Researchers Are Bending Memory for IoT Products

We’re far past the point where personal computers are the only things we own processing data. Not only have we moved on to more portable devices, like smartphones, but we’re also seeing everyday items, like mirrors, wristbands and even smart bandages and have need to compute. As we continue putting more chips into more things, there’s need for flexibility — literally. A research team at Stanford University addressed that this week with research around bendable memory that can serve as storage for flexible electronics. 

The report shared in Science enables the manufacturing of memory devices in a flexible substrate. The

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Google researchers made a time crystal inside a quantum computer

A processor for Google’s Sycamore quantum computer

Erik Lucero

A unique phase of matter called a time crystal, which can in theory flip between two configurations forever with no energy input necessary, has been created inside a quantum computer built by Google. It is one of the first real-world problems solved by a quantum computer, and could also be harnessed to improve them.

A crystal can form out of a material when its components form stable, repeating patterns. At this point it is said to have lost spatial symmetry – it no longer …

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Researchers Simulate Complex Quantum Algorithm Using a Classical Computer

Aug. 3, 2021 — In a paper published in Nature Quantum Information, EPFL professor Giuseppe Carleo and Matija Medvidović, a graduate student at Columbia University and at the Flatiron Institute in New York, have found a way to execute a complex quantum computing algorithm on traditional computers instead of quantum ones.

The specific “quantum software” they are considering is known as Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm (QAOA) and is used to solve classical optimization problems in mathematics; it’s essentially a way of picking the best solution to a problem out of a set of possible solutions. “There is a lot

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Israel researchers find four security flaws in Microsoft Office software

Cybersecurity researchers at Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. said they have identified four vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Office software suite, including Excel and Office.

If exploited, the vulnerabilities would enable hackers to inject malicious code into Office documents, such as Word, Excel and Outlook, and send them to unwitting targets.

The vulnerabilities could allow hackers to take control of computers, start a ransomware attack, access data and read files, the researchers said.

The source of the weaknesses stem from coding mistakes in a graph-making feature called MSGraph that has been in use in the Office software package since 1995. This

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Banned UMN Researchers Apologize to Linux Community

University of Minnesota (UMN) assistant professor Kangjie Lu, along with graduate students Qiushi Wu and Aditya Pakki, apologized to the Linux community on Saturday for the controversial research into “hypocrite commits” that got the entire university system banned from contributing to the Linux kernel.

In an email to the Linux kernel mailing list, the trio said that the research in question, which sought to highlight one of the ways open source projects such as Linux can be undermined, was carried out in August 2020. The findings were published to GitHub on February 10; they didn’t appear to attract much attention

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