Scientists at MIT have recorded a nearly simultaneous world-wide increase in methane levels. The first increase in ten years, this one is baffling science because the data contradicts modern theories which state man's contributions are the primary source of increase for this greenhouse gas. If man's emissions were responsible, it wouldn't be a simultaneous world-wide increase.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified Martian rocks
containing a relatively young hydrated mineral similar to opal. The
first conclusion is that there was water on Mars much more recently
than previously believed and life as we know it may have been supported
for a much longer period of time.
Yahoo has been taking steps in to open its platform to the developer
community for some time now. Today, the Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS)
team opened their doors to a completely rewired Yahoo that allows
developers access to both the Yahoo network and all of the social data.
Notebook sales have been growing at double-digit rates for some time
now, keeping a PC market healthy despite negative growth rates for
desktop PCs. The question was not if notebooks would be outselling
desktops at some point, but rather when. And according to IDC, it
happened for the first time in the third quarter of this year.
Dr. Mitzi Montoya of North Carolina State University has developed a way to put a number on how realistic online virtual online words are. His measure of realness is being sought after by corporations to identify better training tools and ways to conduct business. The idea is that virtual environments cost less than moving people around the globe, lodging them, etc. If businesses pick up on this idea of going virtual, then how soon until we will see a major push toward perfecting the technology? And how far away are we today?
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.