Google Chrome crosses 1% market share again

Google’s strategy to update its browser more frequently has positively impacted Chrome’s market share and the release of the final version of the browser helped the software to jump back over the 1% mark again.

NASA's Mars Orbiter completes two-year mission

After two years of scientific research conducted from a stable Mars orbit some 186 miles above the planet's surface, over 9 TB of data have been beamed back by the Mars Orbiter. Having now successfully completed its primary mission, the spacecraft has already found strong evidence of a complex Martian history with a watery past and indications of climate change over hundreds of millions of years.

Intel needs to build car batteries, co-founder says

Expanding its business beyond its core strength, microprocessors, has always been difficult for Intel. Trends have been followed and abandoned again in the past and now it is time to consider a new business field for the company, co-founder, former chairman and CEO Andy Grove says: Car batteries.

Intel tests solar electric rooftop system

2000-year-old computer recreated, shows amazing accuracy

An Archimedes creation over 2000 years old was found around 1900. It is now been studied and reconstructed. The researchers have found it to be a fully functioning computer, showing the relative position of heavenly bodies in continuous cycles. The inner workings are gear-based and move via a knob that provides the energy of motion. Archimedes could have used the device to track the position of the moon and five known planets in the past, present or future.

Scientists probing for dark matter signatures deep in the Earth

MIT physicist Jocelyn Monroe is fascinated with dark matter. The only problem is, she's having a hard time finding any. Leading theories state that a functioning dark matter detector would detect non-dark matter collisions 10 billion billion times more often than it would detect a single dark matter collision. So, to address this rarified reality, she's been designing a much better dark matter detector.

Proposal given to recoup waste energy from cars, railways and airplanes

 An Israeli company called Innowattech has developed a way to recoup energy from cars operating on public roadways. Using piezoelectric crystals installed under the asphalt, highway vibrations are converted into a staggering amount of electricity. According to the developer, up to 500 kilowatts from a busy four-lane road per kilometer:  Enough to power about 100 homes.

MIT research looking for cheaper, more abundant solar cell materials

Research teams at MIT are taking a new look at solar energy. They're trying to figure out a way to use the Earth's most abundant elements to create inexpensive solar grids capable of generating terawatts of power.  The idea is simple:  Make solar cells more affordable using readily available materials and the market will naturally migrate over.

Study shows gaming by 60+ seniors increases cognitive skills

A recent study conducted by the psychology department at the University of Illinois-Urbana finds that over-60 seniors who play strategy-based video games can improve their cognitive function. The researchers found that improvements were not specific to the skills learned from gaming, but seem to be across-the-board increases. Their findings are published in this month's issue of Psychology and Aging.

Scientists create transparent memory chip

A group of scientists at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) claims it has created an “almost completely clear” transparent resistive random access memory (TRRAM). We have not seen an image of this chip yet, but if it is true, it would be the first transparent computer chip we know of.

Boeing delays 787 Dreamliner, again

Boeing today announced that will have to delay the first flight and delivery of its 787 aircraft once again. The first flight of the aircraft, also called “Dreamliner”, has been moved into Q2 2009 and the first delivery is now planned for the first quarter of 2010. Originally, Boeing had planned to deliver the first 787 to customers by May 2008.

Methanol-based fuel cell recharger for portable devices coming in 2009

 Mechanical Technology (MTI) has developed a portable methanol-based fuel cell that can be used for general purpose recharging of mobile devices. Providing up to 25 Watt-hours of power, a removable cartridge design allows continuous uninterrupted power that's off-the-grid. MTI claims products will be shipping by the end of 2009.

South pole to get sub-surface neutrino telescope one cubic kilometer in size

 Educational institutions from around the world have come together in -40 degrees Fahrenheit to build what will ultimately be the world's largest telescope, used for measuring and studying neutrinos. When finished in 2011, it will occupy a cubic kilometer of Antarctica's sub-surface ice. This gives it a catchy name: IceCube.

New research suggests Moore's Law will not cease around 2020

Researchers at The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have been examining alternatives for extending Moore's Law beyond the upcoming 22 nm process node around 2020. This iterative step is generally considered to be a hard barrier where the laws of physics finally tell Moore's Law "end of the line."

In the economic downward spiral, recycling goes down as well

The downward spiral of our economy seems to have annihilated the market for recycled materials such as plastic, cardboard, metal, and newspaper. All over the country these materials are accumulating by the ton, in junk yards and warehouses of recycling contractors who can’t find buyers, or refuse to sell at rock-bottom prices.

2008 was too short, by exactly one second

 The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) will add a leap second to 2008. The first one added since 2005, and the 24th added since the service began in 1972, the last day of the year will be 23 hours, 59 minutes and 61 seconds long.

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.

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