The FBI's fingerprint database is about to become only one small portion of the biometric data they maintain on individuals. Traits identifying the lope of a person's gate will soon be input, and searchable.
The U.S. Army has discovered a novel use for Macs: as a supplement to their main server banks. The goal is to distribute the OS workload, thereby reducing the possibility of crippling single attacks.
Moscow (Russia) - The last three satellites for a soviet GPS network named GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) were launched without incident yesterday in an improved Proton-M carrier rocket from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. The three satellites complete the system which will be fully operational in 2009, providing world-wide GPS access to GLONASS devices.
Japan’s navy successfully defended itself from a simulated ballistic missile attack last week.
Intel's recent minor slip of three quad-core processors from early in Q1'2008 to mid-to-late Q1'2008, coupled with some rumblings from under the surface, have caused a few to raise an eyebrow or two.
Over the weekend, visitors to the official Blu-ray Disc website were sent to the official HD DVD website instead, apparently the work of a format-biased hacker.
Procrastinating shoppers pushed last week's e-tailer sales up 25% over the same period last year, a new record for the last-minute shopping time.
Ford Motor Company and UCLA have developed a new chemical compound which can safely store large quantities of hydrogen gas in a chemically dissolved form, making it safe for use in automobiles. While there is still research to be done, this research may help bring it mainstream much sooner.
The Boeing 707, the firm's first jet-powered commercial airplane, is celebrating the 50th birthday of its maiden flight: Boeing launched the first production 707 on Dec. 20, 1957 from Renton Municipal Airport near Seattle, WA.
Carbon is proving to be a very useful substance for many applications. A 2D, single atomic layer of carbon, called graphene, could provide the ideal, nearly transparent electrode material for future displays and solar cells, and one which will not further deplete our already scarce supply of indium.
Stanford (CA) - Researchers at Stanford University have discovered a way to utilize silicon nanowires in such a way as to reinvent the rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. This find produces 10x the electricity of existing Li-ion batteries, leading to the 20-hour notebook. The lead researcher is calling it "a revolutionary development".
The coral reefs are providing early signs as to the perilous conditions of our oceans. Too much acid, too much salt, and too much CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere increasing the temperature. Changes need to be enacted soon to keep the coral reefs from dying by 2100, and an irreversible trend beginning.
Los Angeles (CA) - A team of UCLA researchers has been able to increase the performance of transistors by at least 5% without changing anything in the manufacturing process. Instead, they looked only at the up-front design used to create the circuit's shape. The research produced wires that were 30% shorter than standard models, as are used for logic gates, interconnects and nodes. They've found that by only optimizing the layout during the computer design stage, additional performance and speed is achievable without any other considerations.
Argonne (IL) - A newly published research finding at Argonne National Laboratory has identified a hybrid organic/inorganic material with zero thermal expansion (ZTE) that is proving suitable for use in semiconductors. Such ZTE products would allow for a much wider operational temperature range, resulting in faster clock rates and higher performing computers.