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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 Power of 'random'
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The Power of 'random'

Communications networks' efficiency could be upgraded with a new network coding approach co-developed by researchers at MIT in which a router mathematically combines...

Nonlinear Thinker
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Nonlinear Thinker

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Pablo Parrilo has developed a set of techniques that makes it easier to understand nonlinear systems. Parrilo uses...

Crts Going Down the Tubes? Hardly
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Crts Going Down the Tubes? Hardly

Many people may assume that conventional television sets and computer monitors — the kind that use  CRTs rather than flat panel screens — have virtually disappeared...

Picture-Driven Computing
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Picture-Driven Computing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed Sikuli, a system that enables computer users to write programs using screen shots of graphical...

Putting the Squeeze on Data
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Putting the Squeeze on Data

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Piotr Indyk and graduate student Radu Berinde last year introduced two versions of a linear data-compression algorithm...

Mit's Big Wheel in Copenhagen
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Mit's Big Wheel in Copenhagen

A bicycle wheel developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers features a hub packed with electronics that can perform multiple unique functions...

Computing With a Wave of the Hand
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Computing With a Wave of the Hand

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab researchers have devised a way to turn liquid crystal displays (LCDs) into lens-less cameras through the use of...

What Computer Science Can Teach Economics
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What Computer Science Can Teach Economics

Professor Constantinos Daskalakis in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is applying the theory...

Inventing a Programming Language
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Inventing a Programming Language

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Barbara Liskov, winner of ACM's 2008 A.M. Turing Award, recently delivered the first lecture of MIT's 2009...

The Explainer: P vs. Np
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The Explainer: P vs. Np

The Clay Mathematics Institute has a standing offer of $1 million for anyone who is able to prove or disprove one of seven problems that have never been solved....

Parallel Course
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Parallel Course

In 1995, a good computer chip had a clock speed of about 100 megahertz. Seven years later, in 2002, a good computer chip had a clock speed of about three gigahertz...

Seeing Things
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Seeing Things

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Antonio Torralba and students from the school's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) say...

Researchers Sharpen Photos By Capturing Multiple Low-Quality Images
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Researchers Sharpen Photos By Capturing Multiple Low-Quality Images

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers Sam Hasinoff, Fredo Durand, and William Freeman, along with University of Toronto researcher Kiriakos Kutulakos...

Breaking the Law, at the Nanoscale
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Breaking the Law, at the Nanoscale

A well-established physical law formulated by Max Planck describes the transfer of heat between two objects, but some physicists have long predicted that the law...

Drawing Inspiration From Nature to Build a Better Radio
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Drawing Inspiration From Nature to Build a Better Radio

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers have developed a fast, ultra-broadband, low-power radio chip for use in wireless devices. MIT professor Rahul...

Ishii Develops 'hands-On' ­ser Interfaces
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Ishii Develops 'hands-On' ­ser Interfaces

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab researcher Hiroshi Ishii is developing tactile user interfaces that are designed to integrate computer use...

Virus-Built Battery Could Power Cars, Electronic Devices
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Virus-Built Battery Could Power Cars, Electronic Devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers led by professor Angela Belcher have developed batteries by genetically engineering viruses to build the...

New Material Could Lead to Faster Chips
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New Material Could Lead to Faster Chips

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have built an experimental graphene-based microchip that could lead to cell phones and other communications...

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Knowing When to Fold: Engineers Use 'nano-Origami' to Build Tiny Electronic Devices

MIT NewsMassachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing nano-origami, a new technique that enables engineers to fold nanoscale materials into simple...
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