Making gadgets smaller, faster and more efficient

University of Cincinnati researchers are discovering how to manipulate light to one day better view the world’s tiniest objects through a super-lens, as well as how to hide an object in plain sight.

Want your computer to go faster? Just add light

Every second, your com­puter must process bil­lions of com­pu­ta­tional steps to pro­duce even the sim­plest out­puts. Imagine if every one of those steps could be made just a tiny bit more effi­cient. “It would save pre­cious nanosec­onds,” explained North­eastern Uni­ver­sity assis­tant pro­fessor of physics Swastik Kar.

The fast winds of Venus are getting faster

The most detailed record of cloud motion in the atmosphere of Venus chronicled by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Venus Express has revealed that the planet’s winds have steadily been getting faster over the last six years.

A faster way of converting natural gas to energy

Chemical engineering researchers have managed to identify a new mechanism to convert natural gas into energy up to 70 times faster, while effectively capturing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2).

Google speeds search - but will everybody like it?

Google's ramped up the speed of search with a new Instant Pages system which it claims can knock up to five seconds off the time a web page takes to load.

MIT speeds up graphics rendering

Aiming to make video games look as photorealistic as possible, designers often try to build in motion blur like that which appears in the movies. It simply doesn't look realistic without.

New battery charges 100 times faster

Cellphones could charge in seconds, and laptops or even electric vehicles in minutes, thanks to a new battery technology developed by scientists at the University of Illinois.

Child sex images purged faster than ever before

Images of child abuse are remaining live on the internet for less time than ever before, a new report finds.

Action games tune decision-making skills

Video gamers make the right real-life decisions more quickly, according to scientists from the University of Rochester.

Is Nvidia's GeForce 14x faster than Intel's Core i7?

Intel has reportedly acknowledged that application kernels run up to 14 times faster on an Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 compared to a Core i7 960 CPU.

Report: HP prepping WebOS-powered tablet

Hewlett Packard (HP) is reportedly prepping a WebOS-powered tablet that could be released as early as the third quarter of 2010.