MPs to review 'Boaty' naming process
MPs want to examine the process that has been used to find a name for the UK's new polar research ship - a vessel the public wants to call Boaty McBoatface.
[BBC News UK] Mobile game 'helps dementia research'
Dementia researchers develop a video game they hope could further the development of diagnostic tests for the disease.
[BBC News] New tech uses hardware, software to train dogs more efficiently
Researchers have developed and used a customized suite of technologies that allows a computer to train a dog autonomously, with the computer effectively responding to the dog based on the dog's body language
[Science daily] Could aluminum nitride be engineered to produce quantum bits?
The leading method for creating quantum bits, or qubits, currently involves exploiting the structural defects in diamonds. But researchers found that the same defect could be engineered in cheaper aluminum nitride. If confirmed by experiments, this could significantly reduce the cost of (...)
[Science daily] 'Machine learning' may contribute to new advances in plastic surgery
With an ever-increasing volume of electronic data being collected by the healthcare system, researchers are exploring the use of machine learning -- a subfield of artificial intelligence -- to improve medical care and patient (...)
[Science daily] Researchers develop secure audio captchas
In order to avoid spam, on many websites users are prompted to prove that they are human by entering symbols that are difficult to read. For partially sighted users, acoustic solutions have been devised. IT researchers intend to improve their (...)
[Science daily] Theoretical tiger chases statistical sheep to probe immune system behavior
Studying the way that solitary hunters such as tigers, bears or sea turtles chase down their prey turns out to be very useful in understanding the interaction between individual white blood cells and colonies of bacteria. Researchers have created a numerical model that explores this behavior in (...)
[Science daily] Cooling graphene-based film close to pilot-scale production
Heat dissipation in electronics and optoelectronics is a severe bottleneck in the further development of systems in these fields. To come to grips with this serious issue, researchers have developed an efficient way of cooling electronics by using functionalized graphene (...)
[Science daily] Exploring phosphorene, a promising new material
Researchers have developed a new method to quickly and accurately determine the orientation of phosphorene, a promising material with potential application as a material for semiconducting transistors in ever faster and more powerful (...)
[Science daily] Machines can learn to respond to new situations like human beings would
How does the image-recognition technology in a self-driving car respond to a blurred shape suddenly appearing on the road? Researchers have shown that machines can learn to respond to unfamiliar objects like human beings would.
[Science daily] Optical nonlinearity record: Discovery offers a 'game-changer' for photonics applications
New research may offer an alternative to the way in which researchers have approached some photonics applications. Photonics applications rely greatly on what physicists call nonlinear optics -- the different way in which materials behave depending on the intensity of light that passes through (...)
[Science daily] Scientists reveal secret of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Researchers have built a computer model of the interaction between different bacteria, and between bacteria and the gut wall. This has led them to explain how antibiotic-resistant microbes develop and spread.
[Science daily] Theory explains why gaming on touchscreens is clumsy
New research challenges the belief that touchscreens are worse input devices because they lack physical buttons. The reason is that key press timing in touchscreen input is unpredictable. When timing is made more predictable, performance (...)
[Science daily] Can I run old 16-bit programs like Superbase in Windows 10?
Since the early 1990s, John has stored all his records using the Superbase database, but he reckons it won’t run in Windows 10. Are there still ways to run 16-bit software or is it time to move on? All my personal records since the very early 1990s, my record catalogue, and my family research – (...)
[The Guardian] Biology may hold key to better computer memory
A group of researchers is working toward a better way to store digital information using nucleic acid memory (NAM), a new article outlines.