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  • IBM says it's reached milestone in quantum computing

    November 10, 2017 3:08 PM 110

    IBM has announced a milestone in its race against Google and other big tech firms to build a powerful quantum computer. Dario Gil, who leads IBM's quantum computing and artificial intelligence research division, said Friday that the company's scientists have successfully built and measured a processor prototype with 50 quantum bits, known as qubits

  • Hundreds of fish die at Tokyo aquarium due to lack of oxygen

    November 9, 2017 11:36 AM 37

    TOKYO - A popular Tokyo aquarium says it has resumed partial operations following the death of more than 94 per cent of the fish in its largest tank, most likely because of a lack of oxygen. Sunshine Aquarium said Thursday that 1,235 fish had died in the "Sunshine Lagoon" tank. Only 73 fish survived. The aquarium says it plans to gradually add more fish to the 12-meter

  • Volkswagen, Google co-operate on quantum computing research

    November 7, 2017 3:51 PM 48

    BERLIN -- German automaker Volkswagen and Google have announced plans to co-operate in exploring possible uses in the auto industry for quantum computers. Quantum computing, a technology that's still in its early phases, uses the quirks of quantum physics to perform calculations at far higher speeds than current computers. Volkswagen said Tuesday that specialists

  • Winnipeg school trustee wants review of student cellphone searches

    November 7, 2017 12:25 AM 64

    WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg school trustee wants to clarify rules about when and how students can have their cellphones confiscated and searched. Mark Wasyliw says he wants to set limits and establish a type of bill of rights when it comes to electronics and privacy. Wasyliw is asking his colleagues at the Winnipeg School Division -- one of six school divisions

  • Tiny bug threatens New Mexico's pecan industry

    November 6, 2017 3:16 PM 43

    CARLSBAD, N.M. -- A tiny bug is posing a threat to one of New Mexico's biggest cash crops. An investigation by the Carlsbad Current-Argus and Roswell Daily Record found an invasive bug known as the pecan weevil could derail New Mexico's $180 million pecan industry. In late 2016, and January 2017, the weevil was found in pecan orchards in multiple counties

  • Study finds horse DNA in 10 per cent of meat dishes in Mexico

    November 4, 2017 7:57 PM 42

    MEXICO CITY - A study in Mexico has found horse DNA in almost 10 per cent of the ground beef and meat dishes served or sold in public markets, butcher shops, street stalls and taco stands in five Mexican cities. Researchers at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Mexico's National Autonomous University analyzed 433 samples of steak, ground beef and prepared

  • Earth's ozone hole shrivels to smallest since 1988

    November 2, 2017 11:44 PM 48

    WASHINGTON -- NASA says the ozone hole over Antarctica shrank to its smallest peak since 1988. The huge hole in Earth's protective ozone layer reached its maximum in September, and this year NASA says it was 7.6 million square miles wide (19.6 million square kilometres). NASA scientist Paul Newman says stormy conditions in the upper atmosphere warmed

  • Facebook profits will be hit by measures to tackle abuse, Mark Zuckerberg warns

    November 1, 2017 10:49 PM 39

    Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has warned the social network’s profits will be hit by increased investment in cyber security. In its latest quarterly financial results, the technology giant reported a 47% increase in revenue on the same period last year. But Zuckerberg said the social media site was determined to tackle abuse on its platforms – something

  • OnePlus 5T sticks with the headphone jack, unlike the iPhone X and Pixel 2

    November 1, 2017 5:31 PM 46

    The OnePlus 5T, expected to be revealed this month, will likely come sporting a 3.5mm headphone jack, bucking the trend of dropping the analogue port set by Apple’s iPhones. On its Facebook page, OnePlus posted an image of a stack of its current and previous generation smartphones all showing off their headphone jacks, with a tag line asking: “What do our phones

  • Facebook says up to 146 million may have seen Russian content

    November 1, 2017 4:21 PM 43

    Content linked to Russia may have reached as many as 146 million people on Facebook and Instagram before the 2016 presidential election, Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch testified Wednesday. The figure is an increase of 20 million over the company’s previous estimate. The new number reflects the approximately 20 million people who may have seen Russia-linked