Science

Samsung one step closer to commercializing ultrathin graphene screens for wearables

Samsung has been the world’s largest maker of LCD panels since 2002. By 2004, the conglomerate was the world’s top manufacturer of OLED panels accounting for a 40 percent market share worldwide and as of 2010 has a commanding 98 percent share of the global AMOLED market.

Small wonder that Apple used to source most of its screens for iOS devices from Samsung up until 2012, when Tim Cook & Co. began slowly shifting display orders away from the Galaxy maker amid the ongoing patent spat.

But Samsung is not standing still. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal Friday, the Galaxy maker has claimed significant progress on graphene, described as the next wonder material…

Wolfram Mathematica coming to the iPad

UK-born scientist and researcher Stephen Wolfram, best-known as the chief designer of the Mathematica software application and the Wolfram Alpha computational knowledge engine, hinted yesterday that his company might bring the Mathematica application to Apple’s iPad tablet.

As part of the 10th anniversary of his book entitled A New Kind of Science (NKS), Wolfram has also published select articles reflecting the future of scientific research (here and here).

Additionally, the company made a visual tweak to its Wolfram Alpha engine that replaces the circling dots that appear when it searches for answers with so-called cellular automatons which form a key part of NKS’s arguments…

How the iPhone Can Help Detect a Cataract

Geniuses at MIT have come up with a relatively cheap way of detecting cataracts in the human eye by using an iPhone and a clever attachment.

The CATRA system is a hardware device that attaches to an iPhone (and presumably other devices). The CATRA then uses the screen output to detect cataracts.

While we’re sure that the underlying technology is much more complicated than that initial explanation, we’re sure you get the gist…