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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.


Bound for Robotic Glory
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Bound for Robotic Glory

Massachusetts Institute of Technology  researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding, and successfully implemented it in a robotic cheetah. 

Where to Grab Space Debris
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Where to Grab Space Debris

Objects in space tend to spin—and spin in a way that's totally different from the way they spin on earth.

Origami Robot Folds Itself ­p, Crawls Away
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Origami Robot Folds Itself ­p, Crawls Away

For years, a team of researchers at MIT and Harvard University has been working on origami robots—reconfigurable robots that would be able to fold themselves into...

Researchers ­nveil Experimental 36-Core Chip
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Researchers ­nveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

The more cores—or processing units—a computer chip has, the bigger the problem of communication between cores becomes.

Who's Using Your Data?
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Who's Using Your Data?

The HTTP with Accountability protocol is designed to track the transmission of private data and enable the data owner to see how it is used online. 

Think Fast, Robot
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Think Fast, Robot

One of the reasons we don't yet have self-driving cars and mini-helicopters delivering online purchases is that autonomous vehicles tend not to perform well under...

Computer System Automatically Solves Word Problems
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Computer System Automatically Solves Word Problems

A new computer system can automatically solve the type of word problems common in introductory algebra classes. 

New 'switch' Could Power Quantum Computing
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New 'switch' Could Power Quantum Computing

Using a laser to place individual rubidium atoms near the surface of a lattice of light, scientists at MIT and Harvard University have developed a new method for...

The Complexonaut
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The Complexonaut

When he was in elementary school, Scott Aaronson, like many mathematically precocious kids of his generation, dreamed of making his own video games.

Parallel Programming May Not Be So Daunting
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Parallel Programming May Not Be So Daunting

Researchers plan to demonstrate an analytics technique suggesting that, in a wide range of real-word scenarios, lock-free algorithms can provide wait-free performance...

Smarter Caching
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Smarter Caching

Computer chips keep getting faster because transistors keep getting smaller.

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Herding Robots

Writing a program to control a single autonomous robot navigating an uncertain environment with an erratic communication link is hard enough; write one for multiple...

Teaching Computers to See–by Learning to See Like Computers
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Teaching Computers to See–by Learning to See Like Computers

By translating images into the language spoken by object-recognition systems, then translating them back, researchers hope to explain the recognition systems'...

Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions
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Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions

Artificial intelligence research has advanced significantly, but much work remains before computers can truly replicate or surpass human intelligence. 

Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions
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Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions

The birth of artificial-intelligence research as an autonomous discipline is generally thought to have been the monthlong Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial...

Researchers Build an All-Optical Transistor
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Researchers Build an All-Optical Transistor

Researchers have created an optical switch that’s controlled by a single photon.

Making Cloud Computing More Efficient
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Making Cloud Computing More Efficient

DBSeer could alleviate cloud computing inefficiencies that arise from the overprovisioning that occurs with database-intensive applications. 

Cell Circuits Remember Their History
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Cell Circuits Remember Their History

MIT researchers have developed genetic circuits in bacterial cells that perform logic functions and remember the results.

Proving Quantum Computers Feasible
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Proving Quantum Computers Feasible

Quantum computers are devices—still largely theoretical—that could perform certain types of computations much faster than classical computers; one way they might...

3 Questions: A Web For Everyone
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3 Questions: A Web For Everyone

During the opening ceremonies of this summer’s Olympic games in London, a musical performance culminated with a stage-set house rising into the rafters to reveal...
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