested in people for the first time. Two teams funded by the...

The Shape of Work to ComeĀ 
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The Shape of Work to ComeĀ 

Last year, entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun set out to augment his sales force with artificial intelligence.

The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos
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The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos

Hany Farid, a computer scientist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, specialises in detecting manipulated images and videos. Farid, who provides his...

Risk of Human-Triggered Earthquakes Laid Out in Biggest-Ever Database
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Risk of Human-Triggered Earthquakes Laid Out in Biggest-Ever Database

From mining projects to oil and gas operations, human activity has set off earthquakes around the world and in many geological settings.

The Drug-Maker's Guide to the Galaxy
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The Drug-Maker's Guide to the Galaxy

In 2016, the pharmaceutical firm Sunovion gave a group of seasoned employees an unusual assignment.

Researchers Unite in Quest For 'standard Model' of the Brain
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Researchers Unite in Quest For 'standard Model' of the Brain

Leading neuroscientists are joining forces to study the brain—in much the same way that physicists team up in mega-projects to hunt for new particles.

Geneticists Pan Paper that Claims to Predict a Person's Face from Their Dna
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Geneticists Pan Paper that Claims to Predict a Person's Face from Their Dna

A storm of criticism has rained down on a paper by genome-sequencing pioneer Craig Venter that claims to predict people's physical traits from their DNA.

Plot a Course Through the Genome
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Plot a Course Through the Genome

Chromatin does much more than just keep DNA neat and tidy.

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts
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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

Researchers are combining artificial intelligence and climate science to create deep-learning analyses of weather patterns.

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts
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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

As Earth-observing satellites become more plentiful and climate models more powerful, researchers who study global warming are facing a deluge of data.

Artificial Intelligence Identifies Plant Species For Science
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Artificial Intelligence Identifies Plant Species For Science

Computer algorithms trained on the images of thousands of preserved plants have learned to automatically identify species that have been pressed, dried and mounted...

Satellite Snafu Masked True Sea-Level Rise For Decades
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Satellite Snafu Masked True Sea-Level Rise For Decades

The numbers didn't add up. Even as Earth grew warmer and glaciers and ice sheets thawed, decades of satellite data seemed to show that the rate of sea-level rise...

The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors
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The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors

Jerry Paros is worried about the geological time bomb ticking away just off the coast near his home in Washington state.

The 'time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks
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The 'time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks

Only metres away from the tourist throngs that bustle through Venice's crowded piazzas, the silence inside Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is so profound it hurts...

The Mathematicians Who Want to Save Democracy
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The Mathematicians Who Want to Save Democracy

Leaning back in his chair, Jonathan Mattingly swings his legs up onto his desk, presses a key on his laptop and changes the results of the 2012 elections in North...

Satellite Images Reveal Gaps in Global Population Data
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Satellite Images Reveal Gaps in Global Population Data

Nigerian health officials won't have to rely on flawed, decade-old census data when they plan deliveries of the measles vaccine next year.

Pocket Laboratories
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Pocket Laboratories

As spring turns to summer along the east coast of the United States, thoughts turn to holidays, beaches, picnics—and mosquitoes.

Planetariums, Not Just For Kids
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Planetariums, Not Just For Kids

Most researchers think of planetariums, if they think of them at all, as a place to take schoolchildren for whizzy trips through the stars, with nothing to offer...
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