Advancing Quantum Technology in 40 Picoseconds

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Advancing Quantum Technology in 40 Picoseconds

“Linran Fan (Engineering and Applied Science) is first author of an article published in Nature Photonics that presents a significant breakthrough in quantum communications and quantum computing. Working in the lab of Hong Tang, the Llewellyn West Jones, Jr. Professor of Electrical Engineering & Physics, Fan and fellow researchers developed a new technique to control the frequency of single photons – a …

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Building a better battery

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Building a better battery

“Imagine revolutionizing the renewable energy market with the silica gel packets you find in shoeboxes and snack bags. The research team behind Membrion is working to do just that. Developed by chemical engineering researchers Greg Newbloom (PhD ’14) and Weyerhaeuser Endowed Associate Professor Lilo Pozzo, the Membrion technology seeks to innovate battery storage with a lower cost, improved battery membrane …

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Empowering robots for ethical behavior

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Empowering robots for ethical behavior

“Scientists at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK have developed a concept called Empowerment to help robots to protect and serve humans, while keeping themselves safe. Robots are becoming more common in our homes and workplaces and this looks set to continue. Many robots will have to interact with humans in unpredictable situations. For example, self-driving cars need to …

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Hamburg research group develops new transistor

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Hamburg research group develops new transistor

“Transistor are electrical components that are direct electronic signals and enable us to process information. Millions of them are built into every single computer chip, and they are usually made out of the semiconductor material silicon. Dr. Christian Klinke’s research group at the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Hamburg recently succeeded in the production of nanoparticles …

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IBM Processor Aims to Blanket Encryption Over Everything

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IBM Processor Aims to Blanket Encryption Over Everything

“IBM claims that its new processor can encrypt data on a massive scale, concealing credit card payments, travel site bookings, and government payrolls from the prying eyes of hackers. On Monday, IBM announced that the new silicon powers its latest line of mainframes, which can automatically keep entire systems encrypted at all times. The z14 chip devotes around six billion …

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Stanford researchers develop a new type of soft, growing robot

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Stanford researchers develop a new type of soft, growing robot

“Imagine rescuers searching for people in the rubble of a collapsed building. Instead of digging through the debris by hand or having dogs sniff for signs of life, they bring out a small, air-tight cylinder. They place the device at the entrance of the debris and flip a switch. From one end of the cylinder, a tendril extends into the …

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A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved at EPFL

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A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved at EPFL

“EPFL researchers have found a way around what was considered a fundamental limitation of physics for over 100 years. They were able to conceive resonant systems that can store electromagnetic waves over a long period of time while maintaining a broad bandwidth. Their study, which has just been published in Science, opens up a number of doors, particularly in telecommunications …

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Artificial intelligence suggests recipes based on food photos

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Artificial intelligence suggests recipes based on food photos

“There are few things social media users love more than flooding their feeds with photos of food. Yet we seldom use these images for much more than a quick scroll on our cellphones. Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) believe that analyzing photos like these could help us learn recipes and better understand people’s …

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Elon Musk says he has a green light to build a NY–Philly–Baltimore–DC hyperloop

Elon Musk says he has a green light to build a NY–Philly–Baltimore–DC hyperloop

“Elon Musk just tweeted that his Boring Company tunnel project has received “verbal [government] approval” to build a hyperloop connecting New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. While we work to verify his claim, Musk is continuing to tweet more details about the project. The hyperloop, an ultrafast method of travel first developed by Musk in 2013, would only …

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Intel Democratizes Deep Learning Application Development with Launch of Movidius Neural Compute Stick

Intel Democratizes Deep Learning Application Development with Launch of Movidius Neural Compute Stick

“Today, Intel launched the Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick, the world’s first USB-based deep learning inference kit and self-contained artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator that delivers dedicated deep neural network processing capabilities to a wide range of host devices at the edge. Designed for product developers, researchers and makers, the Movidius Neural Compute Stick aims to reduce barriers to developing …

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