Archive | November, 2013

A material that can regenerate itself when damaged

Model of a self-repairing material using nanorods (credit: University of Pittsburgh) What if you could program  a broken or damaged object to regenerate itself — replenishing the damaged or missing components, and extending its lifetime — instead of replacing it or requiring costly repairs? Now University of Pittsburgh researchers have developed computational models of a new polymer […]

IBM to announce low-cost, more-powerful cloud-based Watson

] IBM Watson (credit: IBM) On Thursday, IBM will announce that Watson will be available to companies, academics and individual software developers as a cloud product that is “more than twice as powerful via the Internet … and at a small fraction of the previous cost,” The New York Times revealed Wednesday. In October,  IBM announced that “organizations gaining competitive […]

Quantum world record smashed

Qubits survive at room temperature for a world-record 39 minutes A normally fragile quantum state has been shown by Oxford University researchers to survive at room temperature for a world record 39 minutes. An artistic rendition of a “bound exciton” quantum state used to prepare and read out information stored in the form of quantum […]

Faster, cheaper biofuel production

A scanning electron microscope image of the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana (credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego) Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae by genetically engineering a key growth component in biofuel. The researchers say a significant roadblock in algal […]