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Inform       Today is Friday, August 14, 2020 and day 227 of the year.

Machine learning can predict market behavior

Informed 22 hours ago

Machine learning can assess the effectiveness of mathematical tools used to predict the movements of financial markets, according to new Cornell research based on the largest dataset ever used in this area.  

Source:  Cornell University

Randomness theory could hold key to internet security

Informed 2 weeks ago

Is there an unbreakable code?

question has been central to cryptography for thousands of years, and lies at the heart of efforts to secure private information on the internet. In a new paper, Cornell Tech researchers identified a problem that holds the key to whether all encryption can be broken – as well as a surprising connection to a mathematical concept that aims to define and measure randomness.  

Source:  Cornell University

Different from a computer: Why the brain never processes the same input in the same way

Informed 2 weeks ago

The brain never processes the same information in the same way. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) have found out why this is the case and how it works. A decisive role plays a critical state of the neuronal networks.  

Source:  Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Research creates more realistic images for the technology of today and tomorrow

Informed 2 weeks ago

Researchers at Dartmouth, in collaboration with industry partners, have developed software techniques that make lighting in computer-generated images look more realistic. The research will be presented at the upcoming ACM SIGGRAPH conference, the premier venue for research in computer graphics.  

Source:  Dartmouth College

Software of autonomous driving systems

Informed 3 weeks ago

Researchers focus on software systems of autonomous driving systems. They developed a method for generating safety-critical simulation scenarios and an adaptive control procedure for compensating for internal errors.  

Source:  Graz University of Technology

Geoengineering is Just a Partial Solution to Fight Climate Change

Informed 3 weeks ago

Could we create massive sulfuric acid clouds that limit global warming and help meet the 2015 Paris international climate goals, while reducing unintended impacts? Yes, in theory. Spraying sulfur dioxide into the upper atmosphere at different locations, to form sulfuric acid clouds that block some solar radiation, could be adjusted every year to keep global warming at levels set in the Paris goals. Such technology is known as geoengineering or climate intervention.  

Source:  Rutgers University

Hope rises: successful launch for the United Arab Emirates Mars mission

Informed 3 weeks ago

The United Arab Emirates’ Hope orbiter is now winging its way to Mars after launching successfully from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. The probe, built by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) together with US partners, is the first interplanetary mission from any Arab state. The spacecraft will take seven months to wend its way to the red planet. Then comes the tricky part: entering Mars’s orbit in February 2021.  

Source:  Nature

በኢትዮጵያዊው ወጣት የተሰሩ ሁለት የድሮውን ፈጠራ ውጤቶች ይፋ ሆኑ

Informed 4 weeks ago

በኢትዮጵያዊው ወጣት ናኦል ዳባ የተሰሩ ሁለት ድሮውንና አንድ የኮሮና ቫይረስ ሙቀት መለኪያ የፈጠራ ውጤቶች ይፋ ሆኑ።

በወጣት ናኦል ዳባ የተሰሩት ለግብርና እና ለተግባቦት ዘርፍ አገልግሎት የሚሰጡ ሁለት የድሮውንና ከእጅ ንክኪ ነጻ የሆነ የኮሮናቫይረስ ሙቀት መለኪያ የፈጠራ ውጤቶች ናቸው።

የድሮውን ፈጠራ ውጤቶቹ ፀረ-አረም መድሃኒት መርጫና ከርቀት ሆኖ ለማኅበረሰቡ መልክዕት ማድረስ የሚያስችሉ ናቸው።
የፈጠራ ውጤቶቹ ባለቤት ወጣት ናኦል ዳባ ኢትዮጵያ የጀመረችውን የዕድገት ጉዞ በቴክኖሎጂ ለመደገፍ የፈጠራ ስራውን ማበርከቱን ገልጿል።

ዓለም አቀፍ ስጋት የሆነውን የኮሮናቫይረስ ወረርሽኝ መከላከል ደግሞ በስራዎቹ ቅድሚያ እንደሰጣቸው ነው የተናገረው።

ለግብርና ዘርፍ የሚያገለግለው ጸረ-አረም መርጫ ድሮውንም 10 ሊትር የመያዝ አቅም ያለውና በአንድ ጊዜ 65 ሄክታር መሬት መርጨት የሚችል ሲሆን ይህም የሰው ሃይል ጉልበትን ይቀንሳል።

ሁለተኛው ከርቀት ሆኖ መልክዕት ለማኅበረሰቡ ማድረስ የሚያስችለው ድሮውንም የኮሮና ግንዛቤ መፍጠሪያ መልክቶችን ለማስተላለፍ እንደሚያግዝ ገልጿል።

ሶስተኛ የፈጠራ ውጤት የሆነው ከሰው ንክኪ ነጻ በሆነ መንገድ ሙቀት መለካት የሚያስችል ነው።

ቴክኖሎጂው እጅን በማስጠጋት ከንክኪ ነጻ በሆነ መንገድ እንዲሰራ ተደርጎ የበለጸገ ሲሆን ማንኛውም ሰው ማሽኑ ባለበት ቦታ ሳይለካ ካለፈ ድምጽ ያሰማል።

የሲቪል አቪዬሽን ባለስልጣን ዋና ዳይሬክተር ኮሎኔል ወሰንየለህ ሁነኛው እስካሁን በድሮውን ዘርፍ ፈቃድ የሚሰጥበት አሰራር እንዳልነበረ አውስተዋል።

