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Submission + - Motorcycle that runs on compressed air (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: A vehicle that runs on air. It sounds like a fantastic idea, but energy is still needed to compress the air and the losses that go hand-in-hand with converting energy still have to be taken into account, just as in fossil fuel-based propulsion systems. Pros and cons aside, we still haven't seen air powered transport make an impact in the race to find economic, environmentally-friendly ways to get from A to B. Industrial Design student Dean Benstead thinks that compressed air does have a role to play in the future transport mix, and he's designed a working air-powered motorcycle prototype with a view to exploring the viability of the platform.

Submission + - Unlock iPhone 4 (unlockiphone.co)

An anonymous reader writes: Find out how you can unlock your iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G or 2G with the ultimate iPhone unlocking solution online.

Submission + - The Technology Behind Footballs' Magical Line (jameco.com)

adosch writes: The latest lockout antics are ancient history, preseason brawls are over and America's number one sport is back in action. Football uses a lot of interesting technology that we take for granted, and in this article I'll answer the question, how the heck do they get that yellow first-down line on the field?

Submission + - Specific Media's Big Plans For MySpace (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "Specific Media, which bought MySpace for $35 million, has big plans for the faded social media site. Mainly, it wants to become the Hulu of music (and somehow having Justin Timberlake as an investor will help make that happen). From All Things Digital's Liz Gannes:

Specific is telling marketers that the new Myspace’s vision is 'to become the #1 online community music destination,' and its mission is to feed the energy of youth culture everywhere.'


Submission + - Detect major earthquakes? (washingtonpost.com)

hcs_$reboot writes: According to a Japanese researcher, the electrons count escalation high in the atmosphere could indicate that a major earthquake is going to happen within 30~40 minutes.
That phenomenon was observed before three earthquakes since 2004.
If confirmed, the earthquake detection system could save thousands of lives.

Submission + - 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics (sciencemag.org)

brindafella writes: "Thirteen years ago, two teams of astronomers and physicists independently made the same stark discovery: Not only is the universe expanding like a vast inflating balloon, but its expansion is speeding up. And, the two teams are recognised with the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Half of the prize will go to Saul Perlmutter of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, who led the Supernova Cosmology Project. The other half will be shared by Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, who led the High-z Supernova Search Team, and Adam Riess of Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, who worked on High-z.

In essence, they proved that Einstein's "biggest mistake" (the cosmological constant, to create a 'stable universe') was actually a clever theoretical prediction that there was something else happening — dark energy."


Submission + - David Caminer, creator of the first business compu (reghardware.com)

linatux writes: Chris Bidmead at reghardware.com has written a fascinating article on "LEO" — the first business computer.

"A programming language, even at assembly level, would have been a help. LEO came with no such luxury. But it took Caminer's team only two years to tame the beast, and in November 1951 it was proudly running "The Bakery Valuations Job" to track and cost the labour and material of cakes, biscuits and bread moving through Lyons various profit centres."


Submission + - US Congressman takes aim at China over IP theft (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "U.S. government officials need to put more pressure on their Chinese counterparts to stop a "pervasive" cyber-espionage campaign targeting U.S. companies, says Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Espionage sponsored by the Chinese government has resulted in "brazen and wide-scale theft of intellectual property of foreign commercial competitors.""

Submission + - Airport body scanners useless: German police (google.com)

OverTheGeicoE writes: The German government just finished a 10-month test of millimeter-wave body scanners made by L3 Communications. It appears they are not happy with the results. The devices raise false alarms 7 times out of 10, and are confused by layered clothing, boots, zippers, pleats, and even incorrect posture. Australia recently started a trial, and the second person in at the Sydney airport set off the alarm repeatedly due to sweaty armpits.

Back in the US, TSA is trying software upgrades to address privacy concerns. Upgraded scanners will show only outlines to TSA staff, not naked images. Upgrades are being rolled out for millimeter-wave scanners now, and will be tested on X-ray scanners starting "in the fall." (The German and Australian scanners already had this technology, it appears.)

Back in the US, TSA is trying software upgrades to address privacy concerns. Upgraded scanners will show only outlines to TSA staff, not naked images. Upgrades are being rolled out for millimeter-wave scanners now, and will be tested on X-ray scanners starting "in the fall." (The German and Australian scanners already had this technology, it appears.)


Submission + - No Nemesis: Impact Events Not Periodic (discovery.com)

astroengine writes: "To find patterns in asteroid and cometary impacts, researchers will collect a ton of data and then run it through some statistical analysis to spot any cycles. In particularly, they will take data from historic impact craters, age them, and then see how the data correlates. Although many studies have been done, each pointing out ebbs and flows in impacts, a researcher from Max Planck Institute for Astronomy thinks he's spotted a flaw in these analyses. It would appear that any perceived cycles in the data are more likely due to statistical error rather than anything real.

As statistical analysis made note of historic "swarms" of comets that careen through the inner solar system after being periodically disturbed by the passage of a distant massive celestial object, like Nemesis, it would appear his work has under-minded the very existence of said object.

"There is a tendency for people to find patterns in nature that do not exist," said MPIA researcher Coryn Bailer-Jones. "Unfortunately, in certain situations traditional statistics plays to that particular weakness."

"From the crater record there is no evidence for Nemesis.""


Submission + - Ultimate L, the continuum and incompleteness (newscientist.com)

00_NOP writes: "Kurt Goedel's incompleteness theorem, which states that no mathematical system dealing with the natural numbers can be internally consistent, can be rendered void according to new theories of infinity (discussed in the New Scientist) — a result suggested by Goedel himself. And, to add to the mix the theory from Berkeley mathematician Hugh Woodin also demonstrates that Cantor's continuum hypothesis is correct. Further discussion here"

Submission + - Juno Probe to Set Deep Space Solar Power Record (nasa.gov)

An anonymous reader writes: This week NASA will test the boundaries of solar energy as it launches the most distant deep space probe ever to make use of photovoltaic panels. The Juno spacecraft will probe deep into Jupiter's clouds to reveal what the planet is made of while harnessing solar energy from a distance 5 times the distance between Earth and the sun. The design charts a new course for deep space missions, which up until now have been powered by a radioactive battery.

Submission + - Interview with a Digital Forensic Specialist (sync-blog.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Digital Forensic Specialist Christopher Vance talks about his work and weighs in on the current state of mobile device data security. If there was a new season of The Wire, this dood would be on it.

Submission + - Will Apple dump Intel (semiaccurate.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple appears to potentially be shifting their laptops over to ARM and saying goodbye to Intel's x86 line..

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