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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.


Virtual Duplicates
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Virtual Duplicates

Digital twins aim to model reality so we can see how it changes.

Catching the Fakes
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Catching the Fakes

Applying neural networks to images helps identify counterfeit goods.

Fact-Finding Mission
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Fact-Finding Mission

Artificial intelligence provides automatic fact-checking and fake news detection, but with limits.

Tracking COVID, Discreetly
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Tracking COVID, Discreetly

Tracing the contacts of those who come into contact with the coronavirus is not that simple.

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...

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.

General Agreement
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General Agreement

Leslie Lamport contributed to the theory and practice of building distributed computing systems that work as intended.

Time For a Change
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Time For a Change

4D printing combines the dimension of time with the hope of building objects with new capabilities.

Playing at Health
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Playing at Health

Developers try to tap the beneficial effects of video games.

More Than a Mouse
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More Than a Mouse

Gesture and gaze are among the newest additions to a growing family of computer interfaces.

Backing Creativity
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Backing Creativity

Hacker spaces are spreading around the world, though some government funding is raising questions.

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.
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