The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Fraunhofer, one
of Germany’s largest research organizations, announced the creation of
the MIT-Fraunhofer Institute for Sustainable Energy Systems. The
partnership will focus on solar, green buildings and energy device
prototyping, leveraging cross-Atlantic research resources and
The Federal Communications Commission has issued fines against Wal-Mart, Sears, Circuit City, Target, Best Buy and others for failing to meet requirements concerning the digital TV conversion next year. Additionally, the governmental organization imposed fines on TV manufacturers for continuing to ship analog tuners after the deadline and for not meeting other digital TV guidelines.
Scientists in Germany have made a breakthrough in one of the biggest expanding markets in the battery industry: lithium-ion. With the massive Sony battery recall last year and ever-growing concerns about lithium-ion-powered devices catching aflame, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC have created a solution.
Determining the difference between a level two and level three hurricane may be done in the future by measuring the sound instead of flying in airplanes in the middle of it at several hours throughout the day. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a new, more cost-effective way of measuring the intensity of a hurricane.
With national gas prices approaching an average of $3.40 per gallon, it
may not be too surprising that the interest in less fuel-hungry is
increasing these days. Cars.com recently found that 59% of car shoppers
already have purchased or at least consider buying a hybrid car as
their next car. Based on vehicle research on its site, Cars.com now
came up with some numbers that could shed some light on a possible
regional demand of hybrid cars.
IBM today pitched a completely new storage technology that could
replace traditional hard drives and flash-based solid state disk drives
(SSDs). IBM believes that spintronics-based storage devices that store
data within a wiretrack could enable MP3 players with several terabytes
of capacity and superfast access times.
Rechargeable batteries are a great return business for battery
companies and a continuous source of inconvenience for users of pretty
much device that uses such batteries: Ongoing use will cause the
battery to lose its capacity over time: While you can influence the
degree of the capacity loss, you will eventually need to replace the
battery at some point. New research indicates that a carbon
nanotube anode coating may cut the capacity loss almost in half.
Yahoo has created a strategic partnership with Google and is reportedly in talks with AOL, while Microsoft may team up with News Corp to launch a new bid to take over Yahoo. The AP suggests Yahoo's moves are "last-ditch efforts" to prevent an acquisition from Microsoft and is in effect creating a "dramatic finale" in this Internet saga.
The 29th annual Bangkok International Motor Show
recently completed on April 6th and here is our last batch of pictures
(well we actually have 1200+ more pictures, but there are only so many
hours in the day to edit boothbabe pics).
Amazon.com has announced that it will offer a $50 store credit to anyone who bought an HD DVD player from the online store before February 23. The move mimicks a service offered by Best Buy earlier this year, automatically sending out a $50 gift card to those who purchased an HD DVD player.
The throaty VROOM of a motorcycle is the sound
of music to many adrenaline junkies, but in the future that vroom vroom
could be replaced with a high-pitched WEEE WEEE of an electric motor.
Oakland-based Electric Motorsport is developing an electric motorcycle,
the Electric GPR-S, capable of freeway speeds with enough juice to
complete most commutes. But could such a motorcycle beat a Honda CBR
street bike on the open track? Today we found out and caught it all on
video and in pictures.
Pricewatch - Over the past month we have been reporting on the pricing trend of Blu-ray Dusc players. As HD DVD faded away, prices of BD devices began to slowly creep up, to where they have now largely rested at around $400. This week we decided to take a look at how changes in price have changed the demand of the products, and found that while consumers have been stepping up to buy players for around $350, many appear to be deterred from spending much more than that.
The reason why you cannot reach a specific web site at any given time
can be very simple. Server and hosting issues, maintenance or the plain
fact that a site has been discontinued are the most likely explanations
why a site just won’t load. But there is another, more mysterious
possibility: Black holes. A team at the University of Washington (UW)
has begun mapping scenarios where information packets on the Internet
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have turned on the
Texas Petawatt laser on March 31 for, well, a very brief period of
time. The specs of the device are mind-boggling: It has the power
output of thousands of power plants and is brighter than the surface of
the sun. Yet, the total power output of the atom-splitting laser is
just enough to keep a light bulb burning for only a few seconds.
Google Earth has been used in professional news organizations, an official political hot spot and even in NASA, and now the Internet giant has gone even further by striking a new partnership with the United Nations. The specially crafted online map will track refugees from around the world, to aid in humanitarian operations.