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Supersonic private jet to replace windows with giant TV screen, panoramic view - With micro-cameras and flat displays now available, it could eliminate the structural issues with windows and reduce the aircraft weight.
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BBC News - Hemp fibres 'better than graphene' - They "cooked" cannabis bark into carbon nanosheets and built supercapacitors "on a par with or better than graphene" - the industry gold standard.
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Transatomic Power - Transatomic Power's innovative nuclear reactors turn nuclear waste into a safe, clean, and scalable source of electricity.
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New designs to breathe life back into our cities - "Urban buildings use up precious materials and cause pollution. We need visionary thinking to create more sustainable designs that respond to their environment" - architect Neil Spiller
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Can drones help tackle Africa's wildlife poaching crisis? - Rangers need all the help they can get in the fight against poachers. Killing elephants for their tusks and rhinos for their horns has become an illicit multi-million dollar business, with demand particularly high in Asia. An eye in the sky that can help catch wildlife poachers is the dream of many conservationists in Africa.
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Inside BAE's research lab for aircraft of the future - Ideas being worked on include planes that can "dock" together and in-flight 3D printing of items to help on missions.
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50 Smartest Companies 2014 - MIT Technology Review - MIT Technology Review identifies important new technologies deciphering their practical impact and revealing how they will change our lives.
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Data mining your children - Stephanie Simon - POLITICO.com - The data analytics firm has peered into the brains of more than 4 million students across the country. By monitoring every mouse click, every keystroke, every split-second hesitation as children work through digital textbooks, Knewton is able to find out not just what individual kids know, but how they think. It can tell who has trouble focusing on science before lunch — and who will struggle with fractions next Thursday.
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The Remote Control Needs To Die So The Television Can Live - The television continues to evolve, but the remote control is stuck in limbo.
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LIX: The Worlds Smallest 3D Printing Pen Lets You Draw in the Air - LIX is the latest contender in the handheld 3D-printing field. Launched just a few hours ago on Kickstarter, the developers say the super compact design is smaller than any other pen on the market and it can even be powered by the electricity from a USB port. After turning it on the LIX takes less than a minute to heat up and youre ready to start creating vertical illustrations. Via LIX:
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Dan Berkenstock: The world is one big dataset. Now, how to photograph it ... - We're all familiar with satellite imagery, but what we might not know is that much of it is out of date. That's because satellites are big and expensive, so there aren't that many of them up in space. As he explains in this fascinating talk, Dan Berkenstock and his team came up with a different solution, designing a cheap, lightweight satellite with a radically new approach to photographing what's going on on Earth
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Rupal Patel: Synthetic voices, as unique as fingerprints - People relying on synthetic speech use the voice theyre given, not their own. Rupal Patel created the vocaliD project to change that.
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The camera which captures 360 degree images up in air - The Panono camera ball takes 360 degree photographs when it is thrown in the air. The sphere is covered by 36 cameras which, once airborne, simultaneously capture individual images - these are then pieced together in the cloud to produce a 108 megapixel image which can be explored in any direction.
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Sugar-powered biobattery has 10 times the energy storage of lithium: Your smartp - If true, then the US can finally leave Afgan.

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As you probably know, from sucking down cans of Coke and masticating on candy, sugar glucose, fructose, sucrose, dextrose is an excellent source of energy. Biologically speaking, sugar molecules are energy-dense, easy to transport, and cheap to digest. There is a reason why almost every living cell on Earth generates its energy (ATP) from glucose. Now, researchers at Virginia Tech have successfully created a sugar-powered fuel cell that has an energy storage density of 596 amp-hours per kilo or one order of magnitude higher than lithium-ion batteries.
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Majority of Americans still in the dark about incandescent light bulb phase-out - The Jan. 1 deadline to end production of 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs is fast approaching, but most Americans aren't even aware that their traditional light sources will soon become a rare commodity, according to one consumer survey.
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http://io9.com/freakishly-realistic-telemarketing-robots-are-denying-t-148105029 - Recently, Time Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer received a phone call from an apparently bright and engaging woman asking him if he wanted a deal on his health insurance. But he soon got the feeling something wasn't quite right. After asking the telemarketer point blank if she was a real person or a computer-operated robot, she chuckled charmingly and insisted she was real. Looking to press the issue, Scherer asked her a series of questions, which she promptly failed. Such as, "What vegetable is found in tomato soup?" To which she responded by saying she didn't understand the question. When asked what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained of a bad connection (ah, the oldest trick in the book). Here, listen for yourself:
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New Low-Cost Plastic Apple iPhone: Sneak Peek - This is an early look at what appears to be the casing of the lower cost Apple iPhone, presumably intended to slot below the iPhone 5 and 5S and replace the 4/4S. This phone and the 5S is expected to debut around September 2013.
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Smell Camera Snapshots Scents For the Future - A freshly mowed lawn, lit charcoal and sunscreen are just a few summer smells that are as ephemeral as they are memorable. These scents may be fleeting, but a new “smell camera” could help preserve these fragrances forever. - next comes the Smell-o-phone and the Smell-o-vision
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Mac Malware Found On Activist's Computer - Technology News - redOrbit - Previously unknown malware for Mac OS X that appears to have been signed with a valid Apple Developer ID has reportedly been discovered on the laptop of an African activist at a Norwegian human rights conference.According to CNET’s Topher Kessler, the spyware program is a small application known as macs.app and is being identified as OSX/KitM.A. The program appears to be a backdoor application, he said, and it appears to take screenshots of the infected computer before uploading them to remote servers for an unknown purpose.
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The Next Turning Point For Apple Isn't Going To Be A Device - Apple's next big thing won't be a gadget like another iPad or iPhone.
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3D printing 'bigger than internet' - Proponents of 3D printing say it has the potential to alter radically a number of industries. Peter Marsh, FT manufacturing editor, talks to one such supporter - Abe Reichental of US-based 3D Systems - to find out how it works and if it really is a 'disruptive technology'.
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The Robot Will See You Now - Jonathan Cohn - The Atlantic - IBM's Watson—the same machine that beat Ken Jennings at Jeopardy—is now churning through case histories at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, learning to make diagnoses and treatment recommendations. This is one in a series of developments suggesting that technology may be about to disrupt health care in the same way it has disrupted so many other industries. Are doctors necessary? Just how far might the automation of medicine go?
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F-35 Fighters Are Grounded by the Pentagon - NYTimes.com - The Pentagon said on Friday that it had grounded all of its stealthy new F-35 fighter jets after an inspection found a crack in a turbine blade in the engine of one of the planes.The suspension of flights comes at an awkward time for the military, which is facing automatic budget cuts that could slow its purchases of the planes. The Pentagon grounded all three versions of the jets — for the Air Force, the Navy and the Marines — on Thursday while it investigated the problem.
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From 3D graphics to biometric scans: How your smartphone will get smarter - CNN.com - Today's smartphones are much more than phones -- they are powerful, networked multimedia computers, and over the next 10 years they'll get far more advanced. As a result, mobility is transforming many day-to-day processes -- including how we sell, communicate, collaborate, train, and educate.
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The worlds largest ship is the Maersk Line Triple-E class vessel - Follow our journey into the construction of these giant vessels. Triple-E ships will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 50% per container moved. See how energy efficiency, economy of scale and the environment inspired their design.
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Giant NES controller made from LEGO actually works - For fans of retro games there's nothing better than sitting down, controller in hand, with a classic title loading on the screen in front of you ... except perhaps for sitting down in front of a huge controller made out of LEGO. Which fully works. Yes, that would do it. Thanks to the hard work of one Baron von Brunk, Nintendo fans who never lost their love of the original NES can now see their dreams fulfilled.
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AV-TEST - The Independent IT-Security Institute: Nov/Dec 2012 - "For the second time in a row, Microsoft's Security Essentials failed to earn certification from AV-Test, the independent German testing lab best known for evaluating the effectiveness of antivirus software. Out of 25 different security programs tested by AV-Test, including software from McAfee, Norman, Kaspersky, and others, Microsoft's Security Essentials was just one out of three that failed to gain certification. These results are noteworthy because Microsoft Security Essentials is currently (as of December) the most popular security suite in North America and the world."
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Japan plans world's largest wind farm - Japan is moving away from reliance on nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster, and plans to plans to build the world's largest offshore wind farm. Officials say the proposal calls for construction of 143 wind turbines on platforms 10 miles off the coast of Fukushima, where the Daiichi nuclear power plant was damaged in the March, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The wind farm will generate 1 gigawatt of power as part of a national plan to increase renewable energy resources following the post-tsunami shutdown of the Japan's 54 nuclear reactors, NewScientist.com reported Wednesday.
