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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.


Medicine Gets ­p Close and Personal
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Medicine Gets ­p Close and Personal

Leroy Hood, president of the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle, Washington, likes to talk about what he calls P4 medicine: health care that is predictive...

Scientists Reading Fewer Papers For First Time in 35 Years
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Scientists Reading Fewer Papers For First Time in 35 Years

A 35-year trend of researchers reading ever more scholarly papers seems to have halted.

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?

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...

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...

Genome Hacker ­ncovers Largest-Ever Family Tree
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Genome Hacker ­ncovers Largest-Ever Family Tree

Using data pulled from online genealogy sites, a renowned 'genome hacker' has constructed what is likely the biggest family trees ever assembled.

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.

­.s. Brain Project Puts Focus on Ethics
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­.s. Brain Project Puts Focus on Ethics

The false mouse memories made the ethicists uneasy. By stimulating certain neurons in the hippocampus, Susumu Tonegawa and his colleagues caused mice to recall...

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.
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