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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.


Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes
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Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes

Eyes are said to be the window to the soul—but researchers at Google see them as indicators of a person's health.

Could Bitcoin Technology Help Science?
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Could Bitcoin Technology Help Science?

The much-hyped technology behind Bitcoin, known as blockchain, has intoxicated investors around the world and is now making tentative inroads into science, spurred...

Supercomputing Poised For a Massive Speed Boost
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Supercomputing Poised For a Massive Speed Boost

At the end of July, workers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee began filling up a cavernous room with the makings of a computational behemoth: row...

'alien' Dna Makes Proteins in Living Cells For the First Time
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'alien' Dna Makes Proteins in Living Cells For the First Time

Life has spent the past few billion years working with a narrow vocabulary. Now researchers have broken those rules, adding extra letters to biology's limited lexicon...

How an ­nderwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine
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How an ­nderwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine

On 15 November, Argentina's Navy lost contact with the ARA San Juan, a small diesel-powered submarine that had been involved in exercises off the east coast of...

AI-Controlled Brain Implants For Mood Disorders Tested in People
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AI-Controlled Brain Implants For Mood Disorders Tested in People

Brain implants that deliver electrical pulses tuned to a person's feelings and behaviour are being tested in people for the first time. Two teams funded by the...

Small Group Scoops International Effort to Sequence Huge Wheat Genome
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Small Group Scoops International Effort to Sequence Huge Wheat Genome

The wheat genome is finally complete.

Crispr Hacks Enable Pinpoint Repairs to Genome
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Crispr Hacks Enable Pinpoint Repairs to Genome

The toolbox for editing genes expanded this week, as two research groups announced techniques that enable researchers to make targeted alterations to DNA and RNA...

The Shape of Work to Come 
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The Shape of Work to Come 

Last year, entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun set out to augment his sales force with artificial intelligence.

Supercomputer Redesign of Aeroplane Wing Mirrors Bird Anatomy
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Supercomputer Redesign of Aeroplane Wing Mirrors Bird Anatomy

Engineers have used a supercomputing technique that mimics natural selection to design the internal structure of an aircraft wing from scratch.

Collaborative Software Development Made Easy
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Collaborative Software Development Made Easy

Sebastian Neubert, a particle physicist at Heidelberg University in Germany, leads a group studying subatomic particles called pentaquarks. The six team members...

The Drug-Maker's Guide to the Galaxy
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The Drug-Maker's Guide to the Galaxy

In 2016, the pharmaceutical firm Sunovion gave a group of seasoned employees an unusual assignment.

Cassini Crashes Into Saturn but Could Still Deliver Big Discoveries
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Cassini Crashes Into Saturn but Could Still Deliver Big Discoveries

At 4:55 a.m. California time on 15 September, hundreds of scientists watched their life's work go up in flames.

Global Fingerprints of Sea-Level Rise Revealed By Satellites
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Global Fingerprints of Sea-Level Rise Revealed By Satellites

As an ice sheet melts, it leaves a unique signature behind. Complex geological processes distribute the meltwater in a distinct pattern, or 'fingerprint', thatthese...

Geneticists Pan Paper that Claims to Predict a Person's Face from Their Dna
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Geneticists Pan Paper that Claims to Predict a Person's Face from Their Dna

A storm of criticism has rained down on a paper by genome-sequencing pioneer Craig Venter that claims to predict people's physical traits from their DNA.

Plot a Course Through the Genome
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Plot a Course Through the Genome

Chromatin does much more than just keep DNA neat and tidy.

Cassini's 13 Years of Stunning Saturn Science—in Pictures
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Cassini's 13 Years of Stunning Saturn Science—in Pictures

Twenty years ago, in the wee hours of a muggy Florida morning, the Cassini spacecraft lit up the skies as it blasted off from Cape Canaveral.

Europe's X-Ray Laser Fires ­p
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Europe's X-Ray Laser Fires ­p

Scientists who make movies of molecules in motion have a new high-speed camera to shoot with. The €1.2-billion (US$1.4-billion) European X-ray Free Electron Laser...

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts
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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

Researchers are combining artificial intelligence and climate science to create deep-learning analyses of weather patterns.

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts
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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

As Earth-observing satellites become more plentiful and climate models more powerful, researchers who study global warming are facing a deluge of data.
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