1 in 2000 Britons may carry ‘mad cow’ prion protein

  19:39 16 October 2013 by Debora MacKenzie “We were all supposed to die of mad cow disease!” People who accuse public health agencies of crying wolf are fond of citing the discovery, in 1996, that a cattle disease widespread in the UK causes the deadly disease vCJD in people. Despite widespread dismay at the…

Leaky microwaves can power your kitchen gadgets

  17:45 20 September 2013 by Paul Marks For similar stories, visit the Energy and Fuels Topic Guide If you are fed up with replacing the batteries in your kitchen gadgets why not use the energy that leaks from your microwave oven to power them instead? Engineers in Japan have managed to scavenge enough energy…

Chips that mimic the brain

Contact: Giacomo Indiveri giacomo.indiveri@ini.phys.ethz.ch 41-446-353-024 University of Zurich No computer works as efficiently as the human brain – so much so that building an artificial brain is the goal of many scientists. Neuroinformatics researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have now made a breakthrough in this direction by understanding how to configure…

Rich Move Assets from Banks to Warehouses

(Sm)art Investing By Christoph Pauly To avoid paying taxes, the rich are emptying their bank accounts in Switzerland and investing in art. This has spawned a new business of storing such works tax- and duty-free in warehouses across the world. One of the world’s most valuable art treasures is being stored in an extremely ugly…

Cassette tapes are the future of big data storage

19 October 2012 by Paul Marks Magazine issue 2887.  Subscribe and save THE cassette tape is about to make a comeback, in a big way. From the updates posted by Facebook’s 1 billion users to the medical images shared by healthcare organisations worldwide and the rise of high-definition video streaming, the need for something to…