The questionable benefit of natural gas vehicles

Chicago (IL) - T. Boone Pickens did not look not so green after the LA Times busted him for funding California’s Prop 10.

Carbonrally.com: Social networking goes green

There are countless websites that enable people around the world to jump online and calculate the negative impact in which they are affecting the environment and what they can do as an individual to reduce their footprint. Carbonrally.com is different: The site offers its users a social networking platform that combines online networking and online gaming to deliver a competition that works to benefit the environment and reduce each individual’s carbon footprint. Rather than pointing its finger and focusing on the bad things you do, the site focuses on the positives and what you could do to improve.

GM engineer says rechargeable car is on schedule

(Almost) Unbreakable: Future gadgets with carbon springs

Researchers from Clemson University have discovered a way to make surfaces much more durable and protect them from damage in the case of severe impacts: The path to virtually unbreakable surfaces may lead across shock absorbing carbon springs. First tests delivered evidence that such springs could withstand and fully recover from enormous forces.

32" PDP prices drop to unprofitable levels

A mini-notebook is exactly what you will want

You, in this case, would represent the consumer as analysts expect mini-notebooks to become the next gold mine for system builders. Promising unmatched portability, an attractive form factor and just enough computing power to handle most tasks, mini-notebooks are shaping up to become the next gadget category to pay close attention to. Of course, for the mass market effect to kick in, vendors will have to convince buyers of the advantages of these new products first – and invest into innovative engineering, product design and a set of killer features. 

Silicon wafer shipments up 6% in Q2

Humans meet their robot overlords at SIGGRAPH

Balancing on two wheels, the shiny UBot-5 scurries around the Los Angeles Convention Center like it owns the place.  Made by students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the robot can speed up to 12 km/hour and can’t be knocked over.  Nearby, MIT students were demoing “Nexi”, a robot that can respond to people with face gestures and speech.  Put your hand directly in “her” face and the bot will act upset.  Say something and the robot will follow your face around.  Oh, and don’t you dare have a staring contest against Nexi, because she will win, guaranteed.

U.S. broadband speeds too darn slow; adoption hits 7-Year low

NASA’s Constellation has a hiccup: First flight delayed to 2014

Washington, D.C. – Following the release of the annual report of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), NASA announced that it is realigning its Constellation program milestones. “Realigning” means that the program, which will replace the current Space Shuttle program and target a return to the moon by 2020, is being delayed by one year.

Falling prices to boost LCD TV sales in Q4

LCD panel production cuts causing insufficient supply to monitor vendors

Ritek to produce solar modules

Interest in small cars shifts to crossovers as gas prices decline

Hubble telescope completes 100,000 orbits

A greener LA: Park 101

Nanoantennas envisioned as possible replacement for solar cells

Imagine the possibilities of harvesting waste heat and converting it into electricity. Computer processors could be the source of power for their own cooling devices and solar cells could become dramatically more efficient by leveraging energy that is not being used today. If everything goes right, nanoantennas could even replace solar cells one day, researchers believe.

Rentech creates synthetic fuel from natural gas and coal

Rentech, a company that turns hydrocarbons such as coal and natural gas into alternative fuels, says it has begun producing an “ultra clean synthetic fuel”. The process is controversial, especially because coal, which is capable of emitting significant amounts of carbon dioxide when combusted, is involved.

Scientists make giant step towards 3D cloaking devices

The secret that allows objects to become completely invisible to the human eye has been one of the big quests of science, but remains a mystery can only be achieved through special effects in science-fiction movies. U.S. researchers now were able to actually build and define the first 3D cloaking device that can, in a limited way, achieve 3D cloaking ability.

The Terminator’s bionic eye becomes reality