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Physicists discover new form of light, validate decades-old quantum mechanics prediction

It’s been over 340 years since Danish physicist Ole Rømer observed that the speed of light was finite. And, to this day, photons still manage to …

How Your Brain Learns to Ride the Subway

And what that means for artificial intelligence.<p>The brain is a fantastic but finite machine.<p>That is, the brain can be bogged down like an other computer when pushed to its limits. But some large part of what makes the brain marvelous is how it deals with those limits, e.g. how seemingly intractable …

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IBM memory advances could speed up your phone

With improvements that lower its cost, phase-change memory stands a better chance of commercial success than ever before.<p>Ever wanted to pound your PC as it crawls through a restart or fumed that your phone takes much too long to launch an e-book app? IBM has some good news for you.<p>On Tuesday, Big …

Wifi Networks Can Now Identify Who You Are Through Walls

Who needs a peep hole when a wifi network will do? Researchers from MIT have developed technology that uses wireless signals to see your silhouette …

British scientists create a 'tractor beam' of ultrasonic sound

A team of researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Sussex have developed the world's first functioning sonic tractor beam able to operate outside of a lab environment. The device uses 64 miniature speakers to generate high-amplitude, ultrasonic sound waves. These waves create an "acoustic …

Meet the computer scientist who just got $625K for his work that helps track down human traffickers

He's building powerful data-processing programs that are open for anyone to use for anything — from tracking down human traffickers to analyzing genes.<p>He's also just been dubbed one of 24 MacArthur Foundation 2015 'genius grant' award winners, announced on September 29. The award comes with …

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