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The Year in Technology

The first superinsulator, smart-matter robots, a one-atom-wide transistor, and more...


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#26: Sun Catcher Promises Cheaper Solar PowerUsing laser technology, scientists build a low-cost solar concentrator.

#48: Cyber Attacks May Be Connected With Real WarAs tensions with Russia mounted, Georgia got slammed by hackers.

#51: Physicists Build the World’s Smallest TransistorThe tiny device measures an astonishing 10 atoms by 1 atom.

#65: Long-Prophesied Circuit Element Could Revolutionize ComputingInstant booting and decreased power consumption may soon be realities with the new "memristor."

#69: Physicists Create a Perfect Place to Store ElectricityNew "superinsulator" can hold a charge forever without leakage

#74: Viruses Are Put to Work Building SuperbatteriesEngineers turn viruses into little engineers.

#80: Invented: Self-Healing Rubber Made From Vegetable Oil and Pee IngredientHydrogen bonds let ripped material re-form.

#81: Smart-Matter Robots Reassemble ThemselvesLike the Terminator T-1000, these robots can fix themselves after being scattered.

#83: Bulletproof Paper Is Stronger Than KevlarNew nanopaper is not only super-strong, but made from renewable materials.

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