Carbon nanotubes are a term we here from time to time, but what exactly is it? Simply put it’s a sheet of graphene just one atom thick that is rolled up and this makes it lightweight and strong as steel. To most material scientists, they’re a near-perfect semi-conductor (a material that can conduct electricity, but which can also be shut off).
Recently Max Shulaker at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his team created the first complex carbon nanotube microprocessor that sits atop a silicon wafer. A previous device had 178 transistors, Shulaker version has more than 14,000.
When compared to conventional silicon, carbon nanotube processors offer a couple of improvements. A processor made completely of carbon nanotubes will be 10 times more efficient. When it comes to the actual fabrication of the processor, silicon requires a temperature of 1000°C or higher, carbon nanotube transistors can be made at room temperature.
We are quickly reaching the end of what silicon can provide, carbon nanotubes may be what we turn to next as the limit for carbon nanotubes has yet to be discovered.
USB 3.2 is said to be capable of having a data speed of 20Gbps and according to a new report it is all set to hit the market. The first desktop with USB 3.2 should be hitting the market sometime later this year. Read more here.
A team of engineers from the Department of Energy of Politecnico di Torino has devised a new prototype to desalinate seawater in a sustainable and low-cost way, using solar energy more efficiently. Compared to previous solutions, the developed technology is in fact able to double the amount of water produced at given solar energy, and it may be subject to further efficiency improvement in the near future. Read the full article.
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 line of phones most unique features is the ability to serve as a powerbank using the wireless Qi standard. What this means is not only will it charge a Samsung phone with wireless charging but any other phones that supports the wireless Qi Standard. The new Samsung Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch Active can also be charged with the phone. Using the features requires you to have at least 30 percent battery life and the max power output is 9W.
While technology is getting better at cramming more and more data on discs and drives, there’s another whole dimension that’s essentially going unused. Holographic storage devices could make use of that, and now a team of Chinese scientists has developed a new nanoparticle-based film that can store information as 3D holograms, improving data density, read and write speeds and stability in harsh conditions. Read the full article.
If you are looking for a new powerful compact laptop checkout the HP Pavilion 13-an0010nr from Amazon. The laptop features a 13.3 inch Full HD screen and a Intel UHD graphics 620 GPU which is great for video watching, along with some light gaming.
The processor is a dual core Intel Core i5-8265U and is paired with 8GB of ram as well as a 256 M.2 SSD. This combination of hardware gives great performance for multitasking, streaming video, and office productivity software. Battery life is also very good providing up to 11 hrs of runtime depending on the workload.
Other features of this laptop are a fingerprint reader, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 1x USB Type-c Gen. 2 port, headphone jack, SD card reader, B&O Play speakers.
If you have a Nexflix account, check out the movie AlphaGo. It’s a great movie that shows where AI technology is going and how far it has come. The movie also shows what happens when man goes up against a machine. Watch it here.