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CES Day 1: Bigger phones, tablets, and TVs dominate - The theme during the first day of this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) seemed to be bigger, faster, and stronger. Bigger television sets are always fun and cool, but people expect those. What really caught the attention of attendees Tuesday were two smartphones that had nearly twice the screen size of the average iPhone or Android device. China's Huawei debuted Ascend Mate, a 6.1-inch smartphone with strong battery life and HD display. (Apple's iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen.)
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A Lantern Powered by Gravity - A design team in London has created a lamp powered by gravity called the GravityLight that could free poor, off the grid communities, from using costly and dangerous kerosene fueled lamps. Attached to the lamp, which is expected to retail for around $10 when it comes to market, is a bag that can hold about 20 pounds of sand or rocks and gravel which acts as the fuel when combined with gravity.
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OMG, the text message turns 20. - It's been hailed for its succinctness and blamed for everything from sore thumbs to the decline of conversation. Love it or hate it, the text message is 20 years old. The first-ever text message was sent Dec. 3, 1992, by software engineer Neil Papworth, to Vodafone director Richard Jarvis, who received the message on his husky Orbitel 901 cell phone. It read simply, Merry Christmas. The text is no longer in its teens the age group it's probably most associated with. In fact, it's more of a senior citizen in technology years.
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Steve Ballmer's Nightmare Is Coming True - A lot changed in the last year. Microsoft's nightmare scenario is actually starting to take hold. We're revisiting our slideshow from last year to see how things have played out.
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HydroICE project developing a solar-powered combustion engine - HydroICE project developing a solar-powered combustion engine
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Sailboat cracks 100 km/h for first time - The Register - A sail-powered boat has cracked 100 km/h for the first time, thanks to a ‘Wing-Sail’ designed by a British consultancy that specialises in wind turbine design.
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New Metamaterial Lens Focuses Radio Waves - In many respects, metamaterials are supernatural. These manmade materials, with their intricately designed structures, bend electromagnetic waves in ways that are impossible for materials found in nature. Scientists are investigating metamaterials for their potential to engineer invisibility cloaks materials that refract light to hide an object in plain sight and super lenses, which focus light beyond the range of optical microscopes to image objects at nanoscale detail.
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Amazing: Microsoft turns spoken English into spoken Mandarin in the same voice - Microsoft has today posted a video, and complementary explanation of language translation that goes far past what we thought was currently possible. In the video, the speaker explains and demonstrates improvements made to the machine understanding of his English words, which are automatically transcribed as he speaks. He then demonstrates having those words translated directly into Mandarin if its actually Cantonese Ill punish myself text.
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Verizon staff arrested for stealing customer's nude pics %u2022 The Register - Two Verizon staffers are under indictment for allegedly stealing nude photographs from an attractive female customer's phone and passing them around.
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The 12 top terrific technologies you didn't buy - Somewhere in an alternate universe, the Earth 2 version of me is typing this article on a brand new Commodore Amiga sipping from a can of Crystal Pepsi when his Palm Pre 4 buzzes with a new CU-SeeMe video call. Unfortunately, in this universe, the best products dont always win.
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A Robot With a Delicate Touch - NYTimes.com - Baxter, the first product of Rethink Robotics, an ambitious start-up company in a revived manufacturing district here, is a significant bet that robots in the future will work directly with humans in the workplace.That is a marked shift from today’s machines, which are kept safely isolated from humans, either inside glass cages or behind laser-controlled “light curtains,” because they move with Terminator-like speed and accuracy and could flatten any human they encountered.
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A Quick Tour of Perdido, the World%u2019s Deepest Offshore Production Platform [VIDEO] | gCaptain - Maritime & Offshore News - Perdido is the world’s deepest offshore oil drilling and production platform. Moored in 2,450 metres (8,000 feet) of water in the Gulf of Mexico, this spar gathers, processes and exports produced hydrocarbons within a 48-kilometre (30-mile) radius
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Watch: Record-breaking swarm of 50 quadrocopters puts on show | DVICE - Residents of Linz, Austria recently saw lights in the sky. 50 of them, actually, as that's the number of quadrotors that took to the air to perform a synchronized light show.Called "The Cloud in the Web," the show featured 50 AscTec Hummingbird quadrocopters all communicating via radio, programmed by a team formed from Ars Electronica Futurelab and Ascending Technologies GmbH. 50 is apparently the highest number of quadrotors that have synchronized with one another all at once, and it's definitely the highest number we've ever seen.Check it out in the video below. The little 'copters move around from just looking pretty to creating shapes and the aerial positioning of the swarm is notable in that it doesn't appear to be affected by the wind. Even on a still day, if you go high enough you'll catch a gust, and these 'copters look pretty high to us.
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10 Tallest Concrete Dams as Seen From Above - Few man-made wonders are as remarkable as the colossal concrete dams of the world. Not only do many of these feats of engineering produce hydroelectric power to help light our planet, they are built to withstand enormous pressures. Climbing to incredible heights, holding back powerful rivers, and surviving the seismic activity caused by earthquakes, these dams stand as testament to the brilliance and skill of their engineers. What’s more, the monumental scale of these dams is never more magnificent than when viewed from above.
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Room Temperature Superconductivity Found in Graphite Grains - Technology Review - Here's an interesting recipe. Take a spoonful of graphite powder and stir it into a glass of water. Leave for 24 hours at room temperature and then filter the powder. Finally, bake overnight at 100 degrees C and allow to cool. And voila! A material that superconducts at over 300 kelvin--room temperature. At least that's the claim today from Pablo Esquinazi and buddies at the University of Leipzig in Germany.
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One Per Cent: Gentle robotic tentacles can pick up flowers - Ask a typical robot to pick up a delicate object and it is likely to crush the thing between its clumsy metal mitts. That is why George Whitesides and colleagues at Harvard University have been developing a series of "soft" robots with a lighter touch. Their latest creation is a robotic tentacle that can twist around a flower without damaging it.The tentacle is made from flexible plastic containing three air channels that run along the entire limb. Selectively pumping air into these channels causes the tentacle to bend, allowing it to curl around objects with a light grip.
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Missing Touch - Proprioception is the knowledge of the position and orientation of your body and limbs in space, which allows you to touch your nose with your eyes closed, for example. Though commonly called a sixth sense, it is actually an aspect of touch. In prosthetics fields, it is also called the Holy Grail. If you could give an amputee a sense of where their limb is in spacewithout having to look at itthats huge, says Paul Marasco Bionic fingers. Rewired nerves. Science fiction becomes reality as scientists attempt to give prosthetics a sense of touch.
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Chinese scientists unveil mind-controlled drone - Chinese researchers have unveiled a system that allows users to control drones with their thoughts. Great.
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The Most-Watched TEDTalks: - "Ideas worth spreading."
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The Radome - Amazing Hi-Tech Radar Umbrella ~ Kuriositas - They look as if they might be home to families of extra-terrestrials recently arrived on earth from some sort of galactic cataclysm – and they are everywhere and increasing in number. Yet there is no need to call in the air force just yet if you spot one of these on your travels. Your average radome may look like it is from a science fiction novel but its real purpose is much more down to earth: it is a kind of umbrella.
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Super fast fiber for Kansas City | Official Google Blog - e embarked on a journey to bring ultra-high speeds to Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. And today, we’re excited to announce Google Fiber. Google Fiber is 100 times faster than today’s average broadband. No more buffering. No more loading. No more waiting. Gigabit speeds will get rid of these pesky, archaic problems and open up new opportunities for the web. Imagine: instantaneous sharing; truly global education; medical appointments with 3D imaging; even new industries that we haven’t even dreamed of, powered by a gig.
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Handwrite, a new way to search on Google - YouTube - Introducing Handwrite, a fun and easy new way to search Google from your smartphone or tablet.To enable Handwrite, visit www.google.com on your smartphone or tablet, click 'Settings,' found at the bottom of the page, and then enable Handwrite. This feature is currently available in 27 languages.
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Handwrite, a new way to search on Google - YouTube - Introducing Handwrite, a fun and easy new way to search Google from your smartphone or tablet.To enable Handwrite, visit www.google.com on your smartphone or tablet, click 'Settings,' found at the bottom of the page, and then enable Handwrite. This feature is currently available in 27 languages.
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Dynapac Red Carpet by Gosha Galitsky at Coroflot.com - The Dynapac Red Carpet is an environmentally conscious solution for road maintenance in future Mega-Cities, where street traffic is predicted to become increasingly dense and unstoppable. This futuristic road-recycling paver allows inner city traffic to continue its flow without interruptions by letting vehicles drive over it while paving. The machine utilizes an existing process known as Hot-In-Place Recycling, in which the old road surface is re-heated using microwaves. The reclaimed asphalt is lifted into the machine, mixed with a small amount of fresh binder and paved back onto the road.
