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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 […]

Honda launching world’s first production car with ‘eyes-off’ self-driving tech by mid 2021

November 25th, 2020 at 10:52 am » Comments Off

Japanese officials approved Honda’s Automated Drive feature to be deployed on the upcoming Honda Legend. Honda has received regulatory approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) to begin selling vehicles equipped with Level 3 autonomous driving, the automaker announced on Wednesday. In a press release, Honda highlighted that it would […]

Quantum sensors could let autonomous cars ‘see’ around corners

November 25th, 2020 at 10:48 am » Comments Off

High-precision metrology based on the peculiarities of the subatomic world Quantum computers get all the hype, but quantum sensors could be equally transformative, enabling autonomous vehicles that can “see” around corners, underwater navigation systems, early-warning systems for volcanic activity and earthquakes, and portable scanners that monitor a person’s brain activity during daily life. Quantum sensors […]

AI plastering robot developed for construction sites

November 25th, 2020 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

Amid the ever-increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) robots at construction sites, a new robot that can perform concrete plastering work on its own has been developed.  Hyundai Engineering Co., a plant engineering affiliate of Hyundai Motor Group, announced on Wednesday that it had developed the nation’s first AI plastering robot that can flatten concrete […]

Designing Artificial Microswimmers for Targeted Drug Delivery

November 24th, 2020 at 9:11 pm » Comments Off

Many types of motile cells, such as the bacteria in our guts, need to propel themselves through confined spaces filled with viscous liquid. Mathematical models of this cell motion are guiding the design of artificial microswimmers for targeted drug delivery. Many types of motile cells, such as the bacteria in our guts and spermatozoa in […]

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 […]

Interactive virtual reality emerges as a new tool for drug design against COVID-19

November 24th, 2020 at 8:45 pm » Comments Off

Interactive virtual reality emerges as a new tool for drug design against COVID-19 Bristol scientists have demonstrated a new virtual reality [VR] technique which should help in developing drugs against the SARS-CoV-2 virus—and enable researchers to share models and collaborate in new ways. The innovative tool, created by University of Bristol researchers, and published in […]

What can AI learn from Human intelligence?

November 23rd, 2020 at 1:38 pm » Comments Off

At HAI’s fall conference, scholars discussed novel ways AI can learn from human intelligence – and vice versa. Can we teach robots to generalize their learning? How can algorithms become more commonsensical? Can a child’s learning style influence AI? Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence’s fall conference considered those and other questions to understand how […]

Arriving soon: Electric aviation for passengers

November 23rd, 2020 at 1:33 pm » Comments Off

Drone pilots don’t need to be told about the wonders of electric flight. But Scientific American believes electric aviation for passengers may be here sooner than we think as the industry struggles to decarbonize. It’s one of the top ten emerging technologies the magazine highlights in its most recent issue. In an article co-written by […]

The plan to turn scrapped rockets into space stations

November 23rd, 2020 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

Spent rockets are dangerous space trash, but they could be the future of living and working in orbit. IN EARLY OCTOBER, a dead Soviet satellite and the abandoned upper stage of a Chinese rocket narrowly avoided a collision in low Earth orbit. If the objects had crashed, the impact would have blown them to bits […]

Seoul bids to cut congestion with futuristic ‘drone taxis’

November 22nd, 2020 at 4:47 pm » Comments Off

This is an empty “drone taxi” taking a short flight over the South Korean capital Seoul. It is part of government plans to have a traffic management system in place to support the aerial taxis, possibly as early as 2025.

‘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 […]

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