The boffin who laid the foundations for the development of the laser has died. Charles Townes was 99.
Townes who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1964 is best known as the “inventor” of the laser but he was also a pioneer in the field of infrared astronomy and was the first to discover water in space. more»
The Indian Science conference has hit the interwebs for the number of bizarre presentations being made.
If you believe the government-backed presentations, the world’s first plane was invented by the Hindu sage Maharishi Bharadwaj. Indian mathematicians also discovered the Pythagorean Theorem but the Greeks got the credit and elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha got his head because of the superiority of ancient Indian plastic surgeons. more»
Boffins at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) believe they’ve developed a computer system for extracting data from scientific publications that equals or even betters human ability.
The problem is that after machine reading, computers have difficulties figuring out even simple statements, so the scientists who devised the software program has used probability to decipher the text. more»
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has invested $16 million to build cloud-based and data-intensive advanced computing systems for the open science community
In a statement the NSF said that high performance computing (HPC) had become central to the work and progress of researchers in all fields, from genomics and ecology to medicine and education, new kinds of computing resources and more inclusive modes of interaction are required. more»
Researchers will soon have their own clouds, thanks to the efforts of a non-Profit organisation Internet2.
Internet2 has worked out a way to let scientists create and connect to virtual spaces, within which they will be able to conduct research across disciplines and to experiment on the nature of the web. more»
Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal, said that we live in a world where science is hated and real technological progress has stalled.
Thiel told the Gartner Symposium/IT this week that there is little innovation out there and he blames the fact that we are living in a financial, capitalistic age. more»
A team of boffins is developing a search engine which can find all the data on the world wide web which cannot be seen by search bots.
The engine, dubbed Brown Dog, searches the web for uncurated data and makes it accessible to scientists. more»
Thirsty boffins at Oregon State University have discovered that doses of xanthohumol, a flavonoid found in beer improved memory and thinking.
True, the experiment was conducted on a group of mice who were not knocking back pints in the snug at the Rat and Handgun. more»
Using mobile phones, laptops and other media devices at the same time could be changing the structure of our brains and not in a good way.
University of Sussex research reveals that people who frequently use several media devices at the same time have lower grey-matter density in one particular region of the brain compared to those who use just one device occasionally. more»
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»