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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.


The First Plastic Computer Processor
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The First Plastic Computer Processor

Silicon may underpin the computers that surround us, but the rigid inflexibility of the semiconductor means it cannot reach everywhere. The first computer processor...

Physicists Build Single-Atom Memory For Quantum Information
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Physicists Build Single-Atom Memory For Quantum Information

A single atom of rubidium sits at the heart of an exotic new quantum memory device.

A World Wide Web that Talks
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A World Wide Web that Talks

Some 10,000 people worldwide use a version of the Web like no other: it is operated by voice over the telephone. Called the "Spoken Web," it is the result of...

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The Fantastical Promise of Reversible Computing

University of South Florida researchers are studying computation that takes place in steps that are time reversible, known as reversible computing, as a way to...

A Lego Reconstruction of the World's Earliest Computer
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A Lego Reconstruction of the World's Earliest Computer

Before the birth of Christ the Greeks built a mechanical computer. Now an Apple engineer has made a functional Lego replica.

Silicon's Long Good-Bye
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Silicon's Long Good-Bye

Researchers make transistors out of a material that's better than silicon.

Cell-Phone Chips to the Rescue
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Cell-Phone Chips to the Rescue

Data centers, under greater demand than ever, are looking to low-power chips as a way to save money, but switching won't be easy.

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New Class of Malware Attacks Specific Chips

Computer scientists reveal malware that attacks specific processors rather than the operating system that runs on them.

Bendable Memory Made from Nanowire Transistors
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Bendable Memory Made from Nanowire Transistors

A new type of device could ultimately hold more data than flash memory.

Mapping the Brain on a Massive Scale
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Mapping the Brain on a Massive Scale

Scanning 1,200 brains could help researchers chart the organ's fine structure and better understand neurological disorders.

Wheelchair Makes the Most of Brain Control
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Wheelchair Makes the Most of Brain Control

Artificial intelligence improves a wheelchair system that could give paralyzed people greater mobility.

Nano Switches that Store More Data Head to Market
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Nano Switches that Store More Data Head to Market

An electronic component that offers a new way to squeeze more data into computers and portable gadgets is set to go into production in just a couple of years.

What Does 'p vs. Np' Mean For the Rest of Us?
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What Does 'p vs. Np' Mean For the Rest of Us?

A proposed "proof" is probably a bust—but even failed attempts can advance computer science.

An Implantable Antenna
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An Implantable Antenna

A prototype silk biosensor could someday alert doctors to signs of disease.

Finding Our Way with Digital Bread Crumbs
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Finding Our Way with Digital Bread Crumbs

A Microsoft research project explores whether sensors in mobile devices could help us navigate without GPS.

Dual Antennas Would Boost Cell-Phone Signals
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Dual Antennas Would Boost Cell-Phone Signals

New design would mean fewer dropped calls, longer battery life.

Adding Temperature to Human-Computer Interaction
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Adding Temperature to Human-Computer Interaction

An experimental new game controller adds the sensation of hot and cold to users' experience of a simulated environment.

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New Focus For Digital Photography

Software that gives users more control of a camera could revolutionize photography.

New Languages, and Why We Need Them
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New Languages, and Why We Need Them

Creators of two dozen new programming languages—some designed to enable powerful new Web applications and mobile devices—presented their work last week in Portland...

A Turning Point For Genetic Testing
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A Turning Point For Genetic Testing

In a prelude to overhauling its regulatory oversight of genetic diagnostic testing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will convene a public meeting next week...
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