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IBM makes 20 qubit quantum computing machine available as a cloud service

November 13th, 2017 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

IBM has been offering quantum computing as a cloud service since last year when it came out with a 5 qubit version of the advanced computers. Today, the company announced that it’s releasing 20-qubit quantum computers, quite a leap in just 18 months. A qubit is a single unit of quantum information.



Unbreakable rubber bands that are 200 times stronger than steel are coming soon

September 1st, 2017 at 10:47 am » Comments Off

The world’s largest rubber band manufacturer is putting graphene, the strongest material in the world, into its bands. With the right amount of graphene, the bands will be unbreakable and just as elastic as ordinary bands. Graphene-infused bands hold the ability to embed scannable RFID tags and temperature sensors, and possess anti-static properties.



Smart contact lenses could record everything you see

August 2nd, 2017 at 8:33 am » Comments Off

Imagine being able to play back a crystal clear video of the greatest moments of your life: your first kiss, that huge win at the casino, or the time Bill Murray approached you on the street, gave you a bear hug, and vanished into the night. In the near future, we may all be equipped […]



How objects could soon ‘heal’ themselves

July 29th, 2017 at 3:26 pm » Comments Off

A new 3D printed gel that can heal like living tissue, and change form in response to environments, has myriad applications from fixing cracked phone screens to adaptive camouflage



The sideways elevator of the future is here, and it’s wild

July 17th, 2017 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

People laughed when ThyssenKrupp, a company synonymous with elevators, announced it was developing one that goes every which way. Who’d ever heard of such a thing? Everyone knows elevators go just two directions: Up and down. Some took to calling it the Wonkavator, after Willy Wonka’s wacky lift that goes sideways, slantways, and longways.



Self-driving doctor brings the doctor to you

June 24th, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Even those of us fortunate enough to have good health insurance will often put off seeing a doctor when we probably should. Often it’s simply a matter of logistics. We feel like we can’t take the time off work, or arrange transportation, or get childcare to make the trip. But what if the doctor just comes you? In […]



Scientists built an external womb to help premature infants survive

June 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

For expecting parents, 24 weeks is an important milestone. It’s a little more than halfway through pregnancy, and it’s at this age that the fetus has at least a fighting chance of surviving outside its mother’s body. The odds of survival aren’t great—only about half of babies birthed at this age survive—but it’s possible.



The factories of the future could float in space

June 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

This past summer, a plane went into a stomach-churning ascent and plunge 30,000 feet over the Gulf of Mexico. The goal was not thrill-seeking, but something more genuinely daring: for about 25 seconds at a time, the parabolic flight lifted the occupants into a state of simulated weightlessness, allowing a high-tech printer to spit out cardiac stem cells […]



Your next job interview could be with a recruiter bot

June 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Some worry artificial intelligence will steal human jobs — but one startup is betting that its AI will actually help you get a job. San Francisco-based Mya Systems has developed an AI recruiter that can evaluate resumes, schedule and conduct applicant screenings, and even congratulate you on your first day of work.



Chatbots are losing steam, think instead about workbots

June 17th, 2017 at 2:58 am » Comments Off

It’s no secret that chatbots are growing in popularity. From Facebook’s ecommerce bots for consumers to a plethora of customer service tools that now rely on chatbots to interface with customers, it’s clear that consumer chatbots have hit mainstream. Even Apple is expanding its commitment to chat technology with the release of Business Chat at […]



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