Harnessing the petabyte at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The petabyte—a quantity of digital information 12 orders of magnitude greater than the lowly kilobyte—looms large as a future standard for data. To glean knowledge from this deluge of data, a team of researchers at the ...

New component in the quantum electronics toolbox

The coherence of quantum systems is the foundation upon which hardware for future information technologies is based. Quantum information is carried by units called quantum bits, or qubits. They can be used to secure electronic ...

Encryption is less secure than we thought

Information theory—the discipline that gave us digital communication and data compression—also put cryptography on a secure mathematical foundation. Since 1948, when the paper that created information theory first appeared, ...

How information design eases our understanding of the world

"How do you land a 2,000-pound rover on a planet 100 million miles away from Earth without controlling it in real time?" asked Mark Davis, an Emmy-winning producer and director of science and technology documentaries for ...

Analysts in demand as big data becomes big business

Kossi Gavi drives to class on Sunday afternoons to learn retail software, and the reason is simple. People who wield computers to analyze large amounts of digital information are in high demand, and Gavi is learning a program ...

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