Computer scientist reviews frontier technologies to determine fundamental limits of computer scaling
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, ...
Uncertainty gives scientists new confidence in search for novel materials
Scientists at Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have found a way to estimate uncertainties in computer calculations that are widely used to speed the ...
Crowdsourced RNA designs outperform computer algorithms
An enthusiastic group of non-experts, working through an online interface and receiving feedback from lab experiments, has produced designs for RNA molecules that are consistently more successful than those generated by the ...
Designer materials: Entropy can lead to order, paving the route to nanostructures
(Phys.org) -- Researchers trying to herd tiny particles into useful ordered formations have found an unlikely ally: entropy, a tendency generally described as "disorder."
3-D, after-the-fact focus image sensors invented
(PhysOrg.com) -- At the heart of digital photography is a chip called an image sensor that captures a map of the intensity of the light as it comes through the lens and converts it to an electronic signal.
NIST achieves record-low error rate for quantum information processing with one qubit
(PhysOrg.com) -- Thanks to advances in experimental design, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have achieved a record-low probability of error in quantum information processing ...
Leading design software AutoCAD returns to Macintosh computers
Autodesk announced Monday that its AutoCAD software used by professionals to design everything from skyscrapers to pocket knives is reuniting with the Macintosh computer platform.
Researchers demonstrate a better way for computers to 'see' (w/ Video)
Taking inspiration from genetic screening techniques, researchers from Harvard and MIT have demonstrated a way to build better artificial visual systems with the help of low-cost, high-performance gaming hardware.
Researchers simplify fabrication of nano storage, chip-design tools
Advances by the Rice University lab of James Tour have brought graphite's potential as a mass data storage medium a step closer to reality and created the potential for reprogrammable gate arrays that could ...
Powerful new software plug-in detects bugs in spreadsheets
An effective new data-debugging software tool dubbed "CheckCell" was released to the public this week in a presentation by University of Massachusetts Amherst computer science doctoral student Daniel Barowy. ...
Some Samsung imports banned in US patent case
The US International Trade Commission blocked imports of some older model Samsung mobile devices following complaints by Apple that the South Korean company had violated its patents.
Researchers demonstrate internal tagging technique for 3D-printed objects (w/ Video)
The age of 3D printing, when every object so created can be personalized, will increase the need for tags to keep track of everything. Happily, the same 3D printing process used to produce an object can simultaneously generate ...
Designer has DIY kit for turning objects into UAVs
'Makers' 3-D print shapes created using new design tool, bare hands
(Phys.org) —A new design tool interprets hand gestures, enabling designers and artists to create and modify three-dimensional shapes using only their hands as a "natural user interface" instead of keyboard ...