Boffins at the University of Kiel (CAU) and the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) have developed a new method of storing data using ions and electrons. This means that memory cells could thus be reduced down to atomic dimensions.
But according to the Scientific Reports journal the development of ever-smaller and more energy efficient memory is at its limits.… Read the rest
A team of researchers has been growing mushrooms in lithium-ion batteries to make them last longer – not just any mushroom they have to be portabella.
Engineers and material scientists at the University of California, Riverside used portabellas to create a longer lasting battery.… Read the rest
A team of boffins has created the first permanent optical memory on a chip, a critical step towards photonic chips.
Harish Bhaskaran, a nanoengineering expert at the University of Oxford and electrical engineer Wolfram Pernice at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, have worked out a way to solve to the disappearing memory problem using material at the heart of rewritable CDs and DVDs.… Read the rest
The inventor of the lithium ion battery and a team of researchers at the University of Texas in Austin said they’ve identified a cathode material that could pave the way for low cost sodium ion batteries.
Professor John Goodenough, the inventor of the lithium ion battery, said that sodium ion batteries offer a promising replacement for lithium ion batteries because sodium is abundant and cheap.… Read the rest
Boffins have worked out a way of putting a bacterium into an uncertain state similar to that faced by Schrödinger’s cat
In Schrödinger’s 1935-thought experiment, a cat found itself in a closed box with a small radioactive source, a Geiger counter, a hammer and a small bottle of poison. It would make the cat potentially dead or alive – and thus create two very hacked off moggies.… Read the rest
Scientific publisher Elsevier has donated 45 free ScienceDirect accounts to “top Wikipedia editors” to “aid them in their work” in a move which has been slammed by the open access movement.
Michael Eisen, one of the founders of the open access movement, which seeks to make research publications freely available online, tweeted that he was “shocked to see @wikipedia working hand-in-hand with Elsevier.… Read the rest
Eric Schmidt the chairman of Google has written an op-ed piece for the BBC talking up artificial intelligence.
He said that much of Google’s focus as a company has shifted to artificial intelligence, with projects such as Google Now embodying the company’s aim of using a computer to work out what humans need before even they know.… Read the rest
James Flanagan, the man who helped computers to talk has died of a heart attack. He was 89.
As a leading researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Flanagan pioneered the developing field of acoustics and developed the tech for speech recognition, teleconferencing, MP3 music files and the more efficient digital transmission of human conversation.… Read the rest
It looks like the grades of the kids of today are suffering because of their dependence on gadgets.
A Cambridge University report, published in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity found that teens who spend an extra hour a day surfing the internet, watching TV or playing computer games risked performing two grades worse in exams than their peers who don’t.… Read the rest
Researchers at the University of California San Diego believe they have hit on a method using the human body to allow communication between different wearable devices.
The electrical engineers showed off a wireless communication method that sends magnetic signals through the body which offers a better method of communicating than, for example, Bluetooth.… Read the rest