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A Chinese company said it created a photo with such a high resolution that you can zoom from thousands of meters away to see people’s facial expressions

December 24th, 2018 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

You might call this the pinnacle of high-resolution images. The image, the brainchild of a company called Jingkun Technology, or BigPixel, was taken from atop the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai, China. The company said the photo’s resolution is a mind-blowing 195 gigapixels. The resolution of digital cameras and smartphones is often measured in megapixels, […]



MIT team develops 3D printer that’s 10x faster than comparable 3D printers

December 15th, 2018 at 7:05 pm » Comments Off

Professors Jamison Go and John Hart of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Mechanosynthesis Group have developed new hardware that enables what they call FastFFF (fast fused filament fabrication). And it’s fast, see for yourself. Desktop 3D printers are fantastic at creating high-quality and complex parts on demand, but their greatest weakness has always been […]



‘Human brain’ supercomputer with 1 million processors switched on for first time

November 9th, 2018 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

The world’s largest neuromorphic supercomputer designed and built to work in the same way a human brain does has been fitted with its landmark one-millionth processor core and is being switched on for the first time. The newly formed million-processor-core Spiking Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker) machine is capable of completing more than 200 million million […]



Scientists create a rare fifth form of matter in space for the first time ever

November 8th, 2018 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

For a few minutes on Jan. 23, 2017, the coldest spot in the known universe was a tiny microchip hovering 150 miles over Kiruna, Sweden. The chip was small — about the size of a postage stamp — and loaded with thousands of tightly-packed rubidium-87 atoms. Scientists launched that chip into space aboard an unpiloted, […]



At 10 trillion frames per second, this camera captures light in slow motion

October 21st, 2018 at 10:51 am » Comments Off

Light is the fastest thing in the universe, so trying to catch it on the move is necessarily something of a challenge. We’ve had some success, but a new rig built by Caltech scientists pulls down a mind-boggling 10 trillion frames per second, meaning it can capture light as it travels along — and they […]



18 hours in the air: The world’s longest commercial flight is brand new, and it’s just about to land in New York. Here’s what flying it is like

October 19th, 2018 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

Nearly 20 hours in the air. What’s that like, and why would you even do it? In a few hours, Singapore Airlines Flight 22 is scheduled to touch down at Newark Liberty International Airport, after a nearly 18 hour trip from Singapore. It’s the longest scheduled commercial flight in history, on a route that the […]



Record-breaking Perlan 2 glider soars ever closer to the edge of space

September 5th, 2018 at 9:01 am » Comments Off

The Perlan 2 glider in action during a record-breaking flight last week. Airbus’ Perlan 2 glider is continuing to push the limits of engineless flight, hitting a succession of record altitudes throughout the last week, culminating in a unprecedented 76,000-ft (23,000-m) climb on Sunday. The overarching objective of the Perlan project is to harness what […]



Will we ever have trillionaires?

August 18th, 2018 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

Do you know what you’d do with a trillion dollars? Would you buy a fleet of private jets or dune buggies or maybe dine on gold-plated chicken wings ? Or would you just withdraw a huge pile of cash and burn it for fun ? Some sums of money are so large, they defy imagination: […]



World’s tiniest ‘computer’ makes a grain of rice seem massive

June 26th, 2018 at 8:52 am » Comments Off

The University of Michigan was salty that IBM made a smaller computer than it did, so it made an even smaller computer. In a compelling act of nerd rivalry, engineers at the University of Michigan have created the world’s smallest computer—again.



Move over, China: U.S. is again home to the world’s speediest supercomputer

June 11th, 2018 at 9:17 am » Comments Off

Summit, the world’s fastest supercomputer, is made up of rows of black refrigerator-size units that weigh a total of 340 tons. The United States just won bragging rights in the race to build the world’s speediest supercomputer. For five years, China had the world’s fastest computer, a symbolic achievement for a country trying to show […]



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