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Bloodhound SCC 1,000 MPH Land Rocket

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If you want to get to work in, oh, say 2 seconds, then the Bloodhound SSC may be for you.  The Minister of State for Science and Innovation in the UK has launched the effort to build this super fast car in the hopes that it will increase interest in science.  Of course, once you get interested in science, you will end up mixing paint pigments as part of a color test for a major corporation.  Okay, maybe not – but working on this thing would be super cool.

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CarCade Makes Car Rides a Blast

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Over the hills and to the woods, to grandma’s house we……whooooaah, watch out for that building!  Carcade is a cool project that utilizes natural landscapes to build a real-time arcade game for car passengers.  Yeah, drivers can’t play – cellphones are bad enough!

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Google Chrome LAUNCHED!

By | Browsers, Emerging Technology | 2 Comments

Google ChromeThis past weekend, Google stunned many tech observers with a surprise unveiling of Google’s latest product: Chrome. A beta version of Google Chrome, a new internet browser, was launched earlier today to the public, boasting some pretty significant changes to the way Firefox and IE does things. Touting a browser-based “task manager”, and “Incognito” mode (go figure…), and a new Java handling system called V8, there are some spectacular things being done here.

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Gold Nanotechnology: Past and Future

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Nanorods Close-upSome cool news about gold has come out recently; not that it’s a “great hedge against inflation” or that the “latest Monster cables have gold connectors for BLAZING SPEED!” Instead, it’s some news about nanotechnology: researchers have been working on new applications for gold nanorods. At the same time, a report very recently came out about medieval church windows, and their usage of gold particulates to purify the air in the churches they decorated. It seems early forges, without fully understanding it, used a coating of gold to soak up sunlight. In this energized state, the gold particles would eliminate volatile and toxic compounds in the air. Personally, the medieval usage of gold sounds more fantastic to me than nanorods, if you can believe it.

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OpenID Simplifies Your Online Experience

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OpenID LogoFor end users like you and I, the Internet can be a very fractured place. With each new website, message forum, or networking site, the list of user accounts a user has to maintain can become rather lengthy; don’t you wish you could consolidate all of these accounts under one “banner”? OpenID and the OpenID Foundation are looking to do just that. Instead of being a run-of-the-mill password management software, OpenID is a whole protocol foundation, which opens up some fantastic new opportunities.

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USB 3.0 Getting A Final (Sillicon) Coating

By | Emerging Technology, Hardware | 2 Comments

USB LogoNot too long ago, I did an article about how development on new standards of USB devices and controllers had halted with the release of USB 2.0. With a capped speed between two USB 2.0 devices of 480 Mbps, this is hardly ideal for increasingly complex computer systems. As file transfers are becoming bulked up with music, movies, games, and pictures, this once-blazing speed is starting to show its age. Thankfully, since then, Intel and the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) have been hard at work with USB 3.0.

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