Computing hardware/software > Mathematics & statistics

Random number generator and game

14 September, 2010

A simple device measures the quantum noise of vacuum fluctuations and generates true random numbers. Researchers have constructed a device that works on the principle of true randomness. With the help of quantum physics, their machine generates random numbers that cannot be predicted in advance. The researchers exploit the fact that measurements based on quantum physics can only produce a special result with a certain degree of probability, that is, randomly.

Computing in a backwards world

27 January, 2010

Dr Owen Maroney claims we can remember in a reversed universe and it's all to do with the heat coming from your computer.

Detecting bias in the reporting of clinical trials

20 August, 2009

A team of researchers from the University of Leicester has investigated two methods that both proved effective in identifying and eliminating publication bias from medical research.

New Year will be a second late

22 December, 2008

An extra second will be added to 2008 so that the world's clocks are in agreement with the Earth's rotation.

Huge volumes of information are changing the nature of science

03 December, 2008

CSIRO’s new ultra high-resolution visualisation system, CSIROvision, marks Australia's entry into the petabyte age where scientists will analyse volumes of data greater than previously known.

Using biostatistics to detect disease outbreaks

15 July, 2008

CSIRO aims to use biostatistics to generate better information from health data, contributing to improved health outcomes for Australians.

A free alternative to Matlab, Maple, Mathematica and Magma

13 December, 2007

An open-source tool that allows physicists and mathematicians to solve complex equations, without spending hundreds of thousands on expensive software, has won first prize in the scientific software division of Les Trophées du Libre, an international competition for free software.

Exciting times in the era of the electronic medical record

17 November, 2006

The mission and goals of hospital laboratories are changing rapidly with greater emphasis on activities such as point-of-care testing and outreach testing, working in tandem with other automated systems in the hospital.

Australian wins highest international honour in mathematics

28 August, 2006

The Fields Medal, considered to be the Nobel Prize of Mathematics, was awarded to Professor Terence Tao. This is the first time an Australian has won this award.

Simulink Verification and Validation

18 July, 2005

MathWorks has announced Simulink Verification and Validation, a product for Simulink that enables system designers and test engineers to perform continuous testing and verification throughout development.

Network science

25 June, 2005

There is a relatively new approach to addressing large, complex problems - 'network science'.

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