Scientists have built the worlds first re-programmable Quantum computer

Scientists have built the worlds first re-programmable Quantum computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to re-program quantum computers, in the same way we can re-program today’s computers will mean companies don’t have to spent huge amounts of money developing special quantum algorithms.   Scientists have created the first programmable and reprogrammable quantum computer, according to a new...

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Olympians are electrocuting their brains to improve performance

Olympians are electrocuting their brains to improve performance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mental preparation for the Olympic games has always been a crucial part of a sports persons training, now Olympians have turned to neuroscience to gain an edge.   If you see Michael Tinsley, a silver medalist in the 400 meter hurdles, wearing some crazy- looking headphones,...

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The first private moon landing gets the green light

The first private moon landing gets the green light

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More and more private organisations are taking on the final frontier, now Moon Express have a license to land on the Moon.   Less than half a century after Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon the FAA has granted approval...

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New MIT tech lets Pokemon magically interact with the real world

New MIT tech lets Pokemon magically interact with the real world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Pokémon Go changed our children’s lives – okay, we’ll admit it – all of our lives. Now it’s hard to imagine life without those plucky virtual creatures sneaking up on you when you’re trying to have some alone time.   But get ready for it,...

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The White House just issued a Defcon scale for cyber attacks

The White House just issued a Defcon scale for cyber attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an increasingly connected society cyber attacks can wreak more havoc than ever before and now the US has a plan.   In a sign of the times White House officials have finally gotten around to writing out a plan to deal with future cyber attacks...

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Human on a chip development signals the end of animal testing

Human on a chip development signals the end of animal testing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Noone will be sad to see the back of animal testing.   Before a new drug or medical treatment can be let loose on human beings, it has to go through a rigorous set of tests to make sure it’s safe – tests that unfortunately...

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Scientists have grown a brain in a jar

Scientists have grown a brain in a jar

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Once the stuff of science fiction movies scientists have managed to grow a (small) brain in a jar.   Scientists in Singapore have successfully grown functioning midbrain tissue – a feat that may bring researchers a step closer to finding a cure for brain diseases...

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First FAA approved drone flight drops donuts from heaven

First FAA approved drone flight drops donuts from heaven

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not only will drone deliveries cut down the length of time that consumers have to wait for their goods to be delivered, further denting the value of brick and mortar retailers, but it will usher in a new era of Donuts-on-demand.   7-Eleven, the world’s...

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Scientists travel to the edge of space to 3D print a heart

Scientists travel to the edge of space to 3D print a heart

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D bioprinting has long held the promise of ending organ donation lists, now there’s an end in sight.   A team of scientists working for the NASA and SpaceX contractor Techshot have become the first people in history to successfully 3D print a heart structure in zero gravity using human...

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Facebook Aquila takes to the skies to connect the rest of the world

Facebook Aquila takes to the skies to connect the rest of the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Only half the world is connected, Facebook’s connecting the other half.   Facebook has achieved the first successful test flight of the Aquila drone, marking another notable milestone in the firm’s efforts to deliver internet access to 4 billion people worldwide who are still off...

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One camera to watch an entire city, meet WAMI

One camera to watch an entire city, meet WAMI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s like combining Google Maps with Tivo, authorities can watch an entire city with just a one camera.   An unblinking sentinel will watch over the Olympic Games from high above Rio de Janiero this summer. No, not the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, but...

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US Navy divers go Ironman with DAVD

US Navy divers go Ironman with DAVD

The US Navy’s new augmented reality helmet pushes diving into the twenty first century A new high-tech diving helmet being developed by the U.S. Navy will incorporate augmented-reality technology to help keep naval divers safe on underwater missions and help them complete missions faster. Dubbed the Divers Augmented Vision Display...

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New vertical farm in New Jersey revolutionises farming

New vertical farm in New Jersey revolutionises farming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Pesticide free farming that yields 75 times more produce that a traditional farm, is this the future of farming?   A 21,000 square metre vertical farm, capable of growing a million kilograms of pesticide free produce a year will open in Newark, New Jersey later...

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LA will switch to battery power, in 2021

LA will switch to battery power, in 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For the first time ever a city has selected to build an energy storage device over a conventional power station.   By 2021, electricity use in the west Los Angeles area may be in for a climate change fighting evolution. For many years, the tradition...

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DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for hypersonic speed has never been hotter.   In August 2011 a superfast unmanned military drone, the Falcon HTV-2 (Force Application and Launch from the Continental US Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2) travelling at 20 times the speed of sound, or 13,000 miles per hour, managed to...

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Meet Ross, the world’s first AI lawyer

Meet Ross, the world’s first AI lawyer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If AI can automate the legal profession is any job safe?   Law firm Baker & Hostetler has announced that they are employing IBM’s AI “Ross” to handle their bankruptcy practice, which at the moment consists of nearly 50 lawyers. According to CEO and co-founder of...

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Under the skin of Ross the worlds first AI lawyer

Under the skin of Ross the worlds first AI lawyer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lauded as the world’s first AI lawyer the story of “Ross” began with a divorce.     When Jimoh Ovbiagele was 10 years old, his parents decided to separate. His mother started seeking out divorce lawyers, but was quickly halted by the astronomical hourly rates....

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Humanoid ATLAS robot crams millions of years of evolution into two years

Humanoid ATLAS robot crams millions of years of evolution into two years

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robotisists just crammed hundreds of millions of years of natural evolution into just two years.   Boston Dynamics has unveiled a hugely upgraded version of its ATLAS humanoid that is smaller, lighter, and more agile. Furthermore it’s been amazing to see the advancements the team has made...

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Robot surgeon STAR bests its human counterparts in world first

Robot surgeon STAR bests its human counterparts in world first

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One step for a robot, one giant leap for robot kind.   In a recent study Oxford University and others estimated that between 35% and 45% of all of todays’ jobs would be automated by AI, robots and, or, software robots (bots) within the next...

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New metamaterial lays the foundation for light based computing

New metamaterial lays the foundation for light based computing

A new on chip metamaterial paves the way for than today’s platforms For the first time, physicists have designed an on-chip ‘metamaterial’ – a class of materials that display properties not found in nature – with a refractive index of zero, paving the way for light-based computers to transmit information at infinitely...

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