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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.


Nasa Gives MIT a Humanoid Robot to Develop Software For Future Space Missions
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Nasa Gives MIT a Humanoid Robot to Develop Software For Future Space Missions

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is home to one of two university research groups to receive a 6-foot, 290-pound humanoid robot. 

Giving Robots a More Nimble Grasp
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Giving Robots a More Nimble Grasp

Most robots on a factory floor are fairly ham-handed: Equipped with large pincers or claws, they are designed to perform simple maneuvers, such as grabbing an object...

Object Recognition For Robots
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Object Recognition For Robots

John Leonard's group in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile...

Computer Program Fixes Old Code Faster Than Expert Engineers
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Computer Program Fixes Old Code Faster Than Expert Engineers

Researchers have developed a program designed to automatically fix existing code without requiring the original source. 

Automatic Bug Repair
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Automatic Bug Repair

At the Association for Computing Machinery's Programming Language Design and Implementation conference this month, MIT researchers presented a new system that repairs...

Advance in Quantum Error Correction
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Advance in Quantum Error Correction

Researchers have developed a quantum error correction code that requires the measurement of only a few quantum bits at a time. 

MIT Engineers Hand 'cognitive' Control to ­nderwater Robots
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MIT Engineers Hand 'cognitive' Control to ­nderwater Robots

Researchers have developed a new approach to programming autonomous underwater vehicles that increases their "cognitive" capabilities.

Researchers ­nravel Secrets of Hidden Waves
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Researchers ­nravel Secrets of Hidden Waves

Detailed new field studies, laboratory experiments, and simulations of the largest known "internal waves" in the Earth's oceans—phenomena that play a key role in...

Better Sensors For Medical Imaging, Contraband Detection
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Better Sensors For Medical Imaging, Contraband Detection

MIT researchers have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. It could lead to miniaturized...

Diagnosis By Keyboard
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Diagnosis By Keyboard

Analyzing people's keystrokes as they type on a computer keyboard can reveal a great deal of information about the state of their motor function, according to a...

Thousands of Atoms Entangled with a Single Photon
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Thousands of Atoms Entangled with a Single Photon

Physicists from MIT and the University of Belgrade have developed a new technique that can successfully entangle 3,000 atoms using only a single photon.

Better Debugger
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Better Debugger

Researchers last week unveiled a new algorithm for identifying integer-overflow bugs. 

Satellite Imagery Can Aid Development Projects
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Satellite Imagery Can Aid Development Projects

New software can identify houses in rural villages from satellite images, potentially saving time that would otherwise be spent sending teams from village to village...

Teaching Programming to Preschoolers
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Teaching Programming to Preschoolers

Researchers are developing a system that enables young children to program interactive robots by placing stickers on laminated sheets of paper. 

Magnetic Brain Stimulation
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Magnetic Brain Stimulation

Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles—a technique allowing direct...

Finger-Mounted Reading Device For the Blind
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Finger-Mounted Reading Device For the Blind

Researchers have developed a prototype of a finger-mounted device with a built-in camera that converts written text into audio for visually impaired users. 

Six Keys to Sports Analytics
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Six Keys to Sports Analytics

The ninth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC) was the biggest meeting yet of sports-data experts: More than 3,100 people attended the event last...

Researchers Generate a Reference Map of the Human Epigenome
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Researchers Generate a Reference Map of the Human Epigenome

The sequencing of the human genome laid the foundation for the study of genetic variation and its links to a wide range of diseases. But the genome itself is only...

Can an Led-Filled "robot Garden" Make Coding More Accessible?
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Can an Led-Filled "robot Garden" Make Coding More Accessible?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say their new tablet-operated system serves as a visual embodiment of their latest work in distributed computing...

Smarter Multicore Chips
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Smarter Multicore Chips

Computer chips' clocks have stopped getting faster. To keep delivering performance improvements, chipmakers are instead giving chips more processing units, or cores...
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