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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.


Faster Parallel Computing
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Faster Parallel Computing

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a new programming language.

Judging a Book Through Its Cover
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Judging a Book Through Its Cover

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers and colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology are designing an imaging system that can read closed books...

How Machine Learning Can Help With Voice Disorders
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How Machine Learning Can Help With Voice Disorders

A new diagnostic approach using machine learning could help detect speech disorders exacerbated by vocal misuse.

Inferring ­rban Travel Patterns From Cellphone Data
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Inferring ­rban Travel Patterns From Cellphone Data

A new computational system can use cellphone location data to infer urban mobility patterns.

­sing Light to Control Genome Editing
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­sing Light to Control Genome Editing

Researchers have added a new technique to the CRISPR genome-editing system that lets scientists control when and where gene editing occurs by using ultraviolet...

Toward Practical Quantum Computers
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Toward Practical Quantum Computers

Researchers have taken a step toward practical quantum computing with a prototype chip that traps ions in an electric field and directs laser light at each of them...

What's Wasting Power at Home? Ask Your App!
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What's Wasting Power at Home? Ask Your App!

New technology could make it much easier for consumers to accurately determine how much power is being consumed by each device in their home.

Reach in and Touch Objects in Videos With 'interactive Dynamic Video'
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Reach in and Touch Objects in Videos With 'interactive Dynamic Video'

Interactive Dynamic Video is a new imaging method that can simulate the tactile sensation of objects in videos using cameras and algorithms.

Portable Device Produces Biopharmaceuticals on Demand
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Portable Device Produces Biopharmaceuticals on Demand

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has funded the development of a portable on-demand biopharmaceutical production system.

First Major Database of Non-Native English
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First Major Database of Non-Native English

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have issued the first major database of fully annotated English sentences written by non-native English...

New Movie Screen Allows For Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale
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New Movie Screen Allows For Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale

Researchers have demonstrated a display on which audiences can watch three-dimensional films in a movie theater without additional eyewear.

Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli
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Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have used synthetic biology to program cells to remember and respond to a series of events.

Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli
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Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli

Synthetic biology allows researchers to program cells to perform novel functions such as fluorescing in response to a particular chemical or producing drugs in...

Exploring Networks Efficiently
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Exploring Networks Efficiently

Researchers are hypothesizing that the study of ant colony behavior could lead to improved network communication algorithms.

Robert Fano, Computing Pioneer and Founder of Csail, Dies at 98
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Robert Fano, Computing Pioneer and Founder of Csail, Dies at 98

A professor emeritus helped launch field of information theory and developed early time-sharing computers.

How to Stay Anonymous Online
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How to Stay Anonymous Online

New technology for protecting anonymity online provides stronger security guarantees but uses bandwidth much more efficiently than previous anonymity networks.

How to Stay Anonymous Online
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How to Stay Anonymous Online

Anonymity networks protect people living under repressive regimes from surveillance of their Internet use. But the recent discovery of vulnerabilities in the most...

Researchers Discover New Way to Turn Electricity Into Light, ­sing Graphene
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Researchers Discover New Way to Turn Electricity Into Light, ­sing Graphene

Researchers have discovered a sheet of graphene can cause an electric current to surpass the speed of decelerated light and rapidly generate a focused beam. 

'super Mario Brothers' Is Hard
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'super Mario Brothers' Is Hard

Researchers found the problem of solving a level in the "Super Mario Brothers" video game is as challenging as the most vexing problems in the PSPACE complexity...

Automatic Bug Finder
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Automatic Bug Finder

Researchers have moved closer to enabling symbolic execution of applications written via programming frameworks. 
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