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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.


How Wireless 'x-Ray Vision' Could Power Virtual Reality, Smart Homes, and Hollywood
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How Wireless 'x-Ray Vision' Could Power Virtual Reality, Smart Homes, and Hollywood

The new RF Capture technology can pick up wireless reflections off the human body to visualize the silhouette of a person concealed behind a wall. 

Crash-Tolerant Data Storage
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Crash-Tolerant Data Storage

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed what they call the first computer file system that ensures no loss of data when the system crashes...

Giving Robots a More Nimble Grasp
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Giving Robots a More Nimble Grasp

Most robots on a factory floor are fairly ham-handed: Equipped with large pincers or claws, they are designed to perform simple maneuvers, such as grabbing an object...

Making the New Silicon
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Making the New Silicon

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say they have developed gallium nitride transistors to power electronic circuits.

Consortium Including MIT Awarded $110m National Grant to Promote Photonics Manufacturing
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Consortium Including MIT Awarded $110m National Grant to Promote Photonics Manufacturing

The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics will work to advance U.S. capabilities in integrated photonic technology.

Object Recognition For Robots
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Object Recognition For Robots

John Leonard's group in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile...

Computing at the Speed of Light
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Computing at the Speed of Light

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Sergio Cantu studies how light can act as an information carrier in computing and calculating. 

Automatic Bug Repair
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Automatic Bug Repair

At the Association for Computing Machinery's Programming Language Design and Implementation conference this month, MIT researchers presented a new system that repairs...

MIT Engineers Hand 'cognitive' Control to ­nderwater Robots
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MIT Engineers Hand 'cognitive' Control to ­nderwater Robots

Researchers have developed a new approach to programming autonomous underwater vehicles that increases their "cognitive" capabilities.

Thousands of Atoms Entangled with a Single Photon
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Thousands of Atoms Entangled with a Single Photon

Physicists from MIT and the University of Belgrade have developed a new technique that can successfully entangle 3,000 atoms using only a single photon.

Six Keys to Sports Analytics
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Six Keys to Sports Analytics

The ninth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC) was the biggest meeting yet of sports-data experts: More than 3,100 people attended the event last...

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...

Can an Led-Filled "robot Garden" Make Coding More Accessible?
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Can an Led-Filled "robot Garden" Make Coding More Accessible?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say their new tablet-operated system serves as a visual embodiment of their latest work in distributed computing...

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.

Optimizing Optimization Algorithms
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Optimizing Optimization Algorithms

Optimization algorithms, which try to find the minimum values of mathematical functions, are everywhere in engineering. Among other things, they're used to evaluate...

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.

Spin Designers
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Spin Designers

The Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces, and Novel Architectures wants to use the spin of electrons on nanomagnets to encode zeros and ones in computers...

In One Aspect of Vision, Computers Catch ­p to Primate Brain
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In One Aspect of Vision, Computers Catch ­p to Primate Brain

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have found the most recent version of deep neural networks match the primate brain. 

Superconducting Circuits, Simplified
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Superconducting Circuits, Simplified

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a nanocryotron , a computing circuit based on the cryotron.
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