ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "Horse carriages, vinyl records, telegraphy, black and white television are all great examples of technology that held tremendous sway decades ago and eventually faded away. Other systems such as railways and telephony too are 'historical' but have advanced into current age too. I think, not being aware of the science behind such yesteryear technologies (or, its history) is not right. I feel, it would be most beneficial to encourage kids to explore old technologies and perhaps, even try simple simulations at home or school.
So, what websites or videos or other sources of information would you reach out to that teaches the basics of say, telegraphy ? Or, signalling in railways ? Etc. etc." top
ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "The Plane Finder AR application, developed by a British firm for the Apple iPhone and Google's Android, allows users to point their phone at the sky and see the position, height and speed of nearby aircraft. It also shows the airline, flight number, departure point, destination and even the likely course-the features which could be used to target an aircraft with a surface-to-air missile, or to direct another plane on to a collision course, the 'Daily Mail' reported. The programme, sold for just 1.79 pounds in the online Apple store, has now been labelled an 'aid to terrorists' by security experts and the US Department of Homeland Security is also examining how to protect airliners.
The new application works by intercepting the so-called Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcasts (ADS-B) transmitted by most passenger aircraft to a new satellite tracking system that supplements or, in some countries, replaces radar." Link to Original Source top
Space is the final frontier for evolution, study c
ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "Charles Darwin may have been wrong when he argued that competition was the major driving force of evolution.
But new research identifies the availability of "living space", rather than competition, as being of key importance for evolution. The study conducted by PhD student Sarda Sahney and colleagues at the University of Bristol is published in Biology Letters....
Professor Mike Benton, a co-author on the study, explained that "competition did not play a big role in the overall pattern of evolution".
"For example, even though mammals lived beside dinosaurs for 60 million years, they were not able to out-compete the dominant reptiles. But when the dinosaurs went extinct, mammals quickly filled the empty niches they left and today mammals dominate the land," he told BBC News." Link to Original Source top
India not taking American jobs: US Chamber of Comm
ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "Corporate America has come down heavily against all those in US who of late have been alleging that Indian companies grab most of the H-1B work visas thus taking away most jobs from Americans.
In a latest report on immigration, US Chamber of Commerce, which is world's largest chamber with more than three million members, asserted that such an allegation against Indian companies is "hyperbole".
"While some have expressed fears that H-1B professionals hired by Indian companies threaten the US workforce or have expressed concern that Indian companies do not sponsor many of their employees for green cards the actual numbers are such as to make any concerns overwrought, even if using a simplistic, zero-sum view of the labour market," US Chamber of Commerce said in its latest report." Link to Original Source top
ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes ""Scientists in India say their chilli stun grenade for fighting terrorists could be adapted for other purposes. They say that "civilian variants" include the use of chillis for crowd control and chilli-based aerosol sprays as a "safety device" for women. But the scientists say that the main aim of their work with chillis will still be to neutralise terrorists and insurgents.... Classic Tabasco sauce and Jalapeno peppers measure anywhere from 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville units. One bhut jolokia packs more than 1,000,000 Scoville units, the scientific measure for a chilli's spiciness."" Link to Original Source top
ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "IBM Research on Friday will announce that it has demonstrated a radio-frequency graphene transistor with the highest frequency (100 GigaHertz) so far.
Graphene is a special form of graphite, consisting of a layer of carbon atoms packed in honeycomb lattice. In a nutshell, graphene is like a 'atomic scale chick wire''. Graphene's properties could lead to faster transistors.
IBM's paper, which will be published in Science, details how the latest graphene breakthrough could enable new communications devices and electronics. The paper was penned by Phaedon Avouris, IBM Fellow and manager of the company's nanometer scale science and technology research team." Link to Original Source top
Google Sued by Indian Portal for Trademark Infring
ProgramErgoSum writes "Google has been sued for trademark infringement by an Indian portal company, Consim Info, which claims that the search company uses its trademarks to drive business to its competitors.
Consim Info runs a number of portals including a popular matrimonial portal called BharatMatrimony.com. The company also targets different communities and castes in India with matrimonial portals designed for each of these groups.
When a user does a search on Google for BharatMatrimony.com or related matrimonial sites of the company, the user is served up advertisements of its competitors, Consim CEO Murugavel Janakiraman said in a telephone interview on Monday.
Consim objects to Google offering Consim trademarks as keywords for bidding in its advertising program, Janakiraman said. "This certainly translates into loss of business for us," he added." Link to Original Source top
ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "Hydrogen Road Tour 2009 brings fuel cell vehicles to the West Coast. Traveling 1,700 miles from Chula Vista, California to Vancouver, British Columbia, the Hydrogen Road Tour 2009 highlights the communities where fuel cells and hydrogen stations are entering early commercial markets. Join the caravan as it stops along the way and get a hands-on experience with fuel cell passenger vehicles, fuel cell buses, hydrogen stations, and fuel cells for stationary, off-road and portable power." Link to Original Source top
ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "Giving a new dimension to the internet, the Indian research arm of the US-based IT giant IBM has developed a technology that will allow users to talk to the web and create voice sites using mobile phones.
"People will talk to the web and the web will respond. The research technology is analogous to the internet. Unlike personal computers it will work on mobile phones where people can simply create their voice sites," IBM India Research Laboratory Associate Director Manish Gupta said." Link to Original Source