Storing Data in DNA Brings Nature to the Digital Universe

The next frontier of data storage: DNA. ymgerman/Shutterstock    By Dr. Luis Ceze and Dr. Karin Strauss / 07.27.2017 Ceze: Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Strauss: Affiliate Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering University of Washington Humanity is producing data at an unimaginable rate, to the point that storage technologies can’t keep up.[…]

Predicting the Past: Digital Art History, Modeling, and Machine Learning

NOAA 5-day hurricane forecast model. Forecast tracks are shown in gray, observed tracks in black. / NASA Case study from the Getty’s digital art history team shows how modeling and machine learning are shedding light on the history of the art market. By Dr. Matthew Lincoln / 07.27.2017 Historian and Data Research Specialist Getty Research[…]

JANUS Creates a New Era for Digital Underwater Communications

Applications of JANUS are limitless. In the operational context, CMRE has already successfully tested the delivery of Automatic Identification System AIS data, which consists of identification, position, course and speed of ships at sea and Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) information to underwater assets using JANUS-standardized acoustic information. Credit: NATO By Francesca Nacini / 05.04.2017 NATO[…]

Making Flexible Electronics with Nanowire Networks

Your smartphone can’t do this – yet. Peter Sobolev via Shutterstock By Peter Byrley / 06.04.2017 PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering University of California, Riverside A smartphone touchscreen is an impressive piece of technology. It displays information and responds to a user’s touch. But as many people know, it’s easy to break key elements of[…]

Ancient Egyptian Pigment Provides Modern Forensics with a New Coat of Paint

Latent fingermarks dusted with micronised Egyptian blue on a $20 note, viewed in the Near Infrared. Simon Lewis, Author provided   By Ivy Shih and Dr. Simon Lewis / 05.29.2016 Shih: Editor, The Conversation Lewis: Professor of Forensics and Analytical Chemistry, Curtin University It was during a trip to Indianapolis that Professor Simon Lewis, a[…]

Leaf Vein Structure Could Hold Key to Extending Battery Life

04.06.2017 The natural structure found within leaves could improve the performance of everything from rechargeable batteries to high-performance gas sensors, according to an international team of scientists. The researchers have designed a porous, such as the veins of a leaf, and could make energy transfers more efficient. The material could improve the performance of rechargeable[…]

The Growth and Diffusion of Rome: Republic, Empire, Late Antiquity, Early Middle Ages

Pont du Gard, in Vers-Pont-du-Gard, Gard department, South France. The Pont du Gard is the most famous part of the roman aqueduct which carried water from Uzès to Nîmes until roughly the 9th century when maintenance was abandoned. The monument is 49m high and now 275m long (it was 360m when intact) at its top.[…]

The Antikythera: Lessons in Innovation from the Ancients

Ingenious innovation of the ancient world does not cease to amaze. Tilemahos Efthimiadis By Dr. Steven Tingay / 07.23.2012 Professor of Radio Astronomy Curtin University Modern humans may think they are clever, and each generation typically thinks it’s more intelligent than those that came before. Hence, it can be a shock to discover civilisations existing[…]

SmallSat Revolution: Tiny Satellites Poised to Make Big Contributions to Essential Science

Tiny CubeSats are ready to be our eyes in the skies. Earth Background: NASA; HARP Spacecraft: SDL; Montage: Martins, UMBC By Dr. J. Vanderlei Martins / 01.26.2017 Professor of Physics University of Maryland, Baltimore County Tiny satellites, some smaller than a shoe box, are currently orbiting around 200 miles above Earth, collecting data about our[…]

Far Beyond Crime-Ridden Depravity, Darknets are Key Strongholds of Freedom of Expression Online

By Dr. Roderick S. Graham / 01.25.2017 Associate Professor of Sociology Old Dominion University The internet is much more than just the publicly available, Google-able web services most online users frequent – and that’s good for free expression. Companies frequently create private networks to enable employees to use secure corporate servers, for example. And free[…]

Ukraine Says Hit by 6,500 Hack Attacks, Sees Russian ‘Cyberwar’

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, right, and Oleksandr Turchynov, Chairman of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, chair a council meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Aug. 11, 2016. Both Poroshenko and Turchynov have made cybersecurity a strategic priority. / Reuters Reuters / 12.29.2016 Hackers have targeted Ukrainian state institutions about 6,500 times in the past two months,[…]

Ingestible Robots, Glasses-Free 3D, and Computers that Explain Themselves

In 2016, MIT CSAIL researchers worked on a range of projects in robotics, theory, wireless technology, software systems, and other disciplines. Image: CSAIL By CSAIL MIT / 12.19.2016 Machines that predict the future, robots that patch wounds and wireless emotion-detectors are just a few of the exciting projects that came out of MIT’s Computer Science[…]

These Gamers Chase Atoms, Not Aliens

12.13.2016 Looking to help humanity explore the cosmos? Advance our knowledge in biology or brain science? How about quantum physics or nanotechnology? Grab your Playstation and get to work! By playing science-based video games online, nonscientists are accelerating research in all these fields and more. Researchers tap collective brainpower by designing video game challenges related to[…]

3D Printing in Fashion Promises to be Huge – So What’s Holding Us Back?

Dita in 3D. Shapeways By Dr. Danmei Sun / 12.07.2016 Assistant Professor of Textile Materials and Engineering Heriot-Watt University Various manufacturing industries from prosthetics to car parts are now widely using 3D printing in their production processes. They use it for producing prototypes and samples and for mass manufacturing, since you can easily change the[…]

Ukrainian Scientist Creates Battery That Can Power Smartphones for 12 Years

12.06.2016 Ukrainian scientist Vladislav Kiselev claims that he has developed a type of battery that can power gadgets like smartphones and even cars for up to 12 years, without having to be recharged. Kiselev, a senior researcher at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry and Petrochemistry in Kiev, and professor at Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences, unveiled his intriguing[…]

Hugo Gernsback’s 1963 Television Eyeglasses Anticipated Virtual Reality

By David Pescovitz / 12.05.2016 This oft-seen wonderfully weird photo depicts Hugo Gernsback wearing his “teleyeglasses” in 1963. Gersnback, an inventor of such innovations as a combination electric hair brush/comb and a battery-powered handheld illuminated mirror, is best known to science fiction fans as the founder of Amazing Stories magazine! Gernsback coined the term “science[…]

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and the Modern Digital World

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave describes “shadows” on the cave wall which we are taught from birth to perceive as real forms. These shadows are everything from false or hateful political/religious ideologies to scientific racism; just about anything that is bartered as truth and fact. Here are the parallels between his cave and the broadcast[…]