Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-102

16th May 2012 (

Attractive, reliable, and easy to use. The Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-102 is the ideal partner for your mobile device. With an optional earloop and a rechargeable battery with up to 10 hours of talk time, there’s no reason for them to ever be apart again.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab-2

19th April 2012 (

The arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 may be further delayed, following reports that the Korean giant wants to upgrade the device with a quad-core processor.
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Debris threatens Space Station

28th March 2012 (

A passing piece of potentially dangerous space debris forced astronauts at the International Space Station to temporarily seek refuge in escape ships early on Saturday, U.S. officials said.
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Procision 3D Projectors

8th March 2012 (

Here is JVC Procision and Reference series of projectors launch in market with modern features. This is the new black slim reference series 3d projectors is comes with e-Shift technology.
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StayFit Wireless Heart Rate Monitor

20th February 2012 (

To encourage employees to enroll in corporate fitness programs, offer this combination heart monitor and FM radio.
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Speaker and Microphone

20th February 2012 (

Give the ultimate executive gift by offering this fun, yet functional technology item as a giveaway to meeting attendees.
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301v Bluetooth Headset

25th January 2012 (

Powermate announced at CES the BlueFox™ Voice Controlled 4x Noise Cancelling Bluetooth® Headset featuring Sensory, Inc.'s leading voice control technology.

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Marconi NM-1/622SMIRLC

9th January 2012 (

Marconi is a major international group focused on high growth communications and selective markets for high technology products in which it has strong positions.

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App Toyz Remote Control iPhone Helicopter

14th December 2011 (

There are hundreds of helicopter apps for the iPhone, but none of them come close to the sheer awesome-ness of this one! The AppCopter comes with an actual remote control helicopter and turns your phone into a remote control so that you can really fly the helicopter through the skies.

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Cell Phone Recon

Monitor all cell phone activity from your computer -- including calls and text messages.

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Messless Charging Station

5th January 2011 (

Say goodbye to lost chargers or messy tangles of cables with the great new Messless Charging Station. Complete with charging connectors for most popular makes of electronic gadgets and gizmos Messless is the sure-fire way of meeting all your charging needs in one neat and tidy location.

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SoftBank develops robot cameras

24th May 2010 (

Do you love robots -- and pets -- although you're not quite ready to take the dive into actual robot pet ownership? You're in luck! Those crazy kids at SoftBank are back again with the Mimamori line of remote control robot cameras.

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Audiences, and Hollywood, Flock to Smartphones

3rd May 2010 (

The mobile-video audience is tiny, but TV and film companies foresee an increasingly wireless world — and don't want to be left out of the picture.

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Robonaut ready for duty

15th April 2010 (

When Discovery's six astronauts take the final space shuttle ride to orbit in September, there'll be one more rider sitting in the back of the bus: Robonaut 2, the semi-humanoid robot created by NASA and GM.

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Skin Deep Storage

25th February 2010 (

These days, some people are following their pets and getting tagged. Radio frequency identification (RFID) chips are the size of a grain of rice and can be loaded up with personal information like passwords and implanted under the skin.

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How Fingerprint Scanners Work

23rd February 2010 (

Computerized fingerprint scanners have been a mainstay of spy thrillers for decades, but up until recently, they were pretty exotic technology in the real world. In the past few years, however, scanners have started popping up all over the place -- in police stations, high-security buildings and even on PC keyboards.

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Robot Builds Brick Wall

22nd February 2010 (

A robot is currently building a looping brick wall right in the middle of New York. Over a period of three weeks, passers-by can watch the "Pike Loop" installation in the making on a traffic island. The digitally controlled construction of the sculpture was developed at ETH-Zurich's Professorship of Architecture and Digital Fabrication.

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Microsoft Starts Over in Phone Software

17th February 2010 (

The frenetic pace of the mobile phone industry has forced some of the technology world's largest players to make a break with the past.

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How does solar power work?

2nd February 2010 (

The sun-that power plant in the sky—bathes Earth in ample energy to fulfill all the world's power needs many times over. It doesn't give off carbon dioxide emissions. It won't run out. And it's free.

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Mysteries of How a Star Is Born

2nd February 2010 (

Although astronomers' theory of star formation has advanced substantially in recent years, it still has serious holes. Stars form out of gaseous clouds that collapse, yet where do those clouds come from and what makes them collapse?

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HP Slate

26th January 2010 (

The HP Slate -- has there ever been a more iconic, more groundbreaking, more life-altering device? Oh, there has? Well anyway, HP CTO Phil McKinney has been friendly enough to share some of the history behind the development of his company's newly announced tablet, which is set for a release at some point later this year.

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Artificial Muscles Restore Ability to Blink

19th January 2010 (

Surgeons from UC Davis Medical Center have demonstrated that artificial muscles can restore the ability of patients with facial paralysis to blink, a development that could benefit the thousands of people each year who no longer are able to close their eyelids due to combat-related injuries, stroke, nerve injury or facial surgery.

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Remote Triggering System For Avalanche Airbags Developed

14th January 2010 (

The inviting expanse of shimmering snow contrasts with the benign blue sky above. The ski instructor briefly goes over the planned run, his first charge glides off into the distance … and sets off a slab avalanche. The group all look on helplessly as their friend is buried under a wall of snow.

