Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending August 16, 2013)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- New Form of Carbon Is Stronger Than Graphene and Diamond
Chemists have calculated that chains of double or triple-bonded carbon atoms, known as carbyne, should be stronger and stiffer than any known material.
- Devices Connect with Borrowed TV Signals, and Need No Power Source
Devices that can make wireless connections even without an onboard battery could spread computing power into everything you own.
- Cyborg Parts
Princeton researchers, using a 3-D printer, have built a bionic ear with integrated electronics.
- Denser, Faster Memory Challenges Both DRAM and Flash
A new memory technology can store a terabyte on a chip the size of a postage stamp.
- More Connected Homes, More Problems
They might offer convenience or potential cost savings, but Internet-connected home appliances may also create security risks.
- Experts Raise Doubts Over Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Dream
While technically feasible, Musk’s hyperloop will likely be expensive.
- “Spoofers” Use Fake GPS Signals to Knock a Yacht Off Course
Civilian GPS is vulnerable to being spoofed—and researchers are looking for ways to ensure the signals are legit.