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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.  

Robot Learns to Recognise Itself in the Mirror
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Robot Learns to Recognise Itself in the Mirror

Yale University researchers have developed Nico, a humanoid robot that can recognize its reflection in a mirror and identify its arms' location and orientation...

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3D Printers Tell You When Your Design Will Fail

Make a mistake with your average office printer and the worst that happens is a paper jam and some wasted ink. Do the same with a 3D printer, though, and your newly...

Bot With Boyish Personality Wins Biggest Turing Test
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Bot With Boyish Personality Wins Biggest Turing Test

The chatbot Eugene Goostman fooled Turing test judges 29 percent of the time into thinking it was human to take first place in the recent contest in the United...

Touch and Go: Fondling the Digital World
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Touch and Go: Fondling the Digital World

A new generation of touchscreens on the brink of commercialization use tactile illusions to trick the brain into feeling texture, and could transform how users...

The AI Game That Knows You Better Than Anyone
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The AI Game That Knows You Better Than Anyone

Many computer science researchers are trying to create an AI system that offers video game players a more tailored experience.  

Mind-Reading Robot Teachers Keep Students Focused
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Mind-Reading Robot Teachers Keep Students Focused

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a robotic teacher that monitors students' attention levels and mimics the techniques human teachers use...

Font for Digits Lets Numbers Punch Their Weight
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Font for Digits Lets Numbers Punch Their Weight

Researchers at the St. Andrews and Calgary universities have developed FatFonts, a font that offers a way to write numbers so that their areas equal their numerical...
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