privacy
Workers Union Warns on Looming Threat of Human Microchipping

For reasons we don't really understand, someone at the Trades Union Congress has started talking about microchipping for humans as part of the business world's next grasp at our privacy and data, as if this is likely to happen any time soon. Read More >>

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Scientists Store Light as Sound on a Microchip for the First Time

On Monday, a team of scientists in Australia announced an exciting breakthrough: For the first time, researchers were able to turn light into sound on a microchip. But—as crazy-sounding new physics applications tend to be—it’s probably going to be a long time before you see one of these chips on a computer you can buy. More importantly, what the heck does “turn light into sound” even mean? Read More >>

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Space Weather Can Alter Electronic Voting Machines

When all sources of errors have been ruled out and 4,096 phony votes have still been given to a candidate, who do you blame? In some cases, these kinds of glitches may be coming from outer space, according to scientists who discussed this cosmic conundrum today at the annual meeting of American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences in Boston. Just to be clear, this does NOT mean that aliens influenced the 2016 US election. Read More >>

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Your Poor Dogs Must be Microchipped by April 6th, Or Else

All dogs in Scotland, England and Wales will need to have a microchip inside them by this April, as a law to save councils millions of pounds currently spent tracking and returning rogue animals is introduced. Read More >>

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We’re One Step Closer to Blazingly Fast Computer Chips Made Out of Silicene

Move over graphene, today is silicene's day to shine. Silicene is a single-atom thick layer of silicon, whose theoretical properties could have exciting applications in computer chips. Now, scientists have made the first silicene transistor and, guess what, it's amazingly fast. Read More >>

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This Brain-Inspired Microchip is 9,000 Times Faster Than a Normal PC

You're looking at Neurogrid: a slab of silicon inspired by the human brain, which is 9,000 times faster than a normal computer brain simulator and uses way less energy to boot. Read More >>

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This is the Most Complex Integrated Quantum Circuit Ever Made

It might look understated, but you're looking at the most functionally complex integrated quantum circuit ever made from a single material—and it can both generate photons and entangle them, all at the same time. Read More >>

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We Can Now Print Ultrafast Graphene Chips for Flexible Electronics

Futurists are always talking about how flexible electronics will change our lives in amazing ways, but we've yet to see anything mind-blowing come to market. A team of scientists from the University of Texas in Austin, however, think they've found the key to changing that: ultrafast graphene transistors printed on flexible plastic. Read More >>

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8 Amazing Uses For Metamaterials, the Tech Behind Invisibility Cloaks

Metamaterials are a mind-bending class of matter. Broadly defined as manmade materials with unusual properties not found in nature, this category of materials is probably most famous for serving as the building blocks for a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak. But so much more is possible. Read More >>

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A New Kind of Microchip Mimics the Human Brain in Real Time

A team of scientists in Switzerland has managed to cram 11,011 electrodes onto a single two-millimetre-by-two-millimetre piece of silicon to create a microchip that works just like an actual brain. The best part about this so-called neuromorphic chips? They can feel. Read More >>

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New Self-Healing Microchips Can Shrug Off Laser Blasts Like It’s Nothing

Technology can be fragile. Anyone who's dropped his or her phone knows that all too well. And though you might not get it in your hands for a while, there are some seriously robust electronics coming down the pipe. New self-healing microchips developed by Caltech, for instance, can survive multiple laser blasts. Read More >>

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Scientists Have Made the First Truly 3D Microchip

The fastest microchips we have can only pass their data from side to side and front to back, no matter how close their components are squeezed together. A new chip developed by researchers at University of Cambridge, on the other hand, can pass data up and down too, making for the world's first truly 3D microchip. Read More >>

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Jellyfish-Inspired Microchip Captures Cancer Cells

The mesmerising movements of jellyfish have inspired researchers to design all sorts of things, from mechatronic jellyfish that function as autonomous robots to artificial jellyfish built from rat cells and silicone. Now scientists have built a jellyfish-inspired microchip that can capture cancer and other rare cells in human blood. Read More >>

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This See-Through Microchip Can Mimic an Actual Human Organ

Testing new and potential life-saving drugs can be a harrowing process because of the risk involved with not knowing how a substance will react once in the human body. Harvards scientists are hoping that microchips, such as the one pictured above, can mimic the function of human organs well enough for them to test those drugs. Read More >>

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Remote-Controlled Drug Device Could Deliver Chemo at Home

Seven women suffering from osteoporosis got the chance to avoid their usual visits to the doctor for their injected medicines. Instead, their physician administered treatment remotely through an implant that pumped meds into their systems on demand while the patients rested at home. Read More >>