Hi-Tech


    • A new Wi-Fi era slowly apporaches

      A new Wi-Fi era slowly apporaches

      The next generation of Wi-Fi has been trickling out over the past year, but since Monday, its official launch is going to accelerate. This comes after the Wi-Fi Alliance, the organisation that oversees implementation of the Wi-Fi standard, informally kicked off the widescale adoption of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard.

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    • Noise cancelling for quantum computers advances

      Noise cancelling for quantum computers advances

      A team from Dartmouth College and MIT has designed and conducted the first lab test to successfully detect and characterise a class of complex, “non-Gaussian” noise processes that are routinely encountered in superconducting quantum computing systems. The characterisation of non-Gaussian noise in superconducting quantum bits is a critical step toward making these systems more precise and could help accelerate their realisation, as stated by the team.

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    • MIT creates colour-changing ink

      MIT creates colour-changing ink

      Taking inspiration from creatures like chameleons who are masters of colour-changing camouflage, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new spray-on ink that can infinitely change colours, designs, and patterns when blasted with different wavelengths of light.

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    • Revolutionary computer chip out of carbon nanotubes built

      Revolutionary computer chip out of carbon nanotubes built

      Silicon has had a very good run as the material upon which all of our electronics are based, but it's starting to reach its limits. So now there's a new contender for running our computers and smartphones: carbon nanotubes. And scientists just made the largest working computer chip to date out of this hugely promising material.

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    • Mixed cement on ISS paves way for future space colonies

      Mixed cement on ISS paves way for future space colonies

      Concrete, in one form or another, has been a staple of human construction for some 5,000 years. Now, researchers have finally brought the ancient technology to outer space. For the first time, scientists have successfully mixed cement - a primary ingredient of concrete - in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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    • NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is finally complete

      NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is finally complete

      Following more than two decades of design and construction, engineers have now finally put the last remaining pieces in place for NASA’s next generation orbiting observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope. Built to succeed Hubble as NASA’s premier space telescope, the now-complete instrument will take our space exploration capabilities to whole new levels, with the sensitivity to spot a single firefly a million kilometers away.

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    • Tech giants 'put world at risk of a killer AI'

      Tech giants 'put world at risk of a killer AI'

      The invention of an artificial super-intelligence has been a central theme in science fiction since at least the 19th century. From E.M. Forster's short story The Machine Stops (1909) to the recent HBO television series Westworld, writers have tended to portray this possibility as an unmitigated disaster. 

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