Wonder why you can't get any funding for anything these days? Blame the bean counters. According to a recent Design News on-line survey, 42% of the respondents reported that their company requires a payback period of under 1 year for projects. Another 29% said that their Scrooge-like firms require a return on investment in under 2 years.
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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