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China Building World's Biggest Quantum Research Facility
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China Building World's Biggest Quantum Research Facility

China plans to building the world's largest quantum research facility, according to researchers and authorities involved in the initiative.

Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn
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Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by mission navigators that it is on course to dive into the planet's atmosphere...

Global Fingerprints of Sea-Level Rise Revealed by Satellites
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Global Fingerprints of Sea-Level Rise Revealed by Satellites

As an ice sheet melts, it leaves a unique signature behind. Complex geological processes distribute the meltwater in a distinct pattern, or 'fingerprint', thatthese...

How Apple Is Bringing Us Into the Age of Facial Recognition Whether We're Ready or Not
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How Apple Is Bringing Us Into the Age of Facial Recognition Whether We're Ready or Not

A whiff of dystopian creepiness has long wafted in the air whenever facial recognition has come up. Books, movies and television shows have portrayed the technology...

High-Speed Quantum Memory for Photons
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High-Speed Quantum Memory for Photons

A new memory technology can store photons in a rubidium atomic vapor and read them out again later without significantly altering their quantum mechanical properties...

Why Google's AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can't Tell a Joke
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Why Google's AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can't Tell a Joke

Creating noodling piano tunes and endless configurations of cat drawings with AI may not sound like an obvious project for Google, but it makes a lot of sense to...

Julia Joins Petaflop Club
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Julia Joins Petaflop Club

The open source Julia programming language has been admitted into the "Petaflop Club."

Pacemaker Recall Exposes National Need for Research and Education in Embedded Security
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Pacemaker Recall Exposes National Need for Research and Education in Embedded Security

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's first major recall of pacemakers due to a cybersecurity risk highlights a national need for research and education on embedded...

Brain Composer: 'Thinking' Melodies Onto a Musical Score
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Brain Composer: 'Thinking' Melodies Onto a Musical Score

P300 is a new brain-computer interface application that enables music to be composed by thought.

Voting-Roll Vulnerability
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Voting-Roll Vulnerability

It is relatively easy for hackers to buy enough personal information to potentially rig online voter registration information in as many as 35 states and Washington...

Lotfi Zadeh, Father of Mathematical 'Fuzzy Logic,' Dies at 96
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Lotfi Zadeh, Father of Mathematical 'Fuzzy Logic,' Dies at 96

Zadeh's theories of "fuzzy logic" rippled across academia and industry.

Operational Limits Played Key Role in Tesla Crash on Autopilot: NTSB
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Operational Limits Played Key Role in Tesla Crash on Autopilot: NTSB

The chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday "operational limitations" in the Tesla Model S played a "major role" in a May...

Cassini Makes Its 'Goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan
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Cassini Makes Its 'Goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is headed toward its Sept. 15 plunge into Saturn, following a final, distant flyby of the planet's giant moon Titan.

Will Quantum Computers Surpass Encryption?
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Will Quantum Computers Surpass Encryption?

The fundamentally different paradigm of quantum computation will require fundamentally different security.

The Astonishing Engineering Behind America's Latest, Greatest Supercomputer
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The Astonishing Engineering Behind America's Latest, Greatest Supercomputer

When the Summit supercomputer opens for business next year, it will be the United States' most powerful supercomputer, and perhaps the most powerful in the world...

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles
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As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans.

In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own
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In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own

The robot was perched over a bin filled with random objects, from a box of instant oatmeal to a small toy shark.

Geneticists Pan Paper that Claims to Predict a Person's Face from Their DNA
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Geneticists Pan Paper that Claims to Predict a Person's Face from Their DNA

A storm of criticism has rained down on a paper by genome-sequencing pioneer Craig Venter that claims to predict people's physical traits from their DNA.

Online Gaming Yields First Results for Alzheimer's Research
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Online Gaming Yields First Results for Alzheimer's Research

Stall Catchers is an online computer game in which players use to analyze movies of blood flow to the brain as part of Alzheimer's disease research.

Quantum Engineers Find a Use for the Hashtag at the Nanoscale
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Quantum Engineers Find a Use for the Hashtag at the Nanoscale

Researchers are building next-generation quantum-engineered devices based on quasiparticles called Majorana fermions.
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