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A Tongue-Tracking Artificial Larynx

3rd December 2009 (

Researchers in South Africa are working on a new kind of artificial larynx that won't have the raspy voice of existing devices. The system tracks contact between the tongue and palate to determine which word is being mouthed, and uses a speech synthesizer to generate sounds.

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Nano Measurement In The Third Dimension

14th October 2009 (

From the motion sensor to the computer chip, in many products of daily life components are used whose functioning is based on smallest structures of the size of thousandths -- or even millionths -- of millimetres. These micro and nano structures must be manufactured and assembled with the highest precision so that in the end, the overall system will function smoothly.

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4 Ways to Smarten up Your Car

7 August 2009 (

They haven't quite created KITT —the chatty artificial intelligence built into the automotive star of television's Knight Rider—but Dashboard Devices lets you give your ordinary car a dose of smarts with the $2,750 ENV-XC. This computer is built around a 1.66-gigahertz Intel Core Duo processor, with 1 gigabyte of memory and a 160-GB hard drive. It connects to an in-dash touch screen, which replaces your car radio controls, and features a DVD-read/write drive; a

USB port

to connect additional devices, such as a keyboard for writing e-mail; a GPS navigation system; and WiFi.

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Scientists on call: the mobile phone lab

22 July 2009 (

Scientists have successfully screened sputum and blood samples for TB, malaria, and sickle-cell anaemia using a fluorescent light microscope built into a mobile phone. The technique could improve mobile screening facilities, especially in developing countries.

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Nuclear power could cost trillions over renewables

24 June 2009 (

Nuclear power plants may not emit greenhouse gases, but they sure could suck in the tax dollars. An analysis by economist Mark Cooper at the Vermont Law School claims that adding 100 new reactors to the U.S. power grid would cost taxpayers and customers between $1.9 and $4.1 trillion over the reactors’ lifetimes compared with renewable power sources and conservation measures. The analysis factors in studies from Wall Street and independent energy analysts estimating the efficiency of renewable energy at 6 cents per kilowatt hour versus 12 to 20 cents per kilowatt hour for nuclear. Cooper says those costs will fall on either ratepayers through higher electric bills or on taxpayers through large subsidies.

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Of Telescopes and Ticks: How Mount Wilson Observatory Became an Infectious Disease Study Site

10 June 2009 (

Larry Webster has been working at Mount Wilson Observatory outside Los Angeles for more than 30 years, doing everything from keeping toilets flushing and adjusting mirrors to mapping sunspots. In September 2006, the 51-year-old solar observer came into work looking more like he was 90. He was dehydrated, jaundiced and had lost a lot of weight. Although he spent a month in and out of emergency rooms for symptoms of nausea and vomiting, doctors were uncertain what had caused his illness. So Webster began his own investigations into the source of the ailment and his mysterious case would eventually pique the interest of California health officials and convince an entomologist named Tom Schwan to fly halfway across the country in order to catch ticks inside the historic observatory.

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High-tech teaching to fire young imaginations

10 June 2009 (

Beanbags, 3D projectors, cashless lunch payments, Big Brother diary rooms, sleek Scandi-style furniture and even a classroom robot - ‘School weren’t like that in my day,' I grunt in my gruffest accent. RM, a British education and technology specialist, claims that we're on the verge of a 'classroom revolution,' and that teachers are already embracing cutting-edge gadgets to connect with a generation of children who are computer literate before they can walk. The company has created ‘an imaginarium of future learning’ which it hopes will persuade local education authorities and teachers that technology can improve their ability to get their message across to children. It all begins with slick but simple furniture designs that bring flexibility into the classroom: tables that can be raised and swivelled to become projector screens, and sofa chairs that fold away into small cubes when reading time is over.

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Oilrigs 'vulnerable to hacking

10 June 2009 (

The world's oilrigs are vulnerable to hacking because their security is inadequate, according to SINTEF, an independent research organisation in Scandinavia. While oil companies have made huge improvements in offshore safety and environmental protection, their efforts to secure important data have been poor, the SINTEF team says. The group says that the current "integrated operations" model, which uses onshore workers to control processes carried out on the platform via networked PCs, leaves communications open to attack. According to Science Daily, the team interviewed "key personnel in the petroleum sector" to get a sense of the data protection measures currently in place. The interviewees confirmed "that the number of safety incidents on production systems (platforms) has risen during past few years."

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Robot sub reaches the world's deepest abyss

3 June 2009 (guardian)

A robotic submarine named Nereus has become the third craft in history to reach the deepest part of the world's oceans, at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean. The dive to Challenger Deep, an abyss within the Mariana Trench that reaches 11,000 metres beneath the waves, was completed on 31 May by a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Massachussetts, US. For the expedition, the team had to build a new breed of remotely-operated submarine, called Nereus, which is capable of going deeper than any other while still filming and collecting samples. Sunday's dive makes it the world's deepest-diving vehicle, and the first vehicle to explore the Mariana Trench since 1998. So far only a single picture taken by Nereus at the bottom of the trench has been released, see image, right.

