Magnetism is more than just a fun property to experiment with in Science 101, not just a scientific curiosity. Scientists have discovered the Chameleon Magnet, a permanent magnet that can be switched on and off at will. Magnetism is the glue that holds every atom and molecule together. The very small world of nano magnetism – magnetism of atom’s and molecules – is very a different beast, not high school magnetism. In this world free electrons can be used to pass spin information on to other electrons, large groups of electrons spinning in sync can set up a magnetic field. All of these bizarre effects are being studied and applied to Chameleon Magnets and Spintronics, the science of using the spin of electrons to do work in electronics gadgets.
In the cold dark recesses of space a single mission carries the torch for humanity. Voyager 1 and 2 are soon to leave the solar system completely, entering deep space with its sensors being our eye’s and ears. Will they be required to stay left unless overtaking on some inter-galactic super highway ? That’s the adventure, we don’t know. The Voyager space craft have a history of surprising us, a tradition that will continue as long as the batteries hold up.
“They are about to break free of the solar system,” Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist at Caltech in Pasadena, Calif., said during a media teleconference (April 28). “We are trying to get outside of our bubble, into interstellar space, to directly measure what is there.”
The Voyager craft have reached the outer border of our solar system, the heliosphere. The heliosphere is the border-land between our solar system and deep space, like the shiny surface of a bubble. The heliosphere marks the end of the Sun’s sphere of influence, it is where the solar winds run out of steam and the furthest point of the magnetic field. Voyager 1 passed the first layer of the heliosphere, the termination shock and entered the heliosheath in the middle of December 2004.
Storage company Texas Memory Systems have released the new Über King of Storage, RamSan-70. This is the storage worlds equivalent to a 900GB Gorilla. Not just a catchy marketing phrase but an apt description. Replacing the Hard Drive of a Server or desktop computer this is the big daddy of high-speed storage. Able to read 2GB a second sustained, making this drive 25 times faster than a SATA hard drive and 6 times faster than a standard SSD drive. It also bucks the trend of limited space with flash-based drives by offering up to 900GB of space. No price has been announced but you can bet if you need to ask you won’t be able to afford it.
Texas Memory Systems, Inc. (TMS) is a privately held 33-year leader of the enterprise data storage and digital signal processing industries. They have broken records with the storage racks – RamSan-6300 – and are applying the same technology to a single PCIe storage card, the RamSan-70.
ChromiumPC the shiniest of shines and the name of the first ever Google Chrome OS based desktop computer. iSYS Technologies and Xi3 Corporation have teamed up to release a flexible and impressively hip looking compact computer. Using a very clever modular design Xi3 have managed to fit an impressive amount of computing power into this coke can sized computer. Then just to make it catch your eye they made it out of Billet Aluminium and Chrome.
More than just a PC the Chromium represents a new PC architecture as well as a new software architecture in Chrome OS. This is a small shiny PC with a leading edge punch. Using a modular design the PC’s internals are spit into three daughter boards that are upgradable. The layout of the modules helps with keeping temps down inside. It sounds logical but the smaller internal space in a computers case the easier it is to keep cool, small spaces collect heat very fast. The three modules that make up Chromium are the Processor Module, the Primary I/O Module and Secondary I/O Module. Each of the modules are upgradeable as new technology is released.
Metallic Glasses, the new wonder material for a world pushing the boundaries. When Titanium is no longer strong enough where do you turn, BMG – Bulk Metallic Glasses – 2.5 times stronger than titanium, but with the production costs of plastic. Cheap tough and very quick to form. Could metallic glass marbles be the toy of the future ?
First discovered by Klement, Willens and Duwez at CalTech – Californian Institute of Technology – in 1960’s . Production of Metal Glass wouldn’t occur until the early 90’s when William L. Johnson and his team were able to develop a commercially viable process. Liquidmetal Technologies was incorporated as a company in 2003 to manage the patents and products including Vitreloy, the first commercially available Metallic Glass.
