Serendipity has long been a staple of scientific study, and a new discovery by MIT is no exception.Researchers at the school were trying to build better batteries, but instead found a better way to smelt metal.The study resulted in a brand new, far less polluting way to make antimony, which itself isn t very applicable in a broader manufacturing context, but the method could be applied to copper and nickel, which are common ingredients in everyday electronics.MIT says that the new smelting method virtually eliminate s the greenhouse gas emissions that come along with traditional means of producing metals.Those emissions are consistently a source of concern from watchdog agencies like Greenpeace who keep track of the environmental record of electronics manufacturers.The new process isn t better in terms of producing hazardous byproducts, it s also cheaper according to MIT, which provides an additional incentive for commercializing it and applying it to more metals than just antimony.
Ryan Truby, Michael Wehner, and Lori Sanders, Harvard UniversityUnplugged: soft robot on the moveIn a dish of water in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a new kind of robot stirs, its tentacles twitching.Squashy and soft, this robot is different from its technological ancestors – Octobot runs without a power cable or rigid electronics, moving autonomously – if still clumsily – through the world.But their tethers, and the electronics needed to control their movements, have held them back.Developed by Michael Wehner and colleagues at the Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering, Harvard University, it s a big step towards fulfilling the potential of soft robots.
The new aerogel consists of a "cellular metals", which reduces the amount of expensive precious metals in fuel cells.A new material reduces the need for precious metals in fuel cells.Researchers at Washington State University in the US have developed a new nanomaterial that improves the performance and reduces the manufacturing cost of fuel cells, writes the university.In the fuel cell where hydrogen and oxygen provides the electricity is usually expensive precious metals like platinum and palladium.But now, scientists have been able to reduce the amount of precious metals by fabricating a metal aerogel which is a material in which about 98% consists of air.It is made of, and copper, and precious metals according to the researchers, is cheaper than those found in other metallic aerogeler.
The storied British cycling brand Brooks is best known for its premium leather bicycle saddles with their iconic metal rivets.One of the most desirable accessories for bike enthusiasts, Brooks saddles have cushioned the perineums of commuters, messengers, racers, and cycle-tourists since the 1880s.The company is moving a ways up the body with its newest product release, a new line of bike helmets.There are two models, a traditional-looking, well-vented design called the Harrier, and a more stylish design with one big front vent called the Island.Both are your standard polycarbonate, and both use a rotary-style tensioning dial in the back to get a snug fit.The copper rivet is found on the limited edition version for early buyers.
McDonald s food is already pretty unappealing, but as a lifetime of internet consumption has taught me, the moral bottom is limitless.Here are the most repulsive secondary preparations for food ostensibly cooked by a 53-year-old clown.The dry matter coming out of one end looks like cat shit, and the meat slurry coming out the other looks like, well, regular shit.Reminder: molten copper is almost 1,100 degrees Celsius.What s particularly appalling about this isn t so much the preparation, as how well the burger is weathering it.Markedly different from a juicer?
McDonald s food is already pretty unappealing, but as a lifetime of internet consumption has taught me, the moral bottom is limitless.Here are the most repulsive secondary preparations for food ostensibly cooked by a 53-year-old clown.The dry matter coming out of one end looks like cat shit, and the meat slurry coming out the other looks like, well, regular shit.Reminder: molten copper is almost 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.What s particularly appalling about this isn t so much the preparation, as how well the burger is weathering it.Markedly different from a juicer?
If the Rio 2016 closing ceremony showed us anything about what to expect from the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, it s that the Japanese will be leaning heavily on their pop culture icons – of which there are many.But Tokyo 2020 might also showcase sustainability, with a report from Nikkei suggesting the medals on offer in Japan will be made using electronic waste.Takeshi Kuroda, president of ReNet Japan Group, is backing the plan.He said: We need a system that makes it easy for consumers to turn in used consumer electronics.Rather than asking mining corporations to donate the precious metals to create Japan s medals, the organisers hope to collect already used copper, silver and gold from the country s urban mine .More than enough precious metals are collected via Japan s electronic recycling programme to make Olympic Games medals, but the problem arises because a lot of them are already being used to create more electronics.
Japan plans to use old smartphones and e-waste to create medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic GamesThe 2016 Rio Olympics is over but Japan is already giving forlorn fans something to look forward to after announcing they are planning to create its winning medals out of old smartphones.Known for its love affair with technology, Japan will look to recycle its mountains of e-waste from consumer electronics, which contain enough precious metals to create all the gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medals at the 2020 Tokyo Games.Organisers of the event told Nikkei that millions of discarded smartphones and other consumer electronics are an "urban mine" ready to be tapped in a nod towards a "sustainable future".In 2014 alone Japan gleaned 143kg of gold, 1,566kg of silver and 1,112 tons of copper from tossed-away gadgets.The report revealed that for the London 2012 Olympics 9.6kg of gold, 1,210kg of silver and 700kg of copper used to create bronze was used – so Japan should meet this easily.
