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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.


Filling Space With Polyhedra
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Filling Space With Polyhedra

Salvatore Torquato’s unique space-packing method has implications in information theory and materials science.

Remaking American Medicine
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Remaking American Medicine

Developing an IT ecosystem for health could improve — and transform — the practice of medicine.

Sorting Through Photos
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Sorting Through Photos

Teaching computers to understand pictures could lead to search engines capable of identifying and organizing large datasets of visual information.

Twitter as Medium and Message
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Twitter as Medium and Message

Researchers are mining Twitter's vast flow of data to measure public sentiment, follow political activity, and detect earthquakes and flu outbreaks.

Information Theory After Shannon
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Information Theory After Shannon

Purdue University's Science of Information Center seeks new principles to answer the question 'What is information?'

Straightening Out Heavy Tails
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Straightening Out Heavy Tails

A better understanding of heavy-tailed probability distributions can improve activities from Internet commerce to the design of server farms.

New Search Challenges and Opportunities
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New Search Challenges and Opportunities

If search engines can extract more meaning from text and better understand what people are looking for, the Web's resources could be accessed more effectively.
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