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PostSubject: Nanofactory animation   Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:07 pm



Possible? In our lifetime? Who before 1884 would have thought television was possible?
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PostSubject: Making Stuff: Making Stuff Smaller (Nova)   Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:03 pm

If you missed last night's episode of Nova ("Making Stuff: Making Stuff Smaller", which is the 2nd of 4 parts), I encourage you to catch the next airing:

WNED Thu 1/27 11:30 PM-12:30 AM (tonight)

If you get KCTSDT or KCTS (they are 532 and 164 on Rogers where I am), it's on today at 3 PM.

Next episode ("Making Stuff Cleaner"):

WNED Wed 2/2 9-10 PM
WNED Thu 2/3 11:30 PM-12:30 AM

The show is outstanding; I highly recommend it; it may be the best science program I've ever seen; I was glued to the set. It's for a general audience and does a fine job of explaining scientific concepts in commonsense terms and with top-notch graphics. But the material covered is simply astonishing. The future looks grand! I can hardly wait.

More info: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/making-stuff.html
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PostSubject: Re: Nanofactory animation   Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:11 pm

I watched an episode on aging last night, they are getting damn close to replacement organs that won't be rejected, cool.. I want a second brain wired to co-process and a new thyroid.
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PostSubject: Re: Nanofactory animation   Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:30 pm

kubera wrote:
I watched an episode on aging last night, they are getting damn close to replacement organs that won't be rejected, cool.. I want a second brain wired to co-process and a new thyroid.
Yes, that sounds like the same program. If only we can live long enough to take advantage of this stuff.

Also, the show talked about graphene, a substance discovered/created only 6 years ago. They showed how you can create your own graphene sheet that is only 1 atom thick (!) using graphite and Scotch® tape. You can see the graphene on the tape as a dark area. The advantage of graphene is that it can transmit electricty at a speed close to c, and is cheap. Computing power is still increasing (Moore's law was also discussed); other researchers (Intel? I forget) are stacking transistors on the z-axis via nano wires; previously, the number of transistors in a given space was limited by the distance between them due to the danger of short-circuiting. Imagine all the world's literary knowledge contained on an object you can hold in your hand.
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PostSubject: Re: Nanofactory animation   Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:41 am

Stuff like this truly boggles my mind. I remember seeing a portable I GB drive (not a flash drive, but a rotating disk style) that was about the size of your thumb, and I thought that was amazing. Now we can get 16GB on something smaller than that, and with no moving parts.

I, for one, will welcome our new robot masters.
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