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Holograms are cool enough on their own, but amazing things happen when you make them incredibly small. A team of Army-funded scientists from Purdue did just that with the development of tiny holograms — smaller than the width of a human hair! — made by shining lasers through a metasurface. This could change display technology forever.
Human skin may very well be one of the world’s most impressive sensor arrays. Able to detect temperature, pressure, touch and pain simultaneously, your skin’s sensory receptors feed you a constant data stream about the environment around you. Now, researchers have given much of that sensing ability to plastic e-skin.
Human space travel comes with a host of problems, not the least of which is our general inability to survive in a vacuum without, you know, dying. But a new technique that’s done wonders for fruit fly larvae and could one day lead to the same for humans may have solved that problem.
If you find fingerprint-resistant phones utterly fascinating, then this is going to do your head in. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a nanoscale coating that doesn’t just resist liquids, it shuts them down completely. So, instead of droplets going “splat”, they go “boing”… to put it in scientific terms.
Chip manufacturing processes are getting tiny. In terms of available products, Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs feature the smallest process at 22 nanometres. However, while the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) reckons we’ll hit 14nm by 2014 and 10nm by 2016, it’s getting progressively harder to achieve these milestones.
The idea of targeting a specific part of the human body with a microscopic rocket carrying a payload of medication has been tossed around for a while. And working nano-sized rockets have already been created, the only problem is that they’re powered by chemicals like hydrogen peroxide which will do more harm than good for a patient.