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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.


The Pentagon's Seek-and-Destroy Mission for Counterfeit Electronics
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The Pentagon's Seek-and-Destroy Mission for Counterfeit Electronics

The Pentagon has known for years that a significant number of the replacement parts it buys for its missile guidance and satellite systems contain substandard counterfeit...

NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings
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NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April...

The Next Era of Drones Will Be Defined by 'Swarms' 
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The Next Era of Drones Will Be Defined by 'Swarms' 

What do you picture when you think of a drone?

Geeks v Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography
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Geeks v Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography

Two graduate students stood silently beside a lectern, listening as their professor presented their work to a conference.

'Iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing
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'Iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing

Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun.

A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House
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A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House

Researchers created ScanNet, a new database of three-dimensional images with millions of annotated objects, to help train machines to better understand the physical...

Scientists Can Blind a Self-Driving Car From Seeing Pedestrians
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Scientists Can Blind a Self-Driving Car From Seeing Pedestrians

Researchers have demonstrated it is possible to prevent machine-vision systems from seeing specific categories of objects in a scene.

Cassini's First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones
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Cassini's First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is set to make its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.

The Next Big Hit in Molecule Hollywood
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The Next Big Hit in Molecule Hollywood

Chemists are dreamers. Every day, they imagine molecules floating in space, with atoms moving about in a stately dance.

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway...

New Developments in UAV Navigation and Control
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New Developments in UAV Navigation and Control

Researchers are working on an approach to unmanned air systems and aerial vehicles that does not use global navigation satellite systems .

Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination
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Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination

Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial...

Teaching a Driverless Car to Turn Left
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Teaching a Driverless Car to Turn Left

Getting driverless cars to make safe left turns at intersections is a key challenge for engineers, as they involve both psychology and technology.

Chatbots Have Entered the Uncanny Valley
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Chatbots Have Entered the Uncanny Valley

The tendency for people to be repelled by increasingly humanoid and human-like robots may extend to chatbots and digital assistants as well.

The Internet of Things
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The Internet of Things

2009 ACM Prize recipient Eric Brewer, 2004 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient Vint Cerf, 2016–2017 Athena Lecturer Jennifer Rexford, ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award...

DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles
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DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles

Leonid Mirny swivels in his office chair and grabs the power cord for his laptop.

On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates
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On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates

As we've explored the Solar System, some items we're familiar with from Earth's geology have kept appearing in new places.

Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps
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Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps

A collaboration between researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Google has enabled the Internet company to reduce the number of fraudulent businesses...

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation' 
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NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation' 

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, southbound for its next destination...

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling
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50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling

Fifty years ago, Peter Samson, one of the inventors of Spacewar, considered the world's first video game, began another craze underground.
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