Integrated microchip, demand for embedded chips in devices of all kinds is expected to grow strongly in the coming years.
• New research has linked poverty to depression in children. Researchers at Washington University St. Louis found that MRI scans of the brains of children raised in households with differing levels of affluence revealed weaker connections in key brain areas of those children raised in poverty.
• The benefits of high fiber diets may be passed on to offspring. That’s the finding of a new report in the journal Nature. Fiber plays an important role in regulating the biota of the intestinal tract.
• Psychologists have discovered that women guard their mates from ovulating women. Women (and men) are sensitive to subtle cues and behaviors triggering behaviors to protect mates from other (fertile) women.
• While governments try to persuade technology firms to install encryption backdoors, some of the organizations they seek to surveil are already using their own encryption apps. ISIS has developed its own encrypted messaging application. This reinforces the position of technology firms who argue that national technological controls only weaken domestic security and privacy.
• Anti-gravity has long been a dream of science fiction authors but physicists may be on the way to making it a reality. New research proposes a method for generating gravitational fields using existing technology and theory. While not strong, they may open the door to new discoveries and research.
• Microchip maker Intel is aggressively moving its production to a post-PC footing. Intel’s recent acquisitions and research show the company moving towards providing the chips powering the Internet of Things. The demand for embedded chips in devices of all kinds is expected to grow strongly in the coming years.