The Algorithms That Could Help Save The World from COVID-19

Two countries orchestrated a near-perfect response to COVID-19, and artificial intelligence (AI) played a key role. Taiwan’s handling of the pandemic has been outstanding. The country has only 530 confirmed cases, and only 7 deaths since the outbreak. Iceland, too, stands out, with around 3,660 confirmed cases and 10 deaths. While both immediately closed their …

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Circuit Design Claimed to Harvest Tiny But Infinite Power From Brownian Motion

At room temperature, micron-sized sheets of freestanding graphene are in constant motion, even in the presence of an applied bias voltage. University of Arkansas researchers collecting the displacement current using a nearby small-area metal electrode and present an Ito-Langevin model for the motion coupled to a circuit containing diodes. Numerical simulations show that the system …

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Microsoft Cloud Computing Scale Holographic Storage Project

Cloud Computing is eating the IT world and 125 zettabytes of data will be generated annually by 2024. Microsoft Research Cambridge and Microsoft Azure are developing new cloud-first optical storage technologies. For a few years, Microsoft Project Silica has been developing an optical storage technology that uses glass storage media. Glass media would be used …

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Apple Will Privacy Improvement Will Cut Facebook Ad Revenue

The Apple iOS 14 operating system will require apps to ask users for permission to collect and share data using Apple’s device identifier. Facebook will not collect the identifier for advertisers (IDFA) on our own apps on iOS 14 devices. The identifier was critical for Facebook targeting its audience network ads. Facebook says the Apple …

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Buckling Magnetic Graphene Will Make Many Gadgets and Nanorobots

Buckling in graphene mimics the effect of colossally large magnetic fields that are unattainable with today’s magnet technologies. Graphene buckles when cooled while attached to a flat surface. Buckling, magnetic graphene can be a platform for stretchable electronics with many important applications, including eye-like digital cameras, energy harvesting, skin sensors, health monitoring devices like tiny …

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Adam Savage Tells Stories Remembering Grant Imahara

Adam Savage tell stories as he remembers Grant Imahara. Grant recently died from a brain aneurysm. Grant made Geoff Peterson, a snarky, remote-controlled skeleton which was used on the Craig Ferguson Late Show. The creation became so popular it even has its own Wikipedia entry and ironically, that entry is significantly longer than Imahara’s. Grant …

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Can 21st Century Progress Surpass 20th Century Progress

Can the technological, scientific, medical and economic progress of the 21st century surpass the 20th century? The richest countries in the world increased per capita income by 10 times from 1900 to 2000. It will take about 23 years in the 21st century for the US to double per capita income. (2000-2023) If this pace …

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Handheld UV Light For Killing COVID-19 Enabled With New Transparent Conductor

A personal, handheld device emitting high-intensity ultraviolet light to disinfect areas by killing the novel coronavirus is now feasible, according to researchers at Penn State, the University of Minnesota and two Japanese universities. Finding a new material with the right composition is key to advancing UV LED performance. The Penn State team, in collaboration with …

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Commercial Molecular Electronics Chips in 2021

Roswell Biotechnologies and IMEC are partnering to develop the first molecular electronics chips for disease surveillance, precision medicine and DNA storage. They are targeting 2021 for commercial molecular electronic chips. In 2018, IMEC and Candence taped out a 3 nanometer precision test chip. IMEC also has onchip fluid sensors and tiny sensors for internet of …

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