Stories by Kevin Lee

NASA looks Into satellites to beam solar power directly to Earth

There have been some incredible advances in solar power technology over the years, ranging from simple solar panels to solar-thermal power and more efficient panels. But NASA scientists believe the next step in maximizing sun-based energy will come from satellites that would beam harvested solar power down to Earth.

Written by Kevin Lee13 April 12 05:05

Artificial skin can feel touch; robots prepare to out-human humans

Researchers have found plenty of uses for carbon nanotubes, but a team at Stanford's of the Bao Research Group found a new use for them: artificial skin. The researchers created a stretchable, transparent skin-like sensor that not only is elastic like skin, but can also sense touch and pressure like the real thing.

Written by Kevin Lee26 Oct. 11 05:35

Scientists read minds (sort of), create brain scan video

If you ever wanted to see what your brain sees when you're watching Nyan Cat or a YouTube video, this is it. University of California, Berkeley researchers have recreated videos by scanning a person's brain.

Written by Kevin Lee25 Sept. 11 11:02

IBM builds 120-petabyte storage system

IBM is shattering world tech records again, this time the company's researchers have built the largest ever storage system setup. Coming in at 120-petbytes (120 million gigabytes), the ludicrous data storage rig is made up of 200,000 conventional hard drive disks set up at IBM's Almaden, California, research lab.

Written by Kevin Lee27 Aug. 11 04:14

It takes 1m ARM processors to make 1b brain neurons

A group of British researchers led by the daddy of the ARM processor, normally found in smartphones, went to find out how many how many neurons can an ARM chip simulate.

Written by Kevin Lee13 July 11 03:42

So long and goodbye, Spirit rover

NASA is ending attempts to contact the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit after communications stopped on March 22, 2010.

Written by Kevin Lee26 May 11 03:34

Graphene modulators could break network speed limits

Fiber optic networks are at the forefront of record-setting Internet speeds. Now the scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a graphene modulator that could push the curve forward by a ten-fold leap.

Written by Kevin Lee09 May 11 07:18

Robots learn to share and help each other

Robots have officially learned how to help each other -- like animals and humans do -- in a laboratory evolution experiment.

Written by Kevin Lee06 May 11 07:49