Maybe you don’t like the sound of spoons clinking in glasses or maybe you just like incredibly simple and cool technology when you stir your tea. Either way, by giving the inside of a glass a specific spiraling, you can make a cup that stirs itself with just a little push.
Magnetic storage can easily degrade within a lifetime. Flash memory can last longer, but it can still be corrupted over time as the internal components start to break down. But this time little frame of glass, above, is a storage medium from Hitachi that according to the company’s claims, can store data forever, under even the harshest of circumstances.
Glass has been used by humans for thousands and thousands of years, and we just keep figuring out how to make it better. Researchers at MIT recently developed a glass that doesn’t fog, doesn’t have glare and doesn’t get spots or dirt stuck to it.
Glass is awesome for so many reasons, but it’s just so damn… shiny. With everything else going on in the world, my day is totally ruined by getting glare on my phone so I can’t see what I’m tweeting. What a drag.
Humans have been using and making glass for thousands of years, and it’s pretty much always served the same purpose— to make shit that you can see through. But researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK have made nano glass, a substance in which the way light travels through the glass can be controlled to store data.