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Tiny wires could usher new computer era

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Frightening. With all the good things that can be made, there are equally a number of bad things, too. Here come the implants. (sorry to be so negative today)

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Not so many years before we can implanted computers.

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Could they at least tell us who made the discovery? I am no journalist, but I know you should explain who, what, when, where, why and how!

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Reckless

The Aussies of course!

What = a bloody small wire.

When = very recently.

Why = something new to do.

How = as mentioned above, the good old technique of "scanning tunneling microscopy."

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Personally, I can't wait to have implants.

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Good show.

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Well now it's property of UNSW.. Cisco for example was going down the same route.. developed in Stanford uni, if they had not commercialize cisco and win the legal battle against Stanford where would we be without the internet powered by cisco today. Hopefully these engineer have considered commercializing it outside their lab and comfort zones government funding as the potential for this is big. Universities do not often commercialize on big discoveries.

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Who said Aussies were just surfers?? This high tech breakthrough sounds very exciting!!

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Could they at least tell us who made the discovery? I am no journalist, but I know you should explain who, what, when, where, why and how!

serendipitous answered them all except for who , which is :

a team of researchers from the University of New South Wales, Melbourne University and Purdue University

and for this you should probably visit a scientific newspaper , as this one is made for the public , and not all are interested in knowing the details

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hmm o.O nano wires that do close n/or better than conventional wires... so lets jump ahead if a wire breaks the whole contraption of a device will be useless cause it will take million $ equipment to fix leading to more garbage. I'm not against the nano-wires i just hope it doesn't lead to cheap disposable. I think science should make electronics repairable and faster and more efficient

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Red Asgard, the "faster and more efficient" bit is what these nano-wires are about. Faster, if they make quantum computing possible. More efficient both in making things smaller and in using less copper, which is a good thing.

I'd have to guess that these wires can only handle vanishingly low current, which could mean even lower power consumption for our laptops - there's efficiency for you.

As for repairable - the chips made with these nano-wires will be every bit as repairable as the ones in your current computer, Red. No worries.

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