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Glasses that add Instagram effects to real life: The ultimate hipster eyewear? | Mail Online - A new pair of glasses will allow hipsters to add Instagram effects to the real world - as if seeing the retro-tinted pictures all over Facebook wasn't enough.The glasses, designed by German Markus Gerke, would have a five-megapixel sensor built in, and would add filter effects using built-in computer.The concept comes in the wake of computer glasses from Google, Olympus and Epson.'You activate the glasses by pushing 'Insta' and choosing between different filters. Just take a picture with your glasses and upload the image straight to Instagram,' says Gerke.
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Researchers Consider Graphene as a Cure for Desalination Woes | PBS NewsHour - The predominant desalination method today--reverse osmosis (RO)--relies on polymer-based membranes to remove salt and requires great pressure to push water through a semipermeable film.The more pressure applied, the higher the cost. The M.I.T. researchers, led by Jeffrey Grossman and David Cohen-Tanugi, propose that films made of graphene could filter out salt without inhibiting the water flow as much. Graphene, a superstrong sheet of carbon that is only one atom thick, has mostly been seen as a material for improving electronics and optical communications.
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Clear-n-Clean Side by Side YOU TUBE.wmv - YouTube - This April 2010, NeverWet introduces their first product the Clean & Clear plunger. Imagine a plunger that never gets wet, never gets dirty and best of all virtually never lets any bacteria adhere to its surface. Nanotech coatings prevent water from ever touching a products surface thus making that product super hydrophobic, or easier said, super water repellent.
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Open source anti-theft solution for your laptop, phone and tablet %u2013 Prey - Prey lets you keep track of your laptop, phone and tablet whenever stolen or missing -- easily and all in one place. It's lightweight, open source software that gives you full and remote control, 24/7.
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Japanese Flying Sphere Can Record Video but Will it Help Train Jedis? - Core77 - The Japanese Ministry of Defense has created the world's first spherical flying machine. The drone can hover like a helicopter and take off and land vertically while maintaining an ability to propel itself forward with wings flying at speeds up to 40 mph.
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New Scientist TV: World's thinnest screen created from soap bubble - We've shown you computer screens made of water and even a touchscreen built out of ice. But now Yoichi Ochiai from the University of Tokyo and colleagues have created the world's thinnest screen from a soap bubble that can display vivid images that are either flat, textured or 3D.
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New Prius Helps Environment By Killing Its Owner - Toyota's new Prius Solution reduces its driver's carbon footprint to zero by impaling them through the lungs with spikes as soon as they get in the car.
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Launch of Apollo 4 first Saturn V as seen LIVE on CBS w/ Walter Cronkite - A Triumph for Von Braun and his German Rocket Team.
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Scamming the Scammers - Catching virus call center scammers - A few months back I got a call one evening which was clearly a virus call centre scam; you know, the ones that call you out of the blue, tell you your PC is infected with all sorts of nasties and offer to fix it for you? Or maybe you dont know, which of course is why these scams have been going on for quite some time and are still very active today. Fortunately I did know about such things so rather than summarily dismissing them with a level of disdain I normally reserve only for telemarketers, I recorded the audio of the call right up until the point where they were ready to take control of my PC. I published the whole episode in my post titled Anatomy of a virus call centre scam. But I was left wondering; what exactly were they going to do to my PC once they got remote control? Try and squeeze some cash out of me for fixing things? Install their own variant of antivirus? Or just plain old enslave my PC into being part of a botnet? So I decided to find out by letting them do whatever they wanted whilst recording the audio and the screen so the entire experience could be shared.
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What Time is it? New Designer Watch Spells it Out For Us | Gadget Lab | Wired.com - Smartphones have become our new timepieces, replacing the watches that once circled on our wrists. The watchmakers' response: Timepieces that are more about art than utility. Biegert & Funk announced that the QLOCKTWO W wristwatch will be shining in our eyes this fall. The watch displays the time by illuminating full sentences on its face. A grid of 110 letters is arranged to display the time in conversational English or German. The time on the QLOCKTWO W is hidden until the user presses a button on the side of the watch.
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Inside Foxconn: Exclusive look at how an iPad is made - YouTube - Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (trading as Foxconn) is a multinational electronics manufacturing company. It is the world's largest maker of electronic components. Notable products which the company manufactures include the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360. Foxconn has been involved in several controversies, mostly relating to how it manages employees in China, where it is the largest private-sector employer. Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz is only the second reporter Apple has ever allowed inside its Chinese factories. See highlights from his tour of the assembly line and the Foxconn facilities.
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Remembering Commodore Founder and PC Pioneer Jack Tramiel - Steve Jobs and Apple snatch up most of the media's attention these days and it often gets overlooked that three machines actually defined the PC revolution back in 1977: the Apple II, the Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 1, and the Commodore PET.
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U.S. Military Offers Millions for First Humanoid Robot | DARPA Robotics Challenge | Innovationnewsdaily.com - Uncle Sam wants you to make a military robot capable of walking on two legs, handling power tools and even driving vehicles. Luckily, the U.S. military's new robotics challenge aims to save lives rather than hunt down human warriors, Terminator-style, on the battlefields of tomorrow.The $2 million challenge by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency appeared in an official online solicitation today (April 10). DARPA wants a humanoid robot to replace humans doing dangerous work in the aftermath of terrorist attacks, industrial accidents or natural disasters — or a combination of disaster scenarios such as the meltdown at Japan's Fukushima nuclear facility after the tsunami.
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Bill Gates funds new machine that filters toilet waste into 'drinkable' water | Mail Online - Next time you see a dog lapping thirstily at a toilet bowl, pause for thought - next time, it could be you.A new invention - funded by Bill Gates - aims to turn used toilet water into drinking water.Manchester University’s Sarah Haigh is an expert in nanotechnology - the science of manipulating atoms in matter - and says, it could make waste water from toilets safe to drink.
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Glove Lets Deaf-Blind People Text Message | Innovationnewsdaily.com - So far the products produced using remote-touch technology, such as hug shirts and kiss phones, may seem creepy, but here's one that sounds helpful instead. The Mobile Lorm Glove, a prototype created by a lab in the University of Arts Berlin, transmits the touch alphabet used by some people who are both deaf and blind, called Lorm.
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Scientists Working On Device To Travel Through Bloodstream CBS Sacramento - Right now we could go to the arteries. The midsize could go through the arteries, but we want it to even go through some smaller bloodstreams,” said Poon.These tiny devices may one day change how we perform diagnostic tests, deliver medications, and even do surgical procedures
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Scientists build robot 'jellyfish' fueled by sea water - Washington Times - Scientists funded by the U.S. Navy have developed a robot “jellyfish” — a foot-long submarine that runs on seawater and could be used on spy missions.
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Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses - NYTimes.com - If you venture into a coffee shop in the coming months and see someone with a pair of futuristic glasses that look like a prop from “Star Trek,” don’t worry. It’s probably just a Google employee testing the company’s new augmented-reality glasses.
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Hummingbird robot revealed in US - Cute.. Keep a watch, some of you may find one humming in your huge yards ...
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US draws up plans for nuclear drones - American scientists have drawn up plans for a new generation of nuclear-powered drones capable of flying over remote regions of the world for months on end without refuelling.
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LG begins mass production of first flexible, plastic e-ink displays | ExtremeTech - LG, that South Korean conglomerate that has mostly spent the last few years fading into Samsung’s shadow, has just announced that it has begun mass production of the world’s first flexible, plastic e-ink display. This is opposed to the hard, heavy, prone-to-cracking glass-laminate e-ink displays found in devices such as the Kindle and Nook.
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Sand Flea Jumping Robot - YouTube - and Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sleeve: Normally it drives like an RC car, but when it needs to it can jump 30 feet into the air. An onboard stabilization system keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings. Current development of Sand Flea is funded by the The US Army's Rapid Equipping Force. For more information visit www.BostonDynamics.com.
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Android Robot Now Worlds Most Popular Mobile Browser - Androids web browser Robot has overtaken Opera to become the top mobile browser, according to StatCounters data.
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World's Most Powerful Laser Fired By American Scientists In Pursuit Of Fusion Ignition - Scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have fired the most powerful laser shot in the history of the world, setting the record with 1.875 MJ of energy. The historic March 15 firing was just 23 billionths of a second long, but generated 411 trillion watts of peak power.That's 1,000 times more than the entire United States uses at any given instant, according to a media release from the laboratory.But the record power didn't stop at 1.875 MJ. According to the lab's media release, the energy produced by NIF actually hit 2.03 MJ before reaching the final chamber, making the ultraviolet laser the world's first to achieve 2 MJ of energy and 100 times more powerful than any similar laser currently in operation. sic....
