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Citizens’ Computers to Seek Ebola Cure

Citizens’ Computers to Seek Ebola Cure

Although some medical therapies show promise as treatments for Ebola, scientists are still looking urgently for a definitive cure.   For the first time, anyone with access to a computer or Android-based mobile device can help scientists perform this critical research — no financial contribution, passport or PhD necessary. In fact, volunteers can be asleep, […]

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Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics

Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics

A research team led by Prof. Keon Jae Lee of KAIST provides an easier methodology to realize high performance flexible electronics by using the Inorganic-based Laser Lift-off (ILLO), which enables nanoscale processes for high density flexible devices and high temperature processes that were previously difficult to achieve on plastic substrates.   Flexible electronics have been […]

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Engineers Efficiently ‘Mix’ Light at Nanoscale

Engineers Efficiently ‘Mix’ Light at Nanoscale

The race to make computer components smaller and faster and use less power is pushing the limits of the properties of electrons in a material. Photonic systems could eventually replace electronic ones, but the fundamentals of computation, mixing two inputs into a single output, currently require too much space and power when done with light. […]

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Self-Repairing Software Tackles Malware

Self-Repairing Software Tackles Malware

University of Utah computer scientists have developed software that not only detects and eradicates never-before-seen viruses and other malware, but also automatically repairs damage caused by them. The software then prevents the invader from ever infecting the computer again.   A3 is a software suite that works with a virtual machine — a virtual computer […]

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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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Can Our Computers Get Smaller, More Powerful?

Can Our Computers Get Smaller, More Powerful?

From their origins in the 1940s as sequestered, room-sized machines designed for military and scientific use, computers have made a rapid march into the mainstream, radically transforming industry, commerce, entertainment and governance while shrinking to become ubiquitous handheld portals to the world.   This progress has been driven by the industry’s ability to continually innovate […]

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A Transistor-Like Amplifier for Single Photons

A Transistor-Like Amplifier for Single Photons

Data transmission over long distances usually utilizes optical techniques via glass fibres — this ensures high speed transmission combined with low power dissipation of the signal. For quite some years possibilities have been explored how to go one step further and perform all-optical data processing, with optical transistors and optical logic gates. In particular in […]

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Another Clue in Hunt for Dark Matter

Another Clue in Hunt for Dark Matter

The hunt for dark matter has taken another step forward thanks to new supercomputer simulations showing the evolution of our “local Universe” from the Big Bang to the present day.   Physicists at Durham University, who are leading the research, say their simulations could improve understanding of dark matter, a mysterious substance believed to make […]

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Turing Test Success Marks Milestone in Computing History

Turing Test Success Marks Milestone in Computing History

An historic milestone in artificial intelligence set by Alan Turing — the father of modern computer science — has been achieved at an event organised by the University of Reading.   The 65 year-old iconic Turing Test was passed for the very first time by supercomputer Eugene Goostman during Turing Test 2014 held at the […]

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Astronomers: First Realistic Virtual Universe

Astronomers: First Realistic Virtual Universe

Move over, Matrix — astronomers have done you one better. They have created the first realistic virtual universe using a computer simulation called “Illustris.” Illustris can recreate 13 billion years of cosmic evolution in a cube 350 million light-years on a side with unprecedented resolution.   “Until now, no single simulation was able to reproduce […]

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