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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.


Building an Earth-Size Telescope, 1 Station at a Time
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Building an Earth-Size Telescope, 1 Station at a Time

Imagine a trio of aerobatic aircraft. Over the years they've gotten very good at their routine. But they want to add another five or six or seven members.

Computing After Moore's Law
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Computing After Moore's Law

The technologies chip makers hope can keep Moore's Law alive.

Do You Only Trust Wall-E Because He's Cute?
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Do You Only Trust Wall-E Because He's Cute?

Each year it seems a little less like science fiction to ask your phone for advice about local chinese food or trust your car to get you to a new location.

Hunting Black Holes at the South Pole
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Hunting Black Holes at the South Pole

Each of the telescopes that the astronomers of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) are currently working to bring into their black-hole-observing, planet-size array...

Cryptographers Could Prevent Satellite Collisions
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Cryptographers Could Prevent Satellite Collisions

In February 2009 the U.S.'s Iridium 33 satellite collided with the Russian Cosmos 2251, instantly destroying both communications satellites.

Human Traffickers Caught on Hidden Internet
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Human Traffickers Caught on Hidden Internet

In November 2012 a 28-year-old woman plunged 15 meters from a bedroom window to the pavement in New York City, a devastating fall that left her body broken but...

Shopping Habits Reveal Personal Details in 'anonymized' Data
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Shopping Habits Reveal Personal Details in 'anonymized' Data

Details about where and when you use your credit card could help reveal your identity to data thieves—even if they don't know your name, address and other personal...

Virtual Dissection Method Could Reinvigorate Zoology
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Virtual Dissection Method Could Reinvigorate Zoology

Last summer, researchers demonstrated that non-invasive imaging combined with a staining technique enables the fast comparison and study of earthworm species and...

A Spectacular Spiral May Encircle the Milky Way
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A Spectacular Spiral May Encircle the Milky Way

Mapping a galaxy isn't easy when you live inside it.

How To Change Your Past
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How To Change Your Past

"Too late" might be the two most tragic words in English, but what if you could rewind the clock?

2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

Physicists have a problem with time.

Intel ­pgrades Stephen Hawking's Portal to the World
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Intel ­pgrades Stephen Hawking's Portal to the World

Movie audiences who went to theaters this fall to see The Theory of Everything got a glimpse of the challenges physicist Stephen Hawking has overcome to deliver...

What Is It Like to Control a Robotic Arm with a Brain Implant?
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What Is It Like to Control a Robotic Arm with a Brain Implant?

Jan Scheuermann is not your average experimental subject.

'glass Brain' Offers Tours of the Space Between Your Ears
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'glass Brain' Offers Tours of the Space Between Your Ears

Former Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart takes pride in his brain.

A Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs
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A Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs

Believe it or not, I do have friends who would describe themselves as not liking math, and every so often one of them will share this meme on Facebook: And then...

Visualizing 4-Dimensional Asteroids
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Visualizing 4-Dimensional Asteroids

One of the largest treasure troves of astronomical data comes from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), an ongoing scan of the firmament that began 15 years ago...

Nasa to Send Sample-Return Mission to Earth-Bound Asteroid
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Nasa to Send Sample-Return Mission to Earth-Bound Asteroid

NASA has long wanted to send a mission to Mars to grab some of its surface and sling it back to Earth.

Map of Body's Protein-Folding Machinery Wins a Major Medical Prize
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Map of Body's Protein-Folding Machinery Wins a Major Medical Prize

It's speculation season once again for Nobel Prize watchers.

Time Travel Simulation Resolves 'grandfather Paradox'
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Time Travel Simulation Resolves 'grandfather Paradox'

On June 28, 2009, the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking threw a party at the University of Cambridge, complete with balloons, hors d'oeuvres and iced champagne...

'ambiguous' Warfare Buys Upgrade Time For Russia's Military
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'ambiguous' Warfare Buys Upgrade Time For Russia's Military

Unmarked Russian soldiers who seized Ukraine's Crimea region earlier this year gave every appearance of military professionals well equipped with modern body armor...
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