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Submission + - USPTO issues patent #8,000,000. (

toybuilder writes: It took nearly 80 years for the first 1 million patents to issue in the U.S.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued its eighth-million patent. This most recent 1 million patents took only about 5 years.

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Submission + - Densest memory cells laid out like core memory

toybuilder writes: A Reuters new article reports the development of the world's densest memory circuit at Caltech & UCLA. The circuit has a bit storage density of 100Gb/cm^2; about 100 times the density of today's memory circuits. Interestingly, this new design places memory cells at junctions of a tic-tac-toe-like grid of wires, somewhat reminescent of core memory of the past.

Submission + - nano-scale optical co-axial cables announced

toybuilder writes: A Reuters article reports that scientists have published their work on nano-scale optical coax in the most recent issue of Applied Physics Letters. The coax cable is only about 300nm wide, and is able to transmit optical signals using a carbon center conductor, transmitting light at about 90% the speed of light.

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