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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.


Practicing Medicine at the Nanoscale
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Practicing Medicine at the Nanoscale

Modern medicine is largely based on treating patients with "small-molecule" drugs, which include pain relievers like aspirin and antibiotics such as penicillin.

Teaching Robots Lateral Thinking
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Teaching Robots Lateral Thinking

Many commercial robotic arms perform what roboticists call "pick and place" tasks: The arm picks up an object in one location and places it in another.

MIT Researchers Improve Quantum-Dot Performance
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MIT Researchers Improve Quantum-Dot Performance

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed a process that produces quantum dots that are uniform in size and shape, give off brightView...

Storing Data in Individual Molecules
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Storing Data in Individual Molecules

Moore's law—the well-known doubling of computer chips' computational power every 18 months or so—has been paced by a similarly steady increase in the storage capacity...

The Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife
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The Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed milli-motein, a tiny robot that could lead to future devices that can fold themselves into almost...

The Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife
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The Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife

The device doesn't look like much: a caterpillar-sized assembly of metal rings and strips resembling something you might find buried in a home-workshop drawer.

Proving Quantum Computers Feasible
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Proving Quantum Computers Feasible

Quantum computers are devices—still largely theoretical—that could perform certain types of computations much faster than classical computers; one way they might...

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...

'Invisibility' Could Be a Key to Better Electronics
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'Invisibility' Could Be a Key to Better Electronics

MIT researchers have applied the concept of harnessing cloaking mechanisms developed to conceal objects from view to the movement of electrons, which could lead...

Mit's Csail Launches New Center to Tackle the Future of Wireless and Mobile Technologies
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Mit's Csail Launches New Center to Tackle the Future of Wireless and Mobile Technologies

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory recently launched Wireless@MIT, an interdisciplinary center focused on developing next-generation...

MIT Team Builds Most Complex Synthetic Biology Circuit Yet
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MIT Team Builds Most Complex Synthetic Biology Circuit Yet

MIT researchers have developed circuit components that do not interfere with one another, enabling them to produce complex synthetic circuits.  

Automatic Building Mapping Could Help Emergency Responders
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Automatic Building Mapping Could Help Emergency Responders

MIT researchers have built a wearable sensor system that automatically creates a digital map of the environment through which the wearer is moving.

One-Molecule-Thick Material Has Big Advantages
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One-Molecule-Thick Material Has Big Advantages

MIT researchers have developed a method for using molybdenum disulfide to make a variety of electronic components.

New Router Enhances the Precision of Woodworking
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New Router Enhances the Precision of Woodworking

Anyone who has tried to build a piece of furniture from scratch knows the frustration of painstakingly cutting pieces of wood, only to discover that they won't...

Research ­pdate: Chips With Self-Assembling Rectangles
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Research ­pdate: Chips With Self-Assembling Rectangles

MIT researchers have developed an approach to creating the array of wires on microchips that uses a system of self-assembling polymers. The process produces arrays...

Researchers Amplify Variations in Video, Making the Invisible Visible
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Researchers Amplify Variations in Video, Making the Invisible Visible

At this summer's Siggraph—the premier computer-graphics conference—researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory will present new...

The Robot Revolution Is Just Beginning
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The Robot Revolution Is Just Beginning

When industrial robots were first introduced in the early 1960s initially on automobile assembly lines—computers were still in their infancy, so the robots were...

Simulating Tomorrow's Chips
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Simulating Tomorrow's Chips

Most computer chips today have anywhere from four to 10 separate cores, or processing units, which can work in parallel, increasing the chips' efficiency. But the...

Chips as Mini Internets
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Chips as Mini Internets

MIT researchers have established theoretical limits on the efficiency of packet-switched on-chip communication networks, and have presented measurements from a...

Self-Sculpting Sand
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Self-Sculpting Sand

Imagine that you have a big box of sand in which you bury a tiny model of a footstool.
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