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With the Summit Supercomputer, U.s. could Retake Computing's Top spot
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With the Summit Supercomputer, U.s. could Retake Computing's Top spot

In November of 2012, the semiannual Top500 rankings of the world's supercomputers gave top billing to a machine constructed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes of Chemical Reactions
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Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes of Chemical Reactions

By thinking of atoms as letters and molecules as words, artificial intelligence software from IBM is now employing the same methods computers use to translate languages...

Two New Simulators Tease Future of Quantum Computing
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Two New Simulators Tease Future of Quantum Computing

A universal quantum computer capable of outperforming today's classical computers in solving many different problems remains the biggest future prize for many engineers...

4 Strange New Ways to Compute
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4 Strange New Ways to Compute

With Moore's Law slowing, engineers have been taking a cold hard look at what will keep computing going when it's gone.

To Build the World's Smallest Atomic Clock, Trap a Nitrogen Atom in a Carbon Cage
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To Build the World's Smallest Atomic Clock, Trap a Nitrogen Atom in a Carbon Cage

For Fridtjof Nansen, 13 April 1895 started well.

A Better Technique For Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives
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A Better Technique For Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives

Most software bugs won't kill you.

China Demonstrates Quantum Encryption By Hosting a Video Call
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China Demonstrates Quantum Encryption By Hosting a Video Call

Chinese researchers have completed a practical demonstration of quantum key distribution, showing that it's possible to encrypt and send data between two locations...

How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race
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How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race

In October 2016, inside a sold-out arena in Zurich, a man named Numa Poujouly steered his wheelchair up to the central podium.

The Future of Computing Depends on Making It Reversible
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The Future of Computing Depends on Making It Reversible

For more than 50 years, computers have made steady and dramatic improvements, all thanks to Moore's Law—the exponential increase over time in the number of transistors...

Magnetothermal Genetics: A Fourth Tool in the Brain-Hacking Toolbox
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Magnetothermal Genetics: A Fourth Tool in the Brain-Hacking Toolbox

A scientist wanting to hack into an animal's brain used to have three different tools to choose from: electric current, drugs, and light. Now there's a fourth:...

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google
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Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google

As excited as we are about the forthcoming generation of social home robots (including Jibo, Kuri, and many others), it's hard to ignore the fact that most of them...

Biocomputer and Memory Built Inside Living Bacteria
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Biocomputer and Memory Built Inside Living Bacteria


E-Zpass Could Kickstart Smart Cities
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E-Zpass Could Kickstart Smart Cities

Everyone likes the idea of a smart city. Traffic lights would automatically adjust to optimize traffic flow, you could find parking spaces without circling for...

Jpl's Design For a Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus
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Jpl's Design For a Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus

The longest amount of time that a spacecraft has survived on the surface of Venus is 127 minutes.

Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips For Voice Recognition
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Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips For Voice Recognition

Last month, IEEE Spectrum ran a special report focusing on the question "Can We Copy the Brain?" The report offered a thorough examination of all the ongoing efforts...

Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells
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Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells

Researchers have developed a biological computer that functions inside living bacterial cells and tells them what to do, according to a report published yesterday...

Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights
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Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights

Poets say the eyes are a window to the soul. But biomedical engineers are using the eyes to gain insight into the body.

Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?
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Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?

The argument that consciousness is computable--and instillable within machines--cannot be verified or refuted until a measurable theory of consciousness becomes...

The Benefits of Old Age (for Transistors)
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The Benefits of Old Age (for Transistors)

In case you didn't know, the transistors in your computer's processor, your smartphone's memory, and your car's autobrake system get old.

We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)
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We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)

I stand firm in the opinion that it's my basic, human right to binge-watch six hours of trashy detective shows on a Friday night with a silent phone in my lap and...
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