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Cold Fusion: It May Not Be Madness

Cold fusion -- the largely discredited science of making more energy from less -- may be making a comeback. Controversial yet high-profile demonstrations in Italy last month purported to show a cold fusion device turning 400 watts of heat power into 12,400 watts. The eye-popping 31-fold "excess hea...

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Weird Earthly Life-Form Means Rethinking the Hunt for ET

With a much-anticipated NASA announcement Thursday, "The Devil in the Dark" is no longer the name of actor William Shatner's favorite original "Star Trek" episode, about a man-eating subterranean monster made ofcells based on silicon rather than carbon. Rather, it's a newly discovered bacteria that ...

Watson Graduates From Game Contestant to Physician Assistant

Fresh from a super-sized "Jeopardy" victory where it looked suspiciously like President Obama's ubiquitous teleprompter, IBM supercomputer Watson is about to become Dr. Watson, M.D. assistant. A joint venture will combine IBM's question-answering, language-processing, and machine-learning capabilit...

Researchers Muffle Radio Noise to Make WiFi Breakthrough

Ten-4. Back to you. Over. On a radio or over the TV airwaves, speakers have to rely on back-and-forth communications because radio traffic only flows in one direction at a time on a frequency. Or so said scientific conventional wisdom, until Stanford researchers developed so-called "full duplex" r...

IBM’s Watson Takes One Small Step for a Computer

Instantly sorting 15 trillion memory bytes to find the right answer to a "Jeopardy" question: Elementary, my dear Watson. Or so an IBM supercomputer named "Watson" set out to prove Monday, tackling trivia with the popular television game show's all-time human champs, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. "...

LG Puts 3D on Optimus Smartphone, World Waits to See Why

"Big screen, middle screen, little screen," might be a fast way to describe the journey of 3D technology, the last leg of which LG unveiled Monday at the Mobile World Congress. The world's first three-dimensional smartphone, LG's Optimus 3D runs the Android operating system on a 4.3-inch LCD glasses...

Massive Information Stockpile Guides Humanity’s Course

Sixty one CD-ROMS for every man, woman, and child on Earth. That's the amount of global data humankind stored on devices of every kind in 2007 -- 295 exabytes, or 80 times more information per person than exists in the historic Library of Alexandria, Egypt. "We tracked 60 analog and digital technolo...

Obama Digs In for Nationwide Wireless Push

It was deja vu for President Barack Obama and the FCC, as both unveiled broad plans this week to expand broadband access. Obama revisited an idea he presented last June with the launch on Thursday of his Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative. Although White House officials spun the plan ...

Private Contractors Fight to Keep the Shuttles Truckin’

Rocket and space shuttle contractors are orbiting U.S. space agency NASA, searching for the future of space flight through contracts that would privatize key missions. After the Space Shuttle Program completes its final flight this year, United Space Alliance -- the Boeing-Lockheed-Martin joint v...

Malware Is on the Move, Reports McAfee

Cybercriminals are following innocent consumers away from email and toward more popular, smartphone-style platforms, McAfee reported Tuesday. "New mobile malware in 2010 increased by 46 percent compared with 2009," noted McAfee spokesperson Joris Evers. In 2010, Symbian and Android platforms, in par...

Alcatel-Lucent Aims to Rid the Planet of Monster Cell Towers

With lightRadio Cube, the engineers at Bell Labs sound like the slick designers at Apple. Part of a mobile and broadband infrastructure technology Bell parent Alcatel-Lucent unveiled Monday, lightRadio Cube packs a radio, amplifier, and passive cooling unit into a 6-cm cube that can fit in the palm ...

All Systems Go for Space Adventurers in Dry Run to Red Planet

An international crew of cosmonauts and astronauts reached orbit around Mars Thursday, marking a major milestone on a 520-day simulated journey to the fourth planet from the Sun. Now 245 days away from Earth, Mars500 crew members from Russia, France, China, Italy and Colombia are scheduled to land F...

Google Puts a Whopping $20K on the Line to Crowdsource Chrome Security

Ever hunting for a better digital vaccine, HP's TippingPoint DVLabs announced a partnership with Google that has the scions of search cosponsoring a hacking contest at the CanSecWest security conference in March. "This is a part of the 4th annual Pwn2Own contest," said Google spokesperson Eitan Benc...

SmartWatch Could Serve as ‘Seismograph’ for Seizure Detection

Caregivers of people with epilepsy and related disorders harbor a major fear: that a seizure could occur without their knowledge. Now, a wristwatch-style device aptly named the "SmartWatch" can detect seizures and alert caregivers within seven to 10 seconds, explained Stanford University pediatric ...

Protesters Jury-Rigging Workarounds for Egypt’s Internet ‘Kill Switch’

Governments are at it again, trying to stifle online communication with a major disconnect in Egypt and a reintroduced Internet "Kill Switch" bill in the U.S. Fax machines, ham radios, and dial-up modems are riding to the rescue as Egyptian citizens revolt against the government of Hosni Mubarak. An...

Anonymous on UK Arrests: This Means War

"Dear UK government," the ominous letter begins. "It has come to our attention that you deemed it necessary to arrest five of our fellow anons for their participation in the DDoS attacks against PayPal, Mastercard, and others, that have been carried out in our name in retaliation for those organiza...

Facebook Once Again Hangs Up on Phone Rumors

Facebook is not -- repeat NOT -- developing a mobile phone, a company representative told TechNewsWorld Wednesday, trying to waylay the latest rumor that the social media giant might be looking to add a new identity -- "Phonebook," perhaps? -- to its mega-popular worldwide brand. The latest gossip -...

Google Offers a Wisp of Cloud Printing

Printing is headed for the cloud, Google has announced multiple times in the past year, and on Monday, it beta-launched Cloud Print for mobile documents. "Imagine printing an important document from your smartphone on the way to work and finding the printout waiting for you when you walk in the door...

Butterfly Wings Offer Guiding Light for Nanotech Innovation

The Morpho butterfly's highly evolved wings are so unique that scientists at Simon Fraser University have teamed up with NanoTech Security to reproduce their iridescent blue coloring for a new anti-counterfeiting technology. A clever pairing of nanotechnology and entomology used nanoscale microscopi...

Firefox Do-Not-Track Feature Seen as Toothless

Like the Incredibles, facing down a nefarious, subterranean villain called "the Underminer" at the end of their debut movie, Mozilla is facing down data miners by giving Firefox users a new, albeit less-than-incredible power. The browser feature will give users the ability to opt out of behavior-bas...

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