Google touts quantum computing milestone

Quantum processor completes task in minutes that would take traditional supercomputer thousands of years, Google says. Google has said it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing research, saying an experimental quantum processor has completed a calculation in just a few minutes that would take a traditional supercomputer thousands of years. The findings, published on Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature, show that “quantum speedup is achievable in a real-world system and is not precluded by any hidden physical laws,” the researchers wrote. Quantum computing is a nascent and somewhat…

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Is the stethoscope dying? Hi-tech, hand-held rivals pose threat

Hi-tech ultrasound scanners allow doctors to watch the body in motion and see things like leaky valves, proponents say. Two centuries after its invention, the stethoscope – the very symbol of the medical profession – is facing an uncertain prognosis. It is threatened by hand-held devices that are also pressed against the chest but rely on ultrasound technology, artificial intelligence and smartphone apps instead of doctors’ ears to help detect leaks, murmurs, abnormal rhythms and other problems in the heart, lungs and elsewhere. Some of these instruments can yield images…

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Lori Loughlin facing new charges in US college admissions scam

The actress is among 17 other parents facing new charges in the largest US colleges admissions scam every uncovered. Actress Lori Loughlin is facing a new bribery charge after federal prosecutors on Tuesday said they brought additional charges against 18 wealthy parents, university athletic officials and others accused of participating in the largest US college admissions scam ever uncovered. The star of the Full House television show is one of 11 parents hit with new charges. Federal prosecutors in Boston say Loughlin conspired to bribe University of Southern California employees…

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