Technology and Science

Scientists Create Moldable Metal Like Plastic Steel

Mar 2nd, 2011 | By
Scientists Create Moldable Metal Like Plastic Steel

Yale scientists have created a substance that combines the strength of steel with the moldable properties of plastic, Materials Today revealed last week. The new class of substances, called bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), enables a few minutes of blow molding to create objects twice as strong as steel, in shapes like metallic bottles, watch cases,
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New MacBook Pro Thunderbolt May Premiere Light Peak

Feb 23rd, 2011 | By
New MacBook Pro Thunderbolt May Premiere Light Peak

A statement by Intel Tuesday has fueled rumors that Intel will unveil long-awaited Light Peak high-speed connection technology next Thursday when Intel partner Apple releases its new MacBook Pro model. A leaked picture of a new MacBook showing a lightning bolt symbol next to a new port has sparked the nickname “Thunderbolt” for the new
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Windows Phone 7 Update Stalling Samsung Handset Users

Feb 23rd, 2011 | By
Windows Phone 7 Update Stalling Samsung Handset Users

A Windows Phone 7 update released Monday is stalling phones for many Samsung handset users. Some users report the update failing to install, while others report it rendering their phones unusable due to corrupting the phone’s firmware, a problem metaphorically known as “bricking.” The metaphor refers to an unusable phone being as useful as a
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India Turning to Digital Classrooms to Improve Education

Feb 20th, 2011 | By
India Turning to Digital Classrooms to Improve Education

How do you bring education effectively to a population of 1.18 billion? India is increasingly turning to digital classrooms as a solution. The concept of a digital classroom is to use computer technology to assist teachers. Computer technology can provide teachers with educational software called “courseware” that builds animation and music into lessons, making it
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Apple to Unveil Light Peak High-Speed Connection Technology

Feb 19th, 2011 | By
Apple to Unveil Light Peak High-Speed Connection Technology

Apple will soon unveil a new technology that will revolutionize high-speed connection for computers, an inside source told CNET. The new invention will consolidate numerous connection devices into a single connector that is faster than current high-speed technology. Semiconductor manufacturer Intel has been developing the technology since 2009 under the working name “Light Peak.” Apple
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Military Robot Market Marching Ahead, Market Research Says

Feb 17th, 2011 | By
Military Robot Market Marching Ahead, Market Research Says

As nations seek to replace human soldiers with robots, the market for military robots will grow from $5.8 billion in 2010 to more than $8 billion in 2016, according to a new study published Tuesday by the technology market intelligence firm ABI Research. The military robot market includes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned ground vehicles
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NASA Spaceship Films Fly-By of Comet

Feb 16th, 2011 | By
NASA Spaceship Films Fly-By of Comet

On Monday NASA’s Stardust-NExT spacecraft successfully flew by comet Tempel 1, snapping 72 spectacular photos. Since the 1980s, scientists have sought to collect information about comets in order to study theories about such topics as the origin of life, the formation of the planets and solar system, and the extinction of dinosaurs. Some scientists believe
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Twitter Translation Center Recruits Volunteer Translators

Feb 14th, 2011 | By
Twitter Translation Center Recruits Volunteer Translators

Twitter introduced its Twitter Translation Center Monday, inviting volunteer translators to translate its products into new languages. Translators are being recruited to translate Twitter’s own products, not Tweet messages sent out on Twitter. Translation services will be used for Twitter.com; Twitter’s mobile, business and help websites; and Twitter’s mobile apps for Apple’s iOS and Google’s
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Sony Dash Personal Internet Viewer App Contest Now Open

Feb 11th, 2011 | By
Sony Dash Personal Internet Viewer App Contest Now Open

The Sony Dash Personal Internet Viewer is making waves this month as Sony opened a Create a Dash App Contest with cash prizes of over $5,000. The Sony Dash screen is 7 inches, about the size of a small clock radio. It connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi and has no internal battery. It is
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Ice Volcanoes Create Great Lakes Winter Outdoor Attraction

Feb 9th, 2011 | By
Ice Volcanoes Create Great Lakes Winter Outdoor Attraction

Ice volcanoes are emerging along the shores of the Great Lakes this winter, creating a unique tourist attraction. But experts warn to be careful when exploring them. Ice volcanoes (cryovolcanoes, also called “ice canoes”) are ice cones formed from erupting water and snow, just as regular volcanic cones form from erupting lava. When winter ice
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