appears that the new equivalent of "chip art" (aka "silicon art") is "nano art." The notoriously playful
science nerd coterie has picked up the gauntlet with their imaginative creations. This particular image is a
composite of many nanoartists. Flowers and warts are popular topics, but an occasional lamp shade debuts. Come
one guys (and girls)... give us Dilbert, Einstein, or at '57 Chevy.
the tinfoil hat wearing types that have been reporting sightings of bug-like mechanical surveillance drones
hovering over public events in D.C. are not as nutty as we think. Here is a DARPA-funded cyborg beetle
sporting a wireless command/control module that has six electrodes implanted into its optic lobes and flight
muscles. Flight commands are sent to the beetle via a transmitter controlled by a nearby laptop. Oscillating
electrical pulses delivered to the beetle's optic lobes trigger takeoff, while a single short pulse ceases
flight. Signals sent to the left or right flight muscles make it turn.
series of animated images shows the evolution of integrated circuits. It begins with Jack Kilby's invention at
Texas Instruments, then progresses through Fairchild's RTL IC, the first Pentium processor, and finally
Intel's Core i7 screamer.
it is kind of gross... but kind of cool, too. Prosthetic eyeball user and filmmaker Rob Spence says, "If
you lose your eye and have a hole in your head, then why not stick a camera in there?" He calls himself "the
eyeborg guy." The camera will have a wireless link to a laptop computer or other receiver/storage device. BTW,
he lost his eye at age 13 when shooting at a cow pie.
the Mazda π. If this is a marketing attempt to imply the
precision to which the car is designed and built, I find it irrational. Yeah, the image is probably
Photoshopped, but I wouldn't put it past some clever soul to actually buy and install the numbers. I checked,
and the 28 digits used are accurate
Here are the first 1 million digits of
University just raised... er... lowered the bar in the competition to create the world's smallest letters.
They have created letters approximately 15 nm tall, using a device known as a scanning tunneling microscope
(STM) to push individual carbon monoxide molecules onto a copper surface. Lawyers will love this ability to
added even smaller print to contracts. Someone tell the brainiacs at IBM that the gauntlet has been thrown
a portable hard drive for your computer? In 1952, it would have looked like this IBM 350 magnetic disk storage
unit. It was a marvel of the day with its mammoth 4MB of storage capacity. Disks rotated at 1,200 rpm
(today's run at 5,400 or 7,200 rpm). Seek time averaged about 600 ms (typical for today about 15 ms).
Colucci calls himself "The Electric Light Artist." Theron started in electronics as a Navy technician. He had
not considered himself an artist until a few years ago, when he stumbled upon a solder stencil discarded in a
trashcan outside a manufacturing facility. Theron held it up to the sun, and, literally and figuratively, "a
light went on." Now, he creates high tech expressions of light using recycled stencils. See more examples on
poor Melanie has been around me for too long. We got a new cat from the
Humane Society shelter on Saturday. I
mentioned that a science type name would be cool. After tossing around a name for her, Melanie came up with Pi
(π). Why Pi? Saturday was March 14, aka
Pi Day (3.14).
the Bell jar vacuum chamber you used in chemistry lab for watching water boil at room temperature? That was
child's play. NASA, famous for doing things in a big way, has the world's largest vacuum chamber. It measures
100 feet in diameter and is 122 feet tall. I did the math; it works out to about 825 thousand cubic feet. The
chamber is used to test satellites and vehicles in space-like conditions.
about taking your work home with you! This Nerd Herd
wannabe attached printed circuit boards all over the outside of his car (he probably would have used an AMC
Gremlin had one been available). Don't be fooled by the green color, though. I'm guessing the boards are
loaded with toxic lead solder, and the weight surely negatively impacts the MPG of the car. Still, it's cool.
milled wood, Smith Chart coaster was sent to me by website visitor Enrique R, of Norcross, GA. The coaster now
resides on my Smith Chart Artwork webpage. If you know of any other examples of Smith Chart art, please let me
teenagers recently lashed an $82 (€60) digital camera to a helium balloon and
lofted it to an altitude of 30 km.
electronics allowed it to be tracked via Google Earth. Following balloon deflation, the recovery system
brought the package to a safe landing 10 km away. This puts the old
Estes CamRoc photos to shame.
verifying hyperlinks on the vendor pages, I ran across this photo
Altech's building and thought it
looked a lot like a ceramic DIP package on a PCB. It makes a good Cool Pic subject.
image is a composite, the Altech image is real.
object to the left will never fit on the object to the right.
again, neither will mine, and it is nowhere as large as the object on the left. The object on the right is a
pico-scale toilet (loo, WC, toilette(s,t), 厕所, inodoro, トイレ, záchod, المرحاض, toalety, शौचालय, casa de banho,
or whatever you call it. This nanometer wide (peeco scale?) John is shown at 15,000x magnification.
is the world's smallest welding job. "We report that individual metallic nanowires and nanoobjects can be
assembled and welded together into complex nanostructures and conductive circuits by a new nanoscale
electrical welding technique using nanovolumes of metal solder."