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Sep 21, 2015

Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream: Scientists have designed the first large DNA crystals

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, computing, engineering, materials, nanotechnology

DNA has garnered attention for its potential as a programmable material platform that could spawn entire new and revolutionary nanodevices in computer science, microscopy, biology, and more. Researchers have been working to master the ability to coax DNA molecules to self assemble into the precise shapes and sizes needed in order to fully realize these nanotechnology dreams.

For the last 20 years, scientists have tried to design large DNA crystals with precisely prescribed depth and complex features – a design quest just fulfilled by a team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. The team built 32 DNA crystals with precisely-defined depth and an assortment of sophisticated three-dimensional (3D) features, an advance reported in Nature Chemistry.

The team used their “DNA-brick self-assembly” method, which was first unveiled in a 2012 Science publication when they created more than 100 3D complex nanostructures about the size of viruses. The newly-achieved periodic crystal structures are more than 1000 times larger than those discrete DNA brick structures, sizing up closer to a speck of dust, which is actually quite large in the world of DNA nanotechnology.

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Sep 21, 2015

Open Source ‘Solar Pocket Factory’ Can 3D Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, computing, electronics, mobile phones, solar power, sustainability

Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein, two young inventors based in the Philippines, are taking their passion for clean free energy and developing a way to make it accessible and cheap for everyone. These guys are working restlessly to provide a product that could be used by practically anyone to make homemade solar panels.

The factory is small enough to fit on a desktop and efficient enough to produce 300k to one million panels per year, up to one every 15 seconds. By cutting out much of the labor intensive process, which represents 50% of the total cost, this machine can dramatically reduce the price of solar. Their pocket solar panel producer can change the way the world views electricity. Image credit: YouTube/SciFri

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Sep 21, 2015

This Computerized Exoskeleton Could Help Millions of People Walk Again

Posted by in categories: computing, cyborgs, transhumanism

The ReWalk is the first bionic exoskeleton approved by the FDA for personal use. Here’s the story of how it came to be.

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Sep 20, 2015

Intel and Toshiba Make 3D SSD With 10TB Capacity at Lower Prices

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics

The BiCS uses 48-layer stacking process that improves reliability and speed. Toshiba was the company that invented flash memory and has the 15nm NAND cells which are the smallest in the world.

Right now company is gearing up for its mass production and giving out samples to the companies.

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Sep 20, 2015

Beautiful Engineering

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering

1 Bit = Binary Digit.

8 Bits = 1 Byte.

1024 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte.

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Sep 20, 2015

3D Microchip Allows Information to Travel in Three Dimensions

Posted by in category: computing

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have created a new type of microchip that allows information to move in three dimensions, left to right, back to front and up and down.

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have created, for the first time, a new type of microchip which allows information to travel in three dimensions. Currently, microchips can only pass digital information in a very limited way – from either left to right or front to back. The research was published today, 31 January, in Nature.

Dr Reinoud Lavrijsen, an author on the paper from the University of Cambridge, said: “Today’s chips are like bungalows – everything happens on the same floor. We’ve created the stairways allowing information to pass between floors.”

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Sep 20, 2015

A new type of transistor that can be switched with magnetism rather than electricity could massively cut power consumption of computers

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones

, cell phones and other electronic devices and allow chips to be reprogrammed, reducing the volume of circuitry required inside them.

http://www.nature.com/news/magnetic-logic-makes-for-mutable-chips-1.12321

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Sep 20, 2015

Microsoft demos English-to-Chinese universal translator that keeps your voice and accent Alternative World News Network At an event in China

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

Microsoft demos English-to-Chinese universal translator that keeps your voice and accent.

Alternative World News Network.

At an event in China, Microsoft Research chief Rick Rashid has demonstrated a real-time English-to-Mandarin speech-to-speech translation engine. Not only is the translation very accurate, but the software also preserves the user’s accent and intonation. We’re not just talking about a digitized, robotic translator here — this is firmly within the realms of Doctor Who or Star Trek universal translation.

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Sep 19, 2015

Sony Explains PlayStation VR Rebranding

Posted by in categories: computing, entertainment, virtual reality

VRFocus reports on Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) explaining the rebranding of its Project Morpheus VR HMD to PlayStation VR.

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Sep 19, 2015

Google’s John Giannandrea: How to Make Computers More Human

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

For starters, teach them to learn.

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