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  HSBC study: The Future of Retirement

HSBC’s The Future of Retirement programme is a world-leading independent study into global retirement trends. It provides authoritative insights into the key issues associated with ageing populations and increasing life expectancy around the world. The 2011 report, The power of planning, is the sixth in the series and is based on interviews with more than 17,000 respondents in 17 countries.

Global retirement trends (hsbc)


  Civilizing the Internet edition

Doctors and dentists tell patients, "all your review are belong to us": Doctors and dentists are understandably worried about damage to their reputations from negative reviews, and medical privacy laws do make it tricky for them to respond when their work is unfairly maligned. The growing use of censorious copyright assignments recently caught the attention of law professors, who created a site called Doctored Reviews to educate doctors and patients about the phenomenon.

Copyright provisions (arstechnica)


  The Startup Genome Report

Today we are releasing the first Startup Genome Report with in-depth analysis on what makes internet startups successful based on data from over 650 startups. Here is a small window into the report with 14 indicators of succes. Hundreds of people built social networks before Mark Zuckerberg came along. But Facebook emerged as the winner, and it now has the potential to grow into the most important company of this era.

What makes internet startups successful ? (startupgenome)

  Automotive Black Boxes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will later this year propose a requirement that all new vehicles contain an event data recorder, known more commonly as a “black box.” The device, similar to those found in aircraft, records vehicle inputs and, in the event of a crash, provides a snapshot of the final moments before impact.

Highway Traffic Safety (wired)

  Future EU bio-based economy

Lowering trade barriers for renewable raw materials would be a first step for Europe to reach its EU2020 goals, concludes a policy paper released by Cefic – the European Chemical Industry Council. The Cefic paper, published during EU Green Week, notes that removal of import duties for renewable raw materials forms the heart of a much-needed market-based policy approach.

Renewable raw materials (cefic)


  Designing the Green Climate Fund

under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that industrialized countries must assume a large share of the global emission reduction target, adapting to the existing and future consequences of climate change will be a greater challenge for developing countries. In recognition of this, in 2009 developed countries proposed a fund of up to US$100 billion per year to help developing countries.

The global emission reduction target   (environmentmagazine)


  Research known as open science

Bill Gates has said that if he were a teenager today, he would be working on biotechnology, not computer software. There are many interpretations of what open science means, with different motivations across different disciplines. Some are driven by the backlash against corporate-funded science, with its profit-driven research agenda. Others are internet radicals who take the "information wants to be free" slogan literally.

What open science means ? (guardian)


  Drones are Ready for Takeoff

Until now, drone aircraft have been confined largely to war zones—most recently in Libya—and they have become controversial for killing civilians along with insurgents. But critics and boosters alike say unmanned aircraft will increasingly be used for peacetime work. They disagree about the likely scale of the industry, but the Federal Aviation Administration is already considering new rules and training staffers to adjust to unmanned aircraft in U.S. airspace.

New rules ahead for Drones (smithsonianmag)


  Facility Management Best Practices

While best practices and automation are not alien to the real estate (RE) and facility management (FM) fields, they haven’t been as rapidly adopted compared to other industries. Most RE/FM organizations have grown organically, with generations of management building their businesses traditionally, in their own ways, if not always the most efficient ways. This tradition-laden organizational evolution has served most RE/FM reasonably well, whether on a small scale or throughout a global portfolio.

Facility management (FM) fields (areadevelopment)


  Germany & Food safety rules

Consumers worried about filthy kitchens full of rotting food will soon know just how clean German restaurants are thanks to a new hygiene rating system set to begin in 2012. A "traffic light" scheme will show which eateries are spick-and-span -- and which have nasties lurking under the cupboards. Finding a random hair in an entrée can be distressing enough, but there are a host of other potential hygiene dangers that are often invisible to restaurant customers, hidden behind closed kitchen doors.

How clean are German restaurants? (spiegel)


  Biogen drug: EU backs Acorda

In a surprise reversal, European regulators have recommended approving Acorda Therapeutics Inc's drug Fampyra, sending the company's shares up as much as 21 percent. Fampyra is designed to improve the walking ability of patients with multiple sclerosis. The European Medicines Agency, which advises the European Commission on whether to approve new drugs, said in a statement it has recommended giving the drug conditional approval.

Acorda approved by European regulators (reuters)


  Thoughts From The Frontline

It seems like we have to pay more and more attention to politicians and what they are doing and less and less to our economic theory. But that is the nature of the Endgame. And this is not just in the US, but all over the world. The choices that voters make, and then the things the politicians do, are becoming ever more important. Those choices can mean the difference between Muddle Through and a recession here and there, a full-on Depression 2.0, or even hyperinflation in some countries...

Full-on Depression 2.0 (businessinsider)


  Fuel Cell Cars by 2015

According to Andreas Truckenbrodt, CEO of the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation company that combines the hydrogen research of Ford and Daimler, automakers are very committed, and planning on ramping up volumes quickly. Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai-Kia and Toyota are all planning on introducing fuel-cell cars in 2015, with what he said was “tens of thousands of cars per manufacturer,” moving to as many as 100,000 per company by 2020.

Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (bent)


  Firefox 5 rapid release

Mozilla released a beta version of Firefox yesterday, its first on a new quick-release plan intended to bring features to browser users and Web developers sooner. Mozilla is following in Google's Chrome footsteps with a faster release cycle that means new versions arrive more rapidly but the differences from their predecessors are less dramatic. It also means a major change in version number doesn't mean a major overhaul has taken place.

Beta version of Firefox (cnet)



With Google changing the way websites advertise on the web, many companies have galvanised their businesses by investing significant amounts of money into Google’s Adwords platform to rank above their competitors and turn clicks into conversions. However, a study by Internet research firm Miratech suggests advertisers should not focus on out-bidding their competitors to rank top of Google’s sponsored listings, for second position gets more attention than the top ranked listing.

The way websites advertise on the web (miratech)


  Cloud computing: Hidden danger

Lawyers disagree about the security of so-called "cloud computing." But what about clients? Do clients really want their lawyers to entrust their confidences and secrets (that is, the kind that we lawyers swear to take to the grave) to "The Cloud"? One implication of storing client data on "The Cloud" is that a government entity may issue a subpoena to the third party (that is, the administrators of the remote server where the data is stored, aka, "The Cloud" server) commanding them to produce the data.

Security of so-called "cloud computing" (thedrum)


  The economic design of control charts

As Shewhart wrote on page 276 of his book, Economic Control of Quality of Manufactured Product, (D. Van Nostrand Co., 1931): “How then shall we establish allowable limits on the variability of samples? Obviously, the basis for such limits must be, in the last analysis, empirical. Under such conditions it seems reasonable to choose limits q1 and q2 on some statistic such that the associated probability P is economic in the sense now to be explained.

Quality of Manufactured Product (qualitydigest)


  China Renewable Energy Industry

“China has become the single largest driver for global wind power development. In 2010, every second wind turbine that was added anywhere in the world was installed in China,” Steve Sawyer, the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) secretary general, said earlier in April. The wind market in the Asian country doubled each year between 2005 and 2009, while in 2010 the total installed capacity arrived at 44.7 gigawatts.

China global wind power development (china-briefing)


  The camera megapixel race

Megapixels are the digital camera market's equivalent of horsepower and megahertz—a single metric that consumers and marketers latch on to tenaciously, despite the fact that it hardly describes overall performance. Over the last several years, camera manufacturers have been pumping up the megapixels on each successive camera model, regardless of whether such increases offered any real benefits (hint: they usually did not).

Digital camera market (arstechnica)


  The power of placebos

A recent survey, led by McGill Psychiatry Professor and Senior Lady Davis Institute Researcher Amir Raz, reports that one in five respondents – physicians and psychiatrists in Canadian medical schools – have administered or prescribed a placebo. Moreover, an even higher proportion of psychiatrists (more than 35 per cent) reported prescribing subtherapeutic doses of medication (that is, doses that are below, sometimes considerably below, the minimal recommended therapeutic level) to treat their patients.

Placebos survey (innovations-report)


  Microsoft Word Nightmares

Microsoft (MSFT) Word can keep you up all night, and not only because you've got writer's block. You change the font, and Word changes it back. The columns don't line up. The program freezes up, taking your work with it. If Word Fails to Load, talk about a nightmare. You load your word processor, and it either freezes up or closes down. You can't do anything with it. Chances are that your Normal template has been corrupted.

Five common Word disasters (cio)


  Local food pioneers head to Spain

Stephen and Inez Ribustello have been developing a reputation as pioneers in Tarboro’s local food movement ever since they opened On the Square almost a decade ago. Husband, wife and restaurant have won their share of epicurean accolades — Inez, in fact, was elected a runner up in the American Sommelier Association’s 2009 Best Sommelier in America competition — while at the same time tailoring their menu to support the local farming community and promote the superior flavors and sustainability of local products.

Tarboro’s local food movement (rockymounttelegram)


  Albert Einstein was right

After working for half a century and spending £500m, scientists last week revealed that they have detected strange fluctuations in Earth's orbit. Space-time is bent and then twisted round our planet as it rotates, announced researchers with Nasa's Gravity Probe B project. The effect is tiny but crucial, they added – and was predicted almost 100 years ago by Albert Einstein in his great theory of gravity, general relativity.

The Einstein'S Predicted Effects (guardian)


  Solar Power Without Solar Cells?

A dramatic and surprising magnetic effect of light discovered by University of Michigan researchers could lead to solar power without traditional semiconductor-based solar cells. The researchers found a way to make an “optical battery,” says Stephen Rand, a professor in the departments of electrical engineering and computer science, physics, and applied physics. In the process, they overturned a century-old tenet of physics.

A way to make an "optical battery" (qualitydigest)


  Fishing for Funding

Genomics gave new meaning to the phrase “big data.” One person’s genome, for instance, consists of 3 billion base pairs. Spelling out the order of, or sequencing, each pair requires about two bits of computer storage, making the whole genome’s storage size 12 billion bits. This translates to about 1.5 gigabytes of data. A modern machine can sequence more than 500 billion base pairs in a week or just over.

The way genomic science is funded (scienceprogress)

  Battle pits Cocoa speculators

From wheat to rice to soybeans -- have become objects of speculation. While cocoa speculators are threatening the survival of some of Germany's oldest chocolate makers, entrepreneurs in Ghana are trying to give farmers a larger share of the profits. Cocoa makes up one of the world's smallest commodities markets. Indeed, the annual harvest amounts to only 3.5 million tons, with more than half coming from Ivory Coast and its eastern neighbor, Ghana.

Why do we speculate on cocoa? (spiegel)


  First zero-carbon city

Conceived in 2006, phase one of the city is now complete after three years' work and a spend of $1.4bn. The development, near Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, consists of six main buildings, one street, 101 small apartments, a large electronic library, and the Masdar Institute. This offshoot campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has 167 students and 43 academics, most of whom are from other countries, the US, Europe, Asia and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Masdar: Offshoot campus of MIT (guardian)


  EU-Mediterranean Free Trade Area

To avoid the emergence of new dividing lines between the larger EU and its neighbours, the aim of the ENP has been to promote prosperity, stability and security while offering the partner countries a privileged relationship with the EU in the form of deeper economic integration and political association. The degree of integration is set out to depend on the extent to which a certain number of values are shared, namely democracy, human rights, rule of law, market economy and good governance.

investment in the South-Med countries (animaweb)


  Automation standards & Cybersecu. threats

The emergence of the Stuxnet worm last summer has forced process companies to redouble their cybersecurity efforts. It has also provoked a lot of activity from various standards authorities. According to the ISA, Stuxnet is the first known malware to have been specifically written with the intent to compromise a control system and sabotage an industrial process. The ANSI/ISA99 standards address the vital issue of cybersecurity for industrial automation and control systems.

Cybersecurity threats (engineerlive)


  Steps Closer to Design Babies

A new approach to testing the genes of early-stage fetuses could radically alter the experience of pregnancy and parenting from as early as five weeks, leading to a potentially dangerous moral quandary. The technique being developed analyzes fetal DNA that is collected from women’s blood as early as five weeks into a pregnancy. So-called “noninvasive prenatal diagnosis,” or NIPD, may hit the market as a test for Down syndrome later this year.

Prenatal genetic testing (scienceprogress)


  NUK: Trillion-Dollar Question

With nuclear plants costing several billion dollars apiece, the answer to those questions may be worth a trillion dollars to the nuclear industry. Little wonder that the main players have rushed to reassure their clients that all is well. Today, there are 62 reactors under construction, mainly in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), with 158 more on order or planned and another 324 proposed, according to World Nuclear Association data from just before Fukushima.

NUK answers could save trillion $ (huffingtonpost)


  Gm Crops: Environ. & Socio-Eco. impacts

GM technology has had a significant positive impact on farm income derived from a combination of enhanced productivity and efficiency gains (Table 1). In 2009, the direct global farm income benefit from biotech crops was $10.8 billion. This is equivalent to having added 5.8% to the value of global production of the four main crops of soybeans, maize, canola and cotton.

GM technO. & Environment (pgeconomics)

  Through the looking glass

Girls do better in their exams, more of them go to university and, for the first time, women aged 22–29 have closed the gender pay gap, with young women getting paid 2.1 per cent more than their male peers. But alongside this success, British teenage girls experience worse rates of binge drinking, worse levels of physical inactivity and more frequent incidences of teen pregnancy than their European counterparts.

UK Girls & binge drinking (demos)

  Global IT Report 2010–2011

The Global Information Technology Report 2010–2011 features the latest results of the NRI, offering an overview of the current state of ICT readiness in the world. This year’s coverage includes a record number of 138 economies from both the developing and developed world, accounting for over 98 percent of global GDP.

IT Report (weforum)

  NIH genomic analysis

A team led by researchers at the National Institutes of Health is the first to systematically survey the landscape of the melanoma genome, the DNA code of the deadliest form of skin cancer. The researchers have made surprising new discoveries using whole-exome sequencing, an approach that decodes the 1-2 percent of the genome that contains protein-coding genes.

Discoveries: whole-exome sequencing (nih)

  Productivity on software projects

Software projects are notorious for getting into schedule trouble. And with that trouble comes more trouble. More often than not, overtime is seen as a way of getting a project back on track and appeasing the “higher ups” that the project team is committed to its work and that they are doing everything possible to get the project across the finish line.

Project team commitment (developer)


  Finland's paper mills battle the internet

The paper industry's raw material costs have been rocketing, and since the rapid growth of the internet, demand for paper is in free fall. Henri Parkkinen, an analyst at Pohjola, says: "The main issue for the paper business is the fact there is declining paper demand and escalating costs. It has been the same story for the past few years. Fifty per cent of the end users are advertisers and they are shifting to mobile and internet."

Shift from paper to digital (independent)


  Cyberspy vs. cyberspy

As America and China grow more economically and financially intertwined, the two nations have also stepped up spying on each other. Today, most of that is done electronically, with computers rather than listening devices in chandeliers or human moles in tuxedos. According to U.S. investigators, China has stolen terabytes of sensitive data -- from usernames and passwords for State Department computers to designs for multi-billion dollar weapons systems.

Spying on each other (reuters)


  Explanation for smell gains traction

Experiments using tiny wires show that as electrons move on proteins within the nose, odor molecules could absorb these quanta and thereby be detected. If the theory is right, by extending these studies, an "electronic nose" superior to any chemical sensor could be devised. But how precisely an odorant molecule is detected remains a mystery.

Electronic nose as new sensor (bbc)

  Microsoft: IE9's web privacy hole?

A hole has been spotted in Internet Explorer 9's do-not-track technology, and Microsoft says it's a feature not a bug. In response to a US government call for greater protection of consumers' privacy online, Microsoft added a Tracking Protection Lists (TPLs) feature to IE9. Netizens can use one or more lists to prevent certain ad networks and websites from tracking their behavior online.

IE9 & Tracking Protection Lists (theregister)


  Gazprom & the Rule of EU Law

Russian officials are openly dismissive of EU energy liberalization and are outraged at the idea that Gazprom's operations within the EU should be subject to EU competition and liberalization law. The deputy chairman of the Duma, Valeri Yazev, speaking to the Brussels press corps recently, argued that liberalization would inflict on Gazprom "direct economic prejudice," and demanded a change in the rules of the game.

EU energy liberalization (online.wsj)


  International Arms Transfers

The volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons for the period 2006–10 was 24 per cent higher than for the period 2001–2005. The five biggest suppliers in 2006–10 were the United States, Russia, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. The top five suppliers accounted for 75 per cent of all exports of major conventional weapons in 2006–10, compared with 80 per cent in 2001–2005.

SIPRI report (books.sipri)

  The future of cars

If today's traffic is like a bloom of bacteria that responds collectively to changes in the environment, then tomorrow's networked traffic, where all the cars are linked to the road, to the cloud, and to one another by a wireless nervous system, will be more like a fully formed, adaptive and evolving organism. In addition to the existing network of sensors already embedded in roads and highways, the cars themselves will become collections of sensors enmeshed in a peer-to-peer wireless network.

Cars & High-tech (arstechnica)


  Understanding Japan’s Nuclear Crisis

Following the events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors in Japan has been challenging. At best, even those present at the site have a limited view of what’s going on inside the reactors themselves, and the situation has changed rapidly over the last several days. Meanwhile, the terminology involved is somewhat confusing—some fuel rods have almost certainly melted, but we have not seen a meltdown.

Japan' nuclear crises (wired)


  Caution over RSA security breach

Several security analysts today urged companies that are using SecurID to review their authentication measures and to shore them up if necessary. Until RSA releases further details on the breach it is best to assume that SecurID is vulnerable, they added. In an embarrassing admission for a security company, RSA said on Thursday that unknown intruders had stolen information relating to its SecurID technology in what it described as "extremely sophisticated cyber attack against RSA".

RSA security breach (computerworld)


  New process: oil-tar extraction

A new, more environmentally friendly method of separating oil from tar sands has been developed by a team of researchers at Penn State. This method, which utilizes ionic liquids to separate the heavy viscous oil from sand, also is capable of cleaning oil spills from beaches and separating oil from drill cuttings, the solid particles that must be removed from drilling fluids in oil and gas wells.

New oil-tar' extraction process (physorg)


  The discovery of Roman' road

The discovery of a road in Shropshire that was built by pre-Roman engineers suggests that indigenous Britons may have been much more accomplished than we – or the Romans – liked to imagine. The road itself tells the story well. Archaeological evidence is clear that long before the Roman invasion, the British landscape was well organised, with a dense network of fields and tracks.

Pre-Roman engineering (guardian)


  California: Earthquake prediction


Part of the lesson from the disaster that hit Japan on Friday is that no amount of preparation can fully protect a region such as California that sits on top of fault lines. Even so, critics fear the state may have long skimped on retrofitting older buildings. Yet the cost of cleaning up after a big quake is likely to be much higher than the cost of even the most expensive prevention, they warn.

Earthquake lessons (reuters)


  Corrective Action / Acceptable Excuse?

The airline industry is barely even at the excuse level of maturity, but this is nonetheless a valid observation. The reader seems to want to know what the airline should do to avoid being ripped, reamed out, or more to the point, bad-mouthed to as many potential customers as the disgruntled passenger can reach—and the internet makes that reach extensive, indeed. Closed-loop corrective action (CLCA) is the only acceptable “excuse” for a quality or service failure, and it is of course not merely an excuse.

The excuse level of maturity (qualitydigest)


  The Myth Of "Full Hardware Acceleration"

It's true that some graphics benchmarks consistently report better scores for IE9 than for Firefox, so over the last few days I've been looking into that. Below I'll explain the details what I've found about various commonly-cited benchmarks, but the summary is that the performance differences are explained by relatively small bugs in Firefox, bugs in IE9, and bugs in the benchmarks, not due to any major architectural issues in Firefox (as Microsoft would have you believe).

Benchmark: IE9 vs Firefox (weblogs.mozillazine)


  Testing 10,000 chemicals for toxicity

Several federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, today unveiled a new high-speed robot screening system that will test 10,000 different chemicals for potential toxicity. The system marks the beginning of a new phase of an ongoing collaboration, referred to as Tox21, that is working to protect human health by improving how chemicals are tested in the United States.

New high-speed robot screening system (genome)

  Prof. gets computing’s ‘Nobel’

Harvard University professor Leslie G. Valiant, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, has been awarded the 2010 A.M. Turing Award, the most prestigious prize in the field of computer science. Valiant’s research into processes to make computers reason as humans do laid the groundwork for applications ranging from e-mail spam filters to IBM’s Watson computer system, which last month bested human competitors on the game show “Jeopardy!’’

The 2010 A.M. Turing Award (boston)


  TSA to retest body scanners

The TSA says that the records reflect math mistakes and that all the machines are safe. Indeed, even the highest readings listed on some of the records — the numbers that the TSA says were mistakes — appear to be many times less than what the agency says a person absorbs through one day of natural background radiation. U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz was troubled by the information posted by the TSA.

Body's scanners safety reassessment (usatoday)

  US Health: IT industry growth

"It's not just doctors and nurses, though, that are benefiting; as the PPACA -- health care reform -- comes closer to its final effective date in 2014, information technology roles will continue to grow in both scope and number." Dell recently introduced a new suite of health service technology including cloud storage, intended to lower data storage costs and increase efficiency (, 2/22/11).

I.T. role in US' Health Field (prweb)

  Sterile Medical Device Packaging

Naturally, manufacturers of sterile devices must validate their method of sterilization. However, the essential requirements also require such products to remain sterile throughout transport until their eventual use. The distribution of medical devices can involve a variety of diverse methods, each with its own potential hazards.

Packaging regulation for Medical Devices (lne-america)


  The APHEKOM study

If we cut levels of air pollution in cities across Europe, we could boost our health and financial benefits, new research shows. The findings of the APHEKOM ('Improving knowledge and communication for decision making on air pollution and health in Europe') project confirm that making our air cleaner will in turn have a huge impact on our well-being. APHEKOM has received EUR 800,000 under the European Commission's programme on Community action in the field of public health.

Impacts of Air Pollution (cordis.europa)


  EU: Industrial Relations 2010

The Industrial Relations in Europe report provides an overview of major trends and developments in the relationship between employers and trade unions across Europe. It combines factual information with in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis of current issues in industrial relations at company, sectoral, national and European level. The report has been published every two years since 2000.

Industrial development and Major trends (europa)


  NextStep’s cutting edge methods

Recycling electronics recovers valuable materials and as a result, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, reduces pollution, saves energy, and saves resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth. For example: Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 US homes in a year. One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the concentrations of gold ore mined in the US and 30-40 times the concentration of copper ore mined in the US.

Recycling electronics components (prlog)


  100th birthday could be common

By 2080, the crystal ball showed, UK would boast 626,900 people aged 100 or more – with 21,000 of those being 110 or over. This is more than 53 times greater than the current number of centenarians (11,800), and at present fewer than 100 people are older than 110. Whoever is monarch of the day will constantly be sending out messages of congratulation. A new report by Scottish Widows shows that, on average, 40% of people aged 45 to 54...


Live to 100 and Beyond (guardian)


  Could Dmail offer less spam?

De-mail -- a play on the country-code abbreviation for Deutschland (Germany) and the word e-mail -- is a government-backed service in which all messages will be encrypted and digitally signed so they cannot be intercepted or modified in transit. Businesses and individuals wanting to send or receive De-mail messages will have to prove their real-world identity and associate that with a new De-mail address from a government-approved service provider.

Dmail solution (csoonline)


  MS anti-AutoRun update

Microsoft last week changed how it delivers an update that disables AutoRun, a Windows feature that big name worms, including Conficker and Stuxnet, have used to infect millions of PCs. When Microsoft first deployed the update Feb. 8, it said the patch would be offered as an optional download. To retrieve it, users had to manually checkmark the "KB971029" update in the "Software, Optional" section of Windows Update in XP, or in Vista's Windows Update panel under "Important."

MS overhauled its update process (computerworld)


  The nanoscopic world watched

The microscope imaged objects down to just 50 billionths of a metre to yield a never-before-seen, direct glimpse into the "nanoscopic" world. Their technique, reported in Nature Communications, makes use of "evanescent waves", emitted very near an object and usually lost altogether. Instead, the beads gather the light and re-focus it, channeling it into a standard microscope, allowing researchers to see with their own eyes a level of detail that is normally restricted to indirect methods.

The nanoscopic world watched (bbc)

  Large hadron collider higgs boson

The race to discover an elusive subatomic particle that was predicted by researchers with pen and paper nearly half a century ago enters the final straight this week at the home of the world's largest scientific instrument. Workers at Cern, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, will begin smashing particles together inside the £6bn Large Hadron Collider (LHC) within days, following a 10-week winter shutdown for basic maintenance.


The elusive subatomic particle  (guardian)


  Computer-Information Science&Engineering

The information revolution is far from having run its course: "machine-thought" has not yet replaced "brain-thought," to the extent that "machine-made" has replaced "hand-made." One can be confident that the use of digital technologies will continue to spread; that more and more workers will move from the physical economy to the information economy; and that people will spend more and more of their work and leisure time creating, manipulating, and communicating information.

"Machine-thought" Vs "Brain-thought" (cacm.acm)


  China shuns US silicon

China started developing its own processor since 2002, explained Hu, and the Godson family of chips, which is based on the MIPS architecture created by Silicon Graphics, is part of a holistic technology investment program. The Godson chip effort is one of 16 different projects, in fact, that are each funded with between $5bn and $10bn. The massive projects focus on specific technology areas that China reckons are key for its technological independence and economic future..

The Godson family of chips (theregister)

  Energy Management Demand

Demand Response (DR) refers to mechanisms used to encourage consumers to reduce demand, thereby reducing the peak demand for electricity. Since electrical generation and transmission systems are generally sized to correspond to peak demand (plus margin for forecasting error and unforeseen events), lowering peak demand reduces overall plant and capital cost requirements.

Reducing the peak demand (areadevelopment)


  USA: Expanding Internet Usage

Over 80 million households have adopted broadband in US, but 38.0 million do not have such connectivity. Unfortunately, too many people with low incomes, less education, or disabilities, as well as unemployed individuals or seniors, certain minorities, and non-family households, are on the wrong side of the divide. The rural-urban disparity has decreased, but still persists.

Internet connectivity (ntia.doc)


  UK net migration rises by 36%

Separate figures, published for the first time by the ONS, suggest 2009's economic slowdown had a dramatic impact on the number of people coming to England and Wales to work for less than 12 months. An estimated 97,000 overseas residents visited the UK for short-term work-related purposes in the year to mid-2009, down from 162,000 the previous year - a reduction of 40%.

