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Google: The new heavy industry

by Mathew on February 16, 2008

Harper's magazine has a great feature in its March issue under the "Annotation" banner: It's a close-up look at the blueprints for Google's new server farms in The Dalles, Oregon -- the ones that the New York Times wrote about back in 2006. The plans describe three giant buildings of almost 70,000 square feet or…
Is wireless power about to become a reality? It sure sounds that way, according to a piece in Business 2.0 magazine about a company called Powercast, which says it has developed a way of powering devices (albeit fairly low-voltage ones for now) without power cords or bricks. And electronics giant Philips has signed a deal…

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There's a downside to having the centre of the technology world in a place like Silicon Valley, and that is the need for vast quantities of air-conditioning (not just for the computers, but for the people too). The culprit behind the latest MySpace-crippling power outage in California isn't clear yet, but power consumption of all…

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Is quantum mechanics wrong?

by Mathew on November 6, 2005

Anyone remember "cold fusion?" The Guardian is running a piece about a controversial claim by a Harvard University scientist who says he has developed a power source that is orders of magnitude more powerful than conventional sources -- and defies the laws of quantum mechanics: "Randell Mills, a Harvard University medic who also studied electrical…