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The Invisible Man
Real invisibility threads would be fit for an emperor
(Aug 29, 2010)

Forget the imaginary filaments used to weave the clothes that fooled the fabled emperor, can we make real invisible threads instead? Combining techniques used to produce light-bending metamaterials with those used to make optical fibers might just do the trick.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Atom distribution of an ultracold quantum gas held in a two-dimensional crystal of light. Image: Stefan Kuhr & Immanuel Bloch, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics
Atom images raise quantum computer hopes
(Aug 18, 2010)

Fast quantum computers made of atoms trapped by beams of light could be a step closer, thanks to the first images of the individual atoms in such a grid. Quantum computers get their speed from the fact that their components can occupy a range of states rather than just two as in a binary computer. Special algorithms can exploit these quantum states to solve problems that would defeat a conventional computer.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Gesture-based computing takes a serious turn
(Aug 13, 2010)

Oblong Industries, based in Los Angeles, have developed a gesture-based interface involving 16 near-infrared motion detectors, special gloves, and a bank of screens which could be a prototype for how we all someday interact with computers. Oblong promises desktop versions will soon be ready to demonstrate.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Neurons to power future computers
(Jul 22, 2010)

The way neurons communicate could inspire the next generation of computers. Researchers are developing novel computers by mimicking the way that neurons are built and how they talk to each other. Basing computers around neurons could lead to improvements in visual and audio processing on computers.

Read more. Source: BBC

Bloodhound supersonic car
Model of Bloodhound supersonic car unveiled
(Jul 19, 2010)

The British team hoping to drive a car faster than 1,000mph has unveiled a full-scale model of the vehicle. The 1:1 replica of the 12.8m-long (42ft) Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) is the result of three years of aerodynamic study. The model is a star turn at this year's Farnborough International Air Show.

Read more. Source: BBC


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