UK'migratory flows (statistics)

  First mm-scale computing system

University of Michigan computer scientists and engineers are at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco today presenting papers on two systems: a prototype implantable eye pressure monitor for glaucoma patients and a compact radio for wireless sensor networks. What makes their presentation so remarkable is that both systems involve what is believed to be the first complete millimeter-scale computing system.

Implantable monitor for eye's pressure (cnet)

  Al Jazeera's news revolution

It was Al Jazeera that first grasped the enormity of the Tunisia uprising and its implications for the region, and Al Jazeera which latched onto -- critics would say fueled -- subsequent rumblings in Egypt. And audiences around the world responded: the network's global audience has rocketed. During the first two days of the Egyptian protests, livestream viewers watching the channel over the internet increased by 2,500 percent to 4 million, 1.6 million of them in the United States.

AlJazeera's breakthrough in US (reuters)


  Intel-powered smartphones

Intel, of course, grew to power on the basis of its x86 chip family, including Pentium, Xeon, and now Core and Atom processors. Today's smartphones, though, use ARM-based chips from companies such as Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and perhaps most concerning for Intel, now Nvidia as well. Those products are hogging the spotlight at the Mobile World Congress show here. So when will Intel-powered smartphones arrive?

When will Intel-powered smartphones arrive? (reviews.cnet)

  EU public consultation on eSignatures

In order to tackle low levels of consumer and business confidence in online transactions, the European Commission is asking citizens and other interested parties how electronic signatures and electronic identification (eID) and authentication can help the development of the European Digital Single Market. Currently, difficulties in verifying people's identities and signatures are a significant factor holding back the development of the EU's online economy.

Online transactions & public consultation (europa)


  Growing Automotive Industry competition

Globalisation has resulted in a challenging automotive manufacturing environment that is changing at a rapid pace, resulting in growing competition between international and domestic car manufacturers. Frost & Sullivan states that globalisation has placed cost pressures on producers, requiring them to outsource low-cost manufacturing processes and to place increasing emphasis on quality and productivity measures.

Automotive manufacturing environment (engineeringnews)


  Astressin-B Reverses Alopecia

Based on existing evidence that chronic stress impairs hair growth and that major components of the CRF system are expressed in the mouse and human skin, Researchers investigated the ability of CRF receptor antagonists to influence hair loss/re-growth in CRF-OE mice. They assessed whether blocking CRF receptors by short-term peripheral treatment with the long acting peptide CRF1/CRF2 receptors antagonist, astressin-B would induce hair re-growth and prevent the development of alopecia in young CRF-OE mice.

Astressin-B Reverses Alopecia (plosone)


  Space freighter heads to station

Johannes Kepler - also known by the generic name of Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) - is the second such craft to be sent to the station by the European Space Agency (Esa). One of its key tasks in the coming months will be to push the station to a higher altitude. The ISS has a tendency to lose height over time as it brushes through the residual atmosphere still present 350km above the Earth.

The Automated Transfer Vehicle (bbc)

  The free-electron laser

“Five hundred [kilovolts] has been the project goal for a long time,” says George Neil, the FEL associate director at Jefferson Labs, whose Rav 4 license plate reads LASRMAN. “The injector area is one of the critical areas” of the whole project. The free-electron laser is one of the Navy’s highest-priority weapons programs, and it’s not hard to see why. “We’re fast approaching the limits of our ability to hit maneuvering pieces of metal in the sky with other maneuvering pieces of metal,” says Rear Adm.

The Navy’s highest-priority weapons (wired)


  A Forecast for Disaster

Weather predictions used to be a frequent punchline but they have improved dramatically in recent years. More often than not you’ll need an umbrella if your local television channel or website of choice tells you to bring one when you leave the house. But we could take a huge step back to the days when your dartboard had a reasonable chance of outpredicting Al Roker if House Republicans have their way with the 2011 federal budget.

How to accurate weather forecasting ? (scienceprogress)

  What is HQME ?

Global leader in flash memory cards SanDisk (SNDK) is partnering with mobile operators Orange, Softbank and Sony Pictures Entertainment to launch the HQME (High Quality Mobile Experience) Steering Committee. The HQME (High Quality Mobile Experience) Steering Committee will drive the development of the HQME standard, coordinating the standards body and spearheading the development of business models that implement the standard.

High Quality Mobile Experience standards  (ceoworld)


  Energy consumption to increase by 44%

The main trend in the global energy industry is power demand growth, as the world energy consumption is projected to increase by 44 percent from 2006 to 2030, (Energy Information Administration, US, 2009). Europe, with its ageing fleet of power plants would require approximately 25GW of additional generation capacity annually up to 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan estimation.

Global trend in energy (engineerlive)


  WebM's value proposition

In its promotion of WebM and VP8, Google has insisted that all the relevant patents were developed by codec company On2, which Google purchased last year. The patents can be licensed from Google without payment of any royalties or any restrictions on usage. Google has been heavily promoting WebM for use with the HTML5 <video> tag.

Promotion of WebM (arstechnica)


  10 Art Pieces from Data

One of my first jobs gave me the task of creating Excel documents that kept a record of all our cheap plastic merchandise as it made its way to box stores around the U.S. It wasn't very demanding. To keep it somewhat interesting, I filled the docs with colored backgrounds and spent a ridiculous amount of time and energy finding the perfect fonts. Here are some of our favorite projects that repackage complex systems into more inviting graphic presentations.

Data/Network as art pieces (extremetech)

  Industry Clusters Evolving Role

As physical location becomes less important in a technologically-advanced, globalized work place, how will industry clusters adapt? What if physical location no longer mattered, or mattered much less, to idea exchange or interaction in the value chain? Would a location near one’s peers still be valuable? Would the concept of an industry cluster retain meaning in a world of virtual, global interaction?

Industry Clusters & Globalisation (areadevelopment)


  DNA Sequencing Costs

The cost-accounting data presented here are summarized relative to two metrics: (1) "Cost per Megabase of DNA Sequence" - the cost of determining one megabase (Mb; a million bases) of DNA sequence of a specified quality; "Cost per Genome" - the cost of sequencing a human-sized genome. For each, a graph is provided showing the data since 2001; in addition, the actual numbers reflected by the graphs are provided in a summary table.

DNA Sequencing Costs (genome)

  Green Economy Report

A Green Economy is characterized by substantially increased investments in economic sectors that build on and enhance the earth’s natural capital or reduce ecological scarcities and environmental risks. These sectors include renewable energy, low-carbon transport, energyefficient buildings, clean technologies, improved waste management, improved freshwater provision, sustainable agriculture and forest management, and sustainable fisheries.

Green Economy Report (unep)


  The man who sold the sky

Leahy -- whose voice can turn to salesman-smooth in an instant -- represents a flavor of raw capitalism that many Europeans are not by instinct happy to embrace. In France, where Airbus is based, Leahy has little to do with the Parisian elite and is in turn largely ignored by them, which may explain why he has yet to receive such common Gallic honors as the Legion d'Honneur. Apart from his lack of French -- the 200 or so days a year he has spent on the road mean he "hasn't had the time" to learn...

Airbus-Leahy-Industry (reuters)


  Shark fishing in Japan

Kesennuma, a fishing town on Japan's north-east Pacific coast, does a lucrative business in the staples of Japanese cuisine: tuna, flounder, octopus, crab, bonito, Pacific saury, seaweed and squid. The movement to turn shark fin soup into a culinary pariah is gathering pace. The British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay highlighted the cruelty involved in finning – the practice of removing fins and discarding the body – in a recent documentary for Channel 4, while several Chinese restaurants in London have removed the soup from their menus.

Endangered Shark Species (guardian)


  German machine running smoothly

German companies great and small are making the most of globalisation. Their success owes more to judgment than to luck. THE silence is unsettling, as is the sight of half-assembled cars gliding about on robotic transporters that move as if they had minds of their own. The scene of this industrial serenity is Porsche’s assembly line in Leipzig. The airy, almost clinical factory provides a good illustration of how, even as its European neighbours and other rich economies splutter fitfully out of recession, Germany has been zooming along the economic autobahn.

German's economy is booming (economist)

  ECHA Communication: Practical guide

The purpose of this Practical Guide 12 is to explain in simple terms what dossier evaluation is, how the dossiers are processed under dossier evaluation and to highlight the opportunities and obligations that registrants have in making sure that their dossiers are compliant with the REACH Regulation. This guide also explains what kind of different administrative outcomes of dossier evaluation can be expected and how and when the registrants can react to communications received from ECHA.

REACH Regulation in practice (echa.europa)


  Cloud Computing at NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued two new draft documents on cloud computing for public comment, including the first set of guidelines for managing security and privacy issues in cloud computing. The agency also has set up a new NIST Cloud Computing Collaboration site on the Web to enable two-way communication among the cloud community and NIST cloud research working groups.

New draft documents in Cloud Computing (nist)

  More light with 1 Solar Cell

The most efficient solar cells typically have several layers of semiconductor materials, each tuned to convert different colors of light into electricity. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have now made a single semiconductor that performs almost the same job. More importantly, they made the material using a common manufacturing technique, suggesting it could be made relatively inexpensively.

New generation of photovoltaic cell (technologyreview)

  Demystifying Mentoring

While the concept of mentoring has changed, the need for career counseling has not. In fact, because most careers take numerous twists and turns in today's world, it's required more than ever. Because the world moves fast and people change jobs and careers more often, a long-term advising relationship may be unrealistic and unnecessary. "Mentoring can be a one-hour mentoring session. We don't have to escalate it to a six-month or year-long event".

Mentoring in practice (blogs.hbr)

  EU Economic governance survey

The report presents, under the title "Economic governance in the European Union",firstly, a selection of questions relating to the present financial and economic crisis, governance measures to exit the crisis, measures to improve governance of thefinancial markets and the perceived role of the carious global actors. Then, in a second part, the report focuses on the Europe 2020 strategy, with a view to take up with economic growth on a mid-term perspective.

Economic governance in the EU

  Are we in the Human Age?

DAVOS, Switzerland, Manpower Inc. MAN, world leader in innovative workforce solutions, has warned that companies must tap into employees' full range of talents to succeed in the Human Age. Manpower kicked off the 2011 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland with a panel discussion with CNBC, "Entering the Human Age — unleashing and leveraging human potential in the new reality.

New workforce solutions approach (money.msn)


  Carbon trading scandal

People thought the carousel fraud on carbon was the tin-pot scheme of small-time crooks, but over the past two years it escalated into an organised crime depriving taxpayers of €5bn in revenue. At one point, fraudsters accounted for up to 90pc of all market activity in some European countries, with more than 100 people arrested mainly from Britain, France, Spain, Denmark and Holland.

The carousel fraud on carbon (telegraph)


  Uranium Report 2011

Our future energy course is being charted today because of the ramifications of peak oil, because cars pollute too much, because of climate change and because we wish to end our dependence on foreign supplied energy. Many countries have energy independence and global warming as two of the key policy issues of their current administrations. For instance US President Obama made a pledge to eliminate oil imports from the Middle East.

The key solution issue (resourceinvestor)

  Java EE Productivity

Last year, we published a report on turnaround time, tools and application containers in the Java ecosystem. Over 1300 Java developers ended up sharing info about their development environment, and over 40,000 people found these results helpful. This year we expanded on that, asking more and better questions to give you better and more accurate information. The survey itself (found here) provided data from over 1000+ Java EE developers and those responses were analyzed to create this report.

The Java ecosystem (zeroturnaround)


  2011 Customer Engagement

The report looks at trends relating to customer behaviour and attitudes, and the tactics and techniques being used by companies to cultivate engagement. Companies continue to use a range of established techniques such as email newsletters, blogging and branded communities or forums. Businesses are now more likely to be using both social media and mobile channels to deepen customer relationships and improve levels of service.

Customer behaviour and attitudes (econsultancy)


  IFPI Digital Music Report 2011

The digital music market is evolving and there is still plenty of room for growth, which is reflected in surveys conducted in 2010 in two of the most advanced digital markets. In the US, only 16.5 per cent of internet users aged 13+ purchased digital music in the third quarter of 2010, according to NPD Group. In the UK, 14 per cent of internet users aged 16-54 frequently purchase music online (Harris Interactive, 2010).

The digital music market (


  IPv6 Day is Coming

In order to help prove that IPv6 is ready to handle a major influx of Internet traffic, the Internet Society is organizing World IPv6 Day, set for June 8, 2011. Major Web properties including Google and Facebook have already committed to the effort, which will see fully IPv6 services run on their main websites for at least a 24 hour period. The World IPv6 Day effort is intended to be a test of the next generation Internet addressing system, but it won't mean that IPv4 will be shut-off either.

IPv6 is ready (enterprisenetworkingplanet)


  Is social mobility good?

Who could argue against lifting people out of poverty, rewarding individuals according to merit, and ensuring equal opportunities for all? Surely, a more socially mobile world is a more just world. To be enlightened is to question and challenge such aristocracies, be they aristocracies of wealth, politics or the church. Social enlightenment brings justice in its wake. But there's a price to pay for social mobility that other ways of looking at ethics highlight.

How To be enlightened nowadays? (bbc)

  D.Börse: Need for speed

Deutsche Börse is preparing to switch its Xetra trading platform to a hi-tech data center in Frankfurt to better accommodate the algorithmic traders who are changing the way shares are bought and sold. Deutsche Börse's move to Equinix's FR2 International Business Exchange (IBX) site will enable banks and trading firms using computer-based systems to install so-called proximity hosting services directly on to the exchange's trading engines.

The Xetra trading platform (dw-world)


  Invisibility cloaks to 4th dimension

The novel design is based on metamaterials which can be engineered to distort light or sound waves. Scientists have already created invisibility cloaks that can bend light around objects, effectively rendering them invisible. The spacetime cloak described in this study does not bend light in space but alters the speed at which it travels through the material so that the light splits in two, opening up a kind of corridor of invisibility.

Invisibility cloaks (cordis.europa)

  US regulation: Cost-benefit analyses

Business concedes that some new rules were long overdue. A law passed last December gives the FDA sweeping new authority to order food recalls, track the supply chain for fresh food and order companies to submit food-safety plans, while authorizing some 1,000 new staff to carry out its orders. Despite its intrusiveness, food manufacturers backed the law in the hope it would restore public trust in the food system, which had been shaken by fatal outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella.
U.S. tough new regulations (asq)

  Avoiding component failure

Critical component failures often make the headlines, whether occurring at sea, underground, in mid-air or in production plants. Faulty pipes, valves, shafts, gears, couplings and other engineered components give rise to safety, environmental, productivity and financial issues, some catastrophic. These failures might result from design, inadequate quality assurance or unforeseen operating conditions, but sometimes they relate just to substandard materials and improper processing treatments.

Quality assurance & Process (engineerlive)


  Solar trade war

Now there's a different foreign presence in Finow. When the first solar modules arrived for installation they came not from a local manufacturer -- German solar company Conergy runs a factory just 45 minutes away in Frankfurt an der Oder, for instance -- but from China's Suntech Power Holdings, now the world's largest maker of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules. "We were quite surprised when the trucks brought Chinese modules, and not German ones," Kobbe says. "But they were probably cheaper."

Solar trade war (reuters)

  Biotech Accountability

Despite fierce opposition from businesses, organizations and consumers supporting organic agriculture, the USDA has determined that they will approve the full deregulation or modified deregulation of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, announced on, or shortly after, January 24. the USDA released its environmental impact statement (EIS) of Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa.

Organic agriculture (yankton)


  Attack of the drones

British forces are also using smaller drones, such as Lockheed Martin's hand-launched Desert Hawk. The lightweight surveillance aircraft is flown by Royal Artillery controllers to provide army patrols with "over the hill" vision for improved reconaissance. Last summer the Ministry of Defence ordered £3m worth of an enhanced version that will give troops in Afghanistan "greater situational awareness" and upgraded "target acquisition" capabilities.

The lightweight surveillance aircraft (guardian)

  Herbal remedies future regulation

Hundreds of traditional and imported remedies on the shelves of health food shops and herbalists are set to be banned under new licensing rules. The EU directive aims to protect users from any damaging side-effects that can arise from taking unsuitable medicines. Only high quality, long-established and scientifically safe herbal medicines will be sold over the counter.

Herbal remedies future regulation (bbc)

  DOD in genome implication


Rapid advances in DNA sequencing and other technologies are ushering in an era of personal genomics. Soon it will be possible for every individual to have access to the complete DNA sequence of his or her genome for a modest cost. This development, coupled with the improving ability to predict how genetic variation affects susceptibility to disease, response to medical treatment, and other important phenotypes, will have a transformative effect on health care.


Personal genomics & military links (fas)

  Rising to the Challenge

China is now investing in many of the building blocks of innovation-driven economic growth that the United States has all but abandoned over the past several decades. Pick your sector and you’ll find China spends more on a per capita basis, and sometimes in total amounts, on public investments in basic science and education, research and development, or R&D, infrastructure development, and workforce training.

China innovation-driven by economic growth (americanprogress)

  Keys to Nourishing the Hungry

Worldwatch Institute's latest report, "Innovations that Nourish the Planet," spotlights successful agricultural innovations and unearths major successes in preventing food waste, building resilience to climate change, and strengthening farming in cities. The report provides a roadmap for increased agricultural investment and more efficient ways to alleviate global hunger and poverty.

Innovations that Nourish the Planet (eponline)


  Top Risks 2011

We're entering an entirely new world order with new ways for states to relate to one another, both politically and economically. That problem could provoke new areas of conflict, and it will highlight an emerging vacuum of power in international leadership -- and the uncertainty that comes with it. We're calling this new order the G-Zero, because no country or bloc of countries has the political and economic leverage today to drive an international agenda.

New world order & Risks (eurasiagroup)

  Copying biotech medicine

A regulatory system for producing lower-cost generic versions of traditional pills and capsules -- after patents expire -- has been in place for decades, but agreement on a similar pathway for newer biotech drugs has been more difficult. Lobbying is still underway regarding specific rules for the U.S. biosimilar process, but the U.S. healthcare overhaul law passed last year laid out a framework that includes 12 years of exclusivity for branded biotech drugs.

Copying biotech medicine (reuters)

  Dead Heat for Top Spot

During a two-year period, Ford has climbed by 35 percentage points as Toyota has plummeted by 46 points, with total scores of 144 and 147, respectively. A year ago, Toyota retained a substantial lead over Ford and Honda, the No. 2 and No. 3 makes, respectively, in terms of the strongest or most favorable car brand. In 2010, however, Toyota finished only slightly ahead of Ford, which widened its advantage over Honda. Honda has continued to lose ground, sliding 28 points since 2008.

Ford & Toyota competition (qualitydigest)


  Global Software Leaders

This report not only provides a look at the world’s leading software companies, but also offers a snapshot of the present state of the industry. More importantly, it highlights the thoughts and insights of leading executives on where they see the industry going and how best to meet the challenges ahead. We thank those who took the time to share their ideas with us. We believe open dialog benefits the industry as a whole.

The world’s leading software companies (afdel)

  Power without cables

Product-specific wireless charging systems consist of a charger as well as a so-called 'skin' or receiver sold for specific devices. These product-specific devices contrast with aftermarket solutions, which comprise universal chargers and various skins that can be utilised with multiple consumer electronics. Although wireless charging is poised for growth in 2010 and the years to come, it will take several years for manufacturers to fully implement wireless charging in their devices, iSuppli believes.

Wireless charging systems (engineerlive)


  Proteins that sustain life

The team of researchers created genetic sequences never before seen in nature, and the scientists showed that they can produce substances that sustain life in cells almost as readily as proteins produced by nature's own toolkit. The work, represents a significant advance in synthetic biology, an emerging area of research in which scientists work to design and fabricate biological components and systems that do not already exist in the natural world.

Advances in synthetic biology (innovations-report)


  Networks need buffers

Networks need buffers to function well. Think of a network as a road system where everyone drives at the maximum speed. When the road gets full, there are only two choices: crash into other cars, or get off the road and wait until things get better. The former isn't as disastrous on a network as it would be in real life: losing packets in the middle of a communication session isn't a big deal.

Why networks need buffers? (arstechnica)


  The Right to Win

The phrase right to win may strike some observers as arrogant. After all, no company has this kind of assurance handed to it. But that’s precisely the point. The right to win cannot be taken for granted. It must be earned. You earn it by making a series of pragmatic choices that align your most distinctive and important capabilities with the way you approach your chosen customers, and with the discipline to offer only the products and services that fit.

Capabilities-driven strategy (strategy-business)

  The Pluses & Oddities of 3D-TV

As with most technological advances, the hype seems to have taken over the conversation when it comes to 3-D TV technologies. Thus far, consumers aren’t waiting for new and better 3-D sets to come along and instead are going for deals found online and at big retailers like Best Buy and Wal-Mart. But when 3-D TVs do become available in the next few months, should you invest in one? Let’s look at some of the common questions most consumers have when it comes to viewing in three dimensions.

Advanced Technology (nytimes)


  America Competes Act

Technical standards are not the stuff of everyday conversation, but they are crucial to smart development and economic growth. Whether the goal is reducing health care costs, building a clean energy economy, or defending our Nation, standards are essential to ensuring efficiency, economy, and interoperability. And historically, no one has done it better than the United States.

NIST revamping its standards (whitehouse)

  CES 2011 & Arm's Tech.

Few people outside the industry will have heard of Arm Holdings, but the microchip designer – which today employs more than 1,700 people – has seen its share price rocket by more than 170% on the London stockmarket over the last year. Its products are used in more than 95% of mobile phones and its chips are also increasingly found in everyday consumer devices ranging from washing machines to toys.

Arm's growing business (guardian)

  Next Five in Five

IBM have unveiled the fifth annual "Next Five in Five" - a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and play over the next five years. The Next Five in Five is based on market and societal trends expected to transform our lives, as well as emerging technologies from IBM’s Labs around the world that can make these innovations possible.

Market and societal trends (itpreport)

  Facts: European chemical industry

Released each year, the Cefic European Facts and Figures document provides the most up-to-date information based on currently available data about the sector, which produce 24 per cent of the world’s chemicals. Facts & Figures provides a clear analysis that gives readers a better economic picture of the European chemical industry. The analysis excludes the pharmaceuticals sector unless specified.

The Cefic European Facts (cefic)

  Making the Smart Grid Smarter

New semiconductor-based devices for managing power on the grid could make the "smart grid" even smarter. They would allow electric vehicles to be charged fast and let utilities incorporate large amounts of solar and wind power without blackouts or power surges. These devices are being developed by a number of groups, including those that recently received funding from the new Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) and the National Science Foundation.

Smart Grid power management (technologyreview)

  NASA's LOLA maps the moon

During the one-year mapping period, the measurement laser was fired from the LRO more than 600,000 times, taking more than 3 billion measurements of the moon's surface. The short pulses from a single laser burst produced a five-beam pattern that achieved the accurate measurements. With each of the five beams, LOLA measures the time of flight, pulse spreading (which measures the surface roughness), and the transmit versus return of energy (denoting the reflective qualities of the location).

NASA's LOLA maps the moon (cnet)

  2011: 11 Outsourcing Resolutions


The end of the year is a time for assessment, and that goes for outsourcing, too. While it's easy to point fingers at IT service providers for problems that have arisen over the past twelve months, customers play a significant role in the success or failure of any outsourcing deal. As the dawn of 2011 approaches, we offer eleven resolutions for the striving outsourcing customer.

The outsourcing deal (cio)


  Efficiency & Environmental impact

If the lifetime of a repaired part can be increased over that of a new part, plant performance and availability can also be improved, leading to significant energy savings and carbon generation. The installation of new plant capacity can take years so there is an enormous pressure on power plants to improve operational output, efficiency and availability.

Plant performance and availability (engineerlive)


  US rare earth metals

At the bottom of the vast site, beneath 6 metres (20ft) of bright emerald-green water, runs a rich seam of ores that are hardly household names but are rapidly emerging as the building blocks of the hi-tech future. The mine is the largest known deposit of rare earth elements outside China. Eight years ago, it was shut down in a tacit admission that the US was ceding the market to China.

Rare earth elements in US (guardian)

  2011 Fertilizer Outlook

The Short-Term Fertilizer Outlook draws on the final versions of two IFA reports presented at the 36th IFA Enlarged Council Meeting held in New Delhi in December 2010: Short-Term Prospects for World Agriculture and Fertilizer Demand 2009/10-2011/12 (A/10/169) and Global Fertilizer Supply and Trade 2010-2011 (A/10/149b).

IFA report (fertilizer)


  Blackawton bees

People think that humans are the smartest of animals,and most people do not think about other animals as being smart, or at least think that they are not as smart as humans. Knowing that other animals are as smart as us means we can appreciate them more, which could also help us to help them. Scientists do experiments on monkeys, because they are similar to man, but bees could actually be close to man too.

Humans might have some link with bees (royalsocietypublishing)


  2011 R&D Funding Forecast

This year’s Forecast includes not only a country-by-country view of investment in R&D and our specific discussion of U.S. R&D funding and performance, but also a breakout of spending by six key, broadly defined industry segments – Life Sciences, Information Technology, Electronics, Aerospace/Defense/Security, Energy, and Advanced Materials.

View of investment in R&D (rdmag)


  New solar fuel machine

The prototype, which was devised by researchers in the US and Switzerland, uses a quartz window and cavity to concentrate sunlight into a cylinder lined with cerium oxide, also known as ceria. Ceria has a natural propensity to exhale oxygen as it heats up and inhale it as it cools down. If as in the prototype, hydrogen and/or water are pumped into the vessel, the ceria will rapidly strip the oxygen from them as it cools, creating hydrogen and/or carbon monoxide.

New solar fuel machine (bbc)

  The American dream overseas

Over the past two decades, thousands of immigrants have been burned by misrepresentations that EB-5 promoters make about the program, both inside and outside the United States. Many have lost not only their money but their chance at winning U.S. citizenship. The number of U.S. businesses seeking immigrant investors through EB-5 has exploded over the past three years.

The misrepresentation of EB-5 visa (reuters)

  Pentagon Wants Terminator Vision

Imagine a suite of cameras that digitally capture a kilometer-wide, 360-degree sphere, representing the image in 3-D (!) onto a wearable eyepiece. The imaging wouldn’t just be limited to what any individual soldier sees. SCENICC envisions a “networked optical sensing capability” that fuses images taken from nodes worn by “collections of soldiers and/or unmanned vehicles.”

