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Bottling up the sun – the latest on our quest for fusion energy
June 2014

Bottling up the sun – the latest on our quest for fusion energy

by Jonathan Squire The human race has an energy problem. Despite continually increasing demand, we still have no truly viable way to produce energy on a necessary scale without significant environmental consequences. So what about solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, geothermal, or CCS (carbon capture and storage)? Each of these generation methods has its own disadvantages, and certainly … Continue reading

A New Class of Antidepressants Promising to Revolutionize the Treatment of Depression
June 2014

A New Class of Antidepressants Promising to Revolutionize the Treatment of Depression

by Márton Siklós Major depression and bipolar spectrum disorders affect a significant portion of the world population at any moment (around 4%) and account for a high socioeconomic burden, as well as for a major loss of quality-adjusted years of life. None of the current treatments for depression are more than moderately effective on their own, and … Continue reading

NELL: a machine that continuously reads, learns, and thinks by itself
May 2014

NELL: a machine that continuously reads, learns, and thinks by itself

by Derry Tanti Wijaya “Milk drinkers are turning to powder”—here is a classic example of a sense that is tricky for humans to interpret but next to impossible for machines. As humans we instinctively know that milk drinkers can’t become powder just by drinking milk; otherwise nobody would be brave (or stupid) enough to drink it. We have … Continue reading

Making Decisions in highly uncertain scenarios: Challenges in Healthcare and Education
May 2014

Making Decisions in highly uncertain scenarios: Challenges in Healthcare and Education

by Vukosi Marivate Imagine trying to teach a machine how to play chess. There are numerous small steps to teach; strategies to start the game, strategies to play the middle of the game and strategies to end the game. Strategies are the possible actions to take in a given situation. The combinations of these strategies … Continue reading

The next big step in computers: what can physics offer us?
April 2014

The next big step in computers: what can physics offer us?

By Juan Andrés Muniz and Su-Peng Yu Few scientific breakthroughs of the past century have had as big an impact as the development of electronics and computer related technology: starting with the gigantic prototype computers that occupied several rooms, and then becoming the modern mobile devices that can fit in our pockets. This boom resulted … Continue reading