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January 25, 2010, 8:08 AM CT

Supercomputers to explore nuclear energy

Supercomputers to explore nuclear energy
An elevation plot of the highest energy neutron flux distributions from an axial slice of a nuclear reactor core is shown superimposed over the same slice of the underlying geometry. This figure shows the rapid spatial variation in the high energy neutron distribution between within each plate along with the more slowly varying, global distribution. The figure is significant since UNIC allows researchers to capture both of these effects simultaneously.
Ever wanted to see a nuclear reactor core in action? A new computer algorithm developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory allows researchers to view nuclear fission in much finer detail than ever before.

A team of nuclear engineers and computer researchers at Argonne National Laboratory are in the process of developing the neutron transport code UNIC, which enables scientists for the first time to obtain a highly detailed description of a nuclear reactor core.

The code could prove crucial in the development of nuclear reactors that are safe, affordable and environmentally friendly. To model the complex geometry of a reactor core requires billions of spatial elements, hundreds of angles and thousands of energy groups-all of which lead to problem sizes with quadrillions of possible solutions.

Such calculations exhaust computer memory of the largest machines, and therefore reactor modeling codes typically rely on various approximations. But approximations limit the predictive capability of computer simulations and leave considerable uncertainty in crucial reactor design and operational parameters.

"The UNIC code is intended to reduce the uncertainties and biases in reactor design calculations by progressively replacing existing multilevel averaging techniques with more direct solution methods based on explicit reactor geometries," said Andrew Siegel, a computational scientist at Argonne and leader of Argonne's reactor simulation group.........

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Tue, 12 Jan 2010 14:08:18 GMT

Sony Vaio P is Pocket Friendly

Sony Vaio P is Pocket Friendly
The VGN-P35LK is available in Gold, Green, Black, White, and Red. It features a 64GB SSD and an Intel Atom Processor. The VGN-P33LK has a 80GB HDD and 2GB of DDR2 memory and is available in black or white. Both models will have an integrated webcam, Windows 7, and Bluetooth capability.

No word on whether or not these minis will make it stateside.

Via AVING USA

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Mon, 28 Sep 2009 04:17:05 GMT

Weather Alarm Clock Photo Frame – triple function combo keeps you dry, happy and on time

Weather Alarm Clock Photo Frame – triple function combo keeps you dry, happy and on time
The Weather Alarm Clock Photo Frame crams a lot into a mini desktop sized package. You’ve got yourself an indoor outdoor weather temp station thingy, a 16MB digital photo frame and an alarm clock. Wake up, check the weather, remember the wife and pop down for breakfast in the seedy motel dining room. Perfect. £49.95.

 Weather station, clock and photo frame in one. The first of its type we’ve seen, this neat little gadget combines 3 useful functions to free up space on your desk, worktop or bedside table. * Clock with alarm and indoor temperature/humidity * Weather station with weather icons and temperature trend indicator * 1.8″ digital photo frame with 16Mb memory stores up to 120 pictures. * Mini USB port for importing images

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Mon, 28 Sep 2009 03:55:48 GMT

Bayer's Contour USB Meter Empowers Patients

Bayer's Contour USB Meter Empowers Patients
Simple to use, the patient simply insert a test strip into the meter and take their test as usual. The Contour gives the test results on the easy to read color OLED display and logs it for later use. Able to hold up to 2,000 test results, the devices is a great way to track blood glucose patterns which can be a boon to both doctors and patients. Based on Bayer"s CONTOUR system, the meter utilizes the incredibly accurate No Coding technology for results patients can trust. Bayer also added the AutoLog feature that allows users to mark their tests as Before Meal or After Meal for more detailed records.


