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May 3, 2010

Professor Frink says the secret ingredient is… love A team of Japanese and American researchers has built a molecular computer inspired by the human brain. One of the researchers, physicist Ranjit Pati, said “modern computers are quite fast, capable of executing trillions of instructions a second, but they can’t match the intelligent performance of our […]

March 22, 2010

Actual impact of Earth Hour questioned by academics WWF’s fourth annual global Earth Hour was held on Saturday evening. Households and businesses—and this year, the world’s landmarks—were asked to turn their lights and other electronic devices off for an hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. A WWF press […]

March 15, 2010

Born in 1981, House’s youngest MP probably seems old to you lot Gareth Hughes, parliament’s newest and youngest MP, laid down a challenge in his maiden speech in February: to “take climate change seriously”. Hughes accused the current National and previous Labour governments of “[ignoring] warnings of the end of cheap oil … blithely building […]

March 1, 2010

Hopes to find gemstones to level up Prime Minister John Key opened parliament this year with a promise to “unlock” New Zealand’s resources. Key told parliament that “there is… extraordinary economic potential in the mineral estate residing in Crown-owned land”. In his Statement to Parliament Key signalled his government’s intention to make changes to Schedule […]

October 12, 2009

Science has unlocked the genetic code, harnessed the power of electricity, and uncovered the tiny particles that make up the universe. Scientific discoveries throughout history have made our lives richer, and helped us to better understand the world around us. But science isn’t just history, science is happening all the time. There are many mysteries […]

October 5, 2009

Late last month the British Government apologised for its appalling treatment of Alan Turing, the father of modern computing. In a 1936 paper (“On computable numbers, with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem”) Turing proved that a machine could perform any mathematical computation if it could be represented by an algorithm. In a later paper Turing […]

October 5, 2009

Cheese debate still rages Late last month data from three different spacecraft confirmed scientists’ long-held suspicions that there is water on the moon. India’s moon-probe Chandrayaan-1, and NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and Deep Impact probe all reported spectral signals indicative of water or hydroxyl (OH). US moon researcher Larry Taylor is quoted on the BBC News […]

September 28, 2009

Why newton was harder than the average scientist today You’ve undoubtedly heard of Sir Isaac Newton. You’ve probably heard the story about how Newton’s theory of gravitation was inspired by a falling apple (which is perhaps a myth, but one Newton propagated himself). You probably know he was a pretty big deal in mathematics and […]

September 21, 2009

When you think about it, computer science and biology have a lot in common. Evolutionary algorithms in artificial intelligence take inspiration from evolution; from a ‘generation’ of potential solutions to a problem, for example, the best potential solutions are given the highest chance of survival and ‘reproduction’—the creation of a new solution made up of […]