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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.

Observations Catch a Supernova Three Hours After It Exploded
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Observations Catch a Supernova Three Hours After It Exploded

The skies are full of transient events.

We Finally Have a Computer that Can Survive the Surface of Venus
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We Finally Have a Computer that Can Survive the Surface of Venus

Venus is one of the most inhospitable places in the solar system.

Information Paradox and Black Holes in Plasmas
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Information Paradox and Black Holes in Plasmas

Black holes are a problem for physics, and the physics community has never fully warmed to the idea of them.

Google Brain Super-Resolution Image Tech Makes 'zoom, Enhance!' Real
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Google Brain Super-Resolution Image Tech Makes 'zoom, Enhance!' Real

Google Brain has devised some new software that can create detailed images from tiny, pixelated source images. Google's software, in short, basically means thetrope...

In Not-Too-Distant Future, Brain Hackers Could Steal Your Deepest Secrets
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In Not-Too-Distant Future, Brain Hackers Could Steal Your Deepest Secrets

In the beginning, people hacked phones.

­.s. Intelligence Seeks a ­niversal Translator For Text Search in Any Language
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­.s. Intelligence Seeks a ­niversal Translator For Text Search in Any Language

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's Machine Translation for English Retrieval of Information in Any Language program aims to give researchers...

Back to the Future: Silicon May Work For Quantum Computing
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Back to the Future: Silicon May Work For Quantum Computing

Although I write a lot about quantum computing, I've not really paid much attention to performing quantum computations with silicon-based qubits. Luckily Stephanie...

Who's Winning the Cyber War? The Squirrels, of Course
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Who's Winning the Cyber War? The Squirrels, of Course

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