Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Wind turbine blades reach out to catch the breeze

Posted on October 25th 2011 in News with Comments Off on Wind turbine blades reach out to catch the breeze

This article was written for New Scientist. You can read the full piece here.

A new spin on computing

Posted on July 2nd 2011 in Features with 1 comment

Spin, as anyone who has ever heard Alistair Campbell speak, is a tricky thing to figure out. Quantum spin – a property many subatomic particles have – is equally confounding, but, if understood, could lead to a powerful new breed of computer technology called spintronics. Despite its name, quantum spin does not actually refer to a rotating ball such as the Earth. “The electron is not physically spinning around but it has a magnetic north pole and a magnetic south pole,” says Professor Philippe Jacquod, a researcher in spintronics at the University of Arizona. β€œIts spin depends on which pole…

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