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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.


2013 Chemistry Nobel Goes to Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions
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2013 Chemistry Nobel Goes to Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions

What is actually happening at the atomic scale when two elements react?

How the Fifa 14 Soccer Video Game Finally Got Its Physics Right
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How the Fifa 14 Soccer Video Game Finally Got Its Physics Right

When the soccer video game FIFA 14 went on sale last week, it boasted a ball that, at long last, could sail smartly through the air.

Cache and Not Carry: Next Mars Rover to Collect Samples For Return to Earth—someday
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Cache and Not Carry: Next Mars Rover to Collect Samples For Return to Earth—someday

Have rover, need payload. That's the state of things for NASA, which is planning to launch its next rover to Mars in 2020.

Integrating Left Brain and Right, on a Computer
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Integrating Left Brain and Right, on a Computer

As computers have matured over time, the human brain has no way of keeping up with silicon's rapid-fire calculating abilities.

Manage Your Smart Home with a Single Gesture
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Manage Your Smart Home with a Single Gesture

Our homes will get a lot smarter in the coming years, allowing us to use a smartphone to manage an integrated system of appliances and other electronics from any...

How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response
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How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response

When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, Facebook was the new kid on the block. There was no Twitter for news updates, and the iPhone was not...

When Will Smartglasses and Other Wearable Computers Hit the Mainstream?
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When Will Smartglasses and Other Wearable Computers Hit the Mainstream?

Google has stoked our collective imagination via relentless promotion of its Google Glass wearable computer in recent months.

In the Fog of Battle Acoustic Sensors Pinpoint Gunfire By Measuring Air Movement
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In the Fog of Battle Acoustic Sensors Pinpoint Gunfire By Measuring Air Movement

Sensors originally designed to alert pilots of single-engine planes to the location of nearby aircraft are instead finding a military role locating unseen battle...

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper Versus Screens
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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper Versus Screens

In a viral YouTube video from October 2011 a one-year-old girl sweeps her fingers across an iPad's touchscreen, shuffling groups of icons.

Is High-Tech Security at Public Events Counterproductive?
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Is High-Tech Security at Public Events Counterproductive?

Which is more intrusive: security screening and metal detectors every few blocks, or a drone flying high above it taking video of every little thing you do?

Crash Course: Training the Brain of a Driverless Car
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Crash Course: Training the Brain of a Driverless Car

Early attempts at driverless cars have had little difficulty gathering the loads of data required to operate autonomously.

Small Gadgets That Make You Healthier
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Small Gadgets That Make You Healthier

At any moment, someone in the U.S. most likely is having an asthma attack.

When Will the Internet Reach Its Limit (and How Do We Stop It from Happening)?
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When Will the Internet Reach Its Limit (and How Do We Stop It from Happening)?

The number of smartphones, tablets and other network-connected gadgets will outnumber humans by the end of the year.

Bluebrain: Noah Hutton's 10-Year Documentary About the Mission to Reverse Engineer the Human Brain
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Bluebrain: Noah Hutton's 10-Year Documentary About the Mission to Reverse Engineer the Human Brain

"Nothing quite like it exists yet, but we have begun building it," Henry Markram wrote in the June 2012 issue of Scientific American. He was referring to a "fantastic...

Gps-Free Tech Can Track Miners' and Soldiers' Boots ­nderground
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Gps-Free Tech Can Track Miners' and Soldiers' Boots ­nderground

A mining crew is trapped deep underground after a cave-in. Firefighters run into a smoke-spewing high-rise to battle a violent blaze. A team of soldiers breaches...

Virtues of the Virtual Autopsy
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Virtues of the Virtual Autopsy

Once a common medical procedure, the standard autopsy is passing out of use.

Information Nation: Digital Social Experiment to Put a Human Face on Big Data
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Information Nation: Digital Social Experiment to Put a Human Face on Big Data

Imagine seeing life through one eyeball but then being given the ability to view the world through two or even three eyeballs at once.

Coning In: New Ways to Tap Old Data Boost Hurricane Forecast Accuracy
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Coning In: New Ways to Tap Old Data Boost Hurricane Forecast Accuracy

Despite advances in weather prediction technology, meteorologists must still qualify any hurricane forecasts with a "cone of uncertainty," which depicts just how...

Instant Health Checks For Buildings and Bridges
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Instant Health Checks For Buildings and Bridges

During 2011's deadly onslaught of earthquakes, floods and tornadoes, countless buildings had to be evacuated while workers checked to make sure they were stable...

Forecast For Processing and Storing Ever-Expanding Science Data: Cloudy
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Forecast For Processing and Storing Ever-Expanding Science Data: Cloudy

Scientists that previously relied on time-shared access to high-performance computers to analyze large datasets are now turning to cloud-based services from the...
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