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