Armed with tough computer chips, scientists are ready to return to the hell of Venus

CLEVELAND, OHIO—In an underdog city, at an underdog NASA lab, researchers are thinking hard about an undeservedly neglected planet. Venus is Earth’s cousin, closest in composition and size, but for decades it has remained veiled. NASA hasn’t sent a mission there since 1989; more recent European and Japanese orbiters have made halting progress that stops … More Armed with tough computer chips, scientists are ready to return to the hell of Venus

A helpful guide to blockchain for novices.

You may have heard the term ‘blockchain’ and dismissed it as a fad, a buzzword, or even technical jargon. But I believe blockchain is a technological advance that will have wide-reaching implications that will not just transform the financial services but many other businesses and industries. A blockchain is a distributed database, meaning that the … More A helpful guide to blockchain for novices.

NCAR’s 5.34-petaflop supercomputer ‘Cheyenne’ comes online

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has launched Cheyenne, a 5.34-petaflop supercomputer dedicated to supporting research around Earth system sciences. More than triple the performance of the previous NCAR supercomputer, Yellowstone, it is ranked as the 20th most powerful system in the world according to Top500. The Stats: The supercomputer was built by HPE’s recent acquisition, SGI, and features Intel’s … More NCAR’s 5.34-petaflop supercomputer ‘Cheyenne’ comes online

An interesting article about amazingly strong artificial spider silk.

Possibly the strongest hybrid silk fibers yet have been created by scientists using all renewable resources. Combining spider silk proteins with nanocellulose from wood, the process offers a low-cost and scalable way to make bioactive materials for a wide range of medical uses. Read Article:  www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170517120737.htm

This robot grows like a plant

Watch Video: https://youtu.be/jJ-uRJ9hU2s Robots are branching out. A new prototype soft robot takes inspiration from plants by growing to explore its environment. Vines and some fungi extend from their tips to explore their surroundings. Elliot Hawkes of the University of California in Santa Barbara and his colleagues designed a bot that works on similar principles. Its mechanical body sits … More This robot grows like a plant

The thinnest films of copper look flat, but they aren’t

Like the surface of an alien planet, thin sheets of copper display a complex topography of ridges and valleys. These never-before-seen undulations may spell trouble for electronic gadgets: The zigzagging surface could contribute to the electrical resistance of miniature copper wires that snake throughout computer chips. Using a scanning tunneling microscope, scientists observed nanoscale peaks and … More The thinnest films of copper look flat, but they aren’t