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Qubits Are at the Heart of Quantum Computing. They're Also Its Greatest Weakness
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Qubits Are at the Heart of Quantum Computing. They're Also Its Greatest Weakness

Quantum states are incredibly delicate and easily destroyed. The perfect solution could lie in imperfect crystals.

Canada Launches National Quantum Strategy to Create Jobs, Advance Quantum Technologies
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Canada Launches National Quantum Strategy to Create Jobs, Advance Quantum Technologies

On Jan. 13, Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry François-Philippe Champagne announced Canada's National Quantum Strategy to enhance and expand...

3D Printing Reaches New Heights with Two-Story Home
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3D Printing Reaches New Heights with Two-Story Home

A massive three-dimensional printer is being used to build what is thought to be the first 3D-printed two-story home in the U.S.

Turning Robots into Skilled Waiters
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Turning Robots into Skilled Waiters

Researchers at Germany's Technical University of Munich (TUM) adopted the pendulum's underlying mathematics to develop a model that could improve robots' drinks...

Global IT Spending Decreased in 2022
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Global IT Spending Decreased in 2022

The devices segment of Gartner's spending forecast is projected to fall 5.1% this year to roughly $685 billion, after dropping more than 10% in 2022.

Quantum Computing Has a Noise Problem
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Quantum Computing Has a Noise Problem

Today's devices can be thrown off by the slightest environmental interference. Algorithmiq is developing ways to counteract this and harness quantum's power.

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?
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Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?

Despite trillions of dollars of losses, a batch of bankruptcies and one very high profile arrest, blockchain's devotees remain devoted.

Smelling, Touching Take Center Stage in Metaverse
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Smelling, Touching Take Center Stage in Metaverse

Metaverse technologies unveiled at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2023) included sensory products that can replicate sensations and even odors in virtual...

Telehealth Cuts Healthcare's Carbon Footprint, Patient's Costs During Pandemic
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Telehealth Cuts Healthcare's Carbon Footprint, Patient's Costs During Pandemic

Researchers found that using telehealth for ambulatory visits lowered patients' costs and carbon footprint and saved time and lives during the first two years of...

Reasserting U.S. Leadership in Microelectronics
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Reasserting U.S. Leadership in Microelectronics

MIT researchers lay out a strategy for how universities can help the U.S. regain its place as a semiconductor superpower.

The Dawn of Solid-State Quantum Networks
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The Dawn of Solid-State Quantum Networks

Researchers demonstrated high-visibility quantum interference between two independent quantum dots connected by approximately 300-kilometer/186.4-mile optical fibers...

Hype around Quantum Computing Recedes over Lack of Practical Uses
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Hype around Quantum Computing Recedes over Lack of Practical Uses

China claims to have made a major breakthrough, but Western experts say any commercial benefits are still years away.

A.I.-Powered 'Robot Lawyer' Will Appear in a U.S. Court for the First Time
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A.I.-Powered 'Robot Lawyer' Will Appear in a U.S. Court for the First Time

Is it legal?

Utilities Use Unmanned Aircraft to Find Problems
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Utilities Use Unmanned Aircraft to Find Problems

Utilities are using unmanned drones to inspect power lines and other infrastructure.

What's Next for the Chip Industry
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What's Next for the Chip Industry

Aggressive new U.S. policies will be put to the test in 2023. They could ultimately fragment the global semiconductor industry.

Quantum Computing Architecture Could Connect Large-Scale Devices
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Quantum Computing Architecture Could Connect Large-Scale Devices

A new quantum computing architecture can facilitate extensible, high-fidelity communication between superconducting quantum chips.

Thermal Drones Locating Elusive Koalas in Area Scorched by Bushfires
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Thermal Drones Locating Elusive Koalas in Area Scorched by Bushfires

Thermal drones are being used by ecologists searching for koala populations in New South Wales, Australia.

Dell to Stop Using Chips Made in China Before the End of 2024
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Dell to Stop Using Chips Made in China Before the End of 2024

The decision by the world's third-largest PC vendor could have a huge impact on the order books of Chinese companies supplying components for desktop PCs and laptops...

Chinese Researchers Claim to Break Encryption Using Quantum Computers
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Chinese Researchers Claim to Break Encryption Using Quantum Computers

Scientists in China are claiming they have found a way for current-generation quantum computers to crack the RSA algorithm underlying the most common form of online...

BMW Takes Cues from Apple with Radical Interior Overhaul
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BMW Takes Cues from Apple with Radical Interior Overhaul

German automaker BMW's latest prototype car showcased at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show features a retooled interior that applies concepts from Apple's future...
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