Category Archives: High-tech

Building a Single-molecule Transistor from Scratch

Alexander Hellemans

An international team of researchers has demonstrated for the first time that a single molecule can operate as a field-effect transistor when surrounded by charged atoms that operate as the gate. The team published its results in the August 2015 issue of the journal Nature Physics.

The experiments were performed in Berlin at the Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI), in collaboration with researchers at the Free University of Berlin (FUB), the NTT Basic Research Laboratories (NTT-BRL) in Japan, and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C.
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New processing technology converts packing peanuts to battery components

Emil Venere
New processing technology converts packing peanuts to battery components
This schematic depicts a process for converting waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste. Credit: Purdue University image/Vinodkumar Etacheri
Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste. Read more »

Tag Heuer partners with Intel to unveil a smartwatch in order to fight back against Apple

The Tag Heuer logo is seen at the entrance of their new watch manufactory in Chevenez November 5, 2013. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

(Reuters) – Tag Heuer plans to unveil a smartwatch on Thursday among a wave of partnerships expected at the world’s biggest watch fair this week as luxury watchmakers fight back against Apple.

The Swiss watch brand, the biggest at French luxury group LVMH, will announce it is teaming up with U.S. chip maker Intel Corp to create a digital version of one of its best-selling model, industry sources have said.

Tag Heuer is planning to launch next autumn a smartwatch version of its Carrera watch that will offer many of the same functions as the Apple watch such as geolocation, distance walked and altitude. Read more »

Penguin Enrichment using tablets

An interesting use of technology in the enrichment program for their Magellanic penguins in the Aquarium of the Pacific in LA. Experimenting with many objects to engage the naturally curious birds, aviculturist Sara Mandel found that the penguins took quite a liking to an iPad game she got for her cats. To Mandel’s surprise, the little birds became obsessed and playing with the tablet is now a part of their daily enrichment routine—something that ultimately benefits the cute critters’ mental and physical well-being.

 

Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand

Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand

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