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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.


­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...

Google Scholar Pioneer on Search Engine’s Future
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Google Scholar Pioneer on Search Engine’s Future

As the search engine approaches its 10th birthday, Nature speaks to the co-creator of Google Scholar.

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.

Organic Synthesis: The Robo-Chemist
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Organic Synthesis: The Robo-Chemist

In faded photographs from the 1960s, organic-chemistry laboratories look like an alchemist's paradise.

Quantum Network Would Be Most Precise Clock Yet
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Quantum Network Would Be Most Precise Clock Yet

By exploiting the tricks of quantum physics, researchers say they could build a worldwide network of atomic clocks that are much more accurate than any single clock...

Sound Clue in Hunt For Mh370
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Sound Clue in Hunt For Mh370

Researchers are exploring what may be the first promising lead in months in the search for the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

Ambitious Plans For Brain Project Unveiled
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Ambitious Plans For Brain Project Unveiled

A working group of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) presented a ten-year plan for the agency's portion of a major neuroscience initiative announced last...

Flashes of Light Show How Memories Are Made
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Flashes of Light Show How Memories Are Made

Neuroscientists can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

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.

'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...

Computer Science: The Learning Machines
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Computer Science: The Learning Machines

Three years ago, researchers at the secretive Google X lab in Mountain View, California, extracted some 10 million still images from YouTube videos and fed them...

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.

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.

Brain Decoding: Reading Minds
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Brain Decoding: Reading Minds

Jack Gallant perches on the edge of a swivel chair in his lab at the University of California, Berkeley, fixated on the screen of a computer that is trying to decode...

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.

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...

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.

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...

Quantum Cryptography Conquers Noise Problem
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Quantum Cryptography Conquers Noise Problem

It's hard to stand out from the crowd—particularly if you are a single photon in a sea of millions in an optical fibre.
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