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2.56 terabits per second over a 160-kilometer link (= 2.56 E12 bits/sec= 60 DVDs).. old record of 1.28 terabits..currently ..40 Gbit/s...
establish a reliable broadband connection -- anywhere in the world --.. Norsat’s GLOBETrekker is the current state-of-the-art..designed to be carried in a backpack,
up to four megabits per second... .. Ku, Ka and X bands... 1m carbon fiber antenna, RF electronics, motorized azimuth/elevation superstructure, motorized feed assembly, built-in inclinometer, compass, GPS and a baseband unit with a modem, spectrum analyzer, DVB-S receiver, Ethernet switch, DC-DC converter and shock protected chassis.
iSkoot software bridges the mobile and broadband networks ..a seamless link from mobile to Internet telephony. ..iSkoot software..connect regular cell phone to a VoIP Internet phone service such as Skype. No need for headsets, microphones, PCs, or USB phones. iSkoot connects every phone to Skype’s services today..
iSkoot software: Automatically forwards Internet phone calls from a user’s PC to any phone, including any cell phone Calls a buddy's PC from any phone Switches a Internet phone call from the PC to any phone without disconnecting one-time US$9.95 fee for unlimited use
This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene. There has never been a science book quite like it...
"Individuals are not stable things, they are fleeting. Chromosomes too are shuffled into oblivion, like hands of cards soon after they are dealt. But the cards themselves survive the shuffling. The cards are the genes. The genes are not destroyed by crossing over, they merely change partners and march on. Of course they march on. That is their business. They are the replicators and we are their survival machines. When we have served our purpose, we are cast aside. But genes are the denizens of geological time: genes are forever."
superglue : the average C. crescentus requires around 70 newtons per square millimetre to rip it from a surface, a grip about seven times stronger than a gecko's footpad. Commercial 'super' glue gives up at about 25 newtons per square millimetre.
Because the bacterial glue works in the wet, it might find a use as a surgical adhesive [scar-less operations?]
silicon film by inkjet is a clear breakthrough.
cyclopentasiline, a silicon-based polymer five silicon atoms in a ring and is liquid
Ultraviolet light is used to break open the bonds of some ..reform into long.. chains that behave like viscous oil. .. diluted with a solvent..coated onto a surface by spinning, or even sprayed by an inkjet printer. .. baked at 500°C to turn it into a hard mosaic of flat silicon crystals whose semiconductor qualities are as good as the ultrapure slabs made by conventional refining.. Nature, Asso Prof Lisa Rosenberg U Victoria BC..
..simple, cheap and flexible circuits for displays..- solar cells, x-ray detections and multi-analyte chemical sensor ..
Ants 140 -160mybp
Ants evolved far earlier than previously believed, as far back as 140 million to 168 million years ago, US researchers report. ..40 million years earlier than previously thought.
..did not diversify into different genera and species until flowering plants came onto the scene..
..a team of UAVs could cooperate to find and use thermals like a flock of hawks.
Hawks circle in thermals as they hunt for prey. Periodically one hawk will separate to scout out another thermal. If it finds one, the other birds will wander over to it, Vagners explained. This allows the other hawks to save their energy.
"Biology has figured out how to use cooperation ..
An artist's conception depicts what a newly discovered species of dinosaur, Hagryphus giganteus
2 metres tall
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