Grenoble (France) - Scientists working at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) may have discovered a practical storage mechanism for hydrogen gas. It's a form of Lithium Borohydride, or LiBH4, and it contains 18% hydrogen by weight. Presently, it's created under enormous pressure, but is showing extreme promise as a new candidate for permanent hydrogen storage through future chemical refinement and a lower pressure system.
Austin (TX) - A company called Motion, working in tandem with Intel through Intel Health, has developed a truly usable piece of technology. It's an amped up tablet PC with abilities specifically built in for the health care fields. And while that may sound boring in and of itself, and while it's one thing to have hardware, the Motion C5 brings together some powerful software features and slick interfaces, which is where its real power lies.
Yahoo's online photo sharing service Flickr receives an update today to allow users to edit individual pictures in their digital albums.
Bangkok (Thailand) – An estimated 1.6 million visitors will gawk at very expensive cars, eye-searing color schemes and beautiful show girls at this year’s Thailand International Motor Expo held just north of Bangkok. The region’s second largest car show – just behind the Tokyo motor Show – hopes to slow the region’s slump in auto sales by adding some glitzy shows and great faces to the window shopping experience.
Organic semiconductors are manufactured with molecular flaws. New research has shown that if left in a high vacuum chamber for several days, many of those molecular flaws heal themselves.
Venus (2nd rock from the sun) - High in orbit around our nearest sister planet, Venus Express is relaying never before imagined data on the high temperature rock. Venus' atmosphere has 92 times more pressure than Earth. It's comprised of 96.5% CO2 and 3.5% nitrogen. There are molecules of oxygen visible in trace amounts. Its surface temperature is nearly 450C, trailing off to near Earth-like temperatures at an altitude around 60km. Venus also includes high velocity winds in excess of 100 meters per second, and these persist throughout the atmospher
Clemson University researchers have developed a new process technology for semiconductors and solar cells, one that costs less to manufacture while providing significant reductions in power loss. This results in less heat, faster clock speeds, and even the need for fewer cores in the multi-core processors of tomorrow.
Ann Arbor (MI) - Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a voltmeter so small and sensitive that it can measure 1000s of points of electrical voltage inside a cell. Using light emissions to determine voltage, instead of electrons, the 30 nm spheres receive a particular type of blue light and, based on the voltage present, reflect back red and green light. The ratio of red to green determines the voltage. And, according to the researchers, it is extremely accurate.
Jack Ganssle over at EE Times has written a lengthy article about the 60 year anniversary of the transistor. The story takes us back to 1825 when William Sturgeon developed the first electromagnet. We continue on toward the Titanic's 5 Kilowatt S.O.S.
The latest chapter in the Google-powered phone hype story is that the search giant announced it is applying to bid for wireless spectrum in an upcoming government auction.