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Quantum Positioning System Steps In When Gps Fails
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Quantum Positioning System Steps In When Gps Fails

In 2016 a British submarine will slip its moorings and set sail under the guidance of the quantum world.

Watson in Your Pocket: Supercomputer Gets Own Apps
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Watson in Your Pocket: Supercomputer Gets Own Apps

If you could quiz Watson, IBM's all-knowing supercomputer, from an app on your phone, what would you ask it?

Atomic Time Lord to Battle Sneaky High-Speed Trades
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Atomic Time Lord to Battle Sneaky High-Speed Trades

Welcome to the room where time lives. I am standing in a space bristling with atomic clocks at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, U.K., which generates...

Dna Nanobots Deliver Drugs in Living Cockroaches
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Dna Nanobots Deliver Drugs in Living Cockroaches

Researchers have introduced  DNA nanobots that can dispense drugs into living cockroaches. 

Hot on the Trail of Consciousness in Brain and Machine
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Hot on the Trail of Consciousness in Brain and Machine

"Nowhere in science have so many devoted so much to create so little consensus," writes physicist, author, and TV presenter Michio Kaku of consciousness research...

Graphene Rival 'phosphorene' Is Born to Be a Transistor
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Graphene Rival 'phosphorene' Is Born to Be a Transistor

Phosphorene, which is structurally similar to graphene, is a natural semiconductor that could be used in the next generation of computers.

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Google's Quantum Computer Flunks Landmark Speed Test

Google's quantum revolution is still in the slow lane.

Quantum Chip Connected to Internet Is Yours to Command
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Quantum Chip Connected to Internet Is Yours to Command

University of Bristol researchers have brought quantum computing to the cloud, enabling anyone with a Web browser to be able to log in and run basic algorithms...

Coding For Brain Chips Gives Cognitive Computing Boost
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Coding For Brain Chips Gives Cognitive Computing Boost

It's a cognitive leap forward. IBM can now program an experimental chip they unveiled two years ago.

Light Completely Stopped for a Record-breaking Minute
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Light Completely Stopped for a Record-breaking Minute

The fastest thing in the universe has come to a complete stop for a record-breaking minute. At full pelt, light would travel about 18 million kilometres in that...

Slime Mold Could Make Memristors For Biocomputers
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Slime Mold Could Make Memristors For Biocomputers

Researchers say the feeding fronds of the slime Physarum polycephalum could be used to build exotic computers. 

Controversial Quantum Computer Aces Entanglement Tests
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Controversial Quantum Computer Aces Entanglement Tests

A few days ago, I held a quantum computer in my hand—or did I?

The Computer That Never Crashes
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The Computer That Never Crashes

University College London researchers have created what they describe as a self-repairing computer that could keep mission-critical systems working. 

3-D Print Yourself Something Big, Piece By Piece
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3-D Print Yourself Something Big, Piece By Piece

Princeton University's Linjie Luo and colleagues have developed Chopper, software that could enable home 3-D printers to print larger and more useful objects.

Brain-Like Chip Outstrips Normal Computers
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Brain-Like Chip Outstrips Normal Computers

Computer chips that mimic the human brain are outstripping conventional chips in crucial ways. They could also revolutionise our understanding of how the brain...

Graphics Chips Are For More Than Just Eye Candy
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Graphics Chips Are For More Than Just Eye Candy

Chances are there is a graphics chip in your desktop computer, and it is fuelling a revolution.

Jazz-Singing Robot Could Shed Light on Consciousness
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Jazz-Singing Robot Could Shed Light on Consciousness

The University of Palermo's Antonio Chella is working to teach a singing robot how to improvise jazz duets with a human with hopes of learning more about the nature...

Fbi Launches $1 Billion Face Recognition Project
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Fbi Launches $1 Billion Face Recognition Project

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is using facial-recognition technology to identify criminals and the system will be rolled out nationwide by 2014.  

Harness Unused Smartphone Power For a Computing Boost
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Harness Unused Smartphone Power For a Computing Boost

Smarphone owners carry around more processing power in their pocket than a 1970s-era supercomputer, but most of the time it languishes unused.

Watson Turns Medic: Supercomputer to Diagnose Disease
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Watson Turns Medic: Supercomputer to Diagnose Disease

IBM's supercomputer Watson is learning to use its language skills to help doctors diagnose patients.  
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