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  • Amazon In Talks With HP To Buy Palm
    By on September 30, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Nemilar writes with this excerpt from VentureBeat:
    “Who will save what’s left of Palm from HP’s bumbling? It could be Amazon, as the online retailing giant is in serious negotiations to snap up Palm from HP. No other company seems as fitting a home for Palm and its webOS software. It’s worth noting that former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, who now holds a vague ‘product innovation’ role at HP’s Personal Services Group, joined Amazon’s board late last year.”


  • Superior Anode For Lithium-Ion Batteries Developed
    By on September 25, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    RogerRoast writes “The anode is a critical component for storing energy in lithium-ion batteries. The Berkeley Lab (D.O.E) has designed a new kind of anode that can absorb eight times the lithium of current designs, and has maintained its greatly increased energy capacity after over a year of testing and many hundreds of charge-discharge cycles. According to the research published in Advanced Materials they used a tailored polymer that conducts electricity (more…)

  • Spectrophotometer Analysis of Crayons
    By on September 20, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Volhav writes “Like many as a child, the photographer Mark Meyer wondered what the difference between Yellow-Green and Green-Yellow was in that Crayola box of crayons. Using a monitor calibration tool and the Argyll 3rd party software he evaluated a box of 24 Crayola crayons, and plotted them out with sRGB values. He even included a nice printable poster size version of the chart in his blog post. For the geek or curious this was a pretty interesting (more…)

  • Senate Lets Teachers, Students Be Facebook Friends
    By on September 15, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “The Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) has managed to secure another win in its battle against a new law regarding social networking with students. A repeal of the recently passed law has unanimously passed the Missouri state Senate.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.


  • How the Webb Space Telescope Got So Expensive
    By on September 10, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    First time accepted submitter IICV writes “Ethan Siegel of Starts with a Bang has done some research on how and why the James Webb Space Telescope’s price tag ballooned. Quoting: ‘Something wasn’t adding up. How could the telescope be more than three-quarters complete after $3.5 billion, but require more than double that amount to finish it? Also, how did the launch date get bumped by three years, to 2018? And how did 6.5 billion become a disastrous (more…)

  • Electric Motor Made From a Single Molecule
    By on September 5, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “For the first time, an electric motor has been made from a single molecule. At 1 nanometre long, it’s the smallest electric motor ever. Its creators plan to submit their design to Guinness World Records, but the teeny motor could have practical applications, such as pushing fluid through narrow pipes in ‘lab-on-a-chip’ devices. E. Charles Sykes at Tufts University in Boston and colleagues anchored lopsided butyl methyl (more…)