Gamers won’t be surprised. We and our colleagues have discovered a link between people’s ability to play video games and their general intelligence. Our research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, can’t establish whether playing video games makes people smarter or whether being smart makes you better at video games (or some other explanation). But it points to intriguing possibilities in using games more generally for behavioural science, in particular for measuring people’s intelligence.
Just as today's internet requires routers, a quantum internet would also need routers that could receive, store, and transmit quantum information. The key to creating this is in entanglement, and University of Vienna researchers say they have a device that can do it.
Electric car maker Fisker has supposedly filed for a patent this week for a solid-state battery, which could give electric cars an astounding 804-kilometer single range. The EV startup plans to feature their new battery technology in January 2018.
Intel's 17-qubit chip represents how close we currently are to incorporating quantum computing into our technology. Professors Andrew Childs and Fred Chong weigh in on quantum computing's potential and when it woll be ready for practical applications.
E-mobility companies E.ON and CLEVER are teaming up to build a new charging station network that will start in Norway and end in Italy. 180 charging stations will be installed over the next 3 years, with each station having a capacity of 150 kW
Theoretical physicists working with the LHCb experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have stumbled upon an anomaly that challenges the Standard Model. It's possible that there are yet to be discovered particles to explain the anomaly.
Regular desktop computers, as well as laptops and smartphones, have processing units dedicated to computing and memory. They’re called von Neumann systems and are named after physicist and computer scientist John von Neumann who, among other things, was a pioneer in modern digital computing. They work by moving data back and forth between the memory and computing unit; a process that can, and often does, end up being slow and not very efficient.
A German town is now home to the world's tallest wind turbine. The 808-foot-tall turbine is part of a project expected to generate 10,500MWh annually, which would be enough to meet the needs of more than 1,000 U.S. households.
Particle physicists have uncovered a large, hidden void in Khufu’s Pyramid, the largest pyramid in Giza, Egypt – built between 2600 and 2500 BC. The discovery, published in Nature, was made using cosmic-ray based imaging and may help scientists work out how the enigmatic pyramid was actually constructed.
Based on all available measurements, electrons are perfectly round. However, even the slightest asymmetry could solve some of the greatest mysteries in science, leading researchers on the hunt for more sensitive observation methods.
Most of us have dreamed of traveling through time, backward or forwards, faster than those around us. And surprisingly, recent work has shown us that time travel is far more than just a dream. In fact, a number of researchers have explored, and are currently exploring, the legitimacy of time travel. While they haven’t quite gotten to the point where they are able to time travel themselves—these researchers have found some concrete science backing it up.
A new method of using photons to carry information might provide a new wireless solution for communication. A collaborative team of researchers developed a way to "twist photons" to improve on open-area quantum information transfer.
If you think technologies from Star Trek seem far-fetched, think again. Many of the devices from the acclaimed television series are slowly becoming a reality. While we may not be teleporting people from starships to a planet’s surface anytime soon, we are getting closer to developing other tools essential for future space travel endeavours.
Earlier this year, scientists were able to crack the code that governs the self-assembly of viruses. Now, these findings have been used to encode new messages that help, rather than hinder, the human body.
On July 4th, 2012, researchers from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) made a big announcement. They had observed the Higgs boson, an elementary particle predicted by one of the best models for physics in the universe. “‘We discovered the particle that makes it possible for atoms to form in the first place.’
When I first encountered infinity, I was a four-year-old in the Latter-day Saints temple in Atlanta, Georgia. My parents, my sister and I were there to be ‘sealed’ to each other, in a ceremony meant to unite us as a family forever. I didn’t really understand what ‘forever’ meant; in fact, much of the event seemed mysterious to me.
Scientists have observed galaxy clusters moving in a way that's inconsistent with what we know about dark matter. This might suggest that we need to rethink our current models, or that an entirely unknown phenomenon has been discovered.
In 1935, Albert Einstein famously collaborated with physicists Boris Podolsky and Nathan Rosen on a paper designed to illuminate the weaknesses in quantum mechanics, a branch of physics focused on the very small. Though the phenomenon of “entanglement” was so new the term hadn’t even been coined yet, Einstein wasted no time voicing his skepticism of it, calling the “spooky action at a distance” simply impossible.
Plenty of misconceptions and conspiracy theories surround this topic. Internet searches for “iPhone slow” spike after the release of a new-generation model, but there’s no evidence to suggest that manufacturers deliberately degrade the performance of older devices with software updates.