- New magnets could solve rare earth problems
This is encouraging, news from Technology Review that researchers at GE have been making progressing with nanostructured materials that could lead to magnets that are lighter, stronger, and require far less of the increasingly hard to come by rare earth minerals. The key question is whether these will get to market before the current situation gets even more out of hand.
- German researchers develop expiring images
Based on the details at the BBC, this sounds an awful lot like a DRM scheme. We all know how those have pretty much universally ended up. I suppose there is some hope this may work in practice, even in the crypto involved is broken, in that who is really going to bother cracking the vast majority of photos posted online.
- New paper on the emerging trend of 3D printing, Shareable
- WikiLeaks volunteer detained and searched yet again at airport, BoingBoing
- Apple may switch to proprietary screws, foiling DIY repair, BoingBoing
- Safe cracking robot brute forces lock combinations, Make