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Mon, 28 Sep 2009 03:48:29 GMT

Samsung Rogue coming to Verizon soon

Samsung Rogue coming to Verizon soon
Another Samsung touchscreen handset known as the Samsung Rogue is about to hit Verizon Wireless soon. The Samsung Rogue will feature an AMOLED touchscreen display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Here are the details known so far:

Network: Verizon EVDO Rev A data network
OS: Samsung OS with TouchWiz 2.0 UI
Display: AMOLED Touchscreen display
Camera: 3MP with Geo-tagging and Flash
Connectivity: EVDO, 3.5mm headphones jack, Bluetooth 2.0
Others: MP3 Player, GPS

Checkout more images after the jump:

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Fri, 01 May 2009 02:24:10 GMT

Infrared Nighttime Camera

Infrared Nighttime Camera
Camouflaged, waterproof, silent and heat sensing, this Infrared Nighttime Camera grabs 3 megapixel stills and/or video and stores them onto an integrated 1 GB SD card. We’re talking 2800 photos or 500+ 10 second video clips. The rechargeable battery lasts for around 14 days and charges up in 2 hours, and the whole thing hooks up to a USB port to allow downloading onto your computer. A great way to capture scavengers, ne’er do wells and the next door neighbour stealing your hubcaps. £219.00.

 Cameras like this are often used by professionals such as hunters, forestry workers, zoologists etc. There is no shutter noise and no flash to disturb the observations. 40 infrared diodes sense the body heat and motion of humans and animals: Inside a 12m (36ft) perimeter and within an angle of 110°. If both are detected the weatherproof camera silently releases the shutter and the data is stored to the internal memory, or optionally to the supplied 1 GB SD card.

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Thu, 05 Mar 2009 03:27:40 GMT

All in one electric hub powers up your old bicycle

All in one electric hub powers up your old bicycle
The boffins at MIT are working on an all-in-one electric wheel hub called the GreenWheel which when retrofitted to old bicycles converts them to electric power. There are plenty of Chinese electric wheels on the market, but this one goes a stage further by folding all the technology, including batteries, into the single hub, making it easier to install and use. The development prototypes still need to have the wheel spokes rejigged, but they’re working on an alternative so it can become more DIY friendly. What’s more, the single wheel should be able to power the bike for 25 miles, which is astonishing when you think of the size of the battery enclosure. Fascinating. [Via]

 A GreenWheel equipped bike is a smooth ride, as Discovery News found out during a recent afternoon test ride around MIT’s campus. Turning the handle mounted throttle, like any motorcycle, just a few small degrees produces a noticeable increase in power and a light electric hum. The handle-mounted throttle is connected wirelessly to the electric motor in the wheel. The GreenWheel is also durable. The team estimates its range at 40,000 miles, or about eight years work of travel at an estimated 20 miles per business day.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2009 04:26:01 GMT

Rugged outdoor tablet netbook computer

Rugged outdoor tablet netbook computer
Rugged PC makers, Trimble, have just released another go-anywhere PC. The Yuma is an outdoor, high reliability portable tablet PC designed for the more rugged and outdoorsy type jobs or for people who are a little more clumsy than most. The Yuma can survive most types of punishment. It has an ingress protection rating of 67, so it’s pretty much dust and waterproof and it can handle temperatures from -30C to 60C.

It’s powered by the ubiquitous Atom processor with the usual 802.11 b/g, USB slots, Bluetooth and the Yuma adds GPS and 2 built-in cameras. The screen is a smaller 7″ model however it runs at 1024 x 600 so you can still see everything. You can add functionality via the SDIO or ExpressCard slots and it has a 32Gb SSD for reliability. Oh and just for giggles, it runs Vista.

There’s no keyboard but it has a stylus and an on-screen keyboard and function keys scattered about the bezel. It doesn’t have built-in 3G mobile broadband, but where it’s going there’s probably no service anyway. With a battery installed it weighs a little over 1kg and lasts about 8 hours. The dock is optional. No prices yet, but it launches in April, 2009. Just don’t drop it on your foot. More info here

Trimble, the world leader in outdoor rugged computing, brings you the new Yuma rugged tablet computer, able to withstand even your challenging work environment. Safeguard your software and data in the face of dust, sand, mud, humidity and extreme temperature.


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Wed, 18 Feb 2009 20:17:44 GMT

Is a paperless postal service possible?

Is a paperless postal service possible?
Is this what the postal service of the future could look like? If so, frankly, my mind is blown. Thanks to Zumbox, Businesses and organizations can now send mail for free - without the use of paper.

