One of the perks of the internet for commuters is the availability of real-time traffic information. Not only can these updates tell you where accidents have occurred, they can tell you the average speed of cars on a given stretch of road.
Right now, this information is obtained via roadside sensors that measure the speeds of passing cars and trucks. But Nokia has come up with a new way to relay your car speed — by using your cell phone.
The idea is that an enabled cell phone could periodically tell a receiver where it is and how fast it’s going. When put together with the information from thousands of other cell phone, this could draw out an inexpensive, thorough, and accurate traffic map.
Nokia recently conducted a small-scale experiment starting with 100 Berkeley students. The study was conducted in partnership with CalTrans and Berkeley’s Department of Engineering.
Experiments on nanoubes have revealed they could be used as tools to squeeze extremely hard materials such as iron and iron carbide.
Such discovery will allow scientists to perform high pressures operations as the nanotubes “withstood pressures as high as 40 gigapascals, just an order of magnitude below the roughly 350 gigapascals of pressure at the center of the Earth.”
Bombarding a carbon nanotube with electrons causes it to collapse with such incredible force that it can squeeze out even the hardest of materials, much like a tube of toothpaste, according to an international team of scientists. Reporting in the May 26 issue of the journal Science, the researchers suggest that carbon nanotubes can act as minuscule metalworking tools, offering the ability to process materials as in a nanoscale jig or extruder.
Nanotechnology is getting closer to reality. Scientists have now developed nanowires which are able to emit light like lightbulbs. Don’t think those nanowire light like lightbulbs though, they emit light roughly 100 nm in diameter.
Those wires have a diameter varying from 30 to 500 nanometers and can be 12 micrometers long. Using a laser or electric current to excite this nanocomponent will make it emit an intese glow which can ultraviolet or visible light.
The nano world is getting brighter. Nanowires made of semiconductor materials are being used to make prototype lasers and light-emitting diodes with emission apertures roughly 100 nm in diameter–about 50 times narrower than conventional counterparts. Nanolight sources may have many applications, including “lab on a chip” devices for identifying chemicals and biological agents, scanning-probe microscope tips for imaging objects smaller than is currently possible, or ultra-precise tools for laser surgery and electronics manufacturing.
In the drive to understand and harness quantum effects as they relate to information processing, scientists in Waterloo and Massachusetts have benchmarked quantum control methods on a 12-Qubit system. Their research was performed on the largest quantum information processor to date.
As quantum computing develops, we (computer users) will be able to solve complex problems and equations a computer cannot answer to this date. The technique scientists and computer engineers have found to store and transmit information is about to change because of the new implication this technology as. Faster (instantly) calcuations, calculations which are still unsolvable to this date might be what’s coming next.
Could we possibly run computers with no lag and have instant download? Quite likely.