Feb. 20th, 2009

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Computer components shrinking faster than predicted - tech - 20 February 2009 - New Scientist

The New Scientist article summarizes two recent discoveries. The first is a novel form of magnetic memory that could store 10 terabytes per square inch, a significant increase over the current limit of 0.5 Terabytes per square inch. The researchers believe this approach could soon lead to memories with densities approaching 100 Terabytes per square inch. The second discovery is a new form of transistor based on perovskite, rather than silicon, that can be as small as 2 nanometers, far smaller than the 45 nanometres of contemporary transistors. The circuits can also be redrawn up to 100 times, making the circuit somewhat hardware rewritable.
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Are the photos of Borneo's monster snake real?: Scientific American Blog

Photo supposedly providing proof of the existence of a 100-ft long snake. Forensic analysis of the photo is inconclusive because it is of such low resolution. As the expert put it, the ideal approach is to start with a high-resolution image, doctor it, then compress it so far lower resolution, just as could have happened here.

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