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Logistics Of Evacuating Lebanon

Logistics Of Evacuating Lebanon
The evacuation of American citizens and foreign nationals from Lebanon this week presented a study in emergency logistics and also a diplomatic opportunity for the United States, as per an MIT engineering professor who specializes in logistics, supply chain management and resilient enterprise development.

The Beirut evacuation follows Israel's bombing of southern Lebanon in retaliation for the kidnapping and killing of Israeli soldiers and........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/26/2006 8:31:40 PM)

how well wind turbines operate?

how well wind turbines operate?
In West Texas, New Mexico, and other places around the world, wind turbines are used to generate electricity. But how can engineers determine their efficiency and health?

Sandia's Wind Energy Technology Department has developed a device, the Accurate Time Linked data Acquisition System (ATLAS II), which answers that question and can provide all of the information necessary to understand how well a machine is performing.

Housed in an........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/26/2006 5:17:27 PM)

S-VIEW SV510 portable video key

S-VIEW SV510 portable video key
Piracy is rampant in the software and entertainment industries, and you can sometime find bootleg versions of the latest movies and games before they are even officially released. Cinea has introduced a new solution to this age-old problem with the S-VIEW SV510, a USB key that enables the playback of protected digital content.

Should the USB key be lost or stolen, this device can be disconnected remotely. Movie studios should look into this........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/26/2006 7:00:24 AM)

Policing Baghdad

Policing Baghdad
A new paper by MIT political sociologist Diane Davis draws surprising parallels between the challenges to establishing order and security in Baghdad in 2006, and those faced almost a century ago in Mexico City, right after the ouster of longtime dictator General Porfirio Diaz in 1910.

Davis' paper, "Policing, Regime Change and Democracy: Reflections From the Case of Mexico," also offers a cautionary tale to policymakers: Establishing........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/25/2006 6:33:59 PM)

Accelerating The Speed Of Light

Accelerating The Speed Of Light
Physicist Costas Soukoulis and his research group at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory on the Iowa State University campus are having the time of their lives making light travel backwards at negative speeds that appear faster than the speed of light. That, folks, is a mind-boggling 186,000 miles per second - the speed at which electromagnetic waves can move in a vacuum. And making light seem to move faster than that and in reverse........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/22/2006 10:11:56 PM)

Nuclear explosion on a dead star

Nuclear explosion on a dead star
A team of astronomers from the UK and Gera number of have observed that a nuclear explosion on the surface of a star 5,000 light years from Earth resulted in a blast wave moving at over 1,700 km per second (one thousand miles per second or almost four million miles per hour!). The discovery, published in the 20 recent issue of Nature, was made by bringing together a number of of the world's radio telescopes into arrays capable of seeing the........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 7/21/2006 7:11:16 AM)

new light on superfluidity

new light on superfluidity
For the first time, MIT researchers have directly observed the transition of a gas to a superfluid, a form of matter closely correlation to the superconductors that allow electrical currents to travel without resistance.

Observations of superfluids may help solve lingering questions about high-temperature superconductivity, which has widespread applications for magnets, sensors and energy-efficient transport of electricity.

The superfluid........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/20/2006 6:07:38 PM)

Corn Waste To Create Electricity

Corn Waste To Create Electricity
After the corn harvest, whether for cattle feed or corn on the cob, farmers commonly leave the stalks and stems in the field, but now, a team of Penn State scientists thinks corn stover can be used not only to manufacture ethanol, but to generate electricity directly.

"People are looking at using cellulose to make ethanol," said Bruce E. Logan, the Kappe professor of environmental engineering. "You can make ethanol from exploded corn stover,........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/19/2006 10:22:00 PM)

Views On Mexican Elections

Views On Mexican Elections
Six years ago J. Chappell Lawson, an MIT professor of political science, traveled to the small Mexican village of Santiago Tlacotepec as an international observer of the 2000 Mexican presidential elections. He watched as Mexican voters ousted the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) from the presidency -- after more than 70 years of one-party rule -- and elected Vicente Fox of the opposition National Action Party (PAN), a significant victory........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/18/2006 10:40:53 PM)

Xploring Mars With Mini Probes

Xploring Mars With Mini Probes
MIT engineers and scientist colleagues have a new vision for the future of Mars exploration: a swarm of probes, each the size of a baseball, spreading out across the planet in every direction.

Thousands of probes, powered by fuel cells, could cover a vast area now beyond the reach of today's rovers, including exploring remote and rocky terrain that large rovers cannot navigate.

