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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.


Food: The Rarely Seen Robots That Package What We Eat
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Food: The Rarely Seen Robots That Package What We Eat

Last July, while touring a jelly bean factory, I came upon a startling sight.

Can Internet Companies Monitor Terrorists?
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Can Internet Companies Monitor Terrorists?

Facebook is saying little apart from the fact that "we do not allow terrorist content on the site and take steps to prevent people from using our service for these...

Seven Steps to Creating a Brain Implant
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Seven Steps to Creating a Brain Implant

The brain is one of the most delicate and complex objects in the universe, so tinkering with its activity may seem like a fool's errand.

Rosetta: Concerns For Comet Lander After ­neven Landing
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Rosetta: Concerns For Comet Lander After ­neven Landing

The lander bounced twice, initially about 1km back out into space, before settling in the shadow of a cliff, 1km from its intended target site.

Dark Net Experts Trade Theories on 'de-Cloaking' After Raids
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Dark Net Experts Trade Theories on 'de-Cloaking' After Raids

The hidden web community has started trying to find out how services and identities were compromised after police raids led to 17 arrests.

The Rise of Human-Like Robots, Cars and Drones
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The Rise of Human-Like Robots, Cars and Drones

Ginger is only a couple of feet tall, but she soon commands attention as she takes to the stage. "I would like to say it's a pleasure to be here," she tells the...

Met Office to Build Supercomputer
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Met Office to Build Supercomputer

The British government will spend 97 million British pounds on a new supercomputer to improve the Met Office's weather forecasting and climate modeling. 

Met Office to Build £97m Supercomputer
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Met Office to Build £97m Supercomputer

The facility will work 13 times faster than the current system, enabling detailed, UK-wide forecast models with a resolution of 1.5km to be run every single hour...

How Movie-Makers Read Your Mind
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How Movie-Makers Read Your Mind

Why is there such interest in finding new ways to gauge audience reactions?

How the World Came to Be Run By Computer Code
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How the World Came to Be Run By Computer Code

From the scythe to the steam engine, we've always used technology to control the world around us.

Ebola: Can Big Data Analytics Help Contain Its Spread?
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Ebola: Can Big Data Analytics Help Contain Its Spread?

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has now claimed more than 4,000 lives.

Nobel Prize: How English Beat German as Language of Science
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Nobel Prize: How English Beat German as Language of Science

Permafrost, oxygen, hydrogen; it all looks like science to me. 

Why Astronauts Get the 'space Stupids'
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Why Astronauts Get the 'space Stupids'

As he was hurtling into orbit, Cosmonaut Gherman Titov had the distinct feeling that his body was cartwheeling through the air.

Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?
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Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?

"This is already so real, I don’t know if I even want to do this anymore," I say out loud.

How Scammers Trick Your Mind
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How Scammers Trick Your Mind

None of us likes being scammed, and David Modic is no different.

Camouflage: Can We Ever Create True Invisibility?
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Camouflage: Can We Ever Create True Invisibility?

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we humans have been doing our best to compliment other animals for centuries.

The Defenders of Anonymity on the Internet
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The Defenders of Anonymity on the Internet

You may not realise it, but every time you open up your laptop or switch on your phone, you are at the heart of one of the greatest battles now taking place in...

Robotic Brain 'learns' Skills from the Internet
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Robotic Brain 'learns' Skills from the Internet

Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available information sources such as YouTube.

Robotics: How Machines See the World
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Robotics: How Machines See the World

Can you tell the difference between a human and a soda can?

Galileo: What Does a More Accurate Sat-Nav System Mean?
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Galileo: What Does a More Accurate Sat-Nav System Mean?

With the planned launch of two satellites aboard a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana later this month, Europe is pushing ahead with its own satellite-navigation system...
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