July 27th, 2006 | Work

From the graphic novel DESOLATION JONES: MADE IN ENGLAND, released October 5:

Don’t Look

July 27th, 2006 | brainjuice

Don’t look. Seriously. Something important in you may die.

(Except Siege. I owe you about five brain-scars. You can look.)

Hole Quantum Wires

July 26th, 2006 | researchmaterial

Researchers at the University of New South Wales have created a tiny wire that doesn’t even use electrons to carry a current.

Known as a hole quantum wire, it exploits gaps – or holes – between electrons. The relationship between electrons and holes is like that between electrons and anti-electrons, or matter and anti-matter.

The holes can be thought of as real quantum particles that have an electrical charge and a spin. They exhibit remarkable quantum properties and could lead to a new world of super-fast, low-powered transistors and powerful quantum computers.

Quantum wires are microscopically small, in this case about 100 times narrower than a human hair. They are so narrow that electrons can only pass along them in single file.

Manufacturers are keenly interested in them because they hold the potential for new high-speed electronics applications, known as spintronics, where semiconductor devices have both electric and magnetic properties…