Scientists from Spectrolab, Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing, have recently published their research on the fabrication of solar cells that surpass the 40% efficiency milestone—the highest efficiency achieved for any photovoltaic device.
March 1, 2013
It could be used to install objects in hard-to-reach places such as underground water pipes, he suggested.
It might also herald an age of self-assembling furniture, said experts.
“We’re proposing that the fourth dimension is time… read more
October 3, 2013
Researchers from three universities are proposing to add a dimension to 3D printing by developing “4D” materials that can exhibit behavior that changes over time.
Imagine an automobile coating that changes its structure to adapt to a humid environment or a salt-covered road, better protecting the car from corrosion. Or consider a soldier’s uniform that could alter its camouflage or more effectively protect against poison gas or… read more
September 5, 2005
Cellphones capable of transmitting data at a gigabit per second have been demonstrated by NTT DoCoMo in Japan.
In experiments, prototype phones were used to view 32 high definition video streams, while travelling in an automobile at 20 kilometers per hour.
Multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) multiplexing was also used to send data via various routes across a network to further increase data capacity.
January 2, 2007
RFID, Web services, greater use of 3D displays, and the use of graphics processors for computation are among the hot technologies to watch for in 2007.
April 12, 2001
Growing human organs to ease the deadly shortages facing patients desperate for transplants. Deploying organic molecules to store a million times more data than silicon can. Harnessing the unused processing power on your desktop to attack gigantic computational problems, from genetic analysis to spotting hidden customer trends. Massively expanding the data capacity of optical networks to turbocharge the information superhighway. Modifying plants to grow cheap, lifesaving vaccines.
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September 30, 2003
Five technologies that could change the world are three-D printing to allow designers and engineers to get new products to market faster, biosimulation to speed development of more effective new drugs, autonomic computing (computers smart enough to configure themselves), Internet-like “distributed generation” power networks placed closer to where the power is actually being used, and smart tags to allow products to be tracked through the distribution network.
1. Don’t touch your eyes, mouth and nose.
2. Wash your hands with soap and water.
3. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
4. Cover your nose and mouth.
5. Consider buying an N95 respirator.
November 2, 2011
The StreetScooter, a $7,000 electric vehicle (EV) with a 74 mph top speed and an 80-mile range, have been developed by a collaboration among more than 50 auto parts suppliers, tech companies and software developers, Autopia Wired reports.
It’s a modular vehicle, with parts that can be added, removed, and reused depending on customer preference.
StreetScooter will be available in Germany in the spring of 2013,… read more
September 14, 2011
Astronomers have discovered more than 50 new exoplanets orbiting nearby stars, including sixteen super-Earths (planets with a mass between one and ten times that of the Earth).
They used the HARPS spectrograph on the 3.6-metre telescope at ESO‘s La Silla Observatory in Chile, the world’s most successful planet finder.
One of the recently announced newly discovered planets, HD 85512 b, is estimated… read more
July 9, 2008
Eastman Kodak Company unveiled the world’s first 50 million pixel CCD image sensor for professional photography.
The sensor captures digital images with unprecedented resolution and detail. For instance, with a 50 megapixel camera, in an aerial photo of a field 1 1/2 miles across, you could detect an object about the size of a small notebook computer (1 foot by 1 foot).
5D nanostructured quartz glass optical memory could provide ‘unlimited’ data storage for a million years
July 10, 2013
University of Southampton and Eindhoven University of Technology.scientists have developed a new technology that could store vast quantities of information — 360 TB on a disc, about 100 times more than current disk drives — for more than a million years .
‘Superman memory crystal’
Using a high speed femtosecond laser, data is written on self-assembled nanostructures created in fused quartz, and stored in… read more