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The five cross-shaped devices are the Xmon variant of the transmon qubit placed in a linear array. Courtesy of Erik Lucero

Superconducting Qubit Array Points the Way to Quantum Computers

April 23, 2014 7:40 pm | by Julie Cohen, UC Santa Barbara | News | Comments

A fully functional quantum computer is one of the holy grails of physics. Unlike conventional computers, the quantum version uses qubits (quantum bits), which make direct use of the multiple states of quantum phenomena. When realized, a quantum computer will be millions of times more powerful at certain computations than today’s supercomputers.

Using Light for Data Transmission on a Terabit Scale

April 20, 2014 6:34 am | by Nik Papageorgiou | News | Comments

Scientists from EPFL and KIT have achieved data transmissions on a terabit scale with a single...

Could Chess Robots Cause Judgment Day?

April 16, 2014 8:32 pm | by Taylor & Francis | News | Comments

Next time you play a computer at chess, think about the implications if you beat it. It could be...

Investigating Use of Google Glass in Surgical Settings

April 16, 2014 6:36 am | by International Journal of Surgery | News | Comments

An article shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting,...

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A Look at Predictions of the 1964 World's Fair

April 14, 2014 2:19 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The New York World's Fair of 1964 introduced 51 million visitors to a range of technological innovations and predictions during its run. Fifty years later, some of those ideas have turned out to be commonplace in our world. Others? Not so much.

New Catalog Brings NASA Software Down to Earth

April 10, 2014 2:18 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has made available to the public, at no cost, more than 1,000 codes with its release on April 10, 2014, of a new online software catalog. Organized into 15 broad categories, the new catalog offers a wide variety of applications for use by industry, academia, other government agencies and the general public.

European Parliament Adopts Net Neutrality Law

April 4, 2014 4:21 pm | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Parliament adopted a "net neutrality" bill on April 3, 2014, barring Internet service providers from giving preference to some kinds of traffic on their networks — such as streaming video — when it profits them. The legislation responded to fears that providers would allot the lion's share of their bandwidth to people and companies willing to pay extra, slowing the Internet for others.

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DARPA Launches Biological Technologies Office

April 4, 2014 4:09 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

A new DARPA technology office will merge biology, engineering and computer science to harness the power of natural systems for national security. Technology, like biology, constantly evolves. It is DARPA’s mission to stay ahead of the shifting technology curve by making critical, early investments in areas that cut across fields of research and enable revolutionary new capabilities for U.S. national security.

Conquering Computer Zombies in Real Time

April 4, 2014 4:01 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Cyber attacks are the primary domestic security threat facing the United States, FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Homeland Security Committee last year. In our brave new world, traditional warfare is now inextricably linked to economic and cyber warfare. In just one example, cyber strikes have the potential to derail a nation's power grid, causing widespread damage, chaos and loss of life.

Supreme Court Could Limit Computer Software Patents

April 3, 2014 2:29 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry? The Supreme Court wrestled with that question on March 31, 2014, as justices considered making it tougher for the government to issue patents for computer software. The outcome could send tremors through an industry that touches virtually every sector of the economy

Experiment Reveals How to Create the Perfect Dream

April 2, 2014 3:56 pm | by University of Hertfordshire | News | Comments

The results of a two-year study into dream control show that it is now possible for people to create their perfect dream and wake up feeling especially happy and refreshed. An iPhone app monitors a person during sleep and plays a carefully crafted soundscape when they dream. Each soundscape is carefully designed to evoke a pleasant scenario. The app was downloaded over 500,000 times, and the researchers collected millions of dream reports.

Non-specialists can Create and Print 3-D Models

March 31, 2014 11:36 am | by Lancaster University | News | Comments

Personal fabrication machines, such as 3-D printers and laser cutters, are becoming increasingly ubiquitous.  But designing objects for fabrication still requires 3-D modelling skills, making them inaccessible without specialist training. The MixFab environment enables users to design objects in an immersive augmented reality environment, interact with virtual objects in a direct gestural manner...

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Record Quantum Entanglement of Multiple Dimensions

March 27, 2014 5:17 pm | by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona | News | Comments

An international team of researchers, with participation from the UAB, has managed to create an entanglement of 103 dimensions with only two photons. The record had been established at 11 dimensions. The discovery could represent a great advance toward the construction of quantum computers with much higher processing speeds than current ones, and toward a better encryption of information. 

Aurora G-Station and Aurora Cube

March 27, 2014 4:52 pm | Eurotech | Product Releases | Comments

Aurora G-Station and the Aurora Cube is the CPU-only version are full HPC systems that combine computation, management, storage functionality as well as liquid cooling infrastructure that guarantees compactness and absence of noise.

Parallel Programming May Not be so Daunting

March 26, 2014 6:46 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

In theory, doubling the number of cores doubles the chip’s efficiency, but splitting up computations so that they run efficiently in parallel isn’t easy. On the other hand, say a trio of computer scientists from MIT, Israel’s Technion, and Microsoft Research, neither is it as hard as had been feared.

