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Running an LED in reverse could cool future computers

In a finding that runs counter to a common assumption in physics, researchers at the University of Michigan ran a light emitting diode (LED)...

Mathematician finds balance and beauty in math

Since he was a child growing up in Changzhou, China, Zhiwei Yun’s appetite for mathematics was nothing but linear, growing with each year as...

More is better when coordinating with others, according to new study

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Imperial College London and the University of Tokyo have demonstrated that physical coordination is more beneficial in larger...

Using artificial intelligence to engineer materials’ properties

Applying just a bit of strain to a piece of semiconductor or other crystalline material can deform the orderly arrangement of atoms in its...

Quantum strangeness gives rise to new electronics

Citing the startling advances in semiconductor technology of the time, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in 1965 proposed that the number of transistors on a...

Do deep neural networks ‘see’ like you and I do?

Computer components designed to recognize images behave surprisingly like neurons in the brain, researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine report. “We found...

The vibrating universe: Making astronomy accessible to the deaf

Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have teamed with teachers at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside, or CSDR, to design an...

How bees stay cool on hot summer days

If you’ve ever walked past a bee’s nest on a hot summer day, you’ve probably been too focused avoiding getting stung, rather than stopping...

To conserve energy, AI clears up cloudy forecasts

If the forecast calls for rain, you’ll probably pack an umbrella. If it calls for cold, you may bring your mittens. That same kind...

“Mars Buggy” Curiosity Measures a Mountain’s Gravity

Apollo 17 astronauts drove a moon buggy across the lunar surface in 1972, measuring gravity with a special instrument. There are no astronauts on...

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