IBM gets chips to wirelessly transmit HD videos

IBM announced this weekend that it has formed a joint initiative with MediaTek to create a new chipset that can wirelessly send a high definition movie to another source almost immediately.

Rainbow gel changes color rapidly

Cambridge (MA) - Researchers at MIT have developed a type of layered gel which changes colors very rapidly.  The color change extends even beyond the visual spectrum, from 300 nm (ultraviolet) to 1600 nm (infrared) radiation.  Changes in pressure, temperature, salinity and humidity alter the color.  Scientists believe the gel could be used as a fast acting chemical sensor, one giving visible cues as to the chemical's state.

Online poker employee hacks system for $700,000

World Solar Challenge 2007 started

Darwin (Australia) – 41 solar cars on their way competing in the World Solar Challenge 2007 in Australia.    

Comcast systematically blocks some online traffic

Potential boost in fuel-cell efficiency discovered

ffLubbock (TX) - A scientist at Texas Tech University named Deeder Aurongzeb may have developed a way to greatly increase fuel-cell efficiency.  He uses a type of high-temperature fast assembly technique to create faceted depositions of platinum, the primary catalyst in fuel cells.  The facets create tiny bowls greatly increasing surface area.  This potentially gives fuel cells much improved efficiency.

Viacom not impressed with Youtube filtering

The media conglomerate with a billion dollar lawsuit against Youtube says it is not satisfied with the anti-piracy technology that has been implemented on the video sharing site.

HP pulling away from Dell in worldwide PC shipments

Framingham (MA) – Hewlett-Packard (HP) posted yet another strong quarter of PC sales, according to a report released by IDC. Shipments jumped by on third year over year, resulting in a clear lead worldwide while the gap to Dell in the U.S. is closing.   

Aftermarket lithium-ion battery pack squeezes 150 MPG from a Toyota Prius

A new lithium-ion battery pack for the Toyota Prius may not lower gas prices, but it promises to make trips to the gas station less frequent – a lot less frequent.

General election sealed with quantum protection

Interplanetary Internet is on the way, say scientists

A team of engineers at California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory says standards for widespread space communications will be ready within three years.

Understanding high-k dielectrics easier, thanks to new model

London (England) - Research being carried out at the London Centre for Nanotechnology has revealed a theoretical model which may provide a better understanding of the dielectric layer.  The new model predicts flaws and defects in a visual way which might help researchers hone in on just the right materials for future semiconductors.  These could significantly decrease wasted power and heat.

Myspacers will be able to call each other thanks to Skype

News Corp, the parent company of Myspace, announced last night that it has struck a deal with Ebay to allow users to embed a Skype application into their profile.

Myspace, Sony hook up for streaming music deal

News Corp has signed a deal with Sony to bring Sony BMG music to Myspace in the social networking site's first major licensing agreement.

Electromagnetic wormholes may make 3D TVs possible

Rochester (NY) - A professor of mathematics at the University of Rochester named Allan Greenleaf has solved a mathematical problem which could bring electromagnetic wormholes (EMW) into existence.  These EMWs would create a full invisibility cloak in a tube which surrounds whatever they were employed to hide.  Such devices could eventually be employed to make true 3D TV possible, and without special glasses.

Clinton rakes in the most Internet viewers

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is leading in the Web metrics for politically-savvy Internet surfers, according to numbers reported by Nielsen.

Youtube rolls out anti-piracy filter

For countless months it has just been mentioned in passing, but now Youtube's anti-piracy technology is actually up and running.

Scientists make light bend over backwards

Princeton (NJ) - Scientists have engineered a new type of "metamaterial" which exhibits optical properties exactly opposite of those in nature.  Whereas light passing through naturally occurring materials has a positive index of refraction, this new material has a negative index.  This makes it bend the wrong way, or in the opposite direction to natural light.  This unnatural ability is being researched and could have profound implications to everyday life.

Jammie Thomas's attorney says $222,000 award is unconstitutional

The single mother ordered to pay nearly a quarter of a million dollars for sharing 24 songs is continuing her legal battle, asking the legal system to reconsider the verdict.

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