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Comment: Not the death of enthusiast PC; death of desktop (Score 1) 1009

by toomuchtogrok (#42118449) Attached to: Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?
This is really the slow and inevitable death of desktop computing in general; not just the death of enthusiast PCs. More and more people are using tablets, laptops, phones. Before we know it, the largest market for Intel will be small-form computers. Think 5-7 years down the road. Imagine how much processing power laptops will have? Or for that matter, imagine how much power a small computer (think smaller than HTPC) will have? Intel is only preparing for the future, and it's good they are starting now. The industry is changing; it wasn't always going to be like this.

+ - Researchers generate electricity from viruses->

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toomuchtogrok (2632667) writes "Imagine charging your phone as you walk, thanks to a paper-thin generator embedded in the sole of your shoe. This futuristic scenario is now a little closer to reality. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to generate power using harmless viruses that convert mechanical energy into electricity. The scientists tested their approach by creating a generator that produces enough current to operate a small liquid-crystal display. It works by tapping a finger on a postage stamp-sized electrode coated with specially engineered viruses. The viruses convert the force of the tap into an electric charge."
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+ - Scientists Generate Electricity from Viruses->

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MatthewVD writes "Scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have devised batteries from viruses that harvest energy from everyday tasks like walking. The viruses are piezoelectric, meaning they convert mechanical energy into electric energy, and could be used to create electricity from the blowing wind or power medical devices using only the pulsation of the heart. The same M13 virushas been shown to increase efficiency in solar panels."
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