አሁን አሰራሩን የሚፈቅድ ህግ በመርቀቁ የፈጠራ ባለቤቱ ወጣት ናኦልና ሌሎች መስፈርቱን አሟልተው ሲገኙ ፈቃድ እንደሚሰጥ አረጋግጠዋል።

የፈጠራ ውጤቶቹ ይፋ በሆኑበት መርሃ ግብር ላይ የተገኙት የትምህርት ሚኒስትሩ ዶክተር ኢንጂነር ጌታሁን መኩሪያ መንግስት ችግር ፈቺ የፈጠራ ውጤቶችን የሚያፈልቁ ወጣቶችን ያበረታታል ብለዋል።
እንደ ናኦል ያሉ ወጣቶችን የፈጠራ ውጤት ወደ ተግባር ለመቀየር ባለሃብቶች ድጋፍ እንዲያደርጉም ጠይቀዋል።
የጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ጽህፈት ቤት ፕሬስ ሴክሬታሪያት ሃላፊ ንጉሱ ጥላሁን የበለጸጉ አዕምሮዎች የፈጠራ ውጤቶች የኢትዮጵያን ብልጽግና እውን ለማድረግ ድርሻቸው ከፍተኛ በመሆኑ መንግስት አስፈላጊውን ድጋፍ ያደርጋል ብለዋል።  

Coronavirus: Russian spies target Covid-19 vaccine research

Informed 4 weeks ago

Hackers working for the Russian state are thought to have been trying to steal research into COVID-19 vaccines. The UK, US, and Canadian security services warned that a group thought to be linked with the Russian intelligence services had accessed computer systems and targeted individuals using personalized phishing attacks, but research had not been hindered. Russia has denied responsibility.  

Source:  Nature Briefing and BBC

Researcher Develops Tool To Protect Children’s Online Privacy

Informed 2 months ago

A University of Texas at Dallas study of 100 mobile apps for kids found that 72 violated a federal law aimed at protecting children’s online privacy.

Dr. Kanad Basu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and lead author of the study, along with colleagues elsewhere, developed a tool that can determine whether an Android game or other mobile app complies with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).  

Source:  University of Texas at Dallas

New battery electrolyte developed at Stanford may boost the performance of electric vehicles

Informed 2 months ago

A new lithium-based electrolyte invented by Stanford University scientists could pave the way for the next generation of battery-powered electric vehicles.  

Source:  Stanford University


Informed 2 months ago

One goal of science is to find physical descriptions of nature by studying how basic system components interact with one another. For complex many-body systems, effective theories are frequently used to this end. They allow describing the interactions without having to observe a system on the smallest of scales. Physicists at Heidelberg University have now developed a new method that makes it possible to identify such theories experimentally with the aid of so-called quantum simulators.  

Source:  University of Heidelberg

New Design for ‘Optical Ruler’ Could Revolutionize Clocks, Telescopes, Telecommunications

Informed 2 months ago

Just as a meter stick with hundreds of tick marks can be used to measure distances with great precision, a device known as a laser frequency comb, with its hundreds of evenly spaced, sharply defined frequencies, can be used to measure the colors of light waves with great precision.  

Source:  National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Fluorocarbon bonds are no match for light-powered nanocatalyst

Informed 2 months ago

Rice University engineers have created a light-powered catalyst that can break the strong chemical bonds in fluorocarbons, a group of synthetic materials that includes persistent environmental pollutants.  

Source:  Rice University

What It Takes To Build A $4.8 Billion Biotech Company

Informed 2 months ago

Jason Kelly is CEO and cofounder of Ginkgo Bioworks, a biotech company and 2019 member of the Next Billion Dollar Startup list. Kelly spoke about the unique challenges raising capital in an environment that’s not used to dealing with technical risk. He also spoke about the missteps young entrepreneurs take when approaching venture capital funding.  

Source:  Forbes

Meet The MIT And Harvard Grads Who Just Raised $15 Million For Their Delivery Management Platform

Informed 2 months ago

Wise Systems’ solution offers dispatchers and fleet managers options like real-time visibility of all vehicles, status updates on drivers, ability to automatically assign orders to drivers, and rearrange route schedules.  

Source:  Forbes

Researchers discover unique material design for brain-like computations

Informed Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 04:56:01 AM

Over the past few decades, computers have seen dramatic progress in processing power; however, even the most advanced computers are relatively rudimentary in comparison with the complexities and capabilities of the human brain.  

Source:  U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Is teleportation possible? Yes, in the quantum world

Informed Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 04:23:49 AM

Quantum teleportation is an important step in improving quantum computing.  

Source:  University of Rochester

Measuring a Tiny Quasiparticle Is a Major Step Forward for Semiconductor Technology

Informed Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 04:18:10 AM

A team of researchers has uncovered new information about the mass of individual components that make up a promising quasiparticle, known as an exciton, that could play a critical role in future applications for quantum computing, improved memory storage, and more efficient energy conversion.  

