StarLight is a new international high-speed optical-fiber network connection that operates at speeds up to 2.5 gigabits per second. Even higher speeds are expected this spring. StarLight is a stable, high-speed link for testing hardware reliability and other advanced scientific work from both public and private information-technology clients. "It's still in the experimental phase," says University of Illinois Engineering Writer Paul Francuch. The connection point is operated jointly by the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, and Argonne National Laboratory. Funding comes from the National Science Foundation. For more information, visit www.startap.net/starlight.
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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