Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have turned on the
Texas Petawatt laser on March 31 for, well, a very brief period of
time. The specs of the device are mind-boggling: It has the power
output of thousands of power plants and is brighter than the surface of
the sun. Yet, the total power output of the atom-splitting laser is
just enough to keep a light bulb burning for only a few seconds.
Google Earth has been used in professional news organizations, an official political hot spot and even in NASA, and now the Internet giant has gone even further by striking a new partnership with the United Nations. The specially crafted online map will track refugees from around the world, to aid in humanitarian operations.
Now we can point fingers at certain regions within the U.S. when we are
looking for the largest producers of carbon dioxide. Drumroll, please:
According to a new “Vulcan” map published by Purdue University, the
Southwest is outed as a key player and has been found to be pumping out
much more carbon dioxide from fossil fuels than previously estimated.
There is an incredible amount of enthusiasm in the field of alternative
energy sources these days. We are seeing new “breakthrough”
announcements almost every day, but a great part of this research is
decades away from being a viable technology for everyday use. But we
also have news about more realistic approaches: For example, a
scientist from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass) claims
to have reached a critical milestone in the creation of biofuels with
traditional gasoline characteristics. And: The conversion apparently
can happen with “almost” no carbon footprint.
A husband and wife have filed a lawsuit against Google for its "street view" feature on Google Maps, which gives Internet users easy access to clear pictures of the front of their house. Aaron and Christie Boring said that Google came onto the driveway of their Pittsburgh home to take pictures for its controversial service, and that having the images online is a threat to their safety.
A nice looking car is one thing, but some
people are more interested in having the loudest car on the block … or
better yet several blocks. In what is a traditional at the Bangkok
International Motor Show, hundreds of audio enthusiasts showed off
their best eardrum-splitting cars and we managed to get some video of
the craziest vehicles. And we probably lost five years worth of
hearing in the process.
Comcast this week began offering a new tier of Internet speed, allowing users a 50 mbps connection, which is quick enough to download a full HD movie in 10 minutes. Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota are the test cities for the new connection option, with a main initial target of professional subscribers like businesses.
Special to TG Daily – Being able to exploit the massive computation
horsepower in multicore processors is one of biggest challenges in
today’s hardware and software industry. Traditional programming
techniques become increasingly inefficient as the number of cores in
CPUs grows. Intel and Microsoft try to solve this problem with what
undoubtedly is one most fundamental and fascinating research projects
in today’s IT industry. Rajesh Karmani, a member of the research team
at the University of Illinois, gives TG Daily readers and inside look
of the challenges presented by a life time opportunity.
So let’s say you’re a diver who
just hates having watches break under pressure because you like diving
deep, I mean REAL deep. What kind of watch would you buy? The new
Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA model of course. This baby is waterproof at
12800 feet and can withstand an incredible 2.98 metric tons of pressure.
Sony, Vivendi, Universal and Warner are all expected to be part of the launch of a new channel of Myspace, allowing users to stream and download music tracks in a direct competition to other digital media stores. Myspace Music will be an all-encompassing music destination, offering unlimited streaming, MP3 downloads, ringtones, and the opportunity to buy concert tickets and other merchandise.