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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ScienceDaily: Computers and Internet News

ScienceDaily: Computers and Internet News

Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel, petroleum processing

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 08:23 AM PST

Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The discovery could lead to major efficiencies and cost savings in these industries.

Researchers make magnetic graphene

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 06:59 AM PST

Graphene has many desirable properties. Magnetism alas is not one of them. Magnetism can be induced in graphene by doping it with magnetic impurities, but this tends to disrupt graphene's electronic properties. Now physicists have found a way to induce magnetism in graphene while also preserving graphene's electronic properties. They have accomplished this by bringing a graphene sheet very close to a magnetic insulator -- an electrical insulator with magnetic properties.

Entanglement on a chip: Breakthrough promises secure communications and faster computers

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 06:57 AM PST

A team of scientists has developed, for the first time, a microscopic component that is small enough to fit onto a standard silicon chip that can generate a continuous supply of entangled photons.

New programming language for fast simulations

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 05:39 AM PST

Programming is a time-consuming process, and it may take many years to develop even a basic simulator. Researchers want to simplify this process. They have created a language similar to the language of mathematics. This allows them to subdivide the work process in such a way that reduces the time it takes to develop a simulator. A mathematician can then focus on what he or she knows best -- the simulator's area of application. Programming experts, on the other hand, can sit and work with "the translator" in order that the translated code can run faster, and they don't have to worry about the application.

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