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Crystal Mimics Brain Cell to Sift Through Giant Piles of Data
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Crystal Mimics Brain Cell to Sift Through Giant Piles of Data

There's nothing quite like the human brain. Today, researchers at IBM unveiled their latest attempt to mimic it: an artificial neuron that switches between crystal...

Now You See Me: True Invisibility Cloak Impossible to Build
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Now You See Me: True Invisibility Cloak Impossible to Build

Strike the invisibility cloak off your wish list. They are impossible to build for human-sized objects, says a new study.

Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions
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Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions

Baidu, China's internet giant, has shown what you can learn when you have access to enough location data.

Stitching a Drone's View of the World Into 3d Maps as It Flies
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Stitching a Drone's View of the World Into 3d Maps as It Flies

When you're buzzing through the air at 60 kilometres per hour, it can be hard to take in the view. But now drones can create highly detailed 3D maps as they fly...

Error Fix For Long-Lived Qubits Brings Quantum Computers Nearer
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Error Fix For Long-Lived Qubits Brings Quantum Computers Nearer

Researchers at Yale University have achieved a 20-fold increase in quantum bit lifetime.

Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions
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Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions

Baidu, China's internet search giant, has shown just what you can learn when you have access to enough location data.

Hololens Augmented Reality to Foil Hack Attacks in Factories
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Hololens Augmented Reality to Foil Hack Attacks in Factories

An augmented reality "IT help desk" could allow factories to identify and mitigate cyberattacks on industrial control systems.

Robot Eyes and Humans Fix on Different Things to Decode a Scene
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Robot Eyes and Humans Fix on Different Things to Decode a Scene

Researchers are determining the differences between human minds and artificial intelligence-based machines by mapping human and AI visual attention.

AI Just Got a Big Boost in Its Ability to ­nderstand the News
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AI Just Got a Big Boost in Its Ability to ­nderstand the News

Stanford University researchers say they have developed an algorithm that outperforms Google's DeepMind in reading and understanding written content.

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable
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Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable

At least one U.S. bank has started supplying its customers with credit and debit cards that contain a physically unclonable function. 

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable
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Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable

Has your bank recently sent you a credit or debit card with a chip in it? If so, you may now be in possession of a little piece of tech that is quietly helping...

Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched
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Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched

The web is watching you. Chunks of code hide inside every website, tracking your online behaviour.

The Pipes Powering the Internet Are Nearly Full--What Do We Do?
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The Pipes Powering the Internet Are Nearly Full--What Do We Do?

The optical fibers that transmit data throughout the Internet have almost reached their capacity limits.

Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI
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Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI

University of Louisville researcher Roman Yampolskiy and hacktivist Federico Pistono are examining worst-case scenarios for a potential malevolent artificial intelligence...

Scan Your Doodles to Find the Perfect Matching Photo Online
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Scan Your Doodles to Find the Perfect Matching Photo Online

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers say they have developed software that can scan hand-drawn sketches and search for a photograph that looks like them. ...

This Turing Machine Should Run Forever ­nless Maths Is Wrong
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This Turing Machine Should Run Forever ­nless Maths Is Wrong

One hundred and fifty years of mathematics will be proved wrong if a new computer program stops running. Thankfully, it's unlikely to happen, but the code behind...

Atomic Memory Could Store ­S Library of Congress in a Dust Speck
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Atomic Memory Could Store ­S Library of Congress in a Dust Speck

It's a memory so small you'll forget where you left it. A new data storage system uses single atoms as computer bits, and could hold the contents of the US Library...

The Buzz of Your Skull Can Be ­sed to Tell Exactly Who You Are
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The Buzz of Your Skull Can Be ­sed to Tell Exactly Who You Are

You will know me by the buzz in my head. Biometric systems, which identify people by their physiological features, can use everything from ear shape to walking...

Wireless Signal Sent Through Meat Fast Enough to Watch Netflix
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Wireless Signal Sent Through Meat Fast Enough to Watch Netflix

Andrew Singer from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and colleagues have successfully sent a wireless signal through slabs of pork and beef.

Robots Infiltrate Insect World to Learn Their Ways
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Robots Infiltrate Insect World to Learn Their Ways

Paris Diderot University researchers have developed a way to generate a robot cockroach's behavior automatically.
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