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Tech-news archive: November-December 2007





Bible on a chip
Bible put on a pinhead-size chip
(Dec 27, 2007)


Researchers in Israel say they have succeeded in putting a version of the Bible on a chip smaller than a pinhead. Its 300,000 words in Hebrew were inscribed on a silicon surface at the Haifa Institute of Technology. Scientists say the aim of the project is to increase young people's interest in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Read more. Source: BBC


Google
Google debuts knowledge project
(Dec 15, 2007)


Google has kicked off a project to create an authoritative store of information about any and every topic. The search giant has already started inviting people to write about the subject on which they are known to be an expert. Google said it would not act as editor for the project but will provide the tools and infrastructure for the pages.

Read more. Source: BBC

computer chip
Light to shrink computer clusters
(Dec 7, 2007)


Supercomputers may one day be the size of a laptop thanks to research by IBM. Scientists at IBM have completed work that may make it possible to do away with the copper wires used to couple processing cores to each other. The connector created by the team uses light to pass data between the computational cores that is faster and uses less power than copper wires.

Read more. Source: BBC

detailed image of the heart taken with 256-slice CT scanner
'Super' scanner shows key detail
(Nov 26, 2007)


A new scanner has been unveiled which can produce 3D body images of unprecedented clarity while reducing radiation by as much as 80%. The new 256-slice CT machine takes large numbers of X-ray pictures, and combines them using computer technology to produce the final detailed images. It also generates images in a fraction of the time of other scanners: a full body scan takes less than a minute.

Read more. Source: BBC

Internet user
Net gridlock by 2010 study warns
(Nov 21, 2007)


Consumer demand for bandwidth could see the internet running out of capacity as early as 2010, a new study warns. US analyst firm Nemertes Research predicted a drastic slowdown as the network struggles to cope with the amount of data being carried on it. Such gridlock would drastically affect how people use the web and could mean the next Google or YouTube simply doesn't get off the ground, it said.

Read more. Source: BBC

human brain
Paralysed man's mind is 'read'
(Nov 16, 2007)


Scientists say they may be on the brink of translating into words the thoughts of a man who can no longer speak, after a pioneering experiment. Electrodes have been implanted in the brain of Eric Ramsay, who has been "locked in" - conscious but paralysed - since a car crash eight years ago. These have been recording pulses in areas of the brain involved in speech.

Read more. Source: BBC

45nm test sheet
Shrinking chips use novel recipe
(Nov 12, 2007)


The chip industry's unrelenting quest to build smaller, faster microchips has taken another step forward. Chip-maker Intel has launched a range of processors, known as Penryn, which will power the next generation of PCs. The tiny chips contain a novel material and have features just 45 nanometres (billionths of a metre) wide.

Read more. Source: BBC

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