The world is currently fixated on using combinations of letters and numbers
as passwords and PIN codes, but actually there could be a better way.
Whether you love them or hate them, emoji offer one possible alternative
to this standard, which could make passcodes both easier to remember
and harder to crack.
Music gets so much easier when you instinctively know all the notes. But being able to reliably identify or reproduce a pitch without error is rare. If you're not born with perfect pitch, prior studies suggest, your only hope of getting it is to receive musical training at a critical period in your childhood. New research at the University of Chicago suggests otherwise, however. Perfect pitch might be attainable well into adulthood.
Using a matrix of nano-sized memristors, researchers
working at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and the
University of California, Santa Barbara claim to have constructed the world’s
first electronic memory cell that effectively mimics the analog process of the
human brain. By storing memories as multiple threads of varying information,
rather than a collection of ones and zeroes, scientists believe that this
device may prove to be the first step towards creating a completely artificial,
rover landed on Mars in 2004 and its 90-day mission has now lasted almost 11 years. Unfortunately, its age is beginning to show with the unmanned robotic explorer beginning to display signs of memory loss. Mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory reports that Opportunity's computers have been resetting as its flash memory banks suffer fits of "amnesia," which engineers back on Earth are trying to repair.
The technologies made possible by breakthroughs in quantum physics have already provided the means of quantum cryptography
, and are gradually paving the way toward powerful, practical, everyday quantum computers
, and even quantum teleportation
. Unfortunately, without corresponding atomic memories to appropriately store quantum-specific information, the myriad possibilities of these technologies are becoming increasingly difficult to advance. To help address this problem, scientists from the University of Warsaw (FUW) claim to have developed an atomic memory that has both exceptional memory properties and a construction elegant in its simplicity.
Do you forget where you left your keys or parked the car, or have difficulty remembering the names of people you’ve just met? The good news is that chocolate – or more specifically, naturally occurring compounds in cocoa called flavanols – can reverse age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) study.
SanDisk has announced its, and the world's, highest capacity SD memory card so far. Designed with professional videographers and photographers in mind, the 512 GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I memory card couples high capacity with write speeds of up to 90 MB/s and transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s.
Failing memory is one of the (many) drawbacks of old age, but can also impact younger people suffering stroke, early-stage Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury and cardiac arrest. In a breakthrough that opens up the potential for new treatments for memory impairments in the young and old, researchers at Northwestern University have shown that electrical stimulation of the brain can improve memory, with the benefits lasting long after treatment.
While there has been progress
made in the fight against Alzheimer's
, our understanding of the dispiriting disease remains somewhat limited, with a definitive cure yet to be found. The latest development comes at the hands of researchers from Yale's School of Medicine, who have discovered a new drug compound shown to reverse the effects of Alzheimer's in mice.
Dementia charity The Memory Box Network has launched a new website to help improve the well-being of dementia sufferers. Our Big Box is a "digital treasure chest" to which memorable photos can be saved. It is aimed at improving psychological health by stimulating reminiscence and interaction.