A Long March 3A rocket sent the Chang'e-1 probe on its 239,000 mile journey to the moon, another step in China's attempt to send robotic explorers to the moon by 2020. China has four primary mission goals for the vehicle. The first will be to a comprehensive 3D model of the moon and its various surface formations, including some rarely photographed polar regions. The second is to measure 14 specific chemicals and their concentrations in the lunar atmosphere. Third will be to measure the thickness of the soil all around the surface.
Champaign (IL) - University researchers have created a new distributed computing environment which will join the ranks of many other such endeavors. It will allow theoretical models of the universe to be tested against real, observed data. The goal is to use a brute force method to find out which theory best matches up with the observed data. It's called Cosmology@home, and is available to anyone who wants to participate. Could your computer be the one that discovers the origin of our universe?
Troy (NY) - Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a novel approach toward utilizing one of the most essential elements on the face of the earth, Carbon. Nanotubes built from carbon exhibit a unique property. They have an ability to be nearly perfectly linearly flexible, and without losing any of their flexibility after repeated distortion cycles. This ability translates into a very accurate tool for measuring pressure.
Google will begin collecting data from Nielsen as it moves into the TV advertising market, marking what is expected to be the search giant's biggest venture into syndicated data collection.
Resistor-based memory is not an entirely new technology. But making it with traditional semiconductor manufacturing tools and processes is. Researchers have developed a way to bring this high-speed memory to manufacturers.
Nanoscale devices require nano power sources. How about one as harmless as solar? That's what researcher at Harvard asked themselves, and then they built it in the form of a solar-cell nanowire.
NBC has closed out its official Youtube account and removes all videos from the site as it prepares to launch its own video sharing outlet.
Traditional push scooters are going high-tech with lithium-ion batteries. At the Alternative Car Expo in Santa Monica, we test drove the Motorboard 2000 XR which can speed at up to 15 miles-per-hour for 20 miles per charge. David Roth, the co-founder and inventor of the scooter, told us that the lithium-ion batteries charge quickly and have enough power to push a 250 lbs person.
Cambridge (UK) - Christoforos Moutafis, a nanoscale researcher at Cambridge University, has uncovered some amazing magnetic properties of Iron-Platinum nanodots. Something one of the scientists calls "non-trivial mathematical objects" have been discovered which reveal a type of magnetic monobubble. It is a mathematical curiosity, but one which could form the foundational structure of future magnetic storage devices, like high-density hard drives or magnetic memory.
IBM announced this weekend that it has formed a joint initiative with MediaTek to create a new chipset that can wirelessly send a high definition movie to another source almost immediately.
Cambridge (MA) - Researchers at MIT have developed a type of layered gel which changes colors very rapidly. The color change extends even beyond the visual spectrum, from 300 nm (ultraviolet) to 1600 nm (infrared) radiation. Changes in pressure, temperature, salinity and humidity alter the color. Scientists believe the gel could be used as a fast acting chemical sensor, one giving visible cues as to the chemical's state.
Darwin (Australia) – 41 solar cars on their way competing in the World Solar Challenge 2007 in Australia.
ffLubbock (TX) - A scientist at Texas Tech University named Deeder Aurongzeb may have developed a way to greatly increase fuel-cell efficiency. He uses a type of high-temperature fast assembly technique to create faceted depositions of platinum, the primary catalyst in fuel cells. The facets create tiny bowls greatly increasing surface area. This potentially gives fuel cells much improved efficiency.
The media conglomerate with a billion dollar lawsuit against Youtube says it is not satisfied with the anti-piracy technology that has been implemented on the video sharing site.
Framingham (MA) – Hewlett-Packard (HP) posted yet another strong quarter of PC sales, according to a report released by IDC. Shipments jumped by on third year over year, resulting in a clear lead worldwide while the gap to Dell in the U.S. is closing.