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