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First helium-filled 6TB hard drive launched, just not for you

At first glance, an enterprise-class hard drive with unparalleled areal density sounds like a pretty dull affair, right? While the new Ultrastar He6 drive from Western Digital's HGST subsidiary does fit that nap-inducing description, it's also got a couple of exclusive honors to boast about. You …

The National Ignition Facility Just Got Way Closer To Fusion Power

In a major first, an experiment in the California lab got more energy out of its fuel than went into the fuel. We're one step closer to ignition, when the reaction becomes self-sustaining.<p>Researchers at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California …

Nuclear Energy

With latest SpaceX launch, Musk says he has 'all pieces of the puzzle' for reusable rocket

This Sunday saw a successful launch from SpaceX's latest prototype, a newly modified Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket boasts a large power advantage over previous models, thanks to a new nine-engine propulsion layout, which helped the rocket to deliver four satellites into low-earth orbit. SpaceX …

Stanford's new linear accelerator is just three millimeters long

Stanford researchers unveiled a new kind of linear accelerator in <i>Nature</i> today, both smaller and more powerful than its enormous predecessors. Instead of using microwaves like traditional accelerators, the new accelerator works by accelerating electrons to near light-speed through conventional …

Graphene Turns Light Into Electricity For Faster Circuits

Welcome to another episode of “Cool Science Stuff That Probably Will Have Some Effect On Our Lives Later But We Probably Won’t Realize It.” In this week’s installment we present graphene photosensors.<p>While the vast majority of high speed data is transmitted via fiber optic cables, there is always a …

Weather could be controlled using lasers

Scientists are attempting to control the weather by using lasers to create clouds, induce rain and even trigger lightning.<p>Experts from around the world are to gather at the World Meteorological Organisation next month to discuss how powerful laser pulses can be used to generate changes in the …

New coating turns ordinary glass into superglass

Resilient, ultraslippery glass could lead to self-cleaning, scratch-resistant windows, lenses, and solar panels.<p>A new transparent, bioinspired …

Nature Communications

Humans tame light, stop it from moving for a full minute

Beams of light are usually speeding along at around 186,000 miles per second, but for one minute, researchers in Germany brought some to a screeching halt. Using a crystal frozen to temperatures below negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit, a research team managed to hold light in place for a full minute …

Researchers Use Sound to Levitate a Chemical Reaction

<i>BBC News</i> reports that researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) used acoustic waves to make objects, such as particles and …

A 360TB disc that holds data for more than 1 million years?

A major breakthrough in storage technology could dramatically change our perception of data preservation.<p>In the future, we might be able to save our history to a glass storage medium that could potentially outlive humankind. The new type of memory also touts mind-blowing specifications, such as …

Nanotech