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Cloud data speeds set to soar with aid of laser mini-magnets

March 15th, 2020 at 1:06 am » Comments Off

Model of a single-molecule magnet Tiny, laser-activated magnets could enable cloud computing systems to process data up to 100 times faster than current technologies, a study suggests. Chemists have studied a new magnetic material that could boost the storage capacity and processing speed of hard drives used in cloud-based servers. This could enable people using […]



Wi-Fi 6 will double your network’s range and triple its speed — once you upgrade your router, phone, PC, and everything else

January 17th, 2020 at 9:56 pm » Comments Off

Wi-Fi 6 will upgrade your workhorse wireless network 5G is great, but it’s a big Wi-Fi upgrade that’ll likely help you out sooner with faster speeds and longer range at home, school and work. We get it. 5G is a big deal. But honestly, you likely use Wi-Fi networks as much or more with your […]



Chinese scientists develop portable quantum satellite communication device

January 4th, 2020 at 1:17 am » Comments Off

Weighing in at just 80kg, the machine can connect to China’s quantum satellite and receive encryption keys in the form of entangled light particles Breakthrough was made by team at University of Science and Technology of China Chinese scientists have developed a quantum satellite ground station that is not only capable of sending ultra-secure messages […]



NASA’s X-59 supersonic jet is cleared for final assembly

December 23rd, 2019 at 2:09 pm » Comments Off

NASA’s experimental X-59 jet, which could make supersonic commercial travel a reality, has been cleared for final assembly. The X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft, designed by Lockheed Martin, could take its first flight as soon as 2021.



China plans ‘paradise for physicists’ with particle colliders that will test the strongest forces in the universe

December 22nd, 2019 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

Guangdong becomes focus as China races the US to build bigger particle accelerators Scientist says the competition between the two countries will ultimately be for the good of the human race. Scientists in southern China are planning to create machines that will be used to unravel the mysteries of the building blocks of the universe. […]



The next big leap in space travel will use hypersonic planes

October 18th, 2019 at 12:13 am » Comments Off

Scramjets capable of flying at Mach 15 will make it easier and cheaper to send spacecraft and people into orbit, says hypersonics expert Michael Smart. Sending satellites, spacecraft and humans into space is an expensive business. If humanity wants to venture further across the Solar System, we need ways of reducing the cost. Perhaps the […]



‘Quantum Apocalypse’: How ultra-powerful computers could cripple governments and effectively break the internet

October 12th, 2019 at 3:43 pm » Comments Off

  A new era of computing could bring about a ‘quantum apocalypse’ ‘Our modern systems of finance, commerce, communication, transportation, manufacturing, energy, government, and healthcare will for all intents and purposes cease to function,’ cyber security expert warns A new era of unfathomably fast computers is just a few years away, with quantum computers set […]



Artificial skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality

October 10th, 2019 at 1:05 pm » Comments Off

Artificial skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality EPFL scientists have developed a soft artificial skin that provides haptic feedback and—thanks to a sophisticated self-sensing mechanism—has the potential to instantaneously adapt to a wearer’s movements. Applications for the new technology range from medical rehabilitation to virtual reality. Artificial skin could help rehabilitation and enhance […]



100,000 free AI-generated headshots put stock photo companies on notice

September 26th, 2019 at 1:31 pm » Comments Off

For all your royalty-free photo needs It’s getting easier and easier to use AI to generate convincing-looking, yet entirely fake, pictures of people. Now, one company wants to find a use for these photos, by offering a resource of 100,000 AI-generated faces to anyone that can use them — royalty free. Many of the images […]



A breakthrough for A.I. technology: Passing an 8th-grade science test

September 16th, 2019 at 11:51 am » Comments Off

SAN FRANCISCO — Four years ago, more than 700 computer scientists competed in a contest to build artificial intelligence that could pass an eighth-grade science test. There was $80,000 in prize money on the line. They all flunked. Even the most sophisticated system couldn’t do better than 60 percent on the test. A.I. couldn’t match […]



A cave is no place for humans, so DARPA is sending in the robots

September 4th, 2019 at 2:47 am » Comments Off

DARPA’s Subterranean Challenge aims to make cave exploration a more robotic affair. Outside its cavernous passageways, the mine’s entrance is emblazoned in red lettering that reads “Safety Research Coal Mine.” This site is just one of two mine systems at the Bruceton Research Center in Pittsburgh. They were once part of a full mine system […]



Physicists use light waves to accelerate supercurrents, enable ultrafast quantum computing

July 18th, 2019 at 7:53 am » Comments Off

Scientists have discovered that terahertz light — light at trillions of cycles per second — can act as a control knob to accelerate supercurrents. That can help open up the quantum world of matter and energy at atomic and subatomic scales to practical applications such as ultrafast computing. Jigang Wang patiently explained his latest discovery […]



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