Scientists create “world’s smallest hard disk”

•July 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Dutch scientists have created the world’s smallest hard disk by manipulating chlorine atoms in order to store a kilobyte of data on a microscopic storage drive. The invention means every book ever written could be stored on an itty-bitty device.

The team at Delft University’s Kavli Institute of Nanoscience wrote 1 kilobyte (8,000 bits) of data in an area just 96 nanometers wide and 126 nanometers tall. The tiny hard disk proved to be 500 times better than the best hard drives currently on the market.

“In theory, this storage density would allow all books ever created by humans to be written on a single post stamp,” lead researcher Sander Otte said in a statement.

But creating such a remarkable device was anything but easy. Instead, it involved the rearranging of tiny chlorine atoms on a copper surface, resulting in a square grid.

When an atom was missing, a hole appeared. Using a tactic known as binary switching, the team used the sharp needle of a scanning tunneling microscope, making it possible to probe the atoms individually and drag individual atoms towards the holes.

It’s a concept similar to that of a sliding puzzle.

“Multiple holes can be dragged into a specific arrangement to form bits, letters, words, all the way to an entire text. Holes can also be combined to form markers indicating, for example, if a sector is broken due to an atomic defect,” a YouTube video posted by Otte explains.

“Using these procedures, the Delft team managed to construct a full kilobyte, comprising 8,000 atomic bits. This is by far the largest atomic structure ever built by humans,” the video continues.


“The team at Delft University’s Kavli Institute of Nanoscience wrote 1 kilobyte (8,000 bits) of data in an area just 96 nanometers wide and 126 nanometers tall.”

how small can you go?

stronger, faster..smaller..


Clinton picks Tim Kaine as VP

•July 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment


Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton has picked Virginian senator Tim Kaineto be her running mate.

Kaine was considered a safe pick and is fluent in Hispanic.

The move comes after a new poll, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has pulled nearly even with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for the first time since May following the Republican National Convention.

The national online poll found that 41 per cent of likely voters support Clinton, while 38 per cent support Trump.

Before the convention, Trump trailed Clinton by nearly 10 percentage points.

Kaine was a Coro Foundation fellow in Kansas City in 1978. He then attended Harvard Law School, taking a break during law school to work with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Honduras. Kaine worked in Honduras for nine months from 1980 to 1981, helping Jesuit missionaries who ran a Catholic school in El Progreso. Kaine is fluent in Spanish as a result of his year in Honduras.

Kaine graduated from Harvard Law School with a law degree in 1983, and was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1984.


would have got good odds on this guy as the pick 6 months ago..harvard eh? shocked!😉


ExxonMobil trumps Oil Search’s offer for Papua New Guinea’s InterOil

•July 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment


US energy giant ExxonMobil has, as expected, intervened to spoil Oil Search’s $US2.2 billion takeover ambitions for Papua New Guinea gas explorer InterOil, leaving the ASX-listed player needing to lift its own bid by about 10 per cent or be knocked out of the running.

Exxon’s bid, of $US45 ($59.4) per share in stock plus an additional payment depending on the size of InterOil’s Elk-Antelope gas field, has been deemed by InterOil’s board to be superior to Oil Search’s friendly deal struck in May.

That means Oil Search now has three days to match it to stay in the race. However even if it doesn’t, Port Moresby-based Oil Search is expected to benefit, given an Exxon takeover of InterOil would improve the chances of a new competitive LNG project in PNG.

US-listed InterOil advised earlier this month it had received an eleventh-hour alternative proposal from an unidentified third party but which The Australian Financial Review revealed was ExxonMobil. At that stage the offer, believed to be the second bid the US major has made for InterOil  after an initial offer last year, had yet to be firmed up.

With French oil major Total SA supporting Oil Search’s offer, the tussle has drawn in some of the world’s most powerful energy heavyweights. ExxonMobil is the operator of the $US19 billion PNG LNG venture, but doesn’t have a stake at present in Elk-Antelope, which Oil Search and Total plan to develop to feed a new LNG venture, Papua LNG.

Total is aware of the latest developments, Oil Search said on Monday.


exxon wins..bad luck oil search..

will the money flow to png?


Images 24/7/16

•July 24, 2016 • 14 Comments


wisdom of homer..


but we are called crazy conspirators!


come and visit..its great!


(((they))) love blair..


mj knew the game better than most..


the future meshing of human and robot..


coincidence..nothing to see here..


love child..


best laid plans of mice and men..awkward..




