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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.


Life in Simulation
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Life in Simulation

Computational models are tackling the complexity of biology, from single-celled microbes to human organs.

Stopping the Leaks
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Stopping the Leaks

Side channels give out information that can be used to crack secrets, but researchers are identifying the holes and trying to close them.

Digging For Drug Facts
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Digging For Drug Facts

With the right approach, data mining can discover unexpected side effects and drug interactions.

Automating Scientific Discovery
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Automating Scientific Discovery

Computer scientists are teaching machines to run experiments, make inferences from the data, and use the results to conduct new experiments.

Gaining Wisdom from Crowds
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Gaining Wisdom from Crowds

Online games are harnessing humans' skills to solve scientific problems that are currently beyond the ability of computers.

Better Medicine Through Machine Learning
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Better Medicine Through Machine Learning

Computers that tease out patterns from clinical data could improve patient diagnosis and care.

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?'

Wide Open Spaces
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Wide Open Spaces

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's decision to open frequencies in the broadcast spectrum could enable broadband networks in rural areas, permit smart...

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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