Archive for August, 2012

Ant-inspired Internet – the ‘Anternet’ – may be coming soon

Publication: NBC News   Date: August 27, 2012   View Article

Ants get stuff done without anyone in control. Understanding how they do what they do could help us design more robust and efficient networks, according to a biologist who studies ant colony behavior.

A recent study shows that harvester ants, for example, regulate how many ants are out searching for food in a way that resembles how Internet protocols regulate the amount of data being transferred according to the amount of available bandwidth.

New material could lead to thin, flexible, wall-sized TVs

Publication: NBC News   Date: August 24, 2012   View Article

Sheets of material commonly used as an industrial lubricant — just one-molecule thick — may usher in a new era of thin, flexible, and transparent electronics, according to a researcher at the forefront of the technology.

The material, molybdenum disulfide, is similar to wonder material graphene that researchers have been working with since 2004. Unlike graphene, the molybdenum disulfide has a property called a bandgap.

‘Invisibility cloak’ science to bring broadband Internet to everyone, everywhere

Publication: NBC News   Date: August 22, 2012   View Article

A lightweight, compact antenna made with an exotic “metamaterial” will soon bring broadband satellite Internet connections to anyone, anywhere with a portable laptop-sized hotspot.

The hotspot is the first product to be offered by Kymeta, a startup launched Tuesday by Intellectual Ventures, a Bellevue, Wash.,- based patent and research company led by former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold.

Ready for extreme weather? IBM – yes, IBM – can help

Publication: NBC News   Date: August 9, 2012   View Article

On June 28, if anyone in the greater Washington D.C. area ran a weather-modeling service called Deep Thunder, they would have known a derecho windstorm was about to rip trees from the ground, knock out power and leave millions of people stifling in relentlessly sticky heat.

No one did.

As a result, millions of people suffered for days on end as utilities scrambled to restore electricity. Many businesses were idled through the Fourth of July holiday. Untold millions in wages and revenue were lost. At least 13 people died.

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