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Websites 'keeping deleted photos'

22 May 2009 (

User photographs can still be found on many social networking sites even after people have deleted them, Cambridge University researchers have said.

They put photos on 16 popular websites - noting the web addresses where the images were stored - and deleted them.

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Is that your power plant on my roof?

14 May 2009 (

Over the next year, the utility plans to spend $50 million to plop a variety of different kinds of photovoltaic panels on commercial buildings, the roofs of private homes, and other property in North Carolina. Once installed, the 10 megawatts worth of solar panels are expected to produce enough alternating-current electricity to power 1,300 homes. But the utility’s main goals for the demonstration project are to gain experience with distributed generation—putting the power plant closer to the customer—and with integrating intermittent, renewable resources like sunshine into the grid.

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Boston Dynamics-designed RiSE V3 robot climbs poles, haunts dreams

14 May 2009 (

The folks at Boston Dynamics have already made quite a name for themselves in the world of creepy robotics, but it looks like they're not ones to keep all their know-how to themselves, and they've now lent the University of Pennsylvania's Kod*lab a hand with this new RiSE V3 pole-climbing robot. That, as you've no doubt surmised, is a followup to RiSE V1 and V2, which were developed without the help of Boston Dynamics and were more suited to climbing flat surfaces than poles. In addition to a vastly different leg mechanism, this latest model also makes use of some brushless DC motors that increase the power density to let it climb poles at rates up to 22cm per second, which the researchers say make it well-suited for a wide range of tasks. As you can see for yourself in the video after the break, the bot mostly seems to work remarkably well, although it's obviously not quite ready to tackle critical jobs all by itself just yet.

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Sea 'snake' generates electricity with every wave

8 May 2009 (

Anaconda, a giant rubber "snake" that floats offshore and converts wave energy to electricity, is a step closer to commercialisation. An 8-metre long, 1/25th scale version is currently undergoing tests in a large wave tank in Gosport, UK, and a full-size working version could be a reality in five years.

Harnessing the power of waves is an attractive proposition because they are much more energy dense than wind. But wave power remains the poor relation of the renewable energy sector due to the difficulties of cheaply operating machinery in the harsh marine environment. The world's first commercial wave farm only began operating last year, off the northern coast of Portugal.

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Jumping robot to bounce into military service

8 May 2009 (

HOPPING robots may soon find a role in the American military. Sandia National Laboratories' prototype Urban Hopper can leap 8 metres vertically to clear walls or fences. Now robot maker Boston Dynamics has been given the job of producing a military version with a bit more self-control. The programme is funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which says it wants the hopper for urban reconnaissance and intelligence gathering - although it admits it could also be fitted with a raft of weapons.

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For Sale: Slightly Used Spacesuit, $500K OBO

14 April 2009 (

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union became the first country to launch anything into space. The event set off a space race that eventually landed humans on the moon and encircled the Earth with satellites. But a second, smaller race began at the same time. A small, dedicated group of fans began to find, collect and authenticate the physical objects associated with man's out-of-this-world journeys. Now there is a bustling business in the detritus of space flight. Several auctioneers host major sales during the spring where hundreds of pieces can be sold for between a few hundred bucks and a few hundred thousand. Starting April 16, Regency-Superior will host a four-day auction featuring an ultra-rare spacesuit used for testing in the Gemini program (see video) along with dozens of other rare items, photographs and space hardware.

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Resin replaces ITO in latest flexible OLED prototype

10 April 2009 (

Make no mistake, wrapping your mind around the build of an OLED panel is mighty tough to do. Without getting you mired in technobabble, let's just say that indium tin oxide (ITO) has generally been a mainstay in every single OLED that was produced commercially.

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CompUSA Comes Back From the Dead

10 April 2009 (

About three months ago, Loretta Alkalay, a retired Florida resident, wanted to get a new HDTV. So she decided to give the CompUSA near her home a try. Yes, CompUSA. The once-bankrupt electronics retailer is making a comeback, with about 30 new CompUSA stores nationwide and a new strategy that includes aggressive prices, remodeled stores, improved lighting and in-store web access for comparison shopping. "We have invented this idea of retail 2.0," says Gilbert Fiorentino, chief executive of the Technology Products Group at Systemax, now parent company of CompUSA. Fiorentino is also the founder of Tiger Direct, a web only electronics retailer and another subsidiary of Systemax. "Every screen in every CompUSA store is now connected to the internet and making buying a richer experience for customers," he says.

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Secret Law of Flying Could Inspire Better Robots

10 April 2009 (

A unifying theory of winged locomotion could explain the magical mid-air maneuvers of birds and insects, and guide the design of flying robots. Using high-speed video, biologists modeled how hummingbirds and hawkmoths use asymmetrical flapping to make slow, mid-air turns. The model predicted how five other flyers turned at full speed, hinting at a universal turning technique for flying creatures. "It's basically an exponential damping system," said Ty Hedrick, a University of North Carolina animal aerodynamics expert. "The strength of braking increases in proportion to speed." Though scientists understand the principles underlying many flight-enhancing physiologies, from birds' hollow bones to dragonflies' flexible wings, the biomechanics of turning was in many ways a mystery.

