SAN JOSE, Calif.--With a discovery that could some day fundamentally alter the scale of mass data storage, nanotechnology researchers at IBM say they have found a way to store a bit of information in as little as 12 magnetic atoms.
That's a radical improvement over today's storage devices which, IBM argues, require about a million atoms to hold a bit of information. For those keeping score at home, IBM's discovery could mean storage could one day be possible at 1/83,000th the scale of today's disk drives.
The next time you look up at the night sky and find yourself marveling at the number of stars overhead, know that you are only seeing part of the magnificent bounty that our galaxy holds. Most of those Milky Way stars are not isolated orbs. Rather, an average star has at least one planetary companion, invisible to the naked eye and in most cases as yet unseen by telescopes, according to a new analysis.
That extrasolar planets should be even more common than stars, which themselves seem innumerable, lends support to the hope that somewhere up in the night sky, … Read more
If the Eiffel Tower was built in a little more than two years, why can't a 30-story hotel be built in two weeks?
Having already set the record of erecting a 15-story building in one week, Chinese construction company Broad Group decided to take it up a notch--assemble a 30-story hotel in just 15 days.
According to Australian news site NEWS.com.au, the construction of the hotel, near Dongting Lake in the Hunan Province, took 200 workers and is set to open January 18. To expedite the process, sections of the building were prefabricated in factories and shipped … Read more
LAS VEGAS--On the second official day of the Consumer Electronics Show, the stream of new product announcements has slowed, but it certainly hasn't stopped. The day also brought further details about some of the products we were introduced to earlier in the show. Here's the stuff we saw today that we think is worth knowing about.
First things first. Today we announced the finalists for the Best of CES Awards. Each one of these products is stellar and has impressed us by pushing their respective product categories forward. They're all worth reading about, so check them out. … Read more
The reality is everyone here loves robots--at least judging by the crowd of people at the Modular Robotics booth today.
Modular Robotics is a Boulder, Colo.-based startup that has created a robot construction kit that lets kids--or adults, judging from those here--build a robot by snapping together powerful cubes, or what the company calls Cubelets.
Each Cubelet has a different function. Black ones, for instance, are sensors, and the colorful ones are "thinking" Cubelets that react to … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Windows eh? They're a right pane in the glass! But the humble Tommy Trinder could soon be getting a high-tech makeover courtesy of Samsung's transparent LCD technology.
We didn't expect to see the window getting a redo any time soon, but here we stand. Shown off at CES 2012 here, this transparent touch screen could let you get your Internet kicks while you see what the weather's doing outside. Hit play on the video above to get a sneak peek at the exciting future of looking outside.
Read more of "Samsung Smart Window video shows off futuristic fenestration" at Crave UK. … Read more
It's inevitable. Whenever you throw a party, it might start in the living room, but it always ends up in the kitchen.
Film composer Stephen J. Anderson created a party of sorts in his kitchen recently. He crafted a synthesizer out of old electronics and then attached various objects--bowls, a cheese grater, a whisk--to it to compose music. (Or, as he puts it, "to make noise using amplified static electricity.") In this YouTube video, watch him transform cans of Pam cooking spray, among other things, into a musical instrument. This is what happened, Anderson said, when he … Read more
The average consumer isn't likely to spend much effort managing home energy. Big power users in businesses, on the other hand, will go out of their way cut down on waste.
Start-up company Tenrehte, based near Rochester, New York, launched its PicoWatt smart outlet at CES two years ago, aiming to appeal to green-minded consumers. The idea is that a sub-$100 Wi-Fi-enabled smart outlet would transmit energy data to an online app which would let consumers save money by scheduling things to run at off-peak times.
Now two years later, Tenrehte has changed its focus to industrial and … Read more
Tick, tock. The infamous Doomsday Clock, which represents how close mankind supposedly is to its annihilation, has been moved one minute closer to midnight.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS), which created and maintains the symbolic clock, announced its decision yesterday."It is five minutes to midnight. Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face. In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed. For that reason, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving the clock hand one minute closer to midnight, back to its time in … Read more