The Finnish handset maker plans to roll out a range of new phones in the U.S.
By Gregory MonePosted 05.05.2008 at 9:00 am 2 Comments
Nokia indicated today that it intends to release a bunch of new phones through U.S. carriers in the next few months. The Finnish manufacturer sells 40 percent of the mobiles worldwide, but only accounts for about 10 percent of the U.S. market. But a daily paper in Finland quoted a Nokia chief designed as saying that the company plans to ramp up its U.S. presence.
Combining salvaged parts and an unusual light source, a DIY slide projector beams strange, mesmerizing images from hundreds of feet away
By Gregory MonePosted 05.02.2008 at 1:43 pm 3 Comments
Australian artist Chris Poole was driving around his native Perth recently, when some curbside garbage caught his eye. Unlike the average scavenger, Poole wasnt searching for couches or chairs. He had his eye on an old slide viewer—a key component for his next project, a laser-based projector that could display family photos (albeit with a green hue) to the entire town.
A group of neuroscientists are using new technology to understand how the brain performs under the influence of drugs
By Gregory MonePosted 05.01.2008 at 11:10 am 0 Comments
Alan Gevins and his team at SAM Technology in San Francisco are nearing the end of a large study analyzing the effects of various drugs on cognitive performance. An editor at Technology Reviewrecently visited their offices, and downed a stiff cocktail, to experience their work first-hand.
An exotic meteorite fails to garner interest at an auction, but bidders jump at fossilized feces
By Gregory MonePosted 05.01.2008 at 11:04 am 1 Comment
In an auction battle between two odd items yesterday at Bonhams New York, a few fossilized pieces of 130-million-year-old dinosaur dung sold for nearly one thousand dollars, but a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite didn't find any takers.
Putting together Grand Theft Auto IV might have cost more than $100 million
By Gregory MonePosted 04.30.2008 at 9:15 am 5 Comments
Rockstar Games producer Leslie Benzies says that Grand Theft Auto IV may have cost more than $100 million to develop, which would reportedly make it the most expensive game ever produced.
Apparently more than a thousand people worked on the job. There's a 1,000-plus page script. Photographers snapped 100,000 photos for background scenes. And yes, the developers worked long hours getting things ready.
MIT professor Kerry Emanuel tries to correct the misinterpretations of his latest research
By Gregory MonePosted 04.30.2008 at 8:43 am 3 Comments
MIT meteorologist Kerry Emanuel got a ton of attention in 2005 when he published a paper in Nature demonstrating a link between global warming and hurricanes—especially since Katrina hit New Orleans just three weeks later.
Engineers design a group of autonomous jellies that swim like the real thing
By Gregory MonePosted 04.30.2008 at 8:38 am 4 Comments
At a conference in Germany, engineers unveiled a robotic jellyfish designed to swim—but not sting—like the real thing.
The AquaJelly runs on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, has a roughly spherical body and uses eight tentacles to get around in the water. The tentacles undulate like the tail of a real fish, and small fins at the ends give the machine a little extra push on the water. To steer, the robot shifts its weight, and it drives around its tank autonomously.
What causes a monster wave? Scientists are drilling seismic hot zones to find out
By Gregory MonePosted 04.29.2008 at 2:26 pm 9 Comments
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Over the past 1,300 years, the Nankai Trough, the 500-mile-long boundary between two tectonic plates off the southwestern coast of Japan, has been one of the worlds most active tsunami hotspots. Now an international team of scientists has embarked on a multiyear project to drill four miles down into the heart of this subterranean wave machine. The Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment, called Nantroseize, will be the first attempt to penetrate a tsunami-generating hotspot and could help scientists understand the source of the huge swells. We can monitor the ocean all we want, but well never understand why some earthquakes produce tsunamis and why others do not until we understand how faults work, says geophysicist Nathan Bangs of the University of Texas.
One proposed fix for the planet's climate problems could create more problems than it solves
By Gregory MonePosted 04.28.2008 at 1:13 pm 10 Comments
When it comes to climate change, a quick fix won't do. Science published a paper Friday from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) which concludes that a proposed plan to inject the atmosphere with sulfate particles in order to cool the planet would actually have dire consequences.