The Great Technology Slow Down
Was Intel co-founder Gordon Moore wrong when he predicted that the number of transistors on a microchip, an thus technological progress, would double every two years?
What's the Latest Development?
As the number of transistors on a single microchip continues to increase, and the power of computing along with it, the energy needed to run the next generation of computers may be too demanding to achieve. According to a paper presented this summer at International Symposium on Computer Architecture, as more transistors are placed on a single chip, more of them will have to power down to avoid overheating. The initial consequences of overheating are incorrect computing results after which the chip might fuse and become useless.
What's the Big Idea?
The energy problems now facing technological and computer advancement put into doubt a famous prediction made in the 1970s by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore. Moore predicted that the number of transistors that could be placed on a single microchip would double every two years. This trend still holds, but if the necessary power isn't available to support all the transistors, the exponential rate of computer advancement people have taken for granted ever since Moore made his prediction may slow considerably for the foreseeable future.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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