Source:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

New research leads to Army drones changing shape mid-flight

Informed Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 04:07:15 AM

Soon, the U.S. Army will be able to deploy autonomous air vehicles that can change shape during flight, according to new research  

Source:  U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Researchers lead project that revolutionizes photonic systems

Informed Friday, June 19, 2020 at 04:04:57 AM

Information technology continues to progress at a rapid pace. However, the growing demands of data centers have pushed electrical input-output systems to their physical limit, which has created a bottleneck. Maintaining this growth will require a shift in how we built computers. The future is optical.  

Source:  University of California - Santa Barbara

New discovery allows 3D printing of sensors directly on expanding organs

Informed Friday, June 19, 2020 at 03:59:43 AM

In groundbreaking new research, mechanical engineers and computer scientists at the University of Minnesota have developed a 3D printing technique that uses motion capture technology, similar to that used in Hollywood movies, to print electronic sensors directly on organs that are expanding and contracting. The new 3D printing technique could have future applications in diagnosing and monitoring the lungs of patients with COVID-19  

Source:  University of Minnesota

The smallest motor in the world

Informed Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 08:03:27 AM

A research team from Empa and EPFL has developed a molecular motor which consists of only 16 atoms and rotates reliably in one direction. It could allow energy harvesting at the atomic level. The special feature of the motor is that it moves exactly at the boundary between classical motion and quantum tunneling - and has revealed puzzling phenomena to researchers in the quantum realm.  

Source:  Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)

Artificial intelligence estimates peoples' ages

Informed Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 10:32:28 AM

An algorithm developed by neuroinformatics engineers in Bochum estimates age and ethnic origin as exactly as humans do.  

Source:  Ruhr-University Bochum

The first intuitive programming language for quantum computers

Informed Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 10:08:11 AM

Several technical advances have been achieved recently in the pursuit of powerful quantum computers. Now, Computer scientists from ETH Zurich have made an important breakthrough in the field of programming languages: their quantum language is the first of its kind that is as elegant, simple and safe as classical computer languages.  

Source:  ETH Zurich

Self-Driving Cars That Recognize Free Space Can Better Detect Objects

Informed Monday, June 15, 2020 at 08:57:15 AM

It's important that self-driving cars quickly detect other cars or pedestrians sharing the road. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have shown that they can significantly improve detection accuracy by helping the vehicle also recognize what it doesn't see.  

Source:  Carnegie Mellon University


Informed Monday, June 15, 2020 at 08:09:51 AM

Duke University researchers have developed an AI tool that can turn blurry, unrecognizable pictures of people’s faces into eerily convincing computer-generated portraits, in finer detail than ever before.

Previous methods can scale an image of a face up to eight times its original resolution. But the Duke team has come up with a way to take a handful of pixels and create realistic-looking faces with up to 64 times the resolution, ‘imagining’ features such as fine lines, eyelashes and stubble that weren’t there in the first place.  

Source:  Duke University

A new machine learning model, predicts which base editor performs best to repair thousands of disease-causing mutations

Informed Monday, June 15, 2020 at 07:51:00 AM

Gene editing technology is getting better and growing faster than ever before. New and improved base editors—an especially efficient and precise kind of genetic corrector—inch the tech closer to treating genetic diseases in humans. But, the base editor boom comes with a new challenge: Like a massive key ring with no guide, scientists can sink huge amounts of time into searching for the best tool to solve genetic malfunctions like those that cause sickle cell anemia or progeria (a rapid aging disease). For patients, time is too important to waste.  

Source:  Harvard University

Rice engineers offer smart, timely ideas for AI bottlenecks

Informed Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 09:59:57 AM

Rice University researchers have demonstrated methods for both designing innovative data-centric computing hardware and co-designing hardware with machine-learning algorithms that together can improve energy efficiency by as much as two orders of magnitude.  

Source:  Rice University

Diversity of plant cells gatekeepers could be key to better crops

Informed Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 09:04:49 AM

Scientists have shed new light on how the network of gatekeepers that controls the traffic in and out of plant cells works, which researchers believe is key to develop food crops with bigger yields and greater ability to cope with extreme environments.  

Source:  ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis

Ultra-thin camera lenses could see the light of day

Informed Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 08:46:02 AM

In the future, camera lenses could be thousands of times thinner and significantly less resource-intensive to manufacture. Researchers from Chalmers now present a new technology for making the artificial materials known as ‘metasurfaces’, which consist of a multitude of interacting nanoparticles that together can control light. They could have great use in the optical technology of tomorrow. ​​​​​  

Source:  Chalmers University of Technology

Researchers develop 3D-printable material that mimics biological tissues

Informed Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 09:08:27 AM

Researchers have 3D printed a complex, porous lattice structure using liquid crystal elastomers creating devices that can mimic cartilage and other biological tissues.  

Source:  University of Colorado Denver

Engineers put tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses on a single chip

Informed Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 08:59:39 AM

MIT engineers have designed a “brain-on-a-chip,” smaller than a piece of confetti, that is made from tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses known as memristors — silicon-based components that mimic the information-transmitting synapses in the human brain.
The design could advance the development of small, portable AI devices.  

Source:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lab makes 4D printing more practical

Informed Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 08:03:34 AM

Soft robots and biomedical implants that reconfigure themselves upon demand are closer to reality with a new way to print shape-shifting materials.  

Source:  Rice University

Researchers advance fuel cell technology

Informed Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 10:47:08 AM

Washington State University researchers have made a key advance in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that could make the highly energy-efficient and low-polluting technology a more viable alternative to gasoline combustion engines for powering cars.  

