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Written By: grant on March 24, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “Starter Home.” (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

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SOURCE: Based on “Home Tweet Home: High-Tech Solutions for House and Apartment,” New York Times, 7 March 2014, as used in the post “This home really speaks to me. Over the internet…”

ABSTRACT: I recorded most of the music – the backing tracks, everything [...]

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Written By: grant on March 10, 2014 No Comment

The New York Times looks inside the house of tomorrow, which is staying in touch with its owner via Twitter:

So it is with Tom Coates’s San Francisco home, which live-tweets the movements of its many gadgets. The account, bearing the dignified title @HouseofCoates, updates the world, and the house’s more than 1,000 followers, on the lighting in the [...]

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Written By: grant on October 30, 2013 No Comment

PhysOrg explains that circuits using lasers are already around, but tend to be too bulky to fit into your average TV set or smartphone. That might not be true for much longer, though:

Through this latest study, the researchers demonstrate how such lasers could be exploited to improve their performance and, potentially, lead to the miniaturisation of future technological [...]

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Written By: grant on September 12, 2013 No Comment

The Telegraph is comparing it to a James Bond movie – a ray that makes any electronic devices in range stop working:

Scientists from the UK, Norway, the US, Germany, France and a number of other countries have been working as part of the Nato Science and Technology Organisation to use high powered radio waves and microwaves as non-lethal [...]

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Written By: grant on September 4, 2013 No Comment

University of California, Riverside, researchers have made a very small breakthrough in the way computers work… one that might lead to big changes soon. They’re using atom-thin sheets of carbon to create an entirely new kind of logic circuit:

Graphene is a single-atom thick carbon crystal with unique properties beneficial for electronics including extremely high electron mobility and phonon [...]

Written By: grant on May 28, 2013 No Comment

PhysOrg gives new meaning to “magic marker” with these pens that draw flexible circuits in whatever shape you like:

London-based Bare Conductive Ltd. makes electrically conductive paint called Bare Paint. The substance allows the painting of “liquid wiring” on any surface. Except for skin, you can apply its paint on walls and assorted surfaces to conduct electricity. “Bare Paint” [...]

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Written By: grant on January 7, 2013 No Comment

I looove DIY projects, and this one’s a doozy. Techli’s got the inside scoop on a Chicago science-artist’s system for not only creating remote-controlled cockroaches, but using a Twitter feed to control it:

[Brittany] Ransom set up the twitter account @TweetRoach and designated the hashtags #TweetRoachRight to coax the cockroach to turn right and #TweetRoachLeft to coax the cockroach [...]

Written By: grant on December 16, 2012 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Quarzkristall</i>, by Jens Both Elcap

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Here’s the key component of a crystal oscillator – which is to say, the slightly fancier version of a pendulum that keeps time inside an electronic timepiece.

Found on Wikimedia Commons.

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Written By: grant on October 11, 2012 No Comment

Extreme Tech gets right to the point of a new technology – a mechanical pencil that can draw functional electronic circuits:

With MIT’s carbon nanotube pencil, the lead is formed by compressing single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT), until you have a substance that looks and behaves very similarly to graphite. The difference, though, is that drawing with MIT’s pencil actually [...]

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