Ultrashort light pulses for fast ‘lightwave’ computers

Extremely short, configurable “femtosecond” pulses of light demonstrated by an international team could lead to future computers that run up to 100,000 times faster than today’s electronics. The researchers, including engineers at the University of Michigan, showed that they could control the peaks within the laser pulses and also twist the light. The method moves … Continue reading “Ultrashort light pulses for fast ‘lightwave’ computers”

Scientists make Microscopes from Droplets

Liquid droplets are natural magnifiers. Look inside a single drop of water, and you are likely to see a reflection of the world around you, close up and distended as you’d see in a crystal ball. Researchers at MIT have now devised tiny “microlenses” from complex liquid droplets comparable in size to the width of … Continue reading “Scientists make Microscopes from Droplets”

Light-based Remote Control for folding 2-D sheets into 3-D structures

Researchers remotely control sequence in which 2-D sheets fold into 3-D structures. Inspired by origami, North Carolina State University researchers have found a way to remotely control the order in which a two-dimensional (2-D) sheet folds itself into a three-dimensional (3-D) structure. The sequence of folding is important in life as well as in technology. … Continue reading “Light-based Remote Control for folding 2-D sheets into 3-D structures”

IBM Q – IBM Building Quantum Computers for Business and Science

IBM has announced an industry-first initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computing systems. “IBM Q” quantum systems and services will be delivered via the IBM Cloud platform. While technologies that currently run on classical computers, such as Watson, can help find patterns and insights buried in vast amounts of existing data, quantum computers will … Continue reading “IBM Q – IBM Building Quantum Computers for Business and Science”