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Can Solar Power Resurrect the Housing Market?

10 April 2009 (

A Florida developer unveiled plans today to build the nation's first solar-powered city – a cluster of homes, offices and factories less than 20 miles from Fort Myers on the Gulf Coast. "Babcock Ranch" would be built on 17,000 acres in Charlotte and Lee counties, with more than half of the land set aside for nature preserves, agriculture and other open space. Florida Power & Light Co. would build a 75-megawatt solar photovoltaic array to supply electricity to the development's 6 million square feet of residential, industrial and retail buildings.

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Dissenter on Warming Expands His Campaign

10 April 2009 (

WASHINGTON — Marc Morano does not think global warming is anything to worry about, and he brags about his confrontations with those who do. For example, Mr. Morano said he once spotted former Vice President Al Gore on an airplane returning from a climate conference in Bali. Mr. Gore was posing for photos with well-wishers, and Mr. Morano said he had asked if he, too, could have his picture taken with Mr. Gore.

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Biomimetic Robotics

10 April 2009 (

Mother Nature's animal factory regularly cranks out sophisticated living machines designed to function in fascinating ways. So it's no surprise that researchers look to nature for inspiration when designing robots. The resulting machines that blend biology with computer science are called biomimetic robots. And it's not just their uncanny resemblance to living creatures that makes them special. These bots are designed to fly, swim, climb, crawl and walk into places that humans can't. Discovery Tech got in touch with university biorobotics labs from around the world, asking them to send us photos of their bio-inspired robots. Here are 10 of our favs.

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Inventor turns cardboard boxes into eco-friendly oven

10 April 2009 (

When Jon Bohmer sat down with his two little girls for a simple project they could work on together, he didn't realize they'd hit upon a solution to one of the world's biggest problems for just $5: A solar-powered oven. The ingeniously simple design uses two cardboard boxes, one inside the other, and an acrylic cover that lets in the sun's rays and traps them. Black paint on the inner box, and silver foil on the outer one, help concentrate the heat. The trapped rays make the inside hot enough to cook casseroles, bake bread and boil water.

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Radiopaq launches custom tuned earphones to single our your audio

10 April 2009 (

There's a big difference between giving people choices and giving people a choice, and while Sleek Audio did the smart thing by doing the former, Radiopaq is carelessly banking on the latter to still go over well. Rather than producing a set of earbuds with customizable acoustics to fit whatever genre you find yourself into, Radiopaq's custom tuned earphones take that personalization away from the end-user.

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Hacking the planet: The only climate solution left?

9 April 2009 (

Update: John Holdren, the chief scientific adviser to Barack Obama, has said drastic measures to tackle climate change using massive technological measures should be considered. Holdren's statement is a "personal opinion", he says, but this is the strongest statement yet from within the Obama administration that geoengineering is being taken seriously. As we reported earlier in the year, the proposal has now moved into mainstream scientific and political thought. IN A room in London late last year, a group of British politicians were grilling a selection of climate scientists on geoengineering - the notion that to save the planet from climate change, we must artificially tweak its thermostat by firing fine dust into the atmosphere to deflect the sun's rays, for instance, or perhaps even by launching clouds of mirrors into space. Surely the scientists gave such a heretical idea short shrift. After all, messing with the climate is exactly what got us into such trouble in the first place. The politicians on the committee certainly seemed to believe so. "It is not sensible, is it? It is not a serious suggestion?"

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Science's most powerful computer tackles first questions

9 April 2009 (

In cult sci-fi tale Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the most powerful computer in the universe was charged with finding the answer to life, the universe, and everything. In the real world, a newly built supercomputer that is the most powerful ever dedicated to science will be tackling questions about climate change, supernovas, and the structure of water. The projects were chosen in a peer-reviewed process designed to get the computer producing useful science even during the period when its performance is still being fine-tuned by engineers. Jaguar is located at the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS), part of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, and has a peak operating performance of 1.64 petaflops, meaning it can perform more than a million billion mathematical operations every second.

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Storing the Carbon in Fossil Fuels Where It Came from: Deep Underground

9 April 2009 (

Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of five features on carbon capture and storage, running daily from April 6 to April 10, 2009. For more than a decade, Norwegian oil company Statoil Hydro has been stripping climate change–causing carbon dioxide (CO2) from natural gas in its Sleipner West field and burying it beneath the seabed rather than venting it into the atmosphere. The company estimates that since 1996 it has stored more than 10 million-plus metric tons of CO2 some 3,300 feet (1,000 meters) down in the sandstone formation from which it came—and all of it has stayed put, which means storage may be the simplest part of the carbon capture and storage (CCS) challenge.

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Pakistan to America: Give Us the Killer Drones

9 April 2009 (

When last we left America's drone war over Pakistan, the local government seemed resigned to idea of the United Sstates launching its unmanned air force from Pakistani soil, on targets within Pakistan, without Islamabad's permission. All the ministers asked was that America respect their "red line" -- and keep U.S. ground forces out of their country. But the red line may have suddenly shifted, from human troops to robots in the sky. In a meeting yesterday with U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen, top Pakistani officials allegedly demanded that America stop the unmanned attacks and "shift the drone technology and authority to the Pakistan Army," according to Pakistan's Dawn newspaper. "We did talk about drones and let me be very frank, there is a gap," Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi tells Reuters.

