|archmage||Date: Saturday, 23-November-2013, 12:08 PM | Message # 1|
-- dragon lord--
This week on 90 second science, we start with the news that scientists at Stanford University have created the first fully working carbon nanotube computer. We also take a look at an experiment to create the world's first artificial ash cloud in the hopes of improving aircraft safety, and a brand new volcanic island which formed overnight off the coast of Japan, but may well disappear as quickly as it arrived.
Scientists at Stanford University have created the first working computer using carbon nanotube transistors. The single atom cylinders are more efficient and smaller than traditional transistors, but making processors out of them has been plagued with problems, not least of which the fact that they're quite unreliable -- often simply operating as wires rather than switches.