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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.


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...

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...

'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.  

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...

Finding Good Music in Noisy Online Markets
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Finding Good Music in Noisy Online Markets

Columbia University researchers began an online social-media marketing experiment in 2004, creating nine versions of a music download site that presented the same...

New Mathematical Framework Formalizes Oddball Programming Techniques
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New Mathematical Framework Formalizes Oddball Programming Techniques

MIT researchers have developed a mathematical framework that enables developers to reason rigorously about sloppy computation, providing mathematical guarantees...

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...

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...

Shifting Sands
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Shifting Sands

Sand in an hourglass might seem simple and straightforward, but such granular materials are actually tricky to model.

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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Guiding Robot Planes with Hand Gestures

Aircraft-carrier crew use a set of standard hand gestures to guide planes on the carrier deck. But as robot planes are increasingly used for routine air missions...

Sometimes the Quickest Path Is Not a Sraight Line
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Sometimes the Quickest Path Is Not a Sraight Line

Sometimes the fastest pathway from point A to point B is not a straight line: for example, if you're underwater and contending with strong and shifting currents...

Tiny 3D Chips
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Tiny 3D Chips

Microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, are small devices with huge potential. Typically made of components less than 100 microns in size—the diameter of a human...

Microchips' Optical Future
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Microchips' Optical Future

To keep energy consumption under control, future chips may need to move data using light instead of electricity—and the technical expertise to build them may reside...

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The Mathematics of Taste

The design of aromas—the flavors of packaged food and drink and the scents of cleaning products, toiletries and other household items—is a multibillion-dollar business...

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Speed Limit For Birds

The northern goshawk is one of nature’s diehard thrill-seekers.

Traditional Social Networks Fueled Twitter's Spread
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Traditional Social Networks Fueled Twitter's Spread

We've all heard it: The Internet has flattened the world, allowing social networks to spring up overnight, independent of geography or socioeconomic status.

Data Mining Without Prejudice
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Data Mining Without Prejudice

A new technique for finding relationships between variables in large data sets makes no prior assumptions about what those relationships might be.
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