Tag Archives: Electronics

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 […]

IBM unveils concept for a future brain-inspired 3D computer

IBM Zurick’s vision of a 3D computer (credit: IBM Zurich) IBM has unveiled a prototype of a new brain-inspired computer powered by what it calls “electronic blood,” BBC News reports. The firm says it is learning from nature by building computers fueled and cooled by a liquid, like our minds. The human brain packs phenomenal computing power […]

Restoring touch for amputees using a touch-sensitive prosthetic hand

New research at the University of Chicago is laying the groundwork for touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that one day could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via a direct interface with the brain (credit: PNAS) New research at the University of Chicago is laying the groundwork for touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that one day could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via […]

Musk reveals Hyperloop concept

Elon Musk has published a blog post detailing the Hyperloop concept; a solar-powered, elevated transit system that could take passengers and cars from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. Here are the core designs. Bloomberg has further details. Hyperloop passenger transport capsule conceptual design rendering (credit: Tesla Motors) Hyperloop passenger capsule version cutaway with passengers onboard (credit: […]

Robot ape to colonize the Moon?

iStruct Demonstrator, space robot (credit: DFKI) The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and the University of Bremen are working on an ape-like robot called the iStruct Demonstrator that they classify as a “Space Robot.” Lately the mechanical monkey has been practicing how to walk and balance in the center’s mock lunar landscape, Gizmag reports. An ape-like body […]

Wi-Fi signal used to track moving humans — even behind walls

Tracking human motion with Wi-Vi. Left: traces for one human; center: for two humans; and right: for three humans moving behind the wall of a closed room. (Credit: Fadel Adib and Dina Katabi) ‘Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.are developing a system called “Wi-Vi” that transmits a low-power Wi-Fi signal and uses its reflections to track […]

A quantum computing solution for unstructured search

Bose-Einstein condensate (credit: Wikimedia Commons) Tom Wong, a graduate student in physics and David Meyer, professor of mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, have proposed a new algorithm for quantum computing, that will speed up unstructured search. The goal is to locate a particular item within an unsorted pile of data. Solving this problem on a […]

A battery made of wood: long-lasting, efficient, environmentally friendly

Wood fibers can withstand the swelling and shrinking in charging/discharging batteries (credit: University of Maryland) University of Maryland researchers have developed and tested a battery with anodes made of tin-coated wood that are a thousand times thinner than a piece of paper. Using sodium instead of lithium (which is used in many rechargeable batteries) makes the battery environmentally […]

New step towards silicon-based quantum computer

(Credit: University of New South Wales) Researchers at the University of New South Wales have proposed a new way to distinguish between quantum bits that are placed only a few nanometers apart in a silicon chip, taking them a step closer to the construction of a large-scale quantum computer. Quantum bits, or qubits, are the basic building blocks of […]

How to convert an iPhone into a handheld biosensor

University of Illinois researchers developed a cradle and app for the iPhone to make a handheld biosensor that uses the phone’s own camera and processing power to detect any kind of biological molecules or cells (credit: Brian T. Cunningham/University of Illinois) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a cradle and app for the iPhone (Android version […]