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Team Refines Precision of Medical Needles in Surgical Simulation
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Team Refines Precision of Medical Needles in Surgical Simulation

Computationally efficient mathematical models aim to improve the accuracy of flexible medical needles used in surgical simulation without adding unnecessary steps...

Digital Twin for Intense Weather Gives Scientists 'Control Loop'
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Digital Twin for Intense Weather Gives Scientists 'Control Loop'

Scientists at Cerebras and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory said they can model extreme weather by accelerating field equations...

Technology Developed to Support Recovering Alcoholics
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Technology Developed to Support Recovering Alcoholics

Technology that measures the presence of alcohol in digital images could help recovering alcoholics evaluate their exposure to alcohol marketing on social media...

Why the Simplex Method, at Age 75, is Still the Go-To Algorithm
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Why the Simplex Method, at Age 75, is Still the Go-To Algorithm

Daniel A. Spielman and colleague Shang-hua Teng solved the mystery of the Simplex Method using a technique called smoothed analysis.

Researchers Discover That Electrons Play a Surprising Role in Heat Transfer Between Layers of Semiconductors
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Researchers Discover That Electrons Play a Surprising Role in Heat Transfer Between Layers of Semiconductors

An electronic bridge facilitates the fast transfer of energy between semiconductors.

Post-Quantum Cryptography
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Post-Quantum Cryptography

Cryptographers seek algorithms quantum computers cannot break.

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?
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Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?

Despite trillions of dollars of losses, a batch of bankruptcies and one very high profile arrest, blockchain's devotees remain devoted.

Are We Living in a Computer Simulation, and Can We Hack It?
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Are We Living in a Computer Simulation, and Can We Hack It?

A popular cosmological theory holds that the cosmos runs on quantum codes. So how hard could it be to tweak the supreme algorithm?

Inside Intel's Delays in Delivering a Crucial New Microprocessor
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Inside Intel's Delays in Delivering a Crucial New Microprocessor

The company grappled with missteps for years while developing a microprocessor code-named Sapphire Rapids. It comes out on Tuesday.

Designing with DNA
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Designing with DNA

An open-source software program developed by researchers at Duke and other universities lets users take drawings or digital models of rounded shapes and turn them...

The Outlook for Crypto
From Communications of the ACM

The Outlook for Crypto

Can cryptocurrencies cut their environmental impact?

Particles of Light May Create Fluid Flow, Data-Theory Comparison Suggests
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Particles of Light May Create Fluid Flow, Data-Theory Comparison Suggests

A computational analysis supports the idea that photons colliding with heavy ions can create a fluid of “strongly interacting” particles.

Detecting Dark Matter With Quantum Computers
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Detecting Dark Matter With Quantum Computers

A Fermilab scientist developed a way to use qubits to detect single photons produced by dark matter in the presence of a strong magnetic field.

Physicists Observe Wormhole Dynamics Using Quantum Computer
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Physicists Observe Wormhole Dynamics Using Quantum Computer

Physicists created a quantum experiment to study the dynamics of a specific type of theoretical wormhole that can predict quantum gravity.

Applying the Metaverse
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Applying the Metaverse

Business, entertainment, and fashion companies already are staking their claims in this enhanced virtual world.

Chicago Scientists Testing Unhackable Quantum Internet in Closet
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Chicago Scientists Testing Unhackable Quantum Internet in Closet

University of Chicago scientists are conducting quantum Internet research in a basement closet.

Advanced Control of a Six-Qubit Quantum Processor in Silicon
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Advanced Control of a Six-Qubit Quantum Processor in Silicon

Researchers at QuTech in the Netherlands have developed a chip with six silicon-based spin qubits that operates with a low-error rate, a development seen as a stepping...

Designing Quantum Materials on the Computer
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Designing Quantum Materials on the Computer

An international team including researchers from Rice University and the Technical University of Vienna have developed a theoretical method for identifying novel...

Competition Makes Big Datasets the Winners
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Competition Makes Big Datasets the Winners

Measurement has driven research groups to home in on the most popular datasets, but that may change as metrics shift to real-world quality.

How AI Is Driving the Esports Boom
From Communications of the ACM

How AI Is Driving the Esports Boom

Artificial intelligence is helping the esports industry take the world by storm.
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