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How to Map Neural Circuits With an Electron Microscope

9 April 2009 (

Coders and neuroscientists have teamed up to make a 20-terabyte map of every cell in the back of a rabbit's eye. By comparing healthy samples with pictures of damaged retinas, these researchers can make sense of the diseases that cause blindness, and perhaps find ways to repair injured eyes.

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High-Tech Weights for Space Workout

9 April 2009 (

When space-age technology can't keep astronaut muscles from withering, there's only one thing left for NASA to do: upgrade. The Advanced Resistance Exercise Device, or aRED, was installed two months ago inside the International Space Station. Smaller and more powerful than any earthly all-in-one gym set, aRED is expected to provide astronauts with much-needed muscle work. "When we think about the space environment, you have to reset the baseline," said Scott Trappe, director of Ball State University's Human Performance Laboratory. "On Earth, it's hypertrophy: 'How big can I get my muscles?' In space, it's 'How can I protect what I have?

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Eye-Fi's 4GB WiFi SDHC cards start to ship out

9 April 2009 (

Nah, Eye-Fi's latest Secure Digital cards still aren't nearly as capacious (nor as cheap) as other alternatives on the market, but good luck getting that free-after-rebate 8GB SDHC card from IAWANNA Corp. to upload images via a wireless hotspot.

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Gold Bullion Wireless Mouse only looks like a million bucks

9 April 2009 (

It seems only right that computer mice, which were once such brick-like tools should, in these 'interesting times' return to being bricks again. Though of course this particular brick is now wireless and looks satisfyingly like a huge hunk of gold bullion. Whether you're scanning plummeting share prices on-line or looking for a cheap washing machine on e-bay, this high tech wireless mouse will enrich your experience. You can charge it by plugging it into a USB port, so you don't have yet another gadget needing batteries. It's a great big bling thing!

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Top US science adviser on life after Bush

8 April 2009 (

You worked with Bill Clinton, and now Barack Obama. What about the man who came between them, George W. Bush? It was not a good time for science, but it wasn't an unmitigated disaster. I would say two things that are often forgotten. To his credit Bush completed the doubling of the budget for the National Institutes of Health. And he did good things for global health. But there were many other things that hurt science and undermined the science advisory process. However, that era is over. We need to be clear about the fact that damage has been done, and we need to repair that damage and look ahead.

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Monster space telescope prepares for launch

8 April 2009 (

FROM an astronomer's perspective, the universe is a pretty cool place. In fact it's positively chilly, with more than half the energy emitted by normal matter coming from clouds of gas and dust too cold to radiate visible light - and which therefore cannot be seen with traditional telescopes. The same problem plagues observations of the chilled-out photons of the cosmic microwave background left over from the big bang. Closer to home, cool, dark objects litter our immediate cosmic neighbourhood. To obtain a complete picture of our surroundings, astronomers must resort to the equivalent of night-vision goggles or a thermal-imaging camera. These are specialised space telescopes that scan the sky at infrared and microwave wavelengths much longer than those of visible light, allowing them to spy out the faint traces of heat that dark bodies imprint on the sky.

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Green Lasers: The Next Innovation in Chip-Based Beams

8 April 2009 (

On a rainy Saturday morning in January 2007, Henry Yang, chancellor of the University of California, Santa Barbara, took an urgent phone call. He excused himself abruptly from a meeting, grabbed his coat and umbrella, and rushed across the windswept U.C.S.B. campus to the Solid State Lighting and Display Center. The research group there included one of us (Nakamura), who had just received the Millennium Technology Prize for creating the first light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that emit bright blue light. Since that breakthrough over a decade earlier, Nakamura had continued his pioneering research on solid-state (semiconductor) lighting, developing green LEDs and the blue laser diodes that are now at the core of modern Blu-ray disc players.

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North Korean rocket launch caught on film

8 April 2009 (

A striking satellite image released yesterday shows the moment North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday in defiance of international pressure. The image was taken from an altitude of 308 miles (496km) by the WorldView-1 satellite moments after the rocket blasted off at 11.10am local time. North Korea's official news agency said the Taepodong-2 rocket placed a satellite in orbit that is now broadcasting revolutionary songs. The Pentagon claimed the launch failed and the rocket broke up and fell into the Pacific Ocean.

