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How To Replicate Silicon Valley's Mystique

Forbes - Tech

Try as they might, I don't think other localities have replicated it yet, and they might never do so. However, many of these same factors can be part of a singular company or localized industry. In the Valley, we thrive on doing, and every vector of activity is based on doing things big. A good starting point for us is a million customers or users. Wanting to change the world is considered normal.

Sonochemistry of silicon hydrides


Silicon hydrides (silanes) are key precursors for electronic- and solar-grade silicon and silicon nanoparticles, and are used in various other applications. Conversion of silanes to Si and hydrogen is an energy-intensive process. For example, epitaxial Si production from silanes or Si colloid production requires high temperatures (many hundred kelvin), high pressures (a few hundred bar), or both (1), which is a cost driver and limits the growth rates in methods such as chemical vapor deposition. Although trisilane (Si3H8) allows an order-of-magnitude higher Si deposition rate for semiconductor applications when compared to SiH4 at comparably low temperatures, down to 400 C (2), solution processing of silanes (3, 4) is desirable to avoid high vacuum, temperature, and pressure. In a series of studies, Cádiz Bedini et al. (5–8) have shown that applying ultrasound to liquid silicon hydrides such as Si3H8 and cyclopentasilane (Si5H10) opens a path toward tunable synthesis of silicon nanoparticles, silicon polymers, as well as higher silanes at ambient temperature and pressure conditions.

A tour of Silicon Valley


The pictures below were mostly taken in 2010 and therefore do not reflect how the buildings originally looked like.

'Silicon Valley' shows how ridiculous the new iPhone X truly is


Sometimes, it takes the cast of Silicon Valley to poke fun at the real world Silicon Valley. While the show masterfully ribs its own version of tech industry, a new cut from Funny or Die mashed scenes from Silicon Valley with Apple's iPhone keynote to reveal the ridiculousness that is the IRL iPhone X. Sure, the iPhone X is an impressive phone (it better be with that price tag), but the way Apple fans praise anything the company does is something we should all call out and laugh at. While cool, Animoji is not the breakthrough technology we need (or want) right now. Man's encounter with bears is the most Canadian thing you'll ever see Little girl has no idea how to use a GameBoy because it doesn't have a touchscreen

Who Gets to Live in Silicon Valley?

The Atlantic - Technology

"Silicon Valley" was not always just a name for the computer-technology industry. Today, the phrase mostly conjures up a catalog of corporate successes: Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Facebook, Google, Apple, Uber, and all the start-ups aspiring to similar wealth and glory. But Silicon Valley is also a real geographic place, with a real history, where real people live and work--and not just in tech, but also in its shadow. That place can be difficult to describe to folks outside the Bay Area, because as far as places go, Silicon Valley is a pretty banal one. Seen by car (the dominant local mode of transportation), the two counties and dozen or so cities and towns that comprise the region blend into a single, seamless expanse of suburbs, strip malls, and tilt-up concrete office buildings.