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Quantum Computer Fails Speed Test

How hard can it be to determine whether a computer works as promised? Step one: turn it on. Step two: Try to solve some problems. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work.

June 19, 2014 — Seth Fletcher
Does the scientific journal have a future?

Does the scientific journal have a future?

This summer, scholars will use the break from teaching to submit manuscripts, review papers and develop new ideas. But even as the major functions of scholarly publishing march on, scholars, publishers and librarians start to ask, "What does the future of the scholarly journal look like?" Perhaps we should be asking a different question...

June 18, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger
The Engineer Guy’s Stories of Technological Failures

The Engineer Guy’s Stories of Technological Failures

My colleague at the University of Illinois, chemical engineer Bill Hammack, also known as The Engineer Guy, has been busy creating a new series of videos and was seemingly off the radar on youtube–but never fear, he is back!...

June 17, 2014 — Joanne Manaster

Squiggly Lines Secure Smartphones

To protect your financial and personal data, most mobiles come with PIN-based security, biometrics or number grids that require you to retrace a particular pattern to access your device...

June 17, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier
Map Monday: 50+ Shades of Air Pollution

Map Monday: 50+ Shades of Air Pollution

In today's installment of Map Monday, I wanted to focus on air pollution as mapped by Hsu et al and The Atlantic. Go to this link to see the full interactive map, which details air pollution by country and city...

June 16, 2014 — Tali Trigg

Genes Cannot Be Made from Scratch

According to the New York Times, synthetic biology is creating DNA out of thin air. A recent article about synthetic biology and consumer goods describes DNA synthesis as a process where “DNA is created on computers and inserted into organisms.” Computers are pretty cool and really useful in synthetic biology labs, but it takes a [...]..

June 14, 2014 — Christina Agapakis
Wasps Are Our Friends: Part II

Wasps Are Our Friends: Part II

The second in our series promoting the breadth and value of wasps features the gorgeous Orasema, a tiny metallic wasp that lives in ant nests.

June 13, 2014 — Alex Wild
Battlefield Earth – the Geological Legacy of War

Battlefield Earth – the Geological Legacy of War

It was during the first World War that the impact of human warfare on the landscape exponentially  increased. Large armies equipped with the most advanced military technology- especially the high energy explosives evolved rapidly – devastated entire landscapes along the Western Front, stretching from the English Channel to the Swiss mountains...

June 13, 2014 — David Bressan
Photo Friday: Transporting Nuclear Waste

Photo Friday: Transporting Nuclear Waste

The Transuranic Package Transporter (TRUPACT-II) is a specialized tractor-trailor used for radioactive waste. The design for the containers in this rig was originally approved by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for use in 1989...

June 13, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
The Most Colorful View of the Universe Captured by Space Telescope

The Most Colorful View of the Universe Captured by Space Telescope

What do you get when you add a little ultraviolet to images captured by the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014? Some pretty amazing images. By utilizing a full spectrum of colour from ultraviolet to near infared, NASA astronomers have created the most colourful deep space images to date...

June 12, 2014 — Carin Bondar
The Most Colorful View of Universe Captured by Space Telescope

The Most Colorful View of Universe Captured by Space Telescope

What do you get when you add a little ultraviolet to images captured by the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014? Some pretty amazing images. By utilizing a full spectrum of colour from ultraviolet to near infared, NASA astronomers have created the most colourful deep space images to date...

June 12, 2014 — Carin Bondar

Verizon Ad Warns Parents Not to Squelch Daughters' Interest in Science

At a time when we are still seeing subtle and not-so-subtle opposition to fostering young girls’ interest in STEM disciplines and to women’s mobility in professional science, it’s encouraging to see this ad from Verizon asking parents to not squelch their daughters’ natural curiosity...

June 12, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
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