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Quantum sensor's advantages survive entanglement breakdown

The extraordinary promise of quantum information processing -- solving problems that classical computers can't, perfectly secure communication -- …

Quantum Physics

Genomes project produces first diagnoses of rare diseases

Three men and their families will be eligible for personalised treatment designed to target their genetic defects<p>Three men from two families are the first patients to be diagnosed with rare diseases after volunteering to have their complete genetic codes mapped as part of the groundbreaking 100,000 …

Genetics

The Origin of Life And The Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality

Quantum criticality must have played a crucial role in the origin of life say researchers who have found its hidden signature in a wide range of …

Quantum Physics

Exploring the Windows 10 Settings menu

There's a new permanent link on the Start menu/screen in Windows 10: Settings.<p>This new Windows 10 Settings menu is a hub for your device's basic settings, including basic setup, network settings, and privacy settings. It has a clean interface, bit, touch-friendly icons and toggles and simple …

Windows 10

Windows 10 Settings menu: The Privacy tab

The new Windows 10 Settings menu is sort of a mashup between the Windows 8 PC settings menu and the traditional Control Panel. The Privacy tab, however, has several privacy settings that are unique to the Settings menu -- settings that are designed for tablets and phones, as Microsoft tries to …

Apps

Windows 8 vs. Windows 10: The biggest features Microsoft axed for its new OS

Windows 8 was definitely a polarizing operating system, which is why Microsoft is making some big changes for Windows 10 that are designed to appeal …

This incredible electron micrograph shows light as both a particle and a wave

The particle-wave nature of light has fascinated researchers for more than 200 years, but a new experiment has allowed researchers to visualize it like never before. This image was taken by turning an electron microscope on a laser-charged nanowire. Light moved down the wire in both directions, …

Microsoft's New Keyboard Works on Any Device, Anywhere

How often does it happen that you need to blast out a quick email or jot down an idea, but it's too long to tap out on your phone's tiny keyboard, and you left your laptop at home or don't want to deal with getting it out and booting it up? Microsoft hopes it's quite often. The company's new …

What you need to know about HTTP/2

Look at the address bar in your browser. See those letters at the front, "HTTP"? That stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol, the mechanism a browser uses to request information from a server and display webpages on your screen. A new version of the reliable and ubiquitous HTTP protocol was …

Scientists build silicon transistor just one atom thick

Step aside, graphene, "silicene" is the trendy new nano-material in town that could one day supercharge future tech. Scientists have created the world's first transistor out of the silicon-based material, and it's a mere one atom thick. Unlike its much-maligned graphene cousin -- which has yet …

Quantum Computing Without Qubits

A quantum computing pioneer explains why analog simulators may beat out general-purpose digital quantum machines — for now.<p>For more than 20 years, …

Quantum Computing

10 Seemingly Impossible Things Made Possible By Science

We know science does amazing things all the time, but as we move into the future, scientific achievement is starting to border on magic. Science is …

Entangled photons on a chip could lead to super-fast computers

Photon entanglement is one of the odder properties of quantum physics, but it promises a lot for computing -- if one photon can instantly affect another no matter how far away it is, you could make super-speedy computers and communications that aren't easily limited by physical distances. It hasn't …

How To Protect Your Android Phone If It's Ever Lost Or Stolen

Losing your phone or having someone steal it is a nightmare. Fortunately, Google has baked some tools into your Android that could help you find it. Or, at the very least, it'll help you wipe all your data and content so that whoever took it can't wreak further havoc.<p>Here's how to set it up:<p>First, …

Amazon's Echo lets you control iTunes, Pandora and Spotify with your voice

If you accepted an invitation to buy Amazon's Echo speaker, you've noticed that the device didn't have a vast musical vocabulary at first -- you could tell it to play iHeartRadio or Prime Music tunes, and that's about it. You'll have a better time of things from now on, though. Amazon is rolling …

Scientists slow the speed of light

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_scotland/1140000/1140023_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524652882_4421679d2e7e6e63f8fe39b555c1fdb6<p><b>A team of Scottish scientists has made light travel slower than the speed of light.</b><p>They sent photons - individual particles of light - through …

Creating a 'genetic firewall' for GMOs

Synthetic amino acids may one day allow scientists to create "genetic firewalls" that prevent GMO crops or animals from escaping into the wild and causing environmental damage, according to Harvard and Yale researchers.<p>On Wednesday, scientists announced that they had genetically engineered bacteria …

Material Question

Graphene may be the most remarkable substance ever discovered. But what’s it for?<p>Until Andre Geim, a physics professor at the University of Manchester, discovered an unusual new material called graphene, he was best known for an experiment in which he used electromagnets to levitate a frog. Geim, …

Ancient Survivors Could Redefine Sex

Microscopic creatures called bdelloid rotifers have thrived without mating for millions of years. How they did it could reveal why sex is so …

Biology

Quantum physics theory is easier to understand than you think

Wrapping your head around quantum physics is tricky, no matter how well-educated you are -- if it were easy, there wouldn't be problems making quantum computers. However, researchers at the National University of Singapore believe they've found a way to make things simpler. They've determined that …

'Fibonacci quasiparticle' could form basis of future quantum computers

(Phys.org)—Topological quantum computing (TQC) is a newer type of quantum computing that uses "braids" of particle tracks, rather than actual …

New Form of Memory Could Advance Brain-Inspired Computers - MIT Technology Review

A new form of computer memory might help machines match the capabilities of the human brain when it comes to tasks such as interpreting images or …

CES takeaway: smartphones and tablets

If you missed our coverage of CES 2015, that’s okay! As the event is coming to a close, we thought we’d take this time to go through the week’s top stories and roundup the biggest smartphone and tablet announcements we saw at the trade show. There’s a lot to recap here, so let’s jump right in.<p>LG’s …

Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t know what blood groups like O, A and B are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was …

Medical Research

Made any tech-related New Year’s resolutions? Here are a few suggested ones

One week into the new year, and with that post-holiday diet we promised ourselves still hanging in there, I thought it might be interesting to suggest a few tech-related New Year’s resolutions you might like to consider.<p>Don’t worry, though – it’s not all work and no play. Me being me, I’ve found a …

The Five Most Disruptive Innovations At CES 2015

Once again, we scoured the edges of the 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show looking for what we call Big Bang Disruptors.<p>Those are the innovations that enter the market both better and cheaper than existing products or services, creating the greatest …

Internet of Things

Motion-detecting nanosensors could help find life on other planets

Much as we'd love to discover grey aliens with warp drive technology, any extraterrestrial life we're lucky enough to find will likely be pretty basic. But the chemical detection methods used by space probes like Curiosity or Philae are hit-and-miss -- they can't actually tell if something is <i>alive</i> …

Scientist's new rewriteable 'paper' is actually made of glass or plastic

If you ask us, the idea of rewritable paper seems pretty redundant no matter how high-tech it is. Apparently that didn't cross the mind of scientists at the University of California, Riverside. See, that's where Yadong Yin and his colleagues are using special color-switching dyes (called "redox") …

Holograms you can touch, via sound waves

University of Bristol researchers used sound waves to create a hologram you can "touch."<p>High-frequency sound waves from a speaker array hit your hand …