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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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When Glass Touch Screens Feel Like Sandpaper

Glass screens that can feel the touch of your fingers are all the rage these days. You'll find them in all kinds of gadgets, from smartphones to tablet computers...

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Multifunctional Smart Sensors and High-Power Devices on a Computer Chip

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a process for integrating gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon to create a hybrid computer chip. This...

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Body Organs Can Send Status ­pdates to Your Cellphone

For cardiac patients such as myself, too much excitement can be a shocking experience. If my heart rate gets too high the implanted defibrillator in my chest can...

Android Invasion
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Android Invasion

How a tiny piece of software created by a few Google engineers is ushering in the mobile revolution and reshaping the fortunes of the world's biggest tech companies...

A Tracking Device That Fits on the Head of a Pin
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A Tracking Device That Fits on the Head of a Pin

Tel Aviv University researchers have developed nano-sized optical gyroscopes that can fit on standard-sized computer chips without compromising their sensitivity...

Intel Labs Creating Robots of the Future
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Intel Labs Creating Robots of the Future

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and scientists from the Intel Labs site on the CMU campus recently held an open house to show off their projects, including...

Cell Phones Make a Touch Surface Smarter
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Cell Phones Make a Touch Surface Smarter

A new system identifies users by their mobile phones.

Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics
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Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics

Two decades after global competition drove the mines in this corner of Japan to extinction, Kosaka is again abuzz with talk of new riches.

Futuristic Computing Designs Inside Beetle Scales
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Futuristic Computing Designs Inside Beetle Scales

Brigham Young University researchers are studying beetle scales to develop designs for future optical computers. 

New Type of Liquid Crystal Promises to Improve Performance of Digital Displays
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New Type of Liquid Crystal Promises to Improve Performance of Digital Displays

Chemists at Vanderbilt University have created a new class of liquid crystals with unique electrical properties that could improve the performance of digital displays...

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Breaking the Noise Barrier: Enter the Phonon Computer

Noise is a chip designer's worst enemy. But handled properly it could become a powerful ally—and usher in the age of phonon computing.

Tablet, Phone Software Developers Face Multicore Challenge
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Tablet, Phone Software Developers Face Multicore Challenge

Industry experts at the recent Linley Tech Processor conference said that writing applications for mobile devices could become more challenging as central processing...

Breakthrough in Quantum Computing
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Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

A team led by engineers and physicists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has developed a single electron reader to measure the spin of an electron in...

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Charge Your Phone With a Beach Towel

With a view to bringing down the costs of solar cells, Brian Korgel and colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a light-harvesting ink that...

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Multicore May Not Be So Scary

Research suggests that the free operating system Linux will keep up with the addition of more "cores," or processing units, to computer chips.

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Iran Thwarts Viral Attack on Nuclear Plant System: Atomic Chief

Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali-Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that the enemy's efforts to infect Iranian nuclear systems with a computer virus have...

Personal Fabrication
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Personal Fabrication

Open source 3D printers could herald the start of a new industrial revolution.

Growing Nanowires Horizontally Yields New Benefit: 'nano-Leds'
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Growing Nanowires Horizontally Yields New Benefit: 'nano-Leds'

While refining their novel method for making nanoscale wires, chemists at NIST discovered an unexpected bonus—a new way to create nanowires that produce light similar...

Apple Patent Shows Future of Biometrics Isn
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Apple Patent Shows Future of Biometrics Isn

A recent Apple patent and a strongly worded report from the National Research Council suggest that the future of biometrics lies with personalization, not security...

Vigilant Camera Eye
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Vigilant Camera Eye

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology have developed an automated camera system that replicates some functions of the human...
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