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SK Telecom makes light of random numbers for IoT applications

SK Telecom makes light of random numbers for IoT applications

Quantum random number generator in a 5 mm chip Quantum random number generators aren’t new, but one small enough to provide practical security for Internet of Things applications is interesting. That’s what South Korean telco SK Telecom reckons its boffins have created, embedding a full quantum random number generator (QRNG) in a 5x5mm chip. The company’s pitch is that QRNGs …

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Dream Chaser Mini-Shuttle to Fly ISS Resupply Missions on ULA Atlas V

Dream Chaser Mini-Shuttle to Fly ISS Resupply Missions on ULA Atlas V

Artist’s concept of the Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser spacecraft launching atop the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in the 552 configuration on cargo missions to the International Space Station. Credit: ULA The first two missions of the unmanned Dream Chaser mini-shuttle carrying critical cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) will fly on the most powerful version of …

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IoT Skill Set Leads with Communication, Not Tech

IoT Skill Set Leads with Communication, Not Tech

Research Communication is far and away the most relevant job skill for engineers to have for success with the Internet of Things. The ability to explain ideas and concepts "clearly and effectively" beat out "knowledge" about IoT (59 percent compared to 20 percent), collaboration skills (14 percent) and "persistence" and "associative thinking" (both at 3 percent), in a survey of …

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New Research Provides Clearest Evidence Yet of Majorana Particle

New Research Provides Clearest Evidence Yet of Majorana Particle

The Majorana particles result in transport channels (shown in red, pink, blue and yellow) in the electronic device, which is made up of a superconductor (blue bar) and a magnetic topological insulator (gray strip). New research from UCLA provides the clearest evidence yet of the long-sought Majorana particle and could provide the vehicle for carrying ‘qubits’ of data in quantum …

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Senate bill finds middle ground for NASA funding

Senate bill finds middle ground for NASA funding

The Senate appropriations bill increases funds for the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft, matching the companion House bill. Credit: NASA WASHINGTON — A Senate appropriations subcommittee approved a spending bill July 25 that would provide NASA with $19.5 billion, striking a middle ground between the administration’s original request and a more generous House bill. The commerce, justice and science …

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Ancient Volcanoes on Mars Could Have Been the Place for Life

Ancient Volcanoes on Mars Could Have Been the Place for Life

For decades, Mars has been the focal point of intense research. Beginning in the 1960s, literally dozens of robotic spacecraft, orbiters and rovers have explored Mars’ atmosphere and surface, looking for clues to the planet’s past. From this, scientists now know that billions of years ago, Mars was a warmer, wetter place. Not only did liquid water exist on its …

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Gets a Better View of Saturn’s Rings

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Gets a Better View of Saturn’s Rings

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft captured this new image of Saturn’s rings on April 10th at a distance of 1.1 million kilometers. Although the rings lack the many colors of the rainbow, they arc across the sky of Saturn. From equatorial locations on the planet, they’d appear very thin since they would be seen edge-on. Closer to the poles, the rings would …

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Good News for Future Moon Bases. There’s Water Inside the Moon

Good News for Future Moon Bases. There’s Water Inside the Moon

Since the Apollo program wrapped up in the early 1970s, people all around the world have dreamed of the day when we might return to the Moon, and stay there. And in recent years, however, that actual proposals for a lunar settlement have begun to take shape. As a result, a great deal of attention and research has been focused …

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Artificial Intelligence and Learned Intermediaries

Artificial Intelligence and Learned Intermediaries

In the July 7, 2017, “Artificial Intelligence” issue of Science , we were intrigued by a short piece in the “Insights” section on “Artificial Intelligence in Research” that discussed the future use of autonomous robots in surgery. Surgeonless surgery would “allow[] work around the clock with higher productivity, accuracy, and efficiency as well as shorter hospital stays and faster recovery.” …

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Where is IoT headed?

Where is IoT headed?

Credit: Thinkstock A recent survey of IEEE engineers reveals some interesting insights into the Internet of Things (IoT)—both challenges and expectations. Commissioned by Northeastern University Silicon Valley, the survey asked the engineers to answer nine questions about IoT development and deployment. Some of the answers might surprise you. While still in its infancy, the IoT is poised to change our …

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