"They would start to hop, bounce and roll and distribute........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 7/18/2006 10:34:06 PM)

Baby boomers' retirement

Baby boomers' retirement
The impact of the baby-boomer generation's aging and retirement is already raising concerns when it comes to health-care costs, employment and social security. Add another reason to worry about the aging boomers: their impact on the stock market. As per research at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, retirees don't invest as much as younger workers, which could mean a blow to Wall Street when boomers pull out of........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/18/2006 9:24:24 PM)

Do Not to Use Wire Transfers for Online Purchases

Do Not to Use Wire Transfers for Online Purchases
The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers that paying for an online purchase with a wire transfer is risky. When making purchases from Internet auctions, the FTC says credit cards and online payment services are safer. The FTC's new alert, "Going, Going, Gone: Using Wire Transfers for Internet Auction Purchases Can Be Risky" provides information about making purchases safely.

While wire transfers can be useful for sending funds to........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/18/2006 5:47:18 AM)

Test Combustion For NASA

Test Combustion For NASA
Jerry Colver had visitors to his Iowa State University laboratory cover their ears. Then he powered up his test rig and -- SNAP! -- what looked like a bolt of blue lightning popped through five test chambers.

Colver, an Iowa State emeritus professor of mechanical engineering, will use that spark to ignite and burn combustible powders uniformly suspended inside narrow test chambers as part of a test for the National Aeronautics and Space........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/17/2006 9:06:15 PM)

Next-generation High-altitude Airships

Next-generation High-altitude Airships
"Paint-on" antennas, designed to establish new high-altitude communications and surveillance platforms, successfully transmitted voice and data links as well as teleconferencing capabilities during test flights in the Nevada desert June 21 on board an SA-60 spherical airship.

RTI International and its research partners at Unitech, Applied EM, the International Communications Group, and TechSphere Systems International, a wholly owned........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 7/17/2006 8:20:00 PM)

Perception Into Robots

Perception Into Robots
The Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics is a partner in the Integrated Research Project BACS (Bayesian Approach to Cognitive Systems), which is being sponsored by the EU and will run until 2010. In this project, researchers are investigating the extent to which Bayes' theorem can be used in artificial systems capable of managing complex tasks in a real world environment. The Bayesian theorem is a model for rational judgment when........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/17/2006 8:11:56 PM)

Some Leeway For The Small Shoplifter

Some Leeway For The Small Shoplifter
Wal-Mart refuses to carry smutty magazines. It will not sell compact discs with obscene lyrics. And when it catches customers shoplifting - even a pair of socks or a pack of cigarettes - it prosecutes them.

But now, in a rare display of limited permissiveness, Wal-Mart is letting thieves off the hook - at least in cases involving $25 or less.

As per internal documents, the company, the nation's largest retailer and leading destination for........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/17/2006 7:21:09 PM)

Mercury atomic clock

Mercury atomic clock
An experimental atomic clock based on a single mercury atom is now at least five times more precise than the national standard clock based on a "fountain" of cesium atoms, as per a paper by physicists at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the July 14 issue of Physical Review Letters.

The experimental clock, which measures the oscillations of a mercury ion (an electrically charged atom) held in........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/17/2006 5:09:28 AM)

High-tech Medical Devices

High-tech Medical Devices
The International Modern Hospital Show 2006 is being held from July 12 to 14 in Tokyo (Tokyo Big Sight), where nearly 400 companies have gathered to showcase the latest in healthcare-related technology. The theme of the show is "Reliable Health, Medical Treatment, and Care - Aiming for High Quality Service," a theme whose success evidently depends on high technology. Below are photos (via Impress Watch) and explanations of a few of the devices........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/14/2006 5:17:04 AM)

Flying over the cloudy world

Flying over the cloudy world
On 20 April 2006, after its first 9-day, elongated orbit around Venus, ESA's Venus Express started to get closer to the planet, until it reached its final 24-hour long orbit on 7 May. During this time, and up to today, the spacecraft has been working relentlessly: the new data coming in are already providing first glimpses on planetary features never seen before.

If taking the first ever clear images of the double-eye vortex at Venus' south........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 7/12/2006 11:55:47 PM)

Tiny Tremors And Earthquakes

Tiny Tremors And Earthquakes
The elusive science of earthquake prediction has been reinvigorated in recent years with the discovery of "non-volcanic tremors"--faint vibrations that originate deep inside active fault zones.

Since 2002, these mysterious signals have been recorded in seismically active sections of Japan, the Pacific Northwest and California's San Andreas Fault.

