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The Race to Develop the World's Best Quantum Tech
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The Race to Develop the World's Best Quantum Tech

A few days before Christmas, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that devotes more than US $1.2 billion to a national effort dedicated to quantum...

Searching for the Perfect Artificial Synapse for AI
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Searching for the Perfect Artificial Synapse for AI

What's the best type of device from which to build a neural network? Of course, it should be fast, small, consume little power, have the ability to reliably store...

DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help
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DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help

DeepMind, the London-based subsidiary of Alphabet, has created a system that can quickly master any game in the class that includes chess, Go, and Shogi, and do...

Quantum Computing: Atomic Clocks Make for Longer-Lasting Qubits
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Quantum Computing: Atomic Clocks Make for Longer-Lasting Qubits

A decade ago, quantum computing was still something of a parlor game.

This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course
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This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course

When you've got a hammer, everything looks like a nail, but the world starts to look more interesting if your hammer can change shape.

AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge
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AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge

In order to achieve the edge computing that people talk about in a host of applications including 5G networks and the Internet of Things (IoT), you need to pack...

60 Years of DARPA's Favorite Toys
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60 Years of DARPA's Favorite Toys

This year, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) turned 60. To celebrate, DARPA held a conference in Washington, D.C. One of the highlights...

Scientists ­se Light to Control Nanobots
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Scientists ­se Light to Control Nanobots

Researchers have discovered a physical phenomenon in how semiconductor nanoparticles interact with light when under the influence of an electric field.

JAXA Wants Telepresence Robots for In-Space Construction and Exploration
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JAXA Wants Telepresence Robots for In-Space Construction and Exploration

Last Monday, we covered the new, updated, and way way better guidelines for the ANA Avatar XPRIZE.

DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters
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DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters

Until now, the neuroscience programs at DARPA, the mad science wing of the Department of Defense, have focused on technologies for warfighters who have returned...

Building Quantum Computers With Photons
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Building Quantum Computers With Photons

Researchers at the National University of Defense Technology in China have built a photonic quantum processor, which generates and manipulates two photonically...

The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms
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The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms

Have you had your genome sequenced yet? Millions of people around the world already have, and by 2025 that number could reach a billion.

Hiding Information in Plain Text
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Hiding Information in Plain Text

Computer scientists have now invented a way to hide secret messages in ordinary text by imperceptibly changing the shapes of letters.

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...

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...

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...

Electrical Pulses and Neural Code Boost Memory Storage
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Electrical Pulses and Neural Code Boost Memory Storage

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have used electrical stimulation and neural patterns to improve the storage of new information in the brain, which...

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...

Cracking Open the Black Box of AI with Cell Biology
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Cracking Open the Black Box of AI with Cell Biology

The deep neural networks that power today's artificial intelligence systems work in mysterious ways.

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.
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