Science

Smartphones may become pregnancy testers

SPR sensorResearchers at Hanover University said they’ve made a fibre optic sensor for smartphones which could be used to detect pregnancy or to monitor diabetes.

The idea is that readings from the sensor could use a smartphone app to give results and the scientists suggest that combined with GPS an app could tell a patient to the way to a hospital or a doctor.… Read the rest

Kim Jong-Un cures Cancer, Ebola and Aids

north-korea-jong-i_2492687bCheese munching despot Kim Jong-Un claims to have cured Cancer, Ebola and Aids with a new miracle drug.

The Northern Korean dictator announced that his miracle cure consists of ginseng grown from fertiliser and a mix of other ingredients.

The secret sauce to the cure is just that,secret, but it means that no one in North Korea has to worry about these illnesses ever again.… Read the rest

One day all chips will be wooden

oak tree - Wikimedia CommonsResearchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are predicting a day in the guture when semiconductor chips will be made out of wood.

The problem with current semiconductors today are that they are essentially toxic and non-biodegrable, and so the researchers think they can replace substrates of chips with cellulose nanofibril (CNF) a material derived from wood.… Read the rest

Kids of today have a short attention spa…..

cloudMicrosoft’s Redmond boffins have been adding up some numbers and dividing by their shoe size and reached the conclusion that electronics have created brains which have a shorter attention span.

It recently published a study (conducted using both surveys and EEG scans) suggesting that the average attention span has fallen since the start of the century.… Read the rest

Scientists create artificial neural circuit

Neural Network - University of California Santa BarbaraThe human brain has one quadrillion synaptic connections and in an attempt to approach the power of one person’s noddle, scientists have created one simple artificial neural circuit.

The scientists – at the University of California Santa Barbara – said that it tested a circuit of 100 artificial synapses to match a simple task of image classification.… Read the rest

SSDs can lose data in seven days

SSD+320+angle+right+1to1Solid State Drives (SSD) can start to lose their data and become corrupted if they are left without power for as little as a week, according to a new Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC) report.

Seagate’s Alvin Cox, who is also chairman of the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC), wrote that the time that data will be retained on an SSD is halved for every 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit) rise in temperature in the area where the SSD is stored.… Read the rest