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Physicists Cool Microscopic Drum to Near Absolute Zero

Physicists Cool Microscopic Drum to Near Absolute Zero





According to a paper recently published in Nature, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have cooled a vibrating drum to an unprecedented one-fifth of a quantum of energy, approaching the previously perceived limit of absolute zero (1). Scientists use temperature to measure the thermal motion of […]

Novel Approach to Biological Circuit Design Allows Scientists to Track Cell Lineages

Image credit to Liang Zong and Yan Liang. Published with permission from MIT News Office. Scientists like Dr. Lu at MIT are combining electrical engineering principles with biology, viewing cells as “state machines”.





A recent article in ScienceDaily reviews a new approach in Synthetic Biology that allows cells to respond to a series of input stimuli and simultaneously remember the order of these stimuli over many generations (1). As noted by the senior investigator, Timothy Lu from MIT, combining computation with memory creates […]

Storing digital data in DNA

Storing digital data in DNA





From 80 kilobyte floppy disks, developed in 1971, to 1 terabyte portable hard drives, introduced in 2007, data storage has increased exponentially over the past decades. Now, researchers at the University of Washington, in collaboration with Microsoft, have come up with a new technique for storing data that could further […]

Implementing Gestures in Robots Assists with Communication

Implementing Gestures in Robots Assists with Communication





Researchers in London have discovered that they can improve humans’ communication with robots by including hand gestures in their programming. Paul Bremner and Ute Leonards, research associates who work at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of The West of England, published a study examining the humanization of the […]

Clear-cut Approach To Morality

Clear-cut Approach To Morality





Five people are in life threatening positions. Hope for them is gone, unless one innocent individual is killed. Which option would you go with? Molly Crockett from Oxford College and David Pizarro from Cornell University performed a series of research experiments suggesting that there is in fact a popular response […]

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