Intel and Nvidia co-sponsors in parallel programming initiative

Stanford is the next University that receives support from major IT companies to develop new techniques, tools, and training materials to exploit the parallelism capabilities of multi-core processors. And no, that headline is no mistake: The initial group of sponsors includes a colorful mix of rivals and partners: AMD, Nvidia, Sun Microsystems as well as Intel, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, showing first signs that these companies could actually be working together to solve the multi-core programming dilemma. Too good to be true? 

Boeing 787 Dreamliner sees light at the end of the tunnel

Xerox sees the future with re-usable paper, cell technology

Xerox's research lab is one of the big technology hot spots around the world, and it recently highlighted some of the innovations it is working on to pave the way to the future.  The high-tech firm has in its laboratory new uses for solar power, an environmentally-friendly version of plastic, erasable paper and a new way to detect abnormal cells in humans. 

Schwarzenegger’s own brother-in-law attempts to stop his jet commute to Santa Monica

Sometimes your worst enemy is your family.  California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger regularly commutes by private jet from Sacramento to the Santa Monica Airport, but his own brother-in-law wants to put a stop to that.  Santa Monica City Council member Bobby Shriver (brother of Schwarzenegger’s wife Maria Shriver) recently voted to ban large jets from the city’s airport.

Researchers supercharge nanomotors with rocket fuel

Building nanomachines is among the most fascinating projects of miniaturization these days. Researchers at Arizona State University claim they have developed sub-microscopic nanomotors that are ten times more powerful than the engines that available today. The result: Nanomachines with these new engines are at least twice and as much as six times as fast. 

HP circuit discovery shows advanced, power efficient element

HP today announced that it has proven the existence of a new basic element, an intriguing breakthrough that could lead to big advancements to anything that uses electronic circuits.  Previously only theorized, the discovery of the element known as "memristor" could have researchers able to develop computing systems that do not lose memory.

South Korean astronaut has neck and back pain from landing

Corning says no slowdown in LCD glass market

iTunes Store turns 5: Can anyone break its dominance?

Apple's digital music store just celebrated its fifth anniversary and had a Cinderella-like run so far. More than four billion music tracks and more than 125 million TV episodes have been sold since launch. The market share is estimated at or above 70% worldwide. Earlier this year, iTunes was believed to briefly have been the nation’s largest music retailer. TG Daily took a look at the store’s history, the environment and competing landscape to sum up its five years of business and look at difficulties it may be facing. 

India launches ten satellites in one shot

PDP module shipments expected reach 3.65 million units in Q1 08

US Secretary of State admits biofuels raise food prices

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has admitted that the increased production and use of biofuels has helped raise food prices around the world.  In a speech given to a gathering of Peace Corps country directors, Rice said biofuels have caused “some effect” on food prices, but added that it was an “unintended consequence” of government policies.

Google enhances image search

Google has unveiled a prototype for an Internet technology it calls "VisualRank," an image search algorithm that it says will bring the same kind of precision its "PageRank" technology did for text-based Web searches.  In addition to changing the formula for searching specifically for image results, Google said its new technology also takes into account pictures that look similar, grouping those results together.

Bill Gates uses 10,000 times the energy of the average American, MIT says

Time to start the finger-pointing again. A class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has begun to track the carbon footprint of different lifestyle in different nations. And the picture painted for the U.S. isn’t pretty: Even the most power conscious people in this country use more than twice the energy of the average person around the world. If you are looking for people with the worst carbon footprint, look among the super-rich such as Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey, MIT says.

Gene therapy restores sight for British teenager

Google’s book scanning proceeds one page at a time

European Union launches second Galileo navigation satellite

The European Union has launched its second test satellite for the Galileo navigation system.  Launched on a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan (no Borat jokes please), the satellite will help the European Space Agency test out electronics and signalling for what will be a 30 satellite constellation to compete with the US Global Positioning System.

Get ready for the 30th anniversary of e-mail spam

In 1978, the first unsolicited e-mail was sent, to hundreds of users of the government computer network Arpanet.  The phenomenon would later be demarkated as "spam" and revered as one of the most lucrative and controversial trends in Internet history.  Immediately after the message was sent, complaints were rampant and the sender was attacked by Arpanet, though he was not charged with a crime.

The Pirate Bay exceeds 12 million users

Star wars: Hubble’s galaxy collision pictures

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a fascinating set of pictures taken by the Hubble space telescope showing colliding galaxies and galaxy mergers.