The Über laptop release cycle continues unabated, the latest entrant into the race is the Maingear eX-L17 a TRUE gaming laptop. Most entrants in the Über laptop competition are extravagant looking as they are full of bleeding edge technology. The Maingear bucks this trend, eX-L17 is the Clark Kent of the Über Laptop world. Don’t underestimate eX-L17, it’s definitely faster than a speeding bullet. Underneath the nice guy exterior the eX-L17 has all of the technology to make it into the Über category, but can it take the crown ?
While the rise of the tablet seems to be negatively effecting the sales of desktops the Über laptop seems as popular as ever. With a new contender for Über King of laptops every month the battle continues heats up. With a top spec unit costing over $4,746 you would expect some top end equipment and that’s exactly what you get, the latest generation Sandy Bridge i7 CPU’s with a maximum Turbo mode speed of 4.8Ghz. This is a record for any laptop. Nvidia GeForce GTX 485M with 2GB takes care of pushing pixels and running the latest games, coupled with a true 1920×1080 high def 17.3″ LED display. The screen is capable of pumping out 3D at 120 Hz, for those who love the glasses 3D movies pop on this display. 16GB of fast DDR3 memory and Dual SSD based hard drives ensures there are no bottle-necks on this gamers delight.
Scientists have recently confirmed the existence of large number of free-floating planets, planets not part of any particular solar system. These are the Loneliest Planets of all.
Destined to roam the universe bumping along with no particular destination in mind and no traveling companions. Traditionally scientific belief has held that most planets orbited the sun they were formed around. A study has recently revealed – published in the scientific journal Nature – the possibility of 400 billion free-floating planets in the Milky Way.
This raises many questions, how were these planets formed and can we explain all of these planets with current theory. What happens to planets in their life time ? This is one of those interesting new discoveries that makes us reconsider what we take for granted. “This is an amazing result, and if it’s right, the implications for planet formation are profound,” says astronomer Debra Fischer at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
It looks like life is lonely at the House of Google. Google – and by association Larry and Surge – are looking for an invitation into everyone’s living rooms and kitchens. In fact it’s a home invasion of the Google kind. At Google’s annual developers schmooze this week – I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco – Google announced the Android@Home platform designed to facilitate home automation on Android devices – Tablets, phones initially. Imagine being able to control every light and appliance in your home from a single tablet. Stream music and have it follow you from room to room.. Google is aiming at becoming apart of our home life in a much more direct and personal way.
As part of the Android@Home Google has also announced the Google Light bulb, the bulbs were developed by LightingScience, Being an LED light they are low power and include a wireless chip to llow it to become part of you home network. The wireless network that’s required to make all of this happen is still being finalised by Google and will be made available to developers and the public towards the end of the year. Towards the end of the year a version of the Android operating system will be released with all of the framework and protocols in place, this will enable the brains of the Android@Home network. Once enabled your Android phone will detect every compatible device in your house and after downloading the right drivers it will be able to monitor and control all devices.
Samsung have announced the new super high-resolution display, the PenTile RGBW™ panel, for next generation tablets and smart phones.This new 10″ panel is capable of displaying 2560 x 1600 WQXGA pixel resolution. The display will be on show at the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium May 17-19 in LA.. Be ready, these next generation panels will make you go WOW.
The rise of the Tablet has only just begun. In the past much of the technology used in the tablets was cannibalized from PC and Mobile Phone parts bins. The iPad 2 signaled the change, new designs and technology developed specifically for tablets. The iPads Retina display is a very nice panel – high colour IPS panel – but it has some serious limitations, low resolution with only 132dpi – dots per inch – the iPad 2 is a standard resolution display when compared to a standard desktop monitor. Most desktop monitors available today have a of between 72 and 96 dpi, most will have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and sizes between 20 and 24″. The Samsung displays 300 dpi is off the charts for a 10″ panel. The iPhone 4’s display is manufactured by LG with a resolution of 326dpi – 960 x 640 at 3.5″ in size -but that is much smaller than a tablet panel.