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Some use software – caching, in-memory transactions or BigTable-style algorithms to cluster and control groups of servers. For others, the answer lies in the hardware: packing more cores into chips or making the transistors faster. Both schools are looking for ways to make applications, computers and servers capable of …

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– half an atomic layer of titanium – (?)

Can anyone explain what this means? (I thought atomic layers would only exist in integer number thickness.)

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Re: – half an atomic layer of titanium – (?)

Simple, you just split the atoms.

What?

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eerrm ...

maybe it's a state where the atoms constituent parts are restrained from adopting an alternative position / state - they remain locked into half the available conditions and therefore stable ? Dunno to be honest just guessing, which isn't the best scientific stand point I know. (pub science is fun but all too often fundamentally flawed - I remain open to clarification)

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This has 'revolutionary' written all over it.

I wish the team doing the research well, and i enjoy seeing research done by other teams being shared and re-used for the greater good.

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At least ...

... I've now got a home-build project for the drawer and a half full of HB pencil stubs that I have amassed since about 1968! Now to get me hands on some titanium and sandpaper those pesky atoms down to half thickness - theirs, not mine.

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"Graphene saves the day"

Blimey, again? Is there anything that it can't be applied to? Perhaps a (very) short article on that topic could be posted!

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Re: "Graphene saves the day"

I concur. Anyone got the bucky balls to do a "WTF graphene" article?

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And in other news...

A revolutionary way to erase personal (in fact all!) data from device memory has been (re-)discovered. The magnet is simply placed in proximity...

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rewards

I really don't want to be cynical about this, but judging by precedent:

- Uni of California get the patent royalty payments

- Uni of Manchester get to remind historians of their important contribution...

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Re: rewards

Quite.

We're not great at converting our massively important research breakthroughs into profits sadly.

Oh well, it'll keep the kebabs cheap.

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Looks like they are Spiining aimlessly....

Quote [ The really big challenge comes in mastering spin: // “We need to get control over that process," he said. "We’ve done the best anyone can do, but it’s still not enough for this project."]

Maybe its time for a Master Spin Doctor or 2, Call in Mandy or Tony.

They can fix it in no time.

;P

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a bit more critical presentation would be nice

This comes off as quite the rah rah piece. I hope they do succeed in making a cool new device, but it's worth pointing out that spintronics has been the next big thing for over a decade (I remember reading about how it was going to change the world and kill power consumption back in '99).

I'm not sure I really believe claims of "device readiness in three years" for an entirely novel process, driven primarily by academia. Dissertation completion/funding completion in three years, is a different story.

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Spintronics

Is that a cousin of Spindizzy ?

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