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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.


Five Fascinating Things Revealed By Twitter Data
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Five Fascinating Things Revealed By Twitter Data

When technology companies get floated on the stock market, it prompts all kinds of analytical soul searching.

Will India Get to Mars? A Guide to the Dangers Ahead
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Will India Get to Mars? A Guide to the Dangers Ahead

With the successful launch just hours ago of its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), India has passed the first test in its bid to orbit the Red Planet. Next up is a nail...

Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes
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Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes

How has the definition of life changed during your lifetime?

What Our 3d-Printed Future Looks Like
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What Our 3d-Printed Future Looks Like

On-demand organs, Terminator-style arms, and aviation nostalgia—the best of 3D printing is on show in 3D: Printing the Future at London's Science Museum.

Silk Road Bust Hints at Fbi's New Cybercrime Powers
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Silk Road Bust Hints at Fbi's New Cybercrime Powers

The biggest drug marketplace on the Internet has been busted.

Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats
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Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats

Everyone knows that to have a private chat in the NSA era, you go outdoors.

Early Humans Saw Black Hole Light in the Night Sky
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Early Humans Saw Black Hole Light in the Night Sky

Some 2 million years ago, around the time our ancestors were learning to walk upright, a light appeared in the night sky, rivalling the moon for brightness and...

Man Controls New Prosthetic Leg ­sing Thought Alone
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Man Controls New Prosthetic Leg ­sing Thought Alone

A man missing his lower leg has gained precise control over a prosthetic limb, just by thinking about moving it—all because his unused nerves were preserved during...

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.

Maths Quiz Helps Paralyzed People Talk With Their Eyes
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Maths Quiz Helps Paralyzed People Talk With Their Eyes

Giving fully conscious but paralysed people hard sums to do might seem like adding insult to injury. But because such brain teasers make the pupils of the eyes...

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...

Kindergarten Coders Can Program Before They Can Read
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Kindergarten Coders Can Program Before They Can Read

Researchers are studying the ability of kindergarten-aged children to program computers using a graphics-based coding language called ScratchJr. 

New Language Helps Quantum Coders Build Killer Apps
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New Language Helps Quantum Coders Build Killer Apps

Quantum software has finally left the dark ages with the creation of the first practical, high-level programming language for quantum computers.

Overprotection May Be Hampering Hunt For Mars Life
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Overprotection May Be Hampering Hunt For Mars Life

There are aliens on Mars—and they came from Earth.

Submarine Internet Cables Are a Gift For Spooks
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Submarine Internet Cables Are a Gift For Spooks

It's a golden age for spying. The subsea fibre-optic cables that carry telephone and Internet traffic are a technological marvel—and a gift to intelligence agencies...

Mathematicians Think Like Machines For Perfect Proofs
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Mathematicians Think Like Machines For Perfect Proofs


Echolocating App Will Let You Map a Room with Sound
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Echolocating App Will Let You Map a Room with Sound

Bats, dolphins, and even some blind people use echoes to create a mental 3D map of their environment and where they are in it. A smartphone's chirp could soon let...

Kepler Telescope's Planet-Hunting Days Crunch to a Close
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Kepler Telescope's Planet-Hunting Days Crunch to a Close

"Kepler was my North, my South, my East and West, my working week, no weekend rest, my noon, my midnight, my talks, my song; I thought Kepler would last forever...

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.
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