Daimler, the parent company of manufacturers such Mercedes-Benz,
Maybach, Smart and Freightliner, has begun working with a utility firm
RWE to install several hundred charging stations throughout the city.
Background - When the LHC is switched on in less than two days, Switzerland may
finally pay the ultimate price for never having chosen sides. In this
case, for deciding not to choose to walk on the side of caution. That
is, if what many scientists, watchdog groups and concerned activists
believe is about to happen. The worst case doomsday scenario resulting
from the operation of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) involves the
total destruction of the Earth within minutes or days of the planned
online time. The best case doomsday scenarios involve a slow poisoning
of the Earth through unexpected radioactive emissions. So, is the sky
really falling? No, because many scientists believe that all such fears
are unfounded and even silly.
The Institute of Physics (IOP) published a report today in Physics G:
Nuclear and Particle Physics providing the most comprehensive
mathematical evidence that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), scheduled
to go live Wednesday, September 10, 2008, poses no threat to mankind.
The research cites the creation of high energy particles in Earth's
upper atmosphere, those comprable to the ones LHC will produce, from a
constant and natural bombardment from the Sun. In short, there is no
danger, the scientists concluded.
Researchers from the Center for Neutron Research at National Institute
for Standards and Technology (NIST), and Seoul National University
(SNU), have cooperatively developed a way to tweak the a crucial design
aspect for printed organic-based semiconductor circuits. The redesign
not only makes them easier to manufacture, but also increases yield and
will eventually lead to better performing organic circuits (relative to
Craigslist has always extolled a “damn the
torpedos” mantra when it comes to ad postings, but things at the
world's most popular online classifieds site may be getting out of
hand. A simple scan of Google News shows dozens of stories of
Craigslist-related robberies, prostitution stings and other shenanigans
in recent days. Sure, there’s always one or two Craigslist robbery
stories every day, but in the past few weeks things seem to have
exploded for no apparent reason.
Feature – School is in full swing again and if you haven’t done so
already, it is about time to review your tech tools. We’ve dug a bit
deeper, skipped those laptops, common Google tools such as Google
Scholar/Books and USB sticks to find what we believe are 10 essential
on- and offline tools for today’s tech savvy student: As you are
heading back for class, check our list of applications to say organized
A research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute (PSI) named
Robert Gaskell is assembling the first pieces of what will eventually
become a full 3D surface map of the entire solar system. He's pulling
data together from multi-angle photographic, lidar, radar and other
geometric data sources, all captured from real space flights. The data
is processed through custom software he has developed over the last 25
years called stereo photo clinometry. The result is extremely accurate
3D surface data - and a growing database of planetary bodies which have
been so mapped.
Opinion - iRobot co-founder Rodney Brooks announced he is leaving his
position as CTO to form a new robotics company. While the new company's
focus and direction will not compete with iRobot's products, they will
be competing with you. Brooks wants to change the way robots are used
in today's labor markets. That means his robots will be in, and you
will be out.
Researchers at the University of Manchester and Dolby Canada have
developed a way to create "accurate enough" 3D texture models using
only a high resolution flash camera and special software. The result is
a very fast and inexpensive way to produce 3D surface texture maps
which are accurate enough to "fool the eye" most of the time.
The best pilot for a helicopter and potentially operate other systems
such as cars and even airplanes may not be humans, but software.
Stanford researchers said they have developed a system that can teach
software how to fly a model helicopter through difficult stunts.
Helicopters, news vans and curious onlookers. It’s
not the latest Los Angeles car chase, but the landing of a troubled
American Airlines passenger jet at the Los Angeles International
Airport. The pilot of the Boeing 737-800 reported trouble with the
left main landing gear and tires shortly after takeoff. After
approximately 40 minutes of troubleshooting, flight 1586 safely landed
with fleets of red and fluorescent green fire trucks lining the runway.
The browsing audience mix should continue to a normal pattern with the
end of summer. But at least as far as August is concerned, there has
been no change in recent market share trends. Microsoft’s Internet
Explorer (IE) continues to decline and Firefox inches closer to the 20%
mark, despite visible gains for IE8.
Electron mobility researchers at the Physikalisch-Technische
Bundesanstalt (PTB) have developed a high vacuum semiconductor crystal
generation process which produces 5x more purity than traditional
epitaxy systems. The new silicon promises a significant furthering of
research into the manufacturing of semiconductor-based single-electron
pumps as well as an investigation into quantum Hall resistance
metrology, which could ultimately lead to a fundamental redefinition of
the electrical current as a function of frequency and electron charge.
Spy pictures and a video of what appears to be one of the most
anticipated American cars in decades have been published on the
Internet. As far as we can tell from the video, it is a handsome
compact car that can keep all the promises GM has made – at least as
far as it looks are concerned.
Comscore as well as Nielsen Netratings estimated Google’s U.S. search
engine market at more than 60% in July. While the market research firms
have come up with substantially different numbers for their July
report, both agree that Google now runs more than three times the
numbers of searches of its closest rival and more than twice the
searches of Yahoo and Microsoft combined.
A request for an injunction against the launch of the Large Hadron
Collider (LHC) at CERN has been denied by the European Court of Human
Rights. A private initiative formed by scientists claims that the sheer
energy delivered by the LHC could produce uncontrollable new particles
as well as micro black holes that could lead to the destruction of
Qantas Airways is planning to treat movie stars
and politicians to a demonstration Airbus A380 flight in October. The
airline has filed a special Department of Transportation request to
takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport and then land back at
the same airport after a “several hour” flight.