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Ultrashort light pulses for fast ‘lightwave’ computers

Extremely short, configurable "femtosecond" pulses of light demonstrated by an international team could lead to future computers that run up to 100,000 times faster than today's electronics. The researchers, including engineers at the University of Michigan, showed that they could control the peaks within the laser pulses and also twist…
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Computers

Intel ‘3D Xpoint’ Optane SSD DC 4800X Launched; Merges RAM and Storage

In a curiously low-key Sunday announcement, Intel formally launched the first product based on its highly touted '3D Xpoint' memory technology. First announced in mid-2015, 3D Xpoint is a joint effort between Intel and Micron. It was claimed to be a whole new class of solid-state storage, offering blazing fast…
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Internet

Facebook, Google, Twitter Said to Be Under EU Consumer Protection Scanner

European consumer protection authorities will ask social media companies Facebook, Alphabet Inc and Twitter to amend their terms of service within one month or possibly face fines, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The companies proposed some ways to resolve the issues and discussed them with the…
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Science and Innovation

Astronomers Measure ‘Heartbeats’ of Distant Stars

Offering a new way of determining a galaxy's age, astronomers have detected thousands of stellar "pulses" - regular up and down changes in brightness - in a distant galaxy. The team studied the elliptical galaxy M87, located 53 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo. "We tend to think…
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Science and Innovation

Smart Glasses to Help Treat ‘Lazy Eye’ in Children

New programmable electronic glasses can help improve vision in children just as well as the more traditional treatment using eye patches, according to results from the first US trial of the device. This "digital patch" is the first new effective treatment for lazy eye in half a century, researchers from…
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