As high-power lasers have become increasingly important in scientific research, engineers have been working to build more powerful beam emitters. Now Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California is taking it to the extreme with a new laser project. If the High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS) lives up to its promise, it will be able to produce a laser with over 1 petawatt of power in extremely fast pulses. Continue reading “Petawatt ‘Death Star’ laser prepares to investigate quantum mechanics, chemistry, and more” »
Google has just unveiled Project Tango, a smartphone with built-in 3D computer vision technology. Think of it as a smartphone with built-in Kinect functionality — but rather than enable Leap-like gesture control, the computer vision tech is used to create a full 3D map of your current environment. At its most basic, you might use Tango to create a map of your house, or a 3D model of your favorite antique vase or your motorbike. Continue reading “Creating 3D maps with Google’s Tango smartphone” »
The only tool that helps blind people to navigate in space is the “white cane”. However, the latter not only does not meet the needs of the ever-changing modern society but hardly helps not to get lost in urban environment. When using the “white cane” blind people experience considerable inconveniences when trying to get from point A to point B, overcome obstacles, or identify the objects on the road.
The idea to perform data processing with light, without relying on any electronic components, has been around for quite some time. In fact, necessary components such as optical transistors are available. However, up to now they have not gained a lot of attention from computer companies. Continue reading “Switching with single photons: this is a step towards the quantum computer” »
With the introduction of curved smartphones, flexible electronic goods are gradually moving to the center stages of various markets. Flexible display technology is the culmination of the latest, cutting-edge electric cell device technology. Scientists have now developed a bendable organic carbon nano compound-based 64bit memory. It shows improved data performance by limiting the direction of electric currents. Continue reading “Breakthrough development of flexible 1D-1R memory cell array” »
Device called The Vinci from the Lithuanian company of engineering solutions Aedilis was awarded in the prestigious commercial product design awards iF product design award 2014. Design for his unique product that has no analogues in Lithuania was developed by a student Denis Orlenok.
A team of researchers has discovered that graphene can be stretched to create tiny nanobubbles in which electrons generate the same energy levels that otherwise would require an extremely strong magnetic field. The discovery provides a clue to the manipulation of electrons in graphene, which in turn could lead to a new generation of ultra-small, ultra-efficient electronic devices. Continue reading “Graphene “Bubbles” and High Efficiency Electronics” »
As transistor technology continues its march forward with smaller, faster components, we’re getting ever closer to the point at which the realities of atomic scale will put an end to Moore’s law — unless we find a way around it. A team of researchers from Harvard and non-profit research company Mitre have devised a possible solution to the problem using nanowires (NW) in tiny processors. Continue reading “Crossbar nanowire chips for beyond-Moore’s-law electronics” »
Visitors of Meat Technology Laboratory of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) are advised not to use intensive perfume for this may overbalance the electronic nose that records the bouquet of odours in the environment being investigated. A team of scientists, in order to refine the software of electronic nose designed by IT solutions company Art21 conducts laboratory tests with poultry samples.
V2V: What are vehicle-to-vehicle communications and how do they work?
Vehicle-to-vehicle communications moved one step closer to reality this week with the Obama administration’s plans to push the technology forward.
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We continue sharing our impressions from the Science and Technology Exhibition that took place on December 4-6 during Vilnius Innovation Forum Innovation Drift where the display by UAB Lumen received significant attention.
Continue reading “The time has come to develop integrated systems (2)” »
The surprisingly simple secret to creating flexible, high-power lithium-ion batteries. Researchers at Arizona State University have fused the mystical arts of origami with modern materials science to create a high-performance, flexible lithium-ion battery. Continue reading “Origami: Simple secret to creating flexible lithium-ion batteries” »
A new invention from Germany’s University of Mainz is not only the world’s smallest engine by an enormous margin, it may have broken a theoretical limit for engine efficiency. The device, a so-called “atomic engine,” produces power thanks to the movements of just a single atom trapped and manipulated. It’s an incredible achievement that, while not particularly useful for engineering in the short term, could revolutionize our understanding of the quantum world. Plus, it’s really neat. Continue reading “A single-atom engine breaks the laws of physics and progress in quantum computing” »
IBM builds graphene chip that’s 10,000 times faster, using standard CMOS processes. Engineers at IBM Research have built the world’s most advanced graphene-based chip, with performance that’s 10,000 times better than previous graphene ICs. The key to the breakthrough is a new manufacturing technique that allows the graphene to be deposited on the chip without it being damaged (something that has heretofore been very hard to achieve).
Continue reading “IBM is developing 10,000 times faster graphene chip” »