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»
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»