Ultrathin film could change the face of electronics

 Scientists in South Korea are working on developing flexible electronics using an ultrathin film which could enable those reading the newspaper online to feel as though they are reading the paper in print via foldable displays.

Record low temperature in Illinois thrown out - citing "not quality controlled" equipment

 On January 17, 2009, the National Weather Service threw out a claim that Rochelle, IL had the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state (on January 16, 2009) at -38 degrees Fahrenheit. They cite AWOS temperature recording equipment as being less reliable than other nearby ASOS equipment, which did not show a record cold temperature.

Lotusphere: IBM, RIM, Blackberry, SAP and cloud computing

 Today at Lotusphere, IBM and Research in Motion (RIM) announced a Lotus extension involving software and developer tools which operate on the Blackberry platform. RIM's Blackberry will now support Lotus's collaboration tools - including Domino Designer and XPages via a Java Eclipse plug-in - allowing on-the-go real-time access to Lotus Symphony documents, and eventually their entire office suite.

Judge says no to RIAA on P2P fines, but opens door on file sharers

 A federal judge has ordered that the nation’s first peer-to-peer (P2P) administration, Elite Torrents, which was convicted by a jury trial on criminal copyright infringement, will not be forced to pay fines to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). However, this ruling is nothing to get excited over as the RIAA can still sue individuals for pirated music, and far larger fines.

China planning its own full Earth GPS system by 2015

 China's state media announced today that it plans to introduce its own set of geostationary orbiting satellites for a Chinese GPS system by the year 2015. The Beidou Navigation System (BNS) will enable its military and civilian users to find their way anywhere in the world without relying on the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS).

Presidential inauguration streams live to iPhone

Tomorrow's Presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, an event of historic proportions by any merit, will be streamed live to iPhone and iPod touch users - thanks to Juicy Development's Talk Radio application. As the inauguration ceremony unfolds, iPhone and iPod touch users across the globe will be able to hear a live audio stream of the event. That is, provided there is public Wi-Fi hotspot coverage because carriers don't currently allow applications that stream audio over their cellular networks.

Cold wave sweeping nation, sets record lows

 A record cold front sweeping down from Canada is blanketing much of the United States. At least one new state record (by 2 degrees Fahrenheit) for the coldest temperature ever recorded occurred in Illinois, where in Rochelle temperatures dropped to -38 degrees Farhenheit today, January 16, 2009.

Massachusetts receives favorable find for Nantucket Sound wind farm

 The U.S. Minerals Management Service has issued a favorable "Final Environmental Impact Study" (FEIS) for a wind farm project in Nantuck Sound, called the Cape Wind project.

Researchers believe the Internet is obeying a form of Moore's Law - for now

 The New Journal of Physics is reporting that the Internet is obeying a form of Moore’s Law where exponential growth is occurring. If it follows along with Skynet from the movie The Terminator, it should become self aware by the year 2020. Just kidding. :)

Recession hurting solar power companies

 The recession is looming over the once booming solar manufacturing industry. HelioVolt, headquartered in Austin, is a thin-film solar manufacturer that is currently being forced to cut jobs. They are not alone as OptiSolar, a solar-panel plant in Sacramento, is also being forced to lay off half of its staff.

MIT solves magnetic lunar rock mystery

 Researchers at MIT say they've found the answer to the question of why the lunar rocks brought back by Apollo astronauts from the moon produce magnetization. It has to do with the notion that the moon once had a liquid core which acted as a dynamo, like Earth today, which produced a strong magnetic field.

NASA begins looking for water ice on the moon

 There's a radar system currently hitching a ride with India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft in orbit around the moon. For the first time, it's giving scientists the opportunity to look into the cold, deep craters that never see light of the sun, nor the Earth. It is believed that if there's any water ice to be found on the moon, that is where it will be.

Burger King's Friend Sacrifice application raises Facebook privacy concerns

 In the past few weeks - ever since Burger King (BK) launched a Facebook application which allowed individuals to delete 10 friends on Facebook in exchange for a free whopper - over 233,000 individuals have found themselves dropped as friends. And one BK feature has raised privacy concerns by Facebook.

Mozilla's chief lizard wrangler meshes mobile and desktop via web

Mitchell Baker, chairwoman of the open-source organization Mozilla, offers her view of 2010 by stating that the web and open standards are key drivers in bringing desktop and mobile worlds together. Putting her money where her mouth is, Baker promised mobile and desktop Firefox versions would bridge the two worlds unlike anything in the browsing market before. She also reaffirmed her organization's commitment to make user-generated data easily manageable and portable in an online world, urging web application developers to take notice.

Gray Wolves no longer endangered

 On Wednesday the Bush administration announced that Gray Wolves in the Midwest and the northern Rocky Mountains would be removed from the endangered species list. The Gray Wolf is an animal that goes back and forth between been safe, and protected. The decision would apply to wolves in Idaho, Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, and Minnesota.

Mars is alive! Methane discovered

 NASA announced today that for the first time ever they have definitively detected methane in the Martian atmosphere. The discovery indicates "the planet is either biologically or geologically active," according to NASA.

YouTube implements new muting policy for copyrighted audio

 YouTube has begun instituting a new policy which does not remove content containing copyrighted audio from a user's list of videos. However, YouTube will now mute the audio portion so the video still plays, but without sound.

United Airlines to offer Gogo Inflight Internet on select domestic flights

 United Airlines announced yesterday that it will begin offering inflight Internet service for select transcontinental flights between New York and California beginning in the second half of 2009. The service will be available for all seating classes.

Tesla and Daimler a pair on a smart EV

 The founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, who is also the founder of SpaceX - a company to which NASA just awarded reservice supply contracts for the International Space Station through 2016 - claims that his electric vehicle start-up has just signed a deal to provide Daimler with the battery technology that will power 1,000 Smart electric vehicles, to be placed on the road by the end of 2009.

RPI develops brighter whiter LEDs, partially solves current droop

 Are those LED lights you have at home not bright enough for you? Research being showcased at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has been targeted to address that issue with a new new type of light emitting diode (LED). Said to offer significantly improved lighting performance and energy efficiency, the researchers have partially solved the problem of current droop.