Moore's Law, which states that computing power doubles every year and a half, is coming to a close. According to the laws of physics, there is only a finite amount of reduction that can occur within the components that we constantly innovate to make transistors and chips smaller, and we're getting pretty damn close to it. Bonafide smart guy Michio Kaku postulates that things will get as tiny as they can by 2020, and at that point innovation will grind to a halt.
Now seems like a good week to revisit this set of 105 reactor wall charts, uploaded by the University of New Mexico. The dates next to each chart relate to the issue of Nuclear Engineering International magazine in which they first appeared. Ronald Knief, a nuclear engineer from Sandia National Laboratories, assembled the image collection.
Tuesday, Mar 22nd 2011 (3:50am) | Thanks: Xeni
Technical in nature but easy for laymen to follow. Bill uses a replica of the point contact transistor built by Walter Brattain and John Bardeen at Bell Labs. On December 23, 1947 they used this device to amplify the output of a microphone and thus started the microelectronics revolution that changed the world. He describes in detail why a transistor works by highlighting the uniqueness of semiconductors in being able to transfer charge by positive and negative carriers.
Friday, Dec 10th 2010 (9:37am)
They also research new building materials made from those same sheep they (may) wish they were dating.
Of course, they were probably drinking while they did the research.
Wednesday, Oct 6th 2010 (1:55pm)
Would you know the difference in sounds between an ATM and a ticket dispenser? How about a jet engine and vacuum cleaner? Here are a dozen samples for you to try your luck at. Clicking the "A" link for answers will pop up in a separate window. No cheating.
Saturday, Sep 18th 2010 (11:05am)
The Galaxy series phones are sweet, and their new Galaxy Tab appears equally so. (I traded my iPhone for a Captivate and have grown to love it.)
If the Galaxy Tab is as nice as their phone, Steve-O better start looking over his shoulder.
Unrelated Bonus Link!
Friday, Sep 3rd 2010 (3:11pm)
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But if you really want to get at that ear wax, you need to carefully monitor your ear wax on ear scope TV.
Connects to any TV or monitor with a single cable, this endoscope allows you to see inside your ear as you spoon out the wax.
Sunday, Jul 25th 2010 (5:26am)
Best beverage of all time?
Firesign Theatre, The - How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All?
Django Unchained (2012)
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