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Robot scientist makes discoveries without human help

3 April 2009 (

A robot scientist that can generate its own hypotheses and run experiments to test them has made its first real scientific discoveries. Dubbed Adam, the robot is the handiwork of researchers at Aberystwyth University and the University of Cambridge in the UK. All by itself it discovered new functions for a number of genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, aka brewer's yeast. Ross King, a computational biologist at Aberystwyth, who leads the project, said that Adam's results were modest, but real. "It's certainly a contribution to knowledge. It would be publishable," he says. Adam, which actually consists of a small roomful of lab equipment, has four personal computers that act as a brain, and possesses robot arms, cameras, liquid handlers, incubators and other equipment. The team gave the robot a freezer containing a library of thousands of mutant strains of yeast with individual genes deleted. It was also equipped with a database containing information about yeast genes, enzymes, and metabolism, and a supply of hundreds of metabolites

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Historic US-Russian agreement on nuclear weapons

3 April 2009 (

The US and Russia have today agreed to allow nuclear weapons inspections between the two top nuclear powers to continue. Without the breakthrough agreement, either country would effectively have been free to resume nuclear proliferation at the end of the year. "We agreed to pursue new and verifiable reductions in our strategic offensive arsenals in a step-by-step process, beginning by replacing the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with a new, legally-binding treaty," US president Barack Obama and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev declared in a joint statement in London, where they are attending the G20 summit of world leaders.

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Aircraft could be brought down by DIY 'E-bombs'

3 April 2009 (

ELECTROMAGNETIC pulse weapons capable of frying the electronics in civil airliners can be built using information and components available on the net, warn counterterrorism analysts. All it would take to bring a plane down would be a single but highly energetic microwave radio pulse blasted from a device inside a plane, or on the ground and trained at an aircraft coming in to land. Yael Shahar, director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel, and her colleagues have analysed electromagnetic weapons in development or used by military forces worldwide, and have discovered that there is low-cost equipment available online that can act in similar ways. "These will become more of a threat as the electromagnetic weapons technology matures," she says.

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For U.S. Satellite Makers, a No-Cost Bailout Bid

3 April 2009 (

Officials in Washington are moving to revitalize yet another faltering American industry: the business of making the communications satellites that hover above Earth and knit the planet into a global community. But this rescue would not cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. In fact it could be virtually free — if Congressional Democrats succeed in lifting export controls that classify satellite technology as weapons and have handicapped American manufacturers since the last days of the Clinton administration.

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A-DATA launches colorful line of CH91 portable HDDs

3 April 2009 (

Do you have any idea how many episodes of Matlock you can fit on 500GB? No really, do you have any idea? To be totally frank, neither do we, but you'll be hard pressed to find a half terabyte of portable storage more nicely colored than this to hold said episodes on. A-DATA has just introduced its CH91 external HDD, which is available in sizes up to 500GB (via a single 2.5-inch drive) and is completely USB powered. The only difficult part here is choosing between sapphire blue, sweet pink and purple white -- oh, and finding a price. Full release is after the break.

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MIT builds battery from bacterial virus, humans to power machines by 2012

3 April 2009 (

We've been tracking MIT professor Angela Belcher's attempt to build batteries and nano-electronics from viruses since 2006. Scientifically speaking, the so-called "virus" is actually a bacteriophage, a virus that preys only on bacteria while leaving humans of diminishing scientific knowledge alone to doubt that claim. Now, in a new report co-authored by Belcher, MIT research documents the construction of a lithium-ion battery (pictured after the break) with the help of a biological virus dubbed M13. M13 acts as a "biological scaffold" that allows carbon nanotubes and bits of iron phosphate to attach and form a network for conducting electricity. Specifically, MIT used the genetically engineered material to create the battery's negatively charged anode and positively charged cathode. Best of all, MIT's technique can be performed at, or below room temperature which is important from a manufacturing perspective -- a process that MIT claims will be "cheap and environmentally benign." Already MIT has constructed a virus-battery about the size of that found in a watch to turn on small lights in an MIT lab. Belcher claims that just a third of an ounce (about 10 grams) of the viral battery material could power an iPod for 40 hours. In time and with enough effort MIT expects to scale the technology to power electronic vehicles. Remember, when the time comes choose the red pill.

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SimMan 3G patient simulator will undoubtedly creep you out

3 April 2009 (

Look, we want the next generation of robot doctors to be as competent as possible; after all, it's them that'll likely be taking care of us when our fingers lock up and our cranium-housed SSDs finally fail. That said, we can't help but be freaked completely out by Laerdal's latest and greatest patient simulator, the SimMan 3G. This almost-human can be programmed with various practice scenarios for to-be doctors to hone their skills on, and as any sophisticated mannequin should, this one is also wireless, self-contained and able to withstand four hours of surgery before conking out. We have no clue how many thousands this thing will set HOSA clubs around the nation back, but anything that bleeds, winks, secretes and cshouldn't be something you "buy," anyway.

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NavGenius PND looks like a GPS, is really a covert location tracker

3 April 2009 (

Those sadistic souls over at Lightning GPS are at it again, making the lives of parents and promiscuous children awesome and horrible, respectively. Just in case NavTrac's RTV10 PND isn't enough to keep your mind at ease when Johnny (and his track record of poor decision making) is out and about, there's the newly announced NavGenius. At first glance, this here navigator is about as vanilla as they come, but underneath the shell is a dedicated tracking module which enables the owner to monitor every turn, stop and donut from the web. Heck, you can even re-route vehicles from any connected computer, and the owner can get an SMS should the driver exceed a certain speed or break a customizable perimeter. All that's required to shatter the last pinch of trust you actually had with your offspring is $599.95 up front and $39.95 per month for the tracking service -- which you only pay until they wise up and take a Louisville Slugger to the device.

