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Posted: August 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

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BY Christina Boyle
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Saturday, March 20th 2010, 1:29 PM

The illustration above shows how light is manipulated around an object -- making it invisible.

The illustration above shows how light is manipulated around an object — making it invisible.

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The creation of Harry Potter-style invisibility cloaks may be closer than you think.

German scientists have found a way to make an object vanish from view in three dimensions for the first time, according to a study published in the journal “Science.”

The researchers placed a “cloak” over a tiny lump of gold and distorted the lighting, hitting so it appeared invisible.

“We put an object under a microscopic structure, a little like a reflective carpet,” said Nicholas Stenger, one of the researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology who worked on the project.

“When we looked at it through a lens and did spectroscopy, no matter what angle we looked at the object from, we saw nothing. The bump became invisible.”

The invisible cape was made up of crystals with air spaces in between that resembled piles of wood and bend light to hide the gold beneath.

The dimensions were tiny: the lump was 0.00004 inches high by 0.00005 inches wide, and the object used to cover it was 100 microns by 30 microns, with one micron being one-thousandth of a millimeter.

Researchers said the chances of making a life-size cloak suitable for a wizard’s wardrobe was still many years away, and it would first be a rigid structure instead of a free flowing cape.

“Theoretically, it would be possible to do this on a large scale but technically, it’s totally impossible with the knowledge we have know,” said Stenger.

“But it could become a reality in 10 years.”

Previous attempts to achieve invisibility only worked in two dimensions and if the object was viewed from a specific angle.

They also only worked for microwave frequencies, but this study works for infrared light, which is a key step closer to the spectrum visible to the naked eye.

For a few months now, those of a technical bent have been getting hot under the collar about a fibre optic-based Intel technology called Light Peak, which promises to revolutionise the speeds at which computers can transfer data. With speeds of up to 10Gbps it promises to replace USB, DisplayPort and HDMI in one swoop.

However, another optical technology promises to blow Light-Peak out of the water before it even arrives, by offering speeds of up to 50Gbps – and it’s once again from Intel.

These incredibly fast transfer speeds are based on a technology called Silicon Photonics, and has been created using what Intel calls Hybrid Silicon Laser technology – which sounds like a geek’s sci-fi wet dream come true.

Intel’s marketing people describe Silicon Photonics as capable of transmitting a high-definition movie in a second, though it didn’t specify the resolution or bit-rate of the movie – or indeed who was starring in it.

The idea behind Silicon Photonics is to use light beams to replace electrons to shuffle data around, as copper based wiring is reaching a bottleneck in terms of both the amount of data it is able to transfer and the distances it can transfer it over.

The 50G Silicon Photonics Link, as it’s snappily called at the moment, uses lasers rather than copper wires. It takes advantages of Intel’s breakthroughs in combining optical technology with silicon, melding the high speed data transfer capabilities of optics with the low cost, high volume manufacturing processes of silicon.

The link consists of four hybrid silicon lasers, beaming between two silicon chips, a transmitter and a receiver. There are four optical channels, each running at 12.5Gbps, creating the 50Gbps headline speed – which is five times faster than Light-Peak. The lasers are essentially part of the silicon wafer, eliminating the need for a separate optical module, as in Light-Peak.

“This achievement of the world’s first 50Gbps silicon photonics link with integrated hybrid silicon lasers marks a significant achievement in our long term vision of ‘siliconizing’ photonics and bringing high bandwidth, low cost optical communications in and around future PCs, servers, and consumer devices” Justin Rattner, Intel chief technology officer and director of Intel Labs said.

However, it’s not stopping there and Intel said that by modulating the speed and the number of channels it plans to scale up to 1Tbps transfer speed. Terascale computing – transferred in a second.
Intel still plans on bringing Light-Peak to market as early as next year but implied that it would do so for mainstream platforms, while the 50G Silicon Photonics link, would be three to five years away and would be reserved for high-end enterprise use.

Author: Benny Har-Even
Published :    28th Jul 2010

The TV Poltergeist Phantom Prank Device from ThinkGeek sells for about $12.99. With it  you can drive the resident couch potato mad and perhaps even have him/her call in an exorcist. Why do i say that? This unique device is capable of turning the TV on and off at completely random intervals every 5 to 20 minutes round the clock, for weeks on end as long as the three AA batteries powering it aren’t dead. Of course, you must have a pretty cluttered living room for this to work simply because it will need to have its LED aimed at the TV directly all the time, so a neat, well kept house would make it easier for the device to be spotted.

Dream Mate Sleep Inducer

Posted: July 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

Dreamate uses accupressure techniques to gently massage the “sleeping golden triangle” on your left wrist. Used 30 minutes before bedtime, you can retune and reset your biological clock and train your body to relax and sleep. See results in as little as a week’s worth of use, with best results after eight weeks. These precise pressure points, when gently massaged, calm the body, lower stress levels, and induce sleep. Unlike addictive sleeping pills that knock you senseless, but offer little improvement in your sleep quality.

Do you think this really works?

Anyone who has heard more about this let me know

Upgrading your traditional hard disk drive with an Intel solid state drive (SSD) can improve overall performance by up to 56 percent!

SSDs can replace or complement a traditional hard drive in a notebook or desktop PC and provide a noticeably faster computer  when booting up, opening files and running software. With no moving parts, these SSDs deliver greater reliability and consume less power than conventional hard disk drives (HDDs).

you can get an 80GB at best buy for $229.99 and the 40GB for $129.99

Check out this link for step by step instructions on how to convert

What to do think about this new technology and why isn’t apple jumping on the band wagon?