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Apr 15, 2016

18TB hard drives will be entering the market soon

Posted by in category: computing

As solid state drives get more and more cheaper, we will get to see larger capacity storage peripherals, with 18TB hard drives getting announced soon.

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Apr 15, 2016

New Device Can Ease Chronic Pain Without Drugs, Thanks to Brain Stimulation

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

This new method of pain treatment can prevent risky side-effects such as addiction, dependence, and overdose-related deaths — and it does so using electricity.

Abuse of prescription pain killers or opioid medicines is common. But then again, how else can you treat chronic pain? Unfortunately, addiction is a terrible side-effect that can lead to overdose-related deaths.

But now a research team from the University of Arlington seems to have found a better and more efficient solution: Electrical stimulation.

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Apr 15, 2016

They Built the Single-Atom Engine And It Actually Works

Posted by in category: particle physics

Proposed in 2014, the one-atom engine is now real.

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Apr 15, 2016

Insulin-producing cells created in the lab

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Stem cell discovery could transform the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Bill Condie reports.

A micrograph of a section through the human pancreas shows the central purple “Langerhans islets”, which contain the cells that produce hormones including insulin. The surrounding exocrine tissue produces digestive enzymes. Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER /Getty Images.

Scientists have for the first time created insulin-producing cells in the laboratory, a discovery that could transform the way we treat diabetes.

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Apr 15, 2016

Apple files patent for haptic touch laptop keyboard

Posted by in categories: computing, futurism

A new patent filed by Apple could offer a glimpse into the future of MacBook design, and it would be a much less tactile experience. The patent for a “Configurable Force-Sensitive Input Structure for Electronic Devices” was filed in September 2014 and was made available to the public last week. It describes a haptic-powered touch keyboard for devices like laptops. Such a device wouldn’t have any physical key switches, just a touch-sensitive layer with virtual keys.

The system would essentially consist of a large metal contact layer with the ability to sense not just touches, but the amount of force applied — 3D Touch, basically. The user would tap a key, which is really just a configurable area of the surface, and they get a haptic jolt to simulate pressing a key. The array of keys on the virtual keyboard would be marked by a light guide shining up from underneath.

Apple files patents on plenty of things that never see the light of day, but this seems like something it might want to use. Of course, that assumes it can get anywhere close to a real typing experience in terms of speed and accuracy. The company is constantly trying to slim down its MacBooks, to the point that it went all-in with USB Type-C on the latest MacBook Air. The keyboard is one of the thickest single components of the device now. If the physical keys could be done away with, the computer could approach tablet levels of thinness.

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Apr 15, 2016

World’s Smallest Pacemaker

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

FDA approves the world’s smallest artificial cardiac pacemaker.

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Apr 15, 2016

Mercedes Self Driving Car Real Roads Demo Full Journey 2015 Video Driverless S Class W222 CARJAM TV

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI, transportation

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Apr 15, 2016

Graphene is both transparent and opaque to radiation

Posted by in categories: internet, materials

A microchip that filters out unwanted radiation with the help of graphene has been developed by scientists from the EPFL and tested by researchers of the University of Geneva (UNIGE). The invention could be used in future devices to transmit wireless data ten times faster.

EPFL and UNIGE scientists have developed a using graphene that could help wireless telecommunications share data at a rate that is ten times faster than currently possible. The results are published today in Nature Communications.

“Our graphene based microchip is an essential building block for faster wireless telecommunications in frequency bands that current mobile devices cannot access,” says EPFL scientist Michele Tamagnone.

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Apr 14, 2016

Space stations for tourists could be here as soon as 2020

Posted by in category: space

Space hotels could become a thing in just a few years.

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Apr 14, 2016

Light-Speed Computers? Discovery of a New Platinum-Tin Metal Could Make Them So

Posted by in categories: computing, innovation

The breakthrough could change gadgets for good.

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