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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.


Transistor Successor Set to Bring on 'the Machine' Age Soon
From ACM TechNews

Transistor Successor Set to Bring on 'the Machine' Age Soon

Researchers are working to develop memristors, a response to the diminishing return of the transistor technology used in today's computer chips. 

Transistor Successor Set to Bring on "the Machine" Age Soon
From ACM News

Transistor Successor Set to Bring on "the Machine" Age Soon

A replacement for the ordinary transistor may make it to market by the end of this decade, an event that will herald a radical redesign of traditional computer...

Squiggly Lines Secure Smartphones
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Squiggly Lines Secure Smartphones

To protect your financial and personal data, most mobiles come with PIN-based security, biometrics or number grids that require you to retrace a particular pattern...

Time Travel: Installing an Atomic Clock at 15,000 Feet
From ACM Opinion

Time Travel: Installing an Atomic Clock at 15,000 Feet

A few months ago I went to Cambridge, Mass. to check in with the Event Horizon Telescope crew and found Shep Doeleman, the project leader, fresh off the completion...

A Stellar Discovery on the Milky Way's Far Side
From ACM News

A Stellar Discovery on the Milky Way's Far Side

A single Hubble Space Telescope image can capture scores of distant galaxies, but the one galaxy we'll never see from the outside is our own.

Electric Grid, You Have Software ­pdates Available
From ACM News

Electric Grid, You Have Software ­pdates Available

The electric grid was designed as a one-way highway, with power cascading out from big power plants to cities and towns at the end of the line.

Watch the Earth From Space, Live!
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Watch the Earth From Space, Live!

It doesn't get much better than this (well, of course being in space might be better, albeit colder).

Bitcoin Vies with New Cryptocurrencies as Coin of the Cyber Realm
From ACM News

Bitcoin Vies with New Cryptocurrencies as Coin of the Cyber Realm

At a bitcoin conference in Miami this January, Jeffrey Tucker, a laissez-faire economist and libertarian icon, made an unexpected observation.

How to Build an Earth-Size Telescope
From ACM News

How to Build an Earth-Size Telescope

Looking into the galactic center is hard.

Fact or Fiction?: Your Car Is Hackable
From ACM News

Fact or Fiction?: Your Car Is Hackable

When your home computer is hacked, the things at risk are your identity, finances and other digital assets.

Computer Models Help ­nravel Mystery of Puebloans' Disappearance
From ACM News

Computer Models Help ­nravel Mystery of Puebloans' Disappearance

Remember playing "The Oregon Trail" computer game in middle school?

NASA's Troubled $8-Billion Hubble Successor Is Back on Track
From ACM News

NASA's Troubled $8-Billion Hubble Successor Is Back on Track

The Hubble Space Telescope is still operating, but its successor is already waiting in the wings.

Hubble Telescope Reveals Deepest View of the Universe Yet
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Hubble Telescope Reveals Deepest View of the Universe Yet

The Hubble Space Telescope has glimpsed farther into the universe than any observatory before, producing the first of six new "deep field" images that show objects...

Titan's Seas Get an Earthly Stand-In as Robot Explores Chilean Lake
From ACM News

Titan's Seas Get an Earthly Stand-In as Robot Explores Chilean Lake

Early Mars rovers had little more intelligence than a fancy remote-controlled car.

How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success
From ACM Opinion

How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success

When Microsoft launched its research labs in 1991, the personal computer was just beginning to blossom into a worldwide phenomenon, thanks in no small part to Windows...

Supercomputer-Driven Materials Design
From ACM News

Supercomputer-Driven Materials Design

The job of a materials scientist—to warp matter into new and useful forms—has historically involved a ridiculous amount of guesswork.

Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?
From ACM Opinion

Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?

Computers as we know them have are close to reaching an inflection point—the next generation is in sight but not quite within our grasp.

What Is 4d Printing?
From ACM Opinion

What Is 4d Printing?

The biggest breakthroughs in how we make things lie not in the technology to manipulate materials but in the materials themselves.

Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI
From ACM News

Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI

Luis von Ahn has heard it all before.

Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form 'relationships' with Our Gadgets
From ACM Opinion

Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form 'relationships' with Our Gadgets

Rugged individualists aside, many people find themselves increasingly connected not just to one another but also to the devices that make those connections possible...
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