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Chip design aims for quantum leap

August 23, 2002

University of Wisconsin researchers are designing a practical quantum computer using ordinary electronics rather than exotic laboratory equipment. Their design would incorporate thousands of individually-controlled electrons into a silicon chip that could be made much the same way as today’s computer chips.

Chip could create mass-produced clones

January 30, 2002

A chip that will automatically create hundreds of cloned embryos at a time is being developed by a Californian biotech company, New Scientist has learned.If it lives up to its promise, the chip should help make cloning cheap and easy enough for companies to mass-produce identical copies of the best milk or meat producing animals for farmers. It might even be used for cloning human embryos.

The chip automates… read more

Chip architecture uses nanowires

September 17, 2004

Hewlett-Packard Laboratories researchers are simulating chips that would use nanowire crossbar arrays.

These simulations show that nanowire crossbar arrays can contain as many as 100 times more devices in a given area than today’s chip technologies, even with the redundancy required by high defect rates in nanowire crossbar arrays.

Chinese-made unmanned vehicle passes freeway test

January 24, 2013


An unmanned vehicle designed by Military Transportation University of the PLA (MTU) recently won top prize in the fourth Future Challenge, a contest for intelligent vehicles, reports.

The vehicle, a third-generation prototype named “Fierce Lion 3,” completed a 114-kilometer journey within 85 minutes, with a top speed of 105 kilometers per hour, making itself China’s first unmanned vehicle to pass a freeway test.

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Chinese, African Genomes Sequenced

November 6, 2008
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A male Yoruba from Nigeria and a Han Chinese man joined genetics luminaries James Watson and Craig Venter on Wednesday as the only people to have their genomes sequenced and made publicly available. The two anonymous genomes serve as proof that new sequencing technologies, which are orders of magnitude cheaper than standard methods, are capable of accurately reading the sequence of a complete human genome.

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Chinese supercomputer is world’s fastest at 2.5 petaflops

October 28, 2010

The Tianhe-1A Supercomputer, located at National Supercomputer Center, Tianjin (NVIDIA)

Tianhe-1A, a new supercomputer revealed today at HPC 2010 China, has set a new performance record of 2.507 petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second), as measured by the LINPACK benchmark, making it the fastest system in China and in the world today, according to an NVIDIA statement.

The supercomputer operates 50% faster than the world’s current top supercomputer, the Cray XT5-HE Jaquar at Oakread more

Chinese spacecraft dock in orbit

November 3, 2011

Shenzhou 8 craft made contact with Tiangong-1

The unmanned Shenzhou 8 craft, launched earlier this week, has made contact with the Tiangong-1 space lab.

Being able to dock two space vehicles together is a necessary capability for China if it wants to start building a space station towards the decade’s end.

No astronauts were in the Shenzhou craft this time, but future missions will carry people.

Chinese project probes the genetics of genius

May 15, 2013

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Researchers at BGI (formerly the Beijing Genomics Institute) in Shenzhen, China, the largest gene-sequencing facility in the world, are searching for the quirks of DNA that may contribute to genius in an ethically controversial study.

They are scouring the genomes of 1,600 U.S. adolescents who signed up for the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) in the 1970s, Nature News reports.

Some geneticists say that the… read more

Chinese move to their eco-city of the future

March 19, 2012

Tainjin, China

Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco City — the world’s largest eco-city — is an experimental model for how Chinese cities could develop and solve some of the enormous problems facing them: permanent gridlock, a lack of water, and ruinous electricity bills.

General Motors is using Tianjin to work out if electric driverless cars can function in a normal traffic system, and road-test the next generation of vehicles: small urban cars that drive themselves… read more

Chinese Edge Toward Supercomputing Record

May 31, 2010

A Chinese supercomputer — the Dawning Nebulae, based at the National Supercomputing Center in Shenzhen, China — has achieved a sustained computing speed of 1.27 petaflops (quadrillion mathematical operations per second), ranking as the world’s second fastest machine on the latest Top 500 list of supercomputers released Monday.

The world’s fastest computer remains the Cray Jaguar supercomputer, based at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, at… read more

Chinese crunch human genome with videogame chips

January 10, 2012


The world’s largest genome sequencing center once needed four days to analyze data describing a human genome. Now it needs just six hours.

The trick is servers built with graphics processing units (GPUs). This fall, BGI — a mega lab headquartered in Shenzhen, China — switched to servers that use GPUs built by Nvidia, and this slashed its genome analysis time by more than an order of… read more

Chinese Could Replace English as Dominant Internet Language

December 29, 2010


An infographic posted on The NextWeb suggests that Chinese could replace English as the dominant Internet language.

English is currently number one, with 27.3 % of Internet users (537 million), while Chinese is number 2 at 22.6 % (445 million). However, total market penetration for the Internet in English-speaking countries is 42 % vs. 32.6 % for Chinese, which has more room to expand, and… read more

Chinese city sealed off after man dies from bubonic plague

July 23, 2014

Yersinia pestis bacteria (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The Chinese city of Yumen in Gansu province in China was sealed off Tuesday for nine days (ending today) after a man died of bubonic plague,  South China Post reports, based on a report by China Central Television.

“Other reports said the 38-year-old victim had come across a dead marmot on July 13. He is said to have chopped it up to feed to his dog, but… read more

Chinese astronauts may grow vegetables on the Moon

December 6, 2012


Chinese astronauts may get fresh vegetables and oxygen supplies by gardening in extraterrestrial bases in the future, according to Deng Yibing, deputy director of the Beijing-based Chinese Astronaut Research and Training Center, Xinhua News reports.

Yibing said the experiment focused on a dynamic balanced mechanism of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water between people and plants in a closed system.

According to Deng, a cabin of 300 cubic meters… read more

China’s parallel online universe

December 28, 2011


China’s social-media clones are diverse and likely, but careful to follow Communist Party censorship.

Western social media services are blocked in China. This clears the playing field for homegrown (and heavily monitored) firms, such as Renren (Facebook-type functions), (YouTube-like video sharing service), Sina Weibo (Twitter-like microblogging service), QQ (MSN messenger-like), and Baike (Wikipedia-like).

See also: A geek’s guide to China’s Silicon ValleyTencent’s QQ, notread more

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