Seismologists believe that non-volcanic tremors may eventually prove useful in forecasting........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/12/2006 10:50:14 PM)

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Worker Ants Store Fat To Share

Worker Ants Store Fat To Share
In a fascinating new study from the September/October 2006 issue of Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, Daniel A. Hahn (University of Florida) explores the ability of ants to store excess fat and pass it to colony members through lipid-rich oral secretions or unfertilized eggs. For perennial organisms, such as ant colonies, investing heavily in nutrient stores when food availability is high is a potential bet-hedging strategy for dealing........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/26/2006 5:26:05 PM)

Global Coral Reef Assessment

Global Coral Reef Assessment
A first-of-its-kind survey of how well the world's coral reefs are being protected was made possible by a unique collection of NASA views from space.

A team of international scientists using NASA satellite images compiled an updated inventory of all "marine protected areas" containing coral reefs and compared it with the most detailed and comprehensive satellite inventory of coral reefs. The global satellite mapping effort is called the........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 7/26/2006 5:02:13 PM)

Change in Rain Around Desert Cities

Change in Rain Around Desert Cities
A study using NASA satellite data and weather records show the urban heat island effect, pollution, irrigation and population changes alter rainfall in desert cities.

Urban areas with high concentrations of buildings, roads and other artificial surface soak up heat, lead to warmer surrounding temperatures, and create "urban heat-islands." This increased heat may promote rising air and alter the weather around cities. Human activities such as........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/25/2006 8:39:21 PM)

Red Spots of Jupiter

Red Spots of Jupiter
A high-resolution image just released by the Gemini Observatory shows two giant red spots brushing past one another in Jupiter's southern hemisphere.

The image was obtained in near infrared light using adaptive optics which removed most of the distortions caused by turbulence in Earth's atmosphere. The result is a view from the ground that rivals images from space.

"It was tricky getting this picture," said Gemini astronomer Chad Trujillo........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 7/25/2006 6:54:05 PM)

Fuel cells, a clean source of energy

Fuel cells, a clean source of energy
"Fuel cells are a genuine 'clean' technology," says one of the study's investigators, Professor Chris Hendry of the Cass Business School, London. "But re-investment in nuclear technology is likely to squeeze out the investment necessary to make fuel cells competitive with existing energy sources and with other non-nuclear alternative energy options".

The study, co-written by Prof. Hendry, Dr. Paul Harborne, James Brown and Prof. Dinos........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/24/2006 6:43:01 AM)

Nano-Etched Cavity Makes LEDs 7 Times Brighter

Nano-Etched Cavity Makes LEDs 7 Times Brighter
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made semiconductor light-emitting diodes (LEDs) more than seven times brighter by etching nanoscale grooves in a surrounding cavity to guide scattered light in one direction. The novel nanostructure, which may have applications in areas such as in biomedical imaging where LED brightness is crucial, is described in the July 17 issue of Applied Physics Letters.*.
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Samsung SGH-P20

 Samsung SGH-P20
The Samsung SGH-P200 is the world's first Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) phone. It can switch freely between GSM, GPRS, EDGE and wireless LAN networks (WiFi).

The phone sports a 1.3 megapixel camera as well as the following features: camcorder 80MB internal memory multimedia messaging system (MMS) MP3 player (MP3/ACC/ACC+ formats) video player (MPEG4/H.263 formats).........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/20/2006 7:48:06 PM)

Cluster Hits The Magnetic Bull's-eye

Cluster Hits The Magnetic Bull's-eye
ESA's spacecraft constellation Cluster has hit the magnetic bull's-eye. The four spacecraft surrounded a region within which the Earth's magnetic field was spontaneously reconfiguring itself.

This is the first time such an observation has been made and gives astronomers a unique insight into the physical process responsible for the most powerful explosions that can occur in the Solar System: the magnetic reconnection.

When looking at the........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 7/19/2006 11:24:00 PM)

Predicting Crystal Structures

Predicting Crystal Structures
The same computer methods used by online sales sites to suggest books to customers can help predict the crystal structures of materials, MIT researchers have found.

These structures are key to designing new materials and improving existing ones, which means that everything from batteries to airplane wings could be influenced by the new method.

The scientists report their findings in the July 9 online edition of Nature Materials.

Using........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/19/2006 9:10:45 PM)

Suspending Federal Gas Tax Is Bad Idea

Suspending Federal Gas Tax Is Bad Idea
With voters clamoring for relief from skyrocketing prices at the gas pump, politicians are floating a wide range of quick-fix solutions, a number of of which could cause more problems than they solve, suggests Paul Rothstein, a specialist in the economics of public spending at Washington University in St. Louis.

