cylonlover writes: Researchers at the University of Buffalo have created spherical silicon nanoparticles they claim could lead to hydrogen generation on demand becoming a “just add water” affair. When the particles are combined with water, they rapidly form hydrogen and silicic acid, a nontoxic byproduct, in a reaction that requires no light, heat or electricity. In experiments, the hydrogen produced was shown to be relatively pure by successfully being used to power a small fan via a small fuel cell.
billpalmer writes: "Google has made clear where it stands on the burgeoning issue of governmental access to personal emails, affirming that it will not turn over emails sent or received by users of its Gmail service at the request of law enforcement unless a warrant is involved. In its biannual transparency report for the second half of 2012, Google disclosed that various levels of the United States government made nearly five thousand requests for access to about fifteen thousand Gmail accounts. About one fifth of those requests were made through probable cause warrants"
astroengine writes: "Scientists have long puzzled over why the surface of the sun is cooler than its corona, the outer hazy atmosphere visible during a solar eclipse. Now thanks to a five-minute observation by a small, but very high-resolution ultraviolet telescope they have some answers. Hi-C, which was launched aboard a suborbital rocket to study the sun without interference from Earth's atmosphere, revealed interwoven magnetic fields braided like hair. When the braids relaxed, they released energy, heating the corona. "I had no idea we would see structures like that in the corona. Seeing these braids was very new to me," astrophysicist Jonathan Cirtain with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., told Discovery News."
An anonymous reader writes: Technology salaries in the U.S. saw the biggest jump in 2012 in more than a decade, according to the latest salary survey from Dice, a career site for technology and engineer professionals.
Tech professionals in the financial industry — including capital markets, banking and insurance sectors — recorded an average 2012 salary of $93,599, up 3% compared to 2011.
RobOnt writes: "In a move that apparently no one saw coming, Paramount has announced that it is dropping support for the Blu-Ray format and is now exclusively distributing it's forthcoming Hi-Def titles on HD-DVD only:
Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. will offer next-generation DVDs in the HD DVD format and drop support for Blu-ray, further complicating the race between the competing technologies.
Monday's announcement affects the upcoming DVD release of the blockbuster "Shrek the Third" and all movies distributed by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films, as well as movies from DreamWorks Animation, which are distributed exclusively by Paramount Home Entertainment.