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Towards carbon based electronic circuits

At the University  of Southern California a team of researchers is preparing for a future where electronic circuits will be based on carbon nanotubes. They just published an article on Nature describing a process to create a hybrid circuit based on thin film technology and carbon nanotubes. I already reported on progress …

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No more roll-calls?

I don’t know about you, but spending quite a bit of my time in meetings I couldn’t help but noticing that every time we use (waste) some time for the roll call of participants so that everybody knows who is the other guy, his department, what is actually working on …

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Knock Knock: the future is here.

A few years ago Sergey Brin claimed that Google by 2018 will be able to answer questions like: "where did I put my keys?". Now, this is a quite complex question, it requires to understand who you are what keys are you talking about and this in turns may require …

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Cheaper than peanuts

The price of storage keeps tumbling. As technology becomes more effective, both in terms of end product and in terms of production, the price comes down. Also, new technologies and paradigms are further decreasing the price of storing bits. Google, as an example, is charging as of July 2014 0.026 …

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2020: nanotubes based chips?

It is now a few years that carbon nanotubes have been demonstrated to have a Schottky junction, that is they can operate as a transistor.  Having a chip based on carbon nanotube is quite interesting since that would lead to higher density (more capacity and performance) with less use of …

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Your body can provide the power …

Today’s pacemakers get their power from a battery that needs to be replaced every seven years (in some cases sooner) and that means a (little) surgery. Now, researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed a pacemaker that can be powered by a piezoelectric sheet to …

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A yarn of graphene

Researches at Penn State University have found a way to create a yarn made of graphene fibres, making it as strong as one made of Kevlar. The yarn is made by graphene oxide and it is possible to remove the oxide thus creating a very good conductor of electricity. By …

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Internet in a chip

It is now at least ten years that chip manufacturers are trying to increase the processing power of chips by multiplying the cores, each one a processor in itself. This allows for parallel operations and a theoretical multiplication of processing capacity. It is a good approach since you can multiply …

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