Source:  Washington State University

Ultrathin nanosheets separate ions from water

Informed Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 09:36:51 AM

An international research team, led by Monash University and ANSTO (Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation), has created an ultrathin membrane with high porosity that can filter potentially harmful ions from water.

Researchers created this ultrathin molecular sieve membrane using 2D nanosheets, developed with water-stable Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs).

The membrane has potential to deliver clean water for millions of people globally through purification and desalination processes. It can also be used in the separation of gases and solvents.  

Source:  Monash University

For university classrooms, are telepresence robots the next best thing to being there?

Informed Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 09:03:36 AM

Telepresence robots help university students learning remotely to feel more a part of the class, new research by Oregon State University suggests.

The National Science Foundation study led by Naomi Fitter of the OSU College of Engineering examined the experiences of university students attending classes in three formats: in person; through a telepresence robot; and via distance learning tools such as livestreaming, recorded lectures and calling into class with questions.

The preferences of the 18 engineering students who were studied were split between distance learning tools, or DLTs, and attending in person. Instructors of the four courses in the study uniformly preferred teaching students in person.

But the instructors felt telepresence robots were preferable to distance learning tools for remote learning, and the students noted the robots’ ability to keep them more engaged, expressive and self-aware.  

Source:  Oregon State University

‘Artificial Chemist’ Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous Research and development

Informed Tuesday, June 09, 2020 at 09:08:33 AM

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University at Buffalo have developed a technology called “Artificial Chemist,” which incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) and an automated system for performing chemical reactions to accelerate R&D and manufacturing of commercially desirable materials.  

Source:  North Carolina State University

Wearable brain scanner technology expanded for whole head imaging

Informed Tuesday, June 09, 2020 at 08:24:36 AM

A new type of wearable brain scanner is revealing new possibilities for understanding and diagnosing mental illness after the technology has been expanded to scan the whole brain with millimeter accuracy.  

Source:  University of Nottingham

High-speed atomic video

Informed Jun 07, 2020 at 10:25 AM

A team including researchers from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tokyo has successfully captured video of single molecules in motion at 1,600 frames per second. This is 100 times faster than previous experiments of this nature. They accomplished this by combining a powerful electron microscope with a highly sensitive camera and advanced image processing. This method could aid many areas of nanoscale research.  

Source:  University of Tokyo

Butterfly-Inspired Nanotech Makes Natural-Looking Pictures on Digital Screens

Informed Jun 07, 2020 at 10:16 AM

Taking inspiration from nature’s nanotech that creates the stunning color of butterfly wings, a University of Central Florida researcher is creating technology to make extremely low-power, ultra-high-definition displays and screens that are easier on the eyes.

The new technology creates digital displays that are lit by surrounding light and are more natural looking than current display technologies that rely on energy-intensive bright lights hidden behind screens.  

Source:  University of Central Florida

Lab-made skin grows its own hair

Informed Jun 06, 2020 at 08:54 AM

Lab-grown skin has, up until now, had something missing: hair. Stem-cell researcher Karl Koehler tells the Nature Podcast how he and his colleagues made the leap — which could someday lead to skin grafts that include many more of the cells, glands, nerves and other components found in normal skin. “We are starting from pluripotent stem cells — these are cells that can become any cell in the body,” Koehler says. “We’re essentially recreating the entire developmental process of the skin.”  

Source:  Nature Briefing

Scientists split water into hydrogen and oxygen at a quantum efficiency close to 100%

Informed Jun 05, 2020 at 08:29 AM

Scientists have successfully split water into hydrogen and oxygen using light and meticulously designed catalysts, and they did so at the maximum efficiency meaning there was almost no loss and undesired side reactions. This latest breakthrough in solar hydrogen production makes the likelihood of scalable, economically viable hydrogen production more than likely, paving the way for humanity to make the switch to clean energy.  

Source:  Shinshu University

Next-generation cockroach-inspired robot is small but mighty

Informed Jun 05, 2020 at 08:13 AM

HAMR-JR is one of the smallest and most dexterous robots to date.
This itsy-bitsy robot can’t climb up the waterspout yet but it can run, jump, carry heavy payloads and turn on a dime. Dubbed HAMR-JR, this microrobot developed by researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Harvard Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, is a half-scale version of the cockroach-inspired Harvard Ambulatory Microrobot or HAMR.  

Source:  Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

These flexible feet help robots walk faster

Informed Jun 04, 2020 at 08:04 AM

Roboticists at the University of California San Diego have developed flexible feet that can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips. The work has applications for search-and-rescue missions as well as space exploration.  

Source:  University of California - San Diego

“A litmus paper for CO2:” Scientists develop paper-based sensors for carbon dioxide

Informed Jun 04, 2020 at 07:41 AM

A new sensor for detecting carbon dioxide can be manufactured on a simple piece of paper, according to a new study by University of Alberta physicists.  

Source:  University of Alberta

Solution to century-old math problem could predict transmission of infectious diseases

Informed May 31, 2020 at 10:37 AM

A Bristol academic has achieved a milestone in statistical/mathematical physics by solving a 100-year-old physics problem – the discrete diffusion equation infinite space.  

