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From copper wire to graphene: tomorrow's networks are several steps closer

For years now, scientists and manufacturing companies have evangelised graphene as a wonder material that will revolutionise all aspects of electronic communications and devices. Graphene is a 2-dimensional crystalline allotrope of carbon. Carbon is an element that exists in more than one crystalline form or 'allotrope' The most common and best known allotropes of carbon are graphite and diamond and there are others including graphene and the splendidly named Buckminsterfullerene. Graphene is touted as a stronger, lighter, more adaptable and more durable alternative to the silicon that still sits at the heart of computing and communications everywhere. It certainly has some remarkable qualities. It is easy to work with, more than 100 times stronger than the toughest steel and is very flexible. It is also lightweight and an excellent conductor and insulator of electricity and heat. What's more, it is comparatively inexpensive to fabricate. Claims are that graphene will be id
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I Use This All-Natural Cleaning Paste On My Shower Floor, Kitchen Sink, Counters, and My Hands

OK, here’s a pop quiz for you: what do your hands, an eggplant, the floor of your shower, and the Pyrex dish you baked lasagna in last night all have in common? That’s right, those are all things you can safely and effectively clean using Scour Cleaning Paste from Humble Suds. And you can add tile and grout, the oven, apples, your feet, plates and silverware, and, of course, the kitchen sink to that list. Humble Suds Scour All Natural Cleaning Paste In fact, just about the only thing you can’t clean with this stuff is untreated wood, as the natural oils will seep in and leave a stain. But how much unsealed wood do you really have around the home, anyway? Scour is so safe because it is made of things that are easy to pronounce and not frightening, things like sodium bicarbonate (AKA baking soda), castile soap (AKA hydrolyzed coconut, jojoba, and olive oils), vegetable glycerin (again, a plant-derived oil), and orange and lemongrass oils. In fact, that’s the entirety of the ingredients.

This robot vacuum cleaner can clean your house for you

Imagine getting every floor in your house clean without having to lift a finger. That dream can become a reality with this amazing Floor Cleaning Robot Vacuum that also doubles as a mop and sweeper. The thin body makes it easy to reach anywhere in the house, from under the couch to the corner of the playroom. Thanks to a 1,600PA suction, this robot vacuum will get all your dust, dirt and other elements as it navigates your home. And, speaking of navigation, this vacuum knows its way around your home and can do so without issues. It features intelligent anti-collision technology to prevent it from colliding with furniture while cleaning, and also automatically retreats when hitting a drop of 8 cm or more, meaning your robot won’t go tumbling down the stairs. The device will work up to two hours on a single charge, meaning it will always be ready to clean when you call on it. And, it should never run dry, thanks to technology that automatically recharges itself if the power ever drops to

Tameside £500k cannabis farm discovered by police

Four men have been arrested after police discovered a cannabis farm capable of producing £500,000 worth of the drug. More than 700 cannabis plants were found by Greater Manchester Police in a disused building on a farm in Sunnyside Lane, Droylsden. The men were held on suspicion of cannabis production and remained in custody for questioning. Officers cordoned off the site following Tuesday's raid. Supt Paul Walker said concerns had been raised about the farm from nearby residents. Officers believe the site was linked to an organised crime group involved in drugs and people trafficking. Supt Walker added the operation made a "significant dent in the supply of controlled drugs" across the UK.

Cannabis Global to Begin Production of Northern Lights Branded Cannabis Products at Lynwood, California Facility April 1st

An innovation-oriented company involved in disruptive areas of the cannabis and hemp-related industries, today announces the commencement of production of Northern Lights branded cannabis products beginning April 1st. The Company recently acquired a controlling interest in Natural Plant Extract (NPE), a licensed cannabis manufacturing and distribution operation in Lynwood, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Manufacturing at the facility will include several new lines of cannabis edibles and cannabis flower-based products. Arman Tabatabaei, CEO of Cannabis Global commented, "Several of the products we will be producing at NPE are based on unique technologies, including our inventions previously utilized for our hemp-based products. We also plan to utilize the new facility as a testbed to continue research and development efforts relative to our polymeric nanotechnologies, which are designed utilizing only natural ingredients. We feel strongly cannabis-related consumer markets wil

To provide electricity in Nigeria is not about technology, but about political will – Prof Ejiogu (2

In this interview with RAPHAEL EDE, a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Emenike Ejiogu, who led a team of researchers that developed a power system that turns solid waste into gas, explains  the hindrances to effective power supply in Nigeria How did your team strike a deal with the UNN? We came to the UNN and said we could produce cheap source of gas. Now, I asked if they could please get a gas engine and they said they had a diesel generator. We said okay, give us this generator and we would modify it to run on gas. Let me give you an example so that you can get a gist of the whole thing. The UNN spends nothing less than between N70m and N80m a month on electricity. Now, if for example there’s a power failure, there are critical parts of the university that must have power. These are run on diesel. Let’s take for example what we have done here. There is a 500KVA generator that powers the whole of the administrative building, the library and the

Verizon reveals the shutdown date for its 3G CDMA network

Today, Verizon put a date on its intention to shut down its aging 3G network: December 31st, 2022. It's not just the end of the extremely widespread 3G system, but a watershed moment for Verizon, since its network began on CDMA technology when the company was first formed in 2000. Greater reliance on the GSM-based LTE network, and finally pushing more customers towards 5G, has let the company wean itself off of the outdated standard. Verizon originally planned to shut down 3G operations at the end of 2019, but extended it to 2020 and beyond in order to transition as many of its customers off older smartphone and networking hardware. It hasn't allowed the certification or connection of new 3G-only devices since 2016 in preparation. According to industry analyst OpenSignal, Verizon's 4G network covers 97.7% of its total coverage area as of January 2021, so it's possible that a few of the most rural Verizon customers may lose service after the transition. Verizon says that