NASA tests Orion’s parachute performance over Arizona while work progresses in Florida

The team designing the parachute system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft has demonstrated almost every parachute failure they could imagine. But on April 23, they tested how the system would perform if the failure wasn’t in the parachutes.

Report: Telsa owners more concerned with performance than green

Here’s a big shocker – Tesla Motors’ electric cars are owned in a large part by males who value performance over economy. It is a marker which has interesting implications for how other emerging electric vehicles are perceived by would be drivers, according to a recent study by research firm Strategic Vision.

Superconducting wire yields unprecedented performance

The ability to control nanoscale imperfections in superconducting wires results in materials with unparalleled and customized performance, according to a new study from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Public Wifi performance upped 700 percent

Researchers at North Carolina State University say they've worked out a way to boost the performance of public Wifi connections seven-fold.

Gender differences in math performance 'purely cultural'

The idea that girls are innately less good at math than boys just doesn't add up, a new international study shows.

Team improves supercapacitor performance for better energy storage

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have created a greatly enhanced supercapacitor, improving energy storage in everything from energy grids and electric cars to consumer electronics.

Parental controls work poorly with Web 2.0 sites

A European Commission study has found that parental control programs function poorly when filtering Web 2.0 content such as social networking sites or blogs.

Firefox 4 beta: new look, better performance

Mozilla's released the first beta of Firefox 4, which sports a new interface and performance improvements.

Nvidia introduces Optimus technology for notebooks

Nvidia has introduced an intelligent switching technology for notebook PCs that automatically selects the optimal graphics processor for running a specific application.