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Goodbye copper, welcome Indium Phosphide

We are not anywhere close to traveling at the speed of light, but we could be close to computing at the speed of light.  Researchers at UCSB and Intel have found a way to use lasers to send around information on a computer chip. It does appear to be a quantum leap in computing research. If the research really holds up and can scale then this is pretty monumental.  Not your garden variety breakthrough and the reporter is justified in using words like “holy-grail” and “final-frontiers”.


September 19, 2006 Posted by | Science | 1 Comment

How come you can’t tell the difference between these two colors?

We have known for a some time now that some women can multi-task better (compared to men) and now we find out that about 2-3% of them can also discern more colors. Tetrachromats can theoretically see upto 100 million colors, while your average Joe caps out at a million. Although, for yours truly 10 is a stretch. That discovery makes me feel a lot better, I can blame it on genetics. Piece of advise for all you aspiring Internal Designer dudes, forget about it, why would you want to get into a field where the playing field is not level.

September 14, 2006 Posted by | Science | Leave a comment