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Shoot an Atom Into Silicon, and You May Have the Beginnings of a Quantum Computer
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Shoot an Atom Into Silicon, and You May Have the Beginnings of a Quantum Computer

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories say they have devised a possible first step toward the creation of a practical quantum computer. 

This New Discovery Could Put Quantum Computers Within Closer Reach
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This New Discovery Could Put Quantum Computers Within Closer Reach

Researchers at Florida State University's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have found a way to dampen qubits' susceptibility to magnetic disruptions, or...

Go On – Bend, Punch, and Step On This Transistor
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Go On – Bend, Punch, and Step On This Transistor

Researchers at Japan's AIST and the Japan Science and Technology Agency have developed stretchable, tough electronics that could be incorporated into clothing,...

Molecular Flash Memory Could Store Massive Amounts of Data
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Molecular Flash Memory Could Store Massive Amounts of Data

Novel molecules could help expand the storage capacity of flash memory, which is widely used in mobile devices such as smartphones. 

Researchers Push Supercomputing's Bleeding Edge With Diverse Applications
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Researchers Push Supercomputing's Bleeding Edge With Diverse Applications

One of five finalists will be awarded ACM's Gordon Bell Prize today at the SC14 high-performance computing conference in New Orleans. 

IBM Shares Plans For Supercomputing Future
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IBM Shares Plans For Supercomputing Future

IBM is developing a new supercomputing architecture to boost data processing at the storage, memory, and input/output levels. 

Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial Intelligence Is as Elusive as Ever
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Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial Intelligence Is as Elusive as Ever

Scientists are no closer to achieving an overall general artificial intelligence, in the sense that a computer can behave like a human.

Robot Project Aims to Help Doctors Diagnose Human Stroke Victims
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Robot Project Aims to Help Doctors Diagnose Human Stroke Victims

Researchers are developing spring-loaded muscles for the Roboy robot. 

Moore's Law Isn't Making Chips Cheaper Anymore
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Moore's Law Isn't Making Chips Cheaper Anymore

Chip makers can no longer expect to make processors smaller, faster, and less expensive with each generation by packing more transistors onto a silicon wafer. 

Hitachi Targets 2015 For Data Storage That Last 100 Million Years
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Hitachi Targets 2015 For Data Storage That Last 100 Million Years

Hitachi hopes to bring new storage technology capable of holding data for hundreds of millions of years to market by 2015.  
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