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10 Gory Surgical Triumphs on YouTube

3 April 2009 (

Who needs medical school anymore? You can now watch the world's surgeons do their thing from the comfort of your parents' basement. From open-heart surgery to amputations, sex-change operations to autopsies, the operating rooms of the world have gone online. One website, OR-Live, regularly broadcasts live from the O.R. For example, tune in next week to watch a hysterectomy. These broadcasts, and dozens of other videos posted to YouTube, draw hundreds of thousands of viewers. We've got four words for you: advertising-supported health care.

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Building the 21st-Century Mind

1 April 2009 (sciam)

Howard Gardner is a professor of cognition and education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He’s also the author of over 20 books and several hundred scholarly articles. Gardner is probably best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences, which is a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be assessed by standard psychometric instruments. His most recent book, Five Minds for the Future, offers some advice for policy-makers on how to do a better job of preparing students for the 21st century. Mind Matters editor Jonah Lehrer chats with Gardner about his new book, the possibility of teaching ethics and how his concept of multiple intelligences has changed over time.

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EPA Seeks Emission Rules for Sooty Ships

1 April 2009 (

U.S. EPA is seeking to impose stricter emission regulations on marine vessels along U.S. coastlines, a move expected to dramatically slash air pollution in port cities, Administrator Lisa Jackson announced today. The move makes the United States the first country to ask the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, to create an emissions control area around the nation's coastline.

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Staying Put on Earth, Taking a Step to Mars

1 April 2009 (

MOSCOW — On Tuesday, six people will be voluntarily locked into a cloister of cramped, hermetically sealed tubes woven inside a Moscow research facility the size of a high school gymnasium. They will eat dehydrated food, breathe recycled air and be denied conversation with practically everyone else but one another. And they must stay inside for 105 days. In a small step in the direction of Mars, the international crew is embarking on a simulated flight to the planet to test the limits of human tolerance for the isolation and monotony of interplanetary travel. “It is really like a real space flight without the weightlessness and the danger to our lives,” said Sergei N. Ryazansky, a cosmonaut-in-training who will lead the mission. “On the inside, we will have a lack of incoming information, so it’s the science of sensory deprivation.”

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Mazda RX-8 controlled with iPod touch, Batman said to be jealous but coping

1 April 2009 (

We've seen some interesting ways people have tried to meld iPhone with car, but this one might top them all. Meet Jon's Mazda RX-8, controllable from anywhere in the world using an < a href="/ipods/" title="ipod">iPod touch over WiFi. As demonstrated on video, his custom web app can be used to lock and unlock the doors, start and stop the engine, and open the truck. A telemetry window provides data such as fuel level, battery voltage, RPM, speed, and temperatures. It's even got a GPS so you can track the car's wherabouts with Google Maps. All of this is accomplished with computer hidden in the trunk, hooked up to the on-board diagnostics, and equipped with a 3G modem to stay constantly connected to the interwebs. There's no indication on whether he plans to take the mod further, but if so, we can only hope it involves some well-placed cameras and a tilt-controlled steering mechanism. We pity the foolish thief who tries to steal this "haunted" ride. Check out the video demonstration after the break.

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Bad News: Scientists Make Cheap Gas From Coal

27 march 2009 (

Electric cars have been getting a lot of buzz lately, but a more immediately viable transportation fuel of the future could be liquid derived from coal. Scientists have devised a new way to transform coal into gas for your car using far less energy than the current process. The advance makes scaling up the environ
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Scavenging Energy Waste to Turn Water Into Hydrogen Fuel

The process is simple, efficient and recycles otherwise-wasted energy into a useable form.

"This study provides a simple and cost-effective technology for direct water splitting that may generate hydrogen fuels by scavenging energy wastes such as noise or stray vibrations from the environment," the authors write in a new paper, published March 2 in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. "This new discovery may have potential implications in solving the challenging energy and environmental issues that we are facing today and in the future."

The researchers, led by UW-Madison geologist and crystal specialist Huifang Xu, grew nanocrystals of two common crystals, zinc oxide and barium titanate, and placed them in water. When pulsed with ultrasonic vibrations, the nanofibers flexed and catalyzed a chemical reaction to split the water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen.
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By Chris, 17 Mar 10

Robot Teaches Stroke Survivors

Shaking hands with a robotic arm could be a new way to help stroke patients learn to use their arms again. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation report a pilot trial of the 'Braccio di Ferro' (Iron arm) robot in 10 patients.

The researcher's robot assists patients as they attempt to guide its 'hand' in a figure-of-eight motion above a desk, pulling in the correct direction and resisting incorrect movements to a minutely controlled degree. This interactive assistance allows for alternating levels of help, encouraging patients to re-learn how to use their arms. Vergaro said, "Stroke survivors perform arm movements in abnormal ways, for example by elevating the shoulder in order to lift the arm, or leaning forward with the torso instead of extending the elbow.
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By Haris, 17 Mar 10

Igo Solar Multi Device Charger

iGo is always busy creating new gadgets for it's customers, they currently offer universal chargers for electronic notebooks and mobile devices including mobile phones, Bluetooth units, iPhones or PDAs, iPods, portable gaming systems, digital cameras and always adding the most up to date models.
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By Martin, 24 Feb 10

Could blood be used to power batteries?