Battlefield in 3-D image (wired)


  The next-generation of Airbus A320

U.S. engine maker Pratt and Whitney, which developed the engine has signed a deal that should see the engine enter service in 2016 on the next-generation Airbus A320. The design promises to lower noise pollution and nitrous oxide emissions significantly and reduce fuel consumption by up to 15 percent. The fuel saving should mean that each aircraft will emit 3,600 fewer tons of carbon dioxide annually, says Tom Enders, CEO and president of Airbus.

Airbus' new engine design (technologyreview)

  Google & Java tool solutions

Google is donating the source code for two new open source projects at the Eclipse Foundation. The WindowBuilder Java GUI designer and the CodePro Profiler technologies were both acquired by Google from developer tools vendor Instantiations in August of this year. The new projects will join the annual Eclipse release train in 2011, which is a coordinated release of over 30 Eclipse projects.

Google hands over OS project (developer)


  More value to domestic products

Good example of independent innovation is the rapid development of China's high-speed railway, which set a new operating speed record of 486.1 km per hour on a test run on the Beijing-Shanghai railway only two weeks ago. From introducing technologies from foreign companies to designing its own software and registering more than 900 patents, China has gradually become an independent researcher and developer in this field.

China innovation (news.xinhuanet)

  Tools to monitor lightning

"Lightning is a very good proxy for severe weather. In fact, it is a lead indicator - you often get lightning just before you get heavy rain, hail and even big gusts of wind," explained Dr Jochen Grandell from the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Eumetsat). The addition of systems that sit and stare at the Earth from 36,000km should deliver a wealth of new data to improve warnings about imminent storms.

How to monitor lightning? (bbc)

  Metal dental fillings

U.S. health regulators are seeking a second opinion on whether mercury-containing dental fillings pose a risk to dental patients, especially children and pregnant women. The FDA in July 2009 declared the fillings, known as dental amalgam, posed no risk. A year earlier, it had cautioned against their use in certain more vulnerable people such as pregnant women and children, noting mercury's risks.

Risk to dental patients (reuters)


  Russia-EU relations

By mutual needs, relations between Russia and the EU have been visibly improved this year after hitting their lowest point in 2008 when the two argued over the conflict between Russia and Georgia. However, inveterate mistrust and divergence left over by history still shadow the road of Russia-EU cooperation and linger in their bilateral ties. As two big powers on the world stage, their relations are hardly serious setbacks nor quick boosts.

Russia & EU ties (english.people)

  Swiss economy & competitive advantage

Swiss exporters still face problems associated with the strengthening franc and a weakening of their most important market – the European Union. But a steady diversification of exports away from the EU towards emerging economies is one of the key reasons Switzerland is enjoying comparatively strong economic growth and low unemployment rates.

Swiss economy & Emerging markets (swissinfo)


  When internet came to power

The assault on the royal car carrying Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall last week showed that the old politics is alive and kicking – and daubing paint and smashing windows – as ever. But, threatening though it was, there was something faintly anachronistic about the preposterous cries of "off with their heads". The assault on corporate websites – in retaliation for the global establishment's attempts to shut down WikiLeaks – was, by contrast, singularly modern.

When internet came to power (


  Who Tweets?

Eight percent of the American adults who use the internet are Twitter users. It is an online activity that is particularly popular with young adults, minorities, and those who live in cities. This is the first-ever survey reading from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project that exclusively examines Twitter users. In previous surveys, the Pew Internet Project had asked internet users whether they "used Twitter or another service to share updates about yourself or to see updates about others?"

The internet Twitter users (pewresearch)


  We Need a Research Data Census

The Census is particularly valuable as a planning tool in the building of physical infrastructure, as the distribution and characteristics of the population drive the development of hospitals, public works projects, and other essential facilities and services. Given the role and importance of the Census in the physical world, it is useful to ask what provides an analogous evidence-based and publicly available snapshot of the "inhabitants" of the Digital World—our digital data.

Building physical infrastructure (cacm.acm)


  The Colossus of Wall Street

As Bear Stearns fell apart in March 2008, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon had a BlackRock team of 50 analysts work through the weekend to evaluate Bear Stearns' most illiquid assets. At the end of the weekend, Geithner called Fink to ask him to manage $30 billion in bad mortgage debt that had been carved out from Bear Stearns' books before its healthier parts were sold to JPMorgan.

The machinery of Wall street (businessweek)


  The Chinese consumer awakens

Spending might be sturdy in China, but investment has been off the charts. As a result, consumption was just 35.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2009, from 46.1 percent a decade earlier - and that was helped by a massive government stimulus to counter the global financial crisis. The task for China's policymakers is to lift that proportion by boosting wages, speeding up urbanization and building a social safety net.

Chinese consumption forcasts (reuters)

  Top papers to charge online

The New York Times has spent the past year studying its proposed new metered model, finding ideas from telecom and cable companies, and even WeightWatchers, which charges users for in-depth diet tips. The U.S. and UK newspaper industries suffered an unprecedented decline in advertising spending that pushed papers into bankruptcy and resulted in thousands of job losses.

Papers Test Revenue Models (reuters)

  For safer use of chemicals

REACH seeks to close the knowledge gap that previously existed concerning the risks associated with particular chemicals and to encourage the progressive replacement of dangerous chemicals with safer ones by means of its authorisation system. REACH places greater responsibility on industry to manage the risk of chemicals and provide appropriate safety information to professional users and to consumers.

REACH: Frequently asked questions (europa)


  The crisis in the euro area

The euro may have abolished market-based nominal exchange rates but it has led to marked divergences in real exchange rates. Consumer prices in peripheral countries have risen at a faster rate than in Germany since the start of the euro in 1999. So have wages, making it hard for firms in those countries to compete with Germany in foreign markets and with low-cost imports from Asia in their home markets.

The costly legal battles (economist)

  Offshore Outsourcing

For nearly a decade, China has been touted as the biggest threat India's supremacy in offshore outsourcing, and its central government has been funneling money into developing the country's growing IT outsourcing (ITO) industry. But beyond the obvious similarities (they're both big—really, really big—and cheap in comparison to their Western counterparts), there remain major differences in the two mega-markets for offshore IT services, from language and management skills to industry focus to supplier and customer bases.

24 Ways to Compare India vs. China (cio)


  Build machines that learn

Researchers have suspected for decades that real artificial intelligence can't be done on traditional hardware, with its rigid adherence to Boolean logic and vast separation between memory and processing. But that knowledge was of little use until about two years ago, when HP built a new class of electronic device called a memristor. Before the memristor, it would have been impossible to create something with the form factor of a brain, the low power requirements, and the instantaneous internal communications.

Real artificial intelligence   (


  Ten questions science must answer

Over the last 350 years our lives have been changed beyond recognition by the application of science. In 1660, vast areas were terra incognita; today, rapid communication and travel makes the world seem connected, even constricted. Some of the changes have been less benign: this is the first century when one species – ours – risks irreversibly degrading the entire planet's environment.

The responses of science (guardian)


  Bacterium: Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus

Life is mostly composed of the elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur, and phosphorus. Although these six elements make up nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids and thus the bulk of living matter, it is theoretically possible that some other elements in the periodic table could serve the same functions. Exchange of one of the major bioelements may have profound evolutionary and geochemical significance.

new avenue of bacterial metabolism (sciencemag)


  The World Is Growing Older

More than pension schemes and care, Media reports on the world's aging population tend to focus on pensions and care for the elderly. But other changes could be just as important. What will happen to family life, for example? And what will the relationship between the generations be like when so many of us live longer and have fewer children?

The world's aging population (medicalnewstoday)

  Processors with 1,000 cores

Intel remains adamant that the future progress of microprocessors will depend on packing ever more cores onto a chip. As more cores are added, however, Intel designers must confront the problem of scalability. Initial multicore chip architectures depended on a set of protocols that assures that each core has the same view of the system's memory, a technique called cache coherency.

Future progress of microprocessors (itworldcanada)


  ‘Smart Regulation’ is en vogue


How the smart regulation initiative would be better implemented if it was to bring concrete results. Cefic's legal department has drafted a Manifesto on smarter regulation, as a response to the amount of legislation in the environmental and more specifically the chemicals sector. 

Cefic's Manifesto Draft (cefic)


  Randomness fuels innovation

Cities are incredible engines of innovation. It's easier to stumble across people who have very different experiences, professions or subcultures that are outside the mainstream, and it's in the interaction between those different frameworks that people end up having interesting ideas.

The collision of hunches

  Will FDA recognize ISO 13485 ?

FDA recently opened the door to recognizing, or at least taking into account, ISO 13485 registration in a draft guidance document the agency issued for comments. While you shouldn’t rule out visits from FDA inspectors any time soon, the proposed program of voluntary audit report submissions could lower your inspection frequency.

Recognizing ISO 13485 (lne-america)


  Russia linked to French Riviera

Every Sunday evening, amid an array of local trains to Cannes and Monte Carlo, a remarkably different destination pops up on the departures board of Nice-Ville railway station. Train 17 to Moscow chugs out of the station shortly after nightfall and deposits passengers in the Russian capital, after an epic journey across Europe, just before midnight on Tuesday.

Journey across Europe (independent)


  Marine Energy Technology Roadmap

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a public private partnership between six of the largest global industrial organisations – BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government. As well as marine, the ETI currently has projects in offshore wind, transport, carbon capture and storage, energy storage and distribution, distributed energy, buildings and bio-energy.

ETI in Energy Technology Roadmap (

  Can Airports Be Green ?

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) presents some encouraging statistics. According to the organisation, airlines have improved fuel efficiency and CO2 performance by 14% over the last ten years. IATA director general has set ambitious environmental aims for the industry, including carbon neutral growth, an 80% reduction in nitrogen oxide levels around airports by 2020.

Ambitious environmental aims (airport-technology)

  Space - the EU frontier ?


INTERCEPTING ASTEROIDS, charting the evolution of stars, circling Mars to map organic molecules and even landing on the red planet to collect and analyse materials. These are all on the European Space Agency (ESA)’s to-do list over coming years. At a time when the economy on planet Earth isn’t quite as flush as it used to be, is now really the time to be spending on space ventures that push back the frontiers?

ESA Space ventures (irishtimes)


  IBM to run quake simulations

The rush to build more powerful supercomputers is part of a larger race to solve some of mankind's biggest problems and threats, and one person on the front line of that effort is Thomas Jordan, the director of the Southern California Earthquake Center. Until this week Jaguar had been the world's fastest supercomputer, at 1.75 petaflops.

A planned 10-petaflop system (IBM)


  How to reverse Japan's decline

Back in the 1980s, Japan was an economic powerhouse and the envy of the world. But there appears to be no end in sight to its current decline, as jobs are lost, pensions cut and companies move overseas. The country's much-vaunted social cohesion is also disintegrating as people find themselves forced to rely on their own resources.

Can Japan Reverse Its Long Decline? (spiegel)

  Screening: X-Ray imaging scanners

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been taking a beating lately over its new, full-body X-Ray imaging scanners that show people naked. People are concerned about both the humiliation of the procedure and the extra doses of X-rays they get from these scanners, but travelers who refuse to be scanned must submit to a TSA "enhanced pat-down," which now involves a newer, more aggressive policy.

Questionable TSA Activities (prwatch)

  Outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis

A group that protects the welfare of animals has released an undercover video it claims shows animal abuse at a Texas farm operated by the largest egg producer in the United States. The Humane Society of the United States says one of its investigators worked at the Cal-Maine farm in Waelder, TX, for almost a month this fall and documented multiple abuses and food-safety violations.

Salmonella enteritidis infection (asq)

  Organs Made from Scratch

Growing living tissue and organs in the lab would be a life-saving trick. But replicating the complexity of an organ, by growing different types of cells in precisely the right arrangement—muscle held together with connective tissue and threaded with blood vessels, for example—is currently impossible. Researchers at MIT have taken a step toward this goal by coming up with a way to make "building blocks" containing different kinds of tissue that can be put together.

Turning cells into different tissue (technologyreview)

  Weather satellite work begins


Six satellites will be built to give forecasters up-to-the-minute data on developing weather systems. The R&D phase of the programme was approved by governments in 2008, but political wrangling delayed its start. Thales Alenia Space (France) and OHB System (Germany) have now been told they can proceed with the work.

An industrial consortium to begin (bbc)


  Radioisotope thermal rocket

Rocket-propelled vehicles capable of travelling a kilometre or more in a ballistic ‘hop’ with propellants acquired from the Martian atmosphere offer the potential for increased mobility and planetary science return compared with conventional rovers. In concept, a radioisotope heat source heats a core or ‘thermal capacitor’, which in turn heats propellant exhausted through a rocket nozzle to provide thrust.

Thermofluid design (royalsocietypublishing)

  EU consumers & food-related risks

Those who are concerned about possible food-related risks tend to worry more about chemical contamination of food rather than bacterial contamination or health and nutrition issues. The poll also showed most Europeans have confidence in national and European food safety agencies as information sources on possible risks associated with food.

European food safety & Quality (efsa)  


  Towards autonomous defence systems

High-profile armed systems such as Taranis (UAV from BAE Systems) have the true nature of their autonomy kept secret, but other projects hint at what might be in store. At the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, researchers are using Pentagon funding to develop a six-wheeled tank that can find its own way across a battlefield.

BAE Systems & UAV prototype (guardian)


  Side effects of Isotretinoin

Isotretinoin (13-cis-retinoic acid) has been used since the 1980s to treat severe recalcitrant nodular acne with good effect, but case reports and spontaneous reporting of adverse drug reactions have suggested an association between isotretinoin, depression, and suicidal behaviour. Some authors have observed that isotretinoin actually leads to an improvement in anxiety and depression because of the clearing of disfiguring acne.

Nodular acne & medication (bmj)

  Custom Google Maps Markers


Location-based services have become an indispensable part of the Web in recent years. Google Maps is the overwhelming market leader not only in terms of providing search services through its namesake website, but also due to the powerful Google Maps API, which has been integrated into tens of thousands of third-party websites around the globe.

The powerful Google Maps API (developer)

  Chasing Pirates: Inside Microsoft

The arrival of organized criminal syndicates to the software piracy scene has escalated worries at companies like Microsoft, Symantec and Adobe. Groups in China, South America and Eastern Europe appear to have supply chains and sales networks rivaling those of legitimate businesses, says David Finn, Microsoft’s anti-piracy chief.

Inside the software piracy (registration/nytimes)

  Nanoparticle measurement

Tougher environmental legislation is driving the emissions monitoring market, from acquisitions and distribution deals to new technologies. Rising fuel costs for thermal systems highlight more and more the need for efficiency monitoring using emission measurements. A practical, easy-to-use emission analyser for a variety of applications is therefore ideal.

Nanoparticle measurement (engineerlive)


  Relevant information on crop interception

The purpose of the assignment was to provide scientific information to be used for the revision of the Guidance Document on Persistence in Soil and for other upcoming opinions and guidance on exposure assessment of pesticides in the environment. The objective was to undertake a data-collection on crop interception of plant protection products when applied and to collect the data in an electronic data-base.

Exposure assessment on pesticides  (efsa.europa)

  Before Pythagoras, Babylonian Mathematics

The cuneiform tablets illustrate three major themes: arithmetic exploiting a notation of numbers based entirely on two basic symbols; the scribal schools of Nippur; and advanced training. Many of the latter problems were much more difficult than any that they would have to deal with in professional scribal careers.

Babylonian tablets delivre their secrets (nyu)

  EU Civil Justice Survey

DG Justice has commissioned this Eurobarometer survey to gain insight into personal experience, knowledge and attitudes of Europeans about crossborder civil justice cases within the European Union. This survey was carried out between 9 June and 30 June 2010. It is follow-up to the first survey carried out between 9 November and 14 December 2007, which was published in April 2008.

Eurobarometer survey   (ec.europa)

  The Berlin housing myth

Berlin may be the housing heaven that Young Urban Creative Internationals (YUCIs) envy the world over. But as prices are climbing and poor residents are being squeezed out of the centre, more and more Berliners are trying to beat the speculators with alternative housing projects.

Alternative housing projects   (exberliner)

  Gravity shows its helpful side

David Toms, a theoretical physicist at Newcastle University, UK, has found that gravity seems to calm the electromagnetic force at high energies. The finding could make some calculations easier, and is a rare case in which gravity seems to work in harmony with quantum mechanics, the theory of small particles. His paper is published today in Nature1.

Electromagnetic force at high energies  (physorg)

  Competing with China on solarTech

When Greentech Media, a Cambridge-based research firm focused on renewable energy, issued a report last month looking at the world’s 15 most successful producers of solar panels, it found that eight were based in China (including numbers two, three, and four on the list). The bulk of China’s growth happened in 2008 and 2009, said Shyam Mehta, who wrote the report.

Renewable energy competition  (boston)


  Peel me an e-book

The fundamental elements of e-ink and OLED displays are small enough that they won't break if laid down on flexible backing. The problem, according to Janglin Chen of Taiwanese government-funded research lab ITRI, is the backing itself. The substrate the components are mounted onto has to have certain physical properties, especially during the manufacturing process.

The e-ink and OLED  (news.cnet)

  EU copyright overhaul

Private copy levies are not applied in the UK, but in several other European countries they add varying amounts to the costs of memory sticks, optical drives, MP3 players and recordable media. The harmonisation of such levies across Europe could mean the cost of such items goes up in the UK.

Harmonizing European Copyright Law  (zdnet)


  Self-Cleaning Solar Panel

Generally, the smooth silicon surfaces used in solar cells reflect a lot of the light that hits them, lowering their efficiency. The shaped surfaces, though, barely reflect any light at all. According to the researchers' paper, High-throughput fabrication of low-cost self-cleaning surfaces, which suppress the reflection of light over a wide spectral range, is expected to have applications ranging in chemical analysis of drugs or biomolecules to photovoltaics.

Solar Panel Efficiency  (onlinelibrary.wiley)

  Launch of ISO 26000 guidance

The publication of ISO 26000 is eagerly awaited by organizations worldwide, whether they are business enterprises, or public sector organizations. Operating in a socially responsible manner is no longer an option. It is becoming a requirement of society worldwide. What makes ISO 26000 exceptional among the many already existing social responsibility initiatives is that it distils a truly international consensus on social responsibility.

ISO 26000: Guidance on social responsibility  (iso)

  GE Buying EVs

It makes sense that a company called General Electric would be bullish on cars with cords. But even by that standard the company is diving into the deep end, with what it says will be the biggest order ever placed for electric vehicles. First and foremost, General Electric builds the equipment that provides one-third of the world’s electricity, so of course it will do everything possible to promote the technology.

General Electric eyeing on Evs  (wired)

  Another BRIC in the wall ?

Emerging markets continue to feature prominently in global economic discussions on the back of perceived economic weaknesses in both the United Sates and the European Union. Perhaps the most prominent bloc of emerging markets is that made up of Brazil, Russia, India, and China - commonly referred to as BRIC. South Africa has long been wooing the four BRIC partners to be admitted to this very prominent club of emerging economies.

South Africa claims its "BRIC"   (


  Is team science productive ?

To find a way to measure the productivity of collaborations in a young, emerging institute ? While metrics exist to measure the contributions of individual scientists, judging the effectiveness of team science has been more challenging. Reasoning that team science produces papers and grants, first author postdoctoral fellow Michael Hughes, PhD, (now at Yale University) and colleagues measured these endpoints and analyzed them over time using network analysis.

The Metric in scientific productivity  (scienceblog.)

  R&D & the economic crisis

Top EU firms cut investment less than US rivals, but Europe still well behind. The European Commission's 2010 "EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard" shows that R&D investment by top EU companies fell by 2.6% in 2009, even though sales and profits fell much more, by 10.1% and 21.0% respectively.

R&D & the economic crisis  (europa)


  How Vodafone increased its BI value

The very well-equipped and expensive Vodafone Teradata system and other supplier relationships were reviewed to extract double the number of answers for the same money. BI had to bridge the language gap by translating information the businesses valued into terms the technologists could relate to.

BI value & Data quality  (computerweekly)


  Smart Grid Technologies

The Department of Energy (“DOE”) released a report entitled “Data Access and Privacy Issues Related to Smart Grid Technologies.” The idea behind the Smart Grid is that electricity can be delivered more efficiently using data collected through monitoring consumers’ energy use.

Security in Smart Grid Technologies  (

  Dream recording device 'possible'

For centuries, people have been fascinated by dreams and what they might mean. In Ancient Egypt they were thought to be messages from God. More recently, dream analysis has been used by psychologists as a tool to understand the unconscious mind. But the only way to interpret dreams is to ask people about the subject of their dreams after they had woken up.

Dream recording device 'possible'     (bbc)


  Petrofac's road to Damascus

With major projects under way around the world, including in his native Syria, the chief executive of the FTSE darling believes the sun has long to shine on the oil industry. Syria has something of a Cinderella image when it comes to the oil giants of the Middle East. With Iraq on its doorstep and huge opportunties to piggyback on that country’s post-Saddam oil boom, Mr Asfari, a Syrian by birth, knows that could be about to change.

Huge opportunties for Petrofac  (telegraph)


  Brains for hire: the thinktank

In western Europe, there are huge research agencies funded by public money, but again they are monolithic and don't innovate. Britain have political entrepreneurship. They have tanks of people, all thinking; they need no mandate. They just think. And then their thoughts become public policy.

Britain's thinktank industry  (guardian)

  Life aboard ISS


It's 10 years since the first crew entered the International Space Station 220 miles above the Earth. With more than a decade of construction now coming to an end (next week's shuttle mission leaves only two more before the fleet is mothballed), astronauts can finally look forward to stretching out and using the space station to the full.


Life aboard ISS  (guardian )


  Quality of inexpensive tests

Disposable diagnostic tests currently under development could offer medical workers and patients in rural areas more detailed health information, such as viral counts in the blood of HIV patients, without the need for expensive equipment such as cameras, computers, or even cell phones. Researchers at two startup companies and the University of Illinois are building all the capabilities of expensive lab-bench tests onto a piece of paper, without adding significant weight or other cost to the tests.

Diagnostic tests development   (technologyreview)

  State of the Internet 2010

Today approximately 1.8 billion people use the Internet to do everything from conduct business,communicate with friends and family, keep up with current events or simply entertain themselves playing games or watching videos. Each individual and each Internet-connected device presents a certain footprint that is exposed and often manipulated for criminal or political gain.

Internet in 2010  (ca)

  Report on French Research Agency

The role of the Agency is to bring more flexibility to the French research system, foster new dynamics and devise cutting-edge strategies for acquiring new knowledge. By identifying priority areas and fostering public-private collaborations, the ANR also aims at enhancing the general level of competitiveness of both the French research system and the French economy.

French research system   (agence-nationale-recherche)


  Osteoporosis : Improving post-fracture

This study reviewed randomised controlled trials (RCT) involving fully qualified healthcare professionals caring for patients with a fragility fracture in all healthcare settings. Any intervention designed to modify the behaviour of healthcare professionals or implement a service delivery change was considered.

How to improve post-fracture ?  (implementationscience)

  W3C : Mobile Best Practices

The Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of Mobile Web Application Best Practices. The goal of this document is to aid the development of rich and dynamic mobile Web applications. It collects the most relevant engineering practices, promoting those that enable a better user experience and warning against those that are considered harmful.

Mobile Best Practices   (w3)

  Supply of Medical Radioisotopes

At the request of its member countries, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has become involved in global efforts to ensure a reliable supply of Molybdenum-99 (99Mo) and its decay product, Technetium-99m (99mTc), the most widely used medical radioisotope. The collective efforts of HLG-MR members and nuclear medicine stakeholders have allowed for a comprehensive assessment of the key areas of vulnerability in the supply chain.

Medical Radioisotopes & Reliable supply  (nea)

  Weighing a wider wealth gap

The fact that economists are even examining the link between inequality and financial crises shows just how much the thinking has changed in the wake of the Great Recession. Paul Krugman, the Nobel prize-winning economist, said that before 2008, when he spoke of inequality approaching levels last seen before the Great Depression, it would inevitably lead to questions about whether another crisis was looming.

The wealth gap  (reuters)

  World of work outlook

The number of people that have been unemployed for more than one year has increased in nearly all of the countries for which information is available – in some cases significantly. Over the medium term, in advanced economies job growth is expected to remain stagnant through 2010 and a return to pre-crisis levels is not foreseeable before 2015.

Outlook of the Labour Market   (ilo)


  IPCC aims for clarity

Leaders of the IPCC's scientific assessment were speaking to BBC News during a conference in South Korea aimed at modernising the organisation. They indicated that procedures used in compiling AR5 will reflect some criticisms made in the wake of errors uncovered in its previous assessment, in 2007.

IPCC: Modernising the organisation   (bbc)

  Measuring Competitiveness Report

This year’s Global Competitiveness Report is being published amid uncertainty in the global economy and a continuing shift in the balance of economic activity away from advanced economies and toward developing ones. Despite significant government stimulus spending aimed at dampening the recession, growth in advanced economies remains sluggish as they are mired in persistent unemployment and weak demand.

2010-2011 Global Competitiveness   (scribd)

  Inter. Aviation & Climate Change

As the world has become increasingly concerned with global climate change, ICAO has taken the lead in addressing international aviation’s contribution, which is estimated by the IPCC to be less than 2% of global human-made CO2 emissions. As this outlook discusses, projections of global aviation fuel consumption and efficiency through the year 2050 reveal that on a per flight basis, fuel efficiency is expected to improve over the period.

ICAO 2010 Environmental Report  (icao)

  Central Asian Research Network

Launched in January 2009, the Central Asian Research and Education Network (CAREN) is a high-capacity regional research and education network which will provide high speed internet for universities and research centers. CAREN will help decreasing the digital divide and will directly contribute to the development of the education and research sector in the region.

CAREN & The Silk Road  (cordis.europa)

  Rinderpest virus wiped out

If confirmed, rinderpest would become only the second viral disease - after smallpox - to have been eliminated by humans.The FAO said it was "confident" the virus has been eradicated from those parts of the world where it is prevalent.The eradication of the virus has been described as the biggest achievement in veterinary history.

Rinderpest have been eliminated  (bbc)

  Botox maker

Botox manufacturer Allergan has seen cosmetic use of the toxin shrug off the recession but now its potential for therapeutic treatments such MS has made the firm 'ecstatic'. It is all its other less sexy applications for Botox – 20 of them in total, including the recently approved application as a preventative medicine for chronic migraine – that opens up another potential goldmine.

