Aerogel is a material that is a solid but has a tiny bit of weight to it making it the lightest solid material in the world. The translucent nature of the material has led to it being dubbed frozen smoke. The aerogel has been redesigned by researchers to make it even lighter weight using carbon nanotubes. The new material is called multiwalled carbon nanotube aerogel.
The researchers think that the material might be useful in electronics, inside chemical reactors, and to detect toxic substances. Traditional aerogels are made from silica, metal oxides, and other materials. Making an aerogel from carbon nanotubes has been tried before and is difficult to do.
The researchers that created the new material started with a liquid solution of carbon nanotubnes and then removed the liquid from the wet gel leaving behind the aerogel with a huge surface area. If all the nanotubes inside a one-ounce cube were unraveled and laid side to side and end to end they would cover three football fields.
If you are a big fan of taking photos, you might have a digital camera or DSLR camera that has some serious resolution. You may feel that you are missing out on some of your resolution and clarity when you print photos using an average printer. Epson has unveiled a new printer with lots of high-end features that is aimed directly at the photography pro or serious hobbyist that needs the best prints possible.
The new printer is called the Epson Stylus Pro R3000 and Epson claims that the printer is the most advanced 13-inch printer ever. The printer uses nine different ink cartridges and each of those cartridges has 25.9ml of ink inside. The print head uses MicroPiezo AMC Print Head technology with 8-channels for precision and grain free prints.
The inks inside the nine cartridges are UltraChrome K3 with vivid Magenta ink tech. I can only assume that the ink for this printer will cost you as much as a nice normal printer when the cartridges need replaced. The printer itself is very expensive as well at an MSRP of $849. It is set to ship in March.
I would bet that you use Facebook; most people are on the social network today. If you do use Facebook you need to be aware of a new feature that the site has added for developers that will share more of your private information with marketers and apps if you allow it. The new feature will give access to your mobile phone number and physical address.
On the surface, the new feature seems useful and would allow things like ordering of products online without having to enter your shipping details. The fear for some users is that rouge apps would access the information and then sell it to marketers. That would allow more spam to your real world mailbox and more calls from sales douches to your mobile.
Facebook's Jeff Bowen said, "We are now making a user's address and mobile phone number accessible as part of the User Graph object. Because this is sensitive information, we have created the new user_address and user_mobile_phone permissions. These permissions must be explicitly granted to your application by the user via our standard permissions dialogs."
Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000 1.1.2 beta 4.
foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.
Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.
Full unicode support.
Easily customizable user interface layout.
Advanced tagging capabilities.
Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.
Full ReplayGain support.
Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 1.1.2 beta 4
- Improved startup time and memory usage with very large libraries
- Hopefully a more solid workaround for Windows 7 audio mixer crashes
Deal of the Day: Seagate ST32000542AS Barracuda LP Hard Drive - 2TB, 5900 RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G for $69.99 plus $2.68 Shipping!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - Seagate ST32000542AS Barracuda LP Hard Drive - 2TB, 5900 RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G for $69.99 plus $2.68 Shipping!.
Offer: Use coupon code: HGG17437 for $10 off this 2TB Seagate ST32000542AS Barracuda LP 5900RPM SATA3.0 hard drive with 32MB buffer, taking the price down to just $69.99. Choose economy shipping in your cart for just $2.68. Unknown expiration date, may expire at any time.
The latest happenings from around the web - January 17th, 2011
- Gigabyte P67A-UD5 Motherboard @ ixbtlabs
- Gigabyte P67A-UD7 motherboard @ Overclock3D
- ASUS Maximus IV Extreme - Sandy Bridge VS The World (Part 2) @ TechReaction
- ASUS P8P67 (Sandy Bridge) Deluxe Motherboard @ Motherboards.org
- A quick look at chipset PCI Express performance @ Tech Report
- ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution @ Ocaholic
- ASUS Maximus III Gene P55 @ Techpowerup
- Gigabyte P67A-UD7 - Layout and Design @ Ocaolic
Notion Inks Adam has gone through quite the travels in the past year, from vaporware to an actual in-your-hands release very shortly. Adam has gotten official clearance from the US government.
The Adam won Best of CES 2011 honorable mention, considering CES had waves of tablets this is quite the achievement. Wednesday is meant to be the day for release, so keep your eyes peeled people!
KitGuru have put on their investigative-gear and put an article up regarding 30-inch screens. It's a great read and talks about breaking the "30-inch price control cartel". The number of places producing 30" panels? Numero uno.
The article goes into detail of how 30-inch screen have not really dropped in price over the years with smaller screens seeing absolutely huge changes in pricing. A 23 or 24-inch screen can be had for under $250 without a problem.
Web monitoring site Pingdom is reporting that in 2010 alone, there were 107 trillion (that's 107, 000, 000, 000, 000) emails sent worldwide. Out of the 107 trillion, 10.9 percent of it were actual emails, the rest? Spam.
Supposedly there are 1.88 billion email users worldwide, 255 million websites (21.4 million are said to have opened in 2010). Twitter is a defining force on the web with 25 billion tweets last year and 100 million users added in 2010. Facebook of course takes the cake with 30 billion pieces of content (links, pics, videos, etc) each and every month!
More and more rumors are surfacing regarding Apples upcoming next-gen iPad - the new rumors are starting to get me a little over-excited. The latest rumor is that the iPad could be doubling it's current resolution of 1024x768 up to 2048x1536.
Most people have just guessed that the next-gen iPad would have the retina display ala iPhone 4, but this rumor is juicy enough to hopefully be true. Even at 2048x1536 it will still not be "retina" specifications, but the resolution is high enough to make the next-gen iPad look insanely sexy.