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Google’s quantum supremacy algorithm has found its first practical use

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 1:36pm
Google has put the algorithm it used to achieve quantum supremacy to work. It generated verifiably random numbers, which could be used one day in encryption or lotteries
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Airbus to test flying planes closer together to cut carbon emissions

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 10:32am
Plane manufacturer Airbus is working with airlines to test a fuel-reduction scheme inspired by the v-formation used by geese
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Hubble Space Telescope snaps best view of interstellar comet Borisov

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 6:40am
The interstellar comet Borisov is making its closest approach to the sun and Earth, giving astronomers their best look yet
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Quantum computer sets new record for finding prime number factors

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 6:10am
A relatively small quantum computer has broken a number-factoring record, which may one day threaten data encryption methods that rely on factoring large numbers
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Time travel without paradoxes is possible with many parallel timelines

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 5:00am
Time travel brings up paradoxes that break the laws of physics, but multiple similar timelines running parallel to one another could get around this
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‘Grazing fireball’ skimmed Earth's atmosphere then went back to space

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 3:00am
A space rock seen in July 2017 passed through Earth's atmosphere and back out the other side in a rare event known as a grazing fireball
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'Rediscovered' toad was known to Colombian locals for decades

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 12:00pm
The starry night toad has been documented by biologists for the first time since 1991 in Colombia. But unlike other such stories of rediscovered species, we never really lost it
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AI genome scanner says Denisovans could live until 38 years old

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 11:00am
Artificial intelligence may be able to work out the maximum lifespans of extinct species and early humans. The technique relies on analysing specific regions of DNA that are linked to ageing
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Turkey is getting military drones armed with machine guns

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 8:17am
Many countries and groups already use military drones, but Turkey is about to be the first to have a military drone armed with a machine gun
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Google has performed the biggest quantum chemistry simulation ever

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 7:32am
Google's Sycamore quantum computer, which recently demonstrated its dominance over ordinary computers, is now breaking records in quantum chemistry
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Scientists analysed the best and worst cities to travel around

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 7:24am
A global analysis of street connectivity has identified the cities that are easiest to get around and shown they have less car use and greater travel by foot
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People in Japan are wearing exoskeletons to keep working as they age

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 5:04am
To solve the problem of Japan’s ageing workforce, tech companies have developed exoskeletons that help older workers continue to do heavy manual labour
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Insect biomass in Britain falling but may still be double 1960s level

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 3:00am
The longest running study of insect biomass in the world suggests it is twice as large in Great Britain as it was in the 1960s, but has been declining since the 1980s
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Rodeo ants that ride on backs of bigger ants discovered in Texas

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 1:00am
Two new species of parasitic “rodeo” ant have been discovered in Texas. They ride the queens in other ant colonies to fool the workers into looking after them
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Arctic sea ice may vanish sooner than we thought – it happened before

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 2:00pm
A strange discrepancy in global temperatures 8000 years ago can be explained if sea ice is more vulnerable to the effects of warming than we thought
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Mystery illness that causes fever every few weeks finally identified

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 1:00pm
Seven people who experienced a fever every few weeks have finally been given a diagnosis of CRIA syndrome, which was a previously unknown disorder
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Heat can quantum leap across a totally empty vacuum

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 1:00pm
Even a total vacuum is full of strange quantum fluctuations, which have now been caught making heat leap across empty space for the first time
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The Artist in the Machine opens our eyes to AI's amazing creativity

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 1:00pm
Arthur I. Miller's sure-footed survey of machine art reveals a world of beauty, but his book slips a gear when it tries to marry creativity to consciousness
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Smart doorbells may be fun, but we don’t know who is using your face

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 1:00pm
Training facial recognition algorithms requires masses of data, and big tech companies can go to extreme lengths to get that, says Annalee Newitz
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How to find Andromeda – a spiral galaxy you can see with the naked eye

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 1:00pm
Amazingly, it is possible to see the spiral arms of Andromeda, our nearest galaxy 2.5 million light years away – if you just know where to look
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