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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.