An Ultrafast Silicon Filter

An Ultrafast Silicon Filter

From Technology Review

Written By Prachi Patel-Predd

“A 15-nanometer-thick porous silicon membrane could lead to microfluidics filters and make protein purification and blood dialysis more efficient.

A porous silicon membrane that is a few nanometers thick can quickly filter liquids and separate molecules that are very close in size, researchers at the University of Rochester report in this week’s Nature. The new membrane could lead to efficient protein purification for use in research and drug discovery. It could also act roughly 10 times faster than current membranes used for blood dialysis, the artificial purification of blood. In addition, the membrane could be employed as a filter to separate molecules in microfluidics devices used to study DNA and proteins and as a substrate for growing neurological stem cells.”

Read the entire story by clicking on the headline but I just wanted to point out this could lead to other things like being able to bring down the levels of a patients HIV or Hepatitis virus in the blood by being able to filter the blood thru a purifier.

Which contains more alcohol

1 shot of liquor

1 beer

1 glass of wine

Guess the answer and you would have passed my drivers test I choose the shot I mean some bacardi 151 vs Miller light ? The correct  answer is none they all contain the same amount. Well ofcourse I am out to prove my thoery is right which contains more alcohol then I am writing a letter to the State to have the question reworded or taken off the list. Well looks like I will be car pooling again this month since I can not take the test again for another 30 days.

Seven feet of snow in New York

Was reading on the weather channels web site that the State of New York has had over 7 feet of snow put on the ground this week and more is coming. Well it was a great mild winter until now I guess mother nature wanted to make up for all the lost time this season. I hope everyone there is taking the week off from school and work and keeping warm.

Breakin the law, Breakin the law

Moore’s Law seen extended in chip breakthrough

By Scott Hillis

“Intel Corp. and IBM have announced one of the biggest advances in transistors in four decades, overcoming a frustrating obstacle by ensuring microchips can get even smaller and more powerful.

The breakthrough, achieved via separate research efforts and announced on Friday, involves using an exotic new material to make transistors the tiny switches that are the building blocks of microchips.

The technology involves a layer of material that regulates the flow of electricity through transistors.

“At the transistor level, we haven’t changed the basic materials since the 1960s. So it’s a real big breakthrough,” said Dan Hutcheson, head of VLSI Research, an industry consultancy.

“Moore’s Law was coming to a grinding halt,” he added, referring to the industry maxim laid down by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore that the number of transistors on a chip doubles roughly every two years.

The result of Moore’s Law has been smaller and faster chips and their spread into a wide array of consumer products that now account for the bulk of the industry’s $250 billion in annual sales.

The latest breakthrough means Intel, IBM and others can proceed with technology roadmaps that call for the next generation of chips to be made with circuitry as small as 45 nanometers, about 1/2000th the width of a human hair.”

From me

This is such great news for the tech industry everything from Mobile devices to Games will be better faster and more colorful than ever before. When I read the entire article on the Reutuers web site I felt chills go down my spine and my hair raise up on my arms which is so creepy but cool so I knew right then I had to blog about it. Be sure to click on the link and read the article all the way thru. I think whatever company makes hafnium a silvery metal soon to be used in the next generation of chips will see there Stock sky rocket on the market.

Step 5 Plant some seeds

You have probably heard of plant a tree day well the same thing here start planting seeds of goodness and watch them grow. This step requires you to bring to life an idea of how to make something better for the world. I planted a tree last year and started a small business around helping people with good ideas so that one day they may in return help out others with good ideas and hopefully the tree will take root and spread seeds to make other trees. Whatever it is you decide to watch grow just make sure the outcome is something positive. Weather your growing a plant or an idea or whatever comes to mind for this step, just remember to give it time nothing great was ever done in one day.