So how does it work? Well, unlike email, Zumbox is based entirely on street addresses, just like regular mail. Each address has its own log in, and when people have sent you paperless mail, you can read it via your computer. Businesses can still set up databases and secure mailing lists, and the system is quashing any junk mail it comes across.

If cutting down on use of paper is a goal for you or your business, you might want to give Zumbox a try. You only have your postage costs to lose.

Via Treehugger.

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Wed, 18 Feb 2009 10:53:26 GMT

Toronto Considers the Wireless Canada Program

Toronto Considers the Wireless Canada Program
As the web and web-based applications continue to garner greater attention in our lives, the city is looking at ways to make broadband access more universal.

A current proposal making its way through city hall is offering to place one thousand internet-ready, no-cost computers in public venues across the city. Better yet, as part of the plan, the city will actually generate a profit. Take a deep breath.

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Tue, 23 Dec 2008 02:56:27 GMT

Just Another Bugatti?

Just Another Bugatti?
Sometimes it seems that every high-end classic car auction has to have a Bugatti on the block. Considering that the French marque was a low-volume sports/racing machine, one wonders how so many survived. (On the other hand, would you have kicked Ava Gardner out of bed?) So let's show due respect to this 1937 Bugatti 57SC Atalante Coupe, which will be auctioned by RM in Arizona Jan 17, 2009 with preview Jan 16. Finished in its early 60s restoration colours of Patrol Cream and Lemon Oxide, it is one of the few 'estimate on request' cars in the sale. This Bug was once part of the mammoth Harrah collection in Reno, Nevada where it was retro-fitted with a supercharger. It is said to have a 120 mph top speed, which must have been exciting, to say the least, on those skinny period tires. And how much will it bring? A similar car went for a mere $7,920,000 at a 2008 Monterey sale. But that was before the recession.

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Tue, 12 Feb 2008 23:41:53 GMT

Adjustable surge strip to fit your adapters

Adjustable surge strip to fit your adapters
If you have a lot of bulky adapters, a single power strip is usually not enough, even if it has a sufficient number of sockets. They vie for space, and something usually has to go. This clever yet simple idea called Socket Sense from Ideative solves this problem by making the sockets adjustable and set at an angle so that you can stack your adapters for a perfect fit (though there may, of course, be exceptions if you''ve got one that''s truly ginormous). The surge strip with 6-foot power cord sells for $40 at Ideative.

Via Smart Stuff.

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Thu, 24 Jan 2008 01:08:07 GMT

Baby Quasar: Electronic elixir?

Baby Quasar: Electronic elixir?
Suckers for a quick-fix, we''ve featured a number of home healing, anti-aging products (Zeno, Marvel Mini, NuFace, etc.) however, another electronic elixir has made a striking debut. Baby Quasar uses Red and Amber light, both known to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and promote Fibroblasts to increase the body''s production of collagen (the cheek and lip plumping stuff we lose as we age).

While we haven''t tried this device (it''s pricey at $449) blogsters across the web have claimed to noticed fewer lines, wrinkles, and large pores. Others tout clarity over discoloration and less new acne. Still others claim that hair loss is diminished and new hair growth taking place.

Beauty becomes us all; if Baby Q can turn the tide I''ll be the first in line, until then I''ll keep up with my 6-8 glasses of H2O a day, vitamins, exercise, and moisturizer.

Four light wavelengths: amber, red, and infrared.

Price: $449 at Amazon.

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Sun, 16 Dec 2007 13:48:25 GMT

Geek fill in the blank t-shirt

Geek fill in the blank t-shirt
Technology moves fast so you have to keep up, and this black write-on, wash-off
100% cotton t-shirt will help keep you updated with the latest saying. Packaged with its own washable marker, it features white lowercase text and fill-in-the-blank style boxes for ur fill-in-the-blank pleasure.

Imagine the fun you can have! Say you''re in a good mood, " im in ur computer upgradin'' ur RAM." Bad mood? Well, you can think of a few.

$16.99 - $18.99 from those crazies at ThinkGeek.

