Mightee writes: "Well as we advance towards shrinking things to the size of nanometers, even the useless are turning into assets. Thus here, Materials Science and Engineering Professor Xudong Wang, postdoctoral Researcher Chengliang Sun and graduate student Jian Shi are busy finding ways to turn our respiration into a potential source of energy, and that too electrical.
This is made possible by the wondrous piezoelectric effect. It is the phenomena by which some crystals such as that of lead zirconate titanate (PZT), acquire a charge when compressed, twisted or distorted. This provides a transducing effect for converting mechanical energy into electrical."
Mightee writes: "A team of Physicists at Rice University have covered another milestone in the development of such particles. According to a research paper published recently, physicists claimed to have developed a device called "Quantum spin Hall topological insulator". It is prepared from a commercial grade semiconductor also being used in manufacturing goggles for night vision. It acts as an electron super highway and boasts primary importance in the development of quantum particles.
According to experts at Rice University, these particles will prove their worth in accelerating the processing speed of computing tasks related to code breaking, climate modeling and bio modeling simulations. To add more to your astonishment only 30 qubits alone can take over the job of 1 billion digital transistors."
jjp9999 writes: The virus that hit Predator and Reaper UAVs could be an internal monitoring system employed by the military. According to security researcher Miles Fidelman there are vendors that sell security monitoring packages to the Defense Department which are ‘essentially rootkits that do, among other things, key logging.’ The virus is a keylogger that was found at pilot stations, and could be keeping tabs on keystrokes used by pilots to control the UAVs, found Wired’s Danger Room blog. Fidelman adds ‘I kind of wonder if the virus that folks are fighting is something that some other part of DoD deployed intentionally.’
Mightee writes: "Steve Jobs, the creator of Apple, died today at the age of 56. He founded Apple Inc. in 1976 along with Steve Wozniak, and has been with the company since then through thick and think.
We have compiled a list of Top 10 Most Iconic Moments From Steve Jobs' Career to pay tribute to an "Industry icon". Take a look!"
Mightee writes: "SEOUL, Oct 5 (Reuters) — Samsung Electronics said it will file patent-infringement claims in France and Italy to ban the sale of Apple's new iPhone less than a day after it was unveiled, intensifying a legal battle between the two top brands.
It will also file legal cases in other countries to stop the sale of the iPhone 4S after further review, the South Korean maker of Galaxy smartphones and tablets said in a statement.
Samsung has emerged as a credible challenger to Apple's mobile devices and the two companies are battling over patents in courtrooms around the world. They have sued each other in 10 countries involving more than 20 cases since April."
Mightee writes: "Apple has just made the iPhone 4S official at Let's Talk iPhone event in Cupertino, CA. It will be the first dual-mode world phone supporting both GSM and CDMA and will have the same design as the iPhone 4.
Other features will include Apple-made A5 Processor with dual core graphics (up to 7 times faster than in the previous iPhone), 8 hours of talk time, 14 hours of 2g talk time, 6 hours of 3g browsing, 9 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, an all new 8MP Camera along with an IR for better colour accuracy, f/2.4 aperture, 1080p HD video recording with image stabilization and noise reduction."
CWmike writes: "Google's Chrome is on the brink of replacing Firefox as the second-most-popular browser, says the Web statistics firm StatCounter, which shows that Chrome will pass Firefox to take the No. 2 spot behind Microsoft's IE no later than December. As of Wednesday, Chrome's global average user share for September was 23.6%, while Firefox's stood at 26.8%. IE, meanwhile, was at 41.7%. The climb of Chrome during 2011 has been astonishing: It has gained eight percentage point since January 2011, representing a 50% increase. During that same period, Firefox has dropped almost four percentage points, a decline of about 13%, while IE has also fallen four points, a 9% dip. That means Chrome is essentially reaping all the defections from Firefox and IE."
Mightee writes: "Last Friday, scientists at CERN — the European Organization for Nuclear Research — shocked the scientific community by publishing evidence of an anomaly they were unable to solve, in hopes that others around the world can either prove or disprove their findings. While sending subatomic particles hurdling through the Earth between Switzerland and Italy, researchers noticed that a particular particle known as a neutrino was sometimes arriving a little bit faster at the destination than everything else. What makes that so strange is that these particles were being sent at the speed of light."
Mightee writes: "Finally the news we all have been waiting for! Apple has officially announced that they will be holding media event on October 4th at their Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, CA.
The news doesn't come as a surprise, as many reports suggested the media event will be held on October 4th at Apple's Cupertino campus, instead of San Francisco where the company usually announces its products."
Mightee writes: "Pakistan, which was in the news last year for blocking Facebook over a “Draw Mohammad Day” competition, is seeking to ban the social network again due to the second round of the same competition, reports Pakistan Today.
Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, presiding over the Lahore High Court, ordered the Ministry of Information and Technology to block access to Facebook nationwide on the charge of “spreading religious hatred on the Internet”. The court also directed the ministry to police the Internet and block all other websites that were found guilty of the same charge, but it spared search engines like Google (which it is targeting for other reasons)."
Mightee writes: "NASA's Kepler mission has reported that it has discovered something that has not been found yet — a planet that revolves around two suns.
NASA's officials have named this planet as Kepler 16(AB)-b but astronomers are calling it Tatooine. This new discovery also acquits Luke Skywalker from any blame — his desert homeland in Star Wars also featured a planet with two suns.
However, scientists looked at this assumption in a dubious manner. Now that assumption has become a reality, maybe that is why the scientists are calling this planet as "Tatooine"."
Mightee writes: "According to report published by an advertising authority in Britain, Apple iPhone 4 is still the slimmest smartphone in the world and not the Samsung Galaxy S II.
Advertising Standards Authority in the UK has stopped Samsung from claiming its Galaxy S II as the slimmest phone. According to them, Samsung Galaxy S II measures about 8.71mm thick except the bottom part which measures about 9.91mm thick and houses the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other hardware whereas, the iPhone 4 measures about 9.3mm thick from top to bottom."