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New approach to circuit compression could deliver real-world quantum computers years ahead of schedule

November 25th, 2020 at 10:56 am » Comments Off

Compression of a circuit that has an initial volume of 882 using the proposed method. The reduced circuit has a volume of 420, less than half its original volume. A major technical challenge for any practical, real-world quantum computer comes from the need for a large number of physical qubits to deal with errors that […]

Hyper loop achieves 1,000 KM/H speed in Korea, days after Virgin passenger test

November 24th, 2020 at 9:07 pm » Comments Off

South Korea hopes to launch first hyperloop network in 2024 A hyperloop prototype in South Korea has reached speeds over 1,000km/h, just days after a rival system performed the first successful passenger test using the technology. The Korean Railroad Research Institute (Korail) announced on Wednesday that a “hyper-tube train” travelling through a vacuum hit a […]

‘Like having billions of tiny 3D printers’: Scientists train BACTERIA to build complex microscopic structures

November 22nd, 2020 at 4:43 pm » Comments Off

  Researchers at Finland’s Aalto University have successfully turned bacteria into a microscopic workforce of nanobots, using molds made of hydrophobic material to create incredibly intricate three-dimensional objects. The researchers placed the Komagataeibacter medellinensis bacteria in a mould with water and the requisite amount of nutrients like sugar, proteins and air. Once sufficiently fuelled-up, the […]

Disney’s robot can perform realistic eye movements & social interaction

November 15th, 2020 at 8:41 pm » Comments Off

In the past few years, scientists and engineers have developed robots for automated systems such as performing repetitive tasks. Meanwhile, Disney Research has been developing human-like robots with abilities ranging from performing stunts to having eerie eye interactions. Disney Research recently published a paper that described a realistic and interactive gaze with the Audio-Animatronic humanoid. […]

Tunisian Startup 3D prints solar-powered bionic hands

November 14th, 2020 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

A Tunisian startup is developing a 3D-printed bionic hand, hoping the affordable and solar-powered prosthetic will help amputees and other disabled people across Africa. Unlike traditional devices, the artificial hand can be customised for children and youths, who otherwise require an expensive series of resized models as they grow up. The company Cure Bionics also […]

Virgin Hyperloop hits an important milestone : The first human passenger test

November 10th, 2020 at 12:32 pm » Comments Off

For the first time, two people rode a hyperloop pod through a nearly airless tube at 100 mph VirginVirgin Hyperloop announced that for the first time it has conducted a test of its ultra-fast transportation system with human passengers. The test took place on Sunday afternoon at the company’s DevLoop test track in the desert […]

Researchers create robots that can transform their wheels into legs

November 6th, 2020 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

  Concept illustration of the adaptable Wheel-and-Leg Transformable Robot currently being developed under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract. A team of researchers is creating mobile robots for military applications that can determine, with or without human intervention, whether wheels or legs are more suitable to travel across terrains. The Defense Advanced Research Projects […]

Researchers 3D-printed a cell-sized tugboat

November 5th, 2020 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

  The aim was to see how microorganisms like sperm or bacteria swim.  Physicists at Leiden University in the Netherlands have 3D printed what could be the world’s smallest boat, a test object known as Benchy (via Gizmodo). At 30 microns long, it’s a third smaller than the thickness of a human hair and about […]

Researchers create a single-molecule switch

October 31st, 2020 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

  A team of researchers has demonstrated for the first time a single-molecule electret—a device that could be one of the keys to molecular computers.  Smaller electronics are crucial to developing more advanced computers and other devices. This has led to a push in the field toward finding a way to replace silicon chips with […]

Amazon wants you to yell at your TV to buy things

October 30th, 2020 at 10:02 am » Comments Off

  Alphabet is wrangling mosquitoes, Apple’s bendy phone and other patents from Big Tech. Another week in lockdown has passed, and while the present might still feel quite uncertain, the future looks as zany as ever, at least as far as patents go. Alphabet is trying to trap mosquitoes, Amazon wants you to buy stuff […]

Fehmarnbelt Tunnel will be the world’s longest immersed tunnel

October 28th, 2020 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

(CNN) — After more than a decade of planning, work has begun on the world’s longest immersed tunnel. Descending up to 40 meters beneath the Baltic Sea, Fehmarnbelt Tunnel will link Denmark and Germany, slashing journey times when it opens in 2029. The tunnel, which will be 18 kilometers (11.1 miles) long, is one of […]

Scientists create the world’s first room temperature superconductor

October 24th, 2020 at 12:37 am » Comments Off

Superconducting materials typically require extremely cool temperatures to operate, which is demonstrated in this photo. But a new discovery could change that Since its discovery more than a century ago, superconductivity has come to play a powerful role in many modern day technologies, such as maglev trains and MRI scans, but its utility has been […]

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