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.
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.
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 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%.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".