Scientists eye superfast Internet

Thu Sep 1, 2011 7:14AM GMT

Scientists say they have devised a way of using graphene, the thinnest material in the world, for a very high speed exchange of data on the Internet.

British scientists, including last year’s Nobel Prize-winning scientists Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov, believe that with the new method they can capture and convert more light than before, paving the way for advances in high-speed Internet and other optical communications, Reuters reported on August 31.

The scientists found that by combining graphene with metallic nanostructures, there was a 20-fold enhancement in the amount of light the graphene could harvest and convert into electrical power.

Graphene was discovered in 2004 and has been hailed as a “wonder material.”

Scientists had previously managed to produce a simple solar cell by placing microscopic metallic wires on top of graphene sheets and shining light on them.

Its superconductive properties meant that electrons could flow at high speed with extreme mobility.

However, early graphene solar cells were not very efficient, as the material was only capable of absorbing about 3% of visible light, with the rest shining through without being converted into power.

The latest research, overcomes that problem by using a method, known as plasmonic enhancement, to combine graphene with tiny metallic structures called plasmonic nanostructures.

As a result, its light-harvesting performance is increased by a factor of 20.

via PressTV – Scientists eye superfast Internet.

Anonymous threatens Congress over copyright bill

Hackers from the group Anonymous threaten Congress over copyright bill

“Hackers from the group Anonymous released a video on the Web this week in which the collective calls out Congress for a controversial new bill that could put Internet users in prison for streaming videos online.

Should S.978 be put on the books, streaming copyrighted material on the Web could land a person in jail for up to five years in addition to costing thousands of dollars in fines. The video released from Anonymous specifically challenges how the law would punish video game users for sharing their own game play on the Web, which the hackers say is a form of censorship and a denial of the free flow of information.

Anonymous also notes that even providing a link to copyrighted content could cause users to wind up with legal woes and says that the legislation is a “tyrannical scheme” courtesy of Congress.

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Anonymous hackers in Germany have already gone after authorities overseas for similar acts they consider censorship. On Monday Anonymous disabled the website of GEMA, a German watchdog that keeps an eye open for infringement of copyrighted music. Earlier this year hacktivists launched a denial-of-service attack on their site.”

via Anonymous threatens Congress over copyright bill — RT.

Kuwait: Anonymous hacktivists deface ISP FastTelco

Kuwait: Anonymous hacktivists deface ISP FastTelco

Michael Stone, National Anonymous Examiner

August 13, 2011

Once again the international Internet hacktivist collective known as Anonymous is taking a stand for Internet freedom. Friday, Anonymous claimed responsibility for the defacement of the Fast Telecommunications company website (FastTelco), a major ISP (internet service provider) in Kuwait.

The Anonymous hacktivists identify themselves as AnonKuwait, and claim to be fighting corporate greed and fraud as well as government corruption and censorship. On their website AnonKuwait claims FastTelco, in collusion with the government “Ministry of Communications and Transport Minister,” have broken agreements and been dishonest about pricing, caps on internet speed, and a draconian government download policy.

via Kuwait: Anonymous hacktivists deface ISP FastTelco – National Anonymous | Examiner.com.

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