NASA begins looking for water ice on the moon

 There's a radar system currently hitching a ride with India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft in orbit around the moon. For the first time, it's giving scientists the opportunity to look into the cold, deep craters that never see light of the sun, nor the Earth. It is believed that if there's any water ice to be found on the moon, that is where it will be.

Burger King's Friend Sacrifice application raises Facebook privacy concerns

 In the past few weeks - ever since Burger King (BK) launched a Facebook application which allowed individuals to delete 10 friends on Facebook in exchange for a free whopper - over 233,000 individuals have found themselves dropped as friends. And one BK feature has raised privacy concerns by Facebook.

Senate seeks legislation to delay digital TV switch

Mozilla's chief lizard wrangler meshes mobile and desktop via web

Mitchell Baker, chairwoman of the open-source organization Mozilla, offers her view of 2010 by stating that the web and open standards are key drivers in bringing desktop and mobile worlds together. Putting her money where her mouth is, Baker promised mobile and desktop Firefox versions would bridge the two worlds unlike anything in the browsing market before. She also reaffirmed her organization's commitment to make user-generated data easily manageable and portable in an online world, urging web application developers to take notice.

Gray Wolves no longer endangered

 On Wednesday the Bush administration announced that Gray Wolves in the Midwest and the northern Rocky Mountains would be removed from the endangered species list. The Gray Wolf is an animal that goes back and forth between been safe, and protected. The decision would apply to wolves in Idaho, Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, and Minnesota.

Mars is alive! Methane discovered

 NASA announced today that for the first time ever they have definitively detected methane in the Martian atmosphere. The discovery indicates "the planet is either biologically or geologically active," according to NASA.

YouTube implements new muting policy for copyrighted audio

 YouTube has begun instituting a new policy which does not remove content containing copyrighted audio from a user's list of videos. However, YouTube will now mute the audio portion so the video still plays, but without sound.

United Airlines to offer Gogo Inflight Internet on select domestic flights

 United Airlines announced yesterday that it will begin offering inflight Internet service for select transcontinental flights between New York and California beginning in the second half of 2009. The service will be available for all seating classes.

Tesla and Daimler a pair on a smart EV

 The founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, who is also the founder of SpaceX - a company to which NASA just awarded reservice supply contracts for the International Space Station through 2016 - claims that his electric vehicle start-up has just signed a deal to provide Daimler with the battery technology that will power 1,000 Smart electric vehicles, to be placed on the road by the end of 2009.

RPI develops brighter whiter LEDs, partially solves current droop

 Are those LED lights you have at home not bright enough for you? Research being showcased at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has been targeted to address that issue with a new new type of light emitting diode (LED). Said to offer significantly improved lighting performance and energy efficiency, the researchers have partially solved the problem of current droop.

Sandia simulation shows that many-cores reduce compute power

 Sandia National Laboratories has discovered that the level of performance given by multi-core supercomputers begins to fall-off as the number of cores increases. They show that 16 cores performs barely as well as two cores for certain types of complex operations.

IBM again top US patent holder, vows to go after lesser claims

 In 2008, the top ten companies who were issued patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was released today when IBM announced they have shattered not only their previous record, but also the previous U.S. patent holder record for one year.

NASA to show 2020 Lunar Rover prototype at Obama inauguration

NASA will be sharing with the world a prototype of its new Lunar Rover during the Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington, D.C. The Rover may be part of the planned 2020 return to the Moon by man. Washington (DC) - NASA will be sharing with the world a prototype of its new Lunar Rover during the Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington, D.C. The Rover may be part of the planned 2020 return to the Moon by man.

Possible new Stonehenge formation found in Lake Michigan

 In addition to finding a 10,000 yr old stone which appears to have mastadon carvings on it, new sonar analysis of an underwater rock formation may have located another Stonehenge. The jury is still out, but there is supporting evidence as Michigan is home to other interesting ruins.

2009 showing changing global manufacturing trends on weak economy

Intel, Cisco and Microsoft look to improve global education

MIT researchers looking for ways to create a hive mind

Taiwan goes electronic with national money cards

Students give NASA's inflatable Antarctic habitat a historic name

 NASA and the Challenger Center announced today the winning name of an inflatable Antarctic habitat that will be disassembled and returned to the United States later this month. The name was chosen after the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle: Resolution.

MIT develops portable device, gives visually impaired hope

 Elizabeth Goldring, a senior fellow at MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies, is visually impaired. That hasn't stopped her (and her MIT fellows), however, from developing smaller sized versions of seeing machines which let the visually impaired “see” what everyone else takes for granted.