Source:  University of Bristol

Smart Windows that Self-Illuminate on Rainy Days

Informed May 31, 2020 at 10:04 AM

Smart windows that automatically change colors depending on the intensity of sunlight are gaining attention as they can reduce energy bills by blocking off sun’s visible rays during summer. But what about windows that change colors depending on the humidity outside during the monsoon season or on hot days of summer? Recently, a Korean research team has developed the source technology for smart windows that change colors according to the amount of moisture, without needing electricity.  

Source:  Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH)


Informed May 29, 2020 at 07:35 AM

Scientists have developed a self-cleaning metallic surface. A project team of Technische Universität Dresden and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS structured an aluminium plate with a laser process in such a way that water droplets no longer adhere and dirt particles can be removed from the surface - completely without chemical cleaning agents or additional effort. The scientific evidence of the self-cleaning effect has been published in the journal "Applied Surface Science".  

Source:  Technische Universität Dresden

'Nature’s antifreeze' provides formula for more durable concrete

Informed May 29, 2020 at 06:27 AM

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Secrets to cementing the sustainability of our future infrastructure may come from nature, such as proteins that keep plants and animals from freezing in extremely cold conditions. CU Boulder researchers have discovered that a synthetic molecule based on natural antifreeze proteins minimizes freeze-thaw damage and increases the strength and durability of concrete, improving the longevity of new infrastructure and decreasing carbon emissions over its lifetime.  

Source:  University of Colorado at Boulder

Researchers Incorporate Computer Vision, Uncertainty into AI for Robotic Prosthetics

Informed May 29, 2020 at 06:17 AM

Researchers have developed new software that can be integrated with existing hardware to enable people using robotic prosthetics or exoskeletons to walk in a safer, more natural manner on different types of terrain. The new framework incorporates computer vision into prosthetic leg control, and includes robust artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that allow the software to better account for uncertainty.  

Source:  North Carolina State University

A bio-inspired addition to concrete stops the damage caused by freezing and thawing

Informed May 29, 2020 at 06:10 AM

Concrete is one of the most durable building materials used in modern-day infrastructures, but it has a weakness -- ice -- which can cause it to crumble. Now, inspired by organisms that survive in sub-zero environments, researchers are introducing polymer molecules with anti-freezing abilities into concrete.  

Source:  Cell Press

Record-high data transmission using a soliton crystal

Informed May 27, 2020 at 04:11 AM

Australian and Canadian researchers led by Prof David J. Moss at Swinburne University of Technology and honorary professor at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) was able to achieve world record-high data transmission over 75 km of standard optical fibre using a powerful class of micro-comb called soliton crystals.  

Source:  Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS

New technology can detect anti-virus antibody in 20 minutes

Informed May 26, 2020 at 05:03 AM

Researchers have succeeded in detecting anti-avian influenza virus antibody in blood serum within 20 minutes, using a portable analyzer they have developed to conduct rapid on-site bio tests. If a suitable reagent is developed, this technology could be used to detect antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the causative virus of COVID-19.  

Source:  Hokkaido University


Informed May 26, 2020 at 04:26 AM

Magnesium dimer, or Mg2, is a fragile molecule consisting of two weakly interacting atoms held together by the laws of quantum mechanics. It has recently emerged as a potential probe for understanding fundamental phenomena at the intersection of chemistry and ultracold physics, but its use has been thwarted by a half-century-old enigma — five high-lying vibrational states that hold the key to understanding how the magnesium atoms interact but have eluded detection for 50 years.  

Source:  Michigan State University

Using the ‘shadow-effect’ to generate electricity

Informed May 24, 2020 at 09:42 AM

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Shadows are often associated with darkness and uncertainty. Now, NUS researchers are giving shadows a positive spin by demonstrating a way to harness this common but often overlooked optical effect to generate electricity. This novel concept opens up new approaches in generating green energy under indoor lighting conditions to power electronics.  

Source:  National University of Singapore

Next-generation solar cells pass strict international tests

Informed May 24, 2020 at 09:16 AM

Light-weight, cheap and ultra-thin, perovskite crystals have promised to shake-up renewable energy for some time. Research by Professor Anita Ho-Baillie means they are ready to take the next steps towards commercialisation.  

Source:  University of Sydney

Australian researchers record world's fastest internet speed from a single optical chip

Informed May 24, 2020 at 09:08 AM

A research team from Monash, Swinburne and RMIT universities has recorded the world’s fastest internet speed from a single optical chip of 44.2 Terabits per second. At this speed, users can download 1000 HD movies in a split second.
This is achieved through the use of a micro-comb – an optical chip replacing 80 separate infrared lasers, capable of carrying communication signals.  

Source:  Monash University


Informed May 24, 2020 at 08:55 AM

UD engineer part of international collaboration that explains aging in paste materials.
Many paste materials, also known as dense colloidal suspensions, stiffen as they age. Structural dynamics, or changes in the loads the materials undergo over time, are partly responsible for this change, but for decades, experts have suspected that there’s more going on inside these materials.

Now, University of Delaware chemical and biomolecular engineering professor and chair Eric Furst and a team of researchers from the Ecole des Ponts and University Paris-Est in France have discovered a process called contact-controlled aging that explains some age-related changes in paste materials.  

