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Browsing speeds may slow as net hardware bug bites

<b>Browsing speeds could slow over the next week as old hardware is upgraded to handle the net's growth, says networking giant Cisco.</b><p>Some older kit has hit an upper memory limit in the number of routes it can use to despatch data around the world.<p>In the last few days the number of possible routes …

Routers

The Internet Is Getting Too Big, And It's Becoming A Problem For Some Service Providers

Recent reports suggest the system that routers use to share the map of the internet with one another has grown too large for some older routers to handle — which could result in poor connectivity.<p>The problem is, older routers can only process a certain number of routes contained in this internet …

Routers

Hemp fibres 'better than graphene'

<b>The waste fibres from hemp crops can be transformed into high-performance energy storage devices, scientists say.</b><p>They "cooked" cannabis bark into carbon nanosheets and built supercapacitors "on a par with or better than graphene" - the industry gold standard.<p>Electric cars and power tools could …

Nanotech

Pinky and the Brain return, and it's incredibly unsafe for work

Pinky and the Brain posed the rather serious question of what would happen if Algernon were played by Orson Welles while paired with a sidekick of low intelligence. We grew up with the cartoon of the two bickering mice and their nightly attempts at world domination, and if you've ever wondered what …

10 Scientific Images That Changed How We Looked at the World

The most important images in history<p>Whether it was a drawing or photograph, these images changed the course of human understanding, and science itself, forever.

Nasa validates 'impossible' space drive

Nasa is a major player in space science, so when a team from the agency this week presents evidence that "impossible" microwave thrusters seem to …

It’s not just David Byrne and Radiohead: Spotify, Pandora and how streaming music kills jazz and classical

<b>David Byrne, Thom Yorke (Reuters/Hugo Correia/AP/Chris Pizzello/Photo collage by Salon)</b><p>More musicians are taking aim at the rates paid by Spotify and Pandora, and warning whole genres are in danger<p>Scott Timberg<p>July 20, 2014 8:00pm (UTC)<p>After years in which tech-company hype has drowned out most …

Gates book blasts ‘incompetent’ Congress; accuses Reid, others of seeking favors

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' scathing assessment of President Obama's handling of the Afghanistan war pales in comparison to what he thinks about Congress.<p>In Gates' memoir, "Duty," which hit the bookstores on Tuesday, the former Pentagon boss puts his poison pen to the work of skewering …

Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

How Somebody Forced the World’s Internet Traffic Through Belarus and Iceland

This is a deeply technical but potentially very troubling story. Imagine one day you’re using the Internet the same way you do every day. Reading the …

Race is central to the fear and angst of the US right

In the early 1980s veteran pollster Stan Greenberg, conducted a focus group in Macomb County, a Detroit suburb, of former Democrats who had switched allegiance to the Republican Ronald Reagan. After he read a statement by Robert Kennedy about racial inequality, one participant interjected: "No …