U.S. Temperatures in 2008 very near 20th century average

 Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published temperature data for 2008. In the United States, the temperature was "0.2 degrees [Fahrenheit] above the 20th Century average [of 53.2 degrees F]." Also, "The average [U.S.] December 2008 temperature of 32.5 degrees F was 0.9 degrees below the 20th Century average."

Obama won't give up his Blackberry without a fight

 President-elect Barack Obama has been described as always being joined at the hip to his Blackberry - literally. And, even though it’s been said he’ll have to give it up before stepping into the White House as President, he's working to keep that from happening.

Hubble views unexplained 200-day light source

 NASA announced yesterday that in May, 2006, a huge unidentified light source was visible for 200 days. The spectrum of light it showed up in does not correlate to any known phenomena. NASA is at a loss to explain its origins.

Taiwan Solidarity Union outraged at Yahoo over email tag

Study: 54% of teens discuss risky behaviors on social websites

Chinese government sends web portals a message: block the porn

VTech jumps into Internet radio tuners

 The VTech most people know got its reputation from home phones and kids' electronics. The company is breaking that mold at CES this year, unveiling a WiFi music streaming device, the IS9181, priced at around $200.

Alternate collision method suggests LHC may have been total waste of $9 billion

 There's an article on NewScientist.com that might seem astounding. It basically states that laser-based, desktop-sized "atom smashers" could be as effective or more at probing the secrets of the universe as the $9 billion Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland, but for a tiny fraction of the cost.

Model seeks court order to force Google into naming blogger

Our Milky Way galaxy is 50% bigger than previously thought

 The manner in which the Milky Way galaxy is depicted on television, in works of art, and in print makes most individuals think astronomers knew pretty much what the galaxy looks like. However, we're now finding out it wasn't so. Recently, it has been discovered that the size of the galaxy has actually been highly underestimated, and that its overall shape is notably different.

APM subsidiary to mass produce digital g-sensors in 1Q09

LCD panel prices stop dropping in 1H January 2009

Large-size LCD panel shipments decline in Q4 2008, says iSuppli

LCD panel equipment demand extremely low in 1Q

Famous Tweeting Twitterers become hacker targets

 One would think celebrities lead fun, interesting and robust lives filled with exciting events, parties, and lots of things to do. In this particular case, however, the fun may have run out as hackers broadcast defaming messages, making Twitter's Tweeting untwustworthy.

NASA studies solar flare dangers to Earth-based technology

 The National Academy of Sciences, under direction by NASA, has concluded the first economic data study on solar activity and the Earth. The report quantifies the effects fluctuations in the Sun's magnetic field have on our planet and is looking for ways to prevent damage from this "extreme space weather."

77% of U.S. users watched online videos in November

Secure World Foundation looks to future of smooth collaboration

Many may be unaware there's an organization called Secure World Foundation (SWF). It's a private entity fostering cooperative and effective use of space exploration by all States to the benefit of the Earth, its security and mankind in general. In June 2008, SWF was granted permanent observer status to the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). They also chair the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). Primarily a research body, SWF is now looking to 2009 and the Obama administration and growing relationships with all member states.

Digital album sales climb, vinyl makes a comeback in 2008

Diamonds suggest comets caused killer cold spell