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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.


An Animating Spirit
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An Animating Spirit

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients, Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan, overcame industry indifference to found Pixar and put their computer graphics expertise to work. ...

Seeing Through Walls
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Seeing Through Walls

Artificial intelligence makes sense of radio signals to understand what someone in another room is doing.

A New Movement in Seismology
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A New Movement in Seismology

Unused telecom fiber might be used to detect earthquakes, uncover other secrets in the soil.

Going Serverless
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Going Serverless

Serverless computing lets businesses and application developers focus on the program they need to run, without worrying about the machine on which it runs, or the...

Thinking Deeply to Make Better Speech
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Thinking Deeply to Make Better Speech

More work is needed to make synthesized speech more natural, easier to understand, and more pleasant to hear.

Seeing More Clearly
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Seeing More Clearly

Computer understanding of images has improved rapidly, but true visual intelligence is still a long way off.

Split Second
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Split Second

The issue of whether to add a "leap second" to square the clock with the Earth's orbit pits time specialists against IT.

Forging Relationships
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Forging Relationships

Michael Stonebraker didn't realize at the outset that it would take six years to create INGRES, one of the world's first relational databases.

Plenty of Proteins
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Plenty of Proteins

The growth of structural biology brings new challenges for the world's protein data archive.

Visualizing Sound
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Visualizing Sound

New techniques capture speech by looking for the vibrations it causes.

The Power of Memory
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The Power of Memory

In-memory databases promise speedier processing.

Playing at Health
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Playing at Health

Developers try to tap the beneficial effects of video games.

Proofs Probable
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Proofs Probable

Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali laid the foundations for modern cryptography, with contributions including interactive and zero-knowledge proofs.

Decoding Dementia
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Decoding Dementia

Computer models may help neurologists unlock the secrets of brain disorders, from Alzheimer's to cancer.

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.

Game Changer
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Game Changer

Judea Pearl's passionate advocacy of the importance of probability and causality helped revolutionize artificial intelligence.

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.
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