Update: Mars Rovers approaching five years of service, still kicking

 The two Mars rovers operating right now on the surface of Mars, Spirit and Opportunity, will turn five the 3rd and 24th respectively. Their original 90-days of service has been surpassed by more than 20x as both rovers still carry out missions even today on the red planet - weather permitting, of course. See the slideshow.

U.S. ethanol industry wants a bailout

Most researched cars of 2008

Cuil: Traffic nearly hits rock bottom

Japanese scientists show 800 hp, 230 mph electric car

DRAM makers cut 2009 capex on dim outlook

How does NORAD track Santa's journey?

Each year children all over the globe patiently await the images of Santa on the television screen via satellite radar. Each year, the question is posed - how do they track Santa? This year, you’ll be able to explain.

How serious is the market share loss of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer?

Analysis – Last month, Microsoft’s market share in the browser dropped below 70% for the first time in eight years, while Mozilla broke the 20% barrier for the first time in its history. Initial data sets provided by Net Applications suggest that the Internet Explorer will drop once again significantly in December to below 69% and Mozilla will climb above 21%. IE8 is just around the corner, but current market share data suggests that Microsoft has no effective tool to stop the bleeding at this time - and Mozilla can pick up two out of every three users Microsoft surrenders.

Blackberry, iPhone battle raging on

Report claims Twitter is mostly hype


Artificial bone marrow created, can grow blood keeping supplies high

 In a University of Michigan laboratory, scientists have created artificial bone marrow that's capable of creating a continuous supply of red and white blood cells. Such technology could enable a neverending supply of blood for transfusions, as well as better studies of pharmaceutical drugs and their interactions, as well as advanced studies on immune system defects.

EPA: 7 Western states fall below new air standards

Solar market eclipse coming in 2009, iSuppli warns

New laser discovery shines unexpected light on laser research

 A research team led by Princeton University has discovered a new type of double-beam laser that is not explained by existing theories. The findings were most unexpected and have now proven the second laser beam is actually more powerful and more efficient than the primary. Research is continuing at a feverish pace to bring this quantum cascade laser into reality, as it would require less power, be far more powerful while operating in a way less suceptible to temperature changes (compared to conventional lasers).

Maiden flight of Burt Rutan's WhiteKnightTwo at Mojave

 Following low-speed maneuvers earlier this month at the Mojave air and spaceport yesterday, Burt Rutan's next generation privately funded spaceship, called SpaceShipTwo, has been brought one step closer to reality. It's mother ship, called WhiteKnightTwo, which will carry SpaceShipTwo, took off yesterday on her maiden flight.

Opinion: A look at television history, from analog to digital

 In 1927 a man by the name of Philo Farnsworth patented an early version of the cathode receptor, a device which would change mankind forever. It allowed television signals to be encoded, broadcast through the air, and reassembled on a display. While similar competing inventions existed, Farnsworth's "Image dissector" patent was upheld in court, and he is largely credited as the man responsible for giving us television. That was just over 81 years ago, meaning many of our (great) grandparents will remember the days before TV.

U.S. firms join forces to build car batteries

Fourteen U.S. technology companies are joining forces and seeking $1 billion in federal aid to build a plant to make advanced batteries for electric cars, in a bid to catch up to Asian rivals that are far ahead of the U.S. The effort, the latest pitch from corporate America to inject federal dollars into a project, is similar to an alliance that two decades ago helped the U.S. computer-chip industry restore its competitiveness. Participants include 3M Corp. and Johnson Controls Inc.

20% increase in DDR2 prices as makers cutback on shipments

Gesture recognition sought as alternative input mechanism for disabled

 The Virtual and Interactive Simulations department at Macquarie University in Sydney is looking to help handicapped computer users by incorporating gesture recognition. The system involves body position analysis as well as assisted input, such as data gloves.