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World's most powerful laser to tear apart the vacuum of space - Telegraph - Due to follow in the footsteps of the Large Hadron Collider, the latest "big science" experiment being proposed by physicists will see the world's most powerful laser being constructed.Capable of producing a beam of light so intense that it would be equivalent to the power received by the Earth from the sun focused onto a speck smaller than a tip of a pin, scientists claim it could allow them boil the very fabric of space – the vacuum.Contrary to popular belief, a vacuum is not devoid of material but in fact fizzles with tiny mysterious particles that pop in and out of existence, but at speeds so fast that no one has been able to prove they exist.The Extreme Light Infrastructure Ultra-High Field Facility would produce a laser so intense that scientists say it would allow them to reveal these particles for the first time by pulling this vacuum "fabric" apart.They also believe it could even allow them to prove whether extra-dimensions exist.
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Vibrating Tattoo Could Send Text Alerts Straight to Your Skin | NewsFeed | TIME.com - Since we all need a little more connection to our cell phones and other electronic gadgetry, Nokia has developed a plan to send phone alerts right to our bodies.In an application filed with the U.S. patent office, Nokia has plans for a magnetic vibrating tattoo. The device has “material attachable to skin” and can pick up a signal from a magnetic field and then transmit that signal to a person by vibrating the device, right on their skin
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First Human Infected with a Computer Virus - As if humans didn't have enough viruses to worry about, one British researcher has successfully infected himself with a computer virus.
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New robot 'Cheetah' breaks land-speed record - Up till now researchers at Boston Dynamics have demonstrated four legged robots that appear meant to carry heavy loads as they tromp through and over rough terrain (e.g. Alpha Dog and Petman, LS3). Now it appears theyve taken a different approach in looking to build robots that can move fast. And apparently, they mean really fast. In the demo video they show off their new robot named Cheetah breaking the unofficial land speed record by galloping at eighteen miles per hour on a treadmill. Cheetah looks very much like the animal it was named for, even arching its back as it picks up speed. But clearly with such a name, the team is aiming much higher.
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Lytro - The Camera - The very first light fields were captured at Stanford University over 15 years ago. The most advanced light field research required a roomful of cameras tethered to a supercomputer. Today, Lytro completes the job of taking light fields out of the research lab and making them available for everyone, in the form of the world’s first Lytro Light Field Camera.
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Liquid battery could charge green energy - Engineering professor Donald Sadoway on Thursday used an old-school chalk board at the prestigious TED gathering to write the formula for a liquid battery that could one day cut the need for new power plants."The way things stand, electricity demand must be in constant balance with supply," Sadoway told the tech-savvy audience in southern California.Inexpensive batteries made from liquid metal could store electricity from solar panels, wind farms, or existing generation facilities and save it for when it is most needed.That would be a major change from today's consume-it-now-or-lose-it systems."The battery is the enabling device here," he said. "With it we could draw electricity from the sun even when the sun doesn't shine."Sadoway and his team of students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology were so confident in their creation that they started Liquid Metal Battery Corporation and plan to have bistro-table size models out in two years.Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is among the company's backers.
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NUKEMAP - Pick the weapon, pick the place and see the damage..
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2010's Top Security Threats:Facebook,Twitter&iPhone apps - 2010 will see increasing security threats to users of social networking and media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, a security vendor predicted. "In 2009 we saw increased attacks on websites, exploit cocktails thrown at unsuspecting users, infrastructure failure via natural and unnatural causes, and 'friendly fire' become a larger problem than ever."
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100 tech innovations that shaped 2011 - The CNET 100 -Ten lists. Ten tech products each. Some of these products you probably own, some you may never have heard of, and some should just die already. These lists are the final word on the devices, apps, and tech ideas--good and bad--that mattered in 2011. Dive into the lists below or sit back and enjoy the video version (which is a lot of fun).
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the galaxies can be this red for a number of reasons. For starters, the galaxies - .... Senseye, strips out the need for hands and voice altogether, allowing you to do things like scroll through Web pages and play games using nothing but your eyes......
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True 3D Technology Emits 50,000 Dots In 3D Space - This True 3D display technology, developed by Burton, uses a laser to creates luminous points of light at desired locations in air or underwater.
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The 10 biggest moments in IBM's first 100 years - Down the memory lane .. Big Blue is celebrating a major birthday in 2011, but it hasn't survived by sheer luck. The company has evolved from basic "business machines" to a major force in software and services. Here's a look at key transitions over the last century.
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Physalia, the super yacht - Vincent Callebaut, the Belgian eco-architect extraordinaire known for his whimsical and beautiful green conceptual work, has created yet another solution to the manifold environmental and health problems looming toward us with a fairly large ship running on a scattering of alternative energy sources (check out Hydrogenase, his vision for using biofuels instead of fossil fuels). More on 'http://english.pravda.ru/photo/album/6470/1/'
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Patented: A Phone for Lonely Cats, Dogs, and Humans - "A large number of individuals have mammalian pets in their homes," Kroll explains. "These are typically dogs or cats. When the pet owners are away at work they often would like to communicate with their pets. Similarly, the pets often would like to communicate with their owner." But "to this date there has been no practical means for this sort of communication," Kroll writes. Until now.
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Flexible Samsung phone 'to be issued in 2012' - Samsung is poised to release a flexible mobile phone, according to reports in the International Business Times. The new Samsung Galaxy Skin will feature an AMOLED display that will allow the phone to bend around a cylinder with a 1-inch diameter. Brighter than the normal screen, the AMOLED display is also low-energy and almost unbreakable, according to the reports.
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Google Wallet - David Pogue offers a parody look at how Google Wallet intends to replace the credit cards in our actual wallets. (Dont cut up your plastic quite yet.)
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Sound of sex could alert internet porn filter - It doesn't take much imagination to guess what a porn video sounds like. It's more impressive, however, when it's a computer that's doing the guessing.Automatic image-analysis systems are already used to catch unwanted pornography before it reaches a computer monitor. But they often struggle to distinguish between indecent imagery and more innocuous pictures with large flesh-coloured regions, such as a person in swimwear or a close-up face. Analysing the audio for a "sexual scream or moan" could solve the problem, say electrical engineers MyungJong Kim and Hoirin Kim at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea.
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London to Edinburgh by electric car: it was quicker by stagecoach - In the 1830s, a stagecoach was able to make the same journey in half the time, with two days and nights of continuous driving. In China I saw a lot of electric vehicles (mostly mopeds) in flat cities like Linyi. I hilly cities like Qingdao, there very few. Electric vehicles only move the exhaust emissions to the electrical generating plant.
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Mass. company making diesel with sun, water, CO2 - A Massachusetts biotechnology company says it can produce the fuel that runs Jaguars and jet engines using the same ingredients that make grass grow. Joule Unlimited has invented a genetically-engineered organism that it says simply secretes diesel fuel or ethanol wherever it finds sunlight, water and carbon dioxide.
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Cable subscribers flee, but is Internet to blame? (AP) -

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2009 file photo, a Time Warner Cable truck is parked in New York. Time Warner Cable Inc., the country's second-largest cable company said Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, it lost more video subscribers in the latest quarter than it ever has before,  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)AP - Cable companies have been losing TV subscribers at an ever faster rate in the last few months, and satellite TV isn't picking up the slack.



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Ultra Small PC Released by Stealth Com - A new hand sized personal computer designed for embedded applications and vehicles has been released by Stealth.Com Inc. The LPC-100M Mobile Ultra Mini PC weighs only 1.2 pounds, has a length of 6.1 inches, a width of 4 inches, and a thickness of nearly one and a half inch. According to its manufacturers, this ultra small computer was designed to utilize the ten to twenty-six volts DC power input that cars and typical remote applications use.
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Wired Declares The Web Is Dead - It was nice knowing you.
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France backs European Missile Shield - The official said Friday that "France is fully for missile defense" but said it could only "complement" the nuclear deterrent.
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Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks Delivered to Canada - Canada commissioned KMW to upgrade 20 Leopard main battle tanks in July 2009 for deployment in Hindu Kush. The new version, the Leopard A4M CAN, is specially designed for operations in Afghanistan. Both knowledge from the previously used Leopard 2A6M and state-of-the-art technology that was recently qualified by KMW in collaboration with the German army and the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) flowed into the development.
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Haliburton Warned BP About Rig Dangers - The probe also has questioned why BP engineer John Guide, the team leader overseeing the project, disregarded warnings of a potential blowout from contractor Halliburton Co., and why rig-based managers neglected to test for flaws in the cement outside the well intended to prevent explosive natural gas from seeping up to the rig.
