Racetrack Memory

And the race is on! Just imagine what you could store with that much memory

Scientists unveil revolutionary ‘racetrack’ computer memory
By Roger Highfield, Science Editor

A Californian team has developed a new generation of memory that combines the high performance and reliability of solid state “flash” memory, stored in microchips, with the high capacity of the PC’s hard disk drive, which is cheap but contains moving parts and is slow.

In two papers in the journal Science, Dr Stuart Parkin and colleagues at the IBM Almaden Research Centre in San Jose describe a revolutionary technology dubbed “racetrack” memory, or RM memory.

The team believes that it marks a milestone that could lead to electronic devices capable of storing far more data in the same amount of space than is possible today, with lightning-fast boot times, far lower cost and unprecedented stability and durability. Read more

Expensive way to light a room, but this is very cool!

I love invention and especially when it’s something like this, it serves a purpose, sort of, and you have to be able to afford it. But the thing is it looks great and if I could afford it I would buy it in a second. Just think of all the ways you could use it. I’d like to have an entry hallway with this lining the walls and when guests enter the hall from the front door the overhead lights would extinguish and the walls would then glow. Read more

Rotacaster – Which way do you want to go?

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I like the thinking behind this invention, a wheel inside a wheel. By adding small wheels to the larger wheel it allows you to move in any direction. Good one…

The Rotacaster wheel was a show-stopper at the 2007 ProMat Expo in Chicago.

The exhibition drew 35,000 visitors to inspect the wares of the materials handling market.

Tuncurry designer Graham Guile’s creation was hailed “the most innovative product at the show.”

Company CEO Peter McKinnon described the prospects of Rotacaster Wheel Limited, currently being assessed by US consultants, as “very positive.”

“The response has been very encouraging, and now we’re finalising negotiations for larger premises and additional machinery in Tuncurry.”

The little gadget at the centre of all the fuss is a fixed wheel that uses dozens of embedded rollers to move in all directions, including directly sideways.

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Frozen Smoke – Aerogel 99.8% Air

Aerogel is amazing on a grand scale and I can’t wait for the manufacturing process to reach a level where we can purchase this off the shelf

Aerogel Heat & Crayons Aerogel

Aerogel is a low-density solid-state material derived from gel in which the liquid component of the gel has been replaced with gas. The result is an extremely low density solid with several remarkable properties, most notably its effectiveness as an insulator. It is nicknamed frozen smoke, solid smoke or blue smoke due to its semi-transparent nature and the way light scatters in the material; however, it feels like expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) to the touch.

Aerogel was first created by Steven Kistler in 1931, as a result of a bet with Charles Learned over who could replace the liquid inside a jam (jelly) jar with gas without causing shrinkage. link…

Watercone, a Solar Powered Water Desalinator

Simplicity in design and offering real results and benefits are the hallmark of a great invention and the Watercone seems to have it all.

Water Cone Working

Fill it up with salt water and let the sun do its thing

Water Cone Fresh Water

The results is fresh clean drinking water!

The Watercone® is a solar powered water desalinator that takes salt or brackish water and generates freshwater. It is simple to use, lightweight and mobile. The technology is simple in design and use and is discribed by simple pictograms. With max. 1,6 liters a day the Watercone® is an ideal device to cover a childs daily need of freshwater. UNICEF: “every day 5000 children die as a result of diarrhea coused by drinking unsafe water”

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42.8% Efficiency: A New Record for Solar Cells

Progress…

Narrowly edging out the previous record set by Spectrolab late last year, two scientists at the University of Delaware have just created a new device that can convert 42.8% of the light striking it into electricity. The solar cell, built by Christina Honsberg and Allan Barnett, splits light into three components — high, medium and low energy light — and directs it to several different materials which can then extract electrons out of its photons.

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