Ultra-short laser pulses turn metals pitch black

Blasts of laser light lasting a few millionth billionths of a second can turn the polished surface of any metal ultra-black, by covering it with nanoscale ridges and crevices.

MIT's smart flying drones

As recent events have shown, military forces around the world are more and more relying on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance missions.

Viruses go virtual

For about two hours, the virtual landscape of Second Life filled with golden rings and the distinctive two-tone ding of Sega's popular Sonic the Hedgehog games.

Market research firm expects over 500 million mobile broadband users by 2010

New alternative technologies will contribute just six percent of the forecast 500 million mobile broadband users globally by 2010, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

HDMI heading for sustained growth as DVI begins decline in 2007, In-Stat says

The Digital visual interface (DVI) and high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) are both experiencing record growth, but the future is much brighter for HDMI, according to research firm In-Stat.

Widescreen notebook shipments worldwide hit new record in Q3

Widescreen notebook shipments in the third quarter had a 79% share of the worldwide market, with standard 4:3 ratio having only a 21% share, according to Displaysearch.

New kind of quantum computer moves closer

A U.S. physicist has shown it is feasible to read data stored in the magnetic 'spins' of phosphorus atoms - a step toward creating a superfast computer.

WiMAX poised for rapid growth despite major challenges, says In-Stat

WiMAX technology is entering a rapid growth phase, as service providers are now able to buy WiMAX Forum-certified equipment, according to research firm In-Stat.

Microsoft admits open source patent pledge misses the target

Microsoft has admitted execution flaws with its promise not to sue open source software developers and invited the wider community to tell the software firm how it can get it right.

Multicrystalline silicon solar cells to become mainstream, say industry players

Although solar cells based on monocrystalline silicon deliver better performance than multicrystalline silicon, industry players believe that the latter should rise as the mainstream material for solar cells due to its lower cost.

Space mirrors could create Earth-like haven on Mars

Mirrors in orbit around Mars could create Earth-like conditions on a small patch of the planet's surface, according to a NASA-funded study.

A ring of robots to fight fires

Computer scientists at the Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) have developed a new kind of software to monitor wireless sensor networks.

Demand for DirectX 10-compliant graphics cards may not pick up until Vista launch

Despite Nvidia's launch of its DirectX 10-compliant GeForce 8800 GPU last week, demand for high-end graphics cards supporting DirectX 10 may not pick up until Microsoft's Vista operating system (OS) hits the market, according to industry sources.

Sales of 1080p microdisplay RPTVs overtakes those of 720p, says Quixel Research

Revenues for 1080p microdisplay (MD) models topped those of 720p MD for the first time in the third quarter, accounting for $682 million in sales, according to research firm Quixel Research, which noted that sales for the 1080p MD segment grew 124% sequentially and 333% on year.

E-voting worries focus on failures, not fraud

Major electronic voting machine problems occurred in at least six U.S. states during the country's midterm elections, underscoring that system failure, not fraud, is the biggest issue facing future races, voting-rights activists and technologists said this week.

LG.Philips LCD forecasts downstream LCD market trend

Global shipments of LCD TVs, monitors and notebooks will reach 256 million units in 2006, with shares of LCD TVs and notebooks to continue growing in the next three years, according to LG.Philips LCD.

PDP TV shipments grow only in North America in Q3, Displaysearch says

Global plasma display panel (PDP) TV shipments hit a record high in the third quarter of 2006, buoyed by strong growth in North America, but demand was down in other regions because of strong competition from LCD TVs, according to research firm Displaysearch.

Nano-optical switches to restore sight?

Californian researchers are now using light to control biological nanomolecules and proteins.

Public key cryptography turns thirty

The thirtieth anniversary of public key cryptography was celebrated on Oct. 28 at an event co-sponsored by Voltage Security Inc. and the Computer History Museum of Silicon Valley.

60 million pixels for $100,000

This is the cost of "The World's Highest Resolution Seamless Display" which was built for the IdeaFestival held recently in Louisville, Kentucky.