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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.


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French Physicists Claim Breakthrough in ­ltra-Fast Data Access

Superfast lasers could potentially be used to make storage and retrieval of data on hard disks up to 100,000 times faster, according to French physicists. A team...

Memory with a Twist: Nist Develops a Flexible Memristor
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Memory with a Twist: Nist Develops a Flexible Memristor

Electronic memory chips may soon gain the ability to bend and twist as a result of work by engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)...

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Towards the Ultimate Transistor

In 1974 Ari Aviram and Mark Ratner from the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center in New York suggested using molecules themselves as electronic components. In the...

Researchers Simulate Sounds of Water and Other Liquids
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Researchers Simulate Sounds of Water and Other Liquids

Cornell University computer science researchers have developed new algorithms to simulate the sounds of water to correspond with images. Cornell professor Doug...

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NIST Engineers Discover Fundamental Flaw in Transistor Theory

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) engineers have uncovered a flaw in the understanding of transistor noise, a phenomenon affecting the electronic...

Autonomous Helicopters
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Autonomous Helicopters

Researchers are improving unmanned helicopters' capabilities to address regulatory requirements and commercial uses.

Content Control
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Content Control

Entertainment businesses say digital rights management prevents the theft of their products, but access control technologies have been a uniform failure when it...

Micromedicine to the Rescue
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Micromedicine to the Rescue

Medical researchers have long dreamed of "magic bullets" that go directly where they are needed. Now micromedicine and nanotechnology are making a range of molecules...

Daskalakis Wins ACM Award For Advances in Analyzing Behavior in Conflict Situations
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Daskalakis Wins ACM Award For Advances in Analyzing Behavior in Conflict Situations

Constantinos Daskalakis has won the 2008 Doctoral Dissertation Award from ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) for his work on behavior in complex networks...

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Researchers Step Toward Faster Chips

Scientists and engineers from the University of Florida, Stanford University, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have created a basic type of semiconductor...

Warp Speed? Two Physicists Report on Method That Could Make It Happen
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Warp Speed? Two Physicists Report on Method That Could Make It Happen

With the new movie "Star Trek" opening in theaters across the nation, one thing moviegoers will undoubtedly see is the Starship Enterprise racing across the galaxy...

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Sequoia: The Next Generation of Supercomputer

The Sequoia project, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), aims to build the world's first 20 petaflop...

Quantum Cryptography: Hackers' R.i.p.?
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Quantum Cryptography: Hackers' R.i.p.?

Researchers from Toshiba and Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory say secure quantum communication is possible with practical components for high-speed photon...

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Nist Nudges Quantum Computers Toward Commercial Viability

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated an error suppression technique that they say makes multistep quantum...

From ICT Results

Reconfigurable Hardware Delivers Design Flexibility

Technology is struggling to meet demands for high-performance, specialised computing systems. A European consortium is responding with a new kind of reconfigurable...

'instant On' Computing
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'instant On' Computing

Researchers supported by the National Science Foundation have achieved a breakthrough in adding ferroelectric materials to silicon, without intervening reaction...

Funding Supports Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing and Communication
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Funding Supports Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing and Communication

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) scientists say that diamonds could revolutionize quantum mechanics in computing by enabling ultra-secure communications...

Squeezed Ferroelectric Material Could Lead to 'instant On' Memory Devices
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Squeezed Ferroelectric Material Could Lead to 'instant On' Memory Devices

Low-power, high-efficiency electronic memory could be the long-term result of collaborative research led by Cornell University scientist Darrell Schlom (pictured)...

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Quantum Theory May Explain Wishful Thinking

Humans don't always make the most rational decisions. Even when logic and reasoning point in one direction, sometimes we chose the opposite route, motivated by...

Natural 'barcodes' Help US Recognize Faces
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Natural 'barcodes' Help US Recognize Faces

Humans recognize faces by organizing facial features such as eyebrows, eyes, and lips into horizontal lines of information, say Dr. Steven Dakin of the University...
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