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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.


Bet You're a Liam--Software Puts Names to Faces
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Bet You're a Liam--Software Puts Names to Faces

Researchers are investigating whether it is possible to take an educated guess at someone's name with just one look at their face. 

Digital Shrinks Find Depressed Faces and Body Language
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Digital Shrinks Find Depressed Faces and Body Language

Automated systems that analyze gestures and facial expressions could make the challenging task of diagnosing depression somewhat easier. 

Curiosity's Discoveries Hint at Life's Cradle on Mars
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Curiosity's Discoveries Hint at Life's Cradle on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has found what it was looking for in its very first taste of Martian rock—much to everyone's surprise.

Google Glass App Identifies You By Your Fashion Sense
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Google Glass App Identifies You By Your Fashion Sense

A new human-recognition system designed for the Google Glass platform can recognize people by the clothes they wear. 

The Father of All Men Is 340,000 Years Old
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The Father of All Men Is 340,000 Years Old

Albert Perry carried a secret in his DNA: a Y chromosome so distinctive that it reveals new information about the origin of our species.

Predict an Oscar Winner By Crunching the Numbers
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Predict an Oscar Winner By Crunching the Numbers

Several organizations are using predictive algorithms to try to identify who will take home an Oscar from the upcoming Academy Awards. 

Bandwidth-Sharing App Brings Connectivity to All
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Bandwidth-Sharing App Brings Connectivity to All

Eyal Toledano of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed AirMobs, an app that would allow smartphone owners to share their mobile Internet connections...

Ford's Open-Source Kit Brings Era of Smart Car Apps
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Ford's Open-Source Kit Brings Era of Smart Car Apps

Ford Motor Co. recently released OpenXC, an open source hardware and software toolkit that will allow the hacker community to experiment with the computer systems...

Kinect Sensor Poised to Leap Into Everyday Life
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Kinect Sensor Poised to Leap Into Everyday Life

When Microsoft's Kinect gaming sensor first exploded onto the gaming scene in 2010, it wasn't long before people started getting excited about what it might make...

Mapping Malware's Genome to Fight Future Attacks
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Mapping Malware's Genome to Fight Future Attacks

Every year a computer worm emerges to stalk the Internet, each one seemingly bigger and badder than the last (see diagram).

Warning, Speedsters: You Can't Fool Quantum Radar
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Warning, Speedsters: You Can't Fool Quantum Radar

Is it a bird, a plane, or a speeding car?

Touchpad Steering Wheel Keeps Eyes on the Road
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Touchpad Steering Wheel Keeps Eyes on the Road

Intel researchers have developed a touch-sensitive steering wheel that enables drivers to call up information that is displayed on the windshield.

'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'
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'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'

Soon we'll be able to engineer living things with mechanical precision, says Tom Knight, father of synthetic biology.

Will We Ever ­nderstand How Our Brains Work?
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Will We Ever ­nderstand How Our Brains Work?

When it comes to the human brain, many scientists believe that we are incapable of understanding how it works because we lack the tools and intelligence to measure...

Robots Get Around By Mimicking Primates
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Robots Get Around By Mimicking Primates

Give a friend directions, such as, "it's across the street from a petrol station, just after a red brick building on the right..." and you can be pretty sure they'll...

Graphics Chips Are For More Than Just Eye Candy
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Graphics Chips Are For More Than Just Eye Candy

Chances are there is a graphics chip in your desktop computer, and it is fuelling a revolution.

The Real Tron: It Security As a Shoot 'em ­p
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The Real Tron: It Security As a Shoot 'em ­p

Alert to a sudden threat, you race down a virtual corridor of servers, hot on the tail of malicious software.

Cameras Know You By Your Walk
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Cameras Know You By Your Walk

Everyone knows how easy it is to recognize a friend or family member from their walk—even from a distance.

Fbi Launches $1 Billion Face Recognition Project
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Fbi Launches $1 Billion Face Recognition Project

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is using facial-recognition technology to identify criminals and the system will be rolled out nationwide by 2014.  

Artificial Intelligence Fights Notorious Crop Pest
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Artificial Intelligence Fights Notorious Crop Pest

National Taiwan University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can predict an outbreak of crop-damaging fruit fly swarms.
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