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Semiconductor Outperforms ChipsScientists from University of Toronto are developing a semiconductor, which is better than today's integrated circuits. These scientists have created a semiconductor device that outperforms today's conventional chips -- and they made it simply by painting a liquid onto a piece of glass.
The finding, which represents the first time a so-called "wet" semiconductor device has bested traditional, more costly grown-crystal semiconductor devices,........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/12/2006 10:44:46 PM)
Heineken Beer Bottle BricksAlong the lines of our Book Bar, this 1950s design for stackable beer bottles was the brainchild of Alfred Heineken, of beer fame.
As the story goes, Heineken was strolling along by the sea in Jamaica, and was shocked at the number of beer bottles littering the beach. He was also concerned with the lack of cheap building materials, and at the resulting living conditions for the poor. Putting two and two together, he envisioned a "World........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/11/2006 10:38:16 PM)
Boeing 747-8 FamilyThe Boeing Company has recently launched the new Boeing 747-8 program, which includes the 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplane and the 747-8 Freighter airplane.
Cargolux, based in Luxembourg, has ordered 10 747-8 Freighters and will take delivery of the first 747-8F in third-quarter 2009. It also holds purchase rights for 10 additional airplanes. Cargolux currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 13 747-400 freighters.
Nippon Cargo........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/11/2006 7:05:35 PM)
Supernova And A Mysterious ObjectThanks to data from ESA's XMM-Newton satellite, a team of researchers taking a closer look at an object discovered over 25 years ago have found that it is like none other known in our galaxy.
The object is in the heart of supernova remnant RCW103, the gaseous remains of a star that exploded about 2 000 years ago. Taken at face value, RCW103 and its central source would appear to be a textbook example of what is left behind after a supernova........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 7/9/2006 7:56:17 PM)
Where Craters Tell The Story Of BasaltThis mosaic of three images, taken by the advanced Moon Imaging Experiment (AMIE) on board ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft, shows Mare Humorum on the Moon.
AMIE obtained the top frame on 1 January 2006, from a distance of 1087 kilometres from the surface, with a ground resolution of 98 metres per pixel. The remaining two frames were taken on 13 January 2006, from a distance of about 1069 (centre) and 1050 kilometres (bottom) from the surface, with........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 7/9/2006 7:52:00 PM)
Why money doesn't bring happiness?The more money you earn, the more time you are likely to spend working, commuting and doing other compulsory activities that bring little pleasure, as per an article in the June 30 issue of Science that provides a novel explanation for why money doesn't bring happiness.
For the article, titled "Would you be happier if you were richer? A focusing illusion," Princeton University psychology expert Daniel Kahneman and his colleagues, including........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/7/2006 6:59:41 AM)
Polar Year 2007-2008Thousands of scientists from 60 countries will be conducting research during International Polar Year 2007-2008 and will, for the first time during an International Polar Year, be armed with satellite measurements offering complete coverage of the polar regions, which play a vital role in the Earth's climate and ecosystems.
Having access to near-continuous satellite data of these regions over long periods of time is important for scientists........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 7/4/2006 9:34:00 AM)
Torture teachersHuman rights advocates have long suspected a link between interrogations in the "war on terror" and a secretive military survival school that trains elite U.S. troops to resist torture. Jane Mayer explored the evidence of a connection between the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape school at Fort Bragg, N. C., and real-world interrogators in a July 2005 piece for the New Yorker.
Now Salon has the first hard proof of that connection,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/1/2006 9:09:12 AM)
CelebimalsCheck out this atest issue of this art and lifestyle magazine called ANIMAL. The latest issue includes a series of celebrity-animal hybrids the so called CELEBIMALS.........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/1/2006 8:16:17 AM)
I am Mr. Robot, your companionRobots are changing from single function 'dumb' machines to adaptive learning machines thanks to the fast pace in the development of the robotic technology.
The concept of a cognitive robotic companion inspires some of the best science fiction but one day may be science fact following the work of the four-year COGNIRON project funded since January 2004 by the IST's Future and Emerging Technologies initiative. But what could a cognitive robot........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/29/2006 11:49:19 PM)
Breakthrough in Silicon Photonics DevicesBuilding on a series of recent breakthroughs in silicon photonics, researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a novel approach to silicon devices that combines light amplification with a photovoltaic - or solar panel - effect.
