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Turns Out The ‘Mystery Element’ At Earth’s Core Is Probably Disappointing

After a decades-long search, expert scientists at a Japanese university think they've finally hit on the secret identity of the element that makes up the final 5% of Earth's core. Unfortunately, it's not some kickass new compound or even something with a futuristic name: it's probably plain old silicon. Read More >>

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Moore’s Law Stutters as Intel Switches From Two-Step to Three-Step Chip Cycle

Intel has announced that it’s moving away from its current “tick-tock” chip production cycle and instead shifting to a three-step development process that will “lengthen the amount of time [available to] utilise... process technologies”. Read More >>

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The World’s First Silicon-Based Laser Will Light Up Computing

As optical computing becomes a more realistic prospect, lasers will be required to connect components inside our devices. Now, a new silicon-based laser could make it far easier for researchers to replace wires with beams of light. Read More >>

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Amazon Now Sells its Very Own ARM Chips

If you thought Amazon’s own-branded products were a little strange — baby wipes, anyone? — then things just got a little more serious. The retailer has just announced that it’s starting to sell its own ARM-based silicon chips. Read More >>

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Intel’s New Skylake Processors: What You Need To Know

Stop. Don’t buy that new Windows laptop or tablet. Don’t pull the trigger unless you’re getting a truly amazing deal. Because today, Intel’s launching its latest processor — Skylake — and you may want one in your next PC. Read More >>

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IBM’s New Chip is Four Times as Powerful as Today’s Best Silicon

IBM has announced that it’s designed a new kind of ultra-dense chip, which squeezes in four times as much computing power as the best silicon currently available. Read More >>

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These Silicon Strips Could Make Your Computer Much Faster

It may not look much, but this tiny piece of etched silicon could make our computers way faster. Designed to split and direct light, it could allow computers to trade electrons for photons—and gain a jump in speed in the process. Read More >>

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This Tiny 3G Chip Will Pump the Internet Into Anything

It might not look much, but this is the world's smallest 3G chip—and it could help bring internet connectivity to even the tiniest of devices. Read More >>

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A New Kind of Chip Could Make Wearables Last Way Longer on a Charge

Smartwatches, Google Glass, even humble fitness trackers: all great, apart from the fact that the batteries last for what seems like minutes. But now, a new kind of low-power processor could change that. Read More >>

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A Crash Course in Transistors, Processors and Moore’s Law

Do you sometimes wonder what the hell people a talking about when the discuss transistors, processors, binary or Moore's Law? Or have friends that need a simple introduction to the topics? Then this is the video for you. Read More >>

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Carbon Nanotube Transistors That’ll Save Moore’s Law are Coming in 2020

Our world of amazingly tiny electronics is about to get even tinier. After a decade of research, IBM says it'll bring carbon nanotube transistors to market by 2020. The company is now readying the technology to take over from silicon transistors, and that opens up a lot of exciting doors. 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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Pomegranate-Inspired Batteries Hold 10x the Juice

A team of Stanford scientists recently made a breakthrough. After years of trying to create a new generation of lithium-ion batteries that use energy-efficient silicon to hold a charge, they found the secret to the winning design in an unlikely place: pomegranates. Read More >>