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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.


How a Real Dog Taught a Robot Dog to Walk
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How a Real Dog Taught a Robot Dog to Walk

Researchers at Google have developed a robotic dog and taught it to walk by showing it motion-capture videos of real dogs walking on treadmills. 

A 3D-Printed Brain Could Make It Easier to Find Cancer Treatments
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A 3D-Printed Brain Could Make It Easier to Find Cancer Treatments

Researchers have developed a technique to study glioblastoma brain tumors using a three-dimensionally (3D)-printed framework composed of human brain cells and biomaterials...

COVID-19 Response: New Jersey Urgently Needs COBOL Programmers (Yes, You Read That Correctly)
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COVID-19 Response: New Jersey Urgently Needs COBOL Programmers (Yes, You Read That Correctly)

The danger of relying on COBOL despite its obsolescence is not a new issue.

Why People Delay Software Updates, Despite the Risks
From ACM TechNews

Why People Delay Software Updates, Despite the Risks

Researchers found that the time-cost of software updates and users' risk preferences significantly impact whether they apply any specific update, and how long it...

Software Release Cycles Accelerate, but Automation Is Not Keeping Up
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Software Release Cycles Accelerate, but Automation Is Not Keeping Up

A Cloud Native Computing Foundation survey of 1,337 managers and practitioners found that most software developer outfits are delivering weekly or faster releases...

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
From Communications of the ACM

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

Technologies are coming increasingly closer to approximating the human senses of taste and smell.

How Universities Deploy Student Data
From Communications of the ACM

How Universities Deploy Student Data

Personalizing efforts to drive greater student retention and success.

Hospital Devices Exposed to Hacking with Unsupported Operating Systems
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Hospital Devices Exposed to Hacking with Unsupported Operating Systems

Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks found that 83% of Internet-linked imaging devices in hospitals use outdated software containing known bugs that hackers can...

Bugs in Open Source Software Hit a Record High
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Bugs in Open Source Software Hit a Record High

The number of open source software vulnerabilities identified rose from 4,100 last year to 6,100 this year, according to security firm WhiteSource.

Integrating Electronics Onto Physical Prototypes
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Integrating Electronics Onto Physical Prototypes

MIT researchers directly integrated three-dimensionally (3D)-printed platforms onto physical products. 

Scientists Develop Free Computer Program to Map Blood Flow 'Landscape' in Tumors
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Scientists Develop Free Computer Program to Map Blood Flow 'Landscape' in Tumors

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers have developed a free computer program that lets scientists measure structural and functional abnormalities...

Python Is More Popular Than Ever
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Python Is More Popular Than Ever

Despite a rocky transition from Python 2 to Python 3, developers are still flocking to the programming language.

This App Lets You See IoT Devices Around You and What Data They're Taking
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This App Lets You See IoT Devices Around You and What Data They're Taking

Researchers have developed an app that will let users know what IoT technologies are operating in the immediate vicinity and what data they are collecting. 

New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope
From ACM TechNews

New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope

A study by the nonprofit research group Center for an Urban Future offers hope for New York City employees who lack the training to qualify for upcoming technology...

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles
From ACM TechNews

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles

A new system can automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles.

Across the Language Barrier
From Communications of the ACM

Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.

'Sensorized' Skin Helps Soft Robots Find Their Bearings
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'Sensorized' Skin Helps Soft Robots Find Their Bearings

Researchers have created "sensorized" skin to increase soft robots' awareness of their bodily motion and orientation.   

Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet
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Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet

A team of researchers at the University of Tehran in Iran has developed a fourth version of the Surena humanoid robotic system. 

Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime
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Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime

Brazil is following China's example and adopting facial-recognition technology to crack down on crime. 

Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning
From ACM TechNews

Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning

Researchers have spent six years to improve the printing accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) printing software by 50% or more. 
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