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Never Wet Superhydrophobic Coating

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Have you ever seen something that you needed to do a double take?  Never Wet is like that.  It just repels liquids and oils in a way that just boggles the eyes.

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Graphene Scientifically Obscene

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Sorry, couldn’t resist the grabby title.  Speaking of resistance (duh duh), graphene is a sheet of carbon that has remarkably low resistance that will become the future of (no, not rock n roll) – electronics.

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The Rise of the Nano Factories

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Even nano robots need a place to unwind and read the newspaper!  Yes, that really is a nano toilet.  All kidding aside, nano technology is still in its infancy, but good progress is being made.  Really, it’s just a matter of time before we can start building things on the nano scale – in mass.  Once that happens in a scalable, cheap, and commercial way, there will be no telling what we can screw up!  Jokes aside, there will be many innovations that come online, but there is always the rule of unintended consequences for technology.  It’s hard for people to understand just how revolutionary such nano factories can be, so let’s go through it.

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Gold Nanotechnology: Past and Future

By | Emerging Technology, nanotechnology, Whacky | No Comments

Nanorods Close-upSome cool news about gold has come out recently; not that it’s a “great hedge against inflation” or that the “latest Monster cables have gold connectors for BLAZING SPEED!” Instead, it’s some news about nanotechnology: researchers have been working on new applications for gold nanorods. At the same time, a report very recently came out about medieval church windows, and their usage of gold particulates to purify the air in the churches they decorated. It seems early forges, without fully understanding it, used a coating of gold to soak up sunlight. In this energized state, the gold particles would eliminate volatile and toxic compounds in the air. Personally, the medieval usage of gold sounds more fantastic to me than nanorods, if you can believe it.

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Micro-, Nano- Satellites Lead The Future

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NanosatelliteSome fascinating technology news recently came to my attention regarding the Space Program. For the past few years, a national University Nanosatellite Program competition has been held between university engineering groups; the goal of which is to design the hardware and software necessary to operate a nano or microsatellite, then build an operational model from the ground up. The competition operates on a judging system, where individual college’s designs are pitted against each other; the results are judged by the Air Force Research Lab’s Space Vehicles Directorate, the AF Office of Scientific Research, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  The 4th Round (Nanosat-4) recently finished in April of this year, with Cornell University emerging as the victor. This means their satellite will be launched by NASA for evaluations, and a possible shot at actual mission operations.

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Flexible, Colorful Solar Cells

By | Green Tech, nanotechnology | No Comments

Konarka Power StripIf you haven’t heard of them before, chances are, you’ll be hearing more of the name “Konarka Technologies“. After all, developing a technology as advanced as flexible, colored solar cells is a pretty fantastic bit of work. This technology gets all of it’s benefits by being integrated with plastic instead of the usual silicon base. Because it is ‘organically based’, it has a few extra benefits: it’s bendable, lighter, and has more “consumer-friendly” uses than regular photovoltaic cells. These consumer friendly uses translate into a product that has an appeal to a wide market of consumers, and, as such, means this product should be widely accepted.

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Paper Beats Scissors, Too?!

By | Emerging Technology, nanotechnology | No Comments

Graphene PaperGrrrr, one of these days I’m going to get a post out of the door before Paul, and when that happens….

Anyways, as someone who loves new stuff, and especially WEIRD new stuff, there’s not too much out there that surprises me anymore. However, I do suspect that “graphite based wafers that are seemingly stronger than diamonds but also conduct electricity well with limitless potential” stands as the longest run-on sentence I will write here at PaulTech, much less some of the coolest news to come out of the world of materials I’ve heard in a while. See, “graphene“, as it’s called, wasn’t even known to exist until Andre Giem, professor of Physics at the University of Manchester, in the UK, pulled some graphene flakes off of a graphite crystal with some adhesive tape. Why no one thought of that sooner is beyond me, but I digress. Apparently, these graphene sheets are mere nanometers thick, yet very strong and very conductive, both things which would serve it, as a material, well.

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World’s Smallest Computer?

By | Gizmos and Gadget, Hardware, nanotechnology, Whacky | 2 Comments

Surfing around the Net earlier today, I came across what I believe to be the smallest computer I’ve ever seen. Forget that “Linutop” box I wrote about; this thing is TINY and packs a punch. I mean this thing is MINISCULE. It’s scarcer than the last time Steve Jobs and Bill Gates sat down together. So, anyway, the Stealth Computer Corporation model LPC-450 is a rugged, small, and powerful PC: It packs a Core 2 Duo or Core Duo all the way down to Pentium 3 processor core, up to 1 Gig of RAM, and plenty of space (80+ GB).

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Viruses Can’t Hide Forever…

By | Medical Technology, nanotechnology | No Comments

Laser sensor‘Ello, PaulTech faithful. Sorry I’ve been gone as of late. A nasty head-cold has been taking up space in my schedule; quite a bit of space, actually. In honor of this annoyance (I still am stuffed up in the head…), I’ve decided to do a write-up on some medical technology that will make it easier to find and filter out viruses and pathogens. The solution involves antibodies, an extremely powerful sensor, and a laser. While I’m sure MacGyver would have figured it out in no time, thank the researchers at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, for this fix.

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