Use of robots and artificial intelligence to understand the deep sea (13/05/2019)

Artificial intelligence (AI) could help scientists shed new light on the variety of species living on the ocean floor, according to new research.

Discovery may lead to new materials for next-generation data storage (13/05/2019)

Research funded in part by the U.S. Army identified properties in materials that could one day lead to applications such as more powerful data storage devices that continue to hold information even after a device has been powered off.

Plastic gets a do-over: Breakthrough discovery recycles plastic from the inside out (13/05/2019)

Light yet sturdy, plastic is great -- until you no longer need it. Because plastics contain various additives, like dyes, fillers, or flame retardants, very few plastics can be recycled without loss in performance or aesthetics. Even the most recyclable plastic, PET -- or poly(ethylene terephthalate) -- is only recycled at a rate of 20-30%, with the rest typically going to incinerators or landfills, where the carbon-rich material takes centuries to decompose.

Better microring sensors for optical applications (13/05/2019)

Tweaking the design of microring sensors enhances their sensitivity without adding more implementation complexity.

Just add water: Salt battery could help renewable energy use (13/05/2019)

Amid the hum and heat of Berlin's Reuter thermal power station stands a shining contraption that looks out of place in the decades-old machine hall.

Wireless movement-tracking system could collect health and behavioral data (13/05/2019)

We live in a world of wireless signals flowing around us and bouncing off our bodies. MIT researchers are now leveraging those signal reflections to provide scientists and caregivers with valuable insights into people's behavior and health.

Clean fuel cells could be cheap enough to replace gas engines in vehicles (13/05/2019)

Advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo.

Quantum computing with graphene plasmons (08/05/2019)

A novel material that consists of a single sheet of carbon atoms could lead to new designs for optical quantum computers. Physicists from the University of Vienna and the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona have shown that tailored graphene structures enable single photons to interact with each other. The proposed new architecture for quantum computer is published in the recent issue of npj Quantum Information.

S-money: Ultra-secure form of virtual money proposed (08/05/2019)

A new type of money that allows users to make decisions based on information arriving at different locations and times, and that could also protect against attacks from quantum computers, has been proposed by a researcher at the University of Cambridge.

Smarter training of neural networks (08/05/2019)

These days, nearly all the artificial intelligence-based products in our lives rely on "deep neural networks" that automatically learn to process labeled data.