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The Loss of the Deepwater Horizon - Wells must be listened to, they say. On April 20, a small group of men aboard the Deepwater Horizon listened to the nearly complete well and didn't understand what it was telling them. Key managers were out of the loop for parts of that day. The veteran BP manager in charge of the rig said he was on shore for training with his phone off.
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Royal Typewriters Through the Years - Royal was one of the longest-lived typewriter manufacturers. They introduced their first typewriter, the Royal #1, in 1906 and did not stop manufacturing tyepwriters until the 1970s. The company still exists, albeit having undergone many incarnations as part of various parent companies. Today, Royal is owned by Olivetti and still sells typewriters, though none with the famous Royal brand.
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This Is Your Brain Online - Carr is the author of the Atlantic article Is Google Making Us Stupid? which he has expanded into a book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.
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Micro plane perches to feed on power lines - Miniature surveillance aircraft would never need to return to base if they could cling to overhead power lines to recharge their batteries. Now engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are close to perfecting the trick – taking inspiration from birds.It is no easy feat for an aircraft to slow down quickly in mid-air to hook onto high-voltage cables with enough precision to avoid bridging and shorting neighbouring wires. The MIT engineers' answer is to send their 30-centimetre-wide micro air vehicle (MAV) into a controlled stall, pointing its nose up at just the right point in its trajectory to collide with and hook onto the cable.
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Alabama Gets Missle Factory - The plant will be used for final assembly and testing of Standard Missile-3 Block IB, a sea-based missile interceptor, and the Standard Missile-6, an advanced ship-defense weapon, the company said.
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Solar plane completes historic 24-hour flight - An experimental solar-powered plane landed safely Thursday after completing its first 24-hour test flight, proving that the aircraft can collect enough energy from the sun during the day to stay aloft all night.
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The Winchester Model 70 Story: The Early Years - n 1935, the first Model 70 rifles began to emerge from the Winchester workrooms. Nineteen guns were produced in that year, though they did not leave the factory. In 1936, the first production guns (reaching Serial No. 2,238) were warehoused, and the Model 54 was, to all intents and purposes, a thing of the past, though it formed the basis for the new rifle. In 1937, deliveries were made to the trade.
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Bushnell Riflescopes - Size 'em up and put 'em down.
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Luke Air Base to get F-35, McCain says - A win for Arizona.
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The status quo of electric cars: better batteries, same range - The 2010 Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV have exactly the same range as the 1908 Fritchle Model A Victoria: 100 miles (160 kilometres) on a single charge
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Russian paper suggests nuclear explosion could cap gulf oil geyser - "Its so simple, in fact, that the Soviet Union, a major oil exporter, used this method five times to deal with petrocalamities," added Moscow reporter Julia Ioffe, writing for True/Slant. "The first happened in Uzbekistan, on September 30, 1966 with a blast 1.5 times the strength of the Hiroshima bomb and at a depth of 1.5 kilometers.
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Specs for the Oil Rig Deepwater Horizon - he DEEPWATER HORIZON is a Reading & Bates Falcon RBS8D design semi-submersible drilling unit capable of operating in harsh environments and water depths up to 8,000 ft (upgradeable to 10,000 ft) using 18in 15,000 psi BOP and 21in OD marine riser.
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Deepwater Horizon Set a New Drilling Record - On September 2, 2009, Deepwater Horizon drilled on the Tiber oilfield the deepest oil and gas well ever drilled with a vertical depth of 35,050 feet (10,680 m) and measured depth of 35,055 feet (10,685 m), of which 4,132 feet (1,259 m) was water.[3][4][5]
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BP Will Have to Drill Relief Well - BP concedes that a relief well will eventually have to be drilled in order to successfully shut down the existing leaking well. The graphic below explains what's happening on the ocean floor, and how the relief well will work.
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Liberals With No Life Rush to Buy the iPad - Very sad to see young people's lives wrapped up in an electronic device.
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Catholics Retool the Rosary - Mr. Calvillo uses this iPhone application to pray the rosary.
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Detroit Thug Used Two Year Old Girl As Taser Shield - The officer pointed the Taser at Cox, who picked up his daughter and held her in front of him, Metz said. Officers grabbed Cox by the arm and the child's mother grabbed the girl, he said. Officers wrestled Cox to the ground, Metz said.
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China's 245mph train service is the world's fastest - ... and it was completed in just FOUR years Don't worry, they are coming to America to show us how to build trains.
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U2 Spy Plane Finds Taliban Roadside Bombs - U.S. military officials said that in the lead-up to the recent operation to seize Marjah in central Helmand from the Taliban, a U2 nicknamed Dragon Lady because of its long wingspan spotted almost 150 suspected bombs dug into roads and at planned helicopter landing sites around the town.
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IE8, Safari 4, Firefox 3, iPhone fall on day 1 of Pwn2Own - The first day of the annual Pwn2Own contest in which security researchers can win cash and hardware if they successfully compromise machines using zero-day exploits is finished. Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7, Firefox 3 on Windows 7, Safari 4 on Mac OS X 10.6, and iPhone OS 3 were all compromised during the competition
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Location, Location, Location - 10 Tech Trends for 2010 - South By Southwest Interactive is nerd paradise Austin's annual tech smash has minted its share of Internet darlings. (Foursquare in 2009; Twitter in 2007.) While this year's conference didn't have a clear breakout star, it did offer insight to the trends and ideas that will be shaping the Web in 2010.
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FAA Orders Emergency 737 Inspections - Failure of the lugs could cause vibration leading to structural failure of the horizontal fins and flaps in the tail, possibly resulting in loss of aircraft control and structural integrity, the agencys directive said.
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Suspect Swallows Flash Drive - In a bold and bizarre attempt to destroy evidence seized during a federal raid, a New York City man grabbed a flash drive and swallowed the data storage device while in the custody of Secret Service agents,
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Small Reactor Powers Nuclear Industry - The smaller Babcock & Wilcox reactor can generate only 125 to 140 megawatts of power, about a tenth as much as a big one. But the utilities are betting that these smaller, simpler reactors can be manufactured quickly and installed at potentially dozens of existing nuclear sites or replace coal-fired plants that may become obsolete with looming emissions restrictions.
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The Cessna 172 - Tale of a workhorse.
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California Turbines Freeze Solid in the Minnesota Winter - Another Liberal failure.
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China's bridge of size - It's 30 miles long, will cost 6.6bn to build, can handle earthquakes of magnitude 8.0, and withstand the impact of a 300,000-tonne vessel We can't afford to fix our old bridges, never mind build any like this.
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China's 245mph train service is the world's fastest... and it was completed in - I read this article as Amtrak trundles thru town, looking like a scene from a Humphrey Bogart movie.
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Cuba: U.S. Captive was Aiding Jews Connect to the Internet - The Times reported Gross had visited Cuba several times, delivering ``computer and satellite equipment'' to three Jewish community groups, and that one of his Internet networking sites said he had been a volunteer field organizer for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
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Among Technophiles, Tesla In and Edison Out - Fifty years later, the 86-year-old Serbian emigr died in obscurity at a New York hotel, unmarried, childless and bereft of friends. Meanwhile, Edison was lionized for generations as one of America's greatest inventors.
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Israeli Robots Remake Battlefield - Nation Forges Ahead in Deploying Unmanned Military Vehicles by Air, Sea and Land.
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2010's Top Security Threats:Facebook,Twitter&iPhone apps - 2010 will see increasing security threats to users of social networking and media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, a security vendor predicted. "In 2009 we saw increased attacks on websites, exploit cocktails thrown at unsuspecting users, infrastructure failure via natural and unnatural causes, and 'friendly fire' become a larger problem than ever."
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Israel: Iron Dome intercepts Kassams, Katyushas - A sad day for Nony when this is deployed.
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Class of Navy Destroyers Sails Into Record Books - The number of Bath shipbuilders peaked at 12,000 by the time the USS Arleigh Burke was commissioned on July 4, 1991. Some Bath shipbuilders have spent virtually their entire careers doing nothing by making Arleigh Burke destroyers. Gil Rines, a welder, joined Bath Iron Works as construction was beginning on the first ship. Since then, he has raised two children and become a grandfather. The shipyard changed hands and is now owned by General Dynamics. The number of shipbuilders has dropped to 5,500.
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Secret Mobile Phone Codes Cracked - A German computer scientist has published details of the secret code used to protect the conversations of more than 4bn mobile phone users. Karsten Nohl, working with other experts, has spent the past five months cracking the algorithm used to encrypt calls using GSM technology.
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LED Christmas Lights Anger Traditionalists - I like the new ones.
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Sidewinder Upgraded For Surface Warfare - Raytheon recently announced that it had completed testing of a modified AIM-9X Sidewinder that can hit moving surface targets, in a demonstration program for the U.S. Air Force.
