Archive for July, 2004

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Electronic News | IBM Intros Chip Morphing Technology

IBM has announced a chip morphing technology based on electromigration it says can allow a new class of semiconductor products that monitor and adjust their functions without human intervention. Called eFUSE, the technology is part of a built-in self-repair system that constantly monitors a chip�s functionality.

�eFUSE reroutes chip logic, much the way highway traffic patterns can be altered by opening and closing new lanes,� said Bernard Meyerson, VP and chief technologist in IBM’s systems and technology group.

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Medi-Lexicon | Moving water molecules by light. New nanotech effect

The article mentions’ “…could have widespread use in analytical chemistry and possibly pharmaceutical research.” Another potential use is in microfluidic devices, “These devices could require only one drop of blood for a battery of 20 to 30 tests, with results provided in the time spent waiting to consult with the physician,”

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Nature | Bone-devouring worms discovered

Nature never fails to surpise us with its bizzare faces.

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Nature | Gold charges up electron by electron

This is really fascinating insight into the cutting edge of nanotechnology research.

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MSNBC | Being bilingual may keep your mind young

The article says, “Juggling two languages as a child can slow mental decline”. Like most Indians I am bilingual (in fact I am trilingual and I can roughly understand half-a-dozen more). Here it is quite common for a person to be proficient in 6-7 languages, understandable in a nation with 18 national languages, more than 800 documented languages and around 1500 dialects.

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:: ScrippsNews | Scripps Researchers Document Significant Changes in the Deep Sea

Climate and food supply fluctuations may hold major consequences for life in the abyss.

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SciScoop || Single Particle Quantum State Controlled By Ordinary Silicon Transistor

The article describes this discovery / invention as “…HUGE breakthrough in spintronics, which may very well become to the 21st Century what electronics was to the 20th Century. Now spintronics-based quantum computers of mindboggling computational power may very well be built in coming decades not with some exotic rare material, but instead from the silicon that’s found in ordinary beach sand – and with the use of commonplace electronics manufacturing techniques in which we are already adept. “

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ESA | Ship-sinking monster waves revealed by ESA satellites

When it comes to waves you would always want to pitch for the Mexican variety rather than the 30ft monster ones.

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Fortune | The Money Machines

A brief history of bank ATMs.

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Wired | Plankton Cool Off With Own Clouds

Phytoplankton may be small, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do big things — like change the weather to suit their needs.

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