Botox Effect  (guardian)


  Kyoto & 2020 targets in EU

This report presents an overview of the progress achieved so far by the EU, its Member States and other EEA member countries towards their respective targets under the Kyoto Protocol and the EU burden-sharing agreement. The assessment is based on greenhouse gas (GHG) emission data in Europe for 2008, the first year of the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period which runs from 2008 to 2012.

Tracking progress towards Kyoto  (eea.europa)


  Botnet & malicious commands

Bots in early 2000 were aimed at remote control and information theft, but the move towards modularisation and open-sourcing began the huge increase in variants and the expansion of functionality. Malware authors gradually introduced encryption for ransomware, HTTP and Socks proxies allowing them to use their victims for onward connection or FTP servers for storing illegal content.

Know your Enemy & Tracking Botnets  (zdnet)


  Brazil: microchips for forest management

It could be just another of the thousands of trees felled each year in Brazil's portion of the world's largest forest except for one detail: a microchip attached to its base holding data about its location, size and who cut it down. The chips allow land owners using sustainable forestry practices to distinguish their wood from that acquired through illegal logging that each year destroys swathes of the forest.

New Tech and environment  (reuters)

  What were driving at


Engineers at Google have tested a self-driving car on the streets of California, the company has announced. Mr Thrun - professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford University - insisted that safety was the "first priority" in the project. While this project is very much in the experimental stage, it provides a glimpse of what transportation might look like in the future thanks to advanced computer science.


Google's self-driving car  (googleblog.blogspot)


  10 great free desktop tool

Most everyone who's had some experience with free open source software has learned about the suite of productivity programs: a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and drawing tool that provide a good deal of the functionality of their commercial counterparts. But apart from, what else is there?.

Free open source software   (infoworld)


  Business link to ecosystem services

in the past 50 years, human activity has altered ecosystems faster and more extensively than ever before. This is unfortunate, as the degradation of ecosystems and the services they provide destroys business value and limits future growth opportunities. Biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation come at a price, which has been estimated to be between Euro 1.35 trillion and Euro 3.10 trillion each and every year.

Ecosystems & Business    (wbcsd)


  FAA Warning over Li. battery shipments

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the batteries, widely used in consumer products, could ignite in a fire, overwhelming suppression systems. The FAA said a US cargo flight that crashed last month near Dubai carried a shipment of lithium batteries. The warning did not apply to batteries carried by passengers, the FAA said.

FAA Warning   (faa)


  Galileo project

As the US prepares to launch its third-generation global positioning system (GPS) and Russia and China push ahead with their own competing systems, the European Union continues to face delays and soaring costs with its prestige project. The EU now calculates that the Galileo project will be completed by 2018 – nearly a decade later than initially planned – and will cost taxpayers an additional 1.5 to 1.7 billion euros.

Galileo project   (dw-world)

  Energy-efficiency & cloud computing

Conventionally, data storage and data processing are done at the user's own computer, using that computer's storage system and processor. An alternative to this method is cloud computing, which is Internet-based computing that enables users at home or office computers to transfer data to a remote data center for storage and processing.

Cloud computing alternative   (physorg)

  Turning Europe into Innovation Union

There is no one single definition. But innovation as described in the Innovation Union plan broadly means change that speeds up and improves the way we conceive, develop, produce and access new products, industrial processes and services. Changes that create more jobs, improve people's lives and build greener and better societies.

Changes that speed innovation  (europa)


  Infected computers should be quarantined

Millions of computers around the world running versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system are infected by viruses without their user's knowledge and used to generate billions of spam emails and attacks against websites, such as that used against a British law company earlier this month. The new proposal, Microsoft claimed, is built on the lessons of public health.

Microsoft's new proposal  (guardian)


  Wind farms trouble

Wind farms, especially big ones, generate turbulence that can significantly alter air temperatures near the ground, say researchers. As turbines often stand on agricultural land, these changes could in turn affect crop productivity.

Wind farms generate turbulence   (bbc)

  Bios: Final step

Bios' replacement, known as UEFI, will predominate in new PCs by 2011. The upgrade will spell the end for the 25-year-old PC start-up software known as Bios that initialises a machine so its operating system can get going. The code was not intended to live nearly this long, and adapting it to modern PCs is one reason they take as long as they do to warm up.

Bios' replacement   (bbc)

  The Carbon Age

An important tension is unfolding between two types of carbon--atmospheric carbon in the form of carbon dioxide emissions, and elemental carbon as a building block for a new generation of devices designed to manage and abate those same pollutants. Our way of life has become dependent on energy generated by the process of extracting carbon from the earth in the form of fossil fuels and then burning it to form carbon dioxide.

The Carbon Age  (cnet)

  Back Biodiversity 100

In less than a month, unless we can rouse sufficient public indignation to avert it, a widespread suspicion that humanity is incapable of looking after this planet will be confirmed. The world's governments will meet at Nagoya in Japan to discuss the catastrophic decline of life on the planet. The outcome is expected to be as tragic and as impotent as the collapse of last year's climate talks in Copenhagen.

Climat talks  (guardian)


  Solar cells

Photovoltaic cells work by absorbing photons and using that energy to shift electrons to the conduction band, which creates an electron-hole pair called an exciton. The key to improving photovoltaic economics is more efficiently utilizing the energy that the cells receive, as recently demonstrated by solar cells that utilize a combination of light and heat.

Energy & Efficiency  (arstechnica)


  BlackBerry Development

A variety of money-making opportunities should be arriving from RIM in the near future. One item that RIM announced last year is the creation of an advertising services platform. It has finally arrived, and you should need only three lines of code to insert simple or rich media ads into Java-based or Web-based apps.


BlackBerry Development  (developer)


  Lighting Revolution

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, have become popular with backpackers and cyclists who mount them on headbands for a reliable, hands-free source of illumination. Now, a new lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is helping to bring these tiny but brilliant devices into your home, to help save both energy costs and the environment.

A vision of illumination’s future  (nist)

  The European Chemical Industry

The €449 billion EU chemical industry is still in a strong position, but has lost its top ranking in terms of sales to Asia, mainly due to the rise of China. Taken together, the European Union, Asia and North American Free Trade Area, account for 89.7 per cent of world turnover. Developments during the previous 10 years from 1999 to 2009 indicate that the European Union was the clear leader in terms of world chemicals sales, but the region has gradually lost ground to Asia (excluding Japan).

Report on EU Chemical Industry   (cefic)

  BMW's Tiny Little Electric Car

The company spent years developing hydrogen-combustion technology, using hard-to-handle liquid hydrogen, which needs to be cooled to minus 253 degrees Celsius, just 20 degrees above absolute zero, to become a fluid. BMW showcased the technology in 2007 by outfitting 100 of its 7-Series sedans with bulky hydrogen tanks; the fuel, however, boiled away despite insulation equivalent to 17 meters (55 feet) of Styrofoam.

BMW's hydrogen-combustion technology   (businessweek)

  US: Accountable Science

For more than 10 years, peer reviewers of NSF proposals have been asked to consider both whether the proposed activity constitutes good science and whether it would have an impact (presumably positive) on the larger society outside of science, as well as within the scientific community. NSF instituted its more streamlined approach to merit review (prior to FY 1998, there were four criteria) in an effort both to simplify the process.

US: Accountable Science  (scienceprogress)

  China: to reverse 'Brain Drain'

Thousands of Chinese go abroad every year to study science, engineering and other fields and many never return home _ not because they want to emigrate but because their still-developing economy lacks jobs to match their advanced skills. Of the 1.4 million Chinese students who received student visas to go abroad since 1979, only 390,000 have returned _ just over a quarter, according to China's statistics bureau.

Chinese Students 'Brain Drain'  (economictimes.indiatimes)


  Most unusual telescopes

Floating just over one kilometre below the surface of the world's deepest lake - Baikal in central Russia - the NT-200 telescope points not at the sky but towards the centre of the Earth. The telescope was built to capture an elusive fundamental particle called the neutrino, in a bid to unravel the secrets of how the Universe formed.

The NT-200 telescope  (bbc)

  Interna. scrutiny on offshore drilling

Draft proposed by Germany and seen by the Guardian specifically recommended an international review and talked about a "moratorium on certain new oil exploration activities in deep waters". The original documents made clear that Germany's worries lay beyond just BP's Deepwater Explorer accident and it made specific reference to North Sea incidents.

Offshore drilling regulation  (guardian)


  Quality of Life Index

The UK came 9th out of the 10 European countries in the Index, thanks to high living costs, below average government spending on health and education, short holidays and late retirement. The Index shows that people in France enjoy the highest quality of life, closely followed by Spain.

Quality of Life Index  (uswitch)


  London to Frankfurt by train

A spokesman for Deutsche Bahn said: "DB is committed to introducing high speed passenger rail services between London and Germany, enhancing connectivity between these two countries. Services are expected to start at the end of 2013. DB is considering a route that would start in Frankfurt – the heart of Germany's finance industry – with possible stops at Cologne and Brussels en route to London.

The London & Frankfurt Speed passenger rail    (guardian)

  Travel Smarter, Live Better

From 16 to 22 September 2010, hundreds of European towns and cities will participate in the ninth edition of European Mobility Week and invite their citizens to a wide range of activities promoting sustainable mobility. The 2010 campaign theme – “Travel Smarter, Live Better” – was selected as the focal theme for European Mobility Week 2010 in recognition of the detrimental effects that current urban transportation trends have on health.

European Mobility   (mobilityweek)


  Siluria Tech startup

Converting methane directly to valuable chemicals and liquid fuels is an industrial challenge that has defied the best minds in chemistry. Now catalyst developer Siluria Technologies claims to have solved the problem. Siluria's solution is a catalyst that efficiently turns methane into ethylene, the feedstock underpinning more than two-thirds of global chemical production.

Liquid fuels development  (technologyreview)

  The Ecology of Intern. Security

How much security does more than $1 trillion buy? It may buy very little or even make matters worse. According to the U.S. Congressional Research Service, the United States has spent to date this amount of money on the War on Terror, especially about $784 billion on the Iraq war and $321 billion on the military operations in Afghanistan.

Ecology vs Security  (fas)

  Public Company & Risk Management

"The financial crisis underscored the importance of risk management in the pursuit of a business strategy," says Matteo Tonello, director of corporate governance research at The Conference Board and founder of the Director Notes series. "Today, as companies recover from that turmoil, many corporate directors wonder if they and their boards are doing all they should to fulfill their fiduciary duty with respect to risk oversight."

Business strategy  (prnewswire)


  Berners-Lee Grid Net's vision

Berners-Lee suggested that concerns over privacy and the sharing of personal data will mean that businesses will have to improve their ability to segment the use of user-specific data such as addresses and where people are using their phones.On net neutrality – which has become a major talking point in the US, especially as Google appears to have ceded the principle to some of the major mobile carriers there.

Berners-Lee personal view  (guardian)


  Office Romance on the Wane

As job insecurity has mounted and third party claims have risen, the office fling may become the recession's latest victim. "It seems likely that there's a certain opportunistic element to what's happening out there," says Sondra Solovay, a director of Workplace Answers, a San Francisco-based compliance services company.

Work relationship & job involvement  (businessweek)


  Quality Remix


Lean engineering became fairly ubiquitous in the aerospace industry in recent years. Lean was pushed much harder by aerospace management than the earlier programs were. In some companies, lean achieved the status of a cult religion. Individuals who embraced the program, or just wanted to please management, got on the “lean bandwagon.”

Lean engineering in today's world  (qualitymag)


  Insulating materials in sealed equipment


The connector selection process becomes critical when the application involves sealing the connectors against various environmental conditions. Harsh situations include salt water for a remotely operated underwater vehicle or vacuum in research instrumentation. Leakages occur due to gaps and other paths in the connector body, the insulating material, the contacts or the wires.

How products can pertain your needs  (engineerlive)

  Nuclear Fuel Cycle future


This MIT report focuses on what is known as the “nuclear fuel cycle”—a concept that encompasses both the kind of fuel used to power a reactor (currently, most of the world’s reactors run on mined uranium that has been enriched, while a few run on plutonium) and what happens to the fuel after it has been used (either stored on site or disposed of underground—a “once-through” cycle—or reprocessed to yield new reactor fuel).

MIT report on Nuc fuel  (mit)


  Getting Started with Memcached Data

Apparently, Memcached is best implemented for queries that are triggered multiple times in a second and demand huge data as output. Access to Memcached data is faster than the access time to disk drives because the Memcached data is stored in temporary memory. You will find Memcached preinstalled on almost any production server. But if you are trying Memcached for the first time, the first step is to install the Memcached extension on your server.

Memcache rules   (developer)


  Who Makes Your iPhone ?

It actually wasn't until late May, after the ninth Foxconn employee had leaped to his death, that Foxconn went into full crisis management mode, stringing more than 3 million square meters of yellow-mesh netting around its buildings to catch jumpers and setting up a 24-hour counseling center staffed by 100 trained workers.

Foxconn Growth (businessweek)

  Thalesgroup's training suites approbation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have approved two Boeing Training Boeing 787 Dreamliner Full Flight Simulators, manufactured by Thales, to Interim Level C. In addition, the FAA has also approved the associated Boeing 787 Flight Training Device (FTD) to Level 5 and EASA has approved the FTD to EASA Level 2.

Thalesgroup & Flight Simulators   (thalesgroup)

  About Dikerogammarus villosus !

Dikerogammarus villosus is an invasive non-native shrimp that has spread from the Ponto-Caspian Region of Eastern Europe. The killer shrimp is a voracious predator. It kills a range of native species, such as freshwater invertebrates, particularly native shrimps and even young fish. This alters the ecology of the habitats it invades. It often kills its prey and leaves it uneaten.

The invasive species  (

  Nurture as Important as Nature

Researchers have long overestimated the role our genes play in determining intelligence. As it turns out, cognitive skills do not depend on ethnicity, and are far more malleable than once thought. Targeted encouragement can help children from socially challenged families make better use of their potential.

Nurture as Important as Nature  (spiegel)

  Vitamin B 'puts off Alzheimer's'

Brain shrinkage is one of the symptoms of mild cognitive impairment, which often leads to dementia. Researchers say this could be the first step towards finding a way to delay the onset of Alzheimer's. Experts said the findings were important but more research was needed. The study looked at 168 elderly people experiencing levels of mental decline known as mild cognitive impairment.

Vitamin B to counter Alzheimer's development  (

  BP internal investigation

BP has published its internal investigation team's report into the accident on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico on 20 April 2010. The investigation found that no single factor caused the Macondo well tragedy. Rather, a sequence of failures involving a number of different parties led to the explosion and fire which killed 11 people and caused widespread pollution in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year.

Latest BP Oil Spill Report   (bp)


  Works on algae-based fuel

Arizonans have cleaned algae from cattle tanks, swimming pools and fish tanks for decades.Now, Arizona researchers are developing algae as a promising 21st-century alternative fuel to power cars, trucks and planes and propel the state's economy into the future. With its ideal climate and abundance of available land, Arizona is poised to become algae-based, biofuel industry site.

Algae fuel development  (savannahnow)



A satellite-based meter in the car determines "internally and privately" every piece of road you drive — when, where and how many kilometres. That information is applied to a pricing database that knows how much you owe, depending on where you were driving. Many trips would cross municipal or provincial boundaries. Skymeter would calculate how much you owe to individual road authorities.

Pay-as-you-drive  (thestar)


  Key Coal-Chemical Exhibition


The "2010 China International Exhibition on Coal Processing & Utilization and Coal Chemicals" took place in late August 2010 with over 100 exhibitors to showcase their most recent coal chemical technologies and equipment, among which there are multinational companies such as Shell, Total, GE, Dow Chemical and Davy.

China International Exhibition  (prnewswire)


  Re-employed' Workers Overqualified

Workers who suffered a spell of unemployment during Great Recession are, on average, less satisfied with their new jobs than workers who didn't. They are more likely to consider themselves over-qualified for their current position. And six-in-ten say they changed careers or seriously thought about it while they were unemployed.

Are you Overqualified ?  (pewsocialtrends)

  The Web of Intent is Coming

The Web of Intent will be largely driven by consumers’ actions and interests. It will be based on implicit actions consumers take around what is most important to them. There’s an emerging opportunity for content publishers (and the publishing technologies they rely upon) to dramatically improve how they filter the stream for the consumers they serve.

Web & implicit actions   (gigaom)


  Submarine fiber-optic cables

The ship is usually based in Calais, France, but made a stop recently in Greenwich, England, to pick up components from Alcatel-Lucent's factory. The telecommunications infrastructure company invited ZDNet UK to see the factory and the ship, and have a look at a vital part of the global Internet that's normally hidden by miles of water.

Alcatel-Lucent at work  (news.cnet)

  NFS: Future Internet Architecture

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today awards for four new projects, each worth up to $8 million over three years, as part of the Future Internet Architecture (FIA) program. These awards will enable researchers at dozens of institutions across the country to pursue new ways to build a more trustworthy and robust Internet.

Future Internet Architecture

  UN Development Goals

The Millennium Declaration in 2000 was a milestone in international cooperation, inspiring development efforts that have improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world. Ten years later, world leaders will gather again at the United Nations in New York to review progress, assess obstacles and gaps, and agree on concrete strategies and actions to meet the eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

A milestone in international cooperation  (UN)


  RFID: Vulnerability of PAP

In this paper, the authors analyze the security of an RFID authentication protocol proposed by Liu and Bailey, called Privacy and Authentication Protocol (PAP), and show its vulnerabilities and faulty assumptions. PAP is a privacy and authentication protocol designed for passive tags. The authors claim that the protocol, being resistant to commonly assumed attacks, requires little computation and provides privacy protection and authentication.

RFID vulnerability (arxiv)

  Plastics industry: New mould

Gulf petrochemical producers are accelerating plans to replace low-value commodity exports with value-added plastics in a bid to boost revenues, add jobs and make better use of the dwindling natural gas supplies that are the lifeblood of the industry. A shortage of low-cost natural gas, and in some cases high unemployment, is pushing regional governments to reorient their petrochemical strategies to more sophisticated manufacturing, an industry trade group said last week.

How to replace low-value commodity ? (thenational)


  China clean energy plan

The world's second-largest economy faces formidable challenges to make the plan work. Beijing must upgrade its rickety electricity grid, open up the network to alternative energy and raise tariffs to make new energy sources competitive with coal-fired power. All that while retaining investor confidence China will remain the low cost factory of the world.

China alternative energy  (reuters)

  Synaptic Plasticity & Memory Formation

Reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton is essential for synaptic plasticity and memory formation. Presently, the mechanisms that trigger actin dynamics during these brain processes are poorly understood. In this study, we show that myosin II motor activity is downstream of LTP induction and is necessary for the emergence of specialized actin structures that stabilize an early phase of LTP.

Brain processes   (download.cell)

  The Wheat genome

UK scientists have released draft sequences of the wheat genome, which they think could make a vital contribution to securing global food supplies. The researchers also say their efforts could help British farmers to develop new strains with greater yields.Global wheat production has been under threat in recent years from increasing demand and climate change. Wheat is regarded as one of the most important crops for human consumption.

The wheat genome  (

  Bioengineering Design

New testing instrumentation developed ASU researchers promises to make the procedure less costly and produce results in less time. Current testing is slow and expensive because of the complications of working with blood, saliva, urine, and other biological fluids, says Garcia, a professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

New testing instrumentation  (qualitydigest)


  Bill Gates talks energy

When Bill Gates is interested in something new, his organizing, capacious intelligence learns everything about it, and he imagines ways it could be better. Now the cofounder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is interested in energy. At his offices in Kirkland, WA, he spoke to Jason ­Pontin, Technology Review's editor in chief.

Former MS CEO talks energy  (technologyreview)

  Beyond the Black Box

The black box may be the greatest single invention in the history of safety engineering. Nevertheless, technology has moved on, and we can—we must—improve on it. Rather than store data in an onboard box that might be unrecoverable if the aircraft goes down in the sea, it would be far better to transmit the data continuously and in real time to a ground-based system that would record the output of the plane's sensors and electronics.

Transmitting data rather than storing it!  (


  How to restructure German vacations ?

Germans should shorten their trips to Spain's beaches or Italy's piazzas in the future to help the economy, two German business associations have said. According to them, six weeks, the amount of paid holiday most Germans get, is too much, or should at least be restructured. The UMW business association, a Koblenz-based group which represents small and medium-sized firms, would like to see those six weeks cut down to four.

How to shorten germans's holidays ?   (dw-world)

  From machete to machine

For nearly five centuries, the classic image of sugar production in Brazil has been one of workers setting cane fields on fire and then descending on the crop with their machetes for harvest. The transition, driven by both increased competition and tougher Brazilian environmental laws, has been a boon for multinational equipment manufacturers supplying the world's leading producer of sugar and the second largest ethanol producer after the United States.

Boom of the agricultural machinery  (reuters)

  Formation of plant vacuoles

Scientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have now discovered a new protein essential to the formation of vacuoles. In the process they uncovered new clues that may help demystify the vacuole formation mechanism. They now hope to unravel the process completely. Cells – whether plant, animal or human – comprise a variety of organelles. In plant cells, the largest organelle by far is the so-called vacuole.

The formation of vacuoles   (biochemist)

  2010 Global Cities Index

We are at a global inflection point. Half the world's population is now urban -- and half the world's most global cities are Asian. The 2010 Global Cities Index, a collaboration between Foreign Policy, management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, reveals a snapshot of this pivotal moment. In 2010, five of the world's 10 most global cities are in Asia and the Pacific.

50% world's population is now urban   (foreignpolicy)


  Giving Up Meat

The number of conscientious eaters is growing, including those who practice restraint purely to help save the planet. In the past, the people who stayed away from meat did so because of fears of disease, religious rules or love of animals, but today many are motivated by a concern for the rest of the world. Residents of big German cities are holding meat-free "veggidays."

How to stay away from meat ?   (spiegel)

  Stark warning from Google chief

Chief executive of Google, has issued a stark warning over the amount of personal data people leave on the internet and suggested that many of them will be forced one day to change their names in order to escape their cyber past. For a man whose company is built on the ability to store information and retrieve it again in a faster and more efficient way than its rivals, Mr Schmidt's admission revealed a surprising concern among Google's leadership over the importance of data privacy.

Web: You will never be forgotten !   (independent)


  Rogue Microbes

Biologists often speak of switching genes on and off to give microbes new abilities--like producing biofuels or drugs, or gobbling up environmental toxins. For the most part, though, it's nearly impossible to turn off a gene without deleting it (which means you can't turn it on again). This limits biologists' ability to control how much of a particular protein a microbe produces. It also restricts bioengineers' ability to design new microbes.

Gene manipulation   (technologyreview)

  India forefront of outsourcing


Indian companies have made great strides in the global arena across different business segments. They have also demonstrated their ability to play the leader’s role in each of the segments. Currently, the Indian pharma industry ranks third worldwide in volume of production that is, 10% of the world’s total pharma output by volume and 14th by value, which is nearly 1.5% of the global value.

India forefront of outsourcing  (stockmarketsreview)


  The Successful Optimist


Optimism is not about fooling yourself and being all rosy; it is about seeing options to reality--i.e., being an "optionist." That requires having a good lock on what is actually happening. To be a successful optimist, you must also have an accurate barometer on reality. If you are correct about reality, you can become an excellent "optionist." Most people think of optimists as flaky nonrealists, which they can be if their perception of reality is distorted.


Being an "optionist"   (entrepreneur)


  The best Web browser


Not too long ago the job of a Web browser was simple: Get the text from the Internet and pour it into the window. If a tag like <strong> comes along, change the font. Now the challenges are greater because the browser is becoming the home for almost everything we do. Do you have documents to edit? There's a website for that. Did you miss a television show? There's a website for that. The Web browser handles all of that and more.

Comparison of web browsers  (infoworld)


  Pedagogical Innovation in NLC


The main aim of this study is to collect evidence on the learning innovation emerging in online communities and to draw conclusions on the lessons learnt and on emerging models and features that could eventually be transferred to Education and Training systems to support lifelong learning, innovation and change in Europe.


online: Learning innovation    (jrc)

  New Drug Approvals in 2009

Thirty-four new drugs and biologics created by America’s pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients in 2009. These new medicines—three more than the 31 approved in 2008—represent significant advancements in the treatment of a wide range of disease and will contribute to improved patient care, disease treatment and prevention as well as help patients to live longer and healthier lives.

2009 approved Drugs  (phrma)

  Reinventing the City

Our cities play a vital role in the quest to achieve global ecological sustainability (GES). They are the largest contributors to greenhouse gases and climate change. However, if we can achieve sustainable construction and use of urban infrastructure, our cities could become a critical leverage point in global efforts to drastically reduce emissions and avoid the social and economic costs.

City & GES  (policyinnovations)


  Critical move in engine war

Airbus and Boeing are sweating this summer over whether to upgrade their best-selling aircraft with new, more efficient engines, a move which could reshape the $80-billion jetliner industry. Billions of dollars in profits and trade balances are at stake as they act to fend off emerging competition from Canada, China and Russia.

Airbus, Boeing & Other future competitors  (reuters)


  Study: Campylobacter in chickens

EFSA has published an evaluation of factors that may contribute to the spread of Campylobacter in live chickens and chicken carcasses in the European Union. The scientific report follows the publication of the first EU-wide survey carried out by Member States on the occurrence of this bacterium in chickens and their carcasses. The findings will be utilised by risk assessors to further investigate the role of chicken meat in human campylobacteriosis.

Campylobacter in live chickens  (efsa.europa)

  How to define your need for Statistical Process Control ?

An ambitious quality manager knew statistical process control (SPC) software would be an essential tool for his company’s goal of reducing manufacturing costs, improving quality and increasing competitiveness. He drew up a detailed plan for a successful launch. And while the process started off well, a few weeks after the SPC software implementation launch, problems became evident.

How to define your need for SPC ?  (qualitymag)


  Magnetic detectors's true potential

Magnetic fields play some really important roles in modern life. We store information in the alignment of magnetic fields on hard disks, we use the molecular response to magnetic fields to determine the shapes of proteins and image inside the body. In these cases, we apply a magnetic field and measure a response to that applied field. However, a lot of information could potentially be gained just by measuring naturally occurring magnetic fields.

Magnetic detectors's true potential  (arstechnica)


  Feds admit storing body scanning image

For the last few years, federal agencies have defended body scanning by insisting that all images will be discarded as soon as they're viewed. The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that "scanned images cannot be stored or recorded." Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all.

