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Spying on a Storm's Infrasonic Signals to Improve Tornado Warnings
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Spying on a Storm's Infrasonic Signals to Improve Tornado Warnings

Tornado survivors often compare the terrifying, deafening roars of a twister's furious winds to the sound of a freight train. But storms also emit sounds that are...

The Unhackable Envelope
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The Unhackable Envelope

Researchers have developed an envelope for hardware security modules that requires no battery and cannot be broken into without deleting its stored data.

FlyJacket Lets You Control a Drone With Your Body
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FlyJacket Lets You Control a Drone With Your Body

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has developed an intuitive, wearable drone control system.

Nanobots Glide Through Living Cells
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Nanobots Glide Through Living Cells

Using small, rotating magnetic fields, researchers controlled nanomachines inside of living cells to trace the letters "N" and "M."

20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer
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20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer

In 1981, Richard Feynman suggested that a quantum computer might be able to simulate the evolution of quantum systems much better than classical computers. Except...

'Quasi-Non-Volatile' Memory Looks to Fill Gap Between Volatile and Non-Volatile Memory
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'Quasi-Non-Volatile' Memory Looks to Fill Gap Between Volatile and Non-Volatile Memory

Researchers at Fudan University in China have created a new gate design for transistors using two-dimensional materials

See Straight Through Walls by Augmenting Your Eyeballs With Drones
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See Straight Through Walls by Augmenting Your Eyeballs With Drones

Researchers are studying how to use augmented reality to change drones into remote cameras that an untrained user can easily control.

Self-Powered Image Sensor Could Watch You Forever
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Self-Powered Image Sensor Could Watch You Forever

Solar cells convert light to electricity. Image sensors also convert light to electricity. If you could do them both at the same time in the same chip, you'd have...

Yarn-Like Rechargeable Zinc Battery Could Power Smart Clothes and Wearables
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Yarn-Like Rechargeable Zinc Battery Could Power Smart Clothes and Wearables

In a development that could lead to washable, sensor-laden smart clothes and wearable electronics, researchers at the City University of Hong Kong have molded a...

To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing
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To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing

The University of Illinois' Naresh Shanbhag is pushing for a new computer architecture that blends computing and memory so devices can be smarter without consuming...

To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing
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To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing

If John von Neumann were designing a computer today, there's no way he would build a thick wall between processing and memory. At least, that's what computer engineer Naresh...

Chipmakers Test Ferroelectrics as a Route to ­ltralow-Power Chips
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Chipmakers Test Ferroelectrics as a Route to ­ltralow-Power Chips

Semiconductor companies are investigating ferroelectrics.

Modeling ­ncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles
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Modeling ­ncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles

It's not too hard to make a drone that can fly very fast, and it's not too hard to make a drone that can avoid obstacles.

Swirly Skyrmions Could Be the Future of Data Storage
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Swirly Skyrmions Could Be the Future of Data Storage

Researchers are moving toward commercializing skyrmion-based magnetic data storage by electrically detecting for the first time a single skyrmion at room temperature...

Drones That Smash Into Obstacles Can Be a Good and ­seful Thing
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Drones That Smash Into Obstacles Can Be a Good and ­seful Thing

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are working on small aerial drones that purposefully collide with obstacles and then move on to perform various functions...

Designing Customizable Self-Folding Swarm Robots
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Designing Customizable Self-Folding Swarm Robots

Researchers are developing robotic swarms that can be rapidly customized, self-assembled, and self-deployed without human intervention.

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...

Far From Radio Interference, the Square Kilometre Array Takes Root in South Africa and The australian outback
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Far From Radio Interference, the Square Kilometre Array Takes Root in South Africa and The australian outback

Even in early winter, the sun is harsh in Western Australia's Murchison shire.

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...
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