Tucson (AZ) - An all-electric dragster named Current Eliminator V, has set a National Hot Rod Association's Super Pro class quarter-mile world speed record. Coming in at 8.10 seconds, and a top speed of 153.6 mph, the car, driven by Dennis Berube, was powered by the same type of battery which accelerated the Killacycle to a whopping 168 mph in 7.824 seconds in a quarter mile just a month prior.
A new proposal to bring 4x faster speeds over FireWire 800 is approaching the final ratification phase. Beginning in February, 2008, a 3.2 Gbps FireWire could be standard fare for future machines, using the same cables and connectors.
Amazon.com was represented in an auction in Sotheby's yesterday, and the online retailer became the proud owner of a never-before-released handwritten book from J.K. Rowling, for around $4 million.
Antarctica (Southern Pole) - A team of paleontologists working over two digging seasons, have unearthed the latest type of a sauropodomorph, a massive plant-eating dinosaur that lived 190 million years ago. Dubbed Glacialisaurus Hammeri, the remains consisted of a partial foot, leg and ankle bones. They were found at 13,000 feet on Mount Kirkpatrick, near the Beardmore Glacier, Antarctica.
Burbank (CA) - NBC Universal this morning introduced to the press the new KITT, the Knight Industries Three Thousand. It's a Mustang-based successor to the previous KITT, Knight Industries Two Thousand. This Shelby GT500KR will take its turbo boost center stage in 2008. And, just like its illustrious '80s predecessor, it talks.
Mars - Spirit came across an interesting spot of pure silica this past May. It literally ran right over it. Since then, scientists have been trying to figure out what might have caused it. Two theories include a previous water source which dissolved the silica and then deposited it, along with acidic steam springs emanating from deep within Mars. In preparation for the coming long, cold Martian winter, Spirit is being parked at a safe place near the previous silica discovery with the hopes of sending back more images for additional analysis.
Rochester (NY) - Physicsts at the University of Rochester have created an extremely simple, elegant device which can capture generated ultra-cold polar molecules by the truckload. The new device greatly simplifies an existing complex process that, according to the report, only four labs in the world were capable of performing. This new process is not only faster and less costly, but it also results in a continuous, near perfect yield of their desired molecules. Scientists believe this ability will help them develop exotic crystals and eventually stable quantum compute
Online lingo enthusiasts have a new reason to say "w00t" this year, as the Merriam-Webster dictionary elected the monosyllabic expression of joy as the word of 2007.
A new study in California looks at more than just wind speeds. The research now is looking at feasibility based on construction constraints. Is wind-power the answer to California's growing carbon concerns?
Who would have thought that? Market research firm iSuppli today said that Microsoft in fact is not meeting market demand for its Zune portable media player. However, the reason may not be just a jump in demand for certain models, but an overly cautious market strategy of Microsoft as well, the market research firm speculated.
Google accounted for more than 65% of all Internet search requests in November, a new record for the online giant.