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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.

Streetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea
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Streetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea

A new algorithm could help telecommunication companies determine the optimal deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots in streetlights.

5G Networks Are Worryingly Hackable
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5G Networks Are Worryingly Hackable

German security researchers determined 5G networks can be hacked, having breached and hijacked live networks in a series of "red teaming" exercises.

'Quantum-Safe' Crypto Hacked by 10-Year-Old PC
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'Quantum-Safe' Crypto Hacked by 10-Year-Old PC

Many challenges still lie ahead for post-quantum cryptography.

'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.

Toe-Tapping Test for Parkinson's Patients
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Toe-Tapping Test for Parkinson's Patients

A new smart insole can evaluate a Parkinson's disease patient's risk of falling by tracking their foot movements as they tap their toes.

Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint
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Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint

New tools track and reduce emissions from machine learning.

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.

Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint
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Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint

Researchers have developed a method of calculating the carbon emissions of artificial intelligence systems that boasts greater accuracy.

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.

Comparing AI Reasoning with Human Thinking
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Comparing AI Reasoning with Human Thinking

Researchers have developed a method for comparing the reasoning of artificial intelligence software with that of human thinking, to better understand the AI's decision...

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.

Med-Tech Eureka: The Body Is the Best Secure Data Channel
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Med-Tech Eureka: The Body Is the Best Secure Data Channel

Harnessing the body's natural ions can enable secure, wireless low-power transmission of data from bio-implants.

Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free
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Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free

A new virtual reality haptics system eliminates hand-based hardware by manipulating the forearm instead of the hand to generate physical sensations.
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