Computing

  • Explainer: Cryptocurrency

    How digital currencies work, and why we should care.

    Fuelled by a boom, Bitcoin “mining” is thought to be producing enough CO2 to rival the city of London, and consuming ...

    Computing March 20, 2021
  • Bitcoin boom has huge carbon footprint

    Researcher finds that Bitcoin mining alone may rival the carbon footprint of all global data cent...

    Cryptocurrencies have surged in popularity and dominated news headlines in the first quarter of 2021, with Bitcoin – ...

    Computing March 11, 2021
  • Newton in the pilot’s seat

    How to land a Mars rover when you’re many, many millions of kilometres away.

    It takes a lot of thought and a lot of work to land a rover on Mars. It’s not as if you’re on Earth, where you can ch...

    Automation March 2, 2021
  • The big data storage question

    Is there an answer that ticks all the boxes?

    Data is being created at a breakneck speed, and researchers have their hands full trying to figure out what to do wit...

    Computing October 30, 2020
  • Microscopy gets boost from z-splitter prism

    Researchers unveil a new and versatile technique.

    US researchers say they have developed a simple way to capture high-quality 3D images of live cells and organisms wit...

    Computing October 23, 2020
  • History

    Barbara Liskov gets with the program

    From chess endgames to the top award in computing.

    If you’re sitting in front of an internet-connected computer reading this, using an operating system and application ...

    Computing October 16, 2020
  • The science behind our sense of touch

    There are some surprising similarities with earthquakes.

    European researchers have developed a new universal scaling law for the sense of touch, and it’s paving the way for a...

    Computing October 13, 2020
  • Helping keep computer chips cool

    Integrated system proves effective and power-efficient.

    When it comes to computer chips, smaller is better. Manufacturers are continually trying to shrink their size and pac...

    Computing September 10, 2020
  • Can entanglement make communication safer?

    Researchers improve quantum networks without nodes.

    Scientists say they are a step closer to developing a secure internet after unveiling a prototype of what they believ...

    Computing September 4, 2020
  • Natural radiation can mess with qubits

    Study reveals new hurdle for practical quantum computing.

    Natural radiation can limit the performance of superconducting quantum bits and thus potentially the operation of qua...

    Computing August 27, 2020
  • History

    Margaret Hamilton helped land the Eagle

    She won many accolades, but wasn’t in the movies.

    When doing an internet search on the pioneering software engineer Margaret Hamilton, we must add a description such a...

    Computing August 9, 2020
  • Birdwatching is better with AI and CNN

    Researchers find a new way to pick one from the other.

    We may have to add advanced birdwatching to the list of things computers can do that we can’t. Researchers say the...

    Computing July 28, 2020
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