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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.


NASA's Plutonium Problem Could End Deep-Space Exploration
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NASA's Plutonium Problem Could End Deep-Space Exploration

In 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft left Earth on a five-year mission to explore Jupiter and Saturn. Thirty-six years later, the car-size probe is still exploring...

The Man Who Would Build a Computer the Size of the Entire Internet
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The Man Who Would Build a Computer the Size of the Entire Internet

Solomon Hykes has started an open source software project called Docker that aims to use the Internet as one enormous computer.

This Augmented-Reality Sandbox Turns Dirt Into a ­i
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This Augmented-Reality Sandbox Turns Dirt Into a ­i

We've seen how kids take to touchscreens. To them, our unfathomably sophisticated smartphones and tablets are about as hard to figure out as a bucket full of blocks...

The Science Behind the Netflix Algorithms That Decide What You'll Watch Next
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The Science Behind the Netflix Algorithms That Decide What You'll Watch Next

If you liked 1960s Star Trek, the first non-Trek title that Netflix is likely to suggest to you is the original Mission: Impossible series (the one with the cool...

A Videogame That Recruits Players to Map the Brain
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A Videogame That Recruits Players to Map the Brain

I'm no neuroscientist, and yet, here I am at my computer attempting to reconstruct a neural circuit of a mouse’s retina.

Testing the Future: Astronaut in Space Remote-Controls Robot in California
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Testing the Future: Astronaut in Space Remote-Controls Robot in California

On a pebbled field built next to a parking lot, a small rover scoots forward and expels a long sheet of polyimide plastic from its backside, the third film the...

MIT Whiz Wants to Turn Your Skin Into a Computer Interface
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MIT Whiz Wants to Turn Your Skin Into a Computer Interface

According to Lynette Jones, a senior research scientist in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering, your skin has about as many sensory receptors as your eyeballs...

The End of Digital Tyranny: Why the Future of Computing Is Analog
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The End of Digital Tyranny: Why the Future of Computing Is Analog

Our world is ruled by 1s and 0s.

Canadian Team Claims $250,000 Prize For Human-Powered Helicopter
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Canadian Team Claims $250,000 Prize For Human-Powered Helicopter

The Canadian AeroVelo team has done what many thought impossible.

A Mind-Blowing Dome Made By 6,500 Computer-Guided Silkworms
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A Mind-Blowing Dome Made By 6,500 Computer-Guided Silkworms

Researchers have used 6,500 live silkworms to create a three-dimensional printed dome, utilizing a hybrid fabrication method called CNSilk. 

This Is the Woman at the Heart of Everything Google Builds
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This Is the Woman at the Heart of Everything Google Builds

There was a time when Melody Meckfessel juggled two wardrobes: one for one Google, and one for the rest of her life.

Encryption Has Foiled Wiretaps For First Time Ever, Feds Say
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Encryption Has Foiled Wiretaps For First Time Ever, Feds Say

For the first time, encryption is thwarting government surveillance efforts through court-approved wiretaps, U.S. officials said Friday.

The Internet of Things: Open Garden
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The Internet of Things: Open Garden

When the Large Hadron Collider went online in 2009, most scientists saw it as an unprecedented opportunity to conduct experiments involving the building blocks...

Researcher Dreams ­p Machines That Learn Without Humans
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Researcher Dreams ­p Machines That Learn Without Humans

Yoshua Bengio recently had a vision—a vision of how to build computers that learn like people do.

The Watchers
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The Watchers

Looking down from 500 miles above Earth's surface, you could watch the FedEx Custom Critical Delivery truck move across the country along 3,140 miles of highway...

Spark: Open Source Superstar Rewrites Future of Big Data
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Spark: Open Source Superstar Rewrites Future of Big Data

Ram Sriharsha works in the engine room powering one of Silicon Valley's most influential companies. He’s an engineer at Yahoo.

The Secret War
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The Secret War

Inside Fort Meade, Maryland, a top-secret city bustles.

Now You Can Build Google's $1m Artificial Brain on the Cheap
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Now You Can Build Google's $1m Artificial Brain on the Cheap

Andrew Ng wants to bring deep learning—an emerging computer science field that seeks to mimic the human brain with hardware and software into the DIY era.

China Could Supplant U.S. as the Supercomputing Superpower
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China Could Supplant U.S. as the Supercomputing Superpower

Two weeks ago, Jack Dongarra flew to Changsha, China for a meeting with researchers at the National University of Defense Technology, home to the country's top...

'chinese Google' ­nveils Visual Search Engine Powered By Fake Brains
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'chinese Google' ­nveils Visual Search Engine Powered By Fake Brains

Chinese search giant Baidu has served up its first ever visual search engine, which allows users to finally query the web using only images as input instead of...
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