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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.


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.

Will India Get to Mars? A Guide to the Dangers Ahead
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Will India Get to Mars? A Guide to the Dangers Ahead

With the successful launch just hours ago of its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), India has passed the first test in its bid to orbit the Red Planet. Next up is a nail...

Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes
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Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes

How has the definition of life changed during your lifetime?

Touchscreens Get Curves Thanks to 3d Printed Optics
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Touchscreens Get Curves Thanks to 3d Printed Optics

Papillion enables designers to create surfaces that can display wraparound interactive imagery. 

What Our 3d-Printed Future Looks Like
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What Our 3d-Printed Future Looks Like

On-demand organs, Terminator-style arms, and aviation nostalgia—the best of 3D printing is on show in 3D: Printing the Future at London's Science Museum.

Silk Road Bust Hints at Fbi's New Cybercrime Powers
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Silk Road Bust Hints at Fbi's New Cybercrime Powers

The biggest drug marketplace on the Internet has been busted.

Private Data Gatekeeper Stands Between You and the Nsa
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Private Data Gatekeeper Stands Between You and the Nsa

OpenPDS allows users to see and control any third-party requests for their information. 

Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats
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Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats

Everyone knows that to have a private chat in the NSA era, you go outdoors.

Early Humans Saw Black Hole Light in the Night Sky
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Early Humans Saw Black Hole Light in the Night Sky

Some 2 million years ago, around the time our ancestors were learning to walk upright, a light appeared in the night sky, rivalling the moon for brightness and...

Man Controls New Prosthetic Leg ­sing Thought Alone
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Man Controls New Prosthetic Leg ­sing Thought Alone

A man missing his lower leg has gained precise control over a prosthetic limb, just by thinking about moving it—all because his unused nerves were preserved during...

Quantum Chip Connected to Internet Is Yours to Command
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Quantum Chip Connected to Internet Is Yours to Command

University of Bristol researchers have brought quantum computing to the cloud, enabling anyone with a Web browser to be able to log in and run basic algorithms...

Twitter Hashtags Predict Rising Tension in Egypt
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Twitter Hashtags Predict Rising Tension in Egypt

The Political Polarization Index uses Twitter to measure political tension in Egypt. 

Foursquare Check-Ins Tell Stores Where to Set Up Shop
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Foursquare Check-Ins Tell Stores Where to Set Up Shop

A recent study on the use of social media was designed to help retailers find the best locations for new stores. 

Twitter Tracker Shows Where Food Poisoning Is a Risk
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Twitter Tracker Shows Where Food Poisoning Is a Risk

A new machine-learning system can track tweets and show which restaurants are giving people food poisoning. 

Coding For Brain Chips Gives Cognitive Computing Boost
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Coding For Brain Chips Gives Cognitive Computing Boost

It's a cognitive leap forward. IBM can now program an experimental chip they unveiled two years ago.

Hive-Mind Solves Tasks Using Google Glass Ant Game
From ACM TechNews

Hive-Mind Solves Tasks Using Google Glass Ant Game

Swarm! is a game that connects Google Glass wearers to a virtual ant colony and asks them to solve real-world problems. 

Maths Quiz Helps Paralyzed People Talk With Their Eyes
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Maths Quiz Helps Paralyzed People Talk With Their Eyes

Giving fully conscious but paralysed people hard sums to do might seem like adding insult to injury. But because such brain teasers make the pupils of the eyes...

A Phone, or an All-Seeing Sentry at Your Command?
From ACM TechNews

A Phone, or an All-Seeing Sentry at Your Command?

A new form of smartphone interaction could be effected by outfitting the device with peripheral vision though a depth-sensing camera. 

Sensor Knows When You're Lying Through Your Teeth
From ACM TechNews

Sensor Knows When You're Lying Through Your Teeth

The mouth could provide doctors with information on a variety of health issues with the aid of a sensor that sends data on mouth motion to a smartphone. 

Light Completely Stopped for a Record-breaking Minute
From ACM News

Light Completely Stopped for a Record-breaking Minute

The fastest thing in the universe has come to a complete stop for a record-breaking minute. At full pelt, light would travel about 18 million kilometres in that...
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