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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.


Personalized 'Deep Learning' Equips Robots for Autism Therapy
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Personalized 'Deep Learning' Equips Robots for Autism Therapy

A personalized deep learning network is designed to help robots gauge the effect of autism therapy on children, using data that is unique to each patient.

Faster Analysis of Medical Images
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Faster Analysis of Medical Images

A new machine learning algorithm can register brain scans and other three-dimensional images about 1,000 times faster than previously possible using novel learning...

MIT Engineers Build Smart Power Outlet
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MIT Engineers Build Smart Power Outlet

A new smart power outlet can analyze electrical current usage from single or multiple outlets.

MIT Engineers Configure RFID Tags to Work as Sensors
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MIT Engineers Configure RFID Tags to Work as Sensors

Researchers have developed an ultra-high-frequency radio-frequency identification tag-sensor configuration that senses spikes in glucose and wirelessly transmits...

Novel Transmitter Protects Wireless Data From Hackers
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Novel Transmitter Protects Wireless Data From Hackers

A new transmitter can hack-proof wireless data by frequency hopping each individual 1 or 0 bit of a data packet, every microsecond.

Keeping Data Fresh for Wireless Networks
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Keeping Data Fresh for Wireless Networks

A new algorithm developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers can refresh data within a simple wireless communication system.

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.

Ingestible 'Bacteria on a Chip' Could Help Diagnose Disease
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Ingestible 'Bacteria on a Chip' Could Help Diagnose Disease

A new ingestible sensor can help diagnose gastrointestinal problems.

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...

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.

Artificial Antimicrobial Peptides Could Help Overcome Drug-Resistant Bacteria
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Artificial Antimicrobial Peptides Could Help Overcome Drug-Resistant Bacteria

A new streamlined approach to developing antimicrobial peptide drugs uses a computer algorithm that mimics natural evolution.

Computer Searches Telescope Data for Evidence of Distant Planets
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Computer Searches Telescope Data for Evidence of Distant Planets

Researchers have trained a machine learning system to search for debris disks around stars using telescopic data.

'Body on a Chip' Could Improve Drug Evaluation
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'Body on a Chip' Could Improve Drug Evaluation

A microfluidic platform links engineered tissues from multiple human organs to replicate organ-drug interactions so medications' effects on different parts of the...

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.

Energy-Efficient Encryption for the Internet of Things
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Energy-Efficient Encryption for the Internet of Things

A new chip performs public-key encryption while consuming only 1/400 as much power as software execution of the same protocols would.
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