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Top 25 Quotes in Tech - These 25 notable quotes in tech history have become legendary sound bites.
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Calif. requires TVs to be more energy-efficient (AP) -

Jay Aguas shops for a large, flat screen television at a Best Buy Store in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009.  The California Energy Commission  voted unanimously, Wednesday, adopting a first-in-the-nation mandate to require all new televisions, up to 58 inches, to be more energy efficient, beginning in 2011. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)AP - California regulators adopted the nation's first energy-efficiency standards for televisions Wednesday in hopes of reducing electricity use at a time when millions of American households are switching to power-hungry, wide-view, flat-screen, high-definition sets.



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Palin's Book Tour Builds on Effective Web Strategy - The coming tour through small towns and midsize cities is designed mostly to maximize sales of "Going Rogue: An American Life," which will be formally released Nov. 17. But associates say it also serves as a reintroduction for Ms. Palin and a warm-up for what promises to be a starring role in next year's midterm elections and, if her supporters get their wish, the next presidential race.
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The End of the Email Era - Email has had a good run as king of communications. But its reign is over.
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Stark's Vacuum Cleaner Museum - our primary weapon against grit and grime has remained much the same for the past 80 years: the vacuum cleaner.
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Aero-Instruments to offer pitot tubes for Airbus aircraft - Interest in pitot tubes is reaching a zenith as European safety regulators have decided to require Airbus A330 and A340 operators to replace their Thales pitot probes in the wake of the Air France A330-200 accident over the South Atlantic on 1 June. Based on automated maintenance data transmissions sent before the crash, investigators have determined that the aircraft's velocity measurements were in error, perhaps due to icing.
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The LED's Dark Secret - The blue light-emitting diode, arguably the greatest optoelectronic advance of the past 25 years, harbors a dark secret: Crank up the current and its efficiencies will plummet. The problem is known as droop, and it’s not only puzzling the brightest minds in the field, it’s also threatening the future of the electric lighting industry.
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EBay working on alternative software for Skype (AP) - AP - EBay Inc. is developing software it might use to continue running the online telecommunications service Skype if it cannot resolve a legal dispute with a separate company run by the service's founders.
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Kobra and Super Kobra - the commie era technology of Sukhoi & MiG bustin sick maneuvers.
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Geek Group National Science Center Built Without Government Grants! - A group of motivated college kids are building a full-scale university sized national science center without asking the government for a single dime. They're doing it on their own with viral marketing. This is a truly grass-roots effort to accomplish something incredible.
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Google Voice invites callers - One number, six phones Google has started contacting punters who expressed interest in getting early access to the company's telephony service, starting to connect up the million numbers it reserved last week.?Case Study: WhatsUp keeps Legoland turnstyles ringingFrom cw
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Turning the Masses Onto Mobile Broadband - Since mid-2007, when the first services came on the market, about 16 million people worldwide have signed up for mobile broadband, according to Screen Digest, an industry researcher. In 2008, the number of subscribers almost doubled.But the rapid deployment — and mounting Internet traffic from video streaming and file sharing — have caused many wireless broadband services to slow down or interrupt from data overload.
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Anti-mist coatings: Not misty for me - TAKE a hot shower and the chances are that the bathroom mirror will mist up. Glasses and camera lenses can also suffer in humid conditions. And it can be dangerous when a car’s windscreen clouds over. Various methods, including sprays, materials and heating, have been used with varying degrees of success to deal with the problem. Now a Chinese team has come up with a new idea.Junhui He of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, and his colleagues have created a cheap anti-mist coating. They estimate one square metre of glass will cost only a few cents to treat.
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Solar-powered manned flight: Flying for ever - WHEN an airliner takes off for a transatlantic flight it needs to carry some 80 tonnes of fuel, which accounts for around one-fifth of its weight. On really long flights, fuel can account for 40% of a plane’s take-off weight, so that around 20% of the fuel is used to carry the rest of the fuel. Each tonne of fuel burned also produces 3.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Yet inside a hanger at a Swiss airfield is the prototype of an aircraft (illustrated above) that does not use any fuel at all. The wings of this aircraft are almost as big as those of an airliner, but they are covered in a film of solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity to drive its engines.Solar-powered aircraft have flown before. The pioneer was Paul MacCready, whose Gossamer Penguin made the first manned flight in 1980 in California, with his then 13-year-old son at the controls. A derivative, Solar Challenger, crossed the English Channel in 1981. But nothing like HB-SIA, as the Swiss aircraft is known, has ever taken to the air. If it works as expected, another version will be built and this will take off, climb to 10,000 metres and, by storing some of the electricity generated during the day, continue flying through the night. Its pilots, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, plan to cross the Atlantic in it and later to fly it around the world.
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Terror at 30,000 Feet - Pilot tells of desperate battle at 30,000ft to put out cockpit fire on packed passenger plane
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BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Science museum's top 10 objects - revor Baylis, the inventor, says he would vote for the V2 rocket engine. Alice Roberts, television presenter and doctor, says she would vote for the invention of the X-ray machine. Others in the list include the steam engine and Stephenson's Rocket, the electric telegraph, Model T Ford, penicillin, Pilot ACE computer, DNA double helix and the Apollo 10 capsule.
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BBC NEWS | Technology | Free broadband won't entice all - Some 43% of adults who currently do not have internet access would remain disconnected even if they were given a free PC and broadband connection.The statistic, part of research conducted by regulator Ofcom will make depressing reading for some.
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Ekranoplans Showcase - They hover and skim above the water surface at speeds of up to 250 miles an hour, they carry heavier loads of cargo and troops than any airplane - the Ekranoplans, or "Wing-in-Ground" (WIG) vehicles are possibly the most exciting and strange looking technology ever designed by men.Developed mostly by Soviets during Cold Wars years (by Rostislav Alexeev's design firm) some of them were over 500 feet in length and had an estimated weight of over 500 tons! And yet they skimmed over the waves with grace, at high speeds, able to negotiate stormy conditions, unseen by radar - all thanks to an aerodynamic principle known as the "ground effect".
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Ekranoplans Showcase, Part 2 - When we prepared Part 1 of Ekranoplan Showcase, we could not fit all the great material on one page, so consider this as an addendum to the fascinating subject of Soviet ekranoplans - a beast born during the Cold War and still employed today by the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia.Here is a fantastic picture of how this technology may have looked in a heavily armed edition:
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Father of the cell phone - UNLESS you work in the telecoms industry, you are unlikely to have heard of Marty Cooper. He is hardly a household name. But his influence has been felt across the world, because he is the engineer who took the cellular technology used in the carphones of the 1970s and decided that phones ought to be small enough to be portable. His determination led to the first prototype, in 1973, and then to the first commercial mobile phone in 1983. “Marty is the most influential person no one has ever heard of,” says Robert McDowell, a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission, America’s telecoms regulator.
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Spies in the sky - SPYING is a sophisticated and expensive business—and gathering military intelligence using unmanned aircraft can be prohibitively so. Predator and Global Hawk, two types of American drone frequently flown in Afghanistan and Iraq, cost around $5,000 and $26,500 an hour respectively to operate. The aircraft themselves cost between $4.5m and $35m each, and the remote-sensing equipment they carry can more than double the price. Which is why less elegant but far cheaper balloons are now being used instead.
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Very handy - THE arm of a typical industrial robot is a crude-looking but functional implement designed for a single job, such as placing tiny components onto a circuit board or painting a car. Some robots have pincer-like claws to pick things up. But none comes close to the complex abilities of the human hand. Or, at least, none did until the Shadow Robot Company, based in London, began working on the problem.Shadow Robot has developed a robotic hand that closely mimics the human version. It has already sold several of them to various universities and to NASA, America’s space agency. And it has taken an order from Britain’s Ministry of Defence, which wants to try the hand out on the arm of a bomb-disposal robot.
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Third time lucky | The Economist - Industrial biotech: A “third wave” of biotechnology is arriving. Will it be able to avoid a poor reception from the general public this time around? As with other forms of biotechnology, industrial biotech involves engineering biological molecules and microbes with desirable new properties. What is different is how they are then used: to replace chemical processes with biological ones. Whether this is to produce chemicals for other processes or to create products such as biopolymers with new properties, there is huge scope to harness biology to accomplish what previously needed big, dirty chemical factories, but in cleaner and greener ways.
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Mobile phones: Sensors and sensitivity - IF YOUR mobile phone could talk, it could reveal a great deal. Obviously it would know many of your innermost secrets, being privy to your calls and text messages, and possibly your e-mail and diary, too. It also knows where you have been, how you get to work, where you like to go for lunch, what time you got home, and where you like to go at the weekend. Now imagine being able to aggregate this sort of information from large numbers of phones. It would be possible to determine and analyse how people move around cities, how social groups interact, how quickly traffic is moving and even how diseases might spread. The world’s 4 billion mobile phones could be turned into sensors on a global data-collection network.
