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".
The Internet is the portal for everything, there isn’t an item you
can’t get your hands on these days. A new report now alleges that
endangered animals, including chimps, leopard cubs and marmosets are
being bought and sold online.
Researchers at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) have perfected a low-temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) antenna for use in the 57 - 64 GHz millimeter-wave bands. These wireless frequencies are unlicensed and have been difficult or expensive to utilize due to limitations in existing antenna technology. This newly developed packaging solution addresses those shortcomings and offers a great acceleration to a world-wide network of high-speed, always-on, Internet-connected devices through hubs.
A project seeking volunteers willing to release personal information is currently underway at Harvard University's medical school. The effort, led by Dr. George M. Church, professor of genetics and director of the Center for Computational Genetics, hopes to find 100,000 volunteers not only willing to publicly release their DNA, but also answer a pervasive and comprehensive set of personal medical and lifestyle history questionnaires. More than 5,000 people have already signed up. If this effort catches on and becomes wide sweeping, it may soon be possible to google whether or not someone has a genetic predisposition toward nearsightedness or liver failure, for example. Also, the warnings cited indicate this project might not be for everyone, and could even be potentially damaging to a person's quality of life.
NASA launched its Interstellar Boundary Explorer, short IBEX, into
high-altitude orbit above Earth to investigate and capture images of
processes taking place at the farthest reaches of the solar system – a
region where the solar system meets interstellar space - nine billion
miles from the sun. Extra: SLIDESHOW
Researchers at Ohio State University have accidentally discovered a new solar cell material capable of absorbing all of the sun's visible light energy. The material is comprised of a hybrid of plastics, molybdenum and titanium. The team discovered it not only fluoresces (as most solar cells do), but also phosphoresces. Electrons in a phosphorescent state remain at a place where they can be "siphoned off" as electricity over 7 million times longer than those generated in a fluorescent state.
Just days after the FTC was capable of getting an Illinois court to
close down the HerbalKing spam network, it was predicted that the spam
level might potentially decrease as a result. So, do we see less spam
in our email inboxes as a result?
Canada's McMaster University has received a stunning new piece of equipment - the world's most powerful electron microscope. John Preston, director of McMaster's Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research said, "The resolution of the Titan 80-300 Cubed microscope is remarkable, the equivalent of the Hubble Telescope looking at the atomic level instead of at stars and galaxies. With this microscope we can now easily identify atoms, measure their chemical state and even probe the electrons that bind them together."