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String of Ions May Out-Compute Best Quantum Computers
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String of Ions May Out-Compute Best Quantum Computers

Usually, I reflexively delete press releases. This one was no different, but as the message vanished, the subject line registered—"IonQ… quantum computing."

Researchers, Scared by Their Own Work, Hold Back 'Deepfakes for Text' AI
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Researchers, Scared by Their Own Work, Hold Back 'Deepfakes for Text' AI

OpenAI, a non-profit research company investigating "the path to safe artificial intelligence," has developed a machine learning system called Generative Pre-trained...

Bless the Overclockers: In the Data Center World, Liquid Cooling Is Becoming King
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Bless the Overclockers: In the Data Center World, Liquid Cooling Is Becoming King

In Iron Man 2, there is a moment when Tony Stark is watching a decades-old film of his deceased father, who tells him "I'm limited by the technology of my time,...

Imaging Ever Closer to the Event Horizon
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Imaging Ever Closer to the Event Horizon

While black holes themselves swallow any light beyond their event horizon, the area outside the event horizon tends to emit lots of light.

Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities
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Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities

Truly revolutionary political transformations are naturally of great interest to historians, and the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century is widely...

Milky Way to Face a One-Two Punch of Galaxy Collisions
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Milky Way to Face a One-Two Punch of Galaxy Collisions

If our knowledge of galaxy structures was limited to the Milky Way, we'd get a lot of things wrong. The Milky Way, it turns out, is unusual.

How Computers Got Shockingly Good at Recognizing Images
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How Computers Got Shockingly Good at Recognizing Images

Right now, I can open up Google Photos, type "beach," and see my photos from various beaches I've visited over the last decade.

NASA's Next Mars Rover Will ­se AI to Be a Better Science Partner
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NASA's Next Mars Rover Will ­se AI to Be a Better Science Partner

NASA can't yet put a scientist on Mars. But in its next rover mission to the Red Planet, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is hoping to use artificial intelligence...

More Than an Auto-Pilot, AI Charts Its Course in Aviation
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More Than an Auto-Pilot, AI Charts Its Course in Aviation

Ask anyone what they think of when the words "artificial intelligence" and aviation are combined, and it's likely the first things they'll mention are drones.

Rough-and-Ready Quantum Memory May Link Disparate Quantum Systems
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Rough-and-Ready Quantum Memory May Link Disparate Quantum Systems

I'm a simple person. To me, a computer consists of three parts: data that goes in and out, operations that modify the data, and storage that holds the data.

NOAA Is About to Make Some Big Changes to Its Global Weather Model
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NOAA Is About to Make Some Big Changes to Its Global Weather Model

The nation's weather and climate organization, NOAA, has appointed a new director of its Environmental Modeling Center.

Two Japanese Robots Are Now Happily Hopping on an Asteroid
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Two Japanese Robots Are Now Happily Hopping on an Asteroid

More than 24 hours after they were released by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft to fly down to the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, the Japanese Space Agency has finally...

Top Drone: Reaper Scores Drone Kill in Air-to-Air Missile Test
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Top Drone: Reaper Scores Drone Kill in Air-to-Air Missile Test

The US Air Force has revealed that an MQ-9 Reaper uncrewed aircraft successfully shot down a smaller drone with a heat-seeking air-to-air missile in a test last...

This Nifty Flying Robot Can Hover, Bank, and Turn as Deftly as a Fruit Fly
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This Nifty Flying Robot Can Hover, Bank, and Turn as Deftly as a Fruit Fly

Flying insects like bees, dragonflies, and fruit flies can perform impressive aerodynamic feats, particularly when seeking to evade predators or the swatting motion...

Engineering Tour de Force Births Programmable Optical Quantum Computer
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Engineering Tour de Force Births Programmable Optical Quantum Computer

There comes a moment in every physicist's life when they think the unthinkable: I wish I were an engineer. I suspect this thought crossed the minds of the 14-odd...

This Military Tech Could Finally Help Self-Driving Cars Master Snow
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This Military Tech Could Finally Help Self-Driving Cars Master Snow

The research conducted at the country's National Laboratories is usually highly classified and specifically aimed at solving national security problems. But sometimes...

Neural Network Implemented with Light Instead of Electrons
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Neural Network Implemented with Light Instead of Electrons

Neural networks have a reputation for being computationally expensive. But only the training portion of things really stresses most computer hardware, since it...

Decade-Old Bluetooth Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Data Passing Between Devices
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Decade-Old Bluetooth Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Data Passing Between Devices

A study by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology warns of a decade-old bug in the Bluetooth specification.

How They Did It (and Will Likely Try Again): GR­ Hackers vs. ­S Elections
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How They Did It (and Will Likely Try Again): GR­ Hackers vs. ­S Elections

In a press briefing just two weeks ago, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that the grand jury assembled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller had returned...

To Make Curiosity (Et Al.) More Curious, NASA and ESA Smarten ­p AI in Space
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To Make Curiosity (Et Al.) More Curious, NASA and ESA Smarten ­p AI in Space

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has done many great things in its decade-plus of service—but initially, it rolled 600 feet past one of the initiative's biggest discoveries...
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