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Monday May 16 2011

Microsoft buy Skype for $8.5bn in their latest acquisition:

Why? when Skype has changed hands so many times, never made money, and comes with substantial debt! It's worked before. Microsoft's hardware/software integrated devices, Xbox and Kinect, are enjoying strong revenue growth and great margins: $1.9bn revenue last quarter, 50% more than last year, with 10% operating profit.

They already own Nokia making them one of the worlds major players in smartphone communications. It seems that microsoft's diversification is set to corner yet another market.


THE FUTURE of electronics and many other


Graphene, a single-atom-thick honeycomb lattice of carbon atoms, can transport electrons more quickly than other semiconductors, a quality called electron mobility.

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh have created the first single-electron transistor, made of oxide-based materials (Graphene) and artificial atoms.

These researchers say their SketchSET (sketch-based single-electron transistor) could be the first step to the next generation of quantum computers, advanced electronic materials, and more powerful solid-state computer memory.

The experimental transistor's central element is a 1.5-nanometer wide island, that only needs 1 or 2 electrons to operate. The miniscule size of the transistors could be used to manufacture denser memory modules, for more storage capability.

More importantly, the transistor's ability to control electrons without an external current could lead to data storage without the need for batteries. When this technology hits the real world, the result would have a dramatic impact on all silicon based electronics including much smaller and more powerful computers and vast data storage capabilities. But this is just the tip of the iceburg, the potential is limitless and will have as much effect on electronics as the silicon chip had way back in the "dark ages"


Click here for a Utube look at the potential of Graphene

After you have seen this you will all want one !


Graphene news and resources

One more use for this exciting mew material. Graphene can be used in many industries - from electronics to water purifiers, from displays to super-capacitors and car batteries. We offer daily news and resource about this exciting new technology.
NRL researchers show that graphene's valley degree of freedom can be polarized via scattering off a line defect

Researchers from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) shown that the valley degree of freedom in graphene can be polarized through scattering off a line defect. This makes valley-based electronics (valleytronics) one step closer to reality. Valleytronics may present a middle-ground between spintronics and electronics using the valley degree of freedom (which exists in certain crystals, including graphene).

The NRL research shows that an extended line defect in graphene acts as a natural valley filter. "As the structure is already available, we are hopeful that valley-polarized currents could be generated in the near future" said Dr. Daniel Gunlycke who made the discovery together with Dr. Carter White. Both work in NRL's Chemistry Division.


Graphene paper - a new strong and flexible material

Researhcers from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, developed a new material called Graphene paper (GP), made from Graphite which is lighter, stronger, harder and more flexible than steel. It's also eco-friendly and recyclable. The new material is thinner than paper and ten times stronger than steel. The researchers say that the new material can be used in the automotive and aviation industries - to create lighter planes and cars which will be require less fuel, and yet be even more safe.

The new GP is made using raw graphite which is milled and purified using a chemical bath. This allows it to be pressed into thin sheets.

Watch out for Graphene IT IS the future !



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