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  • Why the Discovery of Room-Temperature Superconductors Would Unleash Amazing Technologies
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    Why the Discovery of Room-Temperature Superconductors Would Unleash Amazing Technologies

    Superconductors are among the most bizarre and exciting materials yet discovered. Counterintuitive quantum-mechanical effects mean that, below a critical temperature, they have zero electrical resistance. This property alone is more than enough to spark the imagination. A current that could flow forever without losing any energy means transmission of power with virtually no losses in… More

  • From Drone Swarms to Tree Batteries, New Tech Is Revolutionizing Ecology and Conservation
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    From Drone Swarms to Tree Batteries, New Tech Is Revolutionizing Ecology and Conservation

    Understanding Earth’s species and ecosystems is a monumentally challenging scientific pursuit. But with the planet in the grip of its sixth mass extinction event, it has never been a more pressing priority. To unlock nature’s secrets, ecologists turn to a variety of scientific instruments and tools. Sometimes we even repurpose household items, with eyebrow-raising results—whether… More

  • Holograms Can Now Program Brain Activity—Are Fake Experiences Next?
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    Holograms Can Now Program Brain Activity—Are Fake Experiences Next?

    Optogenetics, neuroscience’s hottest mind-control tool, just got a major update. Projecting 3D-light holograms—yes, holograms!—directly onto a mouse’s cortex, engineers at UC Berkeley instantaneously gained control of dozens of neurons at once. That’s not the impressive part. What’s incredible is that those neurons belonged to different networks, spread out over 50 different spots on a chunk… More

  • Leapfrogging Tech Is Changing Millions of Lives. Here’s How
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    Leapfrogging Tech Is Changing Millions of Lives. Here’s How

    Walking through any city in the US, you may not notice the evidence of centuries of technological progress around you. From the power lines snaking above to the people tapping away on their smartphones to the water running through pipes underground, it’s all just part of day-to-day life. Though most of us don’t see it,… More

  • New Tech Marries the Best of Photonics and Electronics on the Same Silicon Chip
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    New Tech Marries the Best of Photonics and Electronics on the Same Silicon Chip

    Optical communication has revolutionized long-distance data transfer, but scaling it down to microchips is tougher. Now, though, a new technique means optical components can be integrated into general purpose chips using standard manufacturing processes and materials. Light can carry data faster than electrical connections, which makes it highly attractive to chipmakers eager to boost the… More

  • MIT’s New Voiceless Interface Can Read the Words in Your Head
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    MIT’s New Voiceless Interface Can Read the Words in Your Head

    The way we interact with the technology in our lives is getting progressively more seamless. If typing terms or addresses into your phone wasn’t easy enough, now you can just tell Siri to do the search or pull up the directions for you. Don’t feel like getting off the couch to flick a switch, or… More

  • How to work from home and get stuff done
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    How to work from home and get stuff done

    ADVERTISEMENT So, you’ve been given the chance to work away from the office and get your work done in the comfort of your own home – hurrah! You’ll get so much more done, right? Well, perhaps not. While you may not have to get up early and start your daily commute at 6 am, or… More

  • The six new skills employers will be on the look out for
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    The six new skills employers will be on the look out for

    ADVERTISEMENT Scoring that new job you want is getting harder and harder. Whatever position you’re going for, there always seems to be a million and one other candidates up against you, and they always seem to have an advantage over you. It can be frustrating not to get accepted for a job, and the more… More

  • The six new skills employers will be on the look out for
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    The six new skills employers will be on the look out for

    ADVERTISEMENT Scoring that new job you want is getting harder and harder. Whatever position you’re going for, there always seems to be a million and one other candidates up against you, and they always seem to have an advantage over you. It can be frustrating not to get accepted for a job, and the more… More

  • IBM’s New Computer Is the Size of a Grain of Salt and Costs Less Than 10 Cents
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    IBM’s New Computer Is the Size of a Grain of Salt and Costs Less Than 10 Cents

    The miniaturization of electronics has been progressing steadily for decades, but IBM just took a major leap. The company has created what it’s calling the world’s smallest computer, and it’s the size of a grain of salt. The 1 millimeter x 1 millimeter device was unveiled at the computing giant’s IBM Think 2018 conference. Despite its… More

  • How the Wild New Materials of the Future Will Be Discovered With AI

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    How the Wild New Materials of the Future Will Be Discovered With AI

    How materials for computer chips, solar panels, and batteries are developed looks to be in the early stages of a radical change. The same goes for research related to areas like superconductors and thermoelectrics. The reason? The new possibilities created by machine learning in materials science. “This is something that is set to explode in… More

  • The Wild New Materials of the Future Will Be Discovered With AI
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    The Wild New Materials of the Future Will Be Discovered With AI

    How materials for computer chips, solar panels, and batteries are developed looks to be in the early stages of a radical change. The same goes for research related to areas like superconductors and thermoelectrics. The reason? The new possibilities created by machine learning in materials science. “This is something that is set to explode in… More

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