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City in The Sky: AirborneWednesday, 29th June 2016 02:45 - BBC TwoThe second episode of City in the Sky looks at how 100,000 flights stay airborne every day without colliding. Read more: City in The Sky: Airborne
All in the Mind - Summer 2016: All in the Mind Awards Ceremony from the Wellcome Collection in LondonWednesday, 29th June 2016 15:30 - BBC Radio 4
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All in the Mind - Summer 2016: All in the Mind Awards Ceremony from the Wellcome Collection in LondonAvailable for over a yearClaudia Hammond presents the series that explores the limits and potential of the human mind. Read more: All in the Mind - Summer 2016: All in the Mind Awards Ceremony from the Wellcome Collection in London
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One of the most important technologies in use today is also one of the smallest. The microchip was invented in Scotland in 1947 and is now at the heart of the electronics industry. This free course, The incredible shrinking chip, uses video clips to explore how the microchip is made and how it works, and to predict the future of this incredible technology.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the basic physics that make chips work
- define Moore's Law.
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The incredible shrinking chip
This unit focuses on the creation of a semiconductor transistor – a versatile tiny transistor that is now at the heart of the electronics industry. In the video clips, the history of the incredible shrinking chip, its Scottish connections and an explanation of the physics that make chips work are accompanied by a reconstruction of making a transistor using the crude techniques of yesteryear.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 2 study in
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Originally published: Monday, 18th January 2016
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