Jesse Jackson Takes on Tech's Lack of Diversity

March 19, 2014 9:50 am | by Jesse Washington and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson led a delegation to the Hewlett-Packard annual shareholders meeting on March 19, 2014, to bring attention to Silicon Valley's poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding. Jackson's strategy borrows from the traditional civil rights era playbook of shaming companies to prod them into transformation.

New Window into Quantum Physics Opens with Superconductivity in LEDs

March 18, 2014 3:42 pm | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

A team of physicists has proposed a novel and efficient way to leverage the strange quantum physics phenomenon known as entanglement. The approach would involve combining light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with a superconductor to generate entangled photons and could open up a rich spectrum of new physics as well as devices for quantum technologies, including quantum computers and quantum communication.

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Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of Web, Calls for Digital Bill of Rights

March 12, 2014 12:22 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The British inventor of the World Wide Web wants a digital bill of rights to protect Internet users from surveillance. Speaking on the 25th anniversary of his creation, Tim Berners-Lee says he hopes to spark a global conversation about the need to defend principles that have made the Web successful.

Copied from Nature: Detecting Software Errors via Genetic Algorithms

March 5, 2014 4:11 pm | by University Saarland | News | Comments

According to a current study from the University of Cambridge, software developers are spending about the half of their time on detecting errors and resolving them. Projected onto the global software industry, according to the study, this would amount to a bill of about 312 billion US dollars every year.

Synthetic Magnet a Much Cheaper Method for Storing Data using Light

March 3, 2014 12:05 pm | by Radboud University Nijmegen | News | Comments

Optical data storage does not require expensive magnetic materials as synthetic alternatives work just as well. This is the finding of an international team from York, Berlin and Nijmegen, published Thursday February 27 in Applied Physics Letters. The team’s discovery brings the much cheaper method...

New Record Set for Data-Transfer Speeds

February 26, 2014 1:30 pm | by OFC Conference and Exposition | News | Comments

Researchers at IBM have set a new record for data transmission over a multimode optical fiber, a type of cable that is typically used to connect nearby computers within a single building or on a campus. The achievement demonstrated that the standard, existing technology for sending data over short distances should be able to meet the growing needs of servers, data centers and supercomputers through the end of this decade

Modular Quantum Computer Architecture Offers Scalability to Large Numbers of Qubits

February 25, 2014 4:13 pm | by E. Edwards, Joint Quantum Institute | News | Comments

How do you build a universal quantum computer? Turns out, this question was addressed by theoretical physicists about 15 years ago. The answer was laid out in a research paper and has become known as the DiVincenzo criteria. The prescription is pretty clear at a glance; yet in practice the physical implementation of a full-scale universal quantum computer remains an extraordinary challenge.

Want your Computer to go Faster? Add Light

February 25, 2014 3:51 pm | by Angela Herring, Northeastern University | News | Comments

Every second, a com­puter must process bil­lions of com­pu­ta­tional steps to pro­duce even the sim­plest out­puts. Imagine if every one of those steps could be made just a tiny bit more effi­cient. researchers have devel­oped a series of novel devices that do just that.

Self-completing Programs: System Automatically Fills Gaps in Code

February 25, 2014 3:41 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Since he was a graduate student, Armando Solar-Lezama, an associate professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been working on a programming language called Sketch, which allows programmers to simply omit some of the computational details of their code. Sketch then automatically fills in the gaps.

Silicon-Germanium Chip Sets New Speed Record, Breaking Terahertz Barrier within Reach

February 20, 2014 11:13 am | by Rick Robinson, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A research collaboration has demonstrated the world's fastest silicon-based device to date. The investigators from IHP-Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics in Germany and the Georgia Institute of Technology operated a silicon-germanium (SiGe) transistor at 798 gigahertz (GHz) fMAX, exceeding the previous speed record for silicon-germanium chips by about 200 GHz.

Computer Whizzes Brainstorm for Cash at Hackathons

February 18, 2014 4:29 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

It used to be that "hacking" was just a type of crime, a computer break-in. But today, the term is also part of a growing — and perfectly legal — mainstay of the tech sector. Computer programming competitions known as "hackathons" have spread like viruses in recent years as ways for geeks, nerds and designers to get together to eat pizza, lose sleep and create something new.

Sci-Tech Oscars: Academy Honors Scientists and Engineers behind Special Effects

February 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by Sandy Cohen, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

The scientists and inventors who make big-screen superheroes, spectacular explosions and other only-in-the-movies effects possible have their own Oscar ceremony. Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan hosted the film academy's Scientific and Technical Awards February 15, 2014, at the Beverly Hills Hotel, recognizing more than 50 of the most creative scientists and engineers in the movie business.

New Cybersecurity Framework Aims at Protecting Nation's Critical Infrastructure

February 18, 2014 12:01 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM announced a new service offering to help critical infrastructure organizations utilize a new Cybersecurity Framework announced by the Administration at the White House.  The new Cybersecurity Framework is the product of a year-long collaboration between the U.S. government and industry, coordinated and led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 

Closing the Gender Gap in Computer Science

February 12, 2014 2:55 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

“When I was growing up, I thought the 'gender war' was over and women had won. But it’s still not over,” says Amy Yin ’14, cofounder of Harvard Women in Computer Science (Harvard WICS). “The biases may be more subtle now, but the statistics are not.

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