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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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Despite Green Diet, Data Centers Still Gobble Power

Despite U.S. government warnings on exploding energy consumption, data centers are not getting more power-efficient.

CS and Technology Leaders Honored
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CS and Technology Leaders Honored

Awards were recently announced by ACM and the American Association for the Advancement of Science honoring leaders in...

Robin Milner: The Elegant Pragmatist
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Robin Milner: The Elegant Pragmatist

Remembering a rich legacy in verification, languages, and concurrency.

Mine Your Business
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Mine Your Business

Researchers are developing new techniques to gauge employee productivity from information flow.

Beyond the Smart Grid
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Beyond the Smart Grid

The electrical grid isn't the only utility acquiring intelligence, as water and gas meters throughout the U...

Straightening Out Heavy Tails
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Straightening Out Heavy Tails

A better understanding of heavy-tailed probability distributions can improve activities from Internet commerce to the design of server farms.

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Submissions Invited For Green500 Supercomputer Ranking

The next submission deadline for the Green500 List, which ranks the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world, will be June 7.

Mistakes in Silicon Chips to Help Boost Computer Power
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Mistakes in Silicon Chips to Help Boost Computer Power

Silicon chips that are allowed to make mistakes could help ensure computers continue to get more powerful, say US researchers.

Paper Supercapacitor Could Power Future Paper Electronics
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Paper Supercapacitor Could Power Future Paper Electronics

Stanford University researchers have developed an onboard power source for paper transistors and paper displays.

Seven Atom Transistor Sets the Pace For Future Pcs
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Seven Atom Transistor Sets the Pace For Future Pcs

A working transistor that contains only seven atoms has been built by a team in Australia. The researchers, led by University of New South Wales professor Michelle...

Breaking the Logjam: Improving Data Download From Outer Space
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Breaking the Logjam: Improving Data Download From Outer Space

Space satellites face a data logjam because their increasingly powerful sensors produce more information than their bandwidth can easily transmit. Experiments indicate...

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Giving New Meaning to 'smart Car'

McMaster University computer and software engineers are studying how one IBM multicore processor can be used to connect a vehicle's automotive systems. 

Nanotech Microlens Could Lead to Better Infrared Satellite Imaging Technology
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Nanotech Microlens Could Lead to Better Infrared Satellite Imaging Technology

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a nanotech "microlens" that uses gold to boost the strength of infrared imaging and could lead...

Junior, the Robotic Car, Learns to Slide Park
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Junior, the Robotic Car, Learns to Slide Park

The autonomous car that the Stanford Racing Team developed for the DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007 is now capable of parking itself from an accelerated, reverse position...

Nasa Looking to Six-Legged Robot to Build Human Outpost on Mars
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Nasa Looking to Six-Legged Robot to Build Human Outpost on Mars

NASA is developing a six-legged robot called Athlete that can walk or roll on wheels, and ultimately aims to have it help set up a habitat on Mars for future astronauts...

When Good Enough is Better
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When Good Enough is Better

MIT researchers have developed a system that automatically finds parts of computer code where accuracy can be traded for significant increases in speed. 

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One Group's Answer to Transistors Behaving Badly

Researchers are developing error-prone stochastic processors in the hope that their  looser architecture will make their mass production much less expensive and...

 Sandia Workshop Aids Photovoltaic Systems Integrators
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Sandia Workshop Aids Photovoltaic Systems Integrators

Sandia National Laboratories researchers and the U.S. Department of Energy recently hosted a workshop for photovoltaic systems integrators to identify and address...

Quantum Move Toward Next Generation Computing
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Quantum Move Toward Next Generation Computing

Physicists at McGill University have developed a system for measuring the energy involved in adding electrons to semiconductor nanocrystals, also known as quantum...

Crumbling Labs Could Clip Nasa's Wings
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Crumbling Labs Could Clip Nasa's Wings

Years of neglect have left many NASA labs that might be used for breakthrough technology research in rough shape, says a report from the U.S. National Academies...
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