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Scientists Emulate Nature in Quantum Leap Towards Future Computers
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Scientists Emulate Nature in Quantum Leap Towards Future Computers

Scientists have constructed an atomic-scale silicon quantum processor to model the behavior of an organic molecule.

Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask
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Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask

National Geographic Museum's virtual-reality experience opens up the Egyptian pharaoh's tomb.

Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's
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Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's

Experts call the device's new feature a slippery slope, comparing it to an episode of 'Black Mirror'

Huge Step Forward in Quantum Computing Announced: The First-Ever Quantum Circuit
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Huge Step Forward in Quantum Computing Announced: The First-Ever Quantum Circuit

The latest invention follows the team's creation of the first ever quantum transistor in 2012.

Model Helps Identify Mutations That Drive Cancer
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Model Helps Identify Mutations That Drive Cancer

Researchers created a probabilistic computer model that rapidly scans the genome of cancer cells to identify cancer-driving mutations.

How the Brain Prepares to Think
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How the Brain Prepares to Think

Researchers used the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Frontera supercomputer to probe the physics of thought activation in the brain.

Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. POC Exploit Shows Otherwise
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Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. POC Exploit Shows Otherwise

A new report indicates Mega's file encryption architecture contains fundamental cryptography flaws enabling attackers to launch full key recovery attacks.

Do Kwon's Crypto Empire Fell in a $40 Billion Crash. He's Got a New Coin for You.
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Do Kwon's Crypto Empire Fell in a $40 Billion Crash. He's Got a New Coin for You.

Luna's relaunch might be the ultimate act of chutzpah by the South Korean entrepreneur.

California Grants First Permit to Test AVs Using Only Lidar Sensing
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California Grants First Permit to Test AVs Using Only Lidar Sensing

Vueron plans to unveil its next generation of Lidar AV platforms within the next few months.

What Quantum Information, Snowflakes Have in Common, and What We Can Do About It
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What Quantum Information, Snowflakes Have in Common, and What We Can Do About It

Researchers have demonstrated the ability to read out signals from a superconducting quantum bit (qubit) using laser light, without destroying it.

Building a Practical Quantum Computer
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Building a Practical Quantum Computer

Quantum computation has a long road ahead.

Brain Implants Get Real
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Brain Implants Get Real

Universities, and a growing number of companies, are producing brain-computer interfaces.

I Am Not a Robot: iOS Verification Update Marks End of 'Captchas'
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I Am Not a Robot: iOS Verification Update Marks End of 'Captchas'

Tests where you are asked to spot traffic lights or type out wobbly letters may be a thing of the past.

Engineers Build LEGO-Like AI Chip
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Engineers Build LEGO-Like AI Chip

An international team of  researchers has developed an artificial intelligence chip that is stackable and reconfigurable, similar to LEGO bricks.

Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden
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Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden

Researchers discovered the Syslogk Linux rootkit delivers a backdoor trojan hides on a targeted machine until triggered.

Quantum Computer Programming for Dummies
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Quantum Computer Programming for Dummies

Scientists have formulated a new beginner-level guide for quantum computer programmers.

Ethereum Mining Is Going Away
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Ethereum Mining Is Going Away

Ethereum mining could end soon due to "the Merge," leaving as many as 1 million miners out of a source of income.

Engineers Create Single-Step 3D Printing Method to Make Robotic Materials
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Engineers Create Single-Step 3D Printing Method to Make Robotic Materials

University of California, Los Angeles engineers and colleagues designed a one-step three-dimensional printing process for manufacturing robots.

Stronger Security for Smart Devices
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Stronger Security for Smart Devices

Two new security techniques block power and electromagnetic side-channel attacks targeting analog-to-digital converters in smart devices.
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