The intimacy at stake  (news.cnet)


  US: To Reduce Hazards from Fertilzer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Dept. today announced that CF Industries, Inc. has agreed to spend approximately $12 million to reduce and properly manage hazardous wastes generated at its Plant City, Fla. phosphoric acid and ammoniated fertilizer manufacturing facility. The settlement resolves CF Industries’ Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations and requires the company to pay a civil penalty of more than $700,000.

New regulation on fertilizer   (yosemite.epa)


  Infrengement: SAP/ORACLE dispute

You have to wonder if SAP is experiencing buyer's remorse from its 2005 purchase of TomorrowNow. It looks like the company is trying to put the issue behind it and has accepted that the third-party software provider committed copyright infringement of Oracle's intellectual property, but is disputing over the amount.

S.A.P recognises the infringement   (.zdnet)

  6 cool innovations for data center

Some of these new technologies are already on the market, and some have yet to hit -- but they all promise to make your data center operation run more smoothly. consumer gadgets are getting most of the attention these days, but data centers are getting some love too. These new products and technologies promise to solve real data center problems or are already working to make enterprise operations run more smoothly. How many are on your wish list?

What's new in Data Center   (computerworld)


  Gene makeovers

Gene therapy has advanced substantially since 1999, when it gained notoriety after an 18-year-old named Jesse Gelsinger died in a research study. Recently, gene therapy has been shown to be effective in a handful of small human trials. The premise of gene therapy is that well-functioning genes can be substituted for missing or mutated ones — producing the crucial protein the patient is lacking.

Gene therapy   (boston)


  Nuc. fusion test reactors

Researchers have discovered mechanisms critical to interactions between hot plasma and surfaces facing the plasma inside a thermonuclear fusion reactor, part of work aimed at developing coatings capable of withstanding the grueling conditions inside the reactors. Fusion powers the stars and could lead to a limitless supply of clean energy.

Critical mechanisms discovered in Nuc-Fusion  (purdue)

  EU survey on B & C

Sentiment in industry, which increased by 2 points in both regions, was the main contributor to the overall improvement. Most respondents in this sector reported substantial improvements in their order books. However, managers were cautious on their production expectations. The quarterly manufacturing survey indicates an increase in capacity utilisation.

EU Business & Consumers survey  (ec.europa)


  Context-aware computing

As Web search, mobile advertising and social platforms become increasingly interwoven, businesses will have new opportunities to provide not just content and applications, but context-aware user experiences to end users, according to Gartner, Inc. By 2013, 40 percent of Global 2000 enterprises will have context-aware computing projects focused on the user experience under way.

Context-aware computing  (itpreport)


  Threat Level & Security

A security researcher created a cell phone base station that tricks cell phones into routing their outbound calls through his device, allowing someone to intercept even encrypted calls in the clear. The device tricks the phones into disabling encryption and records call details and content before they’re routed on their proper way through voice-over-IP.

The information security


  The big cheese

The UK, after all, is a major cheese-producing country: 700 varieties are produced within these shores, 14 of which are subject to protected designation of origin in the same manner as champagne or Parma ham. According to the British Cheese Board (BCB), the British consume some 600,000 tonnes of the product each year, or 10kg per person - but this is still only about half as much as consumers in Germany, France, Italy and Greece manage to put away.

UK cheese  (bbc)

  Wind farm location site

The parameters used to identify sites can be fine-tuned to suit the individual requirements of any developer - such as wind farm and turbine size, minimum wind speed, distance from houses, designated areas, roads, rail and proximity to the electrical distribution grid. The size of overall land areas reviewed can vary widely from 20,000m2 up to 2000 hectares or more.

Where to build best wind farm ? (engineerlive)


  UE Road safety survey


In order to be in the position to make more progress in road safety, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport requested a survey to ascertain the awareness of, and attitudes towards, road safety issues.
The European Commission is committed to making a contribution to the goal of safer roads in Europe.

UE Road Safety Survey   (ec.europa)


  Deutschland VW disconnection

Deutschland's rulers believe that techno-managerial innovation will continue to provide cures for current ideas of what is unsustainable. As has happened time and again in Europa's history of nations, from the mid-19th century onwards, the costs of such 'revolutions' will be externalised elsewhere (east and south), and the ecological sustainability that Germany's admirable network of communes have long been admired for will remain out of reach of the country's policy and practice.

New field for Deutschland expansion brand   (energybulletin)

  EU funding 200 Envir. projects

The European Commission has approved funding for 210 new projects under the third call for the LIFE+ programme (2007-2013), the European fund for the environment. The projects are from across the EU and cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, environmental policy, and information and communication. Overall, they represent a total investment of €515 million, of which the EU will provide €249.8 million.

200 UE Envir. projects   (europa)


  Listening to Bacteria

In deciphering the nuances of bacterial communication, biologists have learned that the lexicons come in two distinct styles: private and public. Every bacterial species has its own dialect, a molecular signature that can be understood only by others of its kind. Microbiologist have discovered that bacteria also traffic in the second, more universally recognized set of signals that seems to serve as bacterial Esperanto.

The lexicon of bacteria   (smithsonianmag)


  UK & new approach to innovation

It is now time for Europe to wake up to the potential that the more for less for more approach holds for pulling itself out of the lingering economic crisis. We believe that the UK is well positioned to show the way. First, the sense of urgency within the UK requires it to adopt such a radically new approach to innovation: reducing its massive fiscal deficit without compromising the quality of life of its citizens will require a complete rethink of how to innovate and grow.

New approach for innovation in UK  (blogs.hbr)

  Tokyo Sky Tree

From Utsunomiya to Mt. Tsukuba to Chiba Port Tower, Tokyo Sky Tree is becoming a part of the Kanto skyline. Two years after construction started on the terrestrial digital broadcasting tower in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, the "tree" now stands 398 meters high and has become a dominant part of the horizon in Tokyo--and beyond. About 700 pictures of the tower, taken from various spots, are carried on a Web site called "Tokyo Sky Tree Kokokara Mieruyo Map".

The Kanto skyline   (muza-chan)

  Sanofi could acquire Genzyme

Genzyme, whose shares rose more than 15 percent on the news, is beginning to emerge from a manufacturing crisis that caused shortages of two of its biggest-selling drugs. Sanofi, meanwhile, is facing patent expirations on some its top products. Late on Friday, the company lowered its view for 2010 earnings per share after U.S. regulators approved a generic form of the Lovenox blood thinner, its No. 2 product last year.

Sanofi could acquire Genzyme   (reuters)

  UK Earth observation hub

The Earth observation hub will focus on acquiring environmental data, such as information on deforestation and the impact of climate change. The hub will be based at the International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC) at Harwell in Oxfordshire, which will open in April 2011. The aim is to bring together UK expertise in Earth observation. The hub will also be used as a flight operations centre for controlling satellites.

UK Earth observation hub    (

  Remote exploration

In what is a highly data-intensive industry, ships once had to collect seismic and other exploration data and bring it back with them when the ship next docked in port. But, as the search for oil and gas moves into deeper waters, satellite technology is the only realistic option for communication. As we move towards exploration in deeper waters and more remote geographies, the communications landscape changes completely.

Satelleite Tech. and exploration  (engineerlive)


  Anti-aircraft laser unveiled

US firm Raytheon said the solid state fibre laser produces a 50 kilowatt beam and can be used against UAV, mortar, rockets and small surface ships. The idea of using lasers as weapons has been around almost as long as the laser itself, invented in 1960. Initially, the systems were chemical lasers, which get their power from a chemical reaction. They are very large pieces of equipment and are very fuel hungry, requiring a significant quantity of chemicals to drive them.

A 50 kilowatt beam laser unveiled  (

  India fuels: Developing diesel

India's car market is strikingly one-dimensional, with new sales dominated by small, fuel-efficient cars with small engines. Most of these are petrol-driven, but both domestic and global carmakers are now racing to increase the number of diesel models they sell in this market. The key issue, though, remains price and any changes to the cost of fuel – policy driven or otherwise - could quickly send sales back the other way.

Fuel-efficient cars   (viewswire.eiu)

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  Some Harvard SmartCream

The Brits pioneered global warming (GW). Before GW there was Mad Cow, a huge public health fraud that was based on unsupported computer modeling in the United Kingdom -- which should sound familiar. If you assume that prion infections like Mad Cow spread on an accelerating curve, just like the infamous global warming hockey stick, you can show that everybody is going to die tomorrow, or next week at the latest, based on a perfectly good math model that just happens to be totally wrong.

Some Harvard SmartCream  (americanthinker)

  Turkey Information Technology Report

Turkish spending on IT products and services is expected to strengthen throughout 2010, buoyed by a recovery in industrial production and domestic lending growth. A faster-than-anticipated emergence from recession in H209 bodes well for an upswing in 2010 and confirmed our prediction that, over our fiveyear forecast period to 2014, the Turkish IT market will be a regional outperformer.

Turkey's investments in I.T.   (prlog)


  IED/Sustainable environmental protection

The European institutions are close to finalising the second reading of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, supports the objectives of the Directive. Cefic suggests the Directive would be more effective in ensuring sustainable environmental protection if it took greater account of different local needs and circumstances. A justified flexibility is here definitely needed.

The Industrial Emissions Directive   (cefic)

  The Google Algorithm

Google handles nearly two-thirds of Internet search queries worldwide. Analysts reckon that most Web sites rely on the search engine for half of their traffic. When Google engineers tweak its supersecret algorithm — as they do hundreds of times a year — they can break the business of a Web site that is pushed down the rankings. In the past few months, Google has come under investigation by antitrust regulators in Europe.

Google under painstaking examination  (nytimes)
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  Jellyfish: Next King of the Sea

Nightmarish accounts of “Jellyfish Gone Wild,” as a 2008 National Science Foundation report called the phenomenon, stretch from the fjords of Norway to the resorts of Thailand. By clogging cooling equipment, jellies have shut down nuclear power plants in several countries; they partially disabled the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan four years ago.

Is the Jellyfish a threat ?   (smithsonianmag)


  Natural Gas Year-In-Review 2009

This report provides an overview of the natural gas industry and markets in the United States in 2009 with special focus on the first complete set of supply and disposition data for 2009 from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). All data for 2009 should be considered preliminary and, unless otherwise noted, are derived from weekly and monthly EIA products.

US Natural Gas focus  (eia)

  Deep space X-ray flash

X-rays from space are absorbed by Earth's atmosphere, so pose no danger on the ground. However, Swift orbits Earth at an altitude of 600 kilometres, where the blast was so intense that it overwhelmed the spacecraft's X-ray detector. It also confused the software that analyses the mission's data on the ground, says David Burrows of Pennsylvania State University in University Park, the mission's chief scientist.

Deep space X-ray flash  (newscientist)


  Most expensive defence project

Development of the next generation of warplane (Joint Strike Fighter) is already over budget and behind schedule. Hidden in a hangar at the US Navy's Patuxent River Air Base, in Maryland, away from prying eyes and shaded from the intense sun, US and British ground crew made the final preparations before the plane took to the clear blue skies. The JSF is also a spy in the sky. It can gather information from space, land and other aircraft - and then transmit that information to commanders on the ground.

The "Joint Strike Fighter" project   (bbc)

  U.S growth driven by Startups

When it comes to U.S. job growth, startup companies aren’t everything. They’re the only thing. It’s well understood that existing companies of all sizes constantly create – and destroy – jobs. Conventional wisdom, then, might suppose that annual net job gain is positive at these companies. However, shows that this rarely is the case. In fact, net job growth occurs in the U.S. economy only through startup firms.

Job Growth Driven by Start-ups  (kauffman)


  EU safeguards SWIFT

The new version of the SWIFT anti-terrorist agreement on bank data transfers to the US was approved by the European Parliament on Thursday. MEPs rejected the agreement in its previous form four months ago but since then have negotiated certain safeguards for Europe's citizens and won an undertaking that the EU will start work in the second half of this year on a European data processing system that precludes the need to transfer data in bulk to the US.

US-EU anti-terrorist agreement  (europarl.europa)


  Healthcare at the Speed of Light

Many rural U.S. hospitals lack access to the high-speed networks needed to easily share vital data like large image and video files. In 2007, however, the FCC set aside $416 million to cover rural hospital broadband rollout initiatives. Three years later, many of these projects are coming to fruition, bringing higher-speed networks to patients and doctors.

Healthcare at higher-speed networks  (technewsworld)


  India & Demographic Dividend


Countries with a large and expanding workforce and relatively few people of dependent age (under 15 or over 64) can reap what Harvard School of Public Health demographer David Bloom has called a “demographic dividend.” Young, unencumbered workers spur entrepreneurship and innovation, enabling significant gains in productivity, savings, and capital inflows.

Demographic Dividend from indian workforce   (strategy-business)


  Math-Model Predicts WCF Winner

We're not endorsing any big bets, of course, but a pair of London mathematicians say they're confident Spain will win the World Cup final Sunday. It's not just a prediction -- it's science. Queen Mary, University of London professors -- and soccer fans -- Javier López Peña and Hugo Touchette collected ball-passing data from each World Cup team and used graph theory to analyze each team's style of play.

Science prediction  (popsci)


  Europe gets tough on pay

As public outrage over Wall Street bonuses fades a bit in the United States, the European Parliament on Wednesday approved tough new rules that limit bankers' bonuses and align compensation with long-term financial performance. The new rules are more rigid than any steps the U.S. has taken to regulate pay practices within the financial industry and highlights a growing divide between U.S. and E.U. policy on this key issue.

EU tough new rules  (cnn)

  Outsourcing Vs Shared Services

Two diametrically opposed perspectives continue to coexist in IT and other business service functions. One camp argues in favor of shared services, wherein the IT organization becomes the internal service provider to the rest of the company. The other camp promotes outsourcing: the delivery of IT services all done under one roof but with that roof located somewhere other than at the company.

Outsourcing Vs Shared Services  (cacm.acm)


  Testosterone Trial in Older Men


A clinical trial of testosterone treatment in older men, reported June 30 online in the New England Journal of Medicine, has found a higher rate of adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and elevated blood pressure, in a group of older men receiving testosterone gel compared to those receiving placebo. Due to these events, the treatment phase of the trial was stopped.

Testosterone Trial in Older Men  (nih)

  Heat waves could be commonplace

In the next 30 years, we could see an increase in heat waves like the one now occurring in the eastern United States or the kind that swept across Europe in 2003 that caused tens of thousands of fatalities". Those kinds of severe heat events also put enormous stress on major crops like corn, soybean, cotton and wine grapes, causing a significant reduction in yields."

Severe heat events  (innovations-report)


  UK nuclear waste plan

The UK's deep store for nuclear waste should open for business around 2040 - but spending cuts could delay the plans, and community support is vital. "All the experience internationally shows that if you just choose a technically good site and try to implement without buy-in from the local community, you're bound to fail," said Bruce McKirdy, managing director of NDA's Radioactive Waste Management Directorate.

UK nuclear waste management  (

  World's Best Gallium Nitride

Want to revolutionize the electronics industry, become a multimillionaire, and earn your place as an immortal in the tech pantheon? Your job is simple: Figure out a cost-effective way to make really good, reasonably large crystals of pure gallium nitride. With such crystals as the foundation for the growth of devices made of the same material, manufacturers would have a far richer yield of the violet lasers on which the opto­electronics industry increasingly depends.

Gallium Nitride & Electronics industry     (


  Insourcing Outsourced IT ?

Bringing IT back in house can be as complex as transitioning services to an outsourcing provider. And sometimes, insourcing is even costlier than outsourcing. Termination fees, facility build-outs, shared assets, application migration, personnel training and transitions, new hiring, and software license transfers can quickly add up. The decision to insource should not be made lightly. It requires a thorough assessment of current and future objectives and options.

Insourcing Outsourced IT ?   (cio)


  Sanofi looking at U.S. deals

French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis (SASY.PA) is looking at several U.S. acquisitions, including one or two that could be worth at least $15 billion, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Analysts cited Allergan, Biogen and Genzyme as possible targets, with market values of $17 billion, $12.7 billion and $13.5 billion, respectively.

Sanofi looking at U.S. deals   (reuters)

  Single EU patent on the way

The European Commission has presented a proposal on translation arrangements for a future EU patent, the final step needed for the realisation of a single EU patent which could encourage greater research, development and innovation in the technology industry. Processing costs for an EU Patent covering 27 Member States would be less than €6,200, of which only 10 per cent would be due to translations, said the Commission.

The future of EU patent   (v3)

  EU world's No 1 tourist destination

The European Commission intends to encourage a coordinated approach for initiatives linked to tourism and define a new framework for action to increase its competitiveness and its capacity for sustainable growth. It therefore proposes a number of European or multinational initiatives aimed at achieving these objectives, drawing in full on the Union's competence in the field of tourism as introduced by the Lisbon Treaty.


EU world's No 1 tourist destination   (ec.europa)


  Thing America Must Learn

During this summer travel season, the United States could learn a lesson from Europe: how to make flying cheaper. In the European Union, any EU-based airline from any member country can pick up and drop off passengers anywhere within the Union, regardless of whether the airline’s home base is in Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Britain, or some other EU-member nation.

How to make flying cheaper ?   (american)


  A New Bloom for Algae

This week the U.S. Department of Energy released a new roadmap for the development of algal biofuels. DOE researchers had dismissed this type of biofuel as too costly to be commercially successful in the mid-1990s following a nearly two-decade-long research project. The new roadmap was accompanied by the announcement of $24 million in new DOE funding for algal biofuels research.

Algal biofuels   (technologyreview)

  Canada: Generic drogue access

Prescription drugs account for an increasing proportion of Canada’s growing health care system with rising costs that governments in this country are seeking ways to restrain. The greater use of generic drugs, for which Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world, accounts for a significant portion of these rising costs.

Canada’s growing health care   (healthcouncilcanada)


  UK government websites efficiency

The Central Office of Information (COI) has delivered the standards and guidance recommended and invited government departments to report on their progress. The policy for fewer audience-focused digital channels has led to the closure of many websites.

COI standards and guidance  (

  MIT Study on Natural Gas

A study of natural gas is more complex because gas is a major fuel for multiple end uses — electricity, industry, heating — and is increasingly discussed as a potential pathway to reduced oil dependence for transportation. In addition, the realization over the last few years that the producible unconventional gas resource in the U.S. is very large has intensified the discussion about natural gas as a “bridge” to a low-carbon future.

Potential pathway on energy  (

  Red Hat unveils cloud products

Red Hat has introduced Cloud Foundations, a family of packaged tools for businesses that want to accelerate moving their applications to public and private clouds. Each Cloud Foundations package will bring together products, implementation guides, reference architectures and consulting services, the Linux specialist said in its launch announcement at on Wednesday at the Red Hat Summit in Boston.

Red Hat on virtualization  (zdnet)


  Can AIDS Be Cured ?

Drugs can control HIV, but they exact a steep cost. Now, researchers are pursuing radical new ways to eliminate the infection entirely. This is a feat that medications have not accomplished in a single human, although daily doses of powerful anti-HIV drugs known as antiretrovirals can now control the virus and stave off AIDS for decades.


AIDS treatment pathway  (technologyreview)

  Deutsche Bahn liberalization

Deutsche Bahn has expressed interest in running direct rail connections between London and the continent following the liberalization of the European cross-border rail passenger market at the start of the year. bThis comes on the back of the company's takeover of British transport group Arriva to create Europe's No.1 passenger carrier.

Deutsche Bahn liberalization  (dw-world)

  China & Intelligent transp. system

China has witnessed a rapid increase in the number of vehicles plying the nation's highways over the last few years, which inevitably bring with them traffic jams and accidents. Now, many companies have found a way to cash in on these very problems, including both international firms and homegrown startups.

ITS homegrown startups  (english.people)

  MetroMonitor : Tracking US's Economy

A quarterly, interactive barometer of the health of America’s 100 largest metropolitan economies. It examines trends in metropolitan-level employment, output, and housing conditions to look “beneath the hood” of national economic statistics to portray the diverse metropolitan trajectories of recession and recovery across the country.

US Metropolitan economies   (brookings)

  EU foreign policy & Strategy

The EU’s ability to influence the international order will in future depend not only on its ability to bring together the whole of the EU – i.e. the institutions and, crucially, the Member States, who remain decisive in foreign and security affairs – but just as importantly on drawing up a strategy for EU international policy to guide external action as a whole.

Report on EU foreign policy  (iss.europa)

  TanDEM-X Stellite: 3D view of Earth

The German radar spacecraft will fly in formation with an identical platform called TerraSAR-X launched in 2007. Together, the pair will measure the variation in height across the globe to an accuracy of better than two metres. Their digital elevation model will have myriad uses, from helping military jets fly ultra low to showing relief workers where an earthquake's damage is worst.


3D view of Earth   (


  OECD Report on Shifting Wealth

Perspectives on Global Development: Shifting Wealth aims to avoid a costly lag in recognising the new geography of growth – a structural realignment in the global economy at the opening of the 21st century. The seeds of this change were planted over the last 20 years. Billions of people have entered the global market economy – as workers, consumers and investors – and economic catch-up has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty.

Report on Shifting Wealth   (oecd)

  Net & Web are not the same

the internet resembles the tracks and infrastructure of a railway, while the web is just one part of the traffic that runs on it.All of which might lead a detached observer to ask: if the internet is such a disaster, how come 27% of the world's population (or about 1.8 billion people) use it happily every day, while billions more are desperate to get access to it?

Infrastructure & content   (guardian)


  UE on organ donation

In 2008 the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Directive on standards of quality and safety of human organs intended for transplantation1. At the same time, the Commission launched an Action Plan2 designed to the promote the availability of deceased and living donors across the European Union, increase the supply of organs, enhance transplantation systems and ensure the quality and safety of procedures.

Quality Assurance & organ donation   (ec.europa)


  Nanotech & medical diagnostics

Much of the hype around nanotechnology has concentrated on its more outlandish medical applications, with the prospect of tiny cell-sized nanobots, telepathy chips and the ability to manipulate materials at the molecular level arousing wonder and concern in equal measure. But while many have raised concerns about the safety and consequences of the technology, others believe the field is misunderstood.

Nanotech & medical diagnostics   (theengineer)


  EEA Annual Environmental statement

The top level of the EEA balanced scorecard attempts to give an easy overview of how we are performing as an organisation and direct attention to areas where performance are below the desired level. Indicators at this level are displayed as achievements according to set targets — easily conveying how close we are to the target. The metrics chosen are a blend between performance and process indicators trying to capture the complexity that is required when describing progress in strategy.

Metrics & Indicator   (eea.europa)


  Biology 2.0

post-genomic biology—biology 2.0, if you like—has finally killed the idea of vitalism, the persistent belief that to explain how living things work, something more is needed than just an understanding of their physics and chemistry. True, no biologist has really believed in vitalism for more than a century. Nevertheless, the promise of genomics, that the parts list of a cell and, by extension, of a living organism, is finite and cataloguable, leaves no room for ghosts in the machine.

Post-genomic biology   (economist)

  Indian Immigrants in the US

The United States is home to about 1.6 million Indian immigrants, making them the third-largest immigrant group in the United States after Mexican and Filipino immigrants. Indian immigration to the United States, a fairly recent phenomenon, grew rapidly during the 1990s and 2000s. In addition, people with Indian ancestry have also immigrated to the United States from the Caribbean, East Africa, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Indian immigration in US   (migrationinformation)

  African higher education

In response, universities from America and Europe, government aid agencies, and charitable foundations have started major efforts to help rebuild higher education in Africa. While those projects have dedicated substantial funds and human resources to the cause, they so far have produced mixed results. The problem is that representatives of universities from developed countries and other well-intentioned people come to Africa with basic assumptions that undermine their work.

Rebuilding higher education in Africa   (chronicle)


  Environment in France

Given the data sources available, most of the information presented in the report predates the start of implementation of commitments made at the Grenelle Environment Forum. Data for the years 2008 and 2009 are still lacking in many areas. Environment in France is thus a statistical report on France's environment on the eve of the Grenelle Environment Forum; the report does not constitute an environmental assessment.

Environment in France   (stats.environnement.developpement-durable)


  Social engineering techniques

It doesn't matter how many locks you put on the door that is your security plan, because criminals who use social engineering techniques will still sail right in. Why bother breaking down the door if you can simply ask the person inside to let you in? That is the question posed by Lenny Zeltser, head of the security consulting team at Savvis and a SANS Institute faculty member.

Security techniques


  Challenging Your Industry Dogma

What does it mean to be a revolutionary? To challenge an existing dogma, instead of complying with it: to reject its tenets, highlight its flaws and improve each of its shortcomings. Here are six ways to challenge the dogma that's invisible and omnipresent in your industry — to be a breath of fresh air.

Challenging an existing dogma  (blogs.hbr)

  The saga of Europe's A400M

The first shot to be fired at Europe's 21st century army plane came not from the barrel of a gun but a safety inspector's clipboard. In 2008, weeks after the first A400M troop transporter rolled off a gleaming new assembly plant in Seville, a group of inspectors traveled to southern Germany to scrutinize an important component for the plane's huge turbo-prop engines.

The A400M troop transporter   (reuters)

  Vision Renewed

Imagine a day when blindness is obsolete. That day may be closer than we think. Very recently, scientists at the University of California, Irvine created an eight-layer, early stage retina from human embryonic stem cells—the first three-dimensional tissue structure to be made from stem cells, according to Science Daily.

Embryonic stem cells   (scienceprogress)

  IT Career Burnout

In his post that sparked the discussion about burnout on the LinkedIn CIO Forum, the IT director noted that he used to love working in IT. He didn't mind the 14-hour days because, as he put it, "New technology, new ideas, innovation made it seem as though anything were possible." But after 12 years in IT, the IT director's time is now spent on "paperwork, politics and squeezing the last penny out of every dollar," he said.

IT Career Burnout  (cio)


  Jacques Cousteau Centennial

With his iconic red beanie and famed ship Calypso, the French marine explorer, inventor, filmmaker, and conservationist sailed the world for much of the late 20th century, educating millions about the Earth's oceans and its inhabitants—and inspiring their protection.Jacques Cousteau's pioneering underwater documentaries—including the Oscar-winning films The Silent World, The Golden Fish, and World Without Sun...

