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Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers
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Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers

Allen Mi and colleagues at Yale University warn that even carefully wiping quantum computers of data would not thwart its theft by hackers.

Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers
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Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers

Researchers at Austria's Johannes Kepler University Linz bested an algorithm developed by DeepMind with a program that can perform matrix multiplication more efficiently...

Too Many Electric Cars Charging at Night May Overload Electrical Grid
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Too Many Electric Cars Charging at Night May Overload Electrical Grid

Computer modeling determined the western U.S. power grid could be strained if electric vehicle owners primarily charging their vehicles at home overnight.

Computer Runs Calculations Depending on How You Squish It
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Computer Runs Calculations Depending on How You Squish It

Pennsylvania State University researchers built a soft computer from rows of rubber blocks that performs different calculations based on how it is squished.

Quantum Computers Might Not Offer Extreme Speed Boost for Chemistry
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Quantum Computers Might Not Offer Extreme Speed Boost for Chemistry

New research suggests the required computing power could diminish quantum computing's exponential speed advantage.

Computer Component Could Use as Little Energy as Physically Possible
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Computer Component Could Use as Little Energy as Physically Possible

Researchers built a nanomechanical logic gate that uses vibrations for information processing rather than electrons.

Quantum Computer Cools Itself by Performing Calculations
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Quantum Computer Cools Itself by Performing Calculations

A small diamond-based quantum computer performs a sequence of mathematical operations to cool itself.

Acoustic Levitation Used to Build Complex Structures in Mid-Air
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Acoustic Levitation Used to Build Complex Structures in Mid-Air

A new system incorporates a robotic arm that generates sound waves to levitate and move objects to build complex structures in mid-air without touching the parts...

Robot Can Find Keys in a Bag by Listening as It Rummages
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Robot Can Find Keys in a Bag by Listening as It Rummages

Stanford University researchers trained a microphone-outfitted robotic arm to locate objects like keys in a handbag by listening for telltale sounds while searching...

AI Translates Math Problems into Code to Make Them Easier to Solve
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AI Translates Math Problems into Code to Make Them Easier to Solve

Researchers used the Codex neural network of artificial intelligence research company OpenAI to translate mathematical problems from plain English into formal code...

Advanced Quantum Computer Available to the Public
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Advanced Quantum Computer Available to the Public

The researchers behind a quantum computer that encodes data in pulses of light have connected it to the Internet and made it available for public use.

Quantum Computer Could Catch Its Own Errors
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Quantum Computer Could Catch Its Own Errors

A team of Austrian and German scientists has constructed a 16-quantum bit computer that runs error-free calculations.

Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems
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Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems

Researchers have programmed a chemical computer to solve specific problems, following earlier research on encoding data into the system.

Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls
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Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls

New York University researchers have built a small surveillance drone able to extend its battery life by attaching itself to a wall and powering down its rotors...

Power Use Reveals Harmful Chips Hidden on Circuit Boards
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Power Use Reveals Harmful Chips Hidden on Circuit Boards

A circuit board's power consumption can reveal malicious tampering designed to facilitate Trojan attacks to steal sensitive data or crash a device when triggered...

AI Can Create Computer Inside Itself to Run Another AI, Play Pong
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AI Can Create Computer Inside Itself to Run Another AI, Play Pong

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed an approach that enables a neural network to run a code like a standard computer.

Google, Waymo Used Driverless Cars to Make Virtual San Francisco
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Google, Waymo Used Driverless Cars to Make Virtual San Francisco

Researchers at driverless car company Waymo and Google Research used self-driving vehicles to create a virtual model of San Francisco.

AI Can Erase Tattoos from Photos to Help Face Recognition Systems
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AI Can Erase Tattoos from Photos to Help Face Recognition Systems

Researchers trained an algorithm to remove facial tattoos from images, in order to improve facial recognition systems.

AI Efficiently Fixes Mistakes in Error-Prone Quantum Computers
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AI Efficiently Fixes Mistakes in Error-Prone Quantum Computers

Artificial intelligence can eliminate errors from a group of quantum bits, thanks to researchers at Germany's RWTH Aachen University.

Satellite Images Show Biggest Methane Leaks Come From Russia, U.S.
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Satellite Images Show Biggest Methane Leaks Come From Russia, U.S.

A multinational team determined that methane "ultra-emitter" sites account for about a tenth of the oil and gas industry's global methane emissions.
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