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Supercapacitors: Possible Successor to Today’s Costly and Slow-Charging Batteries

By Dick Weisinger

Batteries have become sore points with products like electric cars and portable electronics. Batteries still are expensive, bulky and slow to charge. An alternative to batteries that is showing promise is supercapacitors. They tend to be smaller than batteries and

Neuromorphic Chips: Designing Chips that Mimic the Human Brain

By Dick Weisinger

Chip designers are are creating chips that mimic the neurons and synapses in the human brain. The goal is to make chips that are smarter and more energy efficient than today’s standard generation of chips. The chips process data asynchronously

Data Deluge: Digital Bits Could Outnumber Earth’s Atoms in 200 Years

By Dick Weisinger

We’re awash in data. IDC estimates that humans will store 6.8 zettabytes of data in 2020. The total data stored is now doubling every four years. The increased capture of video and sensor data is behind at least part of

Technology: Machines Capable of Human Sense

By Dick Weisinger

Machines are learning how to sense. Devices and sensors are enabling machines to be able to mimic how human senses function. The technology will enable the creation of devices that both augment human senses and make machines more capable. Bernie

Technology: Solar Cells Jump in Efficiency

By Dick Weisinger

This summer has seen big breakthroughs in solar technology efficiency. Scientists at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced the development of solar cell efficiency of 47 percent. John Geisz, a principal scientist in the High-Efficiency Crystalline Photovoltaics Group