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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.


What's Down the Road for Silicon?
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What's Down the Road for Silicon?

Meet the new materials overpowering the electric economy.  

The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind
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The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind

Sixteen years ago, Dennis DeGray was paralyzed in an accident. Now, implants in his brain allow him some semblance of control.

Which Animal Viruses Could Infect People? Computers Are Racing to Find Out
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Which Animal Viruses Could Infect People? Computers Are Racing to Find Out

Machine learning is known for its ability to spot fraudulent credit charges or recognize faces. Now researchers are siccing the technology on viruses.

Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?
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Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?

As more nursing home and assisted living facility staff leave the profession, some facilities are turning to robots to fill in the gaps.

The Huge Endeavor to Produce a Tiny Microchip
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The Huge Endeavor to Produce a Tiny Microchip

As the global chip shortage continues, we take an inside look at how semiconductors are fabricated.

Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-friendly
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Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-friendly

All five of the biggest publicly traded crypto mining companies are developing, or already operating, plants powered by renewable energy.

How Native Americans Try to Debug AI's Biases
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How Native Americans Try to Debug AI's Biases

At the recent American Indian Science and Engineering Society, students in a workshop created metadata to train an algorithm to understand an image's cultural significance...

Here Comes the Full Amazonification of Whole Foods
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Here Comes the Full Amazonification of Whole Foods

A newly revamped store in Washington shows how thoroughly Amazon has woven itself into the grocery shopping experience.

As Tanks Rolled Into Ukraine, So Did Malware. Then Microsoft Entered the War.
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As Tanks Rolled Into Ukraine, So Did Malware. Then Microsoft Entered the War.

After years of talks about the need for public-private partnerships to combat cyberattacks, the war in Ukraine is stress-testing the system.

White House Prepares Curbs on Russia's Access to U.S. Technology
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White House Prepares Curbs on Russia's Access to U.S. Technology

Biden administration officials have warned Russia that it could face further restrictions on technology that is critical to its economy and military.

The World Needs What Intel Makes. Can It Make a Comeback?
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The World Needs What Intel Makes. Can It Make a Comeback?

Patrick Gelsinger is back running a company he first joined at 18. The chip maker was a Silicon Valley titan that lost its luster. As the world craves chips, the...

Underwater Drones Dive to Start Search for Shackleton's Famed Ship
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Underwater Drones Dive to Start Search for Shackleton's Famed Ship

Explorers have started combing the Weddell Sea for Ernest Shackleton's Endurance, which sank in 1915.

The C.D.C. Isn't Publishing Large Portions of the COVID Data It Collects
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The C.D.C. Isn't Publishing Large Portions of the COVID Data It Collects

The agency has withheld critical data on boosters, hospitalizations and, until recently, wastewater analyses.

Tiny Chips, Big Headaches
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Tiny Chips, Big Headaches

Concern is growing about larger, more intricate cloud computing networks' fundamental dependence on less reliable and less predictable chips.

How the Computer Chip Shortage Could Incite a U.S. Conflict With China
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How the Computer Chip Shortage Could Incite a U.S. Conflict With China

A war game and study by a think tank illustrate how dependent the world is on Taiwan's semiconductor foundries.

This Robot Looks Like a Pancake, Jumps Like a Maggot
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This Robot Looks Like a Pancake, Jumps Like a Maggot

Researchers designed a soft, legless robot that can hop and navigate obstacle courses.

Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass
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Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass

Many biometric identification innovations use facial recognition.

Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests
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Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests

The company also performed well last month in a test of its ability to match two different photos of the same person.

Behold, the Worm Blob and Its Computerized Twin
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Behold, the Worm Blob and Its Computerized Twin

A multi-institutional team of scientists devised a computer model for the study of worm blob dynamics.

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw
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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw

Apple released emergency security patches after researchers in Canada found a flaw that allows spyware from Israel's NSO Group to infect any Apple product.
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