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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.


Google's Fact-Checking Bots Build Vast Knowledge Bank
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Google's Fact-Checking Bots Build Vast Knowledge Bank

Google is building the largest store of knowledge in human history—and it's doing so without any human help.

Proof Confirmed of 400-Year-Old Fruit-Stacking Problem
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Proof Confirmed of 400-Year-Old Fruit-Stacking Problem

A computer-verified proof of a 400-year-old problem could pave the way for a new era of mathematics.

Traffic Light Hackers Could Cause Jams Across the US
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Traffic Light Hackers Could Cause Jams Across the US

Branden Ghena pulls his car up under a traffic light in a city in Michigan.

U.s. Government Chatbot Gets You to Tell All
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U.s. Government Chatbot Gets You to Tell All

Want access to the U.S. government's secrets? Talk to the robot.

Turing's Oracle: The Computer That Goes Beyond Logic
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Turing's Oracle: The Computer That Goes Beyond Logic

An "oracle" computer proposed by celebrated mathematician Alan Turing in 1938 that goes beyond conventional human logic is the focus of a Missouri State University...

Commercial Quantum Computer Still Awaits Ultimate Test
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Commercial Quantum Computer Still Awaits Ultimate Test

Quantum computers promise to revolutionise the digital world, but how do you tell if a computer really is harnessing the power quantum mechanics?

Quantum Positioning System Steps In When Gps Fails
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Quantum Positioning System Steps In When Gps Fails

In 2016 a British submarine will slip its moorings and set sail under the guidance of the quantum world.

Watson in Your Pocket: Supercomputer Gets Own Apps
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Watson in Your Pocket: Supercomputer Gets Own Apps

If you could quiz Watson, IBM's all-knowing supercomputer, from an app on your phone, what would you ask it?

Atomic Time Lord to Battle Sneaky High-Speed Trades
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Atomic Time Lord to Battle Sneaky High-Speed Trades

Welcome to the room where time lives. I am standing in a space bristling with atomic clocks at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, U.K., which generates...

Dna Nanobots Deliver Drugs in Living Cockroaches
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Dna Nanobots Deliver Drugs in Living Cockroaches

Researchers have introduced  DNA nanobots that can dispense drugs into living cockroaches. 

Hot on the Trail of Consciousness in Brain and Machine
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Hot on the Trail of Consciousness in Brain and Machine

"Nowhere in science have so many devoted so much to create so little consensus," writes physicist, author, and TV presenter Michio Kaku of consciousness research...

Graphene Rival 'phosphorene' Is Born to Be a Transistor
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Graphene Rival 'phosphorene' Is Born to Be a Transistor

Phosphorene, which is structurally similar to graphene, is a natural semiconductor that could be used in the next generation of computers.

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Google's Quantum Computer Flunks Landmark Speed Test

Google's quantum revolution is still in the slow lane.

Quantum Chip Connected to Internet Is Yours to Command
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Quantum Chip Connected to Internet Is Yours to Command

University of Bristol researchers have brought quantum computing to the cloud, enabling anyone with a Web browser to be able to log in and run basic algorithms...

Coding For Brain Chips Gives Cognitive Computing Boost
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Coding For Brain Chips Gives Cognitive Computing Boost

It's a cognitive leap forward. IBM can now program an experimental chip they unveiled two years ago.

Light Completely Stopped for a Record-breaking Minute
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Light Completely Stopped for a Record-breaking Minute

The fastest thing in the universe has come to a complete stop for a record-breaking minute. At full pelt, light would travel about 18 million kilometres in that...

Slime Mold Could Make Memristors For Biocomputers
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Slime Mold Could Make Memristors For Biocomputers

Researchers say the feeding fronds of the slime Physarum polycephalum could be used to build exotic computers. 

Controversial Quantum Computer Aces Entanglement Tests
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Controversial Quantum Computer Aces Entanglement Tests

A few days ago, I held a quantum computer in my hand—or did I?

The Computer That Never Crashes
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The Computer That Never Crashes

University College London researchers have created what they describe as a self-repairing computer that could keep mission-critical systems working. 

3-D Print Yourself Something Big, Piece By Piece
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3-D Print Yourself Something Big, Piece By Piece

Princeton University's Linjie Luo and colleagues have developed Chopper, software that could enable home 3-D printers to print larger and more useful objects.
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