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'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.
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.
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%.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.