Tech News (12 – 18 Sept 2021)

Weekly Tech News related to Superconducting Circuits, Better Hardware for AI, 3D Printed Objects – Sensing, Computer Model – COVID-19, AI – Wildfire, Improving Power Efficiency in Fuel 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.

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1.    Researchers Develop New Tool for Analyzing Large Superconducting Circuits

Source: Northwestern University

13 Sept 2021

Researchers have developed and tested a theoretical tool for analyzing large superconducting circuits. These circuits use superconducting quantum bits, or qubits, the smallest units of a quantum computer, to store information.

Original written by: Megan Fellman

2.    Study Points to Better Hardware for Artificial Intelligence

Source: Purdue University

14 Sept 2021

A new study has found a material that can mimic the sea slug’s most essential intelligence features. The discovery is a step toward building hardware that could help make AI more efficient and reliable for technology ranging from self-driving cars and surgical robots to social media algorithms.

Original written by: Kayla Wiles

3.    3D-Printed Objects That Sense How a User Is Interacting with Them

Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

14 Sept 2021

Researchers have developed a new method to 3D print mechanisms that detect how force is being applied to an object. The structures are made from a single piece of material, so they can be rapidly prototyped. A designer could use this method to 3D print “interactive input devices,” like a joystick, switch, or handheld controller, in one go.

Original written by: Adam Zewe

4.    Computer Model to Reduce COVID-19 Infections and Deaths

Source: Nanyang Technological University

15 Sept 2021

A team of scientists has developed a predictive computer model that, when tested on real pandemic data, proposed strategies that would have reduced the rate of both COVID-19 infections and deaths by an average of 72 percent, based on a sample from four countries.

5.    AI System Identifies Buildings Damaged by Wildfire

Source: Stanford University

16 Sept 2021

Through a system called DamageMap, a team has brought an artificial intelligence approach to building assessment: Instead of comparing before-and-after photos, they’ve trained a program using machine learning to rely solely on post-fire images.

Original written by: Danielle Torrent Tucker

6.    Infusing Bacteria with Silver to Improve Power Efficiency in Fuel Cells

Source: University of California – Los Angeles

16 Sept 2021

A team of engineers and chemists has taken a major step forward in the development of microbial fuel cells — a technology that utilizes natural bacteria to extract electrons from organic matter in wastewater to generate electrical currents.

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