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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.


Photon Bursts Boost Quantum-Sensor Performance
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Photon Bursts Boost Quantum-Sensor Performance

The University of Chicago's Aashish Clerk and colleagues found a seemingly unwanted quantum effect may help improve the sensitivity of quantum sensors by up to...

Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?
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Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Strathclyde created a simulated ear to study the hearing system of the lesser wax moth, Achroia grisella.

'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes
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'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes

New machine works with eight qudits, each capable of encoding seven states at once.

The Webb Space Telescope's Profound Data Challenges
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The Webb Space Telescope's Profound Data Challenges

The James Webb Space Telescope's data-collecting operations present a number of challenges, including dependence on a reliable communications subsystem.

D-Wave's 500-Qubit Machine Hits the Cloud
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D-Wave's 500-Qubit Machine Hits the Cloud

Experimental prototype offers sneak peek of 7,000-qubit quantum computer.

Quantum Computing for Dummies
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Quantum Computing for Dummies

New guide helps beginners run quantum algorithms on IBM's quantum computers over the cloud.

New Transceiver Receives Power, Data Simultaneously
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New Transceiver Receives Power, Data Simultaneously

Researchers have developed a 64-element millimeter-wave-band phased-array transceiver that transmits and receives data while receiving power at the same time.

Photonic Quantum Computer Claims Speedup 'Advantage'
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Photonic Quantum Computer Claims Speedup 'Advantage'

Quantum-powered cloud is 7,800,000,000,000,000x as fast, for some problems, as a supercomputer.

Ukrainian Volunteers Use 3D Printers to Save Lives
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Ukrainian Volunteers Use 3D Printers to Save Lives

During the war in Ukraine's first 16 days, volunteers used three-dimensional printers to produce 3,019 parts for 930 products for the country's armed forces.

Trilobite-Inspired Camera Boasts Huge Depth of Field
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Trilobite-Inspired Camera Boasts Huge Depth of Field

Chinese and U.S. researchers collaborated on the development of a camera with a massive depth of field.

Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime
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Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime

Qing Shi and colleagues at China's Beijing Institute of Technology built a rat-inspired robot that can squeeze through tight spaces, which could be used to assess...

AI Fuses With Quantum Computing in Promising New Memristor
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AI Fuses With Quantum Computing in Promising New Memristor

Quantum device points the way toward an exponential boost in "smart" computing capabilities.

Acoustic Fiber Can Turn Fabrics into Mics, Speakers
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Acoustic Fiber Can Turn Fabrics into Mics, Speakers

A team of multi-institutional scientists has developed a single-fiber acoustic sensor that can transform fabrics into microphones and speakers.

Surfing the Metaverse's Real Estate Boom
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Surfing the Metaverse's Real Estate Boom

High prices have pushed some toward collective ownership, but the future of virtual properties is uncertain.

Meet Twist: MIT's Quantum Programming Language
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Meet Twist: MIT's Quantum Programming Language

Keeping tabs on data entanglement keeps reins on buggy quantum code.

Robotic Inchworm Climbs to Higher Ground
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Robotic Inchworm Climbs to Higher Ground

Researchers at China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University have developed a robot that moves like an inchworm and can make its way between horizontal and vertical planes...

Building Human-Robot Relationships Through Music and Dance
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Building Human-Robot Relationships Through Music and Dance

A performance called FOREST is exploring trust through creative collaboration.

Quantum Crypto Crams into System-on-a-Chip
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Quantum Crypto Crams into System-on-a-Chip

Toshiba researchers have developed a secure quantum communication system.

Meet Snitch: The Small, Agile RISC-V Processor
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Meet Snitch: The Small, Agile RISC-V Processor

Tests uggest the new RISC-V-based Snitch processor used in parallel can be 3.5 times more energy efficient than other benchmark designs, and six times faster.

Intel's Neuromorphic Chip Gets Major Upgrade
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Intel's Neuromorphic Chip Gets Major Upgrade

Loihi 2 packs 1 million neurons in a chip half the size of its predecessor.
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