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Computing

Why the world's fastest quantum computer … really isn't a quantum computer

Over the past six-and-a-half years, Lockheed Martin has made steady upgrades to its Quantum Computation Center — and now the company has a potent 1,152-qubit rig at its disposal. But it's not exactly a quantum computer.
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Microsoft Kinect camera helps assess symptoms in multiple sclerosis patients

Researchers at McGill University have created a motion-recognition algorithm that lets the Microsoft Kinect camera help evaluate walking abnormalities in patients with multiple sclerosis.
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Weekend Workshop: Become champ of your office with this DIY Nerf rocket launcher

Be the envy of your office whenever a random Nerf dart war breaks out with this easy-to-build DIY Nerf rocket launcher made out of little more than some PVC piping, foam pool noodles, and cooking oil.
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From mini jackets to wearable coolers, if you dream it, DevisePDX can build it 3:20

In our first episode of Got It Made, host Ezra Cimino-Hurt checks out the unusual projects of DevisePDX, from crafting action-figure jackets to insulated soccer bags.
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Company founded by 15-year-old wants to help the blind browse the web

Earlier this week, Braigo Labs launched a beta version of its service aimed at helping the visually impaired and blind recognize text on images. It's the first release of a larger overall platform aimed at making the web more accessible.
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Machine learning, satellite data look at nighttime lights to gauge poverty in Africa

Researchers at Stanford University are using machine learning and satellite data to develop a detailed “poverty map” of Africa by looking at areas where there there are few nighttime lights.
Social Media

How Hasbro animated Mr. Monopoly’s Facebook Live broadcast in real time

Live-streaming video is becoming easier than ever, but what about live video featuring a cartoon character? Here's how Hasbro pulled of an animation of Mr. Monopoly on Facebook Live using motion-capture technology.
Podcasts

Trends with Benefits: Have we finally created Sentinels from ‘The Matrix’? 33:40

Would you get into a self driving Uber? Residents of one rust-belt city will soon be asking themselves that question. Also, what's the worst that could happen when OpenAI is pointed at Reddit and told to learn?
Photography

Photo finish: Here’s how the cameras at the Olympic finish lines actually work

Usain Bolt may be the fastest man in the world, but his photo finish was captured by a camera shooting at 10,000 frames per second. Here's how the tech behind the Olympics finish line camera works.
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Study suggests the internet is impacting our ability to solve problems and learn

A new study into "cognitive offloading" suggests that our ever-increasing reliance on the internet could be having a serious impact on our ability to solve problems, recall information, and learn.
Home

Automatic pet feeder will order food from Amazon when you’re running low

EasyFeed is the automatic pet feeder that integrates with Amazon to automatically order more food when you're running low. It's just too bad you can't feed your baby with the push of a button, right?
Mobile

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Google Assistant may support English and German at launch

Google has announced Assistant, a chatbot-like digital assistant that will be integrated into other services and products, like Google Home, and Allo, a new messaging app from the search giant.