A billion-year storage medium that could outlive the human race A QR code etched in tungsten and embedded in graphene oxide on an optical disc Credit: University of Twente) Researcher Dr. Jeroen de Vries from the University of Twente MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology suggests we could store data for one million to one billion years, using a new storage medium based on tungsten and graphene oxide. He imagines two possible scenarios: Disaster has devastated the earth and society must rebuild the worldWe need to create a legacy for future intelligent life that evolves on Earth or comes from other worlds.
Local-search site Stik leaves Silicon Valley for Detroit, announces $2.5 million funding Connect with leaders from the companies in this story, in real life: Come to the fourth annual VentureBeat Mobile Summit April 14-15 in Sausalito, Calif. Request an invitation. DETROIT — How do you succeed online in the crowded, noisy, and sometimes scammy local search market? If you’re Stik.com, you succeed by focusing on consumer transactions that are infrequent, expensive, and have a high cost of failure. And by getting out of Silicon Valley and moving to Detroit, where, chief executive Jay Gierak says, he can get twice the talent for half the price. Of course, it also helps to be announcing a $2.5 million first institutional round of funding from Draper Associates and others, including Detroit Venture Partners.
Billionaire entrepreneur Dan Gilbert on Detroit, entrepreneurship, business, and design Disclosure: Quicken Loans invited me to come to Detroit after I wrote about the city. The company paid most of my expenses, including flight and hotel. My reporting, however, is my own. DETROIT — Dan Gilbert is a billionaire entrepreneur, pro sports team owner, and massive real estate investor. He also personally runs employee orientation for new employees of his more than 50 businesses. In other words, Gilbert is not your average billionaire. The lies behind this transatlantic trade deal Panic spreads through the European commission like ferrets in a rabbit warren. Its plans to create a single market incorporating Europe and the United States, progressing so nicely when hardly anyone knew, have been blown wide open. All over Europe people are asking why this is happening; why we were not consulted; for whom it is being done. They have good reason to ask. The commission insists that its Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership should include a toxic mechanism called investor-state dispute settlement.
Greenlancer: reinventing the construction industry via crowdsourcing and the cloud DETROIT — It’s not completely uncommon in these modern and advanced times to find Thomas Friedman the-world-is-flat-style disaggregated work that is sent to various locations all over the globe to be completed, re-assembled, and sold to a customer. But you don’t expect to find it in the construction industry. Detroit-based Greenlancer, however, is doing just that, starting with green energy projects. I spoke to co-founders Patrick McCabe and Michael Sharber on a recent trip to Michigan. Above: A recent solar project “We’re taking traditional engineering services and turned them into a product,” Sharber told me.
Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system Peter Higgs, the British physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson, believes no university would employ him in today's academic system because he would not be considered "productive" enough. The emeritus professor at Edinburgh University, who says he has never sent an email, browsed the internet or even made a mobile phone call, published fewer than 10 papers after his groundbreaking work, which identified the mechanism by which subatomic material acquires mass, was published in 1964. He doubts a similar breakthrough could be achieved in today's academic culture, because of the expectations on academics to collaborate and keep churning out papers.
New Frontiers of Sobriety Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In particle physics we learn that for all matter there can be antimatter of opposite charge. But what about drugs? Is there an anti-weed, an anti-heroin, or an anti-beer? 5 insane stories from Black Friday (with bonus footage of mayhem from past years) For Americans, Black Friday shopping is a national pastime. After gorging on turkey and pumpkin pie, thousands of people fill the malls, and form long lines outside of big box stores hoping to get a good deal on essentials like towels, video games, DVDs, waffle makers, Xboxes, PS3s, electronics and more. You know - the essentials.
Spanish–American War The Spanish–American War was a conflict in 1898 between Spain and the United States, the result of American intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. American attacks on Spain's Pacific possessions led to involvement in the Philippine Revolution and ultimately to the Philippine–American War. Although the main issue was Cuban independence, the ten-week war was fought in both the Caribbean and the Pacific. Historical background Spain's attitude towards its colonies