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Flow Haptic Controller Wireless Mouse on Steroids

senic flow wireless mouse

A startup called Senic wants to bring better control to computer input. The mouse and the touchscreen each have their strongpoints, but Senc’s Flow seems to bring the best of each and adds more. The Flow is a wireless controller blending three technologies: Hand gesture recognition Sensitive touch Haptics The goal is enabling users who [...]

An Ultracold Atomic Gas Refrigerant for Cooling Mechanical Quantum Systems

A cloud of ultracold atoms

Using an ultracold atomic gas, a new cooling technique for mechanical quantum systems has been developed by physicists at the University of Basel. How cold is ultracold? Less than 1 degree above absolute zero, which is what the vibrations of a membrane were cooled down to. The technique could make possible new studies of quantum [...]

Sophisticated Cyber Espionage Regin Malware in use since 2008

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A sophisticated piece of malware which targets government organisations and infrastructure operators has been discovered by the security firm Symantec. The backdoor trojan, known as Regin, is described by Symantec as: “a complex intelligence-gathering tool which has been engaged in long term systematic data collection and surveillance activities against government organisations, infrastructure operators, businesses, academics, [...]

Structurally Weird Diamonds created by Asteroid Earth Impacts

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A form of diamond known as lonsdaleite is actually a structurally distorted form of ordinary diamond, according to work by scientists at Arizona State University. So-called lonsdaleite is actually the long-familiar cubic form of diamond, but it's full of defects," says lead author Péter Németh. Such defects occur, he continues, because of shock metamorphism, plastic [...]

Sodium-air Batteries could replace Lithium-ion in Electric Vehicles

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Progress is being made in the rechargeability and reaction kinetics of sodium-air batteries by researchers from the Canadian Light Source and Western University. The understanding of sodium-air battery systems and their chemical composition and charging behaviour will play a role designing more road-worthy batteries for EVs. The limited mileage of today’s EVs because of the [...]