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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.


Why Do Some Neighborhoods Improve?
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Why Do Some Neighborhoods Improve?

Researchers have used a computer vision system to quantify the physical improvement or deterioration of neighborhoods in five U.S. cities.

New 3D Chip Combines Computing and Data Storage
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New 3D Chip Combines Computing and Data Storage

A new computer chip integrates carbon nanotubes and resistive random-access memory cells.

Practical Parallelism
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Practical Parallelism

Researchers have developed a system called Fractal that enables up to 88-fold acceleration in a parallelism strategy known as speculative execution.

Drones That Drive
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Drones That Drive

Researchers are developing robots that can maneuver around on land and fly through the air.

New System Allows Optical 'deep Learning'
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New System Allows Optical 'deep Learning'

Researchers have developed a new approach to deep-learning computer systems that uses light instead of electricity.

Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired ­sers Navigate
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Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired ­sers Navigate

A new system to help visually impaired users navigate employs a three-dimensional camera, a belt with vibrational motors, and a refreshable Braille interface.

Faster, More Nimble Drones on the Horizon
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Faster, More Nimble Drones on the Horizon

Researchers have developed an algorithm to tune a Dynamic Vision Sensor camera to detect only specific changes in brightness that matter for a particular system...

New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand
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New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand

When engineers design a new aircraft, they carry out much of the initial testing not on full-sized jets but on model planes that have been scaled down to fit inside...

Toward Mass-Producible Quantum Computers
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Toward Mass-Producible Quantum Computers

Researchers have developed a new method that could help lead to the development of practical, diamond-based quantum computing devices.

Speeding ­p Quality Control For Biologics
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Speeding ­p Quality Control For Biologics

Engineers have developed a new method for analyzing biologics in production, based on a series of nanoscale filters.

Cinematography on the Fly
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Cinematography on the Fly

Researchers are working to improve the performance of autonomous drones in capturing video for movies.

Teaching Robots to Teach Other Robots
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Teaching Robots to Teach Other Robots

C-LEARN is a system designed to let users teach robots skills that they can pass along to other robots.

Teaching Robots to Teach Other Robots
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Teaching Robots to Teach Other Robots

Most robots are programmed using one of two methods: learning from demonstration, in which they watch a task being done and then replicate it, or via motion-planning...

Wireless Power Could Enable Ingestible Electronics
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Wireless Power Could Enable Ingestible Electronics

Researchers have developed a method for wirelessly powering ingestible electronic devices.

Not Stuck on Silicon
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Not Stuck on Silicon

Researchers have developed a new technique they say could reduce the overall cost of wafer technology.

Researchers 'iron Out' Graphene's Wrinkles
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Researchers 'iron Out' Graphene's Wrinkles

Researchers  have developed methods to reduce and "iron out" wrinkles in graphene, potentially enabling faster and more efficient electronic and photonic devices...

Smart Automation
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Smart Automation

Researchers at the Singapore-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alliance for Research and Technology have spent the last several years developing autonomous...

Making Big Data Manageable
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Making Big Data Manageable

Researchers presented a new coreset-generation technique for handling big data at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference in Barcelona, Spain.

Creating Videos of the Future
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Creating Videos of the Future

Researchers have developed a deep-learning algorithm that can take a still image of a scene and model a video simulating the future of that scene.

Making Computers Explain Themselves
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Making Computers Explain Themselves

Researchers have developed a method for training neural networks so they provide not only predictions and classifications, but also rationales for their decisions...
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