Source:  University of Delaware

Improving IVF Treatments

Informed May 23, 2020 at 05:00 AM

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New technology developed at TAU can significantly improve IVF treatments. The new imaging technology will enable doctors to identify and select better-quality sperm, potentially increasing chances of pregnancy and a healthy fetus during IVF treatments.  

Source:  Tel Aviv University American Friends

Team of Canadian and Italian researchers breaking new ground in materials science

Informed May 23, 2020 at 03:35 AM

Discovery could greatly increase performances of electronics
study by a team of researchers from Canada and Italy recently published in Nature Materials could usher in a revolutionary development in materials science, leading to big changes in the way companies create modern electronics.  

Source:  McGill University

Next generation of soft robots inspired by a children’s toy

Informed May 23, 2020 at 03:19 AM

Researchers build a fast-moving jumping soft actuator  

Source:  Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

NIST Team Builds Hybrid Quantum System by Entangling Molecule With Atom

Informed May 22, 2020 at 02:25 PM

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have boosted their control of the fundamental properties of molecules at the quantum level by linking or “entangling” an electrically charged atom and an electrically charged molecule, showcasing a way to build hybrid quantum information systems that could manipulate, store and transmit different forms of data.  

Source:  National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

3D-printed system speeds up solar cell testing from hours to minutes

Informed May 22, 2020 at 02:18 PM

Tests on new designs for next-generation solar cells can now be done in hours instead of days thanks to a new system built by scientists at Australia’s Monash University, incorporating 3D-printed key components.  

Source:  ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

Pretty as a peacock: The gemstone for the next generation of smart sensors

Informed May 21, 2020 at 05:51 AM

Scientists have taken inspiration from the biomimicry of butterfly wings and peacock feathers to develop an innovative opal-like material that could be the cornerstone of next generation smart sensors.  

Source:  University of Surrey

New material acts as an efficient frequency multiplier

Informed May 21, 2020 at 05:44 AM

Higher frequencies mean faster data transfer and more powerful processors – the formula that has been driving the IT industry for years. Technically, however, it is anything but easy to keep increasing clock rates and radio frequencies. New materials could solve the problem. Experiments at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have now produced a promising result: An international team of researchers was able to get a novel material to increase the frequency of a terahertz radiation flash by a factor of seven: a first step for potential IT applications.  

Source:  Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Research on connected and automated vehicles yields promising results

Informed May 21, 2020 at 05:35 AM

Connected and automated vehicles use technology such as sensors, cameras and advanced control algorithms to adjust their operation to changing conditions with little or no input from drivers.  

Source:  University of Delaware

Scientists use light to accelerate supercurrents, access forbidden light, quantum properties

Informed May 21, 2020 at 05:10 AM

Scientists are using light waves to accelerate supercurrents and access the unique properties of the quantum world, including forbidden light emissions that one day could be applied to high-speed, quantum computers, communications and other technologies.  

Source:  Iowa State University

Light, fantastic: the path ahead for faster, smaller computer processors

Informed May 20, 2020 at 05:12 AM

Sydney researchers develop design for nanoscale photonic chip
chips have huge potential for the future of computers and telecommunications. Australian and German physicists have now developed hybrid architecture to overcome some of the engineering hurdles facing this technology.  

Source:  University of Sydney

Engineers develop low-cost, high-accuracy GPS-like system for flexible medical robots

Informed May 20, 2020 at 04:53 AM

Roboticists at the University of California San Diego have developed an affordable, easy to use system to track the location of flexible surgical robots inside the human body. The system performs as well as current state of the art methods, but is much less expensive. Many current methods also require exposure to radiation, while this system does not.  

Source:  University of California - San Diego

Retinal Texture Could Provide Early Biomarker Of Alzheimer’s Disease

Informed May 18, 2020 at 03:30 AM

New imaging technique combines two technologies to spot early warning signs of Alzehimer's disease in mice  

Source:  Duke University

Using Big Data to Design Gas Separation Membranes

Informed May 18, 2020 at 03:01 AM

Columbia engineers apply machine learning techniques to narrow down and speed up the development of new materials for removing CO2 from the air.  

Source:  Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

A soft touch for robotic hardware

Informed May 17, 2020 at 11:34 AM

Robots can be made from soft materials, but the flexibility of such robots is limited by the inclusion of rigid sensors necessary for their control. Researchers created embedded sensors, to replace rigid sensors, that offer the same functionality but afford the robot greater flexibility. Soft robots can be more adaptable and resilient than more traditional rigid designs. The team used cutting-edge machine learning techniques to create their design.  

Source:  University of Tokyo

World-first saliva test detects hidden throat cancer

Informed May 14, 2020 at 04:33 AM

A simple saliva test developed by QUT biomedical scientists has detected early throat cancer in a person who had no symptoms and no clinical signs of cancer.  

Source:  Queensland University of Technology

Powerful new AI technique detects and classifies galaxies in astronomy image data

Informed May 14, 2020 at 03:13 AM

Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have developed a powerful new computer program called Morpheus that can analyze astronomical image data pixel by pixel to identify and classify all of the galaxies and stars in large data sets from astronomy surveys.  

