Hubble telescope tracks down E.T.

NASA today said that its Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has identified carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star. The discovery surrounding HD 189733b is an important step in finding biotracers of extraterrestrial life, but the planet itself is too hot to support life as we know it.

NASA assembling powerful Ares I-X rocket, prepares for mid-2009 test launch

 NASA's Langley Research Center plays host to an Orion crew module and abort system simulator, components of the upcoming Ares I-X launch vehicle. Designed to be a less powerful rocket than the also planned Ares V rocket, the Ares I will eventually carry crew and components into space for NASA's return to the moon and on to Mars. The first test flight will occur Summer, 2009.

Nano-magnetic sensors could pave the way for massive data storage capacity

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have created nanoscopic magnetic sensors. Comprised of carbon nanotubes embedded with bundles of cobalt atoms, these magnetic field sensors are the first ever capable of reliably detecting magnetic fields at near atomic levels.

Dec. 9, 1968: The mother of all demos

Microsoft offers to reduce search data in Europe

Dean Kamen's island reduces energy consumption by 50%

Dean Kamen is among the more visible invenmtors in this country and now mainly known for the Segway scooter, a robotic prosthetic arm capable of moving when you think, and a wheelchair that can travel up stairs. Now he has created an all LED environment on an island that has reduced its energy consumption by 50%.

Endeavour to be flown back to Florida on Wednesday

NASA today said that Endeavour will leave California on Wednesday and will ride on the back of a modified 747. The space shuttle is expected to arrive at Kennedy Space Center as early as Thursday.

Intel creates technology for low-cost 40 Gb/s optical links

Intel has been working on Silicon Photonics technologies as a possible to dramatically accelerate on-chip or in-system data bandwidths for some time now. Today the company added a new link in a complex chain that is required to make Silicon Photonics available in the mainstream – a low-cost Avalanche Photodetector supporting a clock speed of 340 GHz and enabling affordable 40 Gb/s data communications.

LCD panel prices continue to drop in December

IBM and Harvard search for organic solar power using cloud computing

Researchers from IBM and Harvard will team up to create the World Community Grid (WCG) project. This project will be comprised of over 413,000 members in 200 countries, each of which will donate their idle compute cycles to a massive cloud-based computer of more than one million cores. The effort will look for organic materials capable of producing low-cost, easy-to-manufacture solar cells which, according to WGC's stated goals, could help reduce man's contributions to global warming by reducing the amount of fossil fuels burned.

2008 coolest year this decade, scientists warn alarming warming trend begins in 2015

Climatic Research Unit (CRU), a division of the University of East Anglia, is reporting that 2008 is the coldest year this decade, down 0.14 Celsius below the average from 2001-2007. They warn, however, that 2008 is still the tenth warmest year on record and despite being cooler does not indicate a cooling trend. Scientists are predicting a leveling off of temperature for the next six years or so, then an acceleration upward again after 2015.

AMD global notebook market share might drop below 10% next year due to netbooks

Disassembling a 768 MB EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX video card for kicks

 When this card was purchased new, I paid $565 for it. At some point, the card was damaged and no longer functions. BIOS won't recognize it. The fan doesn't spin. Nothing. EVGA tells me it's outside their warranty timeframe, so I thought it might be fun to see what makes it tick. See the SLIDESHOW and find out what goes on inside those slick looking video card packages. You might be surprised how small the actual video card is in there.

NASA to launch Hubble repair mission in May 2009

Additional testing delays next NASA Mars mission to 2011

NASA decided to scrap plans of launching its next Mars in fall of next year. Instead, the organization will delay the mission by about two years and send the rover on its journey in 2011.  

Semiconductor industry facing double-digit declines in Q4, into Q1'09

 Robert W. Baird & Company, an Equity Research firm, is forecasting an extremely bleak 9 to 12 months ahead for several key areas of the general semiconductor industries. Declines on the order of 50% in some areas are being seen in Q4 with no reversal of this trend forecast until Q3'2009.

LCD monitor shipments flat in Q3, says DisplaySearch

MIT solves plasma problem for clean fusion energy, helps France

 MIT researchers have solved a major problem in the area of fusion power research - how to safely, accurately and in a controlled way, contain and stabilize the hot plasma core of a fusion reaction without losing heat or creating turbulence. While still "decades away," according to researchers, from generating more power than it consumes, this latest research takes us over one huge hurdle and paves the way for France's upcoming 10x larger fusion reactor, ITER.

Electric vehicle plan endorsed by Hawaii

The Hawaiian Electric company and the State of Hawaii endorsed an effort to build an alternative transportation system based on the concept of electric vehicles with swappable batteries and a “smart” battery charging network on Tuesday.

Browser rivals to sit down and discuss the future of browsing

Browser add-ons have grown into platforms within browsers and some add-on developers have created viable business models that make money and attract venture capital. However, incompatible add-on engines that power major browsers limit the innovation potential. There is little chance that this will change anytime soon as IE remains on the proprietary add-on path while Chrome is likely to bring its own add-on system to the table. But the upcoming Add-on-Con conference, the first event to gather developers and marketers of browsers and add-ons, carries some hope that this environment could change down the road.