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New material for quantum computing discovered out of the blue

A common blue pigment used in the £5 note could have an important role to play in the development of a quantum computer, according to a new article.

Understanding the difference between 'human smart' and 'computer smart'

Considering 798 to be an odd number is endemic to human cognition, reveals a new study. A common assumption in the cognitive sciences is that …

Computer model anticipates crime hot spots

Sociologists working with law enforcement officials produced a computer model that predicts, by census block group, where burglaries are likely to …

Wireless device converts 'lost' energy into electric power: Metamaterial cells provide electric power as efficiently as solar panels

Using inexpensive materials configured and tuned to capture microwave signals, researchers have designed a power-harvesting device with efficiency …

First virtual surgery with Google Glass

A surgical team has performed the first surgery using a virtual augmented reality technology called VIPAAR in conjunction with Google Glass, a …

Single-atom bit forms smallest memory in the world

One atom equals one bit: According to this design principle, we would like to construct magnetic data memories in the future. Presently, a compound …

Mind-reading robots coming ever closer

If you think with the release of every new i-device the world is getting closer to thought-controlled smart tech and robotic personal assistants, you …

How losing information can benefit quantum computing

Suggesting that quantum computers might benefit from losing some data, physicists have now entangled -- linked the quantum properties of -- two ions …

Forget the needle; consider the haystack

Computer scientists have developed a method to uncover hidden patterns in huge data collections. Using a mathematical method that calculates the …

Light finds the right mix: Quickly switching orientation of a laser beam enables control over quantum properties of light

Classical computers process data as a series of ones and zeros known as bits; in contrast, quantum computers encode information into the physical …

Graphene-based nano-antennas may enable networks of tiny machines

By taking advantage of the unique electronic properties of the material known as graphene, researchers now believe they're on track to connect …

Programming smart molecules: Machine-learning algorithms could make chemical reactions intelligent

Computer scientists have shown that an important class of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms could be implemented using chemical reactions. In …

French officials can monitor internet users in real time under new law

French intelligence and government officials will be able to spy on internet users in real time and without prior legal authorisation, under a law passed on Wednesday.<p>The legislation, which was approved almost unnoticed, will enable a wide range of public officials including police, gendarmes, …

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

Machine Learning

Microsoft considers free versions of Windows Phone and Windows RT to battle Android

Redmond wants to counter Mountain View<p>Microsoft is considering making Windows Phone and Windows RT available free of charge to device makers. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that free future versions are under serious consideration by OS chief Terry Myerson. We …

3 Ways to Spot a Liar

A new study out of Harvard offers tips on spotting a liar. They're not what you see in the movies.<p>It would be nice if every job candidate, negotiating partner, and potential supplier told the truth. But here in the real world, being in business means separating spin from reality.<p>Police shows and …

A first look inside Google's futuristic quantum lab

In May, Google launched the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab with hardware from the Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave and technical expertise from NASA. It was an ambitious open research project aimed at exploring both the capabilities of quantum computer architecture and the mysteries …

Why paying attention is anything but elementary

It’s surprising how much of the world we see and yet do not take in. Who better to teach us why we miss so much and what to do about it than Sherlock Holmes?<p>“The true art of memory is the art of attention,” wrote Samuel Johnson. Wise words, indeed, but what exactly is this art? Do we really know …

Mindfulness

These smells, colors, and sounds help unleash your creativity at work

The distractions and obstacles at work hardly make it the most conducive environment to be creative. But researchers have found some ways you can take better control.<p>Smell the peppermint<p>Few people in business are aware of this, but the smell of peppermint can improve your alertness and engagement …

University of Illinois

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

<i>Editors’ Note: Following the huge popularity of this post, article source Amy Morin has authored a guest post on exercises to increase mental strength here and Cheryl Conner has interviewed Amy in a Forbes video chat about this article here.</i><p>For all the time executives spend concerned about physical …