Even without high fuel costs, companies in today's global environment are spending more on transportation. Federal Express notes that most companies now spend in the range of 10 percent of their revenues on shipping, up substantially from 2 to 4 percent a decade ago.
That's partly because far more companies are importing and exporting these days. A FedEx survey shows that about half the companies polled expect significant increases in their imports and exports over the next three years, while only 5% expect them to decline. A dominant 80 percent of respondents say cost savings from imports have at least somewhat met their expectations. http://www.fedex.com/
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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