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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.


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.

Researchers Develop Flexible, Stretchable Photonic Devices
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Researchers Develop Flexible, Stretchable Photonic Devices

Researchers have made flexible and stretchable photonic devices using a specialized type of glass formed into a spring-like coil.

Crowdsourcing Big-Data Analysis
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Crowdsourcing Big-Data Analysis

FeatureHub is a new collaboration tool designed to make feature identification more efficient and effective.

Let Your Car Tell You What It Needs
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Let Your Car Tell You What It Needs

Researchers are developing software that measures automotive sounds and communicates any service requirements and other diagnostic information to drivers via a...

Material Could Bring Optical Communication Onto Silicon Chips
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Material Could Bring Optical Communication Onto Silicon Chips

Researchers say they have created a solution to the "interconnect bottleneck" that slows communication between different chip elements.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection
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Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection

Researchers are working to apply artificial intelligence to improving the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.

Fast-Moving Magnetic Particles Could Enable New Form of Data Storage
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Fast-Moving Magnetic Particles Could Enable New Form of Data Storage

Researchers have shown they can create tiny disturbances in magnetic orientation at will in specific locations, which they say could be used to make a more efficient...

'superhero' Robot Wears Different Outfits For Different Tasks
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'superhero' Robot Wears Different Outfits For Different Tasks

Primer is a shape-shifting robot that can reconfigure itself into different exoskeletal "outfits" to perform distinct tasks.

Making Datacenters More Energy Efficient
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Making Datacenters More Energy Efficient

BlueCache is a more energy-efficient datacenter caching system that uses flash memory.

Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care
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Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care

Researchers are investigating how computers can enhance medical decisions.

Designing the Microstructure of Printed Objects
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Designing the Microstructure of Printed Objects

Researchers have developed a design system to catalog the physical characteristics of a huge number of tiny cube clusters that can function as building blocks for...

New AI Algorithm Monitors Sleep With Radio Waves
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New AI Algorithm Monitors Sleep With Radio Waves

A new sleep monitoring system uses an algorithm to analyze radio signals around subjects and translate those measurements into sleep stages.

Automatic Image Retouching on Your Phone
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Automatic Image Retouching on Your Phone

Researchers have developed a cellphone-based system that can automatically retouch images.

Reshaping Computer-Aided Design
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Reshaping Computer-Aided Design

Researchers have developed InstantCAD to facilitate interactive real-time editing, enhancement, and optimization of computer-aided design  models via a simpler...

Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses
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Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses

"Home3D" allows users to watch three-dimensional movies without wearing special glasses.
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