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Thu, 13 Dec 2007 03:38:45 GMT

VoIP in the Works for the iPhone and iPod Touch

VoIP in the Works for the iPhone and iPod Touch
Here's a double-whammy for Apple's buzz-generating smartphone and limited-functionality PDA. I'm not really sure how it works, but some hackers have managed to make the iPod Touch run some communications protocol called SIP. Apparently getting SIP to run on a device makes VoIP possible, and apparently this iPod Touch procedure is doable on the iPhone. This is honestly beyond the limits of my comprehension, as some low-level coding and modifications are necessary. Interested parties may check out the TUAW post on the subject. And to anyone who can explain things in layman's terms, feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks to Gadgets on the Go for the heads-up.

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Wed, 12 Dec 2007 00:24:33 GMT

Buying a Projector Online

Buying a Projector Online
So you need to purchase a projector? Why not go online and get the job done? I found an article that is just right for getting real advice on buying a projector . . . How to Shop Online for Projectors


Some important steps to take in buying a projector that you should read and digest before embarking on the job of buying a projector.

Just make sure that you have a budget that can get the best you need for your space. When buying a projector you do not get the best results in buying a cut-price projector. Buy well to get what you need.

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Mon, 10 Dec 2007 04:21:19 GMT

Forget Lasik, Get Eye Power!

Forget Lasik, Get Eye Power!
This reminds me of a do-it-yourself lasik kit I saw as a gag once. However, given this is coming from Japan, and I can't read Japanese, I have no idea if this Eye Power thing is real. The theory goes, you stare into this machine for 10 minutes and "ultrasonic technology" restores your myopic, near-sighted self to perfect 20/20 vision.

Sounds too good to be true, if you ask me. However, 88,000 yen (about $800 USD) is a bit cheaper than lasik surgery. I suppose if you're brave and you can navigate a Japanese web site to order the device, you could give it a try. But hey, I'm expecting the device to be a waste of money.

Ratuken via DVICE, DVICE

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Sun, 28 Oct 2007 03:27:41 GMT

Videos from your computer to television

Videos from your computer to television
Take TV is a storage device from SanDisk Sansa whose specific purpose is to provide a simple, hassle-free way to take video files from your computer and watch them on your TV. Take TV is easy to use. Like a USB flash drive you plug it into you computer and transfer files onto it; you can also download TV Shows and movies directly from SanDisk's own video download site www.fanfare.com onto it. Once your files are on the device, you can place it on its TV docking station and use the included remote control to start playing your videos.

Take TV comes in two different sizes, 4 and 8 gigabytes, for $100 and $150 respectively. Available here.

Via Circuits.

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Wed, 05 Sep 2007 03:08:07 GMT

FireWire reader

FireWire reader
Since the arrival of USB 2.0, FireWire, as a transfer medium, has lost some of its luster. The introduction of FireWire 800 helped its cause a bit, but only marginally. However, most of us have computers with FireWire ports in them, and we have something else: with the popularity of USB, we often have a dearth of USB ports to plug things into. So wouldn't it be handy to put that old FireWire port to good use with something like the Delkin FireWire CompactFlash Reader ($89.99).



The reader works with both flavors of FireWire-400 and 800-and supports the higher speeds available on Delkin FireWire CompactFlash Reader-enabled CompactFlash cards. According to Delkin FireWire CompactFlash Reader, the device, with the included adapter, supports speeds up to 45 megabytes per second (High-speed USB tops out at 48 MB/s). The unit is a Delkin FireWire CompactFlash Reader device, the company says, and does not require any drivers to work with Windows versions prior to Vista or Mac OS 9 and X.

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Sat, 28 Jul 2007 22:32:00 GMT

Sony Network Walkman NWD-B100

Sony Network Walkman NWD-B100
Sony has had this Network Walkman NWD-B100 in the works for a while, and they've finally released pics of it. As you can see, you could easily mix this guy up with your thumb-drive.

It only plays MP3 and WMA, and as far as other features are concerned, it comes in two models: the 1GB (NWD-B103) and the 2GB (NWD-B105). Each has an FM tuner, 3-color LCD,12 hours of battery life, as well as a mic/voice recorder.

So far, the only release I'm hearing is happening in August in Europe.

Via Engadget

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