MIT researchers develop an optical switch that could pave the way to a new era in computing, doing away with electrical transistors and embracing optical computing, and potentially enable a new avenue for research and development in the area of quantum computing.
Cloud computing, making use of the computational capability of computers on the internet, offers a lot of promise to both large companies and small, but how secure is their data when it's in the cloud? Vulnerabilities exist and researchers are working on fixes.
The results of a recently conducted study by the University of Queensland in Australia on the relationship between violent video games and social behavior found no link between the two. Participants showed no decrease in pro-social tendencies and behavior.
Two young, computer science researchers at Microsoft Research India are taking on a very ambitious project. They want to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban areas in India so that people in remote villages can access information using IRV.
After their discovery back in 2011 and 2012 by a team observing the Pluto system with the Hubble Space Telescope, the two newly discovered moons, formerly called P4 and P5, have official names after suggestions and voting were handed over to the general public.
After spending a few months in a plaster cast after breaking his hand in what he calls a "heroic rescue" of a friend during a fight, a Victoria University of Wellington, NZ graduate figured there must be a better way. He is working on developing a 3D printed cast.
No one likes that feeling when they are comfortably working, or playing, on their computer and the electricity at their location suddenly vanishes. Power outages can affect anywhere from small areas to occurring as major blackouts. Researchers at MIT aim to help.
Set for a launch date of August 4, 2013, A little robot will become the first robotic astronaut as it is sent into space in order to perform communication experiments between humans and a robot in space. The little, 34 centimeter tall robot is named "Kirobo".
For anyone who has perused the internet looking at satellite imagery of various locations on the planet, you know that the high-resolution pictures can be incredible. One problem is that they can be years old at times. A small SF start-up aims to change that.
Sunrun, A San Francisco based company, has secured over $630 million in investments, led by JP Morgan, for residential solar projects. Sunrun claims to have invented "Solar Power Service", and its approach is to lease solar panels to consumers to lower up-front costs.
With the advent and greater availability of 3D printers, people have been using them to make all kinds of creative things. These range from simple 3D logos, to medical and even to guns. A Swedish company has created software to stop the printer from making gun parts.
A research team at the University of Glasgow in Scotland have been award a grant to create a diagnostic device similar to what Star Trek fans would call a Tricorder. The device is referred to a "multicorder" and the hopes are to simulate a whole lab in the device.
In a recent press release, IBM has stated that Harvard University has created a free database that catalogs the suitability of 2.3 million organic, carbon compounds for converting sunlight to energy. The data was compiled using the World Community Grid.
In a new patent application filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Microsoft is looking to patent in-vehicle, mobile device control using gestures. Microsoft looks to be moving into more gesture tech than just their Xbox Kinect device.
Decades ago, early computers ran their instructions by either having them hardwired into the machine or by using an external media like punch tape. Sixty five years ago today all that changed when the Manchester Small Scale Experimental Machine ran one stored in memory.
The International Supercomputing Conference, held in Leipzig German, announce the number one supercomputer today. The Chinese system named Tianhe-2 easily walked away with the honors by almost doubling the computation capability of the previous leader.
In the not too distant future, you may get instructions from you clothing on navigating your surroundings. A wearable device creating vibrations on the skin, and linked to a GPS, could aid the visual and hearing impaired as well as free drivers from having to view maps.
Speaking at the MIT TechnologyReview Mobile Summit, Microsoft Researcher Victor Bahl stated that while the size and resolution of image sensors has improved, not much has been done to improve the power consumption, something that's needed for continuous mobile vision.
Researchers at China's Zhejiang invented the world's lightest solid material, which they named carbon aerogel. With the lowest density, and an innovative material structure, it bears potential for countless applications in pollution-control and acoustic-dampening.
Jeremy Clarkson would be sure to tell you that's faster than a Bugatti Veyron. The British engineering group Dyson is introducing its new Airblade Tap which will be available March 1st. At £1,000 it probably won't be making it through the front door of your home.