Bury your feelings deep down, Luke. They do you credit, but they could be made to serve the Emperor.
The European Commission has approved the construction of three gigantic new research lasers, with the option for a fourth that would, for an instant, be several hundred times more powerful than the entirety of the power generated by our civilization. The hope is that this will be enough energy to actually conjure virtual particles out of nothingness.
Is using technology addictive? One study, titled "The World Unplugged," asked 1,000 youngsters from ages 17 to 23 in 10 countries to give up the gadget and go a full day without one's phone, computer, TV, etc. Turned out it was "a horrible day," a Chilean said.
Do video games have any value when it comes to academic research? Do they belong on shelves alongside books and movies as study materials? One university's library curator thinks they do, and he plans to add games both new and retro to the school's archives.
Conventional semiconductor memory encodes data (1s and 0s) by whether or not an electron is present. But an electron itself has a binary property — whether or not its spin is "up" or "down." Researchers have now discovered a way to encode data with electron spin, potentially doubling memory with zero tradeoffs.
Nuclear fusion is hard. But Chinese scientists say they've figured out a way to make it happen using miniscule diamond bullets fired into crystallized methane. There's one big problem with that, though: those 1mm diamonds will need to be fired at a speed of 2,232,000 mph to start up the fusion reaction.
You're not going to be using your heart as a power generator for your cellphone anytime soon, but it soon might come in handy for powering a medical implant or embedded sensor. Scientists at Georgia Tech are first trying out their Muscle-Driven In Vivo Nanogenerator idea on rats, using a minuscule nanowire to convert the motion of flexing muscles into electric current using piezoelectric energy.
Now you can transmit digital signals with flickering lights. Chinese researchers have learned how to stream data using the imperceptible flickering of blue LED lights mounted in the ceiling. In their testing, they were able to stream digital video using...
In what could be considered the first steps toward something like Total Recall, researchers at the University of Barcelona in Spain are using virtual reality to study just how attached we are to our bodies, or, even more specifically, our...
We've seem bold claims about piezoelectric energy lately, and here's another example: energy-generating shoes. Engineers at Louisiana Tech University say they've discovered a practical way to gin up some power just by walking around. Using a soft, rolled-up device that...