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‚Äôs 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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World births and migration

Many countries have low and declining fertility rates. The thing that seems to boost fertility most is subsidized child care. By cutting the cost of combining work and motherhood, this encourages both. Subsidized nurseries were pioneered in France, a country that has worried about national vigor ever since it was thrashed in the Franco-Prussian war …

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Genetically Modified Bacteria Enable Weight Loss In Mice and could work in humans better than drugs to blunt the obesity epidemic

Mice given genetically-tweaked E. coli in their water gained less weight than controls when placed on a high-fat diet for 8 weeks. They also had fewer markers of diabetes, like insulin resistance, and generally ate less than their compatriots receiving nothing or control bacteria. And for 4 weeks to 6 weeks after the researchers stopped …

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Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography hopes for hitting 10 nanometer node in 2016 and hopes to lower cost by six times for the 5 nanometer node

The latest extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography systems are making about 28 wafers per hour or 100 wafers per day with a 40 W light source in pilot tests. The progress is significant but falls far short of a production target of up to 200 wafers per hour for the systems upon which ride many of …

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Solve for X – Ten times more efficient nutrition production

Solve for X is a place to hear and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems. Solve for X was set up by Google. Radical in the sense that the solutions could help billions of people. Radical in the sense that the audaciousness of the proposals makes them sound like science fiction. And radical …

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Nvidia forecasts XBOX 360 graphics power in mobile systems in 2014

Games Industry – A slide given to AnandTech by NVidia shows that the graphics-chip manufacturer expects mobile Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) to surpass the GPU in Microsoft’s Xbox 360 by 2014. While home consoles are released and then sit for years in homes, mobile devices are refreshed and updated by hardware vendors every year. The …

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Innovative Superconductor Fibers Carry 40 Times More than Copper

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have found a way to make an old idea new with the next generation of superconductors. Dr. Boaz Almog and Mishael Azoulay working in the group of Prof. Guy Deutscher at TAU’s Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics and Astronomy have developed superconducting wires using fibers made of single …

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US satellite carrying the biggest commercial antenna reflector will support 4G for smartphones

BBC News reports the launch of a new 4G communication satellite. The mesh structure on the Skyterra-1 spacecraft is 22m (72ft) across. It will relay signals for a new 4G-LTE mobile phone and data system for North America run by Lightsquared. Callers whose networks are tied into the system will be automatically switched to a …

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Solid State Drives Cheaper, 100 times Faster than SAN Hard Disk Arrays

The Enterprise solid state storage disruption is happening now. Enterprise solid-state drives typically offer much better performance than even the fastest hard-disk drives. Fusion-io claims that its IoDrive improves storage performance by as much as 1,000 times over traditional disk arrays while operating at a fraction of the power and at a tenth of the …

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Tsunami invisibility: Hiding structures like Oil Rigs from the effects of Waves

Laboratory experiments show that obstacles arranged in fluids in certain patterns can effectively make objects they surround invisible to waves. If it works as well in in scaled-up versions, it could lead to new ways to protect ocean-based platforms and coasts from devastating tsunamis. Credit: M. Farhat, S. Enoch, S. Guenneau and A.B. Movchan Structures …

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