Enhancing the efficiency of complex computations
Planning a trip from Berlin to Hamburg, simulating air flows around a new passenger airplane, or friendships on Facebook – many computer applications model relationships between objects by graphs (networks) ...
Students update classic animation technique
(Phys.org) —Computer Graphics students at Victoria University have created an alternative to an animation technique used by studios such as Disney and Pixar.
Five ways the Raspberry Pi is making life a little sweeter
The Raspberry Pi project began when a few of us in Cambridge bemoaned the fall in numbers of computer science applicants and the decline in hobbyist programmers.
'Smart' wig navigates by GPS, monitors brainwaves
Are you both bald AND lost? Then the new "SmartWig" from Japan might be just what you need.
IBM combines local IT systems with cloud storage
IBM today announced that its inventors have patented a technique for combining Big Data from distributed cloud services with data stored on local IT systems to gain new insights that can enable businesses ...
HP posts $1.4B fiscal 4Q profit
Hewlett-Packard posted net income of $1.4 billion for its fiscal fourth-quarter, as cost cuts stemming from its ongoing restructuring more than offset the effects of sluggish computer demand.
Better combustion through plasma
Mix together air, fuel, and heat and you get combustion, the chemical reaction that powers most engines in planes, trains and automobiles. And if you throw in some ionized gas (plasma), it turns out, you can sustain combustion ...
NREL-developed software tackles building efficiency and offers cost savings
A unique software application created by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) could improve the efficiency of commercial buildings by allowing occupants to interact with buildings more directly.
Behavior of ultra-cold atoms and polar molecules modeled
Theoretical physicist Ana Maria Rey uses the computer, as well as pencil and paper, to develop mathematical models that describe the behavior of ultra-cold atoms. The idea is to use these systems to learn ...
Engineers design spacesuit tools, biomedical sensors to keep astronauts healthy
Kansas State University researchers are improving astronauts' outerwear for outer space.
Polymer gel, heal thyself: Team proposes new composites that can regenerate when damaged
(Phys.org) —When a chair leg breaks or a cell phone shatters, either must be repaired or replaced. But what if these materials could be programmed to regenerate-themselves, replenishing the damaged or missing ...
New research aims to teach computers common sense
Researchers are trying to plant a digital seed for artificial intelligence by letting a massive computer system browse millions of pictures and decide for itself what they all mean.
How losing information can benefit quantum computing
Suggesting that quantum computers might benefit from losing some data, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have entangled—linked the quantum properties of—two ions ...
Testing cloud invention to prevent natural disaster outages
When a major weather event occurs, such as last year's deadly and destructive Super Storm Sandy, data network operators may have just a few hours or even less to protect critical communications systems before ...