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A Low-Power Artificial Synapse Could One Day Interface with the Brain

A Low-Power Artificial Synapse Could One Day Interface with the Brain

Battery technology inspires a flexible, organic nonvolatile device for neuromorphic circuits that needs only millivolts to change state Photo: Stanford University A team based at Stanford University and at Sandia National Laboratories, in Livermore, Calif., have created a new form of “artificial synapse” that may one day be used to create flexible circuitry that could directly interface(…)

Graphene Could Buttress Next-Gen Computer Chip Wiring

Graphene Could Buttress Next-Gen Computer Chip Wiring

Current can literally blow copper interconnects away, but graphene could keep them intact Image: Stanford University Images: Stanford University Death By Electromigration: Copper interconnects are now so narrow that current can cause a break by knocking atoms out of place. Most of the hand-wringing over the fate of Moore’s Law focuses on the ever-shrinking silicon(…)

Magnetic Control Could Help Robots Navigate Inside Your Body

Magnetic Control Could Help Robots Navigate Inside Your Body

Clever use of magnetic fields can selectively actuate individual microbots Image: Science Robotics There are two options for controlling a robot inside of the human body: Either you try and build some sort of intricate and tiny robot submarine with self contained propulsion and navigation, which would be really really hard to do, or you(…)

5 Things You Missed This Week at IEEE Spectrum: Nanorods Could Lead to Li-Fi Displays, Mobile Health Apps Could Make People Sicker, and More

5 Things You Missed This Week at IEEE Spectrum: Nanorods Could Lead to Li-Fi Displays, Mobile Health Apps Could Make People Sicker, and More

for the week of 6 February 2017 Moonsub Shim/University of Illinois 1. Nanorods Emit and Detect Light, Could Lead to Displays That Communicate via Li-Fi Moonsub Shim/University of Illinois In recent years, the hot application for quantum dots has been as a replacement for light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as a backlight source for liquid crystal displays. But(…)

How Mobile Health Apps and Wearables Could Actually Make People Sicker

How Mobile Health Apps and Wearables Could Actually Make People Sicker

Expert evaluators of medical devices raise caution about direct-to-consumer products Photo: Owlet The Owlet Smart Sock lets parents continuously monitor their infant’s vital signs, but experts say they shouldn’t. A recent journal article about wearable tech for infants pulls no punches: “There is no evidence that consumer infant physiologic monitors are life-saving, and there is(…)

Nanorods Emit and Detect Light, Could Lead to Displays That Communicate via Li-Fi

Nanorods Emit and Detect Light, Could Lead to Displays That Communicate via Li-Fi

Mobile phones that can see without a camera are among some of the other potential applications Gif: Moonsub Shim/University of Illinois/IEEE Spectrum Ever since 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, quantum dots have been in a market struggle to displace light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as a backlight source for liquid crystal displays (LCDs). Now an advance by a team of(…)