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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.


Hot on the Trail of Consciousness in Brain and Machine
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Hot on the Trail of Consciousness in Brain and Machine

"Nowhere in science have so many devoted so much to create so little consensus," writes physicist, author, and TV presenter Michio Kaku of consciousness research...

Perjurers and Fake Reviews Train Software to Spot Lies
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Perjurers and Fake Reviews Train Software to Spot Lies

Lawyers and judges use skill and instinct to sense who might be lying in court.

Ancient Structures Rebuilt ­sing 3D-Printed Bricks
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Ancient Structures Rebuilt ­sing 3D-Printed Bricks

Eight centuries on, the flying buttresses of Bourges Cathedral in France still beguile engineers.

Mind Meld: The Genius of Swarm Thinking
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Mind Meld: The Genius of Swarm Thinking

Iain Couzin does not have fond memories of field research.

Humanity's Forgotten Return to Africa Revealed in Dna
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Humanity's Forgotten Return to Africa Revealed in Dna

Call it humanity's unexpected U-turn.

Beams of Sound Immerse You in Music Others Can't Hear
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Beams of Sound Immerse You in Music Others Can't Hear

If you're sick of wading through a clogged email inbox or scrolling through endless Twitter timelines, Jörg Müller has a more fun way of sifting through your messages...

China's Jade Rabbit Rover May Be Victim of Moon Dust
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China's Jade Rabbit Rover May Be Victim of Moon Dust

A plucky bunny on the moon may have just met an untimely end.

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Google's Quantum Computer Flunks Landmark Speed Test

Google's quantum revolution is still in the slow lane.

Moth Drone Stays Rock Steady in Gale-Force Winds
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Moth Drone Stays Rock Steady in Gale-Force Winds

They might not seem at all stable as they batter into light bulbs but moths have inspired an autopilot for drones.

Lifelogging: What It's Like to Record Your Whole Life
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Lifelogging: What It's Like to Record Your Whole Life

Gordon Bell, one of the first people to chronicle his existence digitally, explains how it has changed his life and the potential pitfalls.

Water Plumes Spark a Race to Jupiter Moon Europa
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Water Plumes Spark a Race to Jupiter Moon Europa

Let's put Mars in our rear-view mirror.

The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak
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The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak

Physicist John Pendry talks about the profound physics obscured by his invisibility cloak and how metamaterials could help realise the perfect lens.

Eye-Tracker Lets You Drag and Drop Files With a Glance
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Eye-Tracker Lets You Drag and Drop Files With a Glance

Bored of using a mouse?

'Soft' Biometrics Is the New Way to Monitor People
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'Soft' Biometrics Is the New Way to Monitor People

Cameras are strewn around our environment, catching glimpses of our faces everywhere we go, yet even the best facial recognition technology still has a hard time...

Robotutor Marks the Homework of a Class of Thousands
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Robotutor Marks the Homework of a Class of Thousands

Codewebs, an artificially intelligent tutor for online students that can analyze and assess submitted code, can give students fast, tailored feedback and guidance...

Europa's Choppy Ocean Looks Friendly to Life
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Europa's Choppy Ocean Looks Friendly to Life

As moons go, Europa is doing pretty well in the looks department.

My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet
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My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet

Internet security relies on the fact that our computers can't break its cryptosystems. But the quantum algorithm you devised has the potential to do just that.

Sunny Fix Would Let Defunct Kepler Hunt Planets Again
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Sunny Fix Would Let Defunct Kepler Hunt Planets Again

NASA's champion planet-hunter, which recently suffered a fatal breakdown, is now looking on the sunny side.

Social Media Helps Aid Efforts After Typhoon Haiyan
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Social Media Helps Aid Efforts After Typhoon Haiyan

Ten million people affected. Half a million displaced. Ten thousand feared dead.

Five Fascinating Things Revealed By Twitter Data
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Five Fascinating Things Revealed By Twitter Data

When technology companies get floated on the stock market, it prompts all kinds of analytical soul searching.
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