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Could Holey Silicon Be the Holy Grail of Electronics?

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have verified a new material configuration to facilitate cooling of electronics using holey silicon.

Nanobots Glide Through Living Cells

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00

Using small, rotating magnetic fields, researchers controlled nanomachines inside of living cells to trace the letters "N" and "M."

Using an Algorithm to Reduce Energy Bills—Rain or Shine

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a residential energy scheduling algorithm by training three action dependent heuristic dynamic programming networks.

ANU Helping Build Cheaper, Greener Electricity Networks

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00

New smart electricity technology recently passed a major test in Australia by proving it can help manage renewable energy and battery storage for households and the  electric grid.

Thousands of Apps in Google Play Store May Be Illegally Tracking Children, Study Finds

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00

An analysis of popular children's apps available on the Google Play Store has determined most may be in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

U.S. Army Develops Face Recognition Technology That Works in the Dark

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00

A new machine learning and artificial intelligence technique generates a visible face image from a thermal image of a person's face taken at night.

20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:14

In 1981, Richard Feynman suggested that a quantum computer might be able to simulate the evolution of quantum systems much better than classical computers. Except for several proof-of-principle experiments, no working quantum computer has yet been built.

Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:21

When Zbynek Frolik needed new employees to handle surging orders at his cavernous factories in central Bohemia, he fanned advertisements across the Czech Republic. But in a prosperous economy where nearly everyone had work, there were few takers.

Europe's New Online Privacy Rules Could Protect U.S. Users Too

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:02

The European Union is preparing to implement sweeping privacy rules next month, but these new protections of individuals' information may set a new standard around the world—including in the U.S.

UW Researchers Pioneer Way for Ordering Laundry Detergent with 3D Printing

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a three-dimensional-printing method that can monitor laundry detergent use, and place an order when the supply is running low.

Making Custom Qubits by Pushing Together Two Individual Atoms

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have used laser beams to manipulate a sodium atom and a caesium atom into a single, asymmetrical molecule, making it potentially useful for quantum computing.

Deep Learning Transforms Smartphone Microscopes Into Laboratory-Grade Devices

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:00

Deep learning can discern and enhance microscopic details in smartphone photos, with the potential to transform applications in global health, telemedicine, and medical diagnostics.

Seeding a Level Playing Field for 'Dr. AI'

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:58

Algorithms must be trained on current health data to be useful.

In Memoriam: Burton J. Smith 1941–2018

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:54

Smith was well-known as a leader in high-performance computer architecture and programming languages for parallel computers.

AI Chips May Give You a Real Reason to Upgrade Your Smartphone

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:41

You've likely seen artificial intelligence technology spread into apps, devices and services, doing things like recognizing your friends' faces in photos and endowing smart speakers with human-sounding voices.

Lawmakers Question FBI Director on Encryption

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:42

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pressing FBI Director Christopher Wray on the bureau's efforts to unlock encrypted devices after a critical watchdog report.

New Technology Could Wean the Battery World Off Cobalt

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00

Scientists are working to build cathodes for batteries that do not rely on cobalt.

Scientists Teach Computers How to Analyze Brain Cells

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00

Researchers at the San Francisco-based Gladstone Institutes are studying whether computers can be trained to identify structures in unstained cells.

How to Catch a Fish Genome With Big Data

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have assembled an annotated genome of the California Yellowtail for the first time.

Computer-Simulated Soybeans

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00

Washington University in St. Louis researchers have developed a simulation to guide farmers on soybean-planting strategies.