Smart Dust

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Smart Dust May­beThe Future of Invol­un­tary Treat­ment of the Public

Smart dust is a name given to extremely small com­put­ing par­ti­cles, RFID chips, or other very small technologies.

A pop­u­lar arti­cle from Extreme Tech describes it in the head­line: “Smart dust: A com­plete com­puter that’s smaller than a grain of sand.” An arti­cle from War is Bor­ing is titled “Future Mil­i­tary Sen­sors Could Be Tiny Specks of ‘Smart Dust’ New tech­nolo­gies allow for extremely small — and ubiq­ui­tous — mil­i­tary sen­sors.” A paper from Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Diego describes smart dust:

“The term “smart dust” orig­i­nally referred to minia­ture wire­less semi­con­duc­tor devices made using fab­ri­ca­tion tech­niques derived from the micro­elec­tron­ics indus­try. These devices incor­po­rate sens­ing, com­put­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions in a centimetre-​sized package.”

con­sider what could hap­pens when sen­sors, anten­nas, and even com­put­ing equip­ment can be com­bined into infor­ma­tion gath­er­ing devices on the microscale. This is a con­cept known as “smart dust,” and it’s been kicked around in sci­ence fic­tion and research com­mu­ni­ties for awhile.

Secu­rity Alert: Win­dows 10

Secu­rity Alert: Win­dows 10 Has Been Qui­etly Log­ging EVERY KEY­STROKE You Type And Send­ing It To Microsoft (This Is How To Stop It)

It’s Been reported that an inter­na­tional group of hack­ers claim they have breached Apple’s iCloud user data­base and stolen 300 mil­lion user­names and pass­words. The group has threat­ened to ini­ti­ate a wide­spread fac­tory reset on April 7th, 2017, poten­tially wip­ing out data on tens of mil­lions of iPhones and iCloud accounts should Apple fail to pay a ransom.

Wi-​fi on rays of light

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Slow wi-​fi is a source of irri­ta­tion that nearly every­one expe­ri­ences. Wire­less devices in the home con­sume ever more data, and it’s only grow­ing, and con­gest­ing the wi-​fi net­work. Researchers at Eind­hoven Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy have come up with a sur­pris­ing solu­tion: a wire­less net­work based on harm­less infrared rays. The capac­ity is not only huge (more than 40Gbit/​s per ray) but also there is no need to share since every device gets its own ray of light. This was the sub­ject for which TU/​e researcher Joanne Oh received her PhD degree with the ‘cum laude’ dis­tinc­tion last week.

The New Home Bat­ter­ies

Theres no doubt renew­able power gen­er­a­tion has made great leaps and bounds lately bring­ing the cost of power per Kw. down to com­pet­i­tive lev­els but what about stor­ing all that energy so as to be avail­able on demand or even bet­ter yet dur­ing peak hours when energy is at it’s most expen­sive. This whole area of devel­op­ment is just get­ting started with some excit­ing possibilities!

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A New State of Mat­ter

Time crystalCrys­tals can exist in time as well as space
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It’s no longer just a wild the­ory. Two inde­pen­dent teams of physi­cists have fol­lowed a recipe to build the world’s first ver­sions of an enig­matic form of mat­ter – time crys­tals.
MIT physi­cist and Nobel lau­re­ate Frank Wilczek first spec­u­lated about the exis­tence of time crys­tals in 2012, while teach­ing a class on ordi­nary crys­tals, such as salt, or snowflakes. In a typ­i­cal crys­tal, the atoms or mol­e­cules are tightly arranged in reg­u­larly repeat­ing pat­terns in three-​dimensional space, resem­bling a lattice.

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