5D glass discs can store data for as long as the universe has existed

February 17, 2016 by  
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Take everything you know about data storage and set it aside, because a breakthrough from a research team at the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Center (ORC) could change everything. The scientists have developed a totally new type of data storage , in the form of glass discs close to the size of a quarter. Data is encoded into tiny nanostructures embedded within the glass, and the team believes their invention could be used to store data for up to 13.8 billion years. Read the rest of 5D glass discs can store data for as long as the universe has existed

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New Study Finds Human Refuse in the Deepest Parts of Europe’s Oceans

May 2, 2014 by  
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A new study headed by The National Oceanography Center reveals that the seafloor is awash with human rubbish. Bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets and other types of human litter are not only floating on the water’s surface but also sinking to the deepest ocean depths. The survey was conducted from the Mediterranean to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which is 2,000 kilometers from land. Read the rest of New Study Finds Human Refuse in the Deepest Parts of Europe’s Oceans Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: europe oceans , ghost fishing , great pacific garbage patch , human litter , human waste , little , ocean rubbish , ocean waste , plastic waste , The National Oceanography Centre , university of plymouth , University of Southampton , university of the azores

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Nokia Working With UK Scientists to Charge Cell Phones With Lightning!

September 30, 2013 by  
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Lightning photo from Shutterstock A team of scientists at the University of Southampton has joined forces with Nokia to harvest the power of lightning to charge mobile phones! Neil Palmer, one of the lead scientists at the University’s Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory , worked with his fellow researchers to investigate how the amount of energy contained within a bolt of lightning could be used to charge a Nokia Lumia 925 . Read the rest of Nokia Working With UK Scientists to Charge Cell Phones With Lightning! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable energy” , cell phones , lightning , lightning charging , mobile phones , Nokia , Nokia Lumia 925 , sustainable charging , Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory , University of Southampton        

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115 Million-Year-Old Flying Dinosaur Named for 5-Year-Old Discoverer

March 22, 2013 by  
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There are undoubtedly millions of kids across the world who love dinosaurs , but far fewer who explore remains and fossils themselves, much less have a species named in their honor. But in 2009, then 5-year-old Daisy Morris walking along a beach at the Isle of Wight in the UK stumbled across “tiny little black bones sticking out of the mud and decided to dig a bit further and scoop them all out.” After Daisy and her parents consulted with an expert, the fossil was determined to be the 115 million-year-old remains entirely unknown species of small flying reptile—or pterosaur—that has now been dubbed Vectidraco daisymorrisae . Read the rest of 115 Million-Year-Old Flying Dinosaur Named for 5-Year-Old Discoverer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: child discoveries , child scientists , coastal erosion , daisy morris , flying dinosaur , fossil remains , fossils , isle of wight , martin simpson , museum of natural history , palentology , pterosaur , University of Southampton , Vectidraco daisymorrisae

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Discovery of “Corrosive” Concrete Halts Construction of China’s Tallest Building

March 22, 2013 by  
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Several major construction sites in Shenzhen, one of China’s major financial centers, have been temporarily closed due to reports of the use of cheap, unsafe and corrosive concrete. A public investigation revealed that several developers working in the city have been using concrete made with sea sand instead of river sand, which results in corroding steel reinforcements that can cause buildings to collapse. Among the projects halted is the Kohn Pedersen Fox -designed Ping An Finance Center , which is set to be the tallest building in China and second tallest in the world. The investigation came across evidence that developers in Shenzhen have been using cheaper concrete made from untreated sea sand that contains high levels of steel-damaging salt and chloride. Those corrode steel reinforcements and compromise the stability of entire structures. The Shenzhen Housing and Construction Bureau reported 31 companies for the use of unqualified building materials, eight of which were deprived of the right to work in Shenzhen for a whole year. Work on the Ping An Finance Center, designed by US architectural office Kohn Pedersen Fox , has been halted and the official investigation into the city’s concrete mixing plants has started. The 115-storey super-tall skyscraper was slated for completion by 2015. Via Dezeen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building material , China’s tallest building , Chinese architecture , concrete quality , corrosive concrete , Kohn Pedersen Fox , Ping An Finance Center , Shenzhen buildings , Shenzhen construction , unsafe concrete

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Once the World’s Largest Solar Panel Manufacturer, Suntech Goes into Bankruptcy in China

March 22, 2013 by  
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Formerly the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels , Suntech was pushed into bankruptcy yesterday after defaulting on $541 million in bond payments. The company was a powerful force in China’s renewable energy market; generating 2.4 gigawatts worth of solar modules in 2011 alone, Suntech employs around 10,000 people. But the company has faced a rapid decline as solar panel production in China increased tenfold over the past five years, causing prices to drop by as much as 75 percent. And that’s a small piece of a global problem in the industry—while year-on-year solar demand continues to grow , production capacity has far outstripped that demand, putting Suntech in the company of Solyndra , German Solar Millennium , and a number of other solar manufacturers in Europe and the US have been forced to cut back production, file for bankruptcy protection or shut down altogether. Read the rest of Once the World’s Largest Solar Panel Manufacturer, Suntech Goes into Bankruptcy in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chinese solar , energy subsidies , german solar , renewable energy , solar bankruptcy , solar industry , Solar market , solar millenium , solar panel , Solar Power , solar tariffs , solyndra , suntech

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Scientists Discover New Technique To Change the Color of Gold Without Using Chemicals

November 4, 2012 by  
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Photo by  Shutterstock Researchers at the  University of Southampton  have developed a new way to alter the color of gold—or just about any metal—  without  chemically altering it. The technique involves “nano-patterning” — etching the metal’s surface with patterns of specific shape and depth, which manipulates the wavelengths that are visible to the human eye. The technique could deliver valuable economic and environmental benefits, and it could be harnessed to manufacture jewelry and to make banknotes and documents more difficult to forge. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco jewelry , eco-fashion , GOLD , gold color , green fashion , green jewelry , Jewelry , nano-patterning , University of Southampton

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