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It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. Call it ingenuity. Call it effective problem solving. When working on one project it becomes necessary to invent a new technology to obtain a larger goal. However you want to describe it it’s called innovation. So enters the artificial retina.
According to the article the scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) needed something more. “There are roughly 40 million collisions per second and each can result in hundreds of charged particles.” How to track these? How to see these? The answer is to invent something that can.
The great part of this kind of technology is while it was designed with a unique goal in mind it has the potential to become more than the sum of its parts and assist other sciences in ways we can’t even imagine at this time.
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via BBC News Tech: 'Artificial retina' could detect sub-atomic particles