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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.


Why Math Works
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Why Math Works

Most of us take it for granted that math works—that scientists can devise formulas to describe subatomic events or that engineers can calculate paths for space­craft...

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Massive Project to Study the Link Between Genetics and Health

Kaiser Permanente has compiled the genetic and medical data of 100,000 of its members.

A Bookshelf the Size of the World
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A Bookshelf the Size of the World

The goal of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is to make the digitized collections of the greatest research institutions in the United States accessible...

Phone App Could Keep an Eye on Your Ride
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Phone App Could Keep an Eye on Your Ride

Intel researchers are working on a project that connects the electronics inside a car to the Internet, so that mobile applications can provide a car owner with...

Nature's Hidden Prime Number Code
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Nature's Hidden Prime Number Code

Ever since humans evolved on this planet we have been trying to make sense of the world around us. We have attempted to explain why the world looks and behaves...

The Importance Of Analyzing Social Intelligence
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The Importance Of Analyzing Social Intelligence

Huge amounts of data emanating from Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites, which is known collectively as “social intelligence, ” is being gathered...

Prof Says Tech Entering the Age of the Algorithm
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Prof Says Tech Entering the Age of the Algorithm

University of Texas at Dallas professor Andras Farago thinks that as algorithms become more important to software development, educational and career opportunities...

Life, Translated
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Life, Translated

The Holy Grail of language translation is to develop a machine-based system that can handle the task transparently and accurately.

A New Benchmark For Artificial Intelligence
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A New Benchmark For Artificial Intelligence

Computers are unable to defeat the world's best Go players, but that may change with the application of a new strategy that promises to revolutionize artificial...

Questioning the Inca Paradox
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Questioning the Inca Paradox

Did the civilization behind Machu Picchu really fail to develop a written language?

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Old Dominion U. Researchers Ask How Much of the Web Is Archived

Old Dominion University researchers, led by professor Michael L. Nelson, are trying to determine how much of the public Web is archived and where it is being stored...

Rutgers-Led Experts Assemble Globe-Spanning Supercomputer Cloud
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Rutgers-Led Experts Assemble Globe-Spanning Supercomputer Cloud

Researchers at Rutgers University, the University of Texas at Austin, and IBM have created a massive virtual supercomputer cloud designed to solve complex computing...

ACM Award Recipients
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ACM Award Recipients

Craig Gentry, Kurt Mehlhorn, and other computer scientists are honored for their research and service.

Brave, New Social World
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Brave, New Social World

How three different individuals in three different countries — Brazil, Egypt, and Japan — use Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media tools.

Weighing Watson's Impact
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Weighing Watson's Impact

Does IBM's Watson represent a distinct breakthrough in machine learning and natural language processing or is the 2,880-core wunderkind merely a solid feat of engineering...

Microsoft Declares Webgl 'harmful' to Security
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Microsoft Declares Webgl 'harmful' to Security

Some researchers say that WebGL, a universal three-dimensional Web graphics standard that has been widely anticipated by Web programmers, could lead to significant...

Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo Team Up to Advance Semantic Web
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Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo Team Up to Advance Semantic Web

The move may finally encourage widespread use of technology that makes online information as comprehensible to computers as it is to humans. If the effort works...

Watson's Lead Developer: 'deep Analysis, Speed, and Results'
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Watson's Lead Developer: 'deep Analysis, Speed, and Results'

David Ferrucci’s official title is "IBM Fellow and Leader of the Semantic Analysis and Integration Department at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center." But to the...

Social Media Fortifies Bond Between Scientists
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Social Media Fortifies Bond Between Scientists

More than 1 million people are using a social network for researchers called ResearchGate, which is meant to  facilitate the exchange of information among researchers...

Gaming the Archives
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Gaming the Archives

Dartmouth College researchers have developed Metadata Games, an experiment that uses crowdsourcing to create archival metadata. 
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