Little robots make big differences

Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor


It has been said that the small things in life are what make life worth living; Larry Johnson, Engineering Major, explained just how far technology has come in creating very small things to make life better.


What exactly is Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology can be described as the study in the manipulation of properties and functions of materials on an atomic level. These devices are on a scale smaller than 100 nanometers.


Richard Feynman, a theoretical physicist who lived from 1918 to 1988, helped revolutionize the scientific community with his work in the field and development of nanotechnology.

“The behavior of things on a small scale is so fantastic, so wonderfully different than anything that behaves on a large scale. You can say, ‘electrons act like waves’…‘they act like particles’…‘they act like a kind of fog around a nucleus’ – no, they don’t, exactly,” Feynman was quoted as saying in “No Ordinary Genius: The Illustrated Richard Feynman.”


Nano Technology can affect everything.

The study of nanotechnology has a hand in all technologies from medical to military and from energy and product production to information technology.


“The world is quickly changing in terms of scientific discovery,” Johnson said. With the applications of nanotechnology in such areas as cell phones, they become so much more than just phones and take the place of multiple devices.  They are computers, information resources, portable libraries, and MP3 players.


In medical science, nanotechnology is being used to clear arteries and to identify and destroy cancer cells.


In product production, clothes are being synthesized to be water resistant, batteries are being created that will last more than 50 years and companies are experimenting with clothing that produce and recharge Bluetooth enabled devices.

Other companies are creating super-conducting materials that use natural forces such as wind that makes a flag move and create and transfer energy to other sources.


“Imagine being able to put the entire series of the Encyclopedia Britannica on a disk the size of the tip of a pen. We are not that far away from being able to do that,” Johnson said.


According to Johnson, with the world almost literally at our fingertips, there does not seem to be any place that humans could not visit or create.




Microsoft surfaces with new tablet

Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor

With the success of Apple’s iPad, many other companies are seeking to compete in the growing tablet market. Microsoft is no exception.

On Oct. 26, Microsoft released a new line of mobile tablets called the Surface. This device, like the iPad, looks to give consumers something unique and life changing.

Microsoft has two versions it is looking to give consumers: the Surface and Surface Pro.

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Sony’s attempt at unlimited gaming

Dennis Gosnell

Assignment Editor

Those of you who are avid gamers may know about Sony’s PlayStation Networks, PlayStation Plus. For those gamers who do not know, PlayStation Plus is a PSN paid service.

This service gives users the opportunity to receive auto-updates of games, an assortment of free games, select 20 – 80% discounts for PlayStation Store purchases, and access to online console game betas.

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iPhone 5 set sales records, stocks sink

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor-In- Chief

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Sales for the new Apple iPhone 5 skyrocketed past its predecessor’s sales with ease during the Aug. 21 weekend.

The iPhone 5 set sales records, selling 5 million iPhones within 3 days. The iPhone 4S sold 4 million its opening weekend.

Sales followed a pre-order marathon from consumers, who preordered two million phones within the 24-hour period after pre-sales opened. This also beat the numbers from the iPhone 4S debut, which only saw an estimated one million pre-orders in the same 24-hour time frame. Estimated dates for consumers who pre-ordered the phone was three to four weeks.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement released by Apple that “demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible.”

According to Cook, Apple sold out of its initial shipment of iPhones, but stores are still receiving regular shipments to meet demand and customers who order online will receive an estimated delivery date, averaging near the four week mark. Continue reading

Apple continues to raise the ante

Chelsea Ratterman, Editor-in-chief 

Apple continues to raise the ante

Apple unveiled its new iPhone to the world Wednesday, Sept. 12.

CEO Tim Cook took the stage to introduce the product and laid to rest some of the rumors that have been swirling since the day after the iPhone 4S came out.

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Samsung loses patent battle with Apple

­­­Chelsea Ratterman

 Samsung loses patent battle with Apple

A court case between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics may have determined the future of the smartphone market.

In a patent and trademark infringement case against Samsung, Apple was awarded $1.05 billion dollars in damages, one of the largest intellectual-property awards on record.

Samsung, a publicly traded company in the Korean stock exchange, lost 7.5 percent on Monday, August 27 following the verdict. This resulted in a loss of $12 billion to Samsung’s market capitalization.

Apple, on the other hand, closed out on the New York Stock Exchange, with a 1.8 percent increase, resulting in an $11 billion gain. This brought Apple’s market capitalization, already the highest in the world, to $633 billion.

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