11 AM | 16 Nov

Super Human. Revolution of the Species Symposium, Melbourne 23rd and 24th Nov

Super Human: Revolution of the Species Symposium 23 – 24 November 2009 BMW Edge, Federation Square Melbourne, Australia

Due to popular demand, we are releasing single-day and half-day tickets for the Super Human symposium.

Two-day $500 / $350 Single-day $250 / $175 concession Half-day $125 / $87.50 concession

Join artistic and scientific researchers from the fields of cognition, augmentation and nanotechnology as they consider what it means to be human, now and into the future.

For the full program visit www.superhuman.org.au or select from the following:

23 November – morning session – 9.30am – 12.30pm Keynote: Barbara Maria Stafford (USA) Transparency or the New Invisibility; the Business of Making Connections Panelists: Michele Barker (AUS), Dolores Steinman (Canada), Kathryn Hoffmann (USA)

23 November – afternoon session – 1.30pm – 6.00pm Keynote: Ju Gosling (UK) Super Human Rights Panelists: Kathy Cleland (AUS), Natasha Vita-More (USA), Tina Gonsalves (AUS), Mari Velonaki (AUS), Reva Stone (Canada)

24 November – morning session – 10.00am – 12.30pm Keynote: Junichi Ushiba (Japan) Brain-Machine Interface into Virtual Worlds Panelists: Jonathan Duckworth (AUS), Danielle Wilde (AUS)

24 November – afternoon session – 1.30pm – 6.00pm Keynotes: Tami Spector (USA) Nanoaesthetics Panelists: Leah Heiss (AUS), Svenja Kratz (AUS), Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (UK). Closing Address: Paul Brown (AUS/UK)

Visit www.superhuman.org.au for further information and ticket sales.

05 PM | 11 Jun

Researchers create nanotube memory that can store data for a billion years

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley have developed an ultra-dense memory chip that is capable of storing data for up to a billion years (besting silicon chips by roughly… a billion years). Consisting of a crystalline iron nanoparticle shuttle encased within a multiwalled carbon nanotube, the device can be written to and read from using conventional voltages already available in digital electronics today. The research was led by Alex Zettl, who notes that current digital storage methods are capable of storing mass amounts of data, but last just decades, while, say, some books have managed to last nearly a thousand years, though the amount of data they contain is quite small. The new method, called shuttle memory, is based on the iron nanoparticle which can move back and forth within the hollow nanotu. Zettl believes that, while shuttle memory is years away from practical application, it could have a lot of archival applications in the future.

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