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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.


ML Methods Could Improve Environmental Predictions
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ML Methods Could Improve Environmental Predictions

New process- or knowledge-guided machine learning techniques can predict flow and temperature in river networks more accurately even when data is scarce.

Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' on Display with Missing Figures Restored by AI
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Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' on Display with Missing Figures Restored by AI

Researchers at the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands used artificial intelligence to restore missing parts of Rembrandt’s "The Night Watch."

NASA Struggles to Restore Aging Payload Computer on Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA Struggles to Restore Aging Payload Computer on Hubble Space Telescope

NASA may have to resort to the backup system.

Meteorite-Hunting Drones Could Help Find Freshly Fallen Space Rocks
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Meteorite-Hunting Drones Could Help Find Freshly Fallen Space Rocks

A team of scientists used drones and machine learning to try to find just-landed meteorites.

Developers are Fans of Blockchain, but Most Have Not Used it Much at Work
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Developers are Fans of Blockchain, but Most Have Not Used it Much at Work

A survey finds that most people are interested in Ethereum, but only 24% of surveyed developers have built anything with blockchain.

Digitizing Rural Land Records, 1 Drone at a Time
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Digitizing Rural Land Records, 1 Drone at a Time

The Indian government's Svamitva project involves the use of drone technology to survey the inhabited areas of rural villages.

Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed
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Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed

An algorithm designed to forecast sepsis infections is significantly lacking in accuracy.

Quantum Data Link Established Between 2 Distant Chinese Cities
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Quantum Data Link Established Between 2 Distant Chinese Cities

Researchers created a secure quantum link extending 511 kilometers (almost 320 miles) between two Chinese cities.

Israeli Researchers Develop Electronic Nose to Detect Diseases, Poisons
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Israeli Researchers Develop Electronic Nose to Detect Diseases, Poisons

An artificial nose can distinguish between different types of bacteria, viruses, and poisonous gases .

Researchers Identify Best Strategy to Reduce Human-Bear Conflict
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Researchers Identify Best Strategy to Reduce Human-Bear Conflict

Researchers have developed a computer model to determine the most effective ways to reduce conflict between people and bears.

Can AI Predict How Sick You'll Get From COVID? San Diego Scientists Think So
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Can AI Predict How Sick You'll Get From COVID? San Diego Scientists Think So

Researchers used artificial intelligence to determine why COVID-19 symptoms can vary among patients.

Science Denial, Partisanship on Social Media Indicate Where COVID-19 Strikes Next
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Science Denial, Partisanship on Social Media Indicate Where COVID-19 Strikes Next

A machine learning-assisted social media analysis could help predict where COVID-19 will emerge based on anti-science views and political ideology.

We Investigated Whether Digital Contact Tracing Actually Worked in the U.S.
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We Investigated Whether Digital Contact Tracing Actually Worked in the U.S.

A year ago, engineers built apps to track potential virus exposure. Our research shows the impact has been mixed—but there's still potential.

Algorithm that Predicts Deadly Infections is Often Flawed
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Algorithm that Predicts Deadly Infections is Often Flawed

A study found that a system used to identify cases of sepsis missed most instances and frequently issued false alarms.

Amazon Brings Cashierless Tech to Full-Size Grocery Store
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Amazon Brings Cashierless Tech to Full-Size Grocery Store

Amazon deployed its Just Walk Out cashierless retail system in its newest Seattle-based Amazon Fresh physical grocery outlet, its first use in a full-size store...

Underwater Robot Offers Insight into Mid-Ocean 'Twilight Zone'
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Underwater Robot Offers Insight into Mid-Ocean 'Twilight Zone'

Scientists used the underwater robot Mesobot to capture high-resolution images of slow-moving organisms in the mid-ocean "twilight zone" region.

The Future of Supply Chains
From Communications of the ACM

The Future of Supply Chains

Droids, drones, and driverless technologies are fueling a supply chain revolution.

Charles M. Geschke (1939-2021)
From Communications of the ACM

Charles M. Geschke (1939-2021)

Charles M. Geschke helped create the modern world of computing, where beautiful typography and expressive, artistic graphics are as integral to most users' experience...

Mathematicians Welcome Computer-assisted Proof in 'Grand Unification' Theory
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Mathematicians Welcome Computer-assisted Proof in 'Grand Unification' Theory

Proof-assistant software handles an abstract concept at the cutting edge of research, revealing a bigger role for software in mathematics.

Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition
From ACM TechNews

Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition

Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner has cited the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for illegally using facial recognition software from Clearview AI.
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