Engineers in Australia have have proven, with the highest score ever achieved, that a quantum version of computer code can be written, and manipulated, using two quantum bits in a silicon microchip. The advance removes lingering doubts that such operations can be made reliably enough to allow powerful quantum computers to become a reality.
A computer chip that can heal its own injuries.
Our technologies are becoming more biological with each passing year. And here’s the latest breakthrough: Caltech engineers have developed an integrated computer chip that can learn to heal its own injuries.
X-ray spex in your cell phone?
Researchers at UT Dallas have designed an imager chip that could turn mobile phones into devices that can see through walls, wood, plastics, paper and other objects.
Molybdenite could be a game changer for microchips.
Silicon may need to move over soon as molybdenite has proven its possibilities for being a more versatile material with which to make computer chips. The chips have transistors that are smaller (transistors can be made that are just three atoms thick) and more energy efficient, able to be turned on and off more quickly…
The emPower glasses use liquid crystals to avoid the problems of bifocals.
A new device may be joining smartphones, iPads and music players that you have to charge overnight: electronic eyeglasses. These glasses have tiny batteries, microchips and assorted electronics to turn reading power on when you need it and off when you don’t.
Can DNA really replace microchips?
A Duke University engineer proposes that it’s possible to use custom-made DNA to generate self-assembling nanostructures that could be used as a cheap replacement for silicon microchips:
In his latest set of experiments, Chris Dwyer, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, demonstrated that by simply mixing customized snippets of DNA and other molecules, he could create literally billions of identical, tiny, waffle-looking structures…
Lab on a Chip
Giving doctors a really healthy platform to help make virus detection simpler and instant, a research team at the Brigham Young University has developed Lab on a Chip, an inexpensive silicon microchip that reliably detects viruses, even at low concentrations.
Now that more and more smart phones and MP3 players have touch-screen interfaces, people have grown accustomed to interacting with gadgets using only taps and swipes of their fingers. But on the 11th floor of a downtown Manhattan building, New York University researchers Ilya Rosenberg and Ken Perlin are developing an interface that goes even further. It’s a thin pad that responds precisely to pressure from not only a finger but a range of objects, such as a foot, a stylus, or a drumstick. And it can sense multiple inputs at once.
Last year, Pentagon mad science arm Darpa was working on one of its wildest projects yet: a microchip-sized nuclear reactor. The program is now officially done, the agency says. But these sorts of far-out projects have a habit of being reemerging under new managers and new names.
Microchips in medication
Microchips in pills could soon allow doctors to find out whether a patient has taken their medication.
Mining on the moon
According to news sources, the motivation behind a future expedition to the moon is the metal, Helium-3, which is commonly used in nuclear reactors and microchip technologies. This material is very rare on earth, but is thought to be in abundant supply on the Moon. Due to its scarcity, it is typically manufactured instead of recovered from natural deposits. Mining is just one of the factors behind the establishment of a potential moon base, as it could also provide the framework for industries considered as being harmful to the Earth’s environment and eco-system.
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