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Six futuristic construction materials that will change the way we build stuff

One for science lovers, yes, but this is aimed at the technologists and engineers wrestling with today’s industry, business and environmental challenges. This Business Insider article by Dina Spector gives a quick, simplistic run down of what these materials are, what makes them unique and some ideas for their potential application. Some, like graphene have received… Read More

IBM researchers inspired by hieroglyphics to create a semiconductor chisel

To pack more and more devices on to a piece of semiconductor (usually silicon) the tracks on it must get narrower and narrower. Photolithography has reached its physical limits and electron beams are expensive and not particularly practical for the production of the required nano-scale prototypes. So, IBM has been looking at new methods and this article… Read More

Neuromorphic computer chips – Qualcomm configuring silicon to be more like brains than traditional chips

Excellent update from MIT Technology Review on research into neuromorphic chips – effectively processors that calculate in the same manner as a brain. Get passed the long-winded intro, which is attempting to say these chips are currently being designed to process sensory data such as images and sound and to respond to changes in that… Read More

The European Commission launched a study, ranking the top ICT hubs in Europe as Munich, London and Paris

The European Commission have released the results of their study into Europe’s top ICT hubs. The report ranks Munich, London and Paris as Europe’s top tech hotspots, after examining factors such as research and development, funding opportunities, and employment growth. Findings also suggest that size is no factor when it comes to ICT success with… Read More

Today’s big presentation number: Enterprise cloud spending to hit $235bn by 2017 up 35% according to researcher IHS

Whether they make your eyes water or your mind boggle, the market analyst numbers for cloud spending may vary substantially but they do vary around the level of huge.  This latest report from IHS says spending on cloud by the enterprise it will grow 35% from this year’s $174bn to hit $235bn by 2017. In… Read More

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