Impossible Reactions: Five Chemistry Rules Broken
Chemistry is a messy business. The elements are so diverse that their interactions can be unpredictable and sometimes bizarre. Often, chemists rely on nothing more than intuition to tell them what may or may not be possible.
Sometimes that leads them astray. History is littered with ideas that were derided or dismissed at first, but eventually changed the rules of the game. Philip Ball tells five stories of chemistry they said could never happen
MIT Genius Stuffs 100 Processors Into Single Chip
WESTBOROUGH, Massachusetts — Call Anant Agarwal’s work crazy, and you’ve made him a happy man.
His latest commercial venture is Tilera. The company’s specialty is squeezing cores onto chips — lots of cores. A core is a processor, the part of a computer chip that runs software and crunches data. Today’s high-end computer chips have as many as 16 cores. But Tilera’s top-of-the-line chip has 100.