Peter Brockert

20 Added | 1 Magazine | @PeterBrockert | Keep up with Peter Brockert on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Peter Brockert”

SSD breakthrough means 300% speed boost, 60% less power usage... even on old drives

A breakthrough has been made in SSD technology that could mean drastic performance increases due to the overcoming of one of the major issues in the …

Low-power laser triggers stem cells to repair teeth

Ranking among the X-Men probably isn't all that it's cracked up to be, but who wouldn't want their uncanny ability to regenerate lost bone or tissue? …

Screwy-looking wind turbine makes little noise and a big claim

Although it's getting increasingly common to see solar panels on the roofs of homes, household wind turbines are still a fairly rare sight. If …

Renewable Energy

Physicists use diamonds to reach quantum teleportation breakthrough

Quantum teleportation promises a leap into the next great era of computing -- but first we've got to get it working consistently. Scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft say they've managed to reliably teleport quantum info stored in one bit of diamond to another sitting three meters …

How It Works: Putting Humans In Suspended Animation

A new human trial will chill gunshot victims to keep them alive<p>"Suspended animation" -- literally putting life on hold -- has long been a medical dream. (The preferred scientific term for the procedure is emergency preservation and resuscitation [ EPR ].) Dr. Sam Tisherman and a team of surgeons at …

Medicine

Laptops to get maglev keyboards that reduce their thickness

Magnetic levitation keyboards have been around for a while, but they've never really taken off, or floated our boats, or attracted much atten... Anyway, a Taiwanese manufacturer called Darfon is persevering with the idea, and it's discovered that maglev keys, which rest on opposing magnets instead …

Boost Your Ears To Superhuman Levels With These Cyborg Ears

The next wearable gadget is going to help you cut through the noise in a crowd.<p>Ever imagined having super-human hearing, maybe to spy on someone across the room or just to hear your dining partner better in a crowded restaurant? For $299, you can have it with Soundhawk’s Scoop, a small device that …

Hearing Aids

Introducing the Vacuum Transistor: A Device Made of Nothing

<b>In September 1976,</b> in the midst of the Cold War, Victor Ivanovich Belenko, a disgruntled Soviet pilot, veered off course from a training flight over …

Engineering

Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time?

Author: Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine. Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine Science<p>Date of Publication: 06.30.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. …

Biobots made from tissue could one day be implanted in humans

It turns out that robots don't need to be BigDog-sized to be freaky. Scientists at the University of Illinois have created one a mere centimeter (half-inch) in size built on a 3D-printed hydrogel backbone. The "ew" part is what powers it: a strip of skeletal muscle cells triggered by an electric …

ReWalk exoskeleton approved by FDA. But who will pay for it?

In May, a bionic arm for amputees, controlled by signals from the brain, was allowed on the market. In June, a robotic suit helped a paraplegic man …

NASA gives the go-ahead to a rocket designed for deep space exploration

For the past few years, NASA's been working on a powerful rocket called the Space Launch System meant for missions to the moon, Mars and other places far from our planet. While the rocket's not quite ready to take Bruce Willis to an asteroid, it's at least getting nearer to a launch pad -- the …

DARPA wants to develop electronic memory-restoring implants

Earlier this year, we heard about how DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) was setting up its new Biological Technologies Office. …

The Brain

Beach Sand Used To Make A Battery That Lasts Three Times Longer

Charge your phone with that white stuff from the beach<p>Sink your toes into this: Beach sand can be used to make lithium-ion batteries that last three times longer than current models, according to a study published in the journal <i>Scientific Reports</i>.<p>“This is the holy grail: a low-cost, non-toxic, …

Robotics Pioneer Launches the First Personal Robot You Might Actually Buy

Are these the robots you've been looking for?<p>Cynthia Breazeal wants to take robots out of the lab and into the living room.<p>The MIT associate professor is widely recognized as a pioneer in social robotics, most famously producing the engaged and friendly faces of Kismet and Leonardo. But now she has …

Adaptive Material Could Cut the Cost of Solar in Half - MIT Technology Review

A material with optical properties that change to help it capture more incoming sunlight could cut the cost of solar power in half, according to …

Clean Energy

Stanford researchers develop self-cooling solar cells

Photovoltaic cells are one of the more promising alternative energy sources. Mechanically they are very simple, with no moving parts, and are clean …

Clean Energy

If an Electric Bike Is Ever Going to Hit It Big in the U.S., It's This One

Is the Copenhagen Wheel poised to become the next big thing in alternative urban transportation?<p>CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—On a sunny but brisk spring morning near the Charles River in Cambridge, I took a test ride on the bicycle of the future. No rockets or lasers (alas), the bicycle of the future looks …