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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.


Season For High Science
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Season For High Science

Hurricanes on both coasts are test beds for new forecasting tools.

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Google Finding Its Voice

Google's Mike Cohen won't be satisfied until anyone who wants to talk to their computer can do so without laughing at the hideous translation or sighing in frustration...

The Mind's Eye: How the Brain Sorts Out What You See
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The Mind's Eye: How the Brain Sorts Out What You See

Can you tell a snake from a pretzel? Some can't—and their experiences are revealing how the brain builds up a coherent picture of the world.

­.s. Escalates Air War Over Afghanistan
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­.s. Escalates Air War Over Afghanistan

There may not be quite as many bombs falling from the sky. But don’t let that fool you. The United States has dramatically escalated its air war over Afghanistan...

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Shake to Adjust Your Smartphone's Privacy Settings

Open University's Lukasz Jedrzejczyk led the development of Privacy Shake, an application that enables users with global positioning system-enabled smartphones...

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Google Gives Real-Time Search Its Own Page

Google is digging deeper into real-time search, with a new search page that displays only results from timely sources, like updates from Twitter and other social...

Software Helps Scientists Conduct Hurricane Research
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Software Helps Scientists Conduct Hurricane Research

Scientists studying how and why Atlantic hurricanes form will have a better chance of getting the data they need thanks to flight planning software developed at...

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W3c Launches Web Performance Working Group

A new W3C working group will focus on improving the measurement of Web application performance times.The Web Performance Working Group will initially create a common...

Supercomputers Supermodel Supermassive Black Holes
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Supercomputers Supermodel Supermassive Black Holes

What happens when two black holes smash into each another? They form an even larger black hole while driving jets of relativistic matter into the far reaches...

Degrees, Distance, and Dollars
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Degrees, Distance, and Dollars

The Internet is making higher education accessible to a whole new class of students—but not necessarily at a lower cost.

Brains and Bytes
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Brains and Bytes

Computational neuroscientists are learning that the brain is like a computer, except when it isn't.

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Scientists Hack Into Cars' Computers

It sounds like a Hollywood movie: cybercriminals in a van use a laptop to hack wirelessly into the computer-controlled systems of the car on the road ahead. In...

The MIT Roots of Google
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The MIT Roots of Google

Google’s App Inventor, which lets people with no previous programming experience build applications for mobile phones, draws on decades of MIT research.

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Flawed Proof ­shers In Era of Wikimath

His prospects of answering one of the biggest questions in mathematics may be fading, but Vinay Deolalikar of Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California, may...

Virtual Reality Tackles Tough Questions
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Virtual Reality Tackles Tough Questions

Virtual reality is allowing scientists to ask difficult questions about human behaviour that were previously not possible or were thought too unethical.

Google Offers Cloud-Based Learning Engine
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Google Offers Cloud-Based Learning Engine

Providing developers with machine learning on tap could unleash a flood of smarter apps.

Virtual Reality Used to Study Haiti, Baja Earthquakes
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Virtual Reality Used to Study Haiti, Baja Earthquakes

University of California, Davis researchers are using the virtual reality equipment to study earthquake damage and predict whether faults are likely to move again...

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Wikileaks Encryption ­se Offers 'legal Challenge'

A novel use of encryption by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks could "challenge the legal system for years to come," according to an influential observer of the...

Computer Model Advances Climate Change Research
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Computer Model Advances Climate Change Research

Scientists can now study climate change in far more detail with powerful new computer software. The Community Earth System Model will be one of the primary climate...

Nsf Awards $10m to Develop Computing Techniques For Assessing Child Behavior
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Nsf Awards $10m to Develop Computing Techniques For Assessing Child Behavior

A team led by the Georgia Institute of Technology has received a $10 million award from the U.S. National Science Foundation to apply computer science to the analysis...
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