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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 Earth Plays Out Fate of Life on the Planet
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Virtual Earth Plays Out Fate of Life on the Planet

We can simulate the climate and we can even simulate babies. Now, we can simulate life on Earth, too—the vast and complex interactions of the living organisms on...

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...

Meet Your Unborn Child—before It's Even Conceived
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Meet Your Unborn Child—before It's Even Conceived

Will my baby be healthy?

The Robot Tricks to Bridge the Uncanny Valley
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The Robot Tricks to Bridge the Uncanny Valley

If A robot bleeped and squeaked with personality like R2D2 from Star Wars, would you like it better?

Space Diaries Reveal 6 Things on an Astronaut's Mind
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Space Diaries Reveal 6 Things on an Astronaut's Mind

While you are in space, could you keep a diary?

Perjurers and Fake Reviews Train Software to Spot Lies
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Perjurers and Fake Reviews Train Software to Spot Lies

Lawyers and judges use skill and instinct to sense who might be lying in court.

Ancient Structures Rebuilt ­sing 3D-Printed Bricks
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Ancient Structures Rebuilt ­sing 3D-Printed Bricks

Eight centuries on, the flying buttresses of Bourges Cathedral in France still beguile engineers.

Mind Meld: The Genius of Swarm Thinking
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Mind Meld: The Genius of Swarm Thinking

Iain Couzin does not have fond memories of field research.

Beams of Sound Immerse You in Music Others Can't Hear
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Beams of Sound Immerse You in Music Others Can't Hear

If you're sick of wading through a clogged email inbox or scrolling through endless Twitter timelines, Jörg Müller has a more fun way of sifting through your messages...

China's Jade Rabbit Rover May Be Victim of Moon Dust
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China's Jade Rabbit Rover May Be Victim of Moon Dust

A plucky bunny on the moon may have just met an untimely end.

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Google's Quantum Computer Flunks Landmark Speed Test

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

Moth Drone Stays Rock Steady in Gale-Force Winds
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Moth Drone Stays Rock Steady in Gale-Force Winds

They might not seem at all stable as they batter into light bulbs but moths have inspired an autopilot for drones.

Lifelogging: What It's Like to Record Your Whole Life
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Lifelogging: What It's Like to Record Your Whole Life

Gordon Bell, one of the first people to chronicle his existence digitally, explains how it has changed his life and the potential pitfalls.

Water Plumes Spark a Race to Jupiter Moon Europa
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Water Plumes Spark a Race to Jupiter Moon Europa

Let's put Mars in our rear-view mirror.

The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak
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The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak

Physicist John Pendry talks about the profound physics obscured by his invisibility cloak and how metamaterials could help realise the perfect lens.

Eye-Tracker Lets You Drag and Drop Files With a Glance
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Eye-Tracker Lets You Drag and Drop Files With a Glance

Bored of using a mouse?

My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet
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My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet

Internet security relies on the fact that our computers can't break its cryptosystems. But the quantum algorithm you devised has the potential to do just that.

Sunny Fix Would Let Defunct Kepler Hunt Planets Again
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Sunny Fix Would Let Defunct Kepler Hunt Planets Again

NASA's champion planet-hunter, which recently suffered a fatal breakdown, is now looking on the sunny side.

Social Media Helps Aid Efforts After Typhoon Haiyan
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Social Media Helps Aid Efforts After Typhoon Haiyan

Ten million people affected. Half a million displaced. Ten thousand feared dead.

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...
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