Scientists from three international universities have twisted again, like they did last summer, and managed to transfer data at the speed of 32 gigabits per second.
This is 30 times faster than 4G LTE wireless technology.
The team, led by Alan Willner, of the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, successfully demonstrated data transmission rates of 32 gigabits per second across 2.5m of free space in his basement. more»
The US’s obsession with imaginary terrorists has resulted in what appears to be a McCarthy style purge of academics.
According to Science the latest to be purged is Valerie Barr who, in 1979, when she was 22, handed out leaflets, stood behind tables at rallies, and baked cookies to support two left-wing groups, the Women’s Committee Against Genocide and the New Movement in Solidarity with Puerto Rican Independence. more»
Humans just got a step closer to being able to think a message into someone else’s brain on the other side of the world.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Starlab Barcelona in Spain, and Axilum Robotics in Strasbourg, France have successfully achieved brain-to-brain transmission of information between humans. more»
A team of sex mad geckos who were sent by the Russians to see what they could do in zero gravity returned to earth stone dead.
The geckos were sent aboard Russian satellite Foton M-4 to study effects of zero gravity on reproductive systems. more»
The US state of Ohio is considering restricting the teaching of science, in a move which might bring in a Christian fundamentalist education system.
The bill, currently under consideration by the Ohio Assembly, is intended to revoke a previous approval of the Common Core educational standards, includes sections devoted to science and social studies. more»
Researchers at Cornell, Stanford and Brown universities and the University of California have come up with a method of teaching robots using the cloud.
Dubbed Robo Brain , the system is a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources. more»
A team of boffins at the University of Chicago has announced it has developed a way to observe, control, and manipulate the behaviour of a single electron with the help of lasers.
In terms of quantum physics, this is a way of telling if Schrodinger’s cat is really dead or alive, or just has escaped the box and is asleep on a soft bed somewhere. more»
It seems that SpaceX has rattled the chains of the defence establishment and is doing its job a little too well.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is putting payloads into orbit for less money than the big government contractors charge and it appears that has angered those in the defence community who have been making a fair bit of dosh flogging more expensive projects and gear to NASA. more»
Nanomagnet computer chips appear to make supercomputers run more efficiently, according to researchers at the Technical University of Munich in Germany.
Irina Eichwald and her team of boffins have been using microchips made from tiny magnets rather than conventional power-hungry transistors may enable intensive number-crunching tasks. more»
Boffins from the University of Washington have emerged from their smoke filled labs with a new communication system that uses radio frequency (RF) signals as a power source.
It means that you can also use existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to provide Internet connectivity to these devices. more»
Yifei Chai, a student at the Imperial College London, has worked out how to use virtual reality and 3D modelling hardware to “possess” another person.
Chai’s method does not involve vomit or turning heads, or even an invocation to the Prince of Darkness. more»
The Russian space agency Roscosmos has managed to gain control over a satellite crewed by randy lizards who are keen to test out sex in zero gravity.
Mission control said that it has manage to gain positive control over the agency’s orbiting Foton-M4 satellite. more»
A beer spanning back from 170 years ago will be reproduced using modern techniques.
Booze boffins at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have set their sights on reproducing a beer that was found preserved in five bottles at the bottom of a Baltic Sea shipwreck. more»