Transistor made from single atom

Submitted on Tue, 02/21/2012 - 10:33

A team of Australian physicists has created the world's first functioning single-atom transistor, which could prove a critical building block toward the development of super-fast computers.  The nano-sized electronic device, uses as its active component an individual phosphorus atom patterned between atomic-scale electrodes and electrostatic control gates.  For more, see this CBC news item.

Mars Science Laboratory and Curiosity Ready for Launch Nov. 26

Submitted on Thu, 11/24/2011 - 15:46

NASA's latest Mars rover, Curiosity, is ready for launch this Saturday aboard an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41.  Curiosity is the size of a car, about twice the size of previous rovers Spirit and Opportunity.  The rover is scheduled to land on Mars in August 2012, after a jouney of 569.7 million kilometres.  See also NASA's new Mars rover Curiosity called scientific dream machine and the NASA Mars Scie