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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.


Researchers at Iowa State, Ames Lab Prepare For Blue Waters Supercomputer
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Researchers at Iowa State, Ames Lab Prepare For Blue Waters Supercomputer

They can't wait to do computational chemistry at a quadrillion calculations per second. Petascale computing will give three researchers at Iowa State University...

Quantum Cryptography Hits the Fast Lane
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Quantum Cryptography Hits the Fast Lane

Toshiba researchers have developed a quantum cryptography system they say is fast enough to encrypt a video transmission. 

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Mit Researchers Boost Efficiency of Wireless Power

Wireless power transmission systems become increasingly efficient as more devices are being powered, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of...

Thacker Wins Turing Award
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Thacker Wins Turing Award

Microsoft's Charles P. Thacker named 56th recipient of ACM's A.M. Turing Award.

Cloud Computing and Developing Nations
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Cloud Computing and Developing Nations

For a growing number of organizations worldwide, cloud computing offers a quick and affordable way to tap into IT infrastructure as an Internet service. But obstacles...

Happy Birthday, RDBMS!
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Happy Birthday, RDBMS!

The relational model of data management, which dates to 1970, still dominates today and influences new paradigms as the field evolves.

Modeling the Astronomical
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Modeling the Astronomical

Advances in computer technology have changed the way astronomers see and study the universe.

A Flexible Color Display
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A Flexible Color Display

Hewlett-Packard Labs researchers are testing a flexible, full-color display that saves power by reflecting ambient light instead of using a backlight. 

Oak Ridge Lab, Industry to Collaborate in Advanced Battery Research
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Oak Ridge Lab, Industry to Collaborate in Advanced Battery Research

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and American industry will tackle some of the most critical challenges facing lithium ion battery production.

Scientists Work to Keep Hackers Out of Implanted Medical Devices
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Scientists Work to Keep Hackers Out of Implanted Medical Devices

Researchers are developing ways to prevent hackers from accessing and remotely controlling medical devices that emit wireless signals.

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Hp Researcher: Power Efficiency Has a Long Way to Go

The information technology and consumer electronics industries could make quantum leaps in terms of improving the power efficiency of electronic systems and devices...

The Next Big Thing for Intel: Sandy Bridge
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The Next Big Thing for Intel: Sandy Bridge

Sandy Bridge is arguably Intel's most important future technology. So, what is it exactly? Intel has been careful to reveal only snippets about the technology over...

Speedy Scanner Re-Writes Book on Publishing Technology
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Speedy Scanner Re-Writes Book on Publishing Technology

A Japanese research group at Tokyo University has created new software that allows hundreds of pages of a book to be scanned within minutes.

A Robot's Breakfast
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A Robot's Breakfast

University of Maryland professor Robert Finkelstein is building a robot designed to provide its own fuel source by grabbing sticks and branches, sawing them into...

Nist Detector Counts Photons With 99 Percent Efficiency
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Nist Detector Counts Photons With 99 Percent Efficiency

NIST scientists have developed the world's most efficient single photon detector, which could bring improvements to secure electronic communication, advanced quantum...

Google Trying Anew for a 3-D Web
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Google Trying Anew for a 3-D Web

Google is breathing new life into its effort to bring hardware-accelerated three-dimensional graphics to the Internet. 

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United States, Europe, Japan Agree on Data Center Efficiency Metric

U.S., European, and Japanese government agencies and industry groups are expected to announce an agreement that establishes a common metric that data centers worldwide...

Robots With Better Observation
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Robots With Better Observation

Researchers say that new three-dimensional sensing technology under development will be more similar to the human eye in the way it enables robots to observe their...

Software Simulates Evacuation of 70,000 Avatars From E-Stadium
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Software Simulates Evacuation of 70,000 Avatars From E-Stadium

Simulation software will create a safe, virtual stadium where security teams can practice guiding 70,000 fans to safety.

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Rampant Cheating Hurts China's Research Ambitions

Ghostwriting, plagiarizing or faking results is so rampant in Chinese academia that some experts worry it could hinder China's efforts to become a leader in science...
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