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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.


Neuroscientists Plant False Memories in the Brain
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Neuroscientists Plant False Memories in the Brain

The phenomenon of false memory has been well-documented: In many court cases, defendants have been found guilty based on testimony from witnesses and victims who...

Pruning the Power Grid
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Pruning the Power Grid

A new algorithm identifies the most dangerous pairs of failures among the millions of possible failures in a power grid. 

New System Uses Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal to Track Moving Humans—even Behind Walls
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New System Uses Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal to Track Moving Humans—even Behind Walls

The comic-book hero Superman uses his X-ray vision to spot bad guys lurking behind walls and other objects.

New Algorithm Finds Best Routes For One-Way Car Sharing
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New Algorithm Finds Best Routes For One-Way Car Sharing

A newly developed vehicle-routing algorithm is designed to help rebalance one-way vehicle-sharing systems. 

Cheap, Color, Holographic Video
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Cheap, Color, Holographic Video

A new way to create holograms could significantly lower the cost of color holographic-video displays and boost conventional 2D display resolution. 

Making Sense of Medical Sensors
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Making Sense of Medical Sensors

MIT's Imaging Group is studying the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology to identify chemical compounds.

How to Predict the Progress of Technology
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How to Predict the Progress of Technology

Moore’s Law and Wright’s Law offer the best predictions of the pace of technological progress, researchers say. 

3 Questions: A Web For Everyone
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3 Questions: A Web For Everyone

During the opening ceremonies of this summer’s Olympic games in London, a musical performance culminated with a stage-set house rising into the rafters to reveal...

Making Crowdsourcing Easier
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Making Crowdsourcing Easier

MIT researchers have developed Qurk, a database system that automatically crowdsources tasks that are difficult or impossible to perform computationally.

Sharing Data Links in Networks of Cars
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Sharing Data Links in Networks of Cars

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, and National University of Singapore recently presented an algorithm that enables...

Engineering a Safer World
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Engineering a Safer World

MIT professor Nancy Leveson recently hosted a workshop to educate more than 250 safety engineering professionals from around the world about System-Theoretic Accident...

Ideas Global Challenge Team Profile: Wecyclers
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Ideas Global Challenge Team Profile: Wecyclers

A participant in MIT's IDEAS Global Challenge is Wecyclers, a crowdsourced recycling platform that will operate in Lagos, Nigeria, and is designed to incentivize...

How Research Goes Viral
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How Research Goes Viral

Scores of interesting new findings from the biosciences may speed around the globe at the click of a mouse, but one thing particularly encourages other researchers...

Traditional Social Networks Fueled Twitter's Spread
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Traditional Social Networks Fueled Twitter's Spread

We've all heard it: The Internet has flattened the world, allowing social networks to spring up overnight, independent of geography or socioeconomic status.

Seeing Through Walls
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Seeing Through Walls

Researchers at MIT's Lincoln Lab have developed new radar technology that provides real-time video of what’s going on behind solid walls.

Take Control of Your Phone's Sensors
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Take Control of Your Phone's Sensors

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab have developed Funf, a phone-based data collection system for self-tracking applications. 

Increasing Fuel Efficiency With a Smartphone
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Increasing Fuel Efficiency With a Smartphone

Researchers at MIT and Princeton University have developed SignalGuru, a system that uses a network of smartphones mounted on a car dashboard to collect information...

Protecting Medical Implants from Attack
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Protecting Medical Implants from Attack

Millions of Americans have implantable medical devices, from pacemakers and defibrillators to brain stimulators and drug pumps; worldwide, 300,000 more people...

'smart Cars' That Are Actually, Well, Smart
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'smart Cars' That Are Actually, Well, Smart

MIT researchers are developing an intelligent transportation system algorithm that factors in models of human driving behavior to warn drivers of potential collisions...

Honing Household Helpers
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Honing Household Helpers

Imagine a robot able to retrieve a pile of laundry from the back of a cluttered closet, deliver it to a washing machine, start the cycle and then zip off to the...
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