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Norway opens world's first osmotic power plant

November 30, 2009 5:33 am | by Wojciech Moskwa | News | Comments

Norway opened on Tuesday the world's first osmotic power plant, which produces emissions-free electricity by mixing fresh water and sea water through a special membrane.  State-owned utility Statkraft's prototype plant, which for now will produce a tiny 2-4 kilowatts of power or enough to run a coffee machine, will enable Statkraft to test and develop the technology needed to drive down production costs.


Navy Lieutenant Ian Liggett visits Aero Department

November 30, 2009 4:57 am | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

LT Ian Liggett (ME, 2003) paid a visit to the Aerospace Engineering Dept on Friday Nov 13 and...

Brain Scan Study Shows Cocaine Abusers Can Control Cravings

November 30, 2009 3:52 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

A new brain-imaging study shows that active cocaine abusers can suppress drug craving, suggesting new ways to help them quit and avoid relapse.


Sports-Watch Development Kit Fits on your Wrist

November 30, 2009 3:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The eZ430-Chronos is a highly integrated, wearable wireless development system based for the CC430 in a sports watch. It may be used as a reference platform for watch systems, a personal display for personal area networks, or as a wireless sensor node for remote data collection.


Report on e-Invoicing

November 30, 2009 2:55 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

The European Commission has published today the report of expert group on e-Invoicing. The group was mandated to design a European e-Invoicing framework, to contribute to the uptake of open and interoperable electronic invoicing solutions within the EU. Particular emphasis was put on the...

Companies More Prone to Go 'Vertical'

November 29, 2009 10:59 pm | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

Companies are reviving "vertical integration," a 100-year-old strategy in which a firm controls materials, manufacturing and distribution.

Trying to Save the Web's Shortcuts

November 29, 2009 7:55 pm | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

The Internet Archive and more than 20 start-ups are banding together to preserve the historical records of the abbreviated Web addresses that are passed around on services such as Twitter.

Hunting Down TV Shows Online

November 29, 2009 7:55 pm | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

The Mossberg Solution looks at, which helps viewers find their favorite shows online faster.


Disrupting Bacterial Communication to Thwart Them

November 29, 2009 4:52 pm | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Interrupting Bacterial Chatter to Thwart Infection To measure their own numbers, bacteria produce, release, and detect chemical signals called autoinducers. As a population of bacteria grows, it releases more autoinducer into its environment. When individuals detect that a threshold level...

Lenovo to Buy Back Handset Maker

November 29, 2009 3:56 pm | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

Lenovo Group said it plans to buy back a mobile handset maker founded by the Chinese personal computer maker in 2002 for $200 million in cash and shares.

Nook's Store Debut Delayed

November 29, 2009 1:56 pm | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

Barnes & Noble said it won't have any of its Nook electronic-book reading devices in stores until Dec. 7, so that it can meet shipments of pre-orders.

Observation of Confinement Phenomenon in Condensed Matter

November 29, 2009 8:52 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

An experiment has confirmed that spinons, particle-like magnetic excitations, can be confined in a magnetic insulator similar to the way elementary quarks are confined within individual protons and neutrons.

We're Back Baby!!!

November 28, 2009 4:53 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

Some of my co-workers are at the Embedded Systems Conference this week in San Jose and they're presenting a session on how smart kids are these days. I mused on the subject and realized that educating children to eventually take my job is not the best idea. Seriously kids, go watch


PayPal Sees Jump in Online Payments

November 27, 2009 2:00 pm | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

PayPal said it recorded a 25% increase in the volume of U.S. payments on Thursday, compared with Thanksgiving day last year, one measure of what appears to be a strong start to online holiday shopping.

Friday Fun: Bird Mimics Other Birds and More

November 27, 2009 8:52 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

The lyre bird, not only mimics the calls of other birds, buy also man made noises such as cameras, saws and chainsaws, in an attempt to impress potential mates. David Attenborough narrates the above clip. Related: Friday Fun: Bird Using Bait to Fish – Leafhopper Feeding a Gecko...


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