The French marine explorer  (nationalgeographic)


  Bank:Solving Moral Hazard

Today, the urgent question that remains unanswered is whether the proposals that are moving ahead will address moral hazard adequately and thus prevent another systemic crisis.An endemic problem is the policy preference for across-the-board rules, applied at a minimum to “systemically important institutions” irrespective of institutional risk profiles.

Solving Moral Hazard   (strategy-business)

  Managing Your Online Profile

Reputation management has now become a defining feature of online life for many internet users, especially the young. While some internet users are careful to project themselves online in a way that suits specific audiences, other internet users embrace an open approach to sharing information about themselves and do not take steps to restrict what they share.

Online Profile & Reputation  (pewresearch)


  Bhopal: The scales of injustice

According to Eveready Industries, the successor to Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL), there was never any danger of a judgement against the company, consequently no need to provide financially for that eventuality. Whence comes this overweening confidence? Justice in Bhopal will be done only if the individuals and corporations are punished in an exemplary manner.

Bhopal: Will justice be done ?   (bhopal)

  Today's Environmental Consultant

Northrop Grumman Corp. has successfully deployed the Volumetric Error Compensation (VEC) service from Automated Precision Inc. (API) to achieve higher accuracies on its large volume machine tools. Seeking greater machine-tool accuracy for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter production, the military aircraft and defense systems integrator and manufacturer selected VEC to achieve the high-tolerance machined parts.

Greater machine-tool accuracy   (qualitydigest)   


  Reproductive success

It looks as though two male strategies may be in equilibrium: the hunk and the troubadour, perhaps. What is clear from both studies, though, is that no matter how hard males compete, they will always be outwitted by the wiliest, most subversive competitors of all: females.

The hunk and the troubadour   (economist)


  Japan: tests space age parts

The Rockot launcher, a modified Russian ballistic missile, lifted off Wednesday with a Japanese satellite running on off-the-shelf components designed to prove the utility of everyday parts in space. The launch was conducted under the commercial management of Eurockot, a German company that sells Rockot flights on the international market.

Japanese space exploration   (spaceflightnow)

  How to Cope with Frustration?

Frustration has typically been extremely difficult to study because even systems with relatively few components have interactions so complex that they cannot be modeled effectively on the best conventional electronic computers. Now, however, a team of researchers has simulated frustration in the smallest possible quantum system in a precisely controllable experimental arrangement, one which can be extended to much larger systems.

Modelling of the frustration    (innovations-report)


  Nuclear option on Oil Spill?

This week, with the failure of the “top kill” attempt, the buzz had grown loud enough that federal officials felt compelled to respond.A spokeswoman for the Energy Department, said that neither Energy Secretary Steven Chu nor anyone else was thinking about a nuclear blast under the gulf. The nuclear option was not — and never had been — on the table, federal officials said.

Nuclear option on Oil Spill?   (nytimes)

  China superpower : to be become supercomputer

For the first time, a second Chinese supercomputer appears in the list of the top ten fastest machines. However, the US still dominates the list with more than half the Top 500, including the world's fastest, known as Jaguar. The Cray computer, which is owned by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, has a top speed of 1.75 petaflops.

China to be become supercomputer  ( 

  Acupuncture: natural-painkiller

Writing in the Lancet  journal , Nedergaard's team describe how acupuncture reduced pain by two thirds in normal mice, but had no effect on the discomfort of mice that lacked the adenosine receptor gene. Without adenosine receptors, the chemical will have no effect on the mice when it is released in their bodies. The acupunture had no effect at all in either group if the needles were not rotated.

The science of acupuncture   (guardian)


  Gulf farmland search

Gulf nations seeking farmland for food security have shifted their focus to East Europe and Australia after a buying spree in the developing world as they look for land that comes with less political and financial risk. The Gulf is one of the world's biggest food importing regions.

Gulf farmland search    (arabianbusiness)


  Google’s Economic Impact

Google's not just a search engine. They also helped hundreds of businesses in every U.S. state to grow. Across the U.S., Google generated $54 billion of economic activity for American businesses, website publishers and non–profits in 2009. For every $1 a business spends on AdWords, compagnies receive an average of $8 in profit through Google Search and AdWords.

Google Home Income  (google)

  Monitoring the WSIS targets

World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report 2010 was launched today at the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10), which is currently meeting in Hyderabad. The report provides a mid-term review of the progress made in creating a global information society by 2015, a commitment that governments agreed upon at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) which took place in Geneva in 2003 and in Tunis in 2005.

The world telecommunication development   (itu)

  Safety Rules & Biotech Industry

Whether handling deadly pathogens for biowarfare research, harnessing viruses to do humankind’s bidding or genetically transforming cells to give them powers not found in nature, the estimated 232,000 employees in the nation’s most sophisticated biotechnology labs work amid imponderable hazards. And some critics say the modern biolab often has fewer federal safety regulations than a typical blue-collar factory.

Safety Rules & Biotech Industry   (nytimes)

  Egypt's Avenger of the Pharaohs

Egypt, plagued by tomb raiders and art dealers, has lost large portions of its pharaonic heritage to Europe and the United States. The head of the country's Supreme Council of Antiquities is waging a bitter moral campaign against the West, and he is now demanding the return of six of the most beautiful masterpieces.

Theft of pharaoh's Heritage   (spiegel)

  Managing Scientific Data

Data-oriented scientific processes depend on fast, accurate analysis of experimental data generated through empirical observation and simulation. However, scientists are increasingly overwhelmed by the volume of data produced by their own experiments. With improving instrument precision and the complexity of the simulated models, data overload promises to only get worse.

Managing Scientific Data  (cacm.acm)

  Strong Sectors Despite Economy?

Predicting the business future of most industries has been nearly impossible for the past few years, and the recession has made any hazy image in the crystal ball downright scary. For those in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical equipment industries, the long debate over health care reform has complicated business conjecture. Companies are continuing their groundbreaking research that likely will lead to new therapies.

Biotech et Med. Industries   (areadevelopment)


  Biofuels learn to eat less

THE feast is coming to an end for biofuel producers. Their supposedly clean, green fuel has been gobbling up some of the choicest food crops, including corn, rape and soya, leading to controversy and protests around the world. Now the industry increasingly finds itself forced to dine on more meagre fare: the inedible scraps left by other industries. But it is now finding ways to turn these scraps into a hearty dinner - and it could even provide for others, too.

Biofuels learn to eat less   (newscientist)


  EU crisis threatens liberal benefits

Europeans have benefited from low military spending, protected by NATO and the American nuclear umbrella. They have also translated higher taxes into a cradle-to-grave safety net. “The Europe that protects” is a slogan of the European Union. But all over Europe governments with big budgets, falling tax revenues and aging populations are experiencing rising deficits, with more bad news ahead.

The Future of Europe   (nytimes)

  Cloud Computing & Developing Nations

It's a trend with enormous implications. "Cloud computing provides access to large-scale remote resources in a very efficient and quick manner," explains Karsten Schwan, director of the Center for Experimental Research in Computing Systems at Georgia Tech University. "It has the potential to dramatically change business models and the way people interact with one another."

Cloud Comp. as new business model  (cacm.acm)

  Is Nuc. technology really safe ?

About 24 years ago Ukraine, which was part of the Soviet Union then, was jolted by an explosion at the fourth generator of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The incident that occurred on 26 April 1986 sent a plume of radioactive fallout into the atmosphere covering an extensive geographical area, including the nearby town of Pripyat.

Nuc. Technology & security (bernama)   

  UK's Regional airport uprising

In March 2010, campaigners against plans for a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport won a High Court battle that has forced the then UK Government to review its policy support for the expansion. Besides throwing what was the Labour Party's flagship transport policy into disarray, the decision has aviation experts warning that the nation could suffer a shortfall in its long-term passenger capacity.

UK's Regional Airport Uprising   (airport-technology)

  GBO3: Global biodiversity outlook


The world has collectively failed in its bid to halt the rapid loss of the planet's species, a milestone UN report found this week. Since the presentation of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1992 at the United Nations "Earth Summit" in Rio de Janeiro, 168 countries have signed the document.

Global Biodiversity Outlook   (gbo3.cbd)


  BMW & App. Virtualization

1,000 apps to be more precise. Managing and deploying these applications for employees in 250 global locations had become an expensive, time-consuming grind.When you're auto giant BMW, with 24 production sites in 13 countries, you're going to have your share of important business applications.

BMW & App Virtualization   (cio)

  How to Prevent Cell Death ?

What if people could stop their cells from dying? Wouldn't that be the same as eternal life? Well that is not possible, so the best people can do is delay the cellular inevitable. To do so merely entails exercise, an activity that people should be doing anyway. An Italian team of scientists at the University of Rome put their collective skills together to prove this hypothesis.

Cell Death process  (enn)

  Euro Zone's Governance

In the course of the crisis, the governing council of the European Central Bank decided, for the first time, to buy the government bonds of troubled EU countries -- thus breaking a taboo. The president of Germany's central bank, the Bundesbank, Axel Weber, his Dutch counterpart and the ECB's chief economist, Jürgen Stark, voted against this move.

Euro Zone's Governance   (spiegel)

  Modern Automobile Security Analysis

The paper “Experimental Security Analysis of a Modern Automobile” is an example of our experimental research theme. Our research was aimed at comprehensively assessing — and learning from — how much resilience a conventional automobile has against a digital attack mounted against its internal components by an attacker with access to the car’s internal network.

Automobile: Experimental Security Analysis  (autosec)

  Walgreen's Genetic Test Kits

The FDA posted online a letter to Pathways, indicating the San Diego-based company never submitted its product for federal review, a requirement for medical decided not to stock the tests until it has “further clarity” on the issue. Pathway’s test would have been the first low-cost, mass-marketed version of kits that screen for genes associated with diseases.

Genetic Test Kits at stake  (asq)

  Energy-generating smart window

Smart' windows, or smart glass, refers to glass technology that includes electrochromic devices, suspended particle devices, micro-blinds and liquid crystal devices. Their major feature is that they can control the amount of light passing through the glass and increase energy efficiency of the room by reducing costs for heating or air-conditioning.

Energy-generating smart window (nanowerk)

  The cost of biodiversity losses

This report focuses on ways we can use land and ecosystem accounting techniques to describe and monitor the consequences of biodiversity loss in the coastal wetlands of the Mediterranean. These ecosystems are characterised by the close coupling of economic, social and ecological processes, and any accounting system has to represent how these key elements are linked and change over time.

Report on biodiversity losses costs   (eea.europa)


  Prospects of Mobile Search

This report aims to assess the potential of future Mobile Search. Two broad groups of search-based applications can be identified. The first group adapts and emulates web search processes and services to the mobile environment. The second is made up of services which exploit the unique features of mobile devices and mobile environments.

The future Mobile Search   (

  Polymers: WEEE Directive

Manufacturers of all sorts of products are now responsible for their ultimate collection and recycling. Almost 20 years ago, the German "Green Dot" system forced producers of plastic packaging to collect and dispose of their products; the more recent End of Life Vehicle (ELV) Directive makes similar demands on the automotive industry.

WEE regulation   (icis)


  Fundamental principle of life

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund have now discovered how cells ensure the correct distribution of proteins throughout their interior. Many of the proteins which need to be transported to the cell membrane are furnished with a kind of anchor consisting of a fatty acid, which serves to embed the proteins in the cell membrane.

Fundamental principle of life   (biochemist)

  EU on tech. standards & regulation


The Commission has revised the way in which the rules apply to the setting of technical standards. This is a process which involves competing companies agreeing to build hardware or software in an agreed way so that technologies will easily work together. It is seen as being good for competition and consumers despite the fact that it necessitates competitor collusion.

EU regulation    (theregister)


  English as the global tongue

Globalisation is a word that first slipped into its current usage during the 1960s; and the globalisation of English, and English literature, law, money and values, is the cultural revolution of my generation. Combined with the biggest IT innovations since Gutenberg, it continues to inspire the most comprehensive transformation of our society in 500, even 1,000, years.

The globalisation of English  (guardian)


  Teen’s DIY Energy Hacking


Some people see lemons and make lemonade. William Kamkwamba saw wind and made a windmill.Though he ultimately had big designs for his creation, all he really wanted to do initially was power a small bulb in his bedroom so he could stay up and read past sunset.But one windmill has turned into three, which now generate enough electricity to light several bulbs in his family’s house, power radios and a TV, charge his neighbors’ cellphones and pump water for the village’s fields and household use.

Teen’s DIY Energy Hacking   (wired)


  Surprising New Diet Tip

Successful weight loss in obese individuals is defined as a reduction of 10 percent or more of initial body weight maintained for at least a year. The jury is still out, however, as to whether fast or slow initial weight loss is the best approach for weight control over the long-term.

New Diet Tip  (livescience)


  EU: IT industry against Web filter

A European proposal to introduce mandatory blocking of child abuse websites poses a threat to the openness of the Internet, according to Ed Black, president of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA). Black is so far the only person from the IT industry willing to speak out on the issue. Companies including Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and the Spanish telecommunications Telefónica...

Compulsory internet filtering?   (computerworld)


  Implantable Electronics

Implanted under the skin, an array of light-emitting diodes could signal the concentration in the blood of biomarkers such as insulin. Over time, the array will dissolve away, eliminating the need for surgery to remove the implant. Flexible silicon electronics (inset) are held in place with a silk film.

Electronics inset   (technologyreview)

  Who killed U.S. fusion ?

In the 1970s, on the door to his fusion office, Ed Kintner displayed this biblical quote: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” There could be no time when this is more true, than today. Legend has it that there are more problems in attaining controlled nuclear fusion than scientists anticipated, and that little progress has been made.

Controlled nuclear fusion pathway   (21stcenturysciencetech)


  Planned Economy, Privacy Problems

If someone asked you what's wrong with a planned economy, your first answer might not be "privacy." But it should be. For proof, look no further than the financial regulation bill the Senate is debating. Its 1,400 pages contain strong prescriptions for a government-micromanaged economy—and the undoing of your financial privacy.

Planned Economy, Privacy Problems   (online.wsj)


  Embraer & Phenom 300

The first quarter was marked by the consolidation of the production of the Phenom jets, with the Phenom 300 entering operation. In a little over a year, Embraer manufactured and delivered 100 Phenom 100 airplanes.The two Embraer Executive Jet Service Centers in the U.S.earned the 2010 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond award.

The Phenom jets   (newswiretoday)

  Leading Outside the Lines

In every company, there are really two organizations at work: the formal and the informal. The formal organization is the default governing structure of most large companies founded in the past century. The informal organization, by contrast, is an agglomeration of all the human aspects of the company: the values, emotions, behaviors, myths, cultural norms, and uncharted networks.

Formal metrics & Informal communication   (strategy-business)

  How to boost research and innov.?

The European Commission has unveiled a plan to simplify the procedures for taking part in EU-funded research projects. The overall aim is to make participation transparent and attractive to the best researchers and innovative companies in Europe and beyond. Ensuring European research realises its full potential is crucial to the EU's Europe 2020 Strategy.

Managing EU grants for R&D   (ec.europa)


  Gas flares: deadly on Earth

Geology dictates that some of the richest deposits of oil sit together with deposits of natural gas. Gas flaring is the practice of burning off that natural gas when it is brought to the surface in places where there is no infrastructure to make use of it. In the 1960s and 70s, "worthless" gas was continuously flared at oil wells from Texas to Saudi Arabia.

Gas flares: deadly on Earth  (independent)


  Survey: Antimicrobial Resistance

53% of Europeans still believe that antibiotics kill viruses and 47% believe that they are effective against colds and flu. To combat these misconceptions, since 2008 the European Union has organised an annual antibiotic awareness campaign in the 27 European Union countries, providing an opportunity to reconsider some preconceived ideas concerning antibiotics.

Antimicrobial Resistance  (ec.europa)

  Ten Tips for Better Facilitation

Coming from the Latin facilitar, meaning, “to make easy,” the role of the facilitator is not to do for others, but to bring out the ability of a group to accomplish a goal. There are many books and manuals on facilitation, yet like many proven business tools, the role of the meeting facilitator is not explored enough.

How to make easy ? (qualitydigest)


  Atom Servers Can Succeed

Researchers at Harvard and Microsoft have authored a paper that seeks to prove that a small, power-efficient core like the Intel Atom chip can be better suited for search, a conclusion that might help explain Google's recent acquisition of the Agnilux chip house.

Small & power-efficient tech.  (extremetech)

  By 2050: Renewable Energy Tech.

RE-thinking 2050 presents a pathway towards a 100% renewable energy system for the EU in 2050, examining the effects on Europe’s energy supply system and on CO2 emissions, while at the same time portraying the economic, environmental and social benefi ts of such a system. Moreover, it provides policy recommendations for what is needed to fully exploit the EU´s vast renewable energy potential.

Renewable Energy Tech. by 2050  (rethinking2050)


  Ash cloud structures analyses


What will be the impact of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano's ash cloud in the atmosphere over Europe? Scientists from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) are addressing this question: aboard DLR's 'Dassault Falcon 20E', a crew of six set out at 16:00 CEST on Monday, 19 April 2010 on a research flight lasting several hours.

Ashs Scrutiny by the Scientists   (dlr)

  Globaldiv Project

A global view of livestock biodiversity and conservation – is a three- year project funded by the European Commission in the framework of the AGRI GEN RES initiative. It is formed by a core group of partners who participated in past EU or continental scale projects on Farm Animal Genetic Resources characterization and conservation.

Globaldiv Project  (interscience)

  German biotech proves resilient

The German biotechnology sector has come through the global crisis virtually unscathed. That is the main message of a survey conducted in late 2009 by, an information portal established by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. According to the study, there were 531 companies whose principal business is biotechnology in Germany last year, a considerable increase on 2008’s figure of 501.

German biotechnologie  (thepharmaletter)


  Consultation workshop on aspartame

This report has described the outcome of an initiative facilitated by EFSA at the request of its AF, to identify new publications on aspartame to identify possible areas of discrepancies, or knowledge gaps, in the body of evidence on aspartame safety since the SCF evaluation of 2002, and to consider options to address these discrepancies and/or gaps, if any.

Aspartame Side-effects ?  (efsa.europa)

  The Energy Revolution

Energy is at once the greatest motive force in the world economy and the principal environmental challenge for policymakers. The engineers who work on getting energy, storing it, moving it about, consuming it, and conserving it are the focus of this report.

Renewable-energy-industry   (

  Waste-treatment facilities

wildlife and human health may be threatened by pharmaceutical residues that escape into waterways and elsewhere, a growing band of concerned ecotoxicologists and environmental chemists are calling for yet another standard for new medications: that they be designed to be safe for the environment.

Waste residues treatment   (e360.yale)

  FBI’s DNA Database & scientists

Two dozen scientists (along with several other scholars and practitioners) recently published an open letter in the prestigious journal Science that called out the Federal Bureau of Investigation for stonewalling research access to the federal DNA database. This database houses almost eight million DNA profiles used to identify unknown offenders who leave biological materials at crime scenes.

DNA profiles secrecy   (scienceprogress)

  The emerging world


Developing countries are becoming hotbeds of business innovation in much the same way as Japan did from the 1950s onwards. They are coming up with new products and services that are dramatically cheaper than their Western equivalents. They are reinventing systems of production and distribution, and they are experimenting with entirely new business models.

BRIC World Market Share   (economist)


  U.S. Benefits From Skilled Immigration

The survey of 1,600 adults, which examined the reasons for anti-immigration sentiment in the United States, was published in February in American Political Science Review, a peer-reviewed journal. The analysis suggests, moreover, that the immigrants played a central role in the cycle of the economic growth of cities over the last two decades.

U.S. Benefits From Immigration   (mit)

  Brain-i-Nets Project

Learning mechanisms implemented in the brain appear to be much more robust and flexible than those currently used in neurally inspired computing systems. To confer the superior adaptive and computational capabilities of biological neural systems to large-scale recurrent neural hardware systems and other novel massively parallel computing devices, new and more sophisticated learning rules are needed.

What's Brain-i-Net ?  (brain-i-nets.kip.uni-heidelberg)

  Volkswagen Group & Stanford University Partnership


Chancellor Merkel presided over the ceremonial ribbon cutting and the first official tour of VAIL, a $5.75 million commitment from the Volkswagen Group to research at the Stanford School of Engineering. Vibrant public-private partnerships such as the successful collaboration between the Volkswagen Group and Stanford are critical to a sustainable future.

VW-Stanford partnership  (consumerelectronicsnet)


  Targeted Ads investigation

The World Privacy Forum, the Center for Digital Democracy and U.S. PIRG (public interest research groups) argue that online marketers are secretly combining online data with offline data and using that to run real-time ad auctions.In just the last few years, a growing and barely regulated network of sellers and marketers has gained massive information advantages over consumers.

Internet & Privacy   (uspirg)


  TÜV SÜD & Mark Counterfeiters

The European market is being flooded with increasing numbers of counterfeit products. These fakes not only cause financial losses for manufacturers, but also generate major safety problems for consumers when statutory safety tests are sidestepped in their production. TÜV SÜD has joined forces with customs authorities to establish stricter procedures against counterfeiting.

Counterfeit products   (qualitydigest)


  Augmenting humans capabilities

The AH international conference focuses on scientific contributions towards augmenting humans capabilities through technology for increased well-being and enjoyable human experience. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Wearable computing, Augmented Health, Exoskeleton....

AH international conference   (augmented-human)

  A Breakfast Solution

On the journey were staff and supporters of the Rural Education Action Project (REAP)—a joint initiative of Stanford and key Chinese research centers—who'd come to check in on REAP's latest nutritional and educational efforts to give rural kids a better shot at life and lift communities up in a generation. Millions of rural Chinese have only a third the income of urban dwellers.

Food for thought   (stanfordalumni)

  Nuclear Industry: Small Is Beautiful

The hot core of the device, developed by the Japanese company Toshiba, measures only 2 meters by 0.7 meters (6 feet 7 inches by 2 feet 4 inches). But despite its diminutive size, it is expected to deliver 10 megawatts of electricity. "Super-Safe, Small and Simple," or "4S," is a nuclear reactor, and Galena could become a test case for a new kind of electricity generation.

Next generation nuke Plant   (spiegel)

  In Syria, a Prologue for Cities

A prehistoric town that had remained untouched beneath the ground near Syria for 6,000 years is now revealing clues about the first cities in the Middle East prior to the invention of the wheel. The town, called Tell Zeidan, dates from between 6000 B.C. and 4000 B.C., and immediately preceded the world's first urban civilizations in the ancient Middle East.

Middle East first cities   (nytimes)

  Cars that drive better than you

The Volvo system is the latest in a line of developments made possible by sophisticated sensors based on cameras, radar and lasers. These sensors already provide drivers with adaptive cruise control, which alters a car's speed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, as well as technology such as semi-autonomous parking systems.


Robocar: Future autonomous cars   (newscientist)


  Template for Geminoid Female

Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro unveiled today his latest creation: a female android called Geminoid F. The new robot, a copy of a woman in her 20s with long dark hair, can laugh, smile, and exhibit other facial expressions more naturally than Ishiguro's previous androids.

Geminoid Female    (


  Gates mourns "Computing's father"


Roberts was widely considered the humble and not terribly famous father of the modern personal computer – and thus also of an entire industry that has come to brighten, simplify (some would say complicate) the lives of almost all of us in one way or another.

MS Father of computing  (independent)


  New DVD writer

The new drive has some fascinating features: Not only has the maximum write speed been pushed to an incredible 26x (unfortunately read speed is 20x only), the drive is also supposed to support various disc labeling technologies including Lightscribe and Labelflash.

New writer tech.   (myce)

  Toward Lightweight Batteries

An MIT associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering, says that many groups have been pursuing work on lithium-air batteries, a technology that has great potential for achieving great gains in energy density. But there has been a lack of understanding of what kinds of electrode materials could promote the electrochemical reactions that take place in these batteries.

Lightweight Batteries   (sciencedaily)

  EU survey on biodiversity


The EU has been legislating on biodiversity since the 1970s and is committed to implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity. The 2006 Biodiversity Communication on Halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 – and beyond: Sustaining ecosystem services for human wellbeing contained an Action Plan which aimed to pull together actors and resources at EU and national levels to implement the necessary actions.

EU towards the issue of biodiversity   (ec.europa)


  Browser Wars

The Google-Adobe move has produced mixed reactions, with some questioning Google's commitment to Web standards like HTML5, since Flash Player is a proprietary plug-in for rich Internet applications. But IDC analyst Al Hilwa sees broader implications and calls the partnership a win for Adobe.

Google-Adobe Partnership   (pcworld)


  UK Herbal Therapy regulation

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), will ensure practitioners are properly trained and operating a safe business.But some have said the proposals do not go far enough.From 2011 EU legislation will permit only statutorily registered professionals to prescribe manufactured herbal remedies.

Herbal Therapy regulation  (

  Copyright infringement of digital media

This study uses more accurate and comprehensive definition of Europe’s creative industries, one that expands the EU definition of core creative industries and also encompasses the economic contributions of non-core creative industries. These non-core creative industries are suppliers to and customers of the core creative industries, and their economic strength is heavily dependent upon the core industries.

Copyright infringements  (zeropaid)


  Tobacco: the answer to biofuel

Scientists believe using tobacco would be beneficial because it would not affect a major U.S. food source, unlike other biofuels made from corn, soybeans and other crops. Tobacco is an attractive "energy plant" because it can generate a large amount of oil and sugar more efficiently than other crops.

Energy plant   (msnbc.msn)


  CEO Pay Drops, but..

A survey of 81 big companies shows that CEO pay dropped by 8.6% last year. Now for the worrisome twist: The cash portion of their compensation rose 8.3%. For an early peek at how CEOs prospered—or didn't— Bloomberg BusinessWeek  examined data from proxies filed by companies in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index by Mar. 12.

Portion of package revenue   (businessweek)

  Career Around Gallium Nitride


Every now and then a new semiconductor material comes along that holds huge promise in a variety of applications. Using gallium nitride and its alloys, you can access the entire visible spectrum, ... so from the point of view of optoelectronics, being able to get any wavelength you like makes it a very exciting material system.

Gallium Nitride & applications   (sciencecareers.sciencemag)


  New Demand in shifting sands

The oil-rich Middle East is pouring billions into ambitious airport developments. These super hubs have been designed with extra emphasis on increasing non-aeronautical revenue and developing integrated logistics platforms that add value to airport operations. IATA figures indicate that air freight volumes in the Middle East increased by 21.4% towards the end of 2009 compared with the previous year.

