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The Titan Supercomputer, in the US, has allowed scientists to study ice formation on wind turbines at a molecular level. Wikimedia/Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOak Ridge National Laboratory

Welcome to Lab 2.0 where computers replace experimental science

Developing new technologies requires time-consuming, expensive and even dangerous experiments. But now we can carry out many experiments entirely on computers using modelling.
Preparing conducting carbon nanospheres that operate as qubits at room temperature (right) by burning naphthalene (left). Dr Mohammad Choucair

All you need for quantum computing at room temperature is some mothballs

Much of the current research in quantum computing involves work at close to absolute zero. A simple breakthough with an everyday material could see them work at more acceptable temperatures.
The impressive computer aided design of the atrium at Melbourne’s Federation Square. Shutterstock/ChameleonsEye

Computing helps with the complex design of modern architecture

The architect's pen and paper were replaced by the mouse and monitor thanks to developments in computing. Now computers are helping create designs never thought possible before.
Consciousness might emerge from a particular kind of information processing. Shutterstock

What makes us conscious?

Consciousness is one of the most mysterious phenomena we know of. But evidence is emerging that it might just be a very special kind of information processing.
It’s not just about getting a job. David Parry/PA Wire

Coding classes should bring in everyone, not just children

The US and UK governments often mirror each other’s strategies when it comes to new education policies, and the recent introduction of coding into the school curriculum is no exception. From this September…
Neurons provided inspiration for a new type of computer chip. Wellcome Images/Flickr

TrueNorth: a ‘brain-like’ chip to turn computing on its head

Computers and brains work in virtually opposite ways. Computers are laboriously programmed for specific tasks. Brains learn from experience and can perform a wide variety of complicated tasks that are…
Lessons from game developers Kuato Studios, but most kids are not so lucky. David Parry/PA Wire

Gove departs just as disaster looms for computing in schools

Back in January 2012, the now-departed education secretary Michael Gove said, “ICT in schools is a mess”. He went on to argue that what was needed was a rigorous computer science curriculum. Now, from…
It’s like Shakespeare to me. Child wide code, ollyy via Shutterstock

The computing curriculum: what every child should know

Ask a parent what a school should teach and they’ll tell you, “When my child leaves school, I want them to be able to understand money, to work well with others, go to university or to get a good job…
A lack of proper computing training in schools is leading to a shortage of computing experts. Flickr/Elstudio

Reboot ICT teacher training to halt the computing brain drain

The shortage of computing experts in Australian schools has serious implications for our future as a player in the knowledge economy. In New South Wales the number of high school students enrolled in dedicated…

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