Thursday, May 12, 2005

Xbox specs revealed

C|net: Well Microsoft has revealed its new box, and the tech specs are pretty incredible, including having “three symmetrical cores running at 3.2Ghz each, a 500MHz ATI graphics processor, 500 million triangles per second and 48 billion shader operations per second.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 11:01 PM / Comments (0)

Thursday, April 28, 2005

World's largest passenger aircraft takes off

Justin Mullins reports for NewScientist: “The plane, which has taken 10 years and $13 billion to develop, flew from its production site in Toulouse, France, with a crew of 6. It also carried 20 tonnes of test equipment to monitor the performance of the autopilot and other aircraft systems. Airbus intends to build four prototypes and to carry out 2200 hours of testing before the aircraft enters service in 2006.”

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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Super-sensitive explosive detector developed

Will Knight reports for NewScientist: “A device capable of detecting concealed explosives and landmines with more sensitivity than a trained dog has been developed.”

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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Windmills in the Sky

Wired News: “Australian engineer Bryan Roberts wants to build a power station in the sky — a cluster of flying windmills soaring 15,000 feet in the air — but is having trouble raising enough money to get the project off the ground.”

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Monday, April 4, 2005

'Perpendicular recording' to boost hard drive capacity

Will Knight reports for NewScientist: “The next generation of personal computers and portable music players could hold 10 times more information than current models, thanks to a different way of writing magnetic data to a hard disc.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 10:20 PM / Comments (0)

Saturday, April 2, 2005

'Bionic eye' may help reverse blindness

NewScientist: “A bionic eye may one day help blind people see again, according to US researchers who have successfully tested the system in rats. The eye implant - a 3-millimetre-wide chip that would fit behind the retina - could be a dramatic step above currently available technology, says the team at Stanford University, California, US.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 09:53 PM / Comments (0)

World's most sensitive scales weigh a zeptogram

NewScientist: “The world’s most sensitive scales can now detect a cluster of xenon atoms a billion, trillion times lighter than a gram. A zeptogram 10^(-21) g is roughly the mass of a single protein molecule and its detection has set a new record.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 12:53 PM / Comments (0)

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Hydrogen cars by 2012 says DaimlerChysler

Lucy Sherriff reports for The Register: “DaimlerChrysler has announced that it will be ready to launch its first hydrogen-powered car by 2012. A company spokesman made the announcement in tandem with Shell Hydrogen at a hydrogen car technology exhibition in Brussels.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 04:56 PM / Comments (0)

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Mathematical trick counters wireless fraud

Will Knight of NewScientist reports: “Wireless computer networks could be secured against fraud and identity theft using a novel cryptographic protocol designed to keep passwords safe from prying eyes.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 10:01 AM / Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Intel unveils silicon laser

From C|net news: “Intel has devised a laser out of silicon, the latest in a series of steps that could take the expense and pain out of optical communication. [The] company has created a chip containing eight continuous Raman lasers by using fairly standard silicon processes rather than the somewhat expensive materials and processes required for making lasers today.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 08:21 PM / Comments (0)

Monday, February 14, 2005

Xbox 2 coming October?

Games Industry: “You’ll be able to buy the next generation Xbox […] Eurogamer has learnt that the specific timing for the machine’s roll-out is late October or early November, and merely weeks after the US launch.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 08:44 PM / Comments (0)

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