Here is your SHAB TECHNOLOGY PLANET customized technology news for May 19, 2021.

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Here is your SHAB TECHNOLOGY PLANET customized technology news for May 19, 2021.

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🗞 TECHNOLOGY NEWS💻🔧🖥:

BRAIN COMPUTER INTERFACE TURNS MENTAL HANDWRITING INTO TEXT ON SCREEN

Scientists are exploring a number of ways for people with disabilities to communicate with their thoughts. The newest and fastest turns back to a vintage means for expressing oneself: handwriting.

A LONG-LASTING, STABLE SOLID-STATE LITHIUM BATTERY

Long-lasting, quick-charging batteries are essential to the expansion of the electric vehicle market, but today’s lithium-ion batteries fall short of what’s needed—they’re too heavy, too expensive and take too long to charge.

AI LEARNS TO TYPE ON A PHONE LIKE HUMANS

Touchscreens are notoriously difficult to type on. Since we can’t feel the keys, we rely on the sense of sight to move our fingers to the right places and check for errors, a combination of tasks that is difficult to accomplish simultaneously. To really understand how people type on touchscreens, researchers at Aalto University and the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) have created the first artificial intelligence model that predicts how people move their eyes and fingers while typing.

🗞 PHYSICS NEWS⚙♨:

HOW TO THERMALLY CLOAK AN OBJECT

Can you feel the heat? To a thermal camera, which measures infrared radiation, the heat that we can feel is visible, like the heat of a traveler in an airport with a fever or the cold of a leaky window or door in the winter.

BRAND NEW PHYSICS OF SUPERCONDUCTING METALS REFUTED BY LANCASTER PHYSICISTS

Lancaster scientists have demonstrated that other physicists’ recent “discovery” of the field effect in superconductors is nothing but hot electrons after all.

HARNESSING THE HUM OF FLUORESCENT LIGHTS FOR MORE EFFICIENT COMPUTING

The property that makes fluorescent lights buzz could power a new generation of more efficient computing devices that store data with magnetic fields, rather than electricity.

🗞 EARTH NEWS🌏:

RESIDENTIAL COAL USE IN CHINA RESULTS IN MANY PREMATURE DEATHS, MODELS INDICATE

Coal combustion by power plants and industry pollutes the air, causing many governments to implement mitigation actions and encourage cleaner forms of energy. Now, a new study in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology indicates that in China, indoor air pollution from residential coal burning causes a disproportionate number of premature deaths from exposure to tiny, inhalable pollutants known as PM2.5.

STUDY OF ANCIENT CORALS IN INDONESIA REVEALS SLOWEST EARTHQUAKE EVER RECORDED

A slow-motion earthquake lasting 32 years—the slowest ever recorded—eventually led to the catastrophic 1861 Sumatra earthquake, researchers at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have found.

CONTAMINATION RISK OF GROUNDWATER IN KARST REGIONS IS HIGHER THAN PREVIOUSLY BELIEVED

The entire ecosystem of the planet, including humans, depends on clean water. When carbonate rock weathers, karst areas are formed, from which around a quarter of the world’s population obtains its drinking water. Scientists have been studying how quickly pollutants can reach groundwater supplies in karst areas and how this could affect the quality of drinking water. An international team led by Junior Professor Dr. Andreas Hartmann of the Chair of Hydrological Modeling and Water Resources at the University of Freiburg compared the time it takes water to seep down from the surface to the subsurface with the time it takes for pollutants to decompose in carbonate rock regions in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The researchers published their results in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

🗞 ASTRONOMY & SPACE NEWS🌪🎇:

PERSEVERANCE’S ROBOTIC ARM STARTS CONDUCTING SCIENCE

NASA’s newest Mars rover is beginning to study the floor of an ancient crater that once held a lake.

SETI: MICROBES MAY ALREADY BE COMMUNICATING WITH ALIEN SPECIES – NEW RESEARCH

Are we alone in the universe? The famous SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program has been trying to answer this question since 1959. American astronomer Carl Sagan, and many others, believed that other human-like civilisations must exist, and that we could communicate with them. But skeptics are not convinced, arguing the lack of evidence for such civilisations suggests they are exceedingly rare.

SEEING INGENUITY MARS HELICOPTER FLY IN 3D

When NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took to the Martian skies on its third flight on April 25, the agency’s Perseverance rover was there to capture the historic moment. Now NASA engineers have rendered the flight in 3D, lending dramatic depth to the flight as the helicopter ascends, hovers, then zooms laterally off-screen before returning for a pinpoint landing. Seeing the sequence is a bit like standing on the Martian surface next to Perseverance and watching the flight firsthand.

🗞 NANOTECHNOLOGY NEWS⛄☃:

RESEARCHERS OBSERVE TWO-FOLD SYMMETRIC SUPERCONDUCTIVITY IN 2D NIOBIUM DISELENIDE

In recent years, many material scientists worldwide have been investigating the potential of two-dimensional (2D) materials, which are composed of a single layer or a few ultrathin layers of atoms and have unique physical, electrical and optical properties.

SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED: ULTRAFAST SKYRMION RESHUFFLING

Smaller, faster, more energy-efficient: future requirements to computing and data storage are hard to fulfill and alternative concepts are continuously explored. Small magnetic textures, so-called skyrmions, may become an ingredient in novel memory and logic devices. In order to be considered for technological application, however, fast and energy-efficient control of these nanometer-sized skyrmions is required

OBSERVING INDIVIDUAL ATOMS IN 3D NANOMATERIALS AND THEIR SURFACES

Atoms are the basic building blocks for all materials. To tailor functional properties, it is essential to accurately determine their atomic structures. KAIST researchers observed the 3D atomic structure of a nanoparticle at the atom level via neural network-assisted atomic electron tomography.

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