More to think about

  • Why is silicon used to make chips?
    What is it about semiconductors that has allowed for the manufacture of integrated circuits? Are there other metals we can use?
  • Why do computers need fans? What is generating the heat?
  • Are there liquid cooled computers?
  • Spilling liquid (oops! coffee!) on hardware can ruin it. Why?
    What remedies should you attempt?
  • Can power be transferred wirelessly, like data?
  • How do RFID chips work if they don’t have a power supply?
  • Is it possible to build a computer that doesn’t use electricity?
  • How might a villain go about reading the data that is being sent along a cable without having access to the port at either end?
  • Since chips have no moving parts, they can’t wear out and must remain functional forever. Right?