Technology

New decision-making model could minimize injuries in inescapable crashes with autonomous cars

New decision-making model could minimize injuries in inescapable crashes with autonomous cars

In an effort to minimize potential damage and injuries as a result of inevitable car crashes with automated vehicles, scientists have developed new decision-making and motion-planning system

Scientists show early hardware for a 'probabilistic computer' to fill the gap until quantum computing arrives

Scientists show early hardware for a 'probabilistic computer' to fill the gap until quantum computing arrives

Scientists show the first hardware for a 'probabilistic computer' to fill the gap between conventional computers and future quantum computers

First country has approved participation in constructing the largest telescope the world has ever known

First country has approved participation in constructing the largest telescope the world has ever known

The Dutch parlement has been the first to formally confirm participation in the assembly of the largest radio telescope the world has has ever known. The massive telescope might give us another opportunity to find out if we are alone in the universe!

Leuven researchers are getting closer to a new generation of solar panels

Leuven researchers are getting closer to a new generation of solar panels

A potentially new type of synthetic crystal based solar cells could leas to cheaper and more efficient solar panels.

New type of electrolyte could enhance electric vehicle performance!

New type of electrolyte could enhance electric vehicle performance!

New class of materials could enhance supercapacitors and increase their and make them less flammable. In addition if used to supplement battery systems in EV’s they could provide a power boost

First-ever visualizations of electrical gating effects on electronic structure could lead to longer-lasting devices in the future!

First-ever visualizations of electrical gating effects on electronic structure could lead to longer-lasting devices in the future!

Electronic structure of a semiconductor device – how it behaves when voltage is applied – visualized for the first time. Insights from the technique will help development of high performance electronics with low power consumption. This will help to to pave the way for two dimensional semiconductors in future electronics

Four ways blockchain could make the internet safer, fairer and more creative

Four ways blockchain could make the internet safer, fairer and more creative

The internet is unique in that it has no central control, administration or authority. It has given everyone with access to it a platform to express their views and exchange ideas with others instantaneously. But in recent years, internet services such as search engines and social media platforms have increasingly been provided by a small number of very large tech firms.

Why you should always shake hands with a robot

Why you should always shake hands with a robot

There are many unspoken rules of human interaction, whether that’s whether or not to look them in the eyes, the firmness of the handshake, smiling or words of greeting. Little things like this can lead to big judgments about trustworthiness or social acceptability.

Commercial supersonic aircraft could return to the skies

Commercial supersonic aircraft could return to the skies

Flying faster than the speed of sound still sounds futuristic for regular people, more than 15 years after the last commercial supersonic flights ended. The planes that made those journeys, the 14 aircraft collectively known as the Concorde, flew from 1976 to 2003. It traveled three times faster than regular passenger aircraft, but the airlines that flew it couldn’t make a profit on its trips.