|And it works!|
(Don't get me wrong ... I'm not down on present-day GPS. It's a wonderful service, and the technology beneath the hood is fascinating. I'm merely in favor of it becoming even better.)
GPS, of course, relies upon (among other things) atomic clocks. So turning to atoms, the periodic table continues to grow. Consider, for example (from Tech Times), that "Super-heavy element 117 confirmed. Here's how scientists made it." (There is also an element #118 though I infer the proof of its existence is less solid.) Back in the day when I took chemistry classes, IIRC there were about 105 known elements.
|With chips, smaller is better|
|Little bits; BIG machine|
To see how that LHC upgrade was done, check out (again from IEEE Spectrum), "Taking the Large Hadron Collider to the Max: These four fixes will double the power of the world's greatest physics machine."
|(See the dark matter in there?)|
Do any of these proposals, studies, speculations strike you as less than useful? I would hope not. If, however, you have doubts, check out this timely reminder, from Forbes, that "Tomorrow's Technology Depends on Today's Physics."