In a study to be presented today at the 2006 International Optical Amplifiers and Applications Conference in Vancouver, Canada, UCLA Engineering researchers report........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/28/2006 11:41:54 PM)
Kidney Stone Prevention In AstronautsAs the space shuttle Discovery prepares to launch on July 1, scientists at the University of Minnesota have identified a way for astronauts to reduce their risk of developing kidney stones while in space.
Astronauts lose calcium in their bones and strength in their muscles while in space because of the zero-gravity environment. This calcium can end up in their kidneys, putting them at risk for developing kidney stones.
At least 14........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/28/2006 12:12:02 AM)
Improved Rating For Residential Fuel CellsA new performance rating system for residential fuel cells developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can help prospective buyers assess the economic value of alternative fuel-cell technologies.
Residential fuel cells now being developed combine hydrogen from natural gas or propane with oxygen from the air to produce electricity. Homeowners might be able to meet all of their energy needs with a residential fuel........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/28/2006 12:08:01 AM)
Vega's Second Stage MotorESA's Vega small satellite launch vehicle has made a new step toward its maiden flight, late next year, with the success of the first firing test on its second stage motor, the Zefiro 23.
The static firing waccording toformed today, 26 June, at the Italian Ministry of Defence test centre in Salto di Quirra, Sardinia. The 7.5m tall, 2m diameter motor, featuring a carbon epoxy filament wound casing, delivered more than 100 metric tons of........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/26/2006 8:36:48 PM)
Light Pick from Santa Cruz WellsLight Pick is a nice cool gadget from Santa Cruz Light Wells, it's a metronome and a guitar pick, all-in-one. It has a features called "Kick The Light Pick" that gives light on the down stoke when picking adjacent string sets. This means that those who play fast just between two strings will be able to play even faster than before!
Light Pick has three modes of operation: blink mode, metronome mode and hold mode. When it is in hold mode, it........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/25/2006 3:18:29 PM)
Diamond As A By-ProductThere may not be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but there appears to be nanocrystalline diamonds at the end of a process to produce and store hydrogen using anthracite coal.
"The idea we explored was based on ball milling graphite processes found in the hydrogen storage literature," said Angela D. Lueking, assistant professor of energy and geoenvironmental engineering. "We substituted anthracite coal for graphite because it is........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/24/2006 11:59:47 PM)
Intel's Tri-Gate TransistorIntel Corporation scientists today disclosed they have developed new technology designed to further extend the company's leadership in energy-efficient performance.
Intel's research and development involving new types of transistors has resulted in further development of a tri-gate (3-D) transistor for high-volume manufacturing. Since these transistors greatly improve performance and energy efficiency Intel expects tri-gate technology could........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/22/2006 7:23:32 PM)
Hurricanes And The Happiness IndexWith another hurricane season underway, a University of Michigan study shows how Hurricane Katrina affected the happiness of a nationally representative sample of 1,105 U.S. adults.
Not surprisingly, average happiness levels in the U.S. dipped significantly right after Katrina hit. But within two weeks-three for residents of the battered South Central region-average levels of happiness had rebounded to pre-storm levels.
The study is a........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/22/2006 6:21:44 PM)
Iraqi Attitudes: Survey Documents Big ChangesMoods and attitudes can change in relatively short period of time. During the last two years, Iraqi political values have become more secular and nationalistic, even though attitudes toward Americans have deteriorated, according to surveys of nationally representative samples of the population conducted in November 2004 and April 2006.
The Iraqi surveys, part of the ongoing World Values Surveys, are a collaborative project between the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/22/2006 6:17:21 PM)
Reason Behind Black Holes' Light ShowsA team of astronomers led by the University of Michigan may know how black holes are lighting up the Universe. New data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory show, for the first time, that powerful magnetic fields are the key to these brilliant and startling light shows.
It is estimated that up to half of the total radiation in the universe since the Big Bang comes from material falling towards super-massive black holes, including those........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/22/2006 5:50:09 PM)
Computer Helps Paralyzed PatientsHow can we make a paralyzed person perform actions that he or she wants to do? Technology is now coming to aid people who were paralyzed for long time.
