Sure the English Channel has been crossed before, but Yves Rossy is
the first person to do it with a rocket pack. The self-proclaimed
49-year-old “Fusion Man” jumped out of an airplane over Calais France
and covered 22 miles in 13 minutes while suspended on a composite
wing. Rossy rocketed at 120 MPH thanks to the help of four
kerosene-powered jet turbines affixed to the wing. He landed safely
near the famous White Cliffs of Dover in England.
Scientists at UC-Santa Barbara have engineered a new nano-construction process capable of assembling integrated circuits. Five companies helped fund the research, including giants Intel and IBM. A patent was also filed for their discovery. According to the researchers, this technology could be introduced into mainstream semiconductor manufacturing as early as 2011.
Inventors at Google have developed a novel concept to end the war of cell phone and wireless contracts. Their idea was awarded a patent yesterday and relates to per use bidding. Their patent is broad enough that it could apply to all wireless communications, including GSM, 3G, WiFi, WiMAX and the so-called "white space spectrum" which will be freed up once analog TV broadcasts are replaced with digital ones in 2009. "Bid before you use" is the model Google has patented. But will it work?
While many commercial ventures are searching for ways to improve efficiency in the dominant spin-torque model for Magnetoresistive-RAM (or MRAM), Japanese physicsts have stumbled upon an entirely new approach which uses less power, switches faster and is even easier to manufacture.
Researchers from the University of Lehigh conducted an experiment which
they belive indicates that people are more prone to lie in an email
than in traditional pen and paper communications. They claim that their
results show a more frequent and calculated abuse of the truth online
A team of scientists affiliated with MIT's Mechanical Engineering department have solved a 100-yr old engineering problem. In 1904, a German physicst named Ludwig Prandtl mathematically solved the problem of flow separation in fluids. His work did have limitations, however, namely that it only worked in two dimensions and the air flow had to be very steady. MIT's new model expands Prandtl's research into three dimensions and unsteady streams of air. Plus, it has the added bonus of being experimentally verified.
A new browser war unfolds as browser makers are
your desktop. Apple's new SquirrelFish Extreme engine promises a
two-fold speed increase and may put Safari 4 ahead of the pack.
However, given the breathtaking development pace of other browser
makers, it is far from certain that Safari 4 will be the fastest
browser on the planet when it debuts. Mozilla, Google and Microsoft as
well as smaller makers such as Opera are all working on more nimble and
The recently reported electrical problems in the LHC system will have a
greater impact than initially expected. A simple repair turned into a
two month shutdown, which in fact will turn into an outage that may
take at least six months. A restart of the collider is planned for
early spring, CERN said today.
Researcher teams led by Paul Kintner and Mark Psiaki at Cornell University have demonstrated that suitcase-sized transmitters could be employed to fool even commercial and military GPS units. By sending out "false authentic" signals in close proximity, those which mimic true GPS satellites, over time GPS receivers begin to accept the false signals as genuine and report improper position data to the user. Concerns over personal, commercial and military implications of the false data are the focus of the study.
Researchers have discovered a tungsten carbide-based catalyst which converts cellulose directly into ethylene glycol, an intermediate product which can be readily converted into different types of fuel. This discovery uses the cellulose from plants directly, not its fruit or vegetables (basically the waste material like stalks, branches and leaves). The process does not rely on sugars being fermented. It is a direct chemical process which takes cellulose and coverts it to alcohols quickly, efficiently and in one step.
The Pontiac Solstice concept car doesn't have any
windshield wipers heck it doesn't even have the windshield, but it
looks great in person. Sporting a ruby red body the SD-290 racing
concept car is a highly modified version of the regular Pontiac
Solstice production model. Basically Pontiac stripped off the top of
the car leaving just a small windscreen to protect the driver-side.
Two University of New Mexico hospital workers
have been fired after they posted patient pictures on MySpace. The
workers used their cell phone cameras to take close-up pictures of
injuries and then posted them to their private MySpace pages for their
friends and coworkers to see. So far no charges have been filed and
the photos have been deleted from MySpace and from the workers’ cell
A research team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has developed a new type of liquid lens that rapidly changes focus through sound wave energy. The lens is extremely light weight, durable and may have future applications in cell phones and other low-power, high speed stationary cameras for security at speeds in excess of 1080p HD captures today.