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Jul 14, 2020

NASA’S Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: The First Aircraft on Mars

Posted by in categories: innovation, space

When NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover launches to the Red Planet, an innovative experiment will ride along: the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter — the first aircraft to attempt controlled flight on another planet.

Get up to speed with these key facts about its plans: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/6-things-to-know-about-nasa…helicopter #CountdownToMars

Jul 14, 2020

These innovative seed cocoons help trees grow in the harshest climates

Posted by in categories: climatology, innovation

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Jul 13, 2020

Coronavirus: Llamas provide key to immune therapy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

As Fifi the llama munches on grass on a pasture in Reading, her immune system has provided the template for a coronavirus treatment breakthrough.

Scientists from the UK’s Rosalind Franklin Institute have used Fifi’s specially evolved antibodies to make an immune-boosting therapy.

The resulting llama-based, Covid-specific “antibody cocktail” could enter clinical trials within months.

Jul 13, 2020

Nvidia brings Ampere A100 GPUs to Google Cloud

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

Just over a month after announcing its latest generation Ampere A100 GPU, Nvidia said this week that the powerhouse processor system is now available on Google Cloud.

The A100 Accelerator Optimized VM A2 instance family is designed for enormous artificial intelligence workloads and . Nvidia says users can expect substantive improvements over previous processing models, in this instance up to a 20-fold performance boost. The system maxes out at 19.5 TFLOPS for single-precision performance and 156 TFLOPS for AI and computing applications demanding TensorFloat 32 operations.

The Nvidia Ampere is the largest 7 nanometer chip ever constructed. It sports 54 billion transistors and offers innovative features such as multi-instance GPU, automatic mixed precision, an NVLink that doubles GPU-to-GPU direct bandwidth and faster memory reaching 1.6 terabytes per second.

Jul 7, 2020

Israel invents one-minute coronavirus breath test

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

The invention of an instant COVID-19 breathalyser could have enormous implications for air travel, with borders able to be re-opened and passengers mandatorily tested before flying.

Keeping NSW safe.

Jul 7, 2020

Cancer Screening Leaps Forward

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Innovation sneaks up on us: There’s a new DNA test that detects more illnesses, earlier.

Jul 6, 2020

Fuji envisions 400TB tape drive

Posted by in categories: computing, innovation

Fujifilm announced a technological breakthrough that will allow it to construct a massive 400 terabyte tape cartridge by the end of the decade.

Tape drives currently top out at about 12 terabytes of storage.

The Blocks and Files web site reported that Fujifilm says it can achieve the newer, greater capacities by switching from the standard Barium Ferrite (BaFe) tape coatings to Strontium Ferrite (SrFe).

Jul 5, 2020

Breakthrough Towards Lasers Powerful Enough to Investigate a New Kind of Physics

Posted by in categories: innovation, quantum physics

An international team of researchers has demonstrated an innovative technique for increasing the intensity of lasers.

In a paper that made the cover of the journal Applied Physics Letters, an international team of researchers has demonstrated an innovative technique for increasing the intensity of lasers. This approach, based on the compression of light pulses, would make it possible to reach a threshold intensity for a new type of physics that has never been explored before: quantum electrodynamics phenomena.

Researchers Jean-Claude Kieffer of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), E. A. Khazanov of the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences and in France Gérard Mourou, Professor Emeritus of the Ecole Polytechnique, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018, have chosen another direction to achieve a power of around 1023 Watts (W). Rather than increasing the energy of the laser, they decrease the pulse duration to only a few femtoseconds. This would keep the system within a reasonable size and keep operating costs down.

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Jul 5, 2020

New breakthrough in ‘spintronics’ could boost high speed data technology

Posted by in categories: innovation, particle physics

Scientists have made a pivotal breakthrough in the important, emerging field of spintronics—which could lead to a new high speed energy efficient data technology.

An international team of researchers, including the University of Exeter, has made a revolutionary discovery that has the potential to provide high speed, low power-usage for some of the world’s most well-used .

While today’s information technology relies on electronics that consumes a huge amount of energy, the electrons within can also transfer a form of angular momentum called .

Jul 4, 2020

Results of an Experiment

Posted by in categories: chemistry, innovation

A USC Dornsife chemistry professor’s bet on a student proposal leads to new understanding of what defines a metal — and lands the cover of Science.

Ryan McMullen had never heard of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences when he started casting about for a graduate chemistry program. But on the recommendation of one of his professors, he sent an email to the College’s Professor of Chemistry Stephen Bradforth proposing an experiment to tease out what makes a metal really a metal.

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