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For the first time in its history, NASA successfully collects sample from asteroid

October 22nd, 2020 at 11:59 am » Comments Off

Touchdown! For the first time in its history, NASA has successfully collected samples from the surface of an asteroid, using the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Tuesday. The small spacecraft has been orbiting Bennu, an asteroid 500 meters across, for almost two years. Around 6 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, the spacecraft completed a “Touch-And-Go” maneuver before […]

Silver lightning custom electric motorcycle breaks 1/4-mile world record

October 21st, 2020 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

The time to beat has remained in place for a whopping eight years.  Hans-Henrik Thomsen pulled off an incredible 6.87-second 1/4-mile pass to break a record that has been in place for eight years. He was riding the custom-built Silver Lightning electric drag-racing motorcycle for Danish racing team True Cousins. According to a report by […]

D-Wave’s 5,000-qubit quantum computing platform handles 1 million variables

October 7th, 2020 at 11:24 am » Comments Off

D-Wave Advantage System D-Wave today launched its next-generation quantum computing platform available via its Leap quantum cloud service. The company calls Advantage “the first quantum computer built for business.” In that vein, D-Wave today also debuted Launch, a jump-start program for businesses that want to begin building hybrid quantum applications. “The Advantage quantum computer is […]

IBM publishes its quantum roadmap, says it will have a 1,000-qubit machine in 2023

September 25th, 2020 at 12:29 pm » Comments Off

IBM Quantum Hummingbird IBM today, for the first time, published its road map for the future of its quantum computing hardware. There is a lot to digest here, but the most important news in the short term is that the company believes it is on its way to building a quantum processor with more than […]

Welcome to the age of the all-electric hypercar

August 27th, 2020 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

Boasting up to 2,000bhp with no fuel cap, a trio of new releases from Lotus, Pininfarina and Rimac are here for when your Ferrari just isn’t fast enough Same old story. You wait ages for one 2,000bhp, all-electric hypercar to arrive, and then three come along at once. Three underdog brands with very different backstories, […]

World’s tallest prefab skyscrapers will rise in Singapore — but they’re being built in Malaysia

August 15th, 2020 at 1:56 pm » Comments Off

A pair of skyscrapers are set to become the tallest prefabricated buildings in the world. And while the two 192-meter-tall (630 feet) towers will rise in densely populated Singapore, large parts of the structures are being built over the border in Malaysia. The residential project, named Avenue South Residences, will see 988 apartments formed from […]

Virgin Galactic debuts design of future Mach 3 high-speed aircraft, signs deal with Rolls-Royce

August 11th, 2020 at 12:20 pm » Comments Off

Virgin Galactic is making strides toward its goal of creating high-speed commercial aircraft that operates a little closer to Earth than its existing passenger spacecraft. The company revealed the initial design of the commercial passenger airplane it’s creating that’s designed to fly at speeds in excess of Mach 3 — faster than the average cruising […]

Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 5 refuels phones 50% in 5 minutes, 100% in 15

August 5th, 2020 at 9:48 am » Comments Off

Wireless recharging has become increasingly popular over the past few years due to its convenience — just drop your phone on a pad and pick it up later — but wired charging is faster, and some ultra-high-speed options have emerged this month to power next-generation phones. Today, Qualcomm is adding its latest innovations to the […]

Europe’s biggest 3D printer helps create an entire two-story house

July 27th, 2020 at 10:09 am » Comments Off

While 3D printing might be most commonly used to print smaller-sized models or prototypes, that doesn’t mean it can’t also be used to print larger objects. Much, much larger. In Belgium, Europe’s largest 3D printer was recently used to print an entire house. Unlike other 3D-printed houses we’ve covered (of which there are a handful), […]

Samsung: Expect 6G in 2028, enabling mobile holograms and digital twins

July 23rd, 2020 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

  Just as the earliest 5G networks began to go live two years ago, a handful of scientists were eager to publicize their initial work on the next-generation 6G standard, which was at best theoretical back then, and at worst an ill-timed distraction. But as 5G continues to roll out, 6G research continues, and today […]

MIT engineers use ‘artificial atoms’ to make the world’s largest quantum chip of its kind

July 19th, 2020 at 2:49 am » Comments Off

Quantum chips have proved somewhere between difficult and impossible to manufacture Researchers at MIT have developed a way to manufacturer “artificial atoms” to produce what they claim is the world’s largest quantum chip of its kind. The atoms have been created in microscopically thin slices of diamond. The accomplishment “marks a turning point” in the […]

Honeywell claims to have world’s highest performing quantum computer according to IBM’s benchmark

June 20th, 2020 at 12:59 pm » Comments Off

The chamber housing the ion trap in Honeywell’s quantum computer system. Honeywell said JP Morgan Chase and other customers are using its quantum computer in production, which it claims is the most powerful currently in use based on a benchmark established last year by IBM. Industrial giant Honeywell on Thursday said it is now live […]

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