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Why No One Has Tamed Email

August 20, 2012 5:42 am | Comments

Everyone complains about email. We’re awash in the stuff. We feel inundated. Overwhelmed. Out of control. Lately there’s been quite a lot of talk about what to do about it. Jordan Cook  hates it , MG Siegler  tried to quit it , and Alan Henry  argues you can’t .  People want Gmail to  speed up , Yahoo! to  catch up , or, someone, anyone, to make something better .


NASA Tests Newest Free-Flying Robotic Lander: Mighty Eagle

August 17, 2012 6:03 am | Comments

NASA's new robotic lander, the Mighty Eagle When NASA's Mars rover Curiosity began its entry, descent and landing sequence two weeks ago, the success of the mission hinged on what was known as the " 7 minutes of terror " -- a period during which NASA was out of touch with the vehicle, relying on its autonomous landing sequence to successfully touch down on the surface.


Restaurant Offers Cell Phone Bribe

August 17, 2012 5:18 am | Comments

A meal isn't a meal without a cell phone. You need to photograph the food and get it onto your Twitter feed, before any of the other diners does the same. It isn't called A Twitter "feed" for nothing, you know. You need to be able to Google "the collected works of Al Green," just in case there's a dispute about who wrote "Let's Stay Together.


Scientists Do The Wet-Dog Shake

August 16, 2012 10:35 am | Comments

Armed with a little more than a hose and high-speed video equipment, researchers have cracked one of science’s wettest problems. As dog-owners know all too well, when their canine companions take a dip in a pond this is swiftly followed by a twisting shake-down that involves an ecstasy of flopping ears and flapping jowls.


Could Minneapolis Get Cleaner Energy With a Utility Takeover?

August 16, 2012 10:18 am | by They decide which bills will be heard and, ultimately, which will be passed into law. Not coincidentally, a champion of clean, local energy was denied a seat on the Public Utilities Commission by the Legislature. | Comments

As we spoke to legislators and activists roaming the halls of the State Capitol this past legislative session, it became increasingly clear that Xcel Energy and other utilities are calling the shots for our energy future. Minnesota spends more than $20 billion a year on energy -- primarily importing polluting fossil fuels -- and the state's utilities typically lobby against decreasing our dependency.


How to Make a Parking Garage Energy Efficient

August 16, 2012 10:12 am | Comments

It's no secret that researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) do cool things — including finding new ways to capture energy from the sun and wind. But there's nothing cooler than working on a parking garage, right? "It doesn't sound glamorous, but it is a place for building energy savings," NREL Energy Efficiency Research Engineer Jennifer Scheib said.


It's Back to the Future on the US Clean Tech Industry

August 16, 2012 10:01 am | Comments

President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney recently stated how each would "get tough" with China. This reminded me of a conversation with economists I had in Vice President Biden's office several years ago. We discussed how to put together the president's stimulus proposal and the possibility of using clean tech programs — solar, wind, batteries and others — as one of the lynchpins of the program.


Lansdale Sole Source For Freescale MC13150 Wireless IC

August 16, 2012 7:39 am | Comments

Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc. president, R. Dale Lillard, announced recently the availability of the MC13150 a narrowband FM Coiless Detector intermediate frequency (IF) subsystem targeted at cellular and other analog applications.  This wireless integrated circuit (IC) was originally designed and built by Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.


How Bluetooth 4.0 Will Change Remote Control

August 16, 2012 7:02 am | Comments

Manage lights, TV, refrigerators and more through your phone or tablet when the latest wireless technology rolls into all your home devices Wireless technologies have been transforming domestic life since the availability of home radios in the 1920s. Since then every new kind of wireless technology and every new application has brought more transformative changes to the home.


German Team Takes IBC Conference Prize with Work on Glasses-Free 3D

August 16, 2012 5:58 am | Comments

IBC announces that the IBC2012 Best Conference Paper has been awarded to a group of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich Hertz Institute. Their paper looks at a critical issue for broadcasters who want to move 3D television into the mainstream: the ability to create the signals for glasses-free 3D displays from two-camera stereoscopic origination.


Nokia Knows Where You'll Be 24 Hours From Now

August 15, 2012 11:40 am | Comments

Not only does your phone know where you are, but it knows where you are going to be. It may even know why you're going there. He calls it the "Interdependence and Predictability of Human Mobility and Social Interactions," but the algorithm researcher Mirco Musolesi and his team recently tested in the UK stirs up thoughts reminiscent of Phillip K.


Big Retailers Team Up on Mobile Payments Plan

August 15, 2012 11:34 am | Comments

The system, known as Merchant Customer Exchange, is a retailer-led initiative that would match similar services from Google Inc, which began operating its own system last year on its Android devices. The group of retailers, which accounts for about $1 trillion in annual sales, wants to make sure it has a say as standards for mobile payments are developed, said Terry Scully, Target's president of financial and retail services.


Up Close With BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

August 15, 2012 8:25 am | Comments

Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins said the company is planning to take its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones on a road show to woo carriers, developers and ultimately consumers. In two separate interviews with CNET News' Roger Cheng and ZDNet, Heins outlined RIM's product cadence, roughly six new devices and smartphones that look and feel better than previous efforts.


3D Printed Meat: It's What's For Dinner

August 15, 2012 8:19 am | Comments

Slides prepared by startup Modern Meadow pitch 3D-printed meat as a more environmentally friendly approach to dinner. 3D printing has been used to create running shoes , medical implants , and, to the delight of firearm enthusiasts, a .22 caliber handgun . So why not a 3D-printed steak for the grill? Billionaire investor Peter Thiel's philanthropic foundation plans to announce today a six-figure grant for bioprinted meat, part of an ambitious plan to bring to the world's dinner tables a set of technologies originally developed for creating medical-grade tissues.


If It Rolls or Flies, UC Research Is Working to Keep It Quiet

August 15, 2012 7:11 am | Comments

University of Cincinnati research – from noise reduction in sophisticated military jets to quieter car rides – will be presented at INTER-NOISE 2012 , the 41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, to be held Aug. 19-22 in New York City. UC is among only a few universities with a specific focus on vehicle noise control.



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