Middle East Super hubs   (airport-technology)

  Human being: new species

Scientists in Germany had discovered – to their amazement – that the bone recovered from a cave in the mountains of southern Siberia almost certainly belonged to a new species of human, has sent ripples of excitement through academic circles. For the first time, the analysis of ancient DNA has rewritten the human story. Some 30,000 years ago, human life was far richer than we could have imagined.

Rewriting the human story    (

  China-India Conflict ?

China and India are building up their interests in conflict-prone and unstable states on their borders like Nepal and Burma — important sources of natural resources. If something goes wrong in these countries — if the politics implode — you could see the emergence of proxy wars in Asia.

The proxy wars  (time)


  Unified comms message

Interoperability is in demand when it comes to the multi-faceted communications world. Mark Summerson, general manager of UC at integrator BT Global Services, who ties together different vendors' solutions, says it is a huge challenge to make them work together.There are far more interoperability issues on the voice side than the application side.

Unified comms message   (


  Swiss firms more innovative

Switzerland climbed one place to top the European Innovation Scoreboard issued by the European Union this week. And research by the KOF Swiss Economic Institute reveals that innovation really does translate into cash.

Swiss rated high in innovation    (swissinfo)


  Reach deadline at risk


The joint group is expected to put forward proposals in April to prevent chemical producers and importers missing a 30 November deadline for the registration of high volume and potentially toxic substances.If the chemicals are not registered with the required safety information in time they will be withdrawn from the market under the Reach rule.

Reach deadline at risk  (rsc)


  Web's video codec search

The search for the next-generation video codec for the open web has reached an impasse. Few of the options are truly open or free, and those that are free are not being pushed by the major forces.Apple's iPad, like the iPhone, will not support Flash video for technical and commercial reasons. Instead, Apple has pledged support for HTML 5 and the H.264 format.

Codec for the open web  (


  Social Networking: New Global Footprint

Consumer engagement within social networks has the potential to change the way consumers are targeted, not just through the digital medium, but through all forms of traditional media. Whilst a few billion dollars of ad revenue can’t be wrong, the prevailing wisdom is that the current level of advertising activity on social networks isn’t consummate with the size – and highly engaged levels – of the audience.

Social Networking   (blog.nielsen)


  UK Offshore Energy Sea

UK OESEA considered the environmental implications of a draft plan/programme to enable: further seaward rounds of oil and gas licensing, including gas storage in UK waters; and further rounds of offshore wind farm leasing in the UK Renewable Energy Zone1 and the territorial waters of England and Wales to a depth of 60m.

UK Renewable Energy  (offshore-sea)

  Germany: Booming Business

According to the 2009 annual report put together by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Germany's weapons exports have more than doubled in the last five years, to 11 percent of the global total. German submarines and tanks, the report makes clear, have gained a number of loyal customers.

Arms trade  (spiegel)

  Survey: Salmonella in EU chicken

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published the results of a survey on Campylobacter and Salmonella in chicken at slaughterhouses in the European Union. In most EU Member States, a high prevalence of Campylobacter was found in chickens, whereas Salmonella was less frequently detected.

Campylobacter and Salmonella in chicken   (efsa.europa)


  How Science Sparked Democracy ?

The way we live now is virtually indistinguishable from the way people lived prior to the scientific revolution—life was “nasty, brutish, and short,” as Moreno said, describing the philosopher Thomas Hobbes’s vision of the “state of nature” without government.

The science of liberty  (scienceprogress)

  Hygienic design of equipment
  BioSpectrum Asia Emerging Company

Moleac Pte Ltd has been granted the Emerging Company of the Year 2010 Award by BioSpectrum, the leading integrated media platform for the Life Science Industry in the Asia Pacific. This award recognizes Moleac's innovative business model.

BioSpectrum Awards Moleac   'biotech-finances)

  A Superluminal Computer

Researchers point out that "Nonlocal phenomenon" can lead to materials in which the index of refraction is less than one, thereby allowing superluminal speeds. For example, light travelling through a vacuum can be made to spontaneously form into an electron-positron pair--an entangled pair--which then recombine to form a photon again.


Allowing superluminal speeds  (technologyreview)

  ISO C++ Standards Meeting

The ISO C++ committee met in Pittsburgh, PA, USA on March 8-13, 2010, hosted by the CERT Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. As usual, about 50 experts attended, and we had eight official national body delegations from Canada, Finland, France, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.

ISO C++ Standards Meeting   (herbsutter.wordpress)


  Hard drive evolution could hit Microsoft XP users


By early 2011 all hard drives will use an "advanced format" that changes how they go about saving the data people store on them.The move to the advanced format will make it easier for hard drive makers to produce bigger drives that use less power and are more reliable.


Hard drive advanced format  (


  EU Oral health survey

Only a minority of Europeans (41%) state that they still have all their natural teeth. A third still have 20 or more, but not all, their natural teeth. On the other hand, 13% of respondents declared that they had only 9 natural teeth at the most, or even none.

EU Oral health survey  (ec.europa)

  US nuclear waste

The project involved more than 2,500 scientists. It cost $ 10.5 billion between 1983 and 2009 and it included one of the most bizarre scientific tasks of all time: evaluate whether nuclear waste stored deep inside a Nevada desert mountain would be safe a million years into the future.

US nuclear waste  (blogs.reuters)


  What's Wrong with V.C.

The old mechanism for funding the commercialization of new technologies is in trouble. A decade ago, venture capitalists seemed like genuine alchemists, able to turn even startup dross into purest gold. In recent years, however, the industry has seemed less magical than mundane. Since 2004, its average five-year return has oscillated around zero.

Venture capital  (technologyreview)

  EU Homeopathy industry

With the European Commission soon to launch a review of EU pharmaceutical laws, the homeopathy industry feels the time is ripe to launch fresh lobbying push in Brussels to have the EU force all member states to provide access to the product from public health systems and loosen up the approval process for their remedies.

EU pharmaceutical laws   (euobserver)

  Arctic Methane

A section of the Arctic Ocean seafloor that holds vast stores of frozen methane is showing signs of instability and widespread venting of the powerful greenhouse gas, according to the findings of an international research team led by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists Natalia Shakhova and Igor Semiletov.

Arctic Methane  (innovations-report)


  Accumulation of acid in atmosphere

Scientists have struggled for years to reconcile atmospheric concentrations of sulfuric acid with the results of laboratory experiments on particle formation rates. According to Mikko Sipilä at the University of Helsinki in Finland, this is down to the inadequacy of particle detectors in previous experiments.

Atmospheric acidification  (rsc)

  Protecting investors

Entitled "The Impact of Investor Protection Law on Corporate Policy: Evidence from the Blue Sky Laws," the paper described the professor's effort to determine whether new standards to protect investors helped or hurt corporate fortunes in an era when bogus mining scams, not deceptive credit-card contracts, were the rage.

Investor Protection Law  (post-gazette)

  EU information and communication Technologies

The importance of ICT (information and communication Technologies) in care – in both institutional care and home care – is growing steadily in Germany. Conventional technical devices like telephones, mobiles and computers are used by official care providers to organise and handle every day care-related tasks for professional care workers.

EU Infor. & Communi. Tech.  (jrc)

  Life cycle assessment

Life cycle assessment methodology (LCA) was initially developed for environmental assessments of industrial systems. It was later adapted to agricultural systems, where its use has gradually spread. Traditionally, LCA studies take a general approach that is spatially and temporally independent of the environmental impacts derived from a product or production system (ISO-14040 2006; ISO-14044 2006).

Life cycle assessment  (visbdev)

  Less silicon for solar cells

A new photovoltaic material performs as well as the one found in today's best solar cells, but promises to be significantly cheaper. The material, created by researchers at Caltech, consists of a flexible array of light-absorbing silicon microwires and light-reflecting metal nanoparticles embedded in a polymer.


Less silicon for solar cells  (technologyreview)

  Google :another wave of innovation


More than 40 ex-Googlers have invested in about 200 fledgling companies since 2005, according to the research firm YouNoodle and reporting by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. At least a half dozen current Google executives, including CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, are also financing young companies. Numerous angel-watchers
say the Google group has more in common than just pedigree.

Google pedigree  (businessweek)


  Mongolia: to clear up livestock

The United Nations has launched a $4m dollar carcass-clearing appeal for Mongolia as millions of camels, goats, yaks and horses perish across the steppe from a climate double whammy of summer drought and winter snow. The international body will pay nomads to collect and bury dead livestock to ease the risks of disease.

Mongolia: to clear up livestock   (


  Recycling : From E-waste to Resources


E-waste is usually regarded as a waste problem, which can cause environmental damage if not dealt with in an appropriate way. However, the enormous resource impact of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is widely overlooked.Modern electronics can contain up to 60 different elements; many are valuable, some are hazardous and some are both.


From E- waste to Resources  (Unap)


  30 years in science

This Discussion Paper examines the relationship between geopolitical factors and scientific activity based on publication data from a 30-year period (1980 to 2009). Growth in the Middle East has been rapid (nearly four times faster than at the world level), with Iran and Turkey leading the pack. In particular, Iran embarked on one of the fastest build-up of scientific capabilities the world witnessed during the last two decades.

Geopolitic and scientific activity   (science-metrix)

  Food safety & regulation

Not only are expiration dates misleading, but there's no uniformity in their inaccuracy. Some manufacturers prefer the elusive "Best if used by," others opt for the imperative "Use by," and then there are those who litter their goods with the most unhelpful "Sell by" stamps. Package dates are unregulated by the US federal government.

US Food safety regulation   (slate)

  The Firefox Web Developer Toolbar

The approach of repeatedly editing and reloading the page until everything is as desired is as universal as HTML itself. Part of the problem is perhaps related to the Web environment itself; getting started building Web sites is so simple that many developers fall into the trap of settling for a developmental approach which is simply "good enough," rather than exploring more sophisticated, streamlined strategies.

Firefox & Web environment  (developer)


  Progress in Quantum Algorithms

Given the encryption breaking powers promised by quantum computers, it was natural that, in the decade following Shor's discovery, research has focused largely on whether a quantum computer could be built. While there currently appear to be no fundamental obstacles toward building a large scale quantum computer (and even more importantly, a result known as the "threshold theorem".

The quantum computer progress   (cacm.acm)


  Traders under watchdog

Looking for connections and past associations among traders at hedge funds and Wall Street firms may not sound like an entirely novel way to conduct an investigation. But it is a marked departure from the way insider trading investigations tended to get going at the SEC.

Traders under watchdog   (reuters)

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) demonstrated the potential use of directed energy to defend against ballistic missiles when the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) successfully destroyed a boosting ballistic missile,” the agency said. “The revolutionary use of directed energy is very attractive for missile defense,” the statement added.

Airborne laser weapon    (impactlab) 

  How to boost Photosynthesis?

Quantum coherence describes how more than one molecule interacts with the same energy from one incoming photon at the same time. In essence, rather than the energy from a particular photon choosing one route to pass through the photosynthetic system, it travels through multiple channels simultaneously, allowing it to pick the quickest route.

Photosynthesis performance   (scientificamerican)

  BPM Project Success

Gartner has identified seven key factors that organisations need to observe when selecting a BPM project to pursue. “Compliance with these guidelines will translate into a very high probability of project success and a major boost for business interest in adopting BPM as a programme,” said Mr Rosser.

key factors for BPM Project

  Alliance: Siemens and NextGen

NextGen Healthcare's interoperable ambulatory IT solution, available to Siemens customers through the renewed alliance, fills this void by enabling providers to access health information more readily across the healthcare continuum. Ideal for the multi-practice enterprise or solo practitioner.

Siemens and NextGen alliance   (dotmed)


  Assessing the future trends

The online travel industry still has quite a few intriguing puzzles to solve.Be it for the integration of social search into online travel to Google’s algorithms and Google Labs to the progression of technology and innovation in the travel industry, there is still plenty to learn about.

Assessing the future trends  (eyefortravel)


  The Greater China Desk

Beijing (12.-14.06.2010) will be first stage of the Business Mission where delegates will meet local representatives of the German industry in China, the German Chamber in Beijing and representatives of the Chinese government. On 13th. of June Tianjin will host a special meeting for the delegation to introduce Tianjin Binhai New Area as logistic hub for central European activities in China.

Beijing (12.-14.06.2010)    (xing)


  Ghana through Hemp Production

As of 2008, United States Federal statutes forbid the cultivation of any plant in the Cannabis genus for any purpose within the Borders of the United States or her possessions.As many as thirty different plant species have Cannabis-like characteristics as it relates to cellulose density per unit volume.

Hemp Production in Ghana   (ghanaweb)

  The IT Revolution Has Begun

"It's really important to understand what we're dealing with here: a generation that's incredibly knowledgeable and sophisticated about technology--and remember, they're only the first generation that's grown up never known anything but ubiquitous, instantaneous, wireless connectivity to everything. Wait til the next generation!"

IT Revolution  (informationweek)


  3-D scanning Technology

To capture the precise 3-D dimensions of items involved in a case, GKS Global Services, a supplier of 3-D laser scanning services for more than 25 years, has been called in many times as a neutral third party. GKS scans the accident scenes for the purposes of documenting the as-is condition, so investigators have as much information as possible to reconstruct the incident and prove which cases have merit.

3-D scanning Technology    (qualitydigest)


  JEC innovation awards

JEC Composites is announcing the new winners of the JEC Innovation Awards Programme 2010. This year, 11 companies and their partners will receive awards at the JEC Composites Show (April 13-15, 2010). The programme was created in 1998 with the goal of promoting innovation.

JEC innovation awards  (jeccomposites)

  In Paris (France), the customer is not always right


The customer is allegedly always right in London but, in Paris, he or she is little more than an irritant. It may be the city of romance and a Mecca for tourists, but right now Paris feels and looks like it just cannot be bothered any more to turn on the charm.

Paris & customer relationship  (


  Using Static Analysis to Find Bugs

Not surprisingly, as academics, our view of commercial realities was not perfectly accurate. However, the problems we encountered were not the obvious ones. Discussions with tool researchers and system builders suggest we were not alone in our naïveté.

Static Analysis to Find Bugs   (cacm.acm)


  World's most precise clock


The new clock is the second version of NIST's "quantum logic clock," so called because it borrows the logical processing used for atoms storing data in experimental quantum computing, another major focus of the same NIST research group.

World's most precise clock  (innovations-report)


  Uncle Sam's War-Mart

According to one estimate, between May 1999 and May 2009, employment in the US private sector only rose by 1.1%, by far the lowest 10-year increase in the post-Depression period. Take away the health sector and it was negative. Military production has more than doubled from the year 2000 and added tens of thousands of jobs.

Uncle Sam's War-Mart  (timesofindia.indiatimes)


  Microfin In Macro Mess?

23 million impoverished households have benefited from microfinance services, a concept that really kick-started in 2004 with total disbursements of $80 million. By last year’s end, MFIs had loaned a massive $2.5 billion.They have done what no bank has so far succeeded in doing —making the rural poor bankable.

Microfin In Macro Mess?  (tehelka)

  Ocean Protection Measures

Thousands of tons of trash are thrown into the sea each year, endangering humans and wildlife. A classified German government report obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE indicates that efforts by the United Nations and the European Union to clean up our oceans have failed entirely.

Ocean Protection Measures   (spiegel)


  EU Report on social exclusion

Solidarity is one of the guiding principles of the European Union, meaning that all citizens should be able to share in the benefits of prosperous times, while also sharing the burden in times of difficulty. Yet nearly 80 million Europeans live below the poverty line, and many face serious obstacles in accessing employment, education, housing.

EU Report on social exclusion    (ec.europa)

  Muslim inventions & Modern world


Along with the first university, and even the toothbrush, it is among surprising Muslim inventions that have shaped the world we live in today. The origins of these fundamental ideas and objects -- the basis of everything from the bicycle to musical scales -- are the focus of "1001 Inventions," a book celebrating "the forgotten" history of 1,000 years of Muslim heritage.


1001 Inventions   (cnn)


  Trends 2010: S.& M. Business

Much attention has been given to 2010 trends such as the increasing adoption of SaaS, managed services, virtualization and mobile applications. Although AMI acknowledges most of these are well documented predictions, its team of go-to-market analysts have identified six (6) trends that the industry hasn’t fully explored.

Small & medium Busi. trends  (earthtimes)


  Animation is new Avatar

PricewaterhouseCoopers’s leader for media and entertainment, Timmy Kandhari recalls, “Indian companies joined the bandwagon after computer-aided animation came in and made best use of the software available.” In no time at all, the West was starting to consume content developed in India.

Media and entertainment  (economictimes.indiatimes)


  Climate Science Mess

With the latest climate scandal—this time, involving dubious claims made about the likely fate of the Himalayan glaciers—the case grows ever more urgent for serious rethinking of science communication practices.IPCC made an inexcusable error in the Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation, Vulnerability) volume of its Fourth Assessment Report.

Climate Science Mess  (scienceprogress)

  What can do benevolent hackers

The convenience of online banking and electronic money has led to a revolution in the way we save and spend our earnings. Banking websites and payment systems are relentlessly targeted by criminals, though, so continuous improvements in security are needed to prevent fraud.

Benevolent hackers  (newscientist)


  SiO2- ultra thin layering


Tests have revealed an astonishing variety of potential uses for the liquid glass, from protecting vineyards against fungal attacks to coating medical implants with non-stick, antibacterial surfaces. Scientists have even used it to spray fabric with an invisible, dirt-resistant film.


The liquid glass revolution   (


  Biocompatibility Testing

Due to the lack of easily obtainable information, an engineer or regulatory affairs officer may decide to design tests that will meet FDA requirements and ISO matrices. That’s a costly and time-consuming misconception. ISO 10993 has documents beyond its’ Part One that specify how to perform required tests.

Biocompatibility Testing   (devicelink)

  China's bridge of size

Building work has just started on the 30-mile Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, which will link China's southern economic hub of Guangdong province to Hong Kong and Macau.The scale is breathtaking. The bridge is one of the most technically complicated landmark projects in China's, and the world's, transport history.

China's bridge of size   (

  EU employment situation

The outlook for the labour market for the year ahead remains unfavourable, and the full impact of the economic crisis on labour markets may not have fully materialized yet. However, employers are trying to hold on to the skills and experience that will be vital for their companies as soon as markets pick up again.

EU: Perspectives on Employment    (ec.europa)

  10 Marketing Trends for 2010

2010 is poised to be an exciting year for marketers; trends that have been taking shape over the course of the past decade are creating new opportunities for business owners. Thanks to the tools of the social web, such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs, online video and so on, news and information travels instantaneously, and that means marketers have new and exciting opportunities to reach consumers.

2010 on marketing trends   (entrepreneur)


  Fashionista farm gals of Tokyo

Never before has Japanese society been so anxious about the future of farmers, and the government too is worried. So this growing show of passion for farming should be a good sign.But as the trend mounts, so too does scepticism about how much happy-go-lucky youth like Fujita are actually thinking about the country’s food problems ahead.

Fashionista farm gals   (ourworld.unu)

  Painless plasma jets

Scientists at the Leibniz-Institute of Surface Modifications, Leipzig and dentists from the Saarland University, Homburg, Germany, tested the effectiveness of plasma against common oral pathogens including Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus casei. The Plasma jets capable of obliterating tooth decay-causing bacteria could be an effective and less painful alternative to the dentist's drill.

Painless plasma jets   (esciencenews)


  Quality of Questions

In part to ameliorate the errors and costs associated with human scoring, test publishers are investing heavily in automated-response systems that use artificial-intelligence software to “read” student answers.Such programs are already in use to minimize the number of scorers needed for major tests such as the Graduate Record Examination.

Quality of Questions   (registration required) (edweek)


  Gadgets from outer space

Plenty of technologies from the space industry do make it into our everyday lives. This is the story of how they are brought in from the cold of space. Forget the apocryphal tales about NASA inventing Teflon for space shields, Velcro for anchoring items in zero gravity, and Tang fruit drink for improving the taste of reprocessed water.

Technologies from space industry   (newscientist)


  What to do about browser

All browsers greedily suck up processor and RAM resources, slowing and even stalling PCs.There are all sorts of theories on which browser is better or faster, and depending on whom you trust, you will find a different winner.It doesn't seem to matter which method of RAM use a browser has. IE7 and Firefox both use a single process that hosts multiple tabs
(as many as you can load up before it cracks under pressure).

About browser   (infoworld)


  The Building Technologies Program

The FAS Building Technologies Project was initiated in 2001 to focus the efforts of scientists and engineers who specialize in building materials on a range of issues such as structural engineering, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and architectural design to create homes that are safe, affordable, and attractive to builders and owners in the US and abroad.


The Building Technologies Program   (fas)

  URL Rewriting for Beginners

URL rewriting can be one of the best and quickest ways to improve the usability and search friendliness of your site. It can also be the source of near-unending misery and suffering. Definitely worth playing carefully with it - lots of testing is recommended. With great power comes great responsibility, and all that.

URL Rewriting   (addedbytes)


  China's High-Speed-Rail

The U.S. could ultimately benefit from China's investment in high-speed rail, because it should bring down the cost of creating the type of dedicated high-speed rail lines that the U.S. still lacks. "The U.S. is going to be able to capture the advantage of a lot of the innovation taking place globally".

China's High-Speed-Rail   (technologyreview)

  Greenpeace: to build flagship


German and Polish shipyards will shortly start work on Greenpeace's £14m flagship, a mega-yacht that will become the third Rainbow Warrior next year. It will be one of the biggest yachts to have been commissioned in the last decade with, say the designers, a massive 1,300 sq metres of sail supported on two A-frame masts.

Greenpeace: to build flagship   (


  Update on Bisphenol

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that has been present in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s. BPA is also found in epoxy resins, which act as a protective lining on the inside of metal-based food and beverage cans. These uses of BPA are subject to premarket approval by FDA as indirect food
additives or food contact substances.

Bisphenol-A effects    (fda)

  Geothermal Drilling Safeguards Imposed

New safeguards on geothermal energy projects that drill deep into the Earth's crust will be imposed by the United States Energy Department The new policy is being instituted after a project in California that used the new technology was shut down by technical problems and encountered community opposition, federal documents indicate.

Safeguards Imposed on drilling   (article.wn)


  Do Gene Patents Hurt Research ?

Human gene patents have stirred social controversy for decades. People have marched in the streets decrying the evils of “patenting life.” National and international agencies have issued reports calling for a range of reforms. Patient groups have instigated legal action aimed at overturning key patents.

Gene Patents & Research   (scienceprogress)

  Death of the Nile

The water level of the river Nile - crucial to the economy in many parts of Uganda, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia - is dropping. Film-maker Andrew Johnstone follows the course of the Nile to discover how climate change is already affecting the river's farming communities.


Death of the Nile   (

  Breaking an RSA of 768 bits

Since 1998, Serge Humpich case, we know that the RSA key (Rivest Shamir Adleman) can be broken. But as so often in computer security, the only convincing example is the fact. Today, little more than four years after their previous achievement, The french institut "INRIA" & Partners arrived to demonstrate the weakness of 768 bits RSA key.

Breaking RSA Keys   (eprint.iacr)


  Chemists slam Science paper

A paper published in the prestigious journal Science has caused a commotion in the chemistry community, with the synthetic processes discussed in the paper dismissed as nonsense and accusations of a failure in Science's peer review system. The paper, published in October 2009 describes a chemical strategy to quantitatively study the profiles of metabolic networks in cells.


Chemists slam Science paper  (rsc)

  Google Wave an experimental ride

Wave is one of Google's "concept car" creations -- a showcase for a slew of technologies that will eventually be repackaged in other forms. The most crucial being Wave's native protocol, which in theory can be implemented by anyone who wants to write a client or server for it. The collaboration system combines e-mail, instant messaging, message boards, Wikis, and document-sharing tools -- to create something completely new.


Google Wave an experimental ride  (informationweek)


  China Economy by the year 2040

the Chinese economy will reach $123 trillion, or nearly three times the economic output of the entire globe in 2000. China's per capita income will hit $85,000, more than double the forecast for the European Union, and also much higher than that of India and Japan. In other words, the average Chinese megacity dweller will be living twice as well as the average Frenchman when China goes from a poor country in 2000 to a superrich country in 2040.


China Economy in 2040   (foreignpolicy)

  A hospital that slashes costs

High quality at a low price. Every other industry strives for that combination, but a hospital that does both is all too rare. Providence Regional Medical Center, in Everet (WA) and its cost-efficient brethren demonstrate that quality care can be delivered at an affordable price, provided hospitals can be persuaded to rethink decades-old practices.


Hospital & costs   (businessweek)

  Galileo operational early 2014

The European Commission announced today the award of three of the six contracts for the procurement of Galileo’s initial operational capability. The contract for the system support services is awarded to ThalesAleniaSpace of Italy , that for a first order of 14 satellites to OHB System AG of Germany and that for the launch services to Arianespace of France.


Galileo Project   (europa)


  Nanotechnologies and Food

The development of nanotechnologies in the food sector may well elicit some of these concerns. However,as many new technologies have in the past, they may offer consumers and society a number of benefits. UK launched this inquiry to ensure that consumers are aware of and protected against any potential risks.


Nano Risk assessments in Food    (publications.parliament)

  Why Genes Aren't Destiny

Epigenetics brings both good news and bad. Bad news first: there's evidence that lifestyle choices like smoking and eating too much can change the epigenetic marks atop your DNA in ways that cause the genes for obesity to express themselves too strongly and the genes for longevity to express themselves too weakly. We all know that you can truncate your own life if you smoke or overeat.


Genes & Destiny  (time)

  How To Explore the timeline ?

Trailblazing, is an interactive timeline for everybody with an interest in science.It's a user-friendly, ‘explore-at-your-own-pace’, virtual journey through science. It showcases sixty fascinating and inspiring articles selected from an archive of more than 60,000 published by the Royal Society between 1665 and 2010.


Exploring the timeline    (trailblazing.royalsociety)

  Minimizing risk

A facility risk review (FRR) is a frequently used tool for risk assessment audits.If applied to a kitting and assembly area, a detailed risk assessment would be a time-consuming and expensive process. An FRR, however, is a much less expensive process that uses the framework of risk assessment to screen areas or processes and ranks them according to their relative risk.

Risk management  (asq)

  Software Developers: Changes in education

For many, "programming" has become a strange combination of unprincipled hacking and invoking other people's libraries (with only the vaguest idea of what's going on). The notions of "maintenance" and "code quality" are typically forgotten or poorly understood. In industry, complaints about the difficulty of finding graduates who understand "systems" and "can architect software" are common and reflect reality.

