DOE develops an ethanol Fuel Cell catalyst

 Scientists working for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory say they've developed a new catalyst which could make feasible ethanol-powered fuel cells. This step forward in fuel cell research marks a step further forward in developing clean, renewable energy sources.

Studies: Climate Change, barren oceans, potentially irreversible

 A recent simulation of warming trends on earth has deemed that a failure to reduce greenhouse gas pollution within the next 50 years could cause the Earth's oceans to become barren for the next 100,000 years.

AMD Phenom II X4 at 6.5 GHz with liquid helium, 45,474 3DMarks

 A video appeared last Thursday on the YouTube channel AMDUnprocessed showing the processes and techniques used to supercool an AMD Phenom II CPU to well below -200 degrees Celsius, while pushing the CPU and motherboard to 6.5 GHz. The best result was achieved by Sami Makinen of AMD taking a 6.3 GHz overclocked Phenom II-powered Dragon system to a world-record of 45,474 3DMarks in 3DMark 05.

Senate votes to delay Digital TV switch, goes to House

 Yesterday, the Senate voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming analog to digital TV switchover by nearly four months, to June 12, 2009. The bill now goes to the U.S. House where it must also pass. A floor vote is currently scheduled for today.

Report: HDTV ownership up, but not much HD content viewing

 Having a high definition television (HDTV) in your home doesn't necessarily equate to using it for true HD content, at least according to a new study from research firm In-Stat. They concluded there's a significant gap between HDTV ownership and actual HD content viewing.

European space satellite GOCE to map Earth's gravitational field

 A new European Space Agency satellite will be launching this year, possibly as soon as February. Its job will be to map out the planet's gravitational field in extreme detail. The Gravity Field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) will be launched for the purpose of gathering data to be used in oceanography, climate change, and solid Earth physics. GOCE is the first Core Earth Explorer satellite to be developed as part of ESA's Living Planet Programme.

IBM brings cloud computing to universities

 IBM is taking its version of cloud computing to universities around the world to solve what Big Blue says are "real world problems." These include initiatives in Qatar, South Africa and Japan. By bring cloud computing to these remote places, IBM hopes to foster an air of cooperative advancement in machine utilization and software abilities.

Report: Netbooks the next big portable thing

 Netbooks, those stripped down cousins of laptop computers, could well be the personal computer companion of millions going forward. This idea is being put forth by ABI Research, based upon data forecasts of upcoming netbook sales.

Challenges that come with the delay to Digital TV

 Time is winding down on the switch to digital television, and soon analog signals will no longer be broadcast. Analysts claim that over 6.5 million households are not yet prepared for the switch. Congress is ready to pull the plug and institute a delay until June 12, however this could pose problems of its own.

YouTube: Users can now delete own comments on other videos

 Today, YouTube announced a new feature which allows users to delete their own comments. According to YouTube's blog, "Whether you misspelled 'pwned,' back in the day when you were just a n00b to the internets, or you simply said something you wish you could take back -- now you can remove your commentary at any time."

Wikipedia edits may become more restricted

 It would seem that absolutely nothing is immune to abuse and misuse, which is why Wikipedia is now prepared to introduce a system which disallows new and anonymous users to instantly publish changes to its virtual encyclopedia.

All electric car Aptera 2e in production

 California will soon be home to a production version of the Aptera 2e (see TG Daily's previous coverage with pictures). The futuristic, all-electric, highly aerodynamic car will go on sale only in California for starting at $25,000, will have a range about 100 miles on electric alone (down from previous 125 mile estimate). Like Chevy's Volt,a 2010 model (revised from previous 2009 estimate) small gasoline engine will be available to recharge the batteries, extending that range

TSMC CEO says semicon market may decline 30% in 2009

 In what may be the gloomiest forecast to date, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) CEO Rick Tsai said in response to his company's greatly depressed Q1'2009 outlook, that the global semiconductor industry may decline by 30% in 2009.

Obama Truth Tracker website includes technology promises

 An enormous 26-page Obameter (Truth-o-Meter) has been constructed by political activists intent on holding Obama accountable for campaign promises. The pages list campaign promises by Obama, and whether or not they are true, false, in progress or no action as of yet. TG Daily has identified over 80 of the 510 items that may be of interest to our readers.

UPDATED: Possible natural explanation found for West Antarctica's warming

 In 2008, scientists from the British Antarctic Survey reported a layer of volcanic ash and glass shards frozen within an ice sheet in western Antarctica [the same place the one degree Fahrenheit warming has been reported]. The volcano beneath the ice sheet "punched a hole right through" due to its heat and force. This geologic event (a volcano) may prove to be the source of the recent warming seen in West Antarctica in what has otherwise been reported as a 50-year cooling trend seen in East Antarctica.

Overclock: Asus motherboard takes Intel Core i7 to 5.6 GHz!

 Hot Hardware has posted a screenshot showing how an ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution workstation motherboard took an Intel Core i7 CPU 3.2 GHz Extreme 965 45nm Socket 1366 LGA CPU to 5,611.22 MHz (5.61 GHz). This overclock was carried out by the same Japanese user as previously overclocked to 5.51 GHz, named duck.

Dr. Craig Barrett leaving Intel after 35 years, retiring in May

 Dr. Craig Barrett joined Intel in 1974. During his time there, he's moved up through the ranks starting at technology development manager, then VP, Senior VP, Executive VP, COO, President, CEO from 1998 through 2005, and finally Chairman of the Board since. Barrett, now 25,350 days old (69.4 years), is looking to change all of that. Intel announced today he will be retiring in May after 35 years of service to the company.

Google Maps and New York City create ingenious local resource

 The newly launched NYCGo website, created by the New York City government in conjunction with Google, is designed to provide resources for both visitors and locals. Along with the launch came the unveiling of a newly renovated New York City Information Center, which is located just a few blocks north of the tourist Mecca - Times Square.

Internet becomes home to one billion people for first time

 TechPulse360 has posted a chart showing that for the first time ever the number of 15-yr and older individuals on the Internet has exceeded one billion.

A peek inside Apple's top-secret design facility

Documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit is one of the lucky few allowed to set foot inside Apple's most sacred design facility, one that's authorized to only a handful of Apple employees. It's the place where Apple's "design czar" Jonathan Ive and his team dream up new gadgets. The director interviewed Ive for his film and has posted a rare photo of the interior of that facility.