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Holographics set to feed a market hungry for data backup

May 20, 2007

The world’s first commercial holographic storage system will be launched this autumn, with the product able to store 600GB on a disc about the size of a CD.

Nanotubes may have no ‘temperature’

August 18, 2004

Physicists have made a bizarre discovery: the concept of temperature is meaningless in some tiny objects because of the statistical fluctuations inherent in the quantum world.

Although the concept of temperature is known to break down on the scale of individual atoms, research now suggests that it may also fail to apply in rather larger entities, such as carbon nanotubes.

“If you’re down to a scale where temperature… read more

Diversity of neurons increases information in the brain

August 30, 2010

Uniqueness of mitral cell output to identical input: Spike rasters of ten trials for three mitral cells to an identical fluctuating input (black trace). (Krishnan Padmanabhan & Nathaniel N. Urban)

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have discovered that the diversity in how neurons respond to incoming stimuli, formerly ignored by neuroscientists, is actually critical to overall brain function and to how neurons process complex stimuli and code information.

“I think neuroscientists have, at an intuitive level, recognized the variability between neurons, but we swept it under the rug because we didn’t consider that diversity could be a feature. Rather, we… read more

Nvidia Details ‘Personal Supercomputer` Design Based on Tesla GPU

November 24, 2008

Nvidia has announced a new supercomputer design that will use its Tesla technology as the engine of a new “personal supercomputer” to be build into OEM workstations that contain between two and four of Nvidia’s 933-gigaflops general purpose Tesla GPUs (graphics processing units), allowing researchers to run scientific and other massive workloads at their desks.

Take Note: Computing Takes Up Pen, Again

May 30, 2007

Livescribe has created an ambitious new type of pen-based computer system that, if successful, could bridge the gap between paper and the digital world and perhaps even change the way millions of people interact with the Internet.

Instead of forcing users to write with a stylus on a computer’s slippery display, Livescribe put the computer inside a plump ballpoint pen that is used on paper imprinted with nearly invisible… read more

Neptune-Class Worlds Found

September 1, 2004

Astronomers using telescopes in Hawaii, California and Texas have found the first Neptune-size planets outside our solar system, far smaller than any planets previously detected.

The near simultaneous discovery of these smallest-yet planets indicates they could be common, said Geoff Marcy, a planet hunter from UC Berkeley.

First Light-Driven Nanomachine

December 2, 2008

Yale University researchers have developed a light-driven nanoresonator that uses a modulator driven by light, not electrons.

The technology could be used to develop opto-mechanical switches that can reroute optical signals, achieving far faster performance with simpler systems than by first converting to an electronic router.

Such devices could also be used to create very sensitive chemical sensors.

Converters Signal a New Era for TVs

June 7, 2007

At midnight on Feb. 17, 2009, the rabbit ears and the rooftop antennas that still guide television signals into nearly 1 of every 5 American homes will be rendered useless — unless they are tethered to a new device, including two versions unveiled yesterday, that the government will spend as much as $80 a household to help families buy.

Among the advantages of digital television being promoted by the… read more

In Denmark, a printable house

May 7, 2012


Danish architects Frederik Agdrup and Nicholas Bjorndal of Eentileen used just a computer, a “printer” — actually, a  computer numerical control (CNC) machine — and 820 sheets of plywood to build a 125 square meter (1,345 square foot) home in four weeks.

Named Villa Asserbo, the home is the pilot project of Eentileen’s Print a House project. The designers are touting the process of mass-customizing houses and… read more

Nanotechnology-based data storage on rise

September 10, 2004

Nanotechnology could yield billions of dollars of new data storage devices, based on exotic technologies, in just the next few years, with vastly larger memory and faster response times.

Experts predict a growth in the global market for such nano-based storage from $97 million in 2004 to $17.9 billion by 2008 and $65.7 billion by 2011.

Tod Machover’s opera of the future

September 15, 2010

Death and the Powers introduces new performance techniques and an animated set, including a musical chandelier with dozens of Teflon strings that can be played by the performers. (Jill Steinberg)

Later this month, the Opera of the Future Group at the MIT Media Lab will premiere Death and the Powers, an opera more than 10 years in the making. Featuring life-sized singing robots and a musical chandelier, the opera could redefine how technology can enhance live performance and help reestablish opera’s spirit of innovation.

Created by composer and MIT Media Lab Professor Tod Machover, who has… read more

What happens when silicon can shrink no more?

December 8, 2008

Crossbar switching arrays made from self-assembled semiconducting nanowires or rotaxanes and graphene transistor channels are among the emerging innovations that promise to overcome the limitations of silicon as a transitor base material.

Stanford’s New Driverless Car

June 18, 2007

A computer-controlled car named Junior is Stanford University’s official entry in the DARPA Urban Challenge, a race in which an autonomous car must navigate city streets, obey traffic laws, avoid obstructions, and, crucially, drive well among other cars in traffic.

Virus Forms Nano Template

September 24, 2004

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Brown University have showed how self-assembly mechanisms that bring together charged membranes and oppositely charged polymers like biological molecules can be understood in terms of simple rules, and have applied the rules to make virus-membrane complexes with pore sizes that can be used to organize molecules.

These complexes are made from alternating layers of membranes and viruses. They could be… read more

Airborne Laser lets rip on first target

December 16, 2008

Airborn laser battles with aircraft patrolling the skies, zapping missiles, aircraft or even satellites in low Earth orbit with invisible, ultrapowerful laser beams may become a reality soon, with the successful test of the Airborne Laser (ABL), developed by aerospace firms Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

(Jim Shryne/USAF)

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