Sea-ice coverage levels in the Arctic are approaching the record low of
September 2007. Since the melting season has not reached its end yet,
scientists of the European Space Agency are expecting to see a record
low in 2008 and two passages being completely ice free by mid-September.
Feature - There is no single day anymore on which you do not hear about green
technologies, new efforts to reduce carbon footprints, enable more
environmentally friendly energy and get rid of toxic materials. We went
through our records and compiled a list of greentech companies worth
watching. From biofuels to solar, from automotive to waste management
and from nanotech to energy management.
The stars of the hit Discovery Channel show Mythbusters
chatted it up with NVISION attendees today during a meet and greet
session. The serious dark beret wearing Jamie Hyneman and the
happy-go-lucky Adam Savage autographed papers and posed for pictures
with several dozen people who had waited up to an hour in line. One
fan was so excited and introduced all her children to the stars and
exclaimed, “We all think you’re gods!” To which Hyneman replied, “I’m
It was only a matter of time. The automotive industry is just as
impressed by 3D advancements as we are and has hiring companies that we
all know and like - to change the way how we drive. One of the shining
examples is a 3D interface from the latest Nissan GT-R, which was
designed by the Gran Turismo designers. But what Futuremark did for
Audi is simply astounding.
Hydrogen shapes up to become one of the most important fuels for the
future, but scientists need to overcome substantial hurdles to enable
an efficient production of hydrogen. We increasingly hear about ideas
that suggest that future engines in fact may be able to run on water,
breaking down water into oxygen and hydrogen right where it is needed.
This process requires significant input energy, which, according to
scientist could be provided by sunlight.
Nvidia GPUs have become the leading processing platform within
Folding@Home and continue to grow quickly: GeForce Processors are
likely to become the first technology to break the 1.5 PFlops barrier.
Digg’s Kevin Rose receives the honor for jumpstarting this year’s iPod
update rumors with a picture and rather vague and strange information
from his sources what this new update may bring. According to Rose,
Apple will shelve the current iPod Nano design, cut prices and add
features. Also, Mac OS X might finally see Blu-ray support. But Rose
could have missed the most important update of all: An iTunes
all-you-can-eat subscription service.
You can already envision the marketing frenzy that will surround Michael
Phelps, who won eight Olympic Gold medals in eight days at Beijing 2008
Olympic Games that ended yesterday. And there will be many who will
want to jump onto that marketing train. SGI and Intel are already on
In a meeting between traditional gadgetry and
modern processors, the Maker Faire paid a visit to the Intel Developer
Forum. Eager inventors showed off their old pinball machines, robots
and even remote controlled battleships that could fire pellets at 200
feet per second. While much of this tech was old fashioned balsa wood,
soldered metal and cheap plastic, attendees still marveled at the
Formula One teams spend tens of millions of dollars on air-tunnels,
super-computers and simulators to improve the features of its cars,
engines components and the abilities of its drivers. Ferrari has always
been a bit ahead of the competition with new technology and pioneers a
new technology for the racing series once again: The team has
contracted a company to build the most realistic driving simulator in
Formula One’s history.