In the last 50 years, the advent of the computer has radically changed our daily routines and habits. From huge, roomy, terribly expensive and rather useless machines, computers have managed to become quite the opposite of all the above, seeing an exponential growth in the number of units sold and, stunningly, usability as well.
If all of this happened in the first 50 years of computer history, what will happen in the next 5 decades?
Moore’s Law is an empirical formula describing the evolution of computer microprocessors which is often cited to predict future progress in the field, as it’s been proved quite accurate in the past: it states that the transistor [...]
The MudWatt is a great new science toy for kids and kids at heart (that means us) currently being funded on KickStarter. Using MudWatt you can generate a small amount of electricity to power a couple LEDs, a buzzer, a clock or anything else you can think of. The secret ingredient is mud (yes that stuff you cant find almost everywhere especially your garden).
This is possible thanks to little micro-organisms or “microbes” (not visible to the naked eye) one-tenth the thickness of a human hair that live throughout almost all soil and sediment on the earth and run mini hamster wheels. No just kidding. One species of these microbes releases electrons while eating up nutrients in [...]