Intel Will Regain Lead With Processors Beyond 22 Nanometer

Intel (INTC) recently announced it will launch its Haswell processors at the Comdex 2013 show in Taiwan on June 4. Haswell, the codename of Intel’s new 22 nanometer processor microarchitecture, is capable of running almost anything from tablets to Ultrabooks to powerful desktops and servers. Read full article from Seeking Alpha here.

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Virus Battery

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology made a giant leap in battery research. They patented a microscopic virus construction (virus M13) to create a mini battery with extra long life. Through certain gene manipulation, the scientist team (consists of Angela Belcher, Paula Hammond, and Yet Ming Chiang) manages to trick the single cell organism to grow and divide itself producing electric energy in the process.

In the research, the MIT team change the genetic information on the protein layer of the virus to make it collects gold and cobalt oxide molecules. These virus will hold negative current and they will be slipped into polymer with positive current to form thin elastic layer. This thin layer is like a film layer rich in virus and acts like anode as the report in the latest edition of Journal Science.

Cobalt is used as the metal oxyde because it has capability to store energy well. The energy density of cobalt can be two to three times higher than conventional battery with identical weight and dimension at the market right now. “The addition of gold will make the energy density higher,” said Belcher, the team leader.