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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.


On-Chip Optical Filter Processes Wide Range of Light Wavelengths
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On-Chip Optical Filter Processes Wide Range of Light Wavelengths

A new optical filter on a chip can process optical signals from across an extremely wide spectrum of light simultaneously.

Cell-Sized Robots Can Sense Their Environment
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Cell-Sized Robots Can Sense Their Environment

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed cell-sized robots that can sense their environment, store data, and conduct computational tasks...

How to Control Robots with Brainwaves and Hand Gestures
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How to Control Robots with Brainwaves and Hand Gestures

Getting robots to do things isn't easy: Usually, scientists have to either explicitly program them or get them to understand how humans communicate via language...

Chip ­pgrade Helps Miniature Drones Navigate
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Chip ­pgrade Helps Miniature Drones Navigate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers reduced the size and power consumption of a computer chip they designed in 2017 to help honeybee-sized drones...

Device Allows a Personal Computer to Process Huge Graphs
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Device Allows a Personal Computer to Process Huge Graphs

A new device uses inexpensive flash storage to process huge graphs using a personal computer.

Autonomous Boats Could Service Some Cities, Reducing Road Traffic
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Autonomous Boats Could Service Some Cities, Reducing Road Traffic

Researchers have highly maneuverable autonomous boats that, in waterway-rich cities, could be used to transport people or deliver goods.

Albatross Robot Takes Flight
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Albatross Robot Takes Flight

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created an albatross-like robot that can skim along the water's surface while also surfing the waves like a...

Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites
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Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites

Systems of mathematical equations can forecast the most informative data to collect for an autonomous underwater vehicle mission and the best way to reach the sampling...

Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites
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Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites

Observing the world's oceans is increasingly a mission assigned to autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs)—marine robots that are designed to drift, drive, or glide...

Machine-Learning System Processes Sounds Like Humans Do
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Machine-Learning System Processes Sounds Like Humans Do

Researchers have used a deep neural network to build the first model that can replicate human performance on auditory tasks such as identifying a musical genre....

Integrating Optical Components Into Existing Chip Designs
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Integrating Optical Components Into Existing Chip Designs

A new method uses existing manufacturing processes to build optics and electronics separately on-chip.

Private Browsing Gets More Private
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Private Browsing Gets More Private

The new Veil system is designed to improve private browsing by guaranteeing that any data the browser loads into memory remains encrypted until it is displayed...

Robo-Picker Grasps and Grabs
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Robo-Picker Grasps and Grabs

A new "pick-and-place" robot features a standard industrial robotic arm equipped with a custom gripper and suction cup.

Physicists Create New Form of Light
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Physicists Create New Form of Light

Researchers have demonstrated the successful interaction of photons, which could clear a path toward using light particles in quantum computing.

Engineers Design Artificial Synapse For 'brain-on-a-Chip' Hardware
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Engineers Design Artificial Synapse For 'brain-on-a-Chip' Hardware

When it comes to processing power, the human brain just can't be beat.

Programmable Droplets
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Programmable Droplets

New hardware applies electric fields to manipulate droplets of chemical or biological solutions around a surface, mixing them to test thousands of reactions in...

Let Your Car Tell You What It Needs
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Let Your Car Tell You What It Needs

Researchers are developing software that measures automotive sounds and communicates any service requirements and other diagnostic information to drivers via a...

Material Could Bring Optical Communication Onto Silicon Chips
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Material Could Bring Optical Communication Onto Silicon Chips

Researchers say they have created a solution to the "interconnect bottleneck" that slows communication between different chip elements.

Fast-Moving Magnetic Particles Could Enable New Form of Data Storage
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Fast-Moving Magnetic Particles Could Enable New Form of Data Storage

Researchers have shown they can create tiny disturbances in magnetic orientation at will in specific locations, which they say could be used to make a more efficient...

'superhero' Robot Wears Different Outfits For Different Tasks
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'superhero' Robot Wears Different Outfits For Different Tasks

Primer is a shape-shifting robot that can reconfigure itself into different exoskeletal "outfits" to perform distinct tasks.
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