"It makes absolutely no sense to suspend the federal gasoline tax, even if you think that the reduction will be passed along to the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/18/2006 9:29:57 PM)

Coffee, Black, Decaf And A Little Llama

Coffee, Black, Decaf And A Little Llama
Three llamas and two camels have provided a way to tell whether your waiter swapped regular coffee for decaf in your after-dinner cup. Using the heat-resistant antibodies these camels and llamas make, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are in the process of developing a quick test for caffeine that works even with hot beverages.

The scientists plan to adapt their technology to a simple test ("dipstick") that........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/18/2006 9:19:52 PM)

Decisions Are Easier When Everything Is Priced The Same

Decisions Are Easier When Everything Is Priced The Same
You're ordering dessert and know exactly what you want -- the lavender crème brulee that was evaluated in your favorite food column. Even if it's the most expensive item on the dessert menu, you'll probably order it. But what about those times when you don't come armed with advance recommendations? A study in recent issue of the Journal of Consumer Research finds that when a person is unsure what to choose, pricing all items the same - known as........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/17/2006 9:21:02 PM)

Online Surveys Are Less Effective Than Phone Surveys

Online Surveys Are Less Effective Than Phone Surveys
Surveys are more than an annoyance. They are also a useful tool for market researchers, who rely on them to understand our attitudes towards products. However, a significant new study in the recent issue of the Journal of Consumer Research argues that the recent shift from phone surveys to online surveys may have unintended consequences. Scientists from the London Business School and Duke University find that people respond very differently to........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/17/2006 9:18:02 PM)

Perpetrators Of Abuse As Well As Victims

Perpetrators Of Abuse As Well As Victims
Women are more likely than men to stalk, attack and psychologically abuse their partners, according to a University of Florida study that finds college women have a new view of the dating scene.

"We're seeing women in relationships acting differently nowadays than we have in the past," said Angela Gover, a UF criminologist who led the research. "The nature of criminality has been changing for females, and this change is reflected in intimate........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/17/2006 8:34:44 PM)

Sub-millimetre Astronomy In Full Swing

Sub-millimetre Astronomy In Full Swing
The Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) 12-m sub-millimetre telescope lives up to its ambitions of providing access to the "Cold Universe" with unprecedented sensitivity and image quality. As a demonstration, no less than 26 articles based on early science with APEX are published this week in the research journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Among the a number of new findings, most in the field of star formation and astrochemistry, are the........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 7/17/2006 8:15:45 PM)

A Different Kind of Al Gore Movie

A Different Kind of Al Gore Movie
Since I brought up Al Gore a few days back, I thought I may as well let you in on a cool little film that is available in Issue #1 of McSweeney's Wholphin DVD. Essentially, it's a short 15 minute movie filmed by Spike Jonze of his day spent with Vice President Al Gore (available below). What's really interesting however is the backdrop to the film.

If you read the Wholphin liner notes, you find out that the film was made for the 1999........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/17/2006 6:29:52 PM)

Fiber Webs That See

Fiber Webs That See
In a radical departure from conventional lens-based optics, MIT scientists have developed a sophisticated optical system made of mesh-like webs of light-detecting fibers. The fiber constructs, which have a number of advantages over their lens-based predecessors, are currently capable of measuring the direction, intensity and phase of light (a property used to describe a light wave) without the lenses, filters or detector arrays that are the........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/17/2006 6:27:02 PM)

The Pig and the Box

The Pig and the Box
It's finally done. "Finally" is the wrong word, tho, because I only started it a week ago. But it's been a very busy week. And at least partly because of the Pig.

This is a kids' book. I don't know about the mental age of your kids, but mine find it hilarious. Even more so before they found out I made it. Now they just think I'm scary. Scarier. Anyway.

The Pig and the Box is about a pig who finds a magic box that can replicate anything........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/14/2006 5:06:59 AM)

Bacteria Making Nanowires

Bacteria Making Nanowires
What if you can ask bacteria to create nano-wires and they comply to our request? Scientists say that this is possible. They say that a wide variety of bacteria can be persuaded to produce wire-like appendages that conduct electricity could prove vital to the development of more efficient biological fuel cells.

Scientists are investigating the bacteria that use sugars and sewage as fuel are being investigated as a pollution-free source of........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/14/2006 4:45:46 AM)

View Of Crater Sulpicius Gallus

View Of Crater Sulpicius Gallus
This mosaic of three images, taken by the advanced Moon Imaging Experiment (AMIE) on board ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft, shows the area close to the Sulpicius Gallus crater on the Moon.

AMIE obtained this sequence on 18 March 2006, from a distance of 1200 kilometres from the surface, with a ground resolution ranging from 110 to 114 metres per pixel.

The area shown in the top image is centred at a latitude of 19.7º North and longitude 12.2º........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 7/12/2006 11:45:11 PM)

   
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