Connections between brain cells.
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From robotic hands to brain-like computers, the Human Brain Project has produced some intriguing results.
Calculating pi with unprecedented accuracy has zero scientific usefulness. But as a show of computing muscle and a mathematical curiosity, it’s endlessly intriguing.
The tech field has a long way to go to achieve gender parity.
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Diversifying leadership can change organizational cultures, which removes barriers to women in the tech industry and academia.
Supercomputers in Canberra and Perth power the analysis and modelling that decision-makers rely on in national crises.
It takes a tremendous amount of computing power to simulate all the components and behaviors of viruses and cells.
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Scanning through billions of chemicals to find a few potential drugs for treating COVID-19 requires computers that harness together thousands of processors.
Quantum computing would signify an immense shift in processing power, but how close are we to achieving it?
A paper published by researchers at Google claimed that they had achieved computing quantum supremacy, but leaks and counter-claims have created a stir.
Close-up on the circuitry of the Vesuvius quantum computer, announced in 2012 by the Canadian firm D-Wave Systems.
On October 23 Google announced that it built a quantum computer thousands of times faster than classic computers. This could have immense impacts on finance, cryptography and other fields.
A dilution refrigerator used to test quantum processor prototypes.
The head of Google’s Quantum AI Labs, Hartmut Neven, claims the current speed of development means a quantum computing breakthrough is near.
IBM’s quantum computer, Q System One.
Quantum computers are set to revolutionise technology, but very few people know how to use them.
Uranus seen in this false-color view from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
A body at least twice as massive as the Earth smashing into Uranus could have made it lopsided, shows research.
Science needs government and new allies to thrive.
Many Budget 2018 measures appear to have origins in proposals advanced by the science community.
An ion-trap used for quantum computing research in the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney.
Quantum computing is being described as “just around the corner”. Is it?
The in depth story of a student project that paved the way for a society-level shift in how we use computers.
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IBM’s Watson watched hundreds of horror movie trailers and then created its own for the new film Morgan.
The Titan Supercomputer, in the US, has allowed scientists to study ice formation on wind turbines at a molecular level.
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Developing new technologies requires time-consuming, expensive and even dangerous experiments. But now we can carry out many experiments entirely on computers using modelling.
Computers are coming up with proofs in mathematics that are almost impossible for a human to check.
Computers are increasingly used to prove mathematical theorems. So does that mean human mathematicians will become obselete?
This doesn’t happen very often. But the Bureau of Meteorology is getting much better at predicting when it will.
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Moaning about weather forecasts is almost an Australian national pastime. But weather predictions have improved a lot, and with a new satellite and supercomputer, they are about to get even more reliable.
Engineer on the prowl between the big black boxes.
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A new supercomputer, called ARCHER, has recently been launched. ARCHER is a Cray XC30, funded by EPSRC and NERC. It is more than three times more powerful than its predecessor, HECToR, and is hosted by…
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Researchers in Japan have used the powerful K computer, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, to simulate the complex neural structure of our brain. Using a popular suite of neuron simulating software…
Everything we see around us could be little more than bits in a giant supercomputer.
As a cosmologist, I often carry around a universe or two in my pocket. Not entire, infinitely large universes, but maybe a few billion light years or so across. Enough to be interesting. Of course, these…