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SanDisk announces world’s first enormous 1TB memory card

At the Photokina 2016 photography show on Monday, the leading flash memory products manufacturer revealed a prototype of a mindblowingly spacious one-terabyte (ir 1,000 GB) SDXC memory card. The announcement of the card comes 16 years after SanDisk’s parent company, … Continue reading

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Revealed: Google’s plan for quantum computer supremacy

Somewhere in California, Google is building a device that will usher in a new era for computing. It’s a quantum computer, the largest ever made, designed to prove once and for all that machines exploiting exotic physics can outperform the … Continue reading

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Can a computer copy your handwriting?

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Experiments point toward memory chips 1,000 times faster than today’s

Silicon memory chips come in two broad types: volatile memory, such as computer RAM that loses data when the power is turned off, and nonvolatile flash technologies that store information even after we shut off our smartphones. In general, volatile … Continue reading

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Australia ‘relocates’ to fix sat-nav gap

Australia is to shift its longitude and latitude to address a gap between local co-ordinates and those from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Local co-ordinates, used to produce maps and measurements, and global ones differ by more than 1m. The … Continue reading

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Google’s quantum computer just accurately simulated a molecule for the first time

Google’s engineers just achieved a milestone in quantum computing: they’ve produced the first completely scalable quantum simulation of a hydrogen molecule. That’s big news, because it shows similar devices could help us unlock the quantum secrets hidden in the chemistry … Continue reading

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Inside Tesla’s gigantic Gigafactory

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Forget Iron Man: skintight suits are the future of robotic exoskeletons

Thanks to Jacki Thomas for suggesting this post. Children with a rare neurological disease were recently given the chance to walk for the first time thanks to a new robotic exoskeleton. These devices – which are essentially robotic suits that … Continue reading

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AI fighter pilot wins in combat simulation

An artificially intelligent fighter pilot system has defeated two attacking jets in a combat simulation. The AI, known as Alpha, used four virtual jets to successfully defend a coastline against two attacking aircraft – and did not suffer any losses. … Continue reading

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Electric car sets world acceleration record

Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this post . An electric racing car built by Swiss student engineers has broken the world record for acceleration by battery-powered vehicles. The grimsel car took only 1.513 seconds to reach 100kph (62mph) – … Continue reading

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Hasselblad is the first mirrorless medium-format camera

Swedish camera-maker Hasselblad has unveiled the world’s first mirrorless medium-format model. By putting a larger-than-normal sensor in a relatively small body, the firm aims to make it easier to take “ultra-high quality” photos than before. Professionals say the X1D should … Continue reading

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This is the end of the fossil fuel age as we know it, says report

Fossil fuels are holding on, but end of their reign is nigh, says a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which predicts that wind and solar will be cheaper than coal and gas generators by 2027, and electric vehicles … Continue reading

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Bionic Leaf Makes Fuel from Sunlight, Water and Air

A tree’s leaf, a blade of grass, a single algal cell: all make fuel from the simple combination of water, sunlight and carbon dioxide through the miracle of photosynthesis. Now scientists say they have replicated—and improved—that trick by combining chemistry … Continue reading

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Human ‘drone taxi’ to be tested in Nevada

EHang drone

A human-carrying drone has been given approval for test flights in Nevada, the first of its kind in the United States. The autonomous drone – dubbed 184 – can carry one passenger and was developed by Chinese company EHang. A prototype … Continue reading

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Flat lens promises possible revolution in optics

structure of the lens seen under microscope

This electron microscope image shows the structure of the lens (white line is 0.002mm long) A flat lens made of paint whitener on a sliver of glass could revolutionise optics, according to its US inventors. Just 2mm across and finer than … Continue reading

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This is how Formula 1 engines turn exhaust fumes into power

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New earpiece will translate your conversations in real-time

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Some things have gotten a lot smaller over the years

A five-megabyte hard drive being shipped by IBM in 1956. Oh, how far we’ve come. Image: lord_kmz/Reddit

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The team behind Siri debuts its next-gen AI “Viv”

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Does it really matter if you pull a USB out before it safely ejects?

We’ve all been guilty of ripping our USB drives out of our computers instead of ejecting them properly, only to receive the judgemental pop up telling us we really shouldn’t have done that. But when everything on the USB works … Continue reading

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