Science

Let’s Create the Science Readiness Reserves – an Elite Scientific Body to Advise on Catastrophes

We believe that now is the time to create a new scientific body, the Science Readiness Reserves, composed of scientists and organizations that voluntarily choose to take part. They would bring together the best from the public and the private sectors, recognizing that the scientific capacity of any member nation is distributed across government, academia, foundations and industry.

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Inside the Global Race to Fight COVID-19 Using the World’s Fastest Supercomputers

As the director of a global research organization, I feel obligated to use all the resources of cutting-edge science and technology at our disposal to fight this scourge. As a father, I want a lasting solution, one that serves not just in this crisis, but the next. And, as an American and a Spaniard, with […]

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Helping Advance Huntington’s Disease Research by Using AI to Map the Human Brain

In a new study, IBM and CHDI researchers studied the relationship between the pace of subtle cognitive decline in patients before full-fledged symptoms and their brain activity, as shown by a functional MRI. The results demonstrate that measuring the potential progression of HD could eventually be done from a single brain scan, acquired in one visit.

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Free of Heavy Metals, New Battery Design Could Alleviate Environmental Concerns

Today, IBM Research is building on a long history of materials science innovation to unveil a new battery discovery. This new research could help eliminate the need for heavy metals in battery production and transform the long-term sustainability of many elements of our energy infrastructure.

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Harnessing Gallium Phosphide for Future Information Technology

In the paper “Integrated gallium phosphide nonlinear photonics”, recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Photonics, we report on the development of high-performance photonic devices made of the crystalline semiconductor gallium phosphide. This work represents a breakthrough in the manipulation of light with semiconductor materials integrated on a chip. It opens the door to a […]

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World’s smallest DRAM cell promises low-power memory in future mobile devices

In a new paper published in Nature Electronics, IBM researchers demonstrate the smallest ever built DRAM memory cell, fifty years after its invention. The new DRAM cells feature potentially low power consumption and an unprecedented small footprint. They could be therefore particularly appealing for implementation in mobile devices or as cache memory.

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World’s First Ultrafast All-Optical Room Temperature Transistor

Modern digital computers have changed our lives in a variety of ways, but the technology on which they are built has still some room for improvement. As computational workloads continue to grow due to massive amounts of data and techniques like artificial intelligence, more powerful computing technologies become of paramount importance. Two of the main […]

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Shaping Microscale Flows with Electric Fields

The field of lab-on-a-chip seeks to revolutionize chemical and biological analysis by reducing large scale laboratories to the size of a microfluidic chip.

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Enabling Fabrication Beyond 7nm

How did we get from the Palm Pilots of the 90s to the ultra-powerful smart phones of today? In large part, because of scaling, where integrated circuits are made with smaller feature sizes fitting more and more circuit elements in the same area of silicon at each technology generation. This sets our expectations that in […]

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Addressing Climate Change at a Major Source: Buildings

Can silica gel desiccant packs, often found in shoe boxes and electronics, be the answer to our energy challenges for buildings? A four-year project proves yes, sort of. According to the European Commission, heating and cooling in buildings and industry accounts for half of the EU’s energy consumption, and fossil fuels generate 84 percent of […]

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Graphene Puts Nanomaterials In Their Place

Nanomaterials offer unique optical and electrical properties and bottom-up integration within industrial semiconductor manufacturing processes. However, they also present one of the most challenging research problems. In essence, semiconductor manufacturing today lacks methods for depositing nanomaterials at predefined chip locations without chemical contamination. We think that graphene, one of the thinnest, strongest, most flexible and most […]

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IBM Launches Free AI Tool in the Cloud for Predicting Chemical Reactions

For more than 200 years, the synthesis of organic molecules has remained one of the most important tasks in organic chemistry. The work of chemists has scientific and commercial implications that range from the production of Aspirin to that of Nylon. Yet, little has been done to change age-old practices dramatically and allow a new […]

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