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Photoacoustic imaging: The sound of light - IF LIGHT passed through objects, rather than bouncing off them, people might now talk to each other on “photophones”. Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated such a device in 1880, transmitting a conversation on a beam of light. Bell’s invention stemmed from his discovery that exposing certain materials to focused, flickering beams of light caused them to emit sound—a phenomenon now known as the photoacoustic effect.It was the world’s first wireless audio transmission, and Bell regarded the photophone as his most important invention. Sadly its use was impractical before the development of optical fibres, so Bell concentrated instead on his more successful idea, the telephone. But more than a century later the photoacoustic effect is making a comeback, this time transforming the field of biomedical imaging.
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Plane Crashes and Pitot Tubes - The simplicity of the pitot tubes makes them vulnerable to blockages. The elaborite system of avionics, gauges and computers can be deceived by any number of blockages. Dead insects, mud wasp nests, and ice are the most common.
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YouTube Moves Closer to the Boob Tube - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com - In January, YouTube rolled out a version of its popular video-sharing site that was tailored for the television screen. It offered a stripped-down interface that did away with extra features like comments and scroll bars. The result looked more like the screen on your cable service’s channel guide than a Web site.
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Green Promise Seen in Switch to LED Lighting - Studies suggest that a complete conversion to the lights could decrease carbon dioxide emissions from electric power use for lighting by up to 50 percent in just over 20 years; in the United States, lighting accounts for about 6 percent of all energy use.
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Marriage in the GPS age: Tracking cheating hearts :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: News - The well-to-do suburban professional hid a tiny GPS tracking device in his family car.His cheating wife dropped her kids off with her dad, a convicted felon. She headed to a South Side motel for a rendezvous with her lover. The global positioning system documented her route to the motel and back -- an adulterous trip she took more than a dozen times. A private investigator snapped a photo of the couple walking out of the motel together. In his divorce filing, the husband confronted his wife with the incriminating evidence
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With High-Speed Camera, Glimpsing Worlds Too Fast for the Eye - NYTimes.com - When a water droplet gently drips into a puddle, it is subsumed in a spectacular — and almost invisible — series of steps. The droplet dances along the water surface, breaking into smaller and smaller parts until it is completely absorbed. To the naked eye, it resembles nothing so much as a slight tremor along the waters edge. But seen through the prism of a high-speed camera, it looks like the super-slow-motion death of a basketballs bouncing.
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Polaroid Lovers Try to Revive Its Instant Film - ENSCHEDE, the Netherlands — In this small town just across the border from Germany, a small group of Dutch scientists and one irrepressible Austrian salesman have dedicated themselves to the task of reinventing one of the great inventions of the 20th century — Polaroid’s instant film
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New Memory Material May Hold Data For One Billion Years - The researchers describe development of an experimental memory device consisting of an iron nanoparticle (1/50,000 the width of a human hair) enclosed in a hollow carbon nanotube. In the presence of electricity, the nanoparticle can be shuttled back and forth with great precision. This creates a programmable memory system that, like a silicon chip, can record digital information and play it back using conventional computer hardware. In lab and theoretical studies, the researchers showed that the device had a storage capacity as high as 1 terabyte per square inch (a trillion bits of information) and temperature-stability in excess of one billion years.
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Dark Roasted Blend: World's Most Interesting Bridges, Part 3 - China is home to some of the most spectacular mountains, and some of the deepest gorges that need to be spanned with ridiculously tall bridges - and all these infrastructure projects are supposed to be good for Chinese economy.There is only one problem: the amount of jaws dropped into the gorges by awestruck tourists and the sense of professional envy these bridges inspire in architects around the world, itching to land a similarly grand project:
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Satellites and global health: Remote diagnosis | The Economist - Satellite data can suggest when and where epidemics will strike next
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New tech massively expands DVD storage - A novel optical recording method known as "five-dimensional" recording could dramatically increase the storage capacity of standard DVDs to 1.6 terabytes.Nature journal reports suggests that the novel approach of adding dimension to current technology can put as much as 1.6 terabytes of information on a DVD-sized disc.Nanometer-scale particles of gold are used as a recording medium and information is recorded in a range of different color wavelengths on the same physical disc location.
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Technology | Microsoft patents 'magic wand' - Speculation grows as a newly released patent application lists Microsoft's plans for a Wii-style motion controller.
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P-791 hybrid airship project - Skunk Works managed to test fly the P-791 two years earlier. Although just a testbed for future development, P-791 successors can be used in the future for a number of applications such as delivery of fighting units in a theater of operations or as a weapons/sensor/communications platform capable of operating for long periods of time. The test flight was just a short traffic circuit around the Palmdale Air Force Plant 42 airport and Lockheed did not want to comment the flight.
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How the F-35 Demon Helmet Looks Inside - Ever since I saw the F-35 demon helmet—which gives a 360-degree spherical view of the battlefield—I have wondered how it really looks inside, for the pilot. No more: Jump to minute 3:50.
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BBC NEWS | Technology | Electricity to power 'smart grid' - Global electricity networks could become smart grids that can help us monitor and control our energy usage, if plans from net firm Cisco take off.The giant US firm, whose technology helps underpin the net, is building a two-way link into electricity grids
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Autonomous floor-wiping robot : - Move over, Roomba. Make way for Fukitorimushi, an autonomous floor-cleaning robot that crawls like an inchworm and uses a super-absorbent nanofiber cloth to wipe up microscopic dust and residue that ordinary vacuums leave behind.
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Lighting Industry Looks at LED Bulbs for the Home - “In the U.S., 78 percent of the public is completely unaware that traditional light bulbs will be phased out in 2012,” said Charles F. Jerabek, president and chief executive of Osram Sylvania, a unit of Siemens. By law, bulbs must be 30 percent more efficient than current incandescent versions beginning that year.
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With a Private MiFi Hot Spot, Be Online Wherever You Like - NYTimes.com - The MiFi gets its Internet signal the same way those cellular modems do — in this case, from Verizon’s excellent 3G (high-speed) cellular data network. If you just want to do e-mail and the Web, you pay $40 a month for the service (250 megabytes of data transfer, 10 cents a megabyte above that). If you watch videos and shuttle a lot of big files, opt for the $60 plan (5 gigabytes). And if you don’t travel incessantly, the best deal may be the one-day pass: $15 for 24 hours, only when you need it. In that case, the MiFi itself costs $270.
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invisible car - Artist creates invisible car
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Eco-Friendly Lightbulb Causes Massive Fire in Maryland - According to the report CFLs aren't designed to be used with a dimmer switch - a detail not often disclosed when media sources celebrate how wonderful the soon-to-be government-mandated bulbs are.
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Save the F-22 Raptor from Obama's Butcher Knife - "America needs more F-22 stealth fighters" Petition. Sign the petition to encourage Congress and the Pentagon to approve the purchase of the 381 F-22s the Air Force needs to protect America.
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Ten Biggest Microsoft Flops of All Time - Melinda French, Bill Gates wife, was the project manager on probably the most embarrassing, and most controversial software Microsoft has ever released, BOB!
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Top-secret Microsoft prototype phone stolen - Telegraph - Top-secret Microsoft prototype phone stolen
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Turboprops are Highly Vulnerable to Ice Buildup - There is something hauntingly familiar about the crash of the Bombardier Dash 8 commuter plane in Buffalo. While a lot more information is needed before investigators can be sure of the cause, there are precursors that suggest a pattern. It begins with the crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 at Roselawn, Indiana, in October 1994. It was a different type of plane, a European-built ATR-72 (the Bombardier is a Canadian plane). All 49 people on board died. The cause was ice on the wings.
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Crash at Crush -- 1896 - By 5 p.m. the afternoon of September 15, 1896, nearly 50,000 people had gathered anxiously on a wide stretch of Texas prairie near Waco. Moments later, they watched two 35-ton locomotives, each pulling seven boxcars, collide head-on at a combined speed of 120 miles per hour.
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Laptop searches at border might get restricted (AP) - AP - Mohamed Shommo, an engineer for Cisco Systems Inc., travels overseas several times a year for work, so he is accustomed to opening his bags for border inspections upon returning to the U.S. But in recent years, these inspections have gone much deeper than his luggage.
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Panel urges Obama to consider hacker-response plan (AP) - AP - President-elect Barack Obama should create a new White House office to protect cyberspace from hackers, thieves and foreign agents, coordinating security efforts across U.S. military, intelligence and civilian agencies, according to a new report from a panel of leading government and industry experts.
