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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.


Cobots Act Like Puppies to Better Communicate with Humans
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Cobots Act Like Puppies to Better Communicate with Humans

Zoomorphic gestures inspired by dogs makes understanding cobots intuitive for anyone.

Quantum Sensing Takes Shape
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Quantum Sensing Takes Shape

Opening up the world around us by detecting changes in quantum states.

Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data
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Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data

The retirement of older aircraft during the pandemic has resulted in a fleet increasingly equipped with digital technologies.

Catching the Fakes
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Catching the Fakes

Applying neural networks to images helps identify counterfeit goods.

A Tiny Part's Big Ripple: Global Chip Shortage Hobbles the Auto Industry
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A Tiny Part's Big Ripple: Global Chip Shortage Hobbles the Auto Industry

Almost every carmaker has had to curtail production, hampering the economic recovery.

Computer Modeling Suggests That T. Rex Was Slow Walker
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Computer Modeling Suggests That T. Rex Was Slow Walker

Computer models created by researchers suggest the dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex had a slow walking speed.  

Amazon Bringing Palm-Scanning Payment System to Whole Foods Stores
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Amazon Bringing Palm-Scanning Payment System to Whole Foods Stores

Amazon's palm-scanning payment system will be rolled out to a Whole Foods store in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect
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New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect

Final rules from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that permit small drones to fly over people and to fly at night took effect April 21.

Study: 'Fingerprint' for 3D Printer Accurate 92% of Time
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Study: 'Fingerprint' for 3D Printer Accurate 92% of Time

To reduce illicit use of three-dimensional printers, researchers devised a method to accurately identify each machine’s unique "fingerprint."

Walmart Is Pulling Plug on More Robots
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Walmart Is Pulling Plug on More Robots

The retailer has been phasing out automated pickup towers as curbside services have become popular.

Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?
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Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?

One expert warns that the field is overpromising, while another says his firm is on the verge of building "useful" machines.

A Molecule That Responds to Light
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A Molecule That Responds to Light

Researchers have advanced the development of molecule-based materials that can serve as light-addressable fundamental quantum bits.

Brain-on-a-Chip Would Need Little Training
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Brain-on-a-Chip Would Need Little Training

Researchers used a spiking neural network on a microchip as a foundation for developing more efficient hardware-based artificial intelligence systems.

U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials
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U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority authorized a trial in which drone company Sees.ai will operate drone flights beyond the pilot's line of sight at remote industrial...

A Hacker's Nightmare: Programmable Chips Secured by Chaos
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A Hacker's Nightmare: Programmable Chips Secured by Chaos

Ohio State University scientists demonstrated a method of using physically unclonable functions to thwart hackers.

A Driverless Tesla Crashed and Burned for 4 Hours, Killing 2 Passengers in Texas
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A Driverless Tesla Crashed and Burned for 4 Hours, Killing 2 Passengers in Texas

Two men died after a Tesla vehicle, which authorities said was operating without a driver, crashed into a tree in a Houston suburb on April 17.

Finally, 3D-Printed Graphene Aerogels for Water Treatment
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Finally, 3D-Printed Graphene Aerogels for Water Treatment

University at Buffalo and University of Pittsburgh engineers three-dimensionally-printed graphene aerogels for water treatment, after addressing scalability and...

AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer
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AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer

Amazon's cloud subsidiary has unveiled a new architecture for a fault-tolerant quantum computer.

NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Makes Historic First Flight on Mars
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NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Makes Historic First Flight on Mars

The Ingenuity helicopter has become the first aircraft to achieve powered flight on Mars.

Robotic Elephant Trunk Can Learn Tasks on Its Own
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Robotic Elephant Trunk Can Learn Tasks on Its Own

Researchers  used three-dimensional printing to create a robotic elephant trunk that uses artificial intelligence to emulate how sensory input triggers synaptic ...
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