IBM expects that its new magnetic recording media with anti-ferromagnetically coupled (AFC) film will quadruple the data density of hard-disk drive products. "A primary limit to data density is the superparamagnetic effect," explains IBM's Currie Munce, a researcher, scientist, and director of advanced technology at IBM's Almaden Research Center. "As we make the magnetic grains on a disk smaller, we reach a limit when these small grains are susceptible to Brownian motion, causing the bits to flip." He points out that IBM's invention essentially makes the media "magnetically thinner." "AFC replaces a conventional single magnetic layer with two magnetic layers that are coupled with antiparallel magnetization," explains Munce. "The magnetic fields from the two magnetic layers that the recording head senses make the overall media thinner." Applications for the patent include server disk drives, desktop computers, and mobile and micro devices. For more information, call (408) 256-5530 or visit www.ibm.com
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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