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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.


Secrets of the Gecko Foot Help Robot Climb
From ACM TechNews

Secrets of the Gecko Foot Help Robot Climb

Stanford University engineer Mark Cutkosky has led the development of Stickybot, a robot that can climb up smooth surfaces with feet modeled on the design of gecko...

From ACM TechNews

W3c Launches Web Performance Working Group

A new W3C working group will focus on improving the measurement of Web application performance times.The Web Performance Working Group will initially create a common...

Size Matters: Canadian Research Could Shrink Gadget Size
From ACM TechNews

Size Matters: Canadian Research Could Shrink Gadget Size

McGill University researchers have found that quantum dots are capable of creating large voltages that can keep compact electronic devices running. "We need to...

'spintronics' Breakthrough Holds Promise For Next-Generation Computers
From ACM TechNews

'spintronics' Breakthrough Holds Promise For Next-Generation Computers

University of Kansas (KU) researchers have discovered a way to recognize currents of spinning electrons, or spintronics, within a semiconductor using powerful lasers...

Researchers Work to Protect, Restore Vulnerable Networks
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Work to Protect, Restore Vulnerable Networks

The University of Arizona is collaborating with researchers at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a project which is developing...

Solid-State Leds Promise Brighter, Not Necessarily Greener, Future
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Solid-State Leds Promise Brighter, Not Necessarily Greener, Future

Solid-state lighting pioneers long have held that replacing the inefficient light bulbs with more efficient solid-state LEDs would lower electrical usage worldwide...

Tiny Logo Demonstrates Advanced Display Technology
From ACM News

Tiny Logo Demonstrates Advanced Display Technology

In a step toward more efficient, smaller and higher-definition display screens, a University of Michigan professor has developed a new type of color filter made...

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Juicing Up Laptops and Cell Phones with Soda Pop or Vegetable Oil?

Scientists report the development of the first fuel cell designed to produce electricity with biochemical technology borrowed from the biological powerhouses...

Synaptic Behavior Captured By New Memristor Circuit Design
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Synaptic Behavior Captured By New Memristor Circuit Design

University of Tehran researchers Farnood Merrikh-Bayat and Saeed Bagheri have found that two memristors used in a series work more like a human brain using Hebbian...

From ACM TechNews

Nasa's Robot Rovers Keep on Rolling

Researchers from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock are working with robotics engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to prevent the space agency's...

Kyoto Prize and Other CS Awards
From Communications of the ACM

Kyoto Prize and Other CS Awards

László Lovász, Vinton G. Cerf, and other researchers are honored for their contributions to computer science.

ACM China Nearing Launch
From Communications of the ACM

ACM China Nearing Launch

ACM's expansion into China will support local professionals and increase Chinese involvement in ACM's international activities.

Degrees, Distance, and Dollars
From Communications of the ACM

Degrees, Distance, and Dollars

The Internet is making higher education accessible to a whole new class of students—but not necessarily at a lower cost.

Cycling Through Data
From Communications of the ACM

Cycling Through Data

Sensor-equipped bicycles are providing valuable data to cyclists, city planners, and computer scientists.

Brains and Bytes
From Communications of the ACM

Brains and Bytes

Computational neuroscientists are learning that the brain is like a computer, except when it isn't.

From ACM News

Hi-Tech Rechargeable Batteries Developed For Military

MIT scientists reported progress in using a common virus to develop improved materials for high-performance, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that could be...

Robots Learning From Experience
From ICT Results

Robots Learning From Experience

Software that enables robots to move objects about a room, building up ever-more knowledge about their environment, is an important step forward in artificial intelligence...

Scientists Help Explain Graphene Mystery
From ACM News

Scientists Help Explain Graphene Mystery

Nanoscale simulations and theoretical research performed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are bringing scientists closer to realizing...

From ACM TechNews

The Future of the Web Is a Matter of Semantics

Researchers at Athens Information Technology and the National Technical University of Athens say there are three main issues to overcome before the semantic Web...

Ho-Hum to High Performance: Boring Material Could Lead to Electronics Revolution
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Ho-Hum to High Performance: Boring Material Could Lead to Electronics Revolution

Cornell University researchers have found that when the oxide compound europium titanate is sliced nanometers thin and stretched on a specially designed template...
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