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Long narrow wires carry heat with little resistance

March 28th, 2020 at 9:51 am » Comments Off

Smooth-walled wire traps high energy phonons, low energy phonons carry heat. Tiny wires may boost heat flow. Getting rid of heat is one of the central challenges with modern technology. It doesn’t matter whether the technology is a high-end server CPU or some pathetically anemic processor in a no-brand set-top box—someone has had to think […]

Goodyear invented a new tire that never needs to be changed. Here’s how its self-regenerating tread works.

March 21st, 2020 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

  Goodyear has unveiled its reCharge Concept tires that are self-regenerating and self-charging with artificial intelligence features. The tires can change its treads according to the climate and terrain. Goodyear claims its concept tires keep in line with the trending needs of electric and sustainable mobility.

If we can make animals smarter, should we?

March 19th, 2020 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

In science fiction stories, research can accidentally create superintelligent animal species. As the ability to alter animals’ brains grows, some say we should be wary of fiction becoming reality. This article appears in VICE Magazine’s Stupid Issue, which is dedicated to the entertaining, goofy, and just plain dumb. It features stories celebrating ridiculous ideas, trends, […]

Skin-like, flexible sensor lets robots detect us

March 18th, 2020 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

A new sensor for robots is designed to make our physical interactions with these machines a little smoother—and safer. The sensor, which is now being commercialized, allows robots to measure the distance and angle of approach of a human or object in close proximity. Industrial robots often work autonomously to complete tasks. But increasingly, collaborative […]

High-density hybrid powercapacitors: A new frontier in the energy race

March 17th, 2020 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

Toomen’s high-density hybrid power capacitors offer the density of lithium batteries, but with much greater charge and discharge rates, a massive range of safe operating temperatures, enormous lifespans and no danger of explosion Hybrid “power capacitors” that can store as much energy as lithium batteries, but with much higher charge/discharge rates, a huge range of […]

Cloud data speeds set to soar with aid of laser mini-magnets

March 15th, 2020 at 1:06 am » Comments Off

Model of a single-molecule magnet Tiny, laser-activated magnets could enable cloud computing systems to process data up to 100 times faster than current technologies, a study suggests. Chemists have studied a new magnetic material that could boost the storage capacity and processing speed of hard drives used in cloud-based servers. This could enable people using […]

‘It’s like you have a hand again’: A major breakthrough in robotic limb technology

March 12th, 2020 at 11:46 am » Comments Off

Grafting tiny bits of muscle to amputated nerves provides a way to control a robotic limb Joe Hamilton intuitively controls a prosthetic hand using the Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interface, or RPNI, in a lab on the University of Michigan Medical Campus. (Evan Dougherty/University of Michigan Engineering) Researchers with the University of Michigan have announced a […]

Honeywell says it will soon launch the world’s most powerful quantum computer

March 11th, 2020 at 11:24 am » Comments Off

“The best-kept secret in quantum computing.” That’s what Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) CEO Ilyas Khan called Honeywell‘s efforts in building the world’s most powerful quantum computer. In a race where most of the major players are vying for attention, Honeywell has quietly worked on its efforts for the last few years (and under strict NDA’s, […]

Researchers combine lasers and terahertz waves in camera that sees ‘unseen’ detail

March 3rd, 2020 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

  The time-resolved nonlinear ghost imaging camera uses a nonlinear crystal to convert standard laser light to terahertz patterns, allowing the reconstruction of complex samples using a single terahertz pixel. A team of physicists at the University of Sussex has successfully developed the first nonlinear camera capable of capturing high-resolution images of the interior of […]

5 incredible synthetic biology holy grails that could change the world

March 3rd, 2020 at 11:59 am » Comments Off

Investors are still waiting for next-generation biotech to deliver on its enormous promise and potential, but just one of these Holy Grails would make the wait worth it.  Biotechnology has come a long way since 1978, when Herbert Boyer successfully demonstrated that human insulin could be produced from bacteria engineered with recombinant DNA. The breakthrough […]

One of the World’s Tiniest Nuclear Plants Is Coming to Idaho

March 2nd, 2020 at 1:47 am » Comments Off

The demonstration represents a new-generation of micro-reactors. An innovative nuclear plant that runs on lower waste fuel hopes to be online by 2022-2025. The plant’s creator, Oklo, joins startups around the world working to innovate safer, smaller nuclear power plants. But experts suggest that Oklo’s timeline is unrealistic with years of nuclear approval process ahead. […]

Writing a quantum algorithm? Avoid using a quantum computer

February 28th, 2020 at 1:30 am » Comments Off

A Zapata researcher works on one of the company’s quantum computing algorithms. Startups are helping companies write software for quantum computers. It isn’t easy. Zapata Computing, a 30-person startup in Boston, creates software for quantum computers. But when a customer has a problem it would like to solve, one of Zapata’s first steps is to […]

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