27
Apr
2016

Software helps people harness the power of computing for the task of their choice, be it analyzing a genome or streaming a movie. But platforms provide the next level of computational potential, enabling easy access to software for users and a strong foundation for developers to build upon and distribute their work. A good platform example is iOS, the operating system for mobile Apple devices, which through its app store and programming language allows worldwide distribution of software, near instantly, at low cost.

18
Apr
2016

As climate change drives higher temperatures and more frequent droughts around the world, many predict severe threats to agriculture and food security. But a new study aggregating several climate and crop models suggests that  the primary driver of climate change, rising levels of carbon dioxide, may also prove beneficial to crops, mitigating a portion of the damage.

04
Apr
2016

Superconductors have made advanced technologies such as MRI machines, superconducting generators, and particle accelerators possible in our modern world. Soon, they may make futuristic concepts such as magnetic levitation trains and cheap wind energy more affordable and widespread. But in order to do so, scientists need to realize more of the theoretical potential of superconductivity to pass electric current with zero resistance.