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Oak Ridge 'Jaguar' Supercomputer is World's Fastest

November 24, 2009 5:22 am | News | Comments

An upgrade to a Cray XT5 high-performance computing system deployed by the Department of Energy has made the “Jaguar” supercomputer the world’s fastest. Located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Jaguar is the scientific research community’s most powerful computational tool for exploring solutions to some of today’s most difficult problems.

Twitter eyes acquisitions, sees making money in 2010

November 24, 2009 5:21 am | News | Comments

Micro-blogging site Twitter is interested in making more acquisitions as it continues to grow in popularity, co-founder Biz Stone said on Tuesday. "That is something we are definitely interested in," Stone told a news conference in Tel Aviv. "We made an acquisition last year that turned out to be an outstandingly good decision."

Big Bang machine achieves first particle collisions

November 24, 2009 5:14 am | News | Comments

Scientists have smashed together proton beams for the first time in a 27-kilometre tunnel under the French-Swiss border in an initial step toward discovering how the universe came into existence, they said on Monday. Scientists at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) hope experiments will already start giving clues about the origins of the universe...


CO2 curve ticks upward as key climate talks loom

November 24, 2009 5:10 am | News | Comments

The readings at this 2-mile-high station show a troubling upward curve as the world counts down to crucial climate talks: Global warming gases are building in the atmosphere at record levels from emissions that match scientists' worst-case scenarios.

Retailers look to stretch out Cyber Monday push

November 24, 2009 5:07 am | News | Comments

Retailers are thinking beyond Cyber Monday - a holiday marketing promotion many push for the Monday after Thanksgiving - and trying to spin their discounts into into Cyber Weekends or even Cyber Weeks. Target, Walmart, Toys R Us and others will be running online sales throughout the holiday weekend, with additional sales on Nov. 30, or Cyber Monday.

Informal meeting with EU ministers on the situation of GM reconfirms need for European coordination

November 24, 2009 4:54 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

The meeting reconfirmed the consensus that EU rules (in particular on state aid and the Single Market) must be fully respected and that no national measures should be taken without prior information and coordination with other involved countries and the Commission. In this context it was...

Commission launches consultation on EU 2020: a new strategy to make the EU a smarter, greener social market

November 24, 2009 4:54 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

The Commission today issued a public consultation document on giving the EU economy a brighter future through the EU 2020 Strategy. EU 2020 aims to deliver greener and socially inclusive growth, as outlined by President Barroso in his Political Guidelines. The consultation paper sets out...

Green Living, Green Technologies: Things to Be Thankful For

November 24, 2009 4:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

It's nearly Thanksgiving, the second of the "big" holidays that break up the last three months of the year. One of the most common family traditions is listing the things for which we are thankful. These are mostly items such as "family," "friends" or "good


Autonomous Military Robots: A Short Survey

November 24, 2009 4:19 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The four soldiers move from their concealed position and “stack” themselves, one behind the other, parallel to the door. The #2 man throws an M84 grenade (flashbang) into the room, then yells “frag out!” The flashbang detonates, and the fire team storms through the “fatal funnel” (door). 


Augmented Reality and You

November 24, 2009 2:45 am | Videos | Comments

I remember going to a demonstration of virtual tagging technology at the Kihara Research Center in Tokyo several years back, and the researchers frankly weren't quite sure what to do with the tech at the time.


CU search-and-rescue robots to compete internationally

November 23, 2009 1:54 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

In early November, Cornell was named one of 10 semifinalists in the first Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge.

Tips to Green Your Home

November 23, 2009 12:52 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its new green homes Web site. The site provides an interactive experience that helps people


President Obama Launches Engineering Education Initiative

November 23, 2009 12:52 pm | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

The President announces the “Educate to Innovate” initiative, a campaign to get students excited about pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Quotes from President Obama from his speech – (see webcast above): “As President, I believe...


Water droplets direct self-assembly process in thin-film materials

November 23, 2009 11:57 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a technique for fabricating 3-D, single-crystalline silicon structures from thin films by coupling photolithography and a self-folding process driven by capillary interactions.

Global TV Shipment Growth Recovered in Q3

November 23, 2009 11:41 am | News | Comments

Global TV shipments showed a spark of recovery in Q3’09 amid an easing global economic recession, reports DisplaySearch in its latest Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report.



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