Source:  University of California - Santa Cruz

Blockchain, consent and prosent for medical research

Informed May 12, 2020 at 04:26 AM

Recent advances in medical and information technologies, the availability of new types of medical data, the requirement of increasing numbers of study participants, as well as difficulties in recruitment and retention, all present serious problems for traditional models of specific and informed consent to medical research. However, these advances also enable novel ways to securely share and analyse data. This paper introduces one of these advances—blockchain technologies—and argues that they can be used to share medical data in a secure and auditable fashion. In addition, some aspects of consent and data collection, as well as data access management and analysis, can be automated using blockchain-based smart contracts. This paper demonstrates how blockchain technologies can be used to further all three of the bioethical principles underlying consent requirements: the autonomy of patients, by giving them much greater control over their data; beneficence, by greatly facilitating medical research efficiency and by reducing biases and opportunities for errors; and justice, by enabling patients with rare or under-researched conditions to pseudonymously aggregate their data for analysis.  

Source:  British Medical Journal(BMJ)

Artificial chloroplasts turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into organic compounds

Informed May 12, 2020 at 03:59 AM

Just like mechanics cobble together old engine parts to build a new roadster, synthetic biologists have remade chloroplasts, the engine at the heart of photosynthesis. By combining the light-harvesting machinery of spinach plants with enzymes from nine different organisms, scientists report making an artificial chloroplast that operates outside of cells to harvest sunlight and use the resulting energy to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into energy-rich molecules. The researchers hope their souped-up photosynthesis system might eventually convert CO2 directly into useful chemicals—or help genetically engineered plants absorb up to 10 times the atmospheric CO2 of regular ones.  

Source:  Science Advances

Inspired By Cheetahs, Researchers Build Fastest Soft Robots Yet

Informed May 10, 2020 at 09:07 AM

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Inspired by the biomechanics of cheetahs, researchers have developed a new type of soft robot that is capable of moving more quickly on solid surfaces or in the water than previous generations of soft robots. The new soft robotics are also capable of grabbing objects delicately – or with sufficient strength to lift heavy objects.  

Source:  North Carolina State University

Artificial intelligence is energy-hungry. New hardware could curb its appetite.

Informed May 09, 2020 at 09:06 AM

Artificial intelligence can require software running on thousands of computers. That could be the energy that three nuclear plants produce in one hour.

A team of engineers has created hardware that can learn skills using a type of AI that currently runs on software platforms. Sharing intelligence features between hardware and software would offset the energy needed for using AI in more advanced applications such as self-driving cars or discovering drugs.  

Source:  Purdue University

Scientists rewire photosynthesis to fuel our future

Informed May 09, 2020 at 08:47 AM

Hydrogen is an essential commodity with over 60 million tons produced globally every year. However, more than 95% of it is made by steam reformation of fossil fuels, a process that is energy intensive and produces carbon dioxide. If we could replace even a part of that with algal biohydrogen that is made via light and water, it would have a substantial impact.  

Source:  Arizona State University

A closer look at superconductors

Informed May 09, 2020 at 08:34 AM

From sustainable energy to quantum computers: high-temperature superconductors have the potential to revolutionize today’s technologies. Despite intensive research, however, we still lack the necessary basic understanding to develop these complex materials for widespread application. "Higgs spectroscopy" could bring about a watershed as it reveals the dynamics of paired electrons in superconductors. An international research consortium centered around the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (MPI-FKF) is now presenting the new measuring method in the journal Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-15613-1). Remarkably, the dynamics also reveal typical precursors of superconductivity even above the critical temperature at which the materials investigated attain superconductivity.  

Source:  Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Identifying Light Sources Using Artificial Intelligence

Informed May 08, 2020 at 06:29 AM

Identifying sources of light plays an important role in the development of many photonic technologies, such as lidar, remote sensing, and microscopy. Traditionally, identifying light sources as diverse as sunlight, laser radiation, or molecule fluorescence has required millions of measurements, particularly in low-light environments, which limits the realistic implementation of quantum photonic technologies.

Researchers demonstrated a smart quantum technology that enables a dramatic reduction in the number of measurements required to identify light sources.  

Source:  American Institute of Physics

Robots help some firms, even while workers across industries struggle

Informed May 08, 2020 at 06:24 AM

Overall, adding robots to manufacturing reduces jobs by more than three per robot, in fact. But a new study co-authored by an MIT professor reveals an important pattern: Firms that move quickly to use robots tend to add workers to their payroll, while industry job losses are more concentrated in firms that make this change more slowly.  

Source:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Could hotel service robots help the hospitality industry after COVID-19?

Informed May 08, 2020 at 05:40 AM

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A new research study, investigating how service robots in hotels could help redefine leadership and boost the hospitality industry, has taken on new significance in the light of the seismic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on tourism and hospitality.  

Source:  University of Surrey

Scientists Take Steps to Create a “Racetrack Memory,” Potentially Enhancing Digital Data Storage

Informed May 07, 2020 at 09:29 AM

A team of scientists has taken steps to create a new form of digital data storage, a “Racetrack Memory,” which opens the possibility to both bolster computer power and lead to the creation of smaller, faster, and more energy efficient computer memory technologies.  

Source:  New York University

Researchers Release COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App

Informed May 07, 2020 at 09:12 AM

A consortium of scientists with expertise in big data research and epidemiology recently developed a COVID Symptom Tracker app aimed at rapidly collecting information to aid in the response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As reported in the journal Science, early use of the app by more than 2.5 million people in the U.S. and the U.K has generated valuable data about COVID-19 for physicians, scientists and public officials to better fight the viral outbreak.  

