Nobel Prize in Medicine goes to ‘traditional’ anti-parasitic discoveries

Share This article This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is split between two recipients — a pair of researchers who discovered a class of anti-parasitic drugs based on Avermectin, and a Chinese researcher who (re)discovered a powerful antimalarial agent called Artemisinin. Both the drugs have already saved countless lives, but for many this first science win for a researcher in China is about more than just medicine. Malaria is, in

Microsoft Bing Predicts and the future of gambling

Share This article Like an 800 pound gorilla flailing wildly in a Victorian tea house, artificial intelligence has been disrupting one industry after another of late. Now the latest group to feel the burn is the gambling consortiums in Las Vegas. Microsoft’s AI engine, Bing Predicts, made headlines recently by beating the Las Vegas odds in predicting winners for week one of the NFL season. Its previous successes are even more breathtaking,

The nuclear industry has a ‘culture of denial’ about hacking threats

Share This article A new report from world-leading international think tank Chatham House says that the US nuclear industry is mired in a “culture of denial” about the risks of a cyber-attack on the crucially important facilities. Not only are there huge and preventable lapses in security, the report alleges, but there is a general tendency to take the improbable and “recast” it as impossible — precisely the problem that

Microfluidic cooling yields huge performance benefits in FPGA processors

Share This article As microprocessors have grown in size and complexity, it’s become increasingly difficult to increase performance without skyrocketing power consumption and heat. Intel’s CPU clock speeds have remained mostly flat for years, while AMD’s FX-9590 and its R9 Nano GPU both illustrate dramatic power consumption differences as clock speeds change. One of the principle barriers to increasing CPU clocks is that it’s extremely difficult to move heat out

Why a flipped neutrino just won the Nobel Prize

Share This article When scientists first started asking to build neutrino detectors, the big question was: why bother? Neutrinos were incredibly difficult to detect, they interact only weakly with regular matter, and they didn’t even seem to have any mass. These neutrino detectors were incredibly expensive and finicky rigs that had to be built deep underground, just for a hope of capturing the presence — let alone direction — of a neutrino bombarding

Ten years after their debut, autonomous trucks are finally hitting the roads

Share This article It was ten years ago this month that Terramax, the world’s first fully-autonomous truck, competed in the DARPA autonomous vehicle Grand Challenge. At 32,000 pounds, with self-inflating tires, it was a prototype for what the US military hoped could be a safer way to transport supplies in war zones. This week Mercedes-Benz’s Daimler Truck unit ran the first test of a production model truck with an autonomous

Early report sheds first light on why VW cheated, chairman warns emissions scandal could kill the company

Share This article Ever since the VW scandal broke several weeks ago, one facet of the problem has remained unclear. Why would VW design such an elaborate cheating program when it knew that being caught could be so ruinously expensive for the company? German officials are in the midst of an investigation to answer that question, but the early details suggest a straightforward answer: VW cheated because it knew its

J-Display demos first 17.3-inch 8K panel

Share This article Now that 4K displays have become more commonplace, we’re seeing a handful of manufacturers start pushing 8K resolutions. At CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) this week, Japanese manufacturer J-Display will show the first 8K monitor — a 17.3-inch panel running at 7680×4320. That works out to nearly 520 PPI, which means the human eye would be unable to distinguish pixels at just seven inches. Given that

$0.55 per watt from SolarCity’s record-breaking new solar panel

Share This article For a while there, there was a chance that solar expansion was in trouble. In the US, the federal Investment Tax Credit is set to end in 2016, which many believe will slow adoption, even as technology gets better than ever. Without an outside funder forcing solar to make good financial sense, the only way the tech could survive is if it started making that same sense

NASA releases stunning new photo of Pluto’s moon Charon

Share This article New Horizons has put Pluto in its rear-view mirror, but NASA still has many gigabytes of data to download from the probe. As the images and readings trickle back, we’re gaining a greater understanding of the former ninth planet, but also of its moons. The latest image to be released by NASA shows Pluto’s largest moon Charon, and it’s much more lumpy and uneven than you probably