People with long-standing, severe paralysis can generate signals in the area of the brain responsible for voluntary movements. These signals can be detected, recorded, routed out of the brain to a computer and converted into actions, enabling a paralyzed patient to perform basic tasks.
The........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/12/2006 9:53:22 PM)
MoGo Mouse HighlightsSee what the MoGo Mouse looks like and get a feeling on how I like it with this Experience Mobility Preview Video.
The limitations of YouTube for video length (maximum of 10 minutes) only give me a few minutes to demonstrate and show you some of the unique characteristics of this device. But I think you will see how cool it is as well as how it will help you to Experience Mobility at a higher level.........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/11/2006 7:56:52 PM)
China pressures North Korea to return to talksChina's president on Tuesday urged North Korea to refrain from increasing tensions over its nuclear program and to return to disarmament talks as diplomats worked to forestall U.N. sanctions against the regime.
America's top nuclear envoy made an unscheduled trip to China, saying efforts to resolve the crisis have reached a crucial point. A delegation from North Korea also came to Beijing.........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/11/2006 7:49:26 PM)
Creation Of New Gel NanomaterialIn an ever-expanding world of nano-technology scientists have created organic gel nano-materials. This newly created nano-meterial could be used to encapsulate pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetic products and to build 3-D biological scaffolds for tissue engineering. Scientists used olive oil and six other liquid solvents, the researchers added a simple enzyme to chemically activate a sugar that changed the liquids to createorganic gels.
"We........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/11/2006 6:20:29 PM)
Large Quantum ComputersPhysicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have designed and built a novel electromagnetic trap for ions that could be easily mass produced to potentially make quantum computers large enough for practical use. The new trap, described in the June 30 issue of Physical Review Letters,* may help researchers surmount what is currently the most significant barrier to building a working quantum computer--scaling up........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/7/2006 7:18:29 AM)
Broadband Light Amplifier On A ChipCornell scientists have created a broadband light amplifier on a silicon chip, a major breakthrough in the quest to create photonic microchips. In such microchips, beams of light traveling through microscopic waveguides will replace electric currents traveling through microscopic wires.
A team of scientists working with Alexander Gaeta, Cornell professor of applied and engineering physics, and Michal Lipson, assistant professor of electrical........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/7/2006 6:43:23 AM)
Jules Verne Passes Acoustic TestAcoustic testing of Jules Verne, the first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), has successfully been completed at ESA's test facilities in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
The 11-tonne test configuration of the ATV Flight Model (the actual flight launch mass is 20.5 tonnes) was transferred to the Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF) with the help of an air cushion transfer pad.
The ATV, an unmanned vehicle that will deliver supplies to the........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 7/4/2006 9:23:10 AM)
The Imaginary Cult Of Benign GirlShopping in Holyoke on Saturday for a birthday present for Mr. Bill Myers I had a crazy and surreal experience. I went looking for the religious artifacts store but in its place was a "for rent" sign and an empty window. Dejected, I drove around Holyoke hoping to find another religious artifacts store but had to settle for the "Plus Dollar" store on High Street.
I was standing near the register looking at the assorted things when all of a........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/1/2006 9:03:55 AM)
No Link Between Income And HappinessWhile most people believe that having more income would make them happier, Princeton University researchers have found that the link is greatly exaggerated and mostly an illusion.
People surveyed about their own happiness and that of others with varying incomes tended to overstate the impact of income on well-being, according to a new study. Although income is widely assumed to be a good measure of well-being, the researchers found that its........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/30/2006 12:08:29 AM)
How To Record A Smell?Engineers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan are building an odour recorder capable of doing just that. Simply point the gadget at a freshly baked cookie, for example, and it will analyse its odour and reproduce it for you using a host of non-toxic chemicals.
