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Researchers Tap Antiferromagnets for Better RAM
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Researchers Tap Antiferromagnets for Better RAM

An international team of scientists has discovered that antiferromagnets could make computer memory significantly faster and more efficient.

Python Dominates as De Facto Platform for New Technologies
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Python Dominates as De Facto Platform for New Technologies

IEEE Spectrum's 2021 interactive rankings of the top programming languages lists Python as the platform of choice for new technologies. The continued dominance...

Inexpensive 3D-Printed Microscope Can Spot Coronavirus in Blood
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Inexpensive 3D-Printed Microscope Can Spot Coronavirus in Blood

A three-dimensionally-printed microscope could detect COVID-19 in a drop of blood through the use of digital holographic microscopy and deep learning.

Will the NSA Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?
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Will the NSA Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?

The U.S. government eyes cryogenically cooled circuitry for tomorrow's exascale computers.

Google's Quantum Computer Exponentially Suppresses Errors
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Google's Quantum Computer Exponentially Suppresses Errors

Research may help pave the way for scalable, fault-tolerant quantum computers.

Cerebras' New Monster AI Chip Adds 1.4 Trillion Transistors
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Cerebras' New Monster AI Chip Adds 1.4 Trillion Transistors

Shift to 7-nanometer process boosts the second-generation chip's transistor count to a mind-boggling 2.6 trillion.

For the First Time, Scientists Detect a Moving Photon Multiple Times Without Destroying It
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For the First Time, Scientists Detect a Moving Photon Multiple Times Without Destroying It

A boon for all things quantum.

The Next Frontier for Gesture Control: Teeth
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The Next Frontier for Gesture Control: Teeth

Researchers have developed a prototype wearable system controlled by teeth-tapping gestures.

A Hacker's Nightmare: Programmable Chips Secured by Chaos
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A Hacker's Nightmare: Programmable Chips Secured by Chaos

Ohio State University scientists demonstrated a method of using physically unclonable functions to thwart hackers.

Smart Bandage Could Hasten Healing, Might Even Detect Covid
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Smart Bandage Could Hasten Healing, Might Even Detect Covid

A new smart bandage could reduce the number of in-person doctor's visits required for patients with open wounds.

Waiting for Quantum Computing? Try Probabilistic Computing
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Waiting for Quantum Computing? Try Probabilistic Computing

An engineer channels Galileo to describe a new approach to computing: p-bits.

Search-and-Rescue Drone Locates Victims by Homing in on Their Phones
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Search-and-Rescue Drone Locates Victims by Homing in on Their Phones

The Search-And-Rescue DrOne platform integrates aerial drones, artificial intelligence, and smartphones to find survivors of disasters using signals from their...

Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient
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Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient

Researchers at Japan's Yokohama National University report the creation of the first prototype superconducting microprocessor, which they said has no electrical...

Thin Holographic Video Display for Mobile Phones
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Thin Holographic Video Display for Mobile Phones

At South Korea's Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, researchers invented a method for creating a thin holographic video display for mobile phones.

Tree-Climbing Robot Can Safely Harvest Coconuts
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Tree-Climbing Robot Can Safely Harvest Coconuts

Researchers at India's Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University have designed a robot to climb trees and safely harvest coconuts.

AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System
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AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is testing a pilot artificial intelligence system for use on a future Mars mission.

Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Perfectly Ripe Peaches for Harvest
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Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Perfectly Ripe Peaches for Harvest

Researchers have developed an electronic nose system to sniff out the ripest peaches for harvest.

Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic
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Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic

One track in this year's IBM Call for Code challenge focused on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Preventing AI From Divulging Its Own Secrets
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Preventing AI From Divulging Its Own Secrets

Researchers have demonstrated the first countermeasure for shielding artificial intelligence from differential power analysis attacks.

Optical Labs Set Terabit Transmission Records
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Optical Labs Set Terabit Transmission Records

Researchers were able to send 172 terabits per second of data through a single multicore fiber.
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