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Observation of Dirac monopoles

Posted by baffa on Mar 11, 2014 - 01:13 PM
Nearly 85 years after Paul Dirac predicted the possibility of their existence, an international collaboration identified synthetic magnetic monopoles.

Roman Seawater Concrete

Posted by baffa on Jul 19, 2013 - 04:56 PM
An international team of scientists announced that discovery of the chemical secrets of a concrete Roman breakwater that has spent the last 2,000 years submerged in the Mediterranean Sea.

A breakthrough in battery technology

Posted by baffa on May 22, 2013 - 05:11 PM
Built on a novel fast-charging cathode design, a new type of batteries owe their high performance to their internal three-dimensional microstructure.

A new mid-infrared AGPM vector vortex coronagraph

Posted by baffa on Apr 18, 2013 - 12:45 PM
Researchers at Université de Liege have developed a new technology mid-infrared AGPM vector vortex coronagraph for L band and successfully tested it on VLT/NACO.

Nanoscale 3D Printer

Posted by baffa on Mar 18, 2013 - 11:37 AM
A company called Nanoscribe is offering one of the first commercially available 3D printers for the nanoscale.

New advance in batteries

Posted by baffa on Oct 04, 2012 - 01:00 PM
Tokyo University of Science developed a sodium-carbon battery which can substitute the lithium-ion battery, using more common and cipher materials.

A new lens technology

Posted by baffa on Sep 05, 2012 - 05:48 PM
Applied physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have created an ultrathin, flat lens that can focus the light without the distortions of conventional lenses.

Gamma-Ray Optics?

Posted by baffa on May 09, 2012 - 10:55 AM
Scientists of Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France, have discovered the possibility of optical effects on gamma rays due to quantum dynamic oscillations.

Neutrino Communications

Posted by baffa on Apr 17, 2012 - 01:25 PM
A group of scientists has used the Fermilab to send a message using a beam of neutrinos. Still not a portable device...

LED's efficiency exceeds 100%!

Posted by baffa on Apr 13, 2012 - 10:06 AM
For the first time, researchers have demonstrated that an LED can emit more optical power than the electrical power it consumes. At very low voltages the light-emitting process cools the LED slightly, making it operate similar to a thermoelectric cooler and converting its excess heat into those over-unity photons.

Arizona Team Seeks Fossil-Fuel Cost Parity

Posted by baffa on May 03, 2011 - 05:20 PM
A University of Arizona engineering team led by Roger Angel has designed a new type of solar concentrator that uses half the area of solar (PV) cells used by other optical devices, pushing toward competitiveness with fossil fuels.

The Bilibot Project

Posted by baffa on Mar 23, 2011 - 09:15 AM
The Bilibot Project, an open-source robot platform based on Microsoft's Kinect, in some expert view can mark a watershed moment in robotics enabled by cheap 3D sensing.

Sahara Solar Power

Posted by baffa on Jan 24, 2011 - 05:04 PM
A Japanese/Algerian effort called The Sahara Solar Breeder Project employs a positive feed-back project to produce power.

Four driverless electric vans drove from Italy to China

Posted by baffa on Dec 07, 2010 - 04:23 PM
Four driverless electric vans successfully ended a 13,000-kilometre test drive from Italy to China which mirrored the journey from East to West carried out by Marco Polo in the Middle Ages.

Posted by baffa on Dec 03, 2010 - 06:05 PM

An Amazing Keyboard

Posted by baffa on Sep 29, 2010 - 03:51 PM
BlindType has created a new touchscreen keyboard program that changes size, orientation, and position to match your fingers as they type. BlindType also features an impressive typing correction software.

One Step Closer to 3D Displays

Posted by baffa on Sep 02, 2010 - 04:12 PM
A USC research project published a video and some high resolution pictures projected into 3-D.

"Last Mile" Performance Stats

Posted by baffa on Jul 09, 2010 - 07:58 AM
Ookla, the company behind Speedtest.net, has published Net performance stats from 1.5 billion users (and counting).

Open Source Hardware Companies

Posted by baffa on Jun 24, 2010 - 10:34 AM
At the annual hacker conference Foo Camp East a five-minute presentation covered the counterintuitive business model of open source hardware, reporting on thirteen companies with million+ dollar revenues.

The Journal of Serendipitous and Unexpected Results

Posted by baffa on Mar 12, 2010 - 10:25 AM
A forthcoming journal whose aim is to change the attitude not to sharing negative results has been announced: the Journal of Serendipitous and Unexpected Results.

Spray-On Liquid Glass

Posted by baffa on Mar 09, 2010 - 11:00 AM
Nanopool presented a new compound that can be sprayed on for a durable, easy-to-clean film on almost any substance, hard or soft. The liquid glass is essentially pure silicon dioxide, and it goes on in a layer 15 to 30 atoms thick.

Brain-Control Headset

Posted by baffa on Jan 13, 2010 - 12:13 PM
The Emotiv device, intended to control computers with our mind, has been garnering attention at trade shows and conferences for several years, and now the company says it is selling a pre-relase of the Emotiv EPOC headset.

Superconductor World Record Surpasses 250K

Posted by baffa on Nov 16, 2009 - 08:35 AM
A new superconductivity record high of 254 Kelvin has been recorded. According to the article this is the first time a superconductive state has been observed at a temperature reachable by a commercial freezer.

New Lithium-Air Battery

Posted by baffa on Jul 22, 2009 - 03:05 PM
A company called PolyPlus has developed lithium metal-air batteries that have 10 times the energy density of regular lithium-ion batteries. The anode is made up entirely of lithium metal, and the surrounding air acts as the cathode, making the batteries incredibly energy dense.

VHDL versus Verilog

Posted by baffa on Jul 06, 2009 - 09:43 AM
A nice discussion on VHDL versus Verilog appeared on slashdot.
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