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Here’s A Simple Explanation Of How Self-Driving Cars Could Eliminate Traffic

On the highways or in the cities, sometimes traffic jams extend as far as the eye can see. You snail along at a glacial pace until all of a sudden traffic just clears up for no reason. Self-driving cars aim to fix that. Traffic usually is the result of human reaction time. The “accordion effect”—where one car slows down, and the car behind that slows down, which causes all the cars behind them to slow down—is the cause of most slowdowns. * Read the full article here

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What is quantum computing? WIRED explains how it differs to classical computing

In a world where we are relying increasingly on computing, to share our information and store our most precious data, the idea of living without computers might baffle most people. But if we continue to follow the trend that has been in place since computers were introduced, by 2040 we will not have the capability to power all of the machines around the globe, according to a recent report by the Semiconductor Industry Association. * Read the full article here

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We have better battery technologies, but not better batteries. Here’s why

Last month Ellen Williams, the director of ARPA-E, the U.S. Department of Energy’s advanced research program for alternative energy, made headlines when she told the Guardian newspaper that “We have reached some holy grails in batteries.” Despite very promising results from the 75-odd energy-storage research projects that ARPA-E funds, however, the grail of compact, low-cost energy storage remains elusive. * Read the full article here

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How Surgical Theater Changes The Way Neurosurgeons Operate

Dr. Robert Louis, a neurosurgeon at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Orange County, CA, is pitched some type of new technology, gadget or medication every day. He’s shown things so often that he developed an internal filter that automatically sets expectations a lot lower than the enthusiasm of the rep. But that all changed in October 2015. * Read the full article here

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How carbon nanotubes could give us faster processors and longer battery life

Carbon nanotubes are one of those supermaterials — a cylinder with a diameter of one or two nanometers — that are full of dreamy applications, ranging from supercomputers to ultra-efficient smartphones. The problem is, they are difficult to manufacture, and commercializing these applications may require 10 or 15 years. * Read the full article here

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How Skynet Might Emerge From Simple Physics

A provocative paper from 2013 proposed that complex intelligent behaviour may emerge from a fundamentally simple physical process. The theory offers novel prescriptions for how to build an AI — but it also explains how a world-dominating superintelligence might come about, such as the Terminator franchise’s Skynet system. And on this day, 25 years on from the release of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, we thought it appropriate to revisit this novel, slightly unsettling thesis. * Read the full article here

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Hackers Can Now Steal Data by Listening to the Sound of a Computer’s Hard Drive

The DiskFiltration hack, demonstrated by security researcher Mordechai Guri of Israel’s Ben-Gurion University, works by controlling the actuator in a hard drive which moves back and forth across the drive’s platters to read and write data. Think of it as the arm on a record player, but constantly moving back and forth at tremendous speeds. * Read the full article here

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Saltwater Battery Can Power Your Off Grid Home For 10 Years

This new battery runs on saltwater and can power your home for nearly 10 years (3000 days/nights). The best thing is it’s safer for the environment. Not only are the new Aquion batteries are safer for the environment, they are also non-flammable, non-hazardous, and non-explosive, unlike traditional lithium-ion or lead-acid batteries. * Read the full article here

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