Stories by Kevin Lee

NASA looks Into satellites to beam solar power directly to Earth

There have been some incredible advances in solar power technology over the years, ranging from simple solar panels to solar-thermal power and more efficient panels. But NASA scientists believe the next step in maximizing sun-based energy will come from satellites that would beam harvested solar power down to Earth.

Artificial skin can feel touch; robots prepare to out-human humans

Researchers have found plenty of uses for carbon nanotubes, but a team at Stanford's of the Bao Research Group found a new use for them: artificial skin. The researchers created a stretchable, transparent skin-like sensor that not only is elastic like skin, but can also sense touch and pressure like the real thing.

IBM builds 120-petabyte storage system

IBM is shattering world tech records again, this time the company's researchers have built the largest ever storage system setup. Coming in at 120-petbytes (120 million gigabytes), the ludicrous data storage rig is made up of 200,000 conventional hard drive disks set up at IBM's Almaden, California, research lab.

Graphene modulators could break network speed limits

Fiber optic networks are at the forefront of record-setting Internet speeds. Now the scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a graphene modulator that could push the curve forward by a ten-fold leap.