A group of scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute claims they've created just such a battery, one that uses the electrolytes naturally found in bodily fluids. The results of the research, detailed in the Aug. 13, 2007, issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are generating some excitement as part of a new crop of "bio-batteries" that run off of bodily fluids or other organic compounds. (The RPI team claims that theirs could even run on tears or urine.)
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By Berlit, 24 Feb 10

Skype for SIP goes public

Skype for SIP lets companies receive calls on their existing IP telephony systems from Skype users for free, apart from a monthly charge for each Skype channel — a virtual line that allows an inbound or outbound call at any given time — that they rent. The VoIP company is offering channel subscriptions at an introductory price of €4.95 (£4.48) per month.
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By Edward, 22 Feb 10

How do Sensors Work

Sensors are devices which measure a physical quantity, convert it to signal or stimulus and respond to it in a specified manner. There are various types of sensors, ranging from motion sensors in home security systems to oxygen sensors in cars. The popularity of these technological marvels can be attributed to spy flicks to a significant extent. Although many of us get fascinated by them, not many are able to figure out how do sensors work in detecting minor movements.

How do Motion Sensors Work?
One of the most popular sensors, used in a range of day to day appliances today, is the motion sensor. Also referred to as motion detectors, motion sensors are most often used in commercial establishments as well as home security systems.
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By Susan, 20 Jan 10

Do I need a GPS?

A GPS would help you out of this situation in two ways. One, many GPS's will deliver you instant weather reports so that you will know what to expect weather-wise. And two, with a GPS, you would not be stuck in traffic because your GPS may provide traffic reports and how you can avoid them.

Have you ever lost your car in a parking lot or been lost in your car and did not know where you are? Recently, a friend of mine was driving to a basketball game downtown and got stuck in a bad area. She was so scared and did not know how to get out of this unsafe area. A GPS would not only tell her immediately how to get out of that part of town but it would also tell her where her car was parked if she could not remember.
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By Nahid, 05 Oct 09

Solar Panels for Electricity Generation

A typical solar panel for generation of electricity contains 36 solar cells of different size, depending on the watt or amperage of the panel. A strong aluminum panel serves as a back for the solar panel, and is mounted in a tough frame. Monocrystalline or polycrystalline solar cells are used make rigid solar panels. Monocrystalline solar cells are made of thin wafers of silicon, which are 1 millimeter thick, that has been grown from a single silicon crystal. The yield of electricity from a solar panel made using these efficient solar cells, is more than polycrystalline solar cells.
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By Lara, 11 Sep 09

Satellite Phone Plans

Satellite phone, also referred to as satphone is a mobile phone which connects to the orbiting satellites. You can either buy a new satellite phone or rent it online. These phones are mainly used in areas where terrestrial cellular service is unavailable. They have poor reception windows, hence these phones come with external antennas that are installed in vehicles or buildings.
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By Yelly, 09 Sep 09

Computer graphics researchers simulate the sounds of water

Splash, splatter, babble, sploosh, drip, drop, bloop and ploop!

Those are some of the sounds that have been missing from computer graphic simulations of water and other fluids, as per scientists in Cornell's Department of Computer Science, who have come up with new algorithms to simulate such sounds to go with the images.
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By John, 29 Jul 09

Dorel Air Protect

It’s nice to see innovation in MA, particularly when it is focused on child safety.
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By Taylor, 01 Jul 09

Nuclear Power

One thing everyone must keep in mind -- There is no one cure all solution to our energy needs. There is no magic pill. We must objectively and logically look into all potential applications and evaluate each accordingly. It is short-sighted to forgo nuclear because of its tainted past. Renewables do show promise, but come at a price. Waste discharges, cost, and other factors must be weighed
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By Haniya, 24 Jun 09

Nuclear Power

Nuclear energy is only to fill pockets of few industrialists/share holders. Renewable energy if tapped properly and at household level is going to be much more economical. Hopefully, it will not fill the pockets at the Wall Street. Example: Solar water heaters can heat ample water in at least 50% of USA 6 months a year. However most of the retailers do not sell them. Prius is a concept not based upon nuclear energy but using the energy which was being discarded. We need more enthusiasm in renewable energies than the nuclear. Nuclear accidents- deliberate or accidental would be/are detrimental to the human kind.
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By jane, 24 Jun 09

MIT builds battery from bacterial virus, humans to power machines by 2012

I wonder what is coming up NEXT!!
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By Amna, 24 Apr 09

Can Solar Power Resurrect the Housing Market?

If solar-powered city was build the world would benefit more than it would from any other thing.
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By Jack, 24 Apr 09

Secret Law of Flying Could Inspire Better Robots

Technology Today can make anything happen.
We have tended to change alot & alot more to come.
Right after Reading this article my next thought was a flying horse which we have only read in fairy tales!
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By Ali haider, 22 Apr 09

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