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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.


Radio Chip For the "internet of Things"
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Radio Chip For the "internet of Things"

A new wireless transmitter design reduces off-state leakage 100-fold while providing adequate power for Bluetooth or 802.15.4 transmissions.

Researchers Generate a Reference Map of the Human Epigenome
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Researchers Generate a Reference Map of the Human Epigenome

The sequencing of the human genome laid the foundation for the study of genetic variation and its links to a wide range of diseases. But the genome itself is only...

Smarter Multicore Chips
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Smarter Multicore Chips

Computer chips' clocks have stopped getting faster. To keep delivering performance improvements, chipmakers are instead giving chips more processing units, or cores...

Parallelizing Common Algorithms
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Parallelizing Common Algorithms

Every undergraduate computer-science major takes a course on data structures, which describes different ways of organizing data in a computer’s memory.

Qubits With Staying Power
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Qubits With Staying Power

Researchers say they have developed a new technique that could enable the indefinite extension of quantum-secured communication links. 

Lincoln Laboratory Hosts First 'make Your Own Wearables' Workshop For High-School Girls
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Lincoln Laboratory Hosts First 'make Your Own Wearables' Workshop For High-School Girls

Mechanical engineer Kristen Railey, founder of Girls Who Build, recently hosted a pilot workshop for high school girls at a federally funded research and development...

Vision System For Household Robots
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Vision System For Household Robots

For household robots ever to be practical, they'll need to be able to recognize the objects they're supposed to manipulate.

New Way to Turn Genes On
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New Way to Turn Genes On

Using a gene-editing system originally developed to delete specific genes, MIT researchers have now shown that they can reliably turn on any gene of their choosing...

More-Flexible Digital Communication
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More-Flexible Digital Communication

Researchers say they have begun to describe theoretical limits on the degree of imprecision that communicating computers can tolerate. 

Detecting Gases Wirelessly and Cheaply
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Detecting Gases Wirelessly and Cheaply

MIT chemists have devised a new way to wirelessly detect hazardous gases and environmental pollutants, using a simple sensor that can be read by a smartphone.

Harnessing Error-Prone Chips
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Harnessing Error-Prone Chips

Chisel is a new system that lets programmers identify sections of their code that can tolerate small errors.

Projecting a Robot's Intentions
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Projecting a Robot's Intentions

Measurable virtual reality combines ceiling-mounted projectors with motion-capture technology and animation software to project a robot's intentions in real time...

MIT Computer Scientists Can Predict the Price of Bitcoin
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MIT Computer Scientists Can Predict the Price of Bitcoin

Researchers have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict the price of Bitcoin. 

Solid Nanoparticles Can Deform Like a Liquid
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Solid Nanoparticles Can Deform Like a Liquid

A surprising phenomenon has been found in metal nanoparticles: They appear, from the outside, to be liquid droplets, wobbling and readily changing shape, while...

Where to Grab Space Debris
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Where to Grab Space Debris

Objects in space tend to spin—and spin in a way that's totally different from the way they spin on earth.

Manual Control
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Manual Control

Mezzanine is a collaborative-conferencing system that enables multiple users to share and control digital content from any device using gesture controls. 

Ride-Sharing Could Cut Cabs' Road Time By 30 Percent
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Ride-Sharing Could Cut Cabs' Road Time By 30 Percent

Researchers analyzing taxi trip data found about 95% of trips could have been shared, and an optimal combination of trips would have cut travel time by 40%. 

Visual Control of Big Data
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Visual Control of Big Data

DBWipes is a new data visualization tool that enables users to highlight abnormalities and possible patterns in a graphical display. 

Origami Robot Folds Itself ­p, Crawls Away
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Origami Robot Folds Itself ­p, Crawls Away

For years, a team of researchers at MIT and Harvard University has been working on origami robots—reconfigurable robots that would be able to fold themselves into...

Extracting Audio From Visual Information
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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

A new algorithm can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing tiny vibrations of objects depicted in video. 
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