NASA to show 2020 Lunar Rover prototype at Obama inauguration

NASA will be sharing with the world a prototype of its new Lunar Rover during the Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington, D.C. The Rover may be part of the planned 2020 return to the Moon by man. Washington (DC) - NASA will be sharing with the world a prototype of its new Lunar Rover during the Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington, D.C. The Rover may be part of the planned 2020 return to the Moon by man.

Possible new Stonehenge formation found in Lake Michigan

 In addition to finding a 10,000 yr old stone which appears to have mastadon carvings on it, new sonar analysis of an underwater rock formation may have located another Stonehenge. The jury is still out, but there is supporting evidence as Michigan is home to other interesting ruins.

2009 showing changing global manufacturing trends on weak economy

Intel, Cisco and Microsoft look to improve global education

MIT researchers looking for ways to create a hive mind

Taiwan goes electronic with national money cards

Students give NASA's inflatable Antarctic habitat a historic name

 NASA and the Challenger Center announced today the winning name of an inflatable Antarctic habitat that will be disassembled and returned to the United States later this month. The name was chosen after the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle: Resolution.

MIT develops portable device, gives visually impaired hope

 Elizabeth Goldring, a senior fellow at MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies, is visually impaired. That hasn't stopped her (and her MIT fellows), however, from developing smaller sized versions of seeing machines which let the visually impaired “see” what everyone else takes for granted.

Rumors are true about the new Prius

 Toyota Motor Corporation has finally put an end to the rumors flying around regarding the Prius by unveiling the newly redesigned model, which gets 50 miles per gallon, beating the current Prius and its 46 mpg combined rating.

YouTube and Congress Teaming up to live broadcast

 YouTube is looking to get their foot in the political door as the company plans to offer its online audience a peek into the political world that is Capitol Hill. The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate will both have an equal opportunity to reach out to the public using one of its favorite video websites.

No delay on Digital TV switchover, says FCC Chairman

 Last week, the FCC was asked by President-elect Obama's transition team to delay the switch, which is scheduled for February 17, 2009. Over the weekend, Kevin Martin, the FCC Chairman, replied in a public statement that "postponing this shut off could confuse consumers."

Chipset orders larger than normal ahead of Lunar New Year

Electric car makers all starting on level playing field

Solar cell wafer maker sees 30% growth in 2009

Sleep-emailing may soon be an official disorder

 We've all heard of sleep walking or even sleep driving, and cases of narcolepsy are also well known as nodders sift through their day in most unenviable ways. However, what about sleep emailing? An upcoming article in the Sleep Medicine journal will cite details of a sleepwalking state which shows how individuals can send emails in their sleep, even using higher functions for passwords and procedures.

UPDATED: IBM announces MRI with 100 million times better resolution

 In collaboration with the Center for Probing the Nanoscale at Stanford University, today IBM announced a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner with 100 million times better resolution than convention MRIs - down to nanometer scales. The new device operates on samples, not large scale bodies. However, with such high resolution it has basically become a 3D replacement for the scanning tunneling electron microscope able to see proteins and viruses at scales down to 4nm.

Terrafugia's Transition about to make test flights

UPDATED: Will CES kill Macworld?

 Despite Apple's withdrawal from this year's Macworld Expo (the move that nearly killed the event entirely right there and then) IDG, the show organizer, has pulled itself together and is now moving forward with plans for Macworld 2010 - even without Apple. At the same time, CES organizers have seized the opportunity and are now openly inviting Macworld attendees to exhibit at CES 2010 in an all new Apple-related area. Online sources also cite "friends at Apple," who claim that the company planned to ditch Macworld in order to "go large" at CES next year. Apparently, a Stevenote at CES may also be in the works.

Climate Hackers dump iron into ocean, tests global warming solution

 A three month study began last Wednesday as a geoengineering expedition set sail for the waters off Antarctica. Despite UN objections, the Indian-German expedition is seeking to validate one theory on CO2 sequestering. Can iron injected into the ocean waters help a massive plankton bloom solve man's CO2 problem and subsequent global warming?

Apple, Nintendo absent in Greenpeace green electronics ranking

Greenpeace released a new edition of its Green Electronics Survey that ranks the greenest gadgets and computer hardware submitted by manufacturers. The organization concluded that all manufacturers that participated in the survey have made progress in one way or the other: Hazardous materials are being phased out and recycled materials are more and more part of the production; power consumption is decreasing and green energy policies are becoming much more transparent. Unfortunately, there are very few products published in this survey, but it is somewhat surprising that Apple and other high profile companies such as Nintendo and Microsoft declined to submit their products for testing.