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Ray tracing and beyond

Ray tracing is simple to explain at one level: "We all do it all day long: That's how you navigate the world visually," Gene Tracy explains. "The fact that I know that you're sitting there and not over there is because the ...

Sep 01, 2014 4.5 / 5 (4) 0

What time is it in the universe?

Flavor Flav knows what time it is. At least he does for Flavor Flav. Even with all his moving and accelerating, with the planet, the solar system, getting on planes, taking elevators, and perhaps even some ...

Aug 29, 2014 4 / 5 (52) 57

A new, tunable device for spintronics

Recently, the research group of Professor Jairo Sinova from the Institute of Physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in collaboration with researchers from the UK, Prague, and Japan, has for the first time realised ...

Aug 28, 2014 3 / 5 (1) 0

Inter-dependent networks stress test

Energy production systems are good examples of complex systems. Their infrastructure equipment requires ancillary sub-systems structured like a network—including water for cooling, transport to supply fuel, and ICT systems ...

Aug 28, 2014 not rated yet 0

Explainer: How does our sun shine?

What makes our sun shine has been a mystery for most of human history. Given our sun is a star and stars are suns, explaining the source of the sun's energy would help us understand why stars shine. ...

Aug 28, 2014 5 / 5 (14) 5

Magnetic memories on the right track

Computer hard drives store data by writing magnetic information onto their surfaces. In the future, magnetic effects may also be used to improve active memory in computers, potentially eliminating the need ...

Aug 27, 2014 4.8 / 5 (4) 0