Japan is looking to recycle old technology, including smartphones, to create Olympic medals for Tokyo 2020.The report comes from Japanese website Nikkei, which claims organizers of the next Olympic Games would like gold, silver and bronze medals to be sourced purely from donated electronics.It's not as far-fetched as it sounds: our smartphone are full of the gold, silver and copper that can be recycled for use in creating new electronics, but Japan is looking to use it to make the most iconic medals in sport.It'll mean the country won't need to mine new metals and can instead use what's referred to as Japan's "urban mine" of discarded consumer tech.It's estimated 16% of the world's gold and 22% of the planet's silver is currently sitting inside tech all over Japan.The Olympic committee is asking Japanese firms to pitch ideas for recycling schemes to help encourage citizens to donate - if the scheme is successful it would mean the usual practice of getting precious material mines to donate the metal for the medals would cease, or at least be dramatically reduced.
Murray Buttes, a series of sandstone features on the surface of Mars, was imaged by the Curiosity Rover on Aug. 5, 2016.A panoramic view from the surface of Mars shows brown and copper-colored plateaus and buttes, reminiscent of desert regions in the southwest United States.NASA's Curiosity Rover took this panorama on Aug. 5, the fourth anniversary of its nail-biting landing on the Red Planet.The view is comprised of more than 130 images taken by the rover's Mast Camera Mastcam , according to a statement from NASA.The region was named after planetary scientist Bruce Murray, a former director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL , who passed away in 2013.The Curiosity mission is managed by JPL .
Disrupt London 2016 is fast approaching, and we re thrilled to announce that we all had such a great time last year that this year s show is returning to the fabulous Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.The Copper Box Arena was built to accommodate the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London.It was originally called the Handball Arena, since it was going to be primarily used for the handball competition in the games, but was renamed in January 2012 to reflect that the arena would be used for more than just handball.It was renamed the Copper Box Arena because, well, it looks pretty much exactly like a giant copper box.Since the Olympics, the 7,000-plus-seat venue has been converted into a multi-sport arena for community use for things like music, comedy, entertainment, health and fitness, sport, conferences and exhibitions — and, of course, TechCrunch Disrupt.The venue hosts some of London s prominent sports teams, including the London Lions basketball team, the London GD Handball Club and the Leyton Netball Club, and has hosted events like the Invictus Games for wounded and disabled servicemen and women and the Grand Prix of Badminton.
The Rio Olympics may have just ended, but it s never too early to start training for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.And now that there may be some historical medals up for grabs, the next Summer Olympics may be the most interesting to date.The prizes of the upcoming Games may just be made from e-waste — the gold, silver, and bronze that is recycled from discarded smartphones and other consumer electronics.Apparently, we ve thrown away enough devices to actually produce all the medals needed for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said a group of Olympic organizers, government officials, and company leaders who first floated this notion back in June.As the Nikkei Asian Review reports, the gold and silver found in Japan s stockpile of discarded electronics comprise 16 percent and 22 percent, respectively, of the world s supply.In 2014, the nation recovered a whopping 143 kilograms of gold, 1,566 kilograms of silver, and 1,112 tons of copper from e-waste.
Even the mining industry s super commodity of the future may be unable to avoid the Achilles heel of all mineral producers -- a recurring habit of busting a boom with too much supply.As miners of everything from copper to iron ore wrestled with losses driven by global surpluses, prices soared for lithium, the light-weight metal used in rechargeable batteries.The four largest producers -- Rockwood Holdings Inc., Soc.Quimica & Minera de Chile SA, Albermarle Corp. and FMC Corp. -- control as much as 90 percent of the market.With prices surging, those companies may now look to increase output, while a host of newcomers are racing to get into the business of producing lithium, which can be extracted from mines or by evaporating brine in salt ponds.So far, the big four have been producing below capacity even as prices rose, partly because lithium is a small part of their businesses.But with new players jumping in, the top suppliers will be forced to expand output to protect market share, according to Macquarie Group Ltd.Philadelphia-based FMC announced last month it would expand its lithium hydroxide capacity after signing a new supply agreement with a major manufacturer of electric cars.
Now, thanks to refined techniques in DNA sequencing, a team of scientists has identified how the clothing was made—and discovered something surprising about Ötzi's domestic habits.Ötzi lived during the Copper Age, when humans had been domesticating animals for a few thousand years, and our cutting-edge technologies included stone tools and fired pottery.From previous studies, we know that Ötzi was likely murdered by an arrow and a blow to the head.The team's new findings, published in Nature Scientific Reports, are as much a demonstration of DNA sequencing wizardry as they are about ancient fashion.First they compared the strands of DNA they did find with other mapped genomes to identify species.Ancient leather decayed quickly, so it was likely that he added new strips of leather as old ones fell apart.
