Tag Archives: Science

Computers crack catalogue conundrum

University of Wisconsin-Madison campus (Wikimedia)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»

NSF spends a fortune on cloud-based supercomputers


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»

Tablets and smartphones kill your brain

mybrianhurtsUsing 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 twist to get more radio bandwidth

twistScientists 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»

US begins McCarthyite purge of scientists

mccarthyism-3The 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»

Get your mind melded

mind-meldHumans 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»

Senators fire rocket at SpaceX

spacex-grasshopperIt 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»