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Peugeot 207 SW Outdoor (Pics and video) - The Peugeot 207 SW Outdoor is a version of the 207 SW (which is the variant of the familiar 207) with certain characteristics to move out of the asphalt more easily than normal passenger cars. Is on sale from 17,180 (all prices).
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|| 11/12/2008 ||
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Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M - The Scuderia Ferrari Spider 16M is a limited edition of the F430 Spider, the convertible version of the F430. 499 units will be manufactured. Already there was a version of the F430 Scuderia.
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Renault Megane Coupe - Renault Megane Coupe
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Mini nuclear plants to power 20,000 homes - How long before Democrats outlaw this? Solutions are always stopped by Liberals.
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|| 11/09/2008 ||
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The Long Descent - Living an Amish lifestyle under Obama.
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Micro-nuclear plants for local power - A miniature nuclear power station, capable of running a sizeable off-grid community for 10 or more years, is being launched on the market in 2013. The plants are only a few meters in diameter, and will be buried underground before use. They cost approximately $25 million a pop. For a community with 10,000 households, that is a very affordable $250 per home. I want one.
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Micro-nuclear plants for local power - A miniature nuclear power station, capable of running a sizeable off-grid community for 10 or more years, is being launched on the market in 2013. The plants are only a few meters in diameter, and will be buried underground before use. They cost approximately $25 million a pop. For a community with 10,000 households, that is a very affordable $250 per home. I want one.
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|| 11/02/2008 ||
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Hitachi UT32MH70 32in LCD TV - Only 39mm thick? You'd better believe it Review - When you?re watching TV you want to be directly in front of it, right? So why should a manufacturer make a fuss about a TV's sides, specifically how thin they ar
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The possibilities of a 'portable eye' - what's unique about Smith's phone: A flash goes off when he snaps a picture of the menu, and a few seconds later, his phone has translated the page of text into speech, and started reciting the options through his earpiece at a rapid clip.Smith developed a degenerative eye disease when he was 18, and he is now legally blind. It has been about two decades since he could read a restaurant menu independently. He first heard about the phone on a podcast series called "Blind Cool Tech" and took out a low-interest loan to buy it.
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Black Silicon Discovery Could Change Digital Photography, Night Vision Forever - With the accidental discovery of "black silicon," Harvard physicists may have very well changed the digital photography, solar power and night vision industries forever. What is black silicon, you say? Well, it's just as it sounds. Black silicon. It's what this revolutionary new material does that's important, starting with light sensitivity. Early indications show black silicon is 100 to 500 times more sensitive to light than a traditional silicon wafer.
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New machine prints sheets of light - You could tack that sheet to a wall, wrap it around a pillar or even take a translucent version and tape it to your windows. Unlike practically every other source of lighting, you wouldn't need a lamp or conventional fixture for these sheets, though you would need to plug them into an outlet.The sheets owe their luminance to compounds known as organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs. While there are plenty of problems to be worked out with the technology, it's not the dream of a wild-eyed startup.
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EU scientists launch new, 'unbreakable' encryption system - Potential users of this network, such as government agencies, financial institutions or companies with distributed subsidiaries, can encrypt their confidential communication with the highest level of security

NOTE: Quantum encryption has already been proven to be easily cracked, but an interesting article
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Immersed in Japan's media pods - Media Immersion Pods - described as "drug dens for internet addicts" - are the latest craze occupying Japan's urban young.The pods are small cubicles that can be rented out and contain DVDs, computer games, internet, manga comics, and food and drink. Richard Kimber from BBC World Service's Culture Shock programme tried one out at Bagus Gran Cyber Cafe in Tokyo.
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Shipping Containers could be 'Dream' Homes for Thousands - Each small house includes hookups for air conditioning, ventilation, electrical and water systems, and the units ideally could be set up in small communities to make accessing utilities more efficient.
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Madrid Pilots Failed To Lower Flaps For Takeoff Roll - A loud horn should have gone off in the cockpit, but "the cockpit voice recorder registered no sound from the takeoff warning system," the report said.
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Scientists Test World's Fastest Wireless Network - Scientists in Pisa, Italy claim to have set a new world record for the fastest wireless data transmission. They report that during an uninterrupted 12-hour experiment, they were able to achieve throughput speeds above 1.2 Terabits per second; which they say beats the previous wireless data transmission speed record of 160 Gigabits per second by Korean scientists. The researchers claim that speeds of this magnitude can typically only be achieved using fiber optics.
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Intel cuts electric cords with wireless power system - Intel on Thursday showed off a wireless electric power system that analysts say could revolutionize modern life by freeing devices from transformers and wall outlets.Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner demonstrated a Wireless Energy Resonant Link as he spoke at the California firm's annual developers forum in San Francisco.Electricity was sent wirelessly to a lamp on stage, lighting a 60 watt bulb that uses more power than a typical laptop computer.
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The Chip Collection - STATE OF THE ART - Smithsonian Institution - The first IC was made out of a thin slice of germanium (the light blue rectangle) and contained a single bipolar transistor (under the large aluminum bar in the center). It had four input/output terminals (the small vertical aluminum bars), a ground (the large bar on the far right), and wires of gold. The assemblage was held together with was. The photo's blue tinge was created by a light shown on the chip. Actual size: 0.040 x 0.062 inches.
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Wii Hack - Johnny Lee demos his amazing Wii Remote hacks, which transform the $40 game piece into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.
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Greenpeace Pushes for Greener Video Game Consoles (NewsFactor) - NewsFactor - Greenpeace has released the results of its investigation into hazardous materials in next-generation video game consoles. The study reveals that the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3 Elite and Microsoft Xbox 360 have all tested positive for hazardous chemicals.
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European Smart Car hits American streets - Take that "someone." Didn't hear about this one? Dumbass
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Five Million Users And Nearly Five Billion Stumbles Later - Sometime today, StumbleUpon will register its five millionth user. (At the time of this writing, it is at 4,994,826 registered users). That number is kind of meaningless, though, because it counts anyone who has ever registered for the Website-rating and discovery service, and who may no longer use it. StumbleUpon, which [...]
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Google to launch database service from Campfire - Eating S'mores on a cloud If you believe TechCrunch - and that's a big IF - Google is on the verge of unveiling a web-based database service along the lines of Amazon's SimpleD
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Cuba Lifts Ban on DVD Players, Cell Phones - Since taking over the Cuban presidency earlier this year, Raul Castro has quietly put a series of reforms into effect designed to make Cubans, well, happier. His government has lifted a ban on owning DVD players, cell phones, microwaves and electric bicycles. NPR's Susan Stamberg speaks with Michal Voss, BBC correspondent in Havana.
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Sprint to sell iPhone-like device (AP) -

In this undated photo provided by Sprint, the Samsung Instinct is shown.  The Samsung Instinct will be available in June for an as yet undetermined price, Sprint announced at cell-phone industry trade show CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Sprint)AP - Sprint Nextel Corp. on Tuesday said it is betting heavily on a touch-screen phone that appears to be the closest thing the U.S. market has seen to Apple Inc.'s vaunted iPhone.



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If this is Uncle Sam's broadband strategy, give me a break - The loan represents one of the federal government's biggest ever public-private investments in broadband service. Considering Uncle Sam's miserly approach, to date, that's not saying much. But here's what caught my eye: Those without service will have access to broadband and other technologies for the first time in their lives.
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Sentient world: war games on the grandest scale - Perhaps your real life is so rich you don't have time for another.Even so, the US Department of Defense (DOD) may already be creating a copy of you in an alternate reality to see how long you can go without food or water, or how you will respond to televised propaganda.The DOD is developing a parallel to Planet Earth, with billions of individual "nodes" to reflect every man, woman, and child this side of the dividing line between reality and AR.
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This is serious Steampunk! - This is my furnace. It used to be a coal furnace, it was once converted to an oil furncae, it is now a natural gas furnace. According to the gas man who came over to service it once, "This damn thing heats your house by pure luck, it's about -5% efficient"
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AT&T and Verizon thrash rivals with $16bn spectrum swipe - FCC Chair pleased with lack of diversity AT&T and Verizon Wireless barreled through the auction of some prized US airways, shelling out $16bn to keep data humming across their cross-country network
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The Smart Goggles that could make lost keys, mobile phones or iPod a thing of th - Those frustratingly frantic searches for mislaid car keys or mobile phones could soon be a thing of the past. Japanese scientists have invented a pair of intelligent glasses that remembers where people last saw their keys, handbag, iPod or mobile phone. The spectacles - which come with a built in camera, display screen and computer brain - can even identify unfamiliar plants or faces.
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Air-Powered Car Coming to U.S. in 2009 to 2010 at Sub-$18,000 - And the American big three have new Hummers which gets 10 MPG ! I think w/in a decade Big Three will be out of business. And good riddance!

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