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Quantum Computing: Is It Possible, and Should You Care?
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Quantum Computing: Is It Possible, and Should You Care?

What is a quantum computer and when can I have one?

Cassini Spacecraft For Saturn Moon Pass
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Cassini Spacecraft For Saturn Moon Pass

The Cassini spacecraft is to make its lowest pass yet over the south pole of Enceladus, an active moon of Saturn which may harbour a liquid water ocean.

Hackers Outwit Online Banking Identity Security Systems
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Hackers Outwit Online Banking Identity Security Systems

After logging in to the bank's real site, account holders are being tricked by the offer of training in a new "upgraded security system."

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Quantum Computing Could Head to 'the Cloud,' Study Says

A novel high-speed, high-security computing technology will be compatible with the "cloud computing" approach popular on the Web, a study suggests.

Self-Healing Electronic Chip Tests May Aid Space Travel
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Self-Healing Electronic Chip Tests May Aid Space Travel

Self-repairing electronic chips are one step closer, according to a team of U.S. researchers, creating a circuit that heals itself when cracked thanks to the...

Driverless Car: Google Awarded ­.s. Patent For Technology
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Driverless Car: Google Awarded ­.s. Patent For Technology

The intellectual rights relate to a method to switch a vehicle from a human-controlled mode into the state where it takes charge of the wheel.

Intel Shows Off Its Knights Corner One Teraflops Chip
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Intel Shows Off Its Knights Corner One Teraflops Chip

Intel has developed an accelerator chip capable of running at speeds of one teraflops, equal to one trillion calculations per second.

Socialbots Used By Researchers to 'steal' Facebook Data
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Socialbots Used By Researchers to 'steal' Facebook Data

University of British Columbia researchers were able to collect 46,500 email addresses and 14,500 home addresses from Facebook by using socialbots. 

Future Computers Could Rewire Themselves
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Future Computers Could Rewire Themselves

Future microchips may have only one type of component, capable of rewiring itself to do different jobs. Researchers from Northwestern University in the U.S. have...

Graphene Technology Moves Closer
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Graphene Technology Moves Closer

Graphene is a "wonder material" waiting to happen. Since this super-conductive form of carbon, made from single-atom-thick sheets, was first produced in 2004,...

Italian Hi-Tech Software Teaches Perfect Pasta Skills
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Italian Hi-Tech Software Teaches Perfect Pasta Skills

University of Bologna researchers have developed Tortellino X-perience, a multimedia teaching game that combines a traditional video with a three-dimensional representation...

IBM at 100: From Typewriters to the Cloud
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IBM at 100: From Typewriters to the Cloud

Say IBM—and you probably still think of computers. But today, the firm that was once all about hardware, makes its living from more intangible technology.

Code-Cracking Machine Returned to Life
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Code-Cracking Machine Returned to Life

The National Museum of Computing has finished restoring a Tunny machine—a key part of Allied code-cracking during World War II.

Is Graphene a Miracle Material?
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Is Graphene a Miracle Material?

The material graphene was touted as "the next big thing" even before its pioneers were handed the Nobel Prize last year. Many believe it could spell the end for...

Memristors' Current Carves Protected Channels
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Memristors' Current Carves Protected Channels

A circuit component touted as the "missing link" of electronics is starting to give up the secrets of how it works.

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Helmet Camera Technology Enables Live Front-Line Video

Helmet-mounted cameras mean live video can be sent direct from the front line back to headquarters. This technology enabled military and intelligence chiefs to...

Quantum Computing Device Hints at Powerful Future
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Quantum Computing Device Hints at Powerful Future

One of the most complex efforts toward a quantum computer has been shown off at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas in the U.S. It uses the strange...

The Birth of a ­.k. Tech Giant
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The Birth of a ­.k. Tech Giant

British chip designer ARM will soon be 20 years old. Bill Thompson was there at the start.

Supercomputers 'will Fit in a Sugar Cube,' Ibm Says
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Supercomputers 'will Fit in a Sugar Cube,' Ibm Says

IBM researchers led by Bruno Michel have developed a water-cooling method for creating supercomputer processors that could shrink them to the size of a sugar cube...

Campaign Builds to Construct Babbage Analytical Engine
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Campaign Builds to Construct Babbage Analytical Engine

A U.K. campaign to build a truck-sized, prototype computer first envisaged in 1837 is gathering steam.
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