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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.


Nasa and the ­.s. Air Force Test a New Ground-Based Gps
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Nasa and the ­.s. Air Force Test a New Ground-Based Gps

Anyone who has struggled to pinpoint his or her location in a mall, airport or urban canyon amid skyscrapers has experienced a GPS gap firsthand.

'improving' Humans with Customized Genes Sparks Argument Among Scientists
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'improving' Humans with Customized Genes Sparks Argument Among Scientists

"Today we sense we are close to be being able to alter human heredity," Nobel Laureate and California Institute of Technology virologist David Baltimore said December...

The Most Important Number in Climate Change
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The Most Important Number in Climate Change

The furious majesty of a thunderstorm defies computer simulation.

A Quick Guide to the Cybersecurity Bill Passed By the ­.s. Senate
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A Quick Guide to the Cybersecurity Bill Passed By the ­.s. Senate

After more than a year of bickering, stalling and revising, the Senate passed its most significant cybersecurity bill to date 74–21.

Searching For Life in Martian Water Will Be Very, Very Tricky
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Searching For Life in Martian Water Will Be Very, Very Tricky

NASA scientists announced today the best evidence yet that Mars, once thought dry, sterile and dead, may yet have life in it: Liquid water still flows on at least...

Robotic Limbs Get a Sense of Touch
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Robotic Limbs Get a Sense of Touch

Advanced prosthetics have for the past few years begun tapping into brain signals to provide amputees with impressive new levels of control.

The Milky Way's Missing Mass: Partially Found
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The Milky Way's Missing Mass: Partially Found

Giant galaxies such as the Milky Way and Andromeda consist mostly of exotic dark matter.

­sing Technology to Break the Speed Barrier of Reading
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­sing Technology to Break the Speed Barrier of Reading

I grew up in a tiny New York City apartment, packed in alongside our four cats and my father's immense personal library of some 3000 books.

5 Mobile Technologies Help Level the Playing Field For People with Disabilities
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5 Mobile Technologies Help Level the Playing Field For People with Disabilities

Mobile devices have become incredibly popular for their ability to weave modern conveniences such as Internet access and social networking into the fabric of daily...

Search For Alien Life Ignites Battle Over Giant Telescope
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Search For Alien Life Ignites Battle Over Giant Telescope

There is a gaping hole in the latest effort to reinvigorate the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), one so big it could hold an estimated 357 million...

How Much Information Can Earth Hold?
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How Much Information Can Earth Hold?

Exploring how much information the Earth can store offers insights into the manifestation of order in the universe.

A Computer's Heat Could Divulge Top Secrets
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A Computer's Heat Could Divulge Top Secrets

The most secure computers in the world can't "Google" a thing—they are disconnected from the Internet and all other networks.

What Is the Big Secret Surrounding Stingray Surveillance?
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What Is the Big Secret Surrounding Stingray Surveillance?

Given the amount of mobile phone traffic that cell phone towers transmit, it is no wonder law enforcement agencies target these devices as a rich source of data...

See-and-Tell AI Machine Can Describe Objects It Observes
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See-and-Tell AI Machine Can Describe Objects It Observes

Young children can look at whatever is in front of them, and describe what they see—but for artificial intelligence systems, that's a daunting task.

Will Millimeter Waves Maximize 5g Wireless?
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Will Millimeter Waves Maximize 5g Wireless?

Every decade or so since the first cellular networks appeared the companies that make mobile devices and the networks linking them have worked out new requirements...

Eight Spacecraft that Have Been Rescued, Resurrected, and Repurposed
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Eight Spacecraft that Have Been Rescued, Resurrected, and Repurposed

Earlier this week, the Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander finally woke up after a seven-month snooze.

New Mathematics Could Neutralize Pathogens That Resist Antibiotics
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New Mathematics Could Neutralize Pathogens That Resist Antibiotics

Bacteria that make us sick are bad enough, but many of them also continually evolve in ways that help them develop resistance to common antibiotic drugs, making...

Here's What a Cyber Warfare Arsenal Might Look Like
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Here's What a Cyber Warfare Arsenal Might Look Like

The Pentagon has made clear in recent weeks that cyber warfare is no longer just a futuristic threat—it is now a real one.

Future 'top Guns' Will Be Battle Managers Flying Bigger, Slower Aircraft
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Future 'top Guns' Will Be Battle Managers Flying Bigger, Slower Aircraft

At the dawn of aerial combat 100 years ago, World War I flying aces frequently closed to within 15 meters before firing at enemy aircraft with their machine guns...

Rosetta Captures Stunning New Images of Comet's Surface and Activity
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Rosetta Captures Stunning New Images of Comet's Surface and Activity

What happens when you make a low-level flyby of a cometary nucleus?
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