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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.


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.

Sorting Out the Structure of a Parkinson’s Protein
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Sorting Out the Structure of a Parkinson’s Protein

A new model of the structure of the protein most commonly associated with Parkinson's disease could lead to a new way to treat the disease. 

Can Control Theory Make Software Better?
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Can Control Theory Make Software Better?

Researchers recently demonstrated the application of control theory principles to formal verification, in a method that could benefit approximate computation. 

Making Cloud Computing More Efficient
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Making Cloud Computing More Efficient

DBSeer could alleviate cloud computing inefficiencies that arise from the overprovisioning that occurs with database-intensive applications. 

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. 

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 Build Quad Hd Tv Chip
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MIT Researchers Build Quad Hd Tv Chip

A new high-efficiency video coding (HEVC) chip demonstrates that implementing HEVC algorithms in silicon chips is possible. 

Picture-Perfect
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Picture-Perfect

MIT researchers have developed a processor chip that can quickly create more realistic or enhanced lighting in a photograph. 

Cell Circuits Remember Their History
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Cell Circuits Remember Their History

MIT researchers have developed genetic circuits in bacterial cells that perform logic functions and remember the results.

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...

Research Update: Multiple Steps Toward the 'quantum Singularity'
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Research Update: Multiple Steps Toward the 'quantum Singularity'

Four groups of researchers recently reported the completion of an experiment that involves generating individual photons and synchronizing their passage through...

Online Learning Tool Brings 'the Crowd' Into Homework Assignments
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Online Learning Tool Brings 'the Crowd' Into Homework Assignments

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed Caesar, a computer system designed to provide students with feedback on their homework assignments...

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
From ACM News

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...

Speeding Algorithms By Shrinking Data
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Speeding Algorithms By Shrinking Data

MIT researchers have developed a technique to represent data so that it takes up much less space in memory but can still be processed in conventional ways.  

Predicting What Topics Will Trend on Twitter
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Predicting What Topics Will Trend on Twitter

Twitter's home page features a regularly updated list of topics that are "trending," meaning that tweets about them have suddenly exploded in volume.

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...
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