Photonics podule ... Diane Bryant holds up one of the gizmosIDF16 Intel is now apparently beginning volume shipments of its Silicon Photonics networking technology, which uses light through thin glass fibers to replace copper wires.This tech can shuttle up to 100Gbps over 2km or more of cable that's just a few millimeters thick, creating a high-speed nervous-system for clusters and data centers.That knocks the socks off today's Ethernet speeds, and could be crucial in a highly connected world that places greater and greater demands on networking infrastructure.As its name suggests, Silicon Photonics uses patterned silicon to emit and receive precisely aligned laser signals at breakneck speed; these devices can be fabricated just like normal CMOS chips are built.The dream is to embed this technology into processors and similar devices so they can shift data directly from their internal buses to external networks.
Before digital, before film, before tintypes and the collodion process, before the word photography was even official, French inventor Louis Daguerre gave us the daguerreotype.It was the first widely used photographic technique, but its complicated nature meant it was soon replaced by cheaper, easier processes.Photographer Binh Danh, however, revived the process in recent years and has used it to photograph iconic locations around the country, including many national parks.A daguerreotype begins with a copper sheet that is plated with silver.The iodine reacts with the silver to make the plate light-sensitive, after which it is ready to be loaded into the camera.Daguerreotypes require exposure times ranging from a few seconds to several minutes.
The chipmaker has started shipping silicon photonics modules, which use light and lasers to speed up data transfers between computers.The silicon photonics components will initially allow for optical communications between servers and data centers, stretching over long distances, said Diane Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel s Data Center Group.Over time, Intel will put optical communications at the chip level, Bryant said during a keynote at Intel Developer Forum on Wednesday.PCs and servers today use older electrical wiring for data transfers.But the data transfer speeds via those cables had reached a brick wall, and fiber optics provide a way to shuffle data at faster speeds, Bryant said.In addition to an ability to stretch across kilometers, the fiber optic cables will take up less space than older cables, Jason Waxman, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel s Data Center Solutions Group, said in an interview.
While RG's existing products, the 7.62mm L44A1 and the 5.56mm L17A2 cartridges, did that more than well enough when they were originally specified by the Ministry of Defence, modern battlefield technology and techniques mean the military are looking for something with a bit more oompf to fire down their rifles and machine guns.In addition, the HP round switches from single-base propellant powder to double-base, to give the heavier bullet the same flight characteristics as the old one.The EP also discards the age-old NATO SS109 bullet design, which incorporates a steel tip in front of a lead core, for an all-steel bullet, cased in the same gilding metal jacket as before.While it continues to have a gilding metal jacket an alloy of 95 per cent copper and five per cent zinc , the departure from the standard SS109 bullet design is relatively radical.Simon Parker, a project manager at BAE Systems Radway Green, spoke to The Register about the new rounds and the decisions behind the changes in their makeup.The new 5.56mm round, which will be known as the L31A1 in British service, retains a bullet weight of 62 grains 4g , meaning its ballistic performance will be very similar – an important similarity for soldiers firing it down their SA80 rifles.
Recently I was looking to double check the accuracy of a CPU cooler from Noctua, mainly for my own curiosity as well as part of our ongoing process to ensure we are only selling high quality parts to Puget customers.When we qualify a new product to be a fit for our product line, everyone is emailed all of the details about the product and given a chance to offer opinions or concerns as part of the process.I had some concerns based on a combination of the pictures of the product and the manufacturers' specifications not quite lining up in my mind.Guest author Richard Falk works for Puget Systems, a boutique builder of gaming and workstation PCs.Heatsinks use either copper, aluminum, or a combination of the two in order to move heat from the base of the cooler through heatpipes to the heatsink.A liquid cooling system essentially applies the same idea but replaces the copper heatpipes with tubes filled with a thermally conductive liquid that is pumped to a radiator.
All right, startup fans in the U.K. and across Europe.We re thrilled to announce that TechCrunch Disrupt is once again headed across the pond for Disrupt London 2016, and you are cordially invited to join us.The festivities kick off December 3-4 with the hackathon, followed by Disrupt on December 5-6.We had so much fun last year that we re excited to be returning to the beautiful Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for this year s show.While we re not quite ready to reveal all of the details for the show, all of the staples that make Disrupt the best startup conference in Europe will be present.We re putting together an impressive lineup of entrepreneurs, innovators and investors who will share their wisdom in a series of interviews and fireside chats throughout the show, and we ll begin sharing those names soon.