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Always Be Curious🔎 #15

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It's day 28 of social distancing. And in this 4th week, as new routines and realities balanced out th
 

Always Be Curious🔎

April 5 · Issue #15 · View online
Always Be Curious is your weekly shot of sci-tech coverage. Bringing you the now, the how and the wow of science and technology with a special focus on the chip industry.

It’s day 28 of social distancing. And in this 4th week, as new routines and realities balanced out the uncertainties, I’ve found more peace of mind. I believe that technology has helped me get to that state. Because I can thankfully work from home for a company that cares. I can socialize with colleagues online and talk about music, despite having to take a raincheck for a visit to the pub. And in a broader sense: we can basically order everything we need online and have it delivered to our doorstep. We can access a vast library on our Kindle. We are kept up to date by authorities and media on what’s happening in this pandemic. We can stream more entertainment, classes, games and workouts than we’d ever consume. The networks don’t even flinch. What’s even more amazing: all of these possibilities only came to fruition in the last decade or so. So let’s salute the technology of 2020 (and silicon heroes like Tommy the Robot 🤖 below). 💪
Have a good week,
-S

👨‍💻The round-up in sci-tech💡
Tommy the robot nurse helps keep Italy doctors safe from coronavirus (Reuters)
“Using my abilities, medical staff can be in touch with the patients without direct contact,” Tommy the robot, who was named after a son of one of the doctors, explained to a visiting reporter on Wednesday.
To make the perfect mirror, physicists confront the mystery of glass (Quanta)
Hellman’s group is looking for something approaching “ideal glass,” a hypothetical phase of matter predicted decades ago. The molecules in ideal glass are theoretically packed together in the densest possible random arrangement, a perfectly stable state that has no two-level systems at all.
Tens of thousands of scientists are redeploying to fight coronavirus (Nature)
Wind rush - Scientists and industry are dashing to make more ventilators (The Economist)
Philip Anderson, Nobel laureate in physics, is dead at 96 (The New York Times)
The state of open innovation (WSJ)
A forest submerged 60,000 years ago could save your life one day (The New York Times)
The heady, intricate beauty of watching whiskey evaporate (WIRED)
🤓This week in chips⚠️
From the brink of bankruptcy to a 1,300% stock gain: How this CEO turned around her company (CNN)
“Our latest chip for data centers is actually 40 billion transistors…you’ve got to get every single one of them right and there’s just a lot of engineering to do that.”
Micron CEO’s plan to stay ahead of coronavirus started coming together in January (WSJ)
Chipmakers are asking US officials for permission to work during the coronavirus pandemic (TechSpot)
📈By the numbers📉
How much water do Google data centers use? Billions of gallons (Bloomberg)
❤️For the love of tech❤️
Source: @allyouneedisscience
Source: @allyouneedisscience
Always Be Curious is curated by Sander Hofman, Corporate Communications Manager at ASML. My company provides chipmakers with everything they need (machines, software and services) to mass produce integrated circuits on silicon. Opinions expressed in this newsletter are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.
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