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Microsoft Says Its Weird New Particle Could Improve Quantum Computers
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Microsoft Says Its Weird New Particle Could Improve Quantum Computers

Researchers at Microsoft say they have created elusive quasiparticles called Majorana zero modes–but scientists outside the company are skeptical.

Robotic Dog Spots Invasive Fire Ant Nests Better Than Humans
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Robotic Dog Spots Invasive Fire Ant Nests Better Than Humans

Scientists in China and Brazil are testing robotic dogs and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect invasive fire ant nests.

The Unique Promise of 'Biological Computers'
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The Unique Promise of 'Biological Computers'

Scientists envision biological computers as technology that could help researchers meet challenges in previously inaccessible domains.

Sound-Based Quantum Computers Could Be Built Using Chip-Sized Device
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Sound-Based Quantum Computers Could Be Built Using Chip-Sized Device

University of Chicago researchers have confirmed the feasibility of building sound-based quantum computers.

DeepMind AI's New Way to Sort Objects Could Speed up Global Computing
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DeepMind AI's New Way to Sort Objects Could Speed up Global Computing

Sorting algorithms are basic functions used constantly by computers around the world, so an improved one could make millions of programs run faster.

Pneumatic Computer Uses Pressure Instead of Electricity
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Pneumatic Computer Uses Pressure Instead of Electricity

Elliot Hui and colleagues at the University of California, Irvine, built a computer from glass and silicone that encodes data using pneumatic pressure instead of...

Ethereum Closes Security Hole with Energy-Saving Update
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Ethereum Closes Security Hole with Energy-Saving Update

An update rolled out by the Ethereum cryptocurrency reduced the energy needed to produce it, and also fixed a security flaw.

Sound Vibrations Can Encode, Process Data Like Quantum Computers
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Sound Vibrations Can Encode, Process Data Like Quantum Computers

University of Arizona researchers demonstrated that trapping sound in a simple mechanical device can imitate certain properties of quantum computers.

Centipede Robots with More Legs Better at Walking Over Bumps
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Centipede Robots with More Legs Better at Walking Over Bumps

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that multi-legged robots with more legs were better at navigating rough terrain than those with fewer legs...

Smart Glasses Dim Bright Objects
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Smart Glasses Dim Bright Objects

Camera- and liquid-crystal display-equipped smart glasses can "balance" a scene by dimming bright objects without affecting dim ones.

Inflatable Drone Can Bounce Off Walls, Perch on Nearly Anything
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Inflatable Drone Can Bounce Off Walls, Perch on Nearly Anything

Arizona State University researchers have developed an inflatable drone that can perch on nearly any object.

Wood Transistor Could Let Us Embed Electronics in Trees
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Wood Transistor Could Let Us Embed Electronics in Trees

An electrochemical transistor made from balsa wood opens up the possibility of embedding sensors and other electronic devices in plants, which could help in agriculture...

Crystal Impervious to Radiation Could be Used in Spaceship Computers
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Crystal Impervious to Radiation Could be Used in Spaceship Computers

Putting two forms of semiconductor material called gallium oxide together seems to make it completely resistant to radiation.

Computer Made of DNA Works Out Prime Factors of 6 and 15
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Computer Made of DNA Works Out Prime Factors of 6 and 15

Researchers at China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University developed a simple computer using molecules of folded DNA that was able to split the numbers 6 and 15 into...

Supersized Atoms Could Help Quantum Computers Link to Optical Fibers
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Supersized Atoms Could Help Quantum Computers Link to Optical Fibers

Researchers developed a device that could enable multiple quantum computers to be networked together by converting quantum outputs into light signals that can travel...

Quantum Computers May Finally Have Practical Use
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Quantum Computers May Finally Have Practical Use

Researchers have developed a method for certifying that quantum computers generate truly random numbers without having to inspect the process.

Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors
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Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors

Researchers in France found so-called "cat qubits” (quantum bits) could reduce errors by quantum computers and accelerate the cracking of common encryption algorithms...

Kombucha Cultures Can Be Turned into Flexible Electric Circuit Boards
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Kombucha Cultures Can Be Turned into Flexible Electric Circuit Boards

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of the West of England, Bristol used the mat of cells that form on top when brewing kombucha to develop flexible electric circuit...

Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers
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Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers

Allen Mi and colleagues at Yale University warn that even carefully wiping quantum computers of data would not thwart its theft by hackers.

Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers
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Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers

Researchers at Austria's Johannes Kepler University Linz bested an algorithm developed by DeepMind with a program that can perform matrix multiplication more efficiently...
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