The device could be used to improve online shopping by allowing you to sniff foods or fragrances before you buy, to add an extra dimension to virtual reality environments and........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/29/2006 12:02:33 AM)
The Hooked GalaxyBecause of the importance of exploding stars, and particularly of supernovae of Type Ia , for cosmological studies (e.g. relating to claims of an accelerated cosmic expansion and the existence of a new, unknown, constituent of the universe - the so called 'Dark Energy'), they are a preferred target of study for astronomers. Thus, on several occasions, they pointed ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) towards a region of the sky that portrays a........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/28/2006 11:46:45 PM)
Double vortex at Venus South PoleESA's Venus Express data undoubtedly confirm for the first time the presence of a huge 'double-eye' atmospheric vortex at the planet's south pole. This striking result comes from analysis of the data gathered by the spacecraft during the first orbit around the planet.
On 11 April this year, Venus Express was captured into a first elongated orbit around Venus, which lasted 9 days, and ranged between 350 000 and 400 kilometres from Venus'........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/28/2006 12:32:02 AM)
Kestrel 4000 Pocket Wind MeterI have to admit this is the best weather gadget i've seen so far. It's an awesome-fully-packed Kestrel 4000 Pocket Weather Meter Station. It could now measure every major environmental condition, easily, and accurately right in your hand. The chart mode allows users to recall and graph up to 2,000 measurements, along with the date and time of storage. You can even check the current Wind speeds, temperature for air/water/snow, Wind chill, Bew........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/26/2006 11:21:26 PM)
Stealth Radar System Sees Through Trees, WallsOhio State University engineers have invented a radar system that is virtually undetectable, because its signal resembles random noise.
The radar could have applications in law enforcement, the military, and disaster rescue.
Eric K. Walton, senior research scientist in Ohio State's ElectroScience Laboratory, said that with further development the technology could even be used for medical imaging.
He explained why using random noise........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/26/2006 8:14:10 PM)
Greater Snake Danger This YearBob Norris has a rattlesnake named Jake in his office, along with some other slithering companions. Yes, he likes them, but they also serve an educational purpose: it could be a big season in Northern California for these and other poisonous critters. Bob Norris pointed to a bag under the reporter's chair.
"Sure, I've got a rattlesnake with me today I could show you," said Norris, MD, associate professor and director of the division of........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/26/2006 7:48:37 PM)
Americans' Circle Of Friends Is ShrinkingAmericans' circle of close confidants has shrunk dramatically in the past two decades and the number of people who say they have no one with whom to discuss important matters has more than doubled, as per a new study by sociologists at Duke University and the University of Arizona.
"The evidence shows that Americans have fewer confidants and those ties are also more family-based than they used to be," said Lynn Smith-Lovin, Robert L. Wilson........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/25/2006 12:03:01 AM)
Discovery Set For July 1 LaunchThe Space Shuttle Discovery and its crew are set for a July 1 flight to the International Space Station. The STS-121 mission will visit the International Space Station and continue evaluating new shuttle safety improvements. At least two spacewalks are planned during the 12-day mission, which also includes repair work to the station.
NASA managers gave the green light after a lengthy Flight Readiness Review held June 16-17, a traditional........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/24/2006 11:43:24 PM)
When Robots Learn Social SkillsLearning to communicate and adapting our behaviour to the information we receive has been fundamental to human evolution. If machines could do the same the intelligent talking robots of science fiction could become the stuff of science reality, as scientists aim to prove.
Most research into the Artificial Intelligence (AI) that underpins any form of intelligent machine-machine or machine-human interaction has centred on programming the........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/22/2006 7:12:13 PM)
Wolf Or A Sheep?People react differently to defeat. How one person reacts may be totally different from another person’s reaction. Does failure hurt some more than others? It may depend on whether you're a power-hungry wolf or a sheep, as per University of Michigan psychology researchers.
As per a research findings published in a recent issue of the science journal Hormones and Behavior, U-M's Michelle Wirth and co-authors, Katy Welsh and Oliver........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/22/2006 6:04:19 PM)
Electrical Conductivity Helps Locate Septic System FailureAn instrument that can measure how well soil conducts electricity also can spot the source of septic system failures without destroying a whole yard with a backhoe.
The instrument, called a non-invasive electromagnetic induction (EMI) sensor, measures electrical conductivity based on the soluble salts, water, temperature and percentage of clay in the soil. Purdue University scientists and his colleagues tested the tool on a failed septic........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/21/2006 11:41:08 PM)