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Investigating Nanopillars

October 13, 2009

(Empa)

If the diameters of silicon columns are made small enough, under load they yield to pressure and undergo plastic deformation, as a metal would, opening up the way for completely new materials design techniques for mechanical microsystems and in the watch industry, Empa researchers have shown.

Screening the Latest Bestseller

January 23, 2006

The new Sony Reader e-book features a display that looks more like ordinary paper than a liquid crystal display, because the pixels reflect ambient light rather than transmit light from behind. There’s no flicker, because the pixels are completely static.

The E Ink technology also conserves batteries because current is used only when pixels need to change their color — between virtual page turns, the Reader consumes no current… read more

Dark matter particle discovered?

April 15, 2008

The DAMA (DArk MAtter) collaboration at the University of Rome is reportedly expected to announce this week improved experimental evidence for the identity of dark matter.

Researchers from Italy stirred up controversy eight years ago when they announced they had discovered the identity of dark matter, the invisible stuff that’s thought to make up 23 percent of the universe.

Robot Planes Tested for Friendly Skies

April 18, 2003

“NASA is developing a collision-avoidance system that would allow fully autonomous, and not just remotely piloted, aircraft to operate in civil airspace.”

The aircraft uses a radar system and can detect the transponders found in larger aircraft. “Eventually, engineers envision a system that combines radar, transponders, cameras and other instruments so drones can operate as safely as any other plane.”

U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets

October 21, 2009

In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media, part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using open-source intelligence.

Visible crawls over half a million web 2.0 sites a day, scraping more than a million posts and conversations taking place on blogs, online forums, Flickr,… read more

Will Google help navigate your Jetta?

February 6, 2006

Volkswagen is working on a prototype vehicle that features Google’s satellite-mapping software to give drivers a bird’s-eye view of the road ahead.

The two companies are also building an in-car navigation system and a three-dimensional display so passengers can recognize where they are in relation to the surrounding topography.

Vitamins ‘may shorten your life’

April 17, 2008

Copenhagen University research has suggested that certain vitamin supplements do not extend life and could even lead to a premature death.

A review of 67 studies with trials involving 233,000 people found “no convincing evidence” that antioxidant supplements cut the risk of dying,” and suggested that vitamins A and E could interfere with the body’s natural defences, and that beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E seem to increase mortality.… read more

3D ‘Crystal Ball’ Monitors

May 1, 2003

Perspecta, a new display technology using a rotating disk, provides a high-resolution 3D representation of an object that can be viewed from 360 degrees around the display, without the need for special goggles.

Sticky future for the spider suture

November 2, 2009

University of Wyoming scientists have identified the genes potentially involved in the glycoprotein-based ultra-strong glue that spiders use to trap their prey, raising the hope that similar substances could one day be synthezised to produce surgical adhesives.

‘Inexhaustible’ source of hydrogen may be unlocked by salt water

September 21, 2011

Bacterial-Hydrolysis

A grain of salt or two may be all that microbial electrolysis cells need to produce hydrogen from wastewater or organic byproducts, without adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere or using grid electricity, according to Penn State engineers.

“This system could produce hydrogen anyplace that there is wastewater near sea water,” said Bruce E. Logan, Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering. “It uses no grid electricity… read more

Science Academy Creating Panel to Monitor Stem-Cell Research

February 16, 2006

To fill a void in federal supervision, the National Academy of Sciences is setting up a committee to provide informal oversight over research with human embryonic stem cells.

U.S. Food Rationing? Urgent Global Shortage Hits

April 22, 2008

The global food shortage, already at crisis stage in many countries, seems poised to hit home.

Major retailers in New York, in areas of New England, and on the West Coast are reportedly limiting purchases of flour, rice, and cooking oil, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Monday that the world must urgently increase food production.

Unlocking The Matrix

May 12, 2003

TIME offers “an exclusive look at the year’s most avidly anticipated film epic.”

Japan eyes solar station in space as new energy source

November 9, 2009

(Japan Institute for Unmanned Space Experiment Free Flyer)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to collect solar power in space and send it to Earth by 2030 using laser beams or microwaves, and has created a consortium (the Institute for Unmanned Space Experiment Free Flyer) that includes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Electric, NEC, Fujitsu and Sharp.

Kurzweil to receive Special Libraries Association award

March 4, 2006

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) has named Ray Kurzweil as SLA Honorary Member, one of “18 outstanding information professionals who have been selected as recipients of its 2006 Awards and Honors.” They will be recognized at the Opening General Session of the SLA 2006 Annual Conference on June 11 in Baltimore.

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their… read more

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