Source:  Massachusetts General Hospital

Artificial intelligence (AI)-supported test for very early signs of glaucoma progression

Informed May 06, 2020 at 06:10 AM

The technology, supported by an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm, could help accelerate clinical trials, and eventually may be used in detection and diagnostics.
A new test can detect glaucoma progression 18 months earlier than the current gold standard method, according to a new finding  

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Source:  University College London

How many jobs do robots really replace?

Informed May 06, 2020 at 05:15 AM

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In many parts of the U.S., robots have been replacing workers over the last few decades. But to what extent, really? Some technologists have forecast that automation will lead to a future without work, while other observers have been more skeptical about such scenarios.  

Source:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New technology revolutionizes 3D metal printing

Informed May 05, 2020 at 05:57 AM

A technology developed at Graz University of Technology uses LED instead of laser sources for the additive manufacturing of metal parts and optimizes 3D metal printing in terms of construction time, metal powder consumption, equipment costs and post-processing effort.

Source:  Graz University of Technology

Researchers see path to quantum computing at room temperature

Informed May 05, 2020 at 05:25 AM

Army researchers predict quantum computer circuits that will no longer need extremely cold temperatures to function could become a reality after about a decade.  

Source:  U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Why Smartphones Are Digital Truth Serum

Informed May 05, 2020 at 04:58 AM

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing that explains that the device people use to communicate can affect the extent to which they are willing to disclose intimate or personal information about themselves.  

Source:  American Marketing Association


Informed May 04, 2020 at 04:33 AM

The researcher publishes a study about bacteria that can produce low levels of electric current.
Right now, we live in a world where many of our various gadgets are connected, from computers and thermostats to refrigerators and smart watches.

Futurists are thinking bigger, though. Thanks to inexpensive computer chips and the ubiquity of wireless networks, they imagine an “internet of things” where pretty much any object — big or small — can feed information to a central database without involving a human being.  

Source:  Binghamton University

New ventilator design by engineers

Informed May 01, 2020 at 07:06 AM

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As the shortage of critical medical supplies hampers the fight against COVID-19, Michigan State University mechanical engineers have built a ventilator prototype using parts commonly available around the world.  

Source:  Michigan State University

Researchers Help Give Robotic Arms A Steady Hand For Surgeries

Informed May 01, 2020 at 03:26 AM

Steady hands and uninterrupted, sharp vision are critical when performing surgery on delicate structures like the brain or hair-thin blood vessels. While surgical cameras have improved what surgeons see during operative procedures, the “steady hand” remains to be enhanced — new surgical technologies, including sophisticated surgeon-guided robotic hands, cannot prevent accidental injuries when operating close to fragile tissue.  

Source:  Texas A&M University

A new machine learning method streamlines particle accelerator operations

Informed May 01, 2020 at 03:06 AM

It combines human knowledge and expertise with the speed and efficiency of “smart” computer algorithms.
Now researchers have developed a new tool, using machine learning, that may make part of the tuning process five times faster compared to previous methods.  

Source:  DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

A Great New Way to Paint 3D-Printed Objects

Informed Apr 30, 2020 at 06:41 AM

Engineers have created a highly effective way to paint complex 3D-printed objects, such as lightweight frames for aircraft and biomedical stents, that could save manufacturers time and money and provide new opportunities to create “smart skins” for printed parts.  

Source:  Rutgers University

Researchers embrace challenge to develop high-energy batteries

Informed Apr 30, 2020 at 05:38 AM

In recent years, lithium-ion batteries have become better at supplying energy to Soldiers in the field, but the current generation of batteries never reaches its highest energy potential. Army researchers are extremely focused on solving this challenge and providing the power Soldiers demand.  

Source:  U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Next-Generation Batteries Take Major Step Toward Commercial Viability

Informed Apr 30, 2020 at 05:36 AM

Lithium-sulfur batteries have been hailed as the next big step in battery technology, promising significantly longer use for everything from cellphones to electric vehicles on a single charge, while being more environmentally sustainable to produce than current lithium-ion batteries. However, these batteries don’t last as long as their lithium-ion counterparts, degrading over time.  

Source:  University of Texas at Austin

Superconductivity: It’s Hydrogen’s Fault

Informed Apr 29, 2020 at 02:41 AM

When hydrogen is incorporated into the nickelate structure, it is not a superconductor.

Last summer, a new age for high-temperature superconductivity was proclaimed - the nickel age. It was discovered that there are promising superconductors in a special class of materials, the so-called nickelates, which can conduct electric current without any resistance even at high temperatures.

However, it soon became apparent that these initially spectacular results from Stanford could not be reproduced by other research groups. TU Wien (Vienna) has now found the reason for this: In some nickelates additional hydrogen atoms are incorporated into the material structure. This completely changes the electrical behaviour of the material. In the production of the new superconductors, this effect must now be taken into account.  

Source:  Vienna University of Technology

Environment-Friendly Compound Shows Promise for Solar Cell Use

Informed Apr 28, 2020 at 04:23 AM

A team of engineers, material scientists, and physicists demonstrated how a new material — a lead-free chalcogenide perovskite — that hadn’t previously been considered for use in solar cells could provide a safer and more effective option than others that are commonly considered.  

Source:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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