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Superconducting qubit array points the way to quantum computers -- ScienceDaily

Quantum computing is anything but simple. It relies on aspects of quantum mechanics such as superposition. This notion holds that any physical object, such as an atom or electron — what quantum computers use to store information — can exist in all of its theoretical states simultaneously. This could take parallel computing to new heights.

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Innovation improves drowsy driver detection -- ScienceDaily

Their recently patented technology is based on steering wheel movements — which are more variable in drowsy drivers — and offers an affordable and more reliable alternative to currently available video-based driver drowsiness detection systems.

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The carphone, circa 1959.

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The iPad Falls Short of Expectations—But What Does That Mean? - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic

The iPad went into the tablet space, which was like the moribund corner lot where no restaurant can make it for more than a month, and transformed it into a viable market. The laptop PC trembled before the convenience and portability of the iPad.

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Net Neutrality Advocates Angered by FCC’s Planned New Rules | TIME.com

Under the FCC’s new plan, Internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T “would be required to offer a baseline level of service to their subscribers,” according to a FCC spokesperson. The companies would also be prohibited from blocking or discriminating against online content, but they would be allowed to strike special deals with Internet companies like Netflix or Skype for preferential treatment, as long as they acted in a “commercially reasonable manner subject to review on a case-by-case basis.”

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Sorry, Chicago—Los Angeles Was Home to the First Wrigley Field

William Wrigley, Jr., who owned the minor-league Angels in addition to the major-league Cubs, spared no expense in erecting the ballpark that first bore his name. Built for a then-extravagant $1.5 million, L.A.’s Wrigley Field was a modern masterpiece: fireproof, all steel-and-concrete, room for 30,000 fans, with a double-decked grandstand and a nine-story clock tower behind home plate.
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Mini Coupé JCW by Franck Schneider on Flickr. Comments

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Paper Trail: A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton | Features | Pitchfork

Sadly, I Slept with Charlie Manson never progressed beyond the planning stages. Chilton was soon distracted by Big Star and Box Tops reunions, and George-Warren was then launching her own career as a writer and editor.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece | Magazine | WIRED

MST3K is the story of a sarcastic Earth dweller—played initially by series creator Joel Hodgson and in later years by head writer Mike Nelson—who’s exiled to a ramshackle spaceship called the Satellite of Love, where he’s forced to watch an endless supply of crapola movies.

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Burj Khalifa BASE jump.

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