Tech News (18 – 24 Jun 2021)

Weekly Tech News related to Quantum Computers for Server Centers, Designing Sustainable Cities, Deep Learning Predicting Viral Infections, Portable Quantum Devices, Electronic Waste, AI Track Cognitive Deviation, AI Spotting Healthy Stem Cells

Note: I do not write/own any of the tech news bits (and cover picture) given here. The links on each of the news bits will redirect to the news source. The content given under each headline is a basic gist and not the full story.


1. Compact Quantum Computers for Server Centers

Source: University of Innsbruck

18 Jun 2021

So far, quantum computers have been one-of-a-kind devices that fill entire laboratories. Now, physicists at the University of Innsbruck have built a prototype of an ion trap quantum computer that can be used in industry. It fits into two 19-inch server racks like those found in data centers throughout the world.


2. Researchers Develop New Software for Designing Sustainable Cities

Source: Stanford University 2

1 Jun 2021

New technology could help cities around the world improve people’s lives while saving billions of dollars. The free, open-source software developed by researchers creates maps to visualize the links between nature and human wellbeing. City planners and developers can use the software to visualize where investments in nature, such as parks and marshlands, can maximize benefits to people, like protection from flooding and improved health.


3. Microscopy Deep Learning Predicts Viral Infections

Source: University of Zurich

21 Jun 2021

When viruses infect cells, changes in the cell nucleus occur, and these can be observed through fluorescence microscopy. Using fluoresence images from live cells, researchers have trained an artificial neural network to reliably recognize cells that are infected by adenoviruses or herpes viruses. The procedure also identifies severe acute infections at an early stage.


4. New Cold Atom Source Lays Groundwork for Portable Quantum Devices

Source: The Optical Society

21 Jun 2021

Although quantum technology has proven valuable for highly precise timekeeping, making these technologies practical for use in a variety of environments is still a key challenge. In an important step toward portable quantum devices, researchers have developed a new high-flux and compact cold-atom source with low power consumption that can be a key component of many quantum technologies.


5. Modeling A Circular Economy for Electronic Waste

Source: University of Pittsburgh

21 Jun 2021

Researchers have developed a model framework that analyzes dishonest end-of-life electronics management and what leads recyclers to pursue fraudulent activities. They find that the primary way to ensure an e-waste recycler will engage in honest practices with minimum supervision is to make it the more profitable option, either by decreasing the costs of recycling or increasing the penalties for fraudulent practices.


6. Researchers Use AI to Track Cognitive Deviation in Aging Brains

Source: Radiological Society of North America

23 Jun 2021

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based brain age prediction model to quantify deviations from a healthy brain-aging trajectory in patients with mild cognitive impairment, according to a study in Radiology: Artificial Intelligence.


7. AI Spots Healthy Stem Cells Quickly and Accurately

Source: Tokyo Medical and Dental University

23 Jun 2021

Stem cell therapy is at the cutting edge of regenerative medicine, but until now researchers and clinicians have had to painstakingly evaluate stem cell quality by looking at each cell individually under a microscope. Now, researchers from Japan have found a way to speed up this process, using the power of artificial intelligence (AI).


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