Week in Review: 12/11/16 – 12/17/16

12/16/2016

Fast-track control accelerates switching of quantum bits

An international collaboration among physicists at the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, McGill University and the University of Konstanz recently demonstrated a new framework for faster control of a quantum bit—the basic unit of information in yet-to-be created quantum computers—in findings published online Nov. 28 in Nature Physics. Their experiments on a single electron in a diamond chip could create quantum devices less prone to errors when operated at high speeds.
https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2016/12/16/fast-track-control-accelerates-switching-quantum-bits

Rice, Baylor team sets new mark for ‘deep learning’

Neuroscience and artificial intelligence experts from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have taken inspiration from the human brain in creating a new “deep learning” method that enables computers to learn about the visual world largely on their own, much as human babies do.
http://news.rice.edu/2016/12/16/rice-baylor-team-sets-new-mark-for-deep-learning-2/

12/14/2016

Nanocubes Simplify Printing And Imaging In Color And Infrared

Duke University researchers believe they have overcome a longstanding hurdle to producing cheaper, more robust ways to print and image across a range of colors extending into the infrared.
https://pratt.duke.edu/about/news/plasmonic-imaging

Researchers Work to Improve the Lifecycle of Materials

When most living creatures get hurt, they can self-heal and recover from the injury. But, when damage occurs to inanimate objects, they don’t have that same ability and typically either lose functionality or have their useful lifecycle reduced. Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are working to change that.
https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2016/12/lifecycleofmaterials