communications

How We Might One Day Communicate Through Liquids

How We Might One Day Communicate Through Liquids

A new machine designed at Stanford University sends digital messages without electronics, using common household chemicals. Eventually, similar systems could allow tiny devices to communicate inside the body, or be adapted to environments in which traditional electronics break down.

The Pentagon Wants To Turn Mobile Phones Into A Giant Mesh Network

The Pentagon Wants To Turn Mobile Phones Into A Giant Mesh Network

Imagine what would happen if every mobile phone tower in the US spontaneously combusted. We’d be in big trouble, which is why the Pentagon is exploring other ways to communicate in the event of an emergency. Chief among them is the idea to connect every mobile phone in America with…

NASA’s Using Space Laser To Download Video From Orbit At Gigabit Speeds

NASA’s Using Space Laser To Download Video From Orbit At Gigabit Speeds

NASA’s latest data download just covered way more distance, and contained way more awesome, than any earthbound file transfer: the agency beamed a high-def video down from the International Space Station this week using a high-powered laser. Go ahead and give your WiFi router a good stern look.