UN secretary-general: Guterres leads first poll

•July 23, 2016 • 2 Comments


Antonio Guterres of Portugal has emerged as frontrunner to become United Nations secretary-general, defying expectations that world leaders would favour an eastern European woman to succeed Ban Ki-moon.

The first poll of the 15-member UN Security Council revealed 12 countries voted to “encourage” the former Portuguese prime minister, with no countries openly hostile to his candidacy, according to results seen by The Australian.

Another man, Slovenian former president Danilo Turk, came second with the encouragement of 11 countries, although two nations voted to “discourage” his candidacy.

The leading eastern European woman, former Bulgarian acting foreign minister Irina Bukova, ran third with the encouragement of nine countries but the discouragement of four.

Kevin Rudd’s candidacy has not yet been considered by Australia’s cabinet and the former Labor prime minister was therefore not considered in the straw poll — the first of several tests of support before Mr Ban’s term expires in December.

“Kevin Rudd has requested that the Australian government nominate him and, as the Prime Minister has indicated on a number of occasions, that’ll be a matter for cabinet,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Sky News on Monday. “I’ll certainly put the matter forward.”

Is a former Portuguese politician who was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002. He also served for a time as President of the Socialist International. He served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015.

Guterres is a member of the Club of Madrid, an independent non-profit organization composed of democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers from 57 different countries, and which works to strengthen democratic institutions and leadership.

  • European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Member


selected not elected..fuck rudd..and fuck them all tbh..they will all have fingerprints leading back to the usual suspects..


World’s largest observation wheel in Dubai takes shape

•July 23, 2016 • 2 Comments



Construction of what will be the world’s highest observation wheel, located in Dubai, has reached a significant milestone according to its developer, Meraas.

Ain Dubai, which is taking shape on Bluewaters Island in front of the Jumeirah Beach Residence coastline, has had its hub and spindle lifted into place, creating a new feature on Dubai’s dramatic skyline.

They were manufactured and assembled in the UAE and shipped to Bluewaters Island due to their size – the spindle has a diameter of 6.25 metres and is made of steel that is similar to that used for nuclear power plants.

The assembled hub and spindle is approximately 40 metres long and 20 metres high and weighs 1,805 tonnes, which is equivalent to four Airbus A380 aircraft.

The hub will later be connected to the rim via 192 spoke cables, with the structure then resembling a gigantic bicycle wheel.

Construction of the project has been made possible with two of the world’s largest cranes, each boasting a 180-metre-long boom and lifting capacity of more than 3,000 tonnes.

“Once completed, Ain Dubai will emerge as an engineering masterpiece, the first of its kind in the industry, and a truly spectacular must-visit attraction, adding a unique experience and vantage point to the list of things to do in Dubai,” said Omar Delawar, the chief projects officer at Meraas.

Ain Dubai, previously known as Dubai-I, is set to become the main attraction of Bluewaters Island, which will also feature entertainment, retail, residential and hospitality offerings.


thanks to intrigued for the link..

its not called a ferris wheel any more..its an observation wheel..and its also an esoteric symbol for the one eye..always found near water..


Ukraine offers ammonia plant in state fire sale

•July 23, 2016 • 3 Comments


Monday is the deadline set for the sale of a majority stake in Ukraine’s biggest ammonia plant, Odesky Pryportovy Zavod (OPZ). It is part of Kiev’s plan to raise cash by selling state assets.

According to the State Property Fund, the Ukrainian government expects bids for a 99.567% stake in the enterprise with a starting price of 13.2 billion hryvnia ($532 million) by 6:00pm Kiev time on Monday.

The plant employs 3,800 workers and produced 1.1 million tons of ammonia and 950,000 tons of urea in 2015. The first attempt to sell OPZ was made in September 2008.

“In case we don’t get enough bids or if there’s not enough authorized bidders, a second auction for OPZ may take place in the autumn,” Igor Bilous, the chief of the State Property Fund wrote on his Facebook, stressing that he didn’t aim to privatize at any cost.

According to government, OPZ made a net profit of 211 million hryvnia ($8.5 million) last year with a net loss of 419 million hryvnia ($16.9 million) in the first quarter, compared to a profit of 90 million hryvnia ($3.6 million) a year earlier.

Cash-strapped Ukraine is being forced to sell the nationalized firms to improve their efficiency and ease investor worries about corruption eroding the state sector of the country’s economy. State-owned enterprises accumulated losses of more than $4 billion in 2014.


sell sell sell..

“Cash-strapped Ukraine is being forced to sell the nationalized firms to improve their efficiency and ease investor worries about corruption eroding the state sector of the country’s economy.”

imf directives..



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