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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.


Who Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century?
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Who Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century?

Last month in Silicon Valley, biologists Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier showed up in black gowns to receive the $3 million Breakthrough Prize, a glitzy...

Google's Intelligence Designer
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Google's Intelligence Designer

Demis Hassabis started playing chess at age four and soon blossomed into a child prodigy.

3-D-Printing Bio-Electronic Parts
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3-D-Printing Bio-Electronic Parts

A 3-D printer can already make a prototype or spare part out of metal or polymer.

How Google 'translates' Pictures Into Words ­sing Vector Space Mathematics
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How Google 'translates' Pictures Into Words ­sing Vector Space Mathematics

Translating one language into another has always been a difficult task.

Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

New software automatically ranks authors and creators whose work is in the public domain by how likely they are to be of interest to academics and the public. 

Fmri Data Reveals the Number of Parallel Processes Running in the Brain
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Fmri Data Reveals the Number of Parallel Processes Running in the Brain

The human brain is often described as a massively parallel computing machine. That raises an interesting question: just how parallel is it?

How Wikipedia Data Is Revolutionizing Flu Forecasting
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How Wikipedia Data Is Revolutionizing Flu Forecasting

This time last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta launched a competition to find the best way to forecast the characteristics of the...

Random Image Experiment Reveals The Building Blocks of Human Imagination
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Random Image Experiment Reveals The Building Blocks of Human Imagination

Here's a curious experiment.

Google's Secretive Deepmind Start-up ­nveils A 'neural Turing Machine'
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Google's Secretive Deepmind Start-up ­nveils A 'neural Turing Machine'

One of the great challenges of neuroscience is to understand the short-term working memory in the human brain.

Data Mining Reveals How News Coverage Varies Around the World
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Data Mining Reveals How News Coverage Varies Around the World

Researchers have analyzed news agendas in different parts of the world to see how the coverage reflects actual international events. 

Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?
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Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?

How much should a robot be allowed to hurt its coworkers?

Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics
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Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

In 2012, physicists in the Netherlands announced a discovery in particle physics that started chatter about a Nobel Prize.

How 3-D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Display of Big Data
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How 3-D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Display of Big Data

One of the characteristics of our increasingly information-driven lives is the huge amounts of data being generated about everything from sporting activities and...

Town Built For Driverless Cars
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Town Built For Driverless Cars

A mocked-up set of busy streets in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will provide the sternest test yet for self-driving cars.

What It Will Take For Computers to Be Conscious
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What It Will Take For Computers to Be Conscious

Is a worm conscious? How about a bumblebee? Does a computer that can play chess "feel" anything?

Obama's Brain Project Backs Neurotechnology
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Obama's Brain Project Backs Neurotechnology

The White House said that President Obama's BRAIN Initiative is generating interest from companies and philanthropies in a sign of what it calls a wider partnership...

Radio Waves Offer Cheap Gesture Detection on Smartphones
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Radio Waves Offer Cheap Gesture Detection on Smartphones

A research project at the University of Washington shows a way to add gesture control to phones without requiring sophisticated new sensors.

The Hidden World of Facebook "like Farms"
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The Hidden World of Facebook "like Farms"

A new study systematically investigated the nature of so-called Facebook "like farms," services which will direct Facebook Likes to a given Facebook page for a...

Robots That Learn Through Repetition, Not Programming
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Robots That Learn Through Repetition, Not Programming

Eugene Izhikevich thinks you shouldn't have to write code in order to teach robots new tricks.

The Hidden World of Facebook 'like Farms'
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The Hidden World of Facebook 'like Farms'

Facebook has become the advertising outlet of choice for many of the world’s businesses and companies.
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