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NIST demonstrates how losing information can benefit quantum computing

November 25, 2013 1:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Suggesting that quantum computers might benefit from losing some data, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have entangled—linked the quantum properties of—two ions by leaking judiciously chosen information to the environment.  

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Photos of the Day: Memo to big box retailers: Instant gratification has a price tag

November 25, 2013 1:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Big box retailers may have had the secret to combating online retailers all along: instant gratification. A new study from Columbia Business School that is published in the Journal of Consumer Research warns that the positive feelings consumers experience when receiving a discounted price fades dramatically if the consumer is then forced to wait for the product.

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The ECN IMPACT Awards

November 25, 2013 1:23 pm | by the Editors | News | Comments

ECN today is launching the ECN IMPACT Awards, created to recognize excellence and groundbreaking innovation in design engineering. The Awards, to be announced at the EDS show in Las Vegas on May 6, highlight the top products and services across 18 categories....

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GPU accelerator equipped with 12GB of memory

November 25, 2013 12:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Mechanics announces that it now offers the NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerator, the world’s fastest accelerator, as part of its GPU Solutions product line. The Tesla K40 GPU accelerator is equipped with 12GB of memory to process the world’s most challenging computational problems....

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Diamond 'flaws' pave way for nanoscale MRI

November 25, 2013 12:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

By exploiting flaws in miniscule diamond fragments, researchers say they have achieved enough coherence of the magnetic moment inherent in these defects to harness their potential for precise quantum sensors in a material that is 'biocompatible'. Nanoscopic thermal and magnetic field detectors could enhance our understanding...

Researchers use nanoscale 'patches' to sensitize targeted cell receptors

November 25, 2013 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Duke University have developed nanoscale "patches" that can be used to sensitize targeted cell receptors, making them more responsive to signals that control cell activity. The finding holds promise for promoting healing and facilitating tissue engineering research.

Gauge promises easy pressure monitoring

November 25, 2013 12:44 pm | Ashcroft Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Ashcroft DG25 digital pressure gauge provides a five full-digit LCD in ranges up to 25,000 psi. Available in accuracies of 0.5% percent and 0.25 percent FS, this new design boasts a minimum battery life of 2000 hours. Standard features include

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A new, flying jellyfish-like machine

November 25, 2013 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Up, up in the sky: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a . . . jellyfish? That's what researchers have built -- a small vehicle whose flying motion resembles the movements of those boneless, pulsating, water-dwelling creatures. The work demonstrates a new method of flight that could transport miniaturized future robots...

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Extended temperature range clock oscillator come in small package

November 25, 2013 12:18 pm | Tellurian Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Tellurian Technologies, Inc. announced the development of the T6000ET packaged clock oscillator with an extended temperature range of -40°C to +125C°C. It has a small size of 2.5 mm x 2.0 mm x 0.9 mm. The frequency stability over the -40°C to +125°C temperature range is +/-50 ppm all conditions. The

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If gov't backs in-flight calls, will the airlines?

November 25, 2013 12:10 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines? Old concerns about electronics being a danger to airplane navigation have been debunked. And airlines could make some extra cash charging passengers to call a loved one from 35,000 feet.

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Not so dumb

November 25, 2013 12:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Mysterious brain cells called microglia are starting to reveal their secrets thanks to research conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Until recently, most of the glory in brain research went to neurons. For more than a century, these electrically excitable cells were believed to perform the entirety of the information processing....

Ultra-sensitive force sensing with a levitating nanoparticle

November 25, 2013 11:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A recent study led by researchers of the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) achieved the highest force sensitivity ever observed with a nano-mechanical resonator. The scientific results of this study have been published in Nature Physics.

Beyond encryption: Stronger security for wireless communications

November 25, 2013 11:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Physically, wireless communication channels are right out in the open, carried through the air on radio waves. A "wiretapper" can eavesdrop on mobile phone and data traffic without actually tapping a wire or optical fiber. An active wiretapper may also control or disturb a legitimate user's channel....

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Japanese computer makers enhancing Big Data services

November 25, 2013 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Major Japanese computer makers including Fujitsu Ltd. and NEC Corp. are enhancing their respective services for Big Data, or data collected very rapidly in large volumes from a variety of sources. Since Big Data services are seen as limitless and expected to achieve high growth, the companies are offering various services to corporate clients and local governments, their officials said.

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Tokyo Motor Show opens to public

November 25, 2013 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show opened to the public Saturday, with leading automakers showcasing next-generation fuel-cell cars and self-driving vehicles. A total of 426 passenger and commercial cars as well as two-wheelers are on display at Tokyo Big Sight through Dec. 1.

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