Virtual astronauts needed for 17 month lockup

Six people stuck in a capsule.  It’s not an upcoming reality show, but a scheme by the European Space Agency to simulate a trip to Mars.

YouTube to make stronger international presence

YouTube has announced plans to create localized versions of the site for eight different countries, increasing its global standing but also opening itself to more controversy.

Google flips switch on solar power installation

Google has fired up a massive solar cell installation at its corporate campus in Mountain View.

Purdue University recreates 9/11 in science-driven animation

Though still a sensitive subject, scientists at Purdue have recreated what happened on September 11 to help with construction of stronger buildings in the future.

Blockbuster to move high-def, offering only Blu-ray Discs

Blockbuster will begin offering high definition videos next month, but will only be stocking Blu-ray format titles, another setback for rival HD DVD.

DARPA Scramjet hits ludicrous speed

A scramjet fired Friday in southern Australia briefly hit speeds of ten times the speed of sound.

Analysis: Has Intel found the key to unlock supercomputing powers on the desktop?

Quietly but surely, we are heading into a new computing era that will bring one of the most dramatic changes the IT industry has seen. Acceleration technologies will inject lots of horsepower into the CPU, increasing the performance capability of the microprocessor not just by 10 or 20%, but in some cases by up to 100x. These new technologies, which are expected to become widely available through heterogeneous multi-core processors, create challenges for software developers – but Intel claims to have found a way to make the transition easy.   

RoboCup competitors prepare for July melee

300 teams spread across 33 countries are making final preparations for this year's RoboCup, a robotic version of the World Cup soccer tournament.

Microsoft patents voice-based caller ID, GUI of screen phone

Redmond (WA) – Microsoft has been granted a patent, which describes the identification of telephone callers not by a source telephone number, but by voice characteristics instead.

LED makers pushing LED-based TVs at LED Lighting Taiwan 2007

Presidential debate to feature YouTube video questions

CNN and Google today announced new details about the series of upcoming presidential debates that will feature integration between the cable news network and Google's YouTube site.

Search engine ads projected to lose ground

Though search advertising is expected to retain its #1 position in the market of online ads, research firm IDC says it will slowly lose market share over the next five years.

New Kodak sensors help digital cameras see in the dark

Kodak says it has developed a new technology that will make dark, blurry digital photos shot under low-light conditions a thing of the past.

78% of consumers want HDTV, but most are confused: survey

A new survey commissioned by Hitachi shows that 78% of consumers say their next TV will be an HDTV, but two thirds say they don't know what the difference between the different models available.

Lite-On sees surging demand for digital photo frame LEDs

Intel research points to increased power efficiency in future I/O architectures

Kyoto (Japan) – Intel has unveiled research results of new I/O technology that improves the power efficiency of existing architectures such as PCI Express by a factor of 7.As we are heading deeper into the multi-core space, hardware manufacturers are likely to be facing a capacity and power bottleneck at the I/O transceiver. Processors with potentially dozens of cores are calling for significantly faster and more power efficient on-chip and off-chip interfaces to take advantage of the additional processing power.

Update: Google, Intel join in green IT initiative

Google, Intel, and a handful of other tech companies have come together to launch the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a project to reduce power consumption from computers.

Zero-power display market expected to grow by factor of 12 by 2012, says iSuppli

Intel aims to take the pain out of programming future multi-core processors

Santa Clara (CA) – The switch from single-threaded to multi-threaded applications to take advantage of the capabilities of multi-core processors is taking much longer than initially expected. Now we see concepts of much more advanced multi-cores such as heterogeneous processors surfacing – which may force developers to rethink how to program applications again. Intel, however, says that programming these new processors will require a “minimal” learning curve.

More than one billion PCs in use by end of next year: report

Growing demand for computing solutions in emerging markets will drive the unit count of PCs beyond the one billion mark in 2008, Forrester Research believes.