Cuil launched with a bang this week, but perhaps not quite the bang its
creators had hoped for. While Cuil claims to host the largest search
index of all search engines currently available, the service does not
seem to be mature enough to be able to compete with established search
engines. However, there was one key metric that appears to be already
working for Cuil.
NASA on Thursday said that its Phoenix Mars Lander has identified
water, a requirement for life as we know it, in a soil sample. Heating
of samples and resulting vapor led scientists to conclude that it has
touched Martian water for the first time.
If you have ever looked into installing solar panels on the roof of
your home, then you may have found that the technology can cost you
tens of thousands of dollars, the power gain is very limited at this
time and power is only produced during daylight hours. But, it seems,
science is working on each of those shortcomings and we are hearing
about possible new solutions, including much more efficient solar cells
almost on a weekly basis. In the most recent development, MIT scientist
claim they have now found a way to capture solar power, convert it and
store it so it can be used during night times.
Anyone who has played a first person shooter is familiar with sci-fi
suits that provide a gamer’s character super-human abilities in one way
or another. At least as far as light body armor is concerned, such
suits could become reality soon as scientists have developed a new
carbon nanotube-based material that is much stronger than traditional
European scientists have discovered a hidden painting behind Vincent
Van Gogh’s 1887 Patch of Grass painting. Using synchrotron radiation
induced X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, a portrait of a mystery woman
It has been six weeks since Firefox 3 has been released and if we
believe market share numbers provided by an ongoing survey of
NetApplications, then it appears that Mozilla has had a successful
launch with market share gains, especially at the expense of
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
Carbon Sense Solutions, a group of Canadian environmental consultants,
might have just stumbled upon a carbon storage method that could aid in
the reduction of global carbon emissions by as much as 1% each year.
Their new method has been deemed Carbon Accelerated Concrete Curing,
and it works by accelerating the curing process and storing carbon
dioxide simultaneously. The method would apply only to precast concrete
but could have a huge environmental impact globally.
Intel is proud of its dominant position in semiconductor in production
technology and especially the fact that, for as long as we can
remember, has led the industry in terms of the smallest chip
structures. Its 45 nm technology is still at least one year ahead of
AMD. But it appears that Intel will have to give up that lead next
year, at least for a few months, when GPUs will make their transition
to 40 nm.
It’s up up and away for Glenn Martin as he showed off
his experimental jetpack at the annual EAA AirVenture festival in
Oshkosh Wisconsin. The “Martin Jetpack” can fly for several minutes
and can cruise at up to 60 miles-per-hour. For the truly adventurous,
the soon to be commercialized contraption can soar to 8000 feet,
however Martin hasn’t actually tested it more than a few feet off the
ground. Martin hopes to sell the jetpack for $100,000 a pop.
Whether you like it or not, cloud computing is shaping up more and more to become one of the key IT trends of the next decade. Today, cloud computing
consists of too many unknown variables and most cloud services
available could be considered transitional services at best. HP, Intel
and Yahoo are now taking a lead role in this trend and are building a
huge cloud computing playground for researchers in the hope that
convincing applications will be developed and open questions will be
Think all 100-year-olds know nothing of current technology trends and
how to use them? Think again – an annual survey of 100 centenarians
shows quite a few of them could probably give you a run for the money
if you were to match your texting speed against theirs.
Smart cars have been criticized for not quite being as fuel efficient
as their shopping cart size might suggest, but that could change with
the Smart ed, an all-electric car that is scheduled to become available