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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.


Cosmic Test Backs 'quantum Spookiness'
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Cosmic Test Backs 'quantum Spookiness'

A version of an iconic experiment to confirm quantum theory has for the first time used the light of distant stars to bolster the case for a phenomenon that Albert...

Astronomers Explore Uses For AI-Generated Images
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Astronomers Explore Uses For AI-Generated Images

Volcanoes, monasteries, birds, thistles: the varied images in Jeff Clune's research paper could be his holiday snaps.

Neuroscience: Big Brain, Big Data
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Neuroscience: Big Brain, Big Data

As big brain-mapping initiatives go, Taiwan's might seem small.

D-Wave ­pgrade: How Scientists Are ­sing the World's Most Controversial Quantum Computer
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D-Wave ­pgrade: How Scientists Are ­sing the World's Most Controversial Quantum Computer

The company that makes the world's only commercially available quantum computers has released its biggest machine yet—and researchers are paying close attention...

Google Reveals Secret Test of AI Bot to Beat Top Go Players
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Google Reveals Secret Test of AI Bot to Beat Top Go Players

A mystery player causing a stir in the world of the complex strategy game Go has been revealed as an updated version of AlphaGo, the artificial-intelligence program...

How Scientists ­se Slack
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How Scientists ­se Slack

When geneticist Daniel MacArthur checks into his lab, the first thing he does is fire up Slack, a workplace messaging app.

Ephemeral Antimatter Atoms Pinned Down in Milestone Laser Test
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Ephemeral Antimatter Atoms Pinned Down in Milestone Laser Test

In a technical tour-de-force, physicists have made the first measurements of how antimatter atoms absorb light.

Algorithms Compete to Predict Recipe For Cancer Vaccine
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Algorithms Compete to Predict Recipe For Cancer Vaccine

Could predictive algorithms be the key to creating a successful cancer vaccine?

Graphene-Spiked Silly Putty Picks ­p Human Pulse
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Graphene-Spiked Silly Putty Picks ­p Human Pulse

A dash of graphene can transform the stretchy goo known as Silly Putty into a pressure sensor able to monitor a human pulse or even track the dainty steps of a...

Fire ­p the Atom Forge
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Fire ­p the Atom Forge

Electron microscopy is on the brink of a transition.

Brain Implants Allow Paralysed Monkeys to Walk
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Brain Implants Allow Paralysed Monkeys to Walk

For more than a decade, neuroscientist Grégoire Courtine has been flying every few months from his lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne...

The Real-Time Technicolour Living Brain
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The Real-Time Technicolour Living Brain

Rosa Cossart thinks she knows what a memory looks like.

Computing Glitch May Have Doomed Mars Lander
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Computing Glitch May Have Doomed Mars Lander

Photos of a huge circle of churned-up Martian soil leave few doubts: a European Space Agency (ESA) probe that was supposed to test landing technology on Mars crashed...

Icy Heart Could Be Key to Pluto's Strange Geology
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Icy Heart Could Be Key to Pluto's Strange Geology

Pluto's icy heart beats with a planetary rhythm.

Inside Microsoft's Quest For a Topological Quantum Computer
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Inside Microsoft's Quest For a Topological Quantum Computer

The race is on build a "universal" quantum computer. Such a device could be programmed to speedily solve problems that classical computers cannot crack, potentially...

The Power of Prediction Markets
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The Power of Prediction Markets

It was a great way to mix science with gambling, says Anna Dreber.

The Polling Crisis: How to Tell What People Really Think
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The Polling Crisis: How to Tell What People Really Think

Hillary Clinton is heading for a landslide victory over Donald Trump. But wait.

Europe and Russia Prepare For Historic Landing on Mars
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Europe and Russia Prepare For Historic Landing on Mars

Almost three weeks after it crash-landed the Rosetta orbiter on a comet, the European Space Agency (ESA) is gearing up to land another spacecraft—this time on Mars...

Google's AI Reasons Its Way Around the London ­nderground
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Google's AI Reasons Its Way Around the London ­nderground

Artificial-intelligence systems known as neural networks can recognize images, translate languages and even master the ancient game of Go. But their limited ability...

Pioneering Brain Implant Restores Paralysed Man's Sense of Touch
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Pioneering Brain Implant Restores Paralysed Man's Sense of Touch

For the first time, a paralysed man has gained a limited sense of touch, thanks to an electric implant that stimulates his brain and allows him to feel pressure...
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