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Essential Science: The world’s most powerful quantum computer

With Google achieving a 'quantum supremacy' breakthrough, Honeywell building the world's most powerful ion-trap quantum computer, and venture capitalists pouring millions into QC start-ups, the decade ahead could jump-start commercial quantum computing.

How Coherent Ising Machines can solve real-world problems

New research aims to develop optical and superconducting devices for the study of quantum-to-classical crossover physics and critical phenomena. This is to develop Coherent Ising Machines, devices for solving computationally hard optimization problems.

Quantum computer built to prove conventional encryption is dead Special

Active Cypher, a Californian cybersecurity startup, has constructed a password-hacking quantum computer. This to demonstrate the risks of quantum hacking and how they can impact on businesses today.

Which tech giants are leading in quantum computing technology?

Quantum computing promises to deliver enormous potential and the technology is set to help us solve humanity’s most complex challenges - challenges that our existing computers can't even scratch the surface. But who are the main contenders?

DiA is fixing the major problem with ultrasound: Human error

Ultrasound is a non-invasive and safe imaging tool that is just shy of being perfect, if it wasn’t for human error. This is an issue that DiA have been working on, with the help of IBM Watson Health.

Scientists create the 'coolest' LEGO in the universe

In a new study, LEGO has been cooled to the lowest temperature possible. A LEGO figure together with four blocks have been taken down to 1.6 millidegrees above absolute zero (minus 273.15 Centigrade). Interesting, but so is the purpose of the study.

Quantum leap in computing as scientists claim 'supremacy'

Paris - Scientists claimed Wednesday to have achieved a near-mythical state of computing in which a new generation of machine vastly outperforms the world's fastest super-computer, known as "quantum supremacy".

Will you next computer be made using graphene and bacteria?

To develop more efficient computers, along with medical devices, scientists are examining nanomaterials. These are materials manipulated on the scale of atoms and which exhibit unique properties, opening a gateway to advanced technology.

Can computer ‘time travel’ thwart ransomware attacks?

Computer scientists are experimenting with a ‘time travel’ feature in order to combat ransomware attacks. The new method makes use of stored copies of files which can then replace compromised files.

Q&A: How the cloud is becoming important to business Special

Businesses a turning more towards cloud computing, as Google's recent launch of Anthos, its new connected multi-cloud platform shows. This puts the company in direct competition with Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure.

World’s first fully functioning rubber computer developed

A computer composed of rubber and air has been developed, taking the development of soft electronics in a new direction. The computer functions in the same way and the to same capacity as an electronic computer.

Microsoft sees Pacific Northwest as quantum computing HQ

Microsoft announced Monday that it's teamed up with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington to create the Northwest Quantum Nexus, to promote quantum computing.

New innovations with graphene-like materials

From special magnets that can aid next generation quantum computers to bulletproof armour, to a coating that can keep spacecraft cool to making more effective electronics — each innovation is based on materials with graphene-like properties.

IBM and North Carolina state are investing in quantum computing

Raleigh - A new kind curriculum is coming out the IBM Q Hub at North Carolina State, which is the first university-based Q Hub in North America. The aim is to help to develop a new generation of workers for next-generation computing.

Dell unveils new products and gaming developments at CES

Dell has showcased a range of new products and software experiences across its Latitude, XPS and Inspiron portfolios at CES 2019. Dell has also expanded its range of Alienware offerings for gamers.

IBM reveals its first commercial quantum computer

A major announcement was made at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, from IBM. This was the presentation of the computer firm's first commercial quantum computer. This is a 20-qubit 'hybrid' system, capable of quantum and conventional computing operations.

Can quantum computing boost cybersecurity?

U.S. legislators have passed a bill which will permit the development and eventual use of quantum computing to boost cybersecurity measures within the country. The bill will release funds in order to accelerate development.

Strong state of artificial intelligence in the U.K.

London - A new report into artificial intelligence in the U.K. assesses the current state of play and it identifies the key players. The report concludes that Britain has necessary resources, as well as the industrial will, to develop gold standards for AI.

BBC micro:bit provided free to educators

London - The technology site element14.com has begun a giveaway project for educators. This is to help push the popular BBC micro:bit coding device into schools and colleges, and into the hands of students.

Novel architecture for brain-inspired computing

Computer scientists have developed novel synaptic architecture to construct brain-inspired computing, drawing on the interconnections in the brain to construct neural networks.

Nvidia system fuses AI for high-performance computing

Nvidia have introduced a cloud server platform which is described as the first unified computing platform that can tackle artificial intelligence together with high-performance computing.

Physicists seeking to create cooler computing

Santa Fe - Computers require a huge energy demand, not only from the power required to run the devices, but also in terms of keeping them cool. Physicists have come up with a theory, based on the thermodynamics of computation, which could help to cool down devices.

Audio IoT? Video is set to dominate: Interview Special

A visual aspect to IoT gadgets is imminent, based on industry developments. This means the days of just a smart speaker assistant will be over. Aaron Emigh, CEO of Brilliant looks into the new trends for Digital Journal.

The terahertz computer chip is within reach

The terahertz computer chip is now within reach offering far faster computing power than is possible today. This is according to a new research study based on three years of extensive research.

Microsoft's quantum computing dev kit is now up to 5x faster

Microsoft's announced the first set of updates for its Quantum Development Kit, an early version of a software suite that lets developers write apps for quantum computers. The new release improves performance by up to 5x, accelerating development.

New methods for solar cell screening

Boston - A new computer technique enables the rapid screening for new types of solar cells, seeking increased efficiencies and materials for next generation solar power.

Investment in Swedish quantum computing

A Swedish university has received a large grant to continue its research into developing a quantum computer. This could place Sweden and the Chalmers University of Technology at the forefront of this future technology.

The Grover algorithm: Fine tuning for quantum computing

Another step along the path towards quantum computers has been completed. This is a database search mechanism. The system has recently been tested for future quantum computers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

New software speeds big-data analysis 100-fold

A new system developed for performing 'tensor algebra' can offer a 100-fold speedup over previous software packages for performing big data analysis.

Improving electrical switches with a pinch of salt

Scientists have developed an atypical means to make electrical switches more effective. This process involves the application of salt. The reason is to improve electronics at the nano-scale.
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