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Higgs Boson ­ncovered By Quantum Algorithm on D-Wave Machine
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Higgs Boson ­ncovered By Quantum Algorithm on D-Wave Machine

Machine learning has returned with a vengeance. I still remember the dark days of the late '80s and '90s, when it was pretty clear that the current generation of...

Is Beaming Down In star Trek a Death Sentence?
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Is Beaming Down In star Trek a Death Sentence?

In the 2009 movie Star Trek, Captain Kirk and Sulu plummeted down toward the planet Vulcan without a parachute. "Beam us up, beam us up!" Kirk shouted in desperation...

With the Uss mccain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings
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With the Uss mccain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings

In the darkness of early morning on August 21, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker in the Strait of Malacca off Singapore.

National Ignition Facility Recreates the Interior of Heavy Stars
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National Ignition Facility Recreates the Interior of Heavy Stars

In a lot of ways, stars are our model for creating nuclear fusion here on Earth, with fusion power often promoted as "harnessing the power of the Sun."

Radio Navigation Set to Make Global Return as Gps Backup, Because Cyber 
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Radio Navigation Set to Make Global Return as Gps Backup, Because Cyber 

Way back in the 1980s, when I was a young naval officer, the Global Positioning System was still in its experimental stage.

Level ­p: How Video Games Evolved to Solve Significant Scientific Problems
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Level ­p: How Video Games Evolved to Solve Significant Scientific Problems

In the early 1950s, just as rock 'n' roll was hinting at social change, the first video games were quietly being designed in the form of technology demonstrations—and...

Concerned About Connected Car Privacy? Bluetooth Sensors Used to Track Traffic
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Concerned About Connected Car Privacy? Bluetooth Sensors Used to Track Traffic

One big promise of the connected car revolution has been the potential to help clear up traffic problems.

Pocket Brains: Neuromorphic Hardware Arrives For Our Brain-Inspired Algorithms
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Pocket Brains: Neuromorphic Hardware Arrives For Our Brain-Inspired Algorithms

As the world's great companies pursue autonomous cars, they're essentially spending billions of dollars to get machines to do what your average two-year-old can...

More Progress on Carbon Nanotube Processors: A 2.8ghz Ring Oscillator
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More Progress on Carbon Nanotube Processors: A 2.8ghz Ring Oscillator

Back in 2012, I had the pleasure of visiting the IBM Watson research center.

'internet of Ships' Tells Tale of ­ss Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It
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'internet of Ships' Tells Tale of ­ss Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It

On early Saturday morning off the coast of Japan, the Philippines-flagged cargo container carrierACX Crystal struck the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) on its starboard...

­S Gov’t Taps The Machine to Beat China to Exascale Supercomputing
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­S Gov’t Taps The Machine to Beat China to Exascale Supercomputing

With China threatening to build the world's first exascale supercomputer before the US, the US Department of Energy has awarded a research grant to Hewlett Packard...

Light-Based Neural Network Does Simple Speech Recognition
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Light-Based Neural Network Does Simple Speech Recognition

While there are lots of things that artificial intelligence can't do yet—science being one of them—neural networks are proving themselves increasingly adept at...

Leaked Nsa Report Says Russians Tried to Hack State Election Officials
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Leaked Nsa Report Says Russians Tried to Hack State Election Officials

A Top Secret NSA analyst's report published by The Intercept suggests that, in August 2016, the Russian General Main Staff Intelligence Directorate (GRU) hacked...

Got a Face-Recognition Algorithm? ­ncle Sam Wants to Review It
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Got a Face-Recognition Algorithm? ­ncle Sam Wants to Review It

The nation's top-level intelligence office, the Director of National Intelligence, wants to find "the most accurate unconstrained face recognition algorithm."

Bigger Is Better: Quantum Volume Expresses Computer's Limit 
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Bigger Is Better: Quantum Volume Expresses Computer's Limit 

The race to build the first useful quantum computer continues apace. And, like all races, there are decisions to be made, including the technology each competitor...

The State of the Car Computer: Forget Horsepower, We Want Megahertz!
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The State of the Car Computer: Forget Horsepower, We Want Megahertz!

If I asked you "how many computing devices do you own?" your mind will probably first jump to your PCs and laptops at home, and then to your smartphones and tablets...

The AI Revolution Is Making Game Characters Move More Realistically
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The AI Revolution Is Making Game Characters Move More Realistically

When we talk about artificial intelligence in games, we usually picture smarter or more realistic enemies that don't come off as mindless automatons.

On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates
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On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates

As we've explored the Solar System, some items we're familiar with from Earth's geology have kept appearing in new places.

'we All Love the Tomahawk:' A Brief History of ­.s.'s Favorite Robotic Killer
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'we All Love the Tomahawk:' A Brief History of ­.s.'s Favorite Robotic Killer

In the early hours of Friday morning, two U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers in the waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea launched a barrage of Tomahawk Land...

Single Atom Feels the Quantum Heat
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Single Atom Feels the Quantum Heat

Thermal transport—the way heat is carried away from a processor, for instance—is very familiar to us.
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