Recent advances in general purpose GPU computing are beginning to shift
perceptions in supercomputing applications. Belgian researchers have
assembled a relatively simple enthusiast PC with an emphasis on
graphics processing capability, which beats a multi-million dollar
supercomputer in its target application.
Everyone get your popcorn ready because a Denver man claims to have authentic video of a real live, breathing and blinking space alien and he’ll be showing it off to the media today. Jeff Peckman, who is trying to push his ballot initiative to set up an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission in Denver, says he’ll also reveal other evidence of extraterrestrial life to reporters.
The Department of Energy is hoping cold hard cash will lure companies in developing a solid state replacement for the regular household light bulb. The agency announced the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize or L Prize at the LIGHTFAIR conference in Las Vegas California this week and has partnered up with four major California utilities to help with the evaluation process. Companies that produce a suitable replacement for the common 60 watt incandescent bulb and the PAR 38 halogen bulb will receive up to $20 million in cash and much more importantly federal government procurement opportunities.
Public policy organization Brookings has released a detailed per-capita
footprint ranking of 100 metropolitan areas in the U.S. The study
reveals that residents living in the eastern half of the country
produce much more carbon emissions than residents in the West. In the
most extreme case, Lexington, Kentucky, has a per-capita emissions
rating that is 2.5 times higher than Honolulu, Hawaii. Brookings found
that these differences can often be tracked down to development
patterns, rail transit, fuels used to generate electricity, energy
prices, and weather.
We’ve all heard of Earth Day and ‘Lights Out’ demonstrations where
entire cities try to save greenhouse gasses by turning off all lights
for one night, well one group is trying to do the opposite with its
'Carbon Belch Day'. In an effort to counter what it says is growing
green propaganda, Grassfire.org wants people to use as much carbon as
possible on June 12th. This includes turning down the AC by 5 degrees,
leaving all your computers on and inviting all your friends over for a
BBQ hopefully with lots of meat on the grill.
Taking annual mammograms is generally recommended for women with an age
of 35 years and above. But these radiology procedures are inconvenient
and can actually be painful, since the breast needs tobe squeezed between two
metal plates. TechniScan has developed a new method to scan a breast –
a method that is based on the processing capability of GPUs to deliver
3D images, which could replace traditional mammograms one day. It is a fascinating example how we can take advantage of the enormous progress in technology to save lives.
Delta took delivery of a new CAE Electronics aircraft simulator, which
is considered the most advanced system currently available. Tailored to
simulate Delta's existing N701DN aircraft (Boeing 777-200LR), the CAE
system is based on electromagnetic engines instead of hydraulics as
well as AMD Opteron processors and ATI Radeon / FireGL graphics engines.
San Francisco (CA) – Would you pay 10-cents per song for music that can only be played within a browser? That’s what Lala.com hopes people will do with its upcoming music rental store. Michael Robertson of MP3.com fame leaked out details of the new service which promises free song previews and cheap 10-cent music rentals. But there’s a catch, these songs are, as Robertson says, “trapped in a tab in your browser.”
You can do much more with your Bluetooth-capable cellphone than
connecting it to a wireless headset. Scientists have come up with a way
to use Bluetooth signals to track the speed of pedestrians and
vehicles, potentially proving you with reliable information how long
you will have to wait in that security line at the airport.
Road warriors have been promised eight-hours of battery time for their
mobile devices such as notebooks for some time now. We are inching
towards that goal and one of the technologies that could take us much
closer to that goal would be Apple’s idea to integrate solar panels
behind the LCD of a mobile device.