Netbook panel shipments to grow in Q4 despite economic woes

Spacesuits not required for NASA's 2020 Moon rover

Last Friday, NASA unveiled the new lunar rover vehicle our astonauts will use when they return to the moon in 2020. The vehicle has a pressurized cabin, leather seats and even bunks. While operating inside the craft, there will be no need for bulky space suits allowing for far more comfort and flexibility. When outside the craft, a separate drive station allows two astronauts to stand up while operating the craft. At speeds up to 10 km/h, the new rover can travel up to 1,000 kilometers on a single charge.

Apple AppStore increases demand for iPhone app developers

oDesk, a web service that connects companies with freelance developers said that it has seen a sharp increase in demand for iPhone developers. In fact, the firm claims that Apple may have created “a whole new marketplace” by itself.

September LCD TV prices down 22% on year for Internet shoppers, says DisplaySearch

Next-generation Intel Nehalem CPU to increase consumption of FC substrates

Mobile WiMax destined for mediocrity, says IMS Research

Study finds Text users accurately assess moods, are also more honest

A recent 88 person study conducted by Jeffrey Hancock and his team at Cornell University, found that people communicating over text messages can accurately gauge the other person's mood and emotional state. In a previous study from 2007, Hancock found that people are more honest in email or when texting than they are when face to face or on the telephone. 37% of his test sample group lied when on the phone, compared to only 14% in texts and emails.

AMD surrenders more CPU market share to Intel

AMD has not yet found an effective way to slow its market share decline in the x86 CPU market. According to new market estimates, AMD currently has a 17.7% share, while Intel is at 81.2%.

Top Google executives get a fighter jet

A company that is controlled by some of Google’s top executives, including co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have recently purchased a new plane to add to their already well equipped hangar. The new purchase is a Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet, which has been used as a light and compact jet attack and advanced trainer aircraft primarily in Europe.

Garriott’s $30 million space adventure ends

Chicago (IL) - Richard Garriott, the world’s first second-generation astronaut returned to Earth safely yesterday at 11:37 pm EDT in a perfect landing of the Russian Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft on the Central Asian steppes of Kazakhstan. Garriott was the sixth-ever space tourist and first to travel to space as a second-generation astronaut.

Scientists create organic wires for use inside the human body

Research chemists at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) have developed a water-soluble, organic, self-assembling electronic wire suitable for use inside the human body. Derived from carbon materials, the lightweight, flexible wires can power pacemakers, reconnect damaged nerve tissues, while also interacting with real electronic device that could augment or stimulate organic function. But do not worry, for this is only step one of the long process of turning us all into Borg-like drones.

Breakthrough in quantum computing stores data inside atoms

A team of scientists at UC-Berkeley have successfully stored and retrieved information using the nucleus of an atom. A paper outlining the achievement entitled "Solid-state quantum memory using the 31P nuclear spin" appears in yesterday's Nature journal. This is the first ever demonstrable proof that the nucleus of an atom can be used to store digital data reliably, bringing the dream of quantum computers one step closer to reality.

Insight from within the solar system provides new ideas about clean energy

A team of scientists led by the University of Oxford and researchers from the Science and Technology Facilities Councils Central Laser Facility have discovered more information about the hot, dense material that can be found in the center of planets, giving them a better idea how controlled thermonuclear fusion works. This could potentially lead to major advances in our struggle for clean energy.

NAND flash prices have peaked, to drop again in November

Legitimate P2P traffic to drive overall Internet traffic growth

P2P Internet traffic is expected to grow almost 400% over the next 5 years, according to a study conducted by MultiMedia Intelligence. Traffic is expected to increase from an average level of 1.6 PB (petabytes) month in 2007 to 8 PB per month by 2012.

Fighter jet engine to power 1000 mph car

 Two land speed record holders are aiming to break the 1000 mph barrier by 2011: Lord Drayson, the British Minister of State for Science and Innovation, today launched The Bloodhound project, which promises to result in a jet-powered vehicle that will hit a speed of 1.4 Mach – which almost twice the cruising speed of your average commercial airliner and even faster than some military jets.

HDTV shipments estimated to grow to 241.2 million by 2012

Slower growth may be trend in the flat panel market

Solar energy market expected to grow quickly

"And so we will colonize Mars, drill Europa and cure cancer"

Often times when professors submit research grant proposals, they include very lofty stated goals. And while the real world is the real world and it's not always possible to achieve those goals in practicality, science is usually advanced in mostly measurable and predictable ways. Well, that is exactly what didn't happen at Canada's McGill University when they accidentally discovered a new state of matter, now dubbed "quasi-3D".