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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.


New Nasa Cassini Image of Saturn Moon Has a Surprise
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New Nasa Cassini Image of Saturn Moon Has a Surprise

Usually, the postcards stop after a journey ends, but not so for robotic adventurer Cassini, whose epic journey exploring Saturn and its neighbors finished in September...

Guarding Against the Possible Spectre in Every Machine
From ACM TechNews

Guarding Against the Possible Spectre in Every Machine

The recent disclosure of the Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities is symptomatic of most technology firms following poor supply-chain precautions, says one...

New Defenses Sought Against Gps Spoofing Attacks
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New Defenses Sought Against Gps Spoofing Attacks

Researchers have received $1 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation to fortify computers and devices against cyberattacks associated with timekeeping...

Meet Antifa's Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists
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Meet Antifa's Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists

Computer science professor Megan Squire  has created an array of programs that monitor approximately 400,000 accounts of white nationalists on Facebook and elsewhere...

Quantum Technology Forgoes Unconditional Security to Extend its Reach
From Communications of the ACM

Quantum Technology Forgoes Unconditional Security to Extend its Reach

Two projects in China demonstrate the possibility of global quantum key distribution networks.

Going Serverless
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Going Serverless

Serverless computing lets businesses and application developers focus on the program they need to run, without worrying about the machine on which it runs, or the...

The War Over the Value of Personal Data
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The War Over the Value of Personal Data

In a world increasingly dependent on turning personal data into profits, it is unclear how much that data is actually worth.

Designing Customizable Self-Folding Swarm Robots
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Designing Customizable Self-Folding Swarm Robots

Researchers are developing robotic swarms that can be rapidly customized, self-assembled, and self-deployed without human intervention.

Facebook Says Social Media Isn't always Healthy For Democracy
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Facebook Says Social Media Isn't always Healthy For Democracy


Cartoon Clinicians: Precursors of Virtual Therapy?
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Cartoon Clinicians: Precursors of Virtual Therapy?

Soldiers in one study were more open with a virtual character about post-traumatic stress symptoms than with human doctors.

China's Quantum-Key Network, the Largest Ever, Is Officially Online
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China's Quantum-Key Network, the Largest Ever, Is Officially Online

China has the quantum technology to perfectly encrypt useful signals over distances far vaster than anyone has ever accomplished, spanning Europe and Asia, according...

Tractor Beam Breakthrough Could Lead to Levitating Humans
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Tractor Beam Breakthrough Could Lead to Levitating Humans

Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects.

Trash Talk From an AI Could Help Humans Cooperate Better
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Trash Talk From an AI Could Help Humans Cooperate Better

Researchers have developed an algorithm to help artificial intelligence and humans learn to cooperate.

Professor Designs Algorithms to Make Robots Better Collaborators
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Professor Designs Algorithms to Make Robots Better Collaborators

Researchers are developing algorithms that enable groups of robots to make good decisions despite inherent communication delays in information sharing.

New Blueprint For Converging Hpc, Big Data
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New Blueprint For Converging Hpc, Big Data

A group of high-performance computing experts has released a report as a blueprint for aligning computational infrastructures.

New Research Adds Physiology to Computer Models
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New Research Adds Physiology to Computer Models

Researchers contend that without a physiological complement, a computer program modeling the mind would just be a brain in a vat.

Computer Codes Make Sweet Music For Self-Playing Piano
From ACM TechNews

Computer Codes Make Sweet Music For Self-Playing Piano

Researchers used unique software to create an interactive self-playing piano performance.

Security Fears Spark Crackdown on Chinese Tech
From ACM News

Security Fears Spark Crackdown on Chinese Tech

The federal government is taking steps to reduce the presence of some Chinese technology firms in American markets.

Thank the Planet's Shifty Magnetic Poles For Runway Renaming
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Thank the Planet's Shifty Magnetic Poles For Runway Renaming

For decades, pilots heading into or out of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport in southeast Kansas have had three runways to choose from: 1L/19R, 1R/19L, and 14...

China Declared World's Largest Producer of Scientific Articles
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China Declared World's Largest Producer of Scientific Articles

For the first time, China has overtaken the United States in terms of the total number of science publications, according to statistics compiled by the US National...
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