Blu-ray site hacked to redirect to promotional HD DVD address

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.

Week before Christmas spark in online sales

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.

Big asteroid on collision course with Mars

Possible safe fuel storage method found for hydrogen powered cars

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.

Original Knight Rider car on eBay

Boeing 707 celebrates 50th anniversary

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.

Notebook makers look to have 4GB RAM next year

Carbon sheets could save Earth's limited Indium supply

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.

Silicon nanowires boost Li-ion for 20-hour notebooks

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". Silicon nanowires

Report: Manmade carbon emissions are killing the coral reefs

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.

UCLA finds layout design important in transistor performance

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.

Hybrid semiconductor material found for high-temps

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.

Falling global demand for CD-R discs lessens willingness to renew licensing among Taiwan OEM makers

Silicon wafers for solar cells too pricey

Taipei (Taiwan) - The silicon wafers used for the solar cell industry have increased significantly in price this quarter.  6" wafers are currently priced between $9.20 and $9.30 each.  The Taiwanese solar cell makers claim this is an unacceptably high price.  When the wafers exceeded $9 in November there was an outcry.  The additional 3% has pushed the price beyond $9, what was considered to be the ceiling.  As a result, silicon solar cell makers are now forced to reduce the number of products they buy, sending ripples downstream to end-produ

Lodestone exhibits electric phase-switching ability at -250F

An ancient magnetic mineral called lodestone is proving somewhat baffling to modern scientists.  By using a new generation of nano-tools, researchers have been able to un-earth a new ability that could have applications in mass storage or computer memory.

Survey: Linux outpaces generic open-source software adoption

Nano-flakes offer potential for 30% efficient solar cells

Copenhagen (Denmark) - Martin Aagesen, a PhD from the Nano-Science Center at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, discovered a new, untried material, called silicium.  He describes it as "a perfect crystalline structure".  The new material has the ability to absorb all light, and he claims it could become "the perfect solar cell".  According to early reports, 30% efficiencies seem well within reach, though there are very few details in his findings.

Broadband usage expected to hit 1 billion users in 2008

Phishing cost the U.S. $3.2 billion in 2007

While Gartner projects phishing and malware attacks will to become increasingly piercing through 2009, in 2007 the damage was done.  3.6 million U.S. adults lost $3.2 billion to phishing schemes.

DRAMeXchange believes DRAM industry may rebound in Q1 2008

A paid, professional DRAM industry forecaster see only one activity which could turn the DRAM industry's slump around, that of big corporate buying spree for the new year.  Let's hope it's time to upgrade those machines.