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Precise, Programmable Biological Circuits

Precise, Programmable Biological Circuits

Bio-engineers are working on the development of biological computers with the aim of designing small circuits made from biological material that can be integrated into cells to change their functions. In the future, such developments could enable cancer cells to be reprogrammed, thereby preventing them from dividing at an uncontrollable rate. Stem cells could likewise [...]

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Drones Help Show How Environmental Changes Affect the Spread of Infectious Diseases

Drones Help Show How Environmental Changes Affect the Spread of Infectious Diseases

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, can collect detailed information in real time at relatively low cost for ecological research. In a new Opinion piece published in the Cell Press journal Trends in Parasitology, experts demonstrate that drones can be used to understand how environmental factors influence the spread of infectious diseases.   “Drones can provide [...]

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New Window on the Early Universe

New Window on the Early Universe

Scientists at the Universities of Bonn and Cardiff see good times approaching for astrophysicists after hatching a new observational strategy to distill detailed information from galaxies at the edge of the Universe. Using two world-class supercomputers, the researchers were able to demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach by simulating the formation of a massive galaxy [...]

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World Record in Data Transmission With Smart Circuits

World Record in Data Transmission With Smart Circuits

Fewer cords, smaller antennas and quicker video transmission. This may be the result of a new type of microwave circuit that was designed at Chalmers University of Technology. The research team behind the circuits currently holds an attention-grabbing record. Tomorrow the results will be presented at a conference in San Diego.   Every time we [...]

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Superconducting Circuits, Simplified

Superconducting Circuits, Simplified

Computer chips with superconducting circuits — circuits with zero electrical resistance — would be 50 to 100 times as energy-efficient as today’s chips, an attractive trait given the increasing power consumption of the massive data centers that power the Internet’s most popular sites.   Superconducting chips also promise greater processing power: Superconducting circuits that use [...]

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Tailored ‘Activity Coaching’ by Smartphone

Tailored ‘Activity Coaching’ by Smartphone

Today’s smartphone user can obtain a lot of data about his or her health, thanks to built-in or separate sensors. Researcher Harm op den Akker of the University of Twente (CTIT Institute) now takes this health monitoring to a higher level. Using the system he developed, the smartphone also acts as an ‘activity coach’: it [...]

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Brain Surgery, by Robot, Through the Cheek

Brain Surgery, by Robot, Through the Cheek

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate — invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period.   Five years ago, a team of Vanderbilt engineers wondered: Is it possible to address epileptic seizures in a less invasive [...]

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Future Computers Built from Magnetic ‘Tornadoes’

Magnetic materials form the basis of most hard disc drives as they are able to store data. A team from the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering have been investigating whether they could also be used to perform calculations, and so take on the role of a computer’s central processing unit (CPU). Lead researcher, Dr [...]

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Ultra-Fast Charging Batteries That Can Be 70% Recharged in Just Two Minutes

Ultra-Fast Charging Batteries That Can Be 70% Recharged in Just Two Minutes

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have developed a new battery that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only 2 minutes. The battery will also have a longer lifespan of over 20 years.   Expected to be the next big thing in battery technology, this breakthrough has a wide-ranging impact on [...]

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New Records Set for Silicon Quantum Computing

New Records Set for Silicon Quantum Computing

Two research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia have found distinct solutions to a critical challenge that has held back the realisation of super powerful quantum computers.   The teams created two types of quantum bits, or “qubits” — the building blocks for quantum computers — that each process quantum data with [...]

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