System Bits: Feb. 16

WW seismic network app UC Berkeley researchers have released a free Android app that uses a smartphone’s ability to record ground shaking from an earthquake, with the goal of creating a worldwide seismic detection network that could eventually warn users of impending jolts from nearby quakes. The app, called MyShake, is available from the Google Play Store and runs in the background with... » read more

System Bits: Jan. 20

Nanodiamonds are quantum’s best friend Purdue University researchers have demonstrated a new way to enhance the emission of single photons by using "hyperbolic metamaterials," in a step they say could be used in developing quantum computers and communications technologies. Optical metamaterials harness clouds of electrons called surface plasmons to manipulate and control light. The team p... » read more