Changes in computing education   (cacm.acm)


  Britain seeks more food

Britain must produce more food to avoid going hungry in the future.A soaring global population, climate change, diminishing energy sources and depleted fish stocks mean that society can no longer be complacent about its ability to feed itself, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will say.

More food for Britain   (


  FDA: weak clinical studies

Advances in materials science and miniaturization have led to an explosion in the use of medical implants, which do everything from acting as a replacement for balky knees to restarting arrhythmic hearts. Two new evaluations of the clinical studies used during the implant approval process suggests that the approval process for implants isn't nearly as rigorous as it might be.

FDA: Review Proceedings   (arstechnica)


  Open source predictions

Is it really almost 2010? The first decade of 2k is nearly at an end, a decade that has been quite prosperous for the Linux operating system. A decade that saw the world’s economy plummet, giving rise to the need for more and more free, open source software. But what will the next decade bring for Linux and open source? And even more to the point, what will the next year bring for Linux and open source?

2010: Open source predictions    (ghacks)


  Cracking the Majorana code

Magueijo set about seeking clues in Majorana's home town, Catania, and among his surviving relatives. He even travelled to South America to look into reported sightings of Majorana scribbling formulae on restaurant tablecloths. Majorana, it seems, is the Elvis Presley of nuclear physics.

The Majorana code   (newscientist)


  EU renewable energy supergrid

The network, made up of thousands of kilometres of highly efficient undersea cables that could cost up to €30bn (£26.5bn), would solve one of the biggest criticisms faced by renewable power – that unpredictable weather means it is unreliable.With a renewables supergrid, electricity can be supplied across the continent from wherever the wind is blowing, the sun is shining or the waves are crashing.

EU renewable energy supergrid  (


  Europe the Trade Bully

Earlier this year, Canada and the European Union announced plans to negotiate a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), possibly the biggest Canadian trade negotiations since NAFTA. The first round of talks took place in Ottawa in October, yet the treaty has generated practically no public scrutiny.

Europe the Trade Bully  (thetyee)

  After Copenhagen: the Impact

We the think Media growing increasingly pessimistic [about the impact of the conference], probably because they’re not aware of the nature of all the discussions that are going on inside. Attendees are hopeful that we’ll get some form of political deal, but it’s quite clear that the process is going to take quite a few years yet to come to a legally binding deal and then to work out all the detail.

After Copenhagen  (strategy-business)

  Apple tablet: gadget of the future ?

Tablet computers are hardly a new concept. In fact, Apple already brought a tablet device to the market in 1993 in the form of the Newton MessagePad. Despite a ton of hype, Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) only sold a few hundred thousand Newtons in the five short years it was on the market.Other tablet-like devices have also fizzled.

Apple gadget of the future ?   (money.cnn)

  Imminent Netbook Explosion

Netbook sales have enjoyed healthy growth over recent years, but in order to maintain that momentum, they'll need to offer new features and capabilities. How will the category change? What operating system will dominate? Will the App Store model for selling software find a foothold in the small notebook field ?

Imminent Netbook Explosion  (technewsworld)

  2010: Year in Science

A deeper look at polar ice. An electric-car renaissance. The death and rebirth of major scientific experiments. Read on to discover what this year has in store . This annual sci-tech forecast looks at what 2010 has in store for medicine, space, aviation, the environment, technology and entertainment.

Sci-tech forecast  (popsci)

  Microbial Encyclopedia

The Earth is estimated to have about a nonillion (1030) microbes in, on, around, and under it, comprised of an unknown but very large number of distinct species. Despite the widespread availability of microbial genome data—close to 2,000 microbes have been and are being decoded to date—a vast unknown realm awaits scientists intent on exploring microorganisms that inhabit this “undiscovered country.”

Microbial Encyclopedia   (jgi.doe)

  What the World Can Learn

The first decade of the 21st century was marked by crises. Militant Islamists attacked New York, the financial system crashed, the climate is threatened by catastrophe and democracy lost some of its standing. All this put together has spelled a debacle for the West, although the Internet represents a ray of hope.

What the World Can Learn  (spiegel)

  Molecular electronics

Chemists in Korea and the US have shown that the current running through a transistor made of a single molecule can be regulated by tweaking its molecular orbital energies. This observation brings molecular electronics closer to behaving like conventional silicon-based devices.

Molecular electronics   (rsc)

  SSL/TSL certificate for free


Encryption is a must, whether via a VPN or by securing services one by one. Anyone operating a server on any scale should want a digital certificate to encrypt data between clients and services, whether for personal, office, or public use. That's a broad statement, but it holds true no matter how you slice it.

Digital certificate  (arstechnica)


  How to meter internet traffic ?

Technical changes needed to charge everyone for internet traffic flowing through China could undermine the web's founding principle of openness as well as raising security and stability concerns for all net users. An ITU spokesman said: "The ITU has no plans to modify the BGP protocol, which is not an ITU-T standard.

The BGP protocol    (


  Global ocean temperature reconstruction

The thermal structure of the mid-Piacenzian ocean is obtained by combining the Pliocene Research, Interpretation and Synoptic Mapping Project (PRISM3) multiproxy sea-surface temperature (SST) reconstruction with bottom water temperature estimates from 27 locations produced using Mg/Ca paleothermometry based upon the ostracod genus Krithe.


Ocean temperature reconstruction   (clim-past)


  The Stem Cell Era

The early concept about how to harness these cells was simplicity itself: Harvest the unformed cells from embryos and inject them into needy recipients. The stem cells would then start rebuilding damaged hearts, pushing cancer to remission, or healing injured spinal cords. Multiple sclerosis, lupus, arthritis, even psychiatric illnesses would all be swept away under the tidal wave of the stem cell cure.

Stem Cell Era   (discovermagazine)


  Amazon Losing "Flying Rivers"

Rising temperatures in the Amazon region, in large part due to climate change, are creating more arid savannas, which disrupt the water cycle vital to Brazil's farming and energy industries. Deforestation also plays a role. As more of Brazil's rain forests fall to logging and agriculture, there are fewer trees to release the water vapor that creates these flying rivers.


The Amazon modification  (news.nationalgeographic)


  Top buggiest-software list

Firefox was the application that had the most reported vulnerabilities this year, while holes in Adobe software more than tripled from a year ago, according to statistics compiled by Qualys, a vulnerability management provider. Qualys tallied 102 vulnerabilities that were found in Firefox this year, up from 90 last year. The numbers are based on running totals in the National Vulnerability Database.

Top buggiest-software list   (news.cnet)


  The 100 essential websites


Music has been a significant player in the growth of the web since Napster, and its influence continues to grow. Spotify has made the biggest impact this year, gaining mindshare lost by and Pandora. Meanwhile, Pitchfork has expanded its role as the web's authoritative music magazine, and The Hype Machine came to prominence as a source of instant erudition by tracking the music blogs.

100 essential websites  (


  Could Tech. Save the Planet ?


Public support for environmental issues in key countries has taken a beating. Only one-third of Americans now think that humans are responsible for climate change. The number of Australians who deem global warming a “serious and pressing problem” has dropped sharply. And fewer than one-fifth of Britons believe climate change will have an impact on their children.

Tech. could save the Planet ?  (imf)


  Biometrics and Standards


As modern society increasingly depends on systems to provide secure environments and ser-vices to people, it becomes paramount to ensure the security of a system through means to identify the validity of an individual requesting access to it. This is usually established by ex-tracting some form of information from the individual to check against information held by the system about valid users.

Biometrics and Standards


  Emission Reduction Pledges


Accordingly, the purpose of WRI (Work Ressources Institut) Working Paper is to shed light upon two related questions: - Are the emission reduction pledges by Annex I Parties comparable? - Do these pledges put Annex I Parties on a path toward meaningful reductions by 2050, e.g. for stabilizing concentrations of CO2e at 450 ppm or lower?

Comparability_of_annex1 (wri)        Emission-reduction-pledges  (wri)

  World War 3.0 on Tech.


The superpowers of the technology world are at war, and like real wars, the battle is happening on several fronts. They're fighting on the desktop, they're fighting on mobile phones, they're fighting in the browser and they're fighting in your front room. Who will prevail, and who will end up in a bunker ?

WW3 on Technology   (techradar)


  Blueprints for Self-Assembly


Two mathematicians, using tools from information theory and computer science, have found a new and relatively simple way to orchestrate the assembly of nanostructures. And they have devised algorithms that can produce mathematical proofs that their structures are optimum.Although the methods have yet to be implemented in a lab, they may ultimately
find use in such diverse fields as electronics, communications, and medicine.


Blueprints for Self-Assembly  (cacm.acm)


  Woman: mission to inspire


The National Science Foundation said women represent 46% of the workforce but only hold 25% of the jobs in science, engineering and technology."We are failing in the way we educate. We don't teach in a way that engages students," said Judy Estrin who is chief executive officer of tech consultancy Jlabs and a former chief technology officer for Cisco.


Woman: mission to inspire  (


  US Transportation Security manual


Government workers preparing the release of a Transportation Security Administration manual that details airport screening procedures badly bungled their redaction of the .pdf file. Result: The full text of a document considered “sensitive security information” was inadvertently leaked.

TSA Manual leaked  (wired)


  EU: climat effect on economy and agriculture

The main objective of the PESETA (Projection of Economic impacts of climate change in Sectors of the European Union based on boTtom-up Analysis) project is to contribute to a better understanding of the possible physical and economic effects induced by climate change in Europe over the 21st century. PESETA studies the following impact categories: agriculture,river basin floods, coastal systems, tourism, and human health.

Impacts of climate change


  Brain: Building social worlds

During any kind of social interaction people unconsciously imitate each other, or else show the appropriate complementary action and reaction. When this happens, the parts of the brain that unconsciously respond to the actions of others create a form of resonance.when it occurs we feel "on the same wavelength" as the person with whom we are interacting.

Building social worlds   (newscientist)


  Uganda over oil discovery

Exploration companies have confirmed hundreds of millions of barrels of oil in the Albertine Graben region – some 23,000sq km along Uganda's border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Officials from Tullow Oil,recently revealed that their find alone – 800 million barrels – could yield more than 100,000 barrels of oil per day for anywhere between 15 to 30 years.

Uganda over oil discovery   (


  SAP Fees: clients love to hate

In spite of its remarkably ineffective communication strategies, is trying to figure out the right pricing strategies for licensing and support that will work for itself, its customers, and its shareholders. The problem is that the big German company's blunderbuss communication approach makes it next to impossible to know what SAP is in fact doing.

The right pricing   (informationweek)


  America’s place in the world

The financial crisis has, however, changed who Americans think dominates the global economy. In 2008, 41 percent of the public named the United States as the world’s leading economic power, and 30 percent named China. Today the numbers are flipped, with 44 percent naming China and 27 percent naming the United States.

America’s place in the world
   (people-press)      Poll


  Leaked climate docs

The infamous trove of documents hacked from the University of East Anglia's Climactic Research Unit (CRU) has now prompted the head of the group to temporarily stand aside as university administrators arrange for an independent inquiry into the matter.

Leaked climate docs   (arstechnica.)


  McDonald's Abroad

By the end of 2008, McDonald's had grown to 31,967 locations in 118 countries. Of those, only about 14,000, or 45%, were in the U.S. With 58 million daily customers worldwide, McDonald's are now so ubiquitous around the globe that The Economist publishes a global ranking of currencies' purchasing power based on the prices charged at the local Mickey D's, dubbed the Big Mac Index.

McDonald's Abroad   (time)


  Views on the state of programming

During a revealing and often humorous panel discussion on the future of programming at last week's Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft's own superstar developers espoused their loyalty to old-school methods of coding software.

Views on the state of programming   (computerworld)


  Solar power technology

Consumers can currently use portable panels only for charging up small devices such as phones or music players. Powertraveller plans to launch a portable four-panel folding array that can run a laptop and charge the battery at the same time.Planned for spring 2010, it will be the first commercial device to offer AC or DC outputs.

Solar power technology   (


 Orga-Naqsis news Advanced Image Reading Efficiency

With syngo.via, Siemens' new imaging software for multimodality reading of clinical cases, the company is placing special focus on reading efficiency through automated case preparation and structured case navigation across multiple specialties, including cardiology, oncology, and neurology.

Image Reading Efficiency  (biotech-finances)


  EU:Novel polymer legislation

To help automakers and suppliers achieve greater weight reduction, Milliken Chemical is introducing Hyperform HPR-803 high performance reinforcing agent for polyolefins. The new agent reduces weight by up to 15 per cent when compared with traditional mineral-filled systems while delivering an outstanding balance of stiffness and impact strength.

Novel polymer legislation   (engineerlive)


  Fusion energy: 3D software

Fusion power technology is mankind's biggest engineering challenge.Located at Culham, UK, JET (Joint European Torus) is an experimental fusion energy device in which, by creating temperatures greater than that of the sun (around 100 million°C) and applying magnetic confinement, fusion of atomic nuclei takes place.The next stage of fusion technology development has started with the building of ITER, which is eight times larger in volume than JET.

3D software   (engineerlive)


  Technologies to Watch

Innovations are being driven by globalization, as devices are growing smaller, smarter and more connected. Manufacturing has undergone startling changes over the last 20 years, including radical advances in materials, controls, communications, electronics and software. These developments have reduced the incidence of human error, allowed for the accumulation and study of performance data, created the possibility for instant contact with
customers, and established flexibility in operations.

Technologies to Watch   (industryweek)


  Audit helps minimize risk

For management control purposes, there are far more audits of a product, service or process than audits of systems. While system audits verify management system conformance or compliance, product and process audits focus on the verification of specific methods and product or service characteristics.

Auditing process, QA, QM...    (asq)


  Tech Awards Laureates 2009                

The Tech Museum and Applied Materials bring together Silicon Valley luminaries with entrepreneurs from around the world to focus on just that kind of basic technology and the difference it can make .The Tech Awards Laureates 2009 represent regions as diverse as Nigeria, Brazil, Great Britain, the United States and Bangladesh. And their work impacts people in many more countries worldwide.

Tech Laureates 2009   (techawards)


  Jellyfish: the Highly Toxic Box

With thousands of stinging cells that can emit deadly venom from tentacles that can reach ten feet in length, the 50 or so species of box jellyfish have long been of interest to scientists and to the public. Yet little has been known about the evolution of this early branch in the animal tree of life.

The Jellyfish expansion   (innovations-report)


  Comput.: Performance & scalability

Performance and Scalability are often discussed together because they're linked. As you add more users (scalability) you reduce performance. While the conversation here is titled performance because the focus is around maintaining the performance of individual requests, thus scalability techniques are often discussed to reduce the amount of load on a server (number of users) to a point where performance is acceptable.

Comput.:Performance & scalability   (developer)


  Large Hadron Collider experiments

Things went so well Friday evening that scientists achieved the operation seven hours earlier than expected, he said. Some scientists had gone home early Friday and had to be called back as the project jumped ahead.CERN decided Saturday to test all the protection equipment while there still is a very low intensity proton beam circulating in the collider. The tests will take 10 days.

LHC experiments   (cbsnews)


  Red Hat:Virtualization Platform


Red Hat Introduces Virtualization Platform for Heterogeneous Servers and Clouds. A primary reason virtualization has not been more deeply adopted is that enterprises are concerned about the performance, scalability and security of the existing virtualization solutions.The second reason is packaged ISV applications requires the complete alignment of the ecosystem as well.

Red Hat:Virtualization  (dbta)


  Intelligence "to shape the future"?                


Commentary on the Intelligence Community often draws a distinction between “current” and “strategic” intelligence, usually in order to decry excessive attention to explaining the latest intelligence factoids obtained by collectors and inadequate attention to longer term, strategic analysis.“Prediction is hard,especially when it’s about the future.”

Intelligence to shape the future   (iis-db.stanford)


  Study: Organic versus Ppc Websearch

In this paper, the study estimates the inter-relationship between organic search listings and paid search advertisements using a unique panel dataset based on aggregate consumer response to several hundred keywords over three months collected from a major nationwide retailer store chain that advertises on Google.


Study on Organic versus Ppc Websearch


  Nutritional supplement regulations

New regulations have pleased US manufacturers of nutritional supplements, but in Europe, the industry fears authorities are overreaching themselves.EU manufacturers are concerned that many of the 4,000 or so health claims being made for supplements may be rejected by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), because of its requirements for supporting scientific data.

Nutritional supplement regulations   (icis)


  UK Dangerous lead


UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures published online in March 2009 show 8,069 workers were under medical surveillance for lead exposure in 2007/08 [1]. HSE sets a recommended action level of 50 micrograms of lead per 100ml of blood (µg/100ml – sometimes expressed as µg/decilitre (dl)) for men and 25 µg/100ml for women. Suspensions from work with lead are required if the levels hit 60 µg/100ml and 30 µg/100ml respectively.

Dangerous lead  (hazards)


  Drinking Water pollution

Metabolites, are often not completely removed during the sewage-treatment process, at least in Europe, said Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan, Italy.That means the drug-tainted wastewater can enter groundwater and surface water, which are collectively the major sources of drinking water for most people.

Water pollution   (news.nationalgeographic)


  Jordan's growth of aviation industry

Privately-owned Royal Jordanian offshoots have become leading third-party service providers.These include maintenance, repair and overhaul house Jordan Aircraft Maintenance (Joramco), engine MRO specialist Jordan Airmotive and Jordan Airline Training and Simulation (JATS).Jordan has also become a major centre for ab-initio flight training, with operators such as Ayla Aviation Academy.

Jordan's aviation industry   (flightglobal)


  London Digital cloud

The unconventional structure was originally envisaged as a centre piece of the city's Olympic village. Tomas Saraceno installation, Hayward Gallery The building draws inspiration from the work of Tomas Saraceno Its designers plan to raise the funds to build it by asking for micro-donations from millions of people."It's really about people coming together to raise the Cloud," Carlo Ratti, one of the architects behind the design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) told BBC News.

London Digital cloud   (

  Cell Phone radiation

Personal (cellular) telecommunications is a rapidly evolving technology that uses radiofrequency energy or radiation for mobile communication. Currently, wireless communication devices are used by more than 270 million Americans, or greater than 85 percent of the U.S. population. Given this large number of users, if adverse health effects are shown to be associated with cell phone use, this could potentially be a widespread public health concern.

Cell Phone radiation   (niehs)

  Peruvian hydropower plant

ABB, the Zurich-based power and automation technology group, is to supply electrical and automation solutions worth US$25million for an expansion of the plant.A second powerhouse built underground - at 1800 metres above sea level - will add 100MW to the plant's present 90MW capacity.

Peruvian hydropower plant  (engineerlive)


  FDA updated Food Code

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published an updated edition of its FDA Food Code as part of US administration food safety initiative to regulate the food industry. It contains several new guidelines, including recommendations on handling and storing leafy greens and serving hamburgers in children's lunches.

FDA updated Food Code  (fda)


  RFID Progress

Radio-frequency identification technology was a niche technology until 2003, when Wal-Mart ordered its suppliers to put electronic product codes on pallets and cases of goods going to its warehouses and stores. Wal-Mart hoped to use EPC tags, which store details about products and transmit them to inventory systems using RFID chips.

RFID Progress  (informationweek)


  The world oil shortage warning


The senior official claims the US has played an influential role in encouraging the watchdog to underplay the rate of decline from existing oil fields while overplaying the chances of finding new reserves.The allegations raise serious questions about the accuracy of the organisation's latest World Energy Outlook on oil demand and supply to be published this month.


Oil shortage warning    (


  EU: Technology and Competitiveness report


There has been a growth in the mobility of science and technology professionals inside the EU, while European researchers are increasingly cooperating in the co-authorship of scientific articles and in applications for technological patents. Most of the scientific cooperation in the world takes place between researchers from Europe and the US while the highest growth in cooperation over the last six years has been with researchers from Asia.

Technology and Competitiveness   (ec.europa.)


  Advanced suspension technologies awarded


Frost & Sullivan’s Excellence in Research Award is bestowed upon a company that has carried out new ‘disruptive’ research; and has, in general, a strong commitment to research and development. This award recognizes a company’s research and development program that has or is expected to bring significant contributions to the industry in terms of adoption, change, and competitive posture.

Advanced suspension technologies awarded  (fludicon)


  US & EU Infant Mortality


The percentage of preterm births in the United States has risen 36% since 1984 (1). In this report we compare infant mortality rates between the United States and Europe. We also compare two factors that determine the infant mortality rate—gestational age-specific infant mortality rates and the percentage of preterm births. U.S. data are from the Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Set, and European data for 2004 are from the recently published European Perinatal Health Report.

Infant Mortality    (cdc)


 Orga-Naqsis news Building a polyester giant


Indorama Polymers, is now the world's second-biggest pet producer by capacity, behind Italy's M&G. Lohia and his family have a 75% stake in the company that was recently worth $375 million and is held mostly through their private firm, Indorama Ventures, which also makes polyester fibers and worsted wool.Lohia, who is managing director of Indorama Polymers and chief executive of Indorama Ventures, has much grander ambitions.

Building a polyester giant   (forbes)


  Bloodhound diary


The Thrust teams have held the World Land Speed Record for 25 years, and were first through the Sound Barrier on land. There are no mature challengers on the horizon, so why on earth start another LSR project when the whole country is facing a recession?’

Bloodhound diary   (


  Complacency on the Farm


US Report found farmer compliance above 90% from 2003 to 2005. Starting in 2006, however, compliance rates declined demonstrably so that by 2008 (the last year for reported data), approximately 25% of Bt corn farmers did not comply with their IRM obligations. IRM is used to describe practices that reduce the potential for insect pests to become resistant to a pesticide.

Complacency on the Farm  (cspinet)


  Organo-silver as antimicrobial activity

Tests indicate that the coating has a much greater efficacy on Pseudomonas aeruginosa (a pathogen know to be implicated in urinary tract infections, dermatitis, and other health problems) than previous silver coatings, as measured by the minimum inhibitor concentration (MIC).

Organo-silver as antimicrobial activity   (rsc)


  Video Gamers: real time race

Today you’re going to join the race – in real time! You’ve selected your car, you’re on the starting grid and you’re just about to race against the likes of Jensen Button and Lewis Hamilton – it’s the stuff of dreams! You’re on a‘real’ track, with ‘real’ surroundings, racing against ‘real’ drivers in ‘real’ time. This is unlike any other environment you’ll have ever experienced – that’s because it’s ‘real’! Real Time Race is unique, exciting and challenging.

VideoGamers: realtime race    (            RealTimeRace


  New forms of molecular life

A group of 14 students from Freiburg University's biology department have entered this year's International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Equipped with pipettes and test tubes, the students began their work altering a standard set of biological parts over the summer to build biological systems
and operate them in living cells.

New forms of molecular life


  Summary Report on IT campus

Survey about campus information technology (IT) environments at colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. The report presents aggregated data and time trends through more than 100 figures and tables and accompanying descriptive text in five areas relevant to planning and managing IT in higher education: IT Organization, Staffing, and Planning; IT Financing and Management; Faculty and Student Computing; Networking and Security; and Information Systems.

Summary Report on IT campus  (educause)


  10 best educational websites              

line information has come on leaps and bounds since the days of the CD-ROM encyclopedia. We bring you the top education sites.If you bought a computer a few years ago, it would invariably come with a free CD-Rom encyclopedia. At the time it seemed like a life-changer, but after an hour or two spent looking at ancient wildlife clips and a timeline about the Romans, the excitement wore of.

10 best educational websites    (


  Nuclear-powered spacecraft


Russian engineers say they have a breakthrough design for such a craft, which could leapfrog them way ahead in the international race to build a manned spacecraft that can cover vast interplanetary distances.They claim they’ll be ready to build one as early as 2012. Until now, most manned spacecraft are propelled by chemical rockets, and supplement their energy needs with solar panels.

Nuclear-powered spacecraft    (features.csmonitor)


  EU Newsky Project

The results of the NEWSKY project have been presented to a large audience October 6, 2009 at the DLR premises in Munich/Oberpfeffenhofen. Presentations, demonstrations, posters, a panel discussion and discussions during the breaks have given the participants the opportunity to get an insight about the project outcomes and the nexts steps towards the implementation of an integrated IP network for air-ground communications.

EU Newsky Project  (newsky-fp6)


  Analytical report: EU towards tourism

This Flash Eurobarometer survey (Flash Eurobarometer 281 on the “Survey on the attitudes of Europeans towards tourism, Autumn 2009” was conducted at the request of Directorate General Enterprise and Industry to collect EU citizens’ views on travel, details of their (planned) holidays and travel in 2009 and their expectations regarding holidays in 2010.

EU towards tourism   (ec.europa)

  FCC: Network neutrality rules


The pro-neutrality faction has won a major rhetorical battle; even its toughest opponents sing the praises of a "free and open Internet." The rules apply to every Internet connection, wired and wireless, though what is "reasonable" may vary by connection type and even by network speed. The FCC move seems to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

Network neutrality rules  (arstechnica)


  Alternative Fuel for Nuclear Energy


For decades, scientists have dreamed about turning thorium — an element that is less radioactive and produces less nuclear waste than uranium — into an alternative fuel for nuclear energy. Recent technological developments may be bringing the dream closer to reality. As a naturally occurring metal that is substantially more abundant than uranium, its most common isotopic form, thorium-232.

Copy/paste this link to your browser  (Nytimes)


  What’s in Your Backpack ?


A couple of years ago, I was featured on CNN pouring out the contents of my backpack. The story was about how I ran my business, virtually, from wherever I was with the trusty items carried on my back. As you might imagine, there were all the usual suspects: my laptop, iPhone, digital camera, and chargers. And, then, there were also some creature comforts: my MP3 player, a book, a sweater, healthy snacks, water, and noise canceling headphones.

What’s in Your Backpack ?  (qualitydigest)


  Britain: without GM crops

Previous plans to grow GM crops commercially in the UK had to be scrapped following a concerted campaign by environmental protesters and a backlash by consumers who refuse to eat so-called 'Frankenstein foods'. The Government will use the 100-page study, due to be published this week, to force the introduction of GM technology back on to the political agenda.

Britain: without GM crops   (genewatch)


  Understanding Coral Bleaching


Coral bleaching is the whitening of living coral due to a disruption of the symbiosis (two organisms whose living together benefits both) with its zooxanthellae, tiny photosynthesizing algae. These unicellular creatures reside within the coral's tissues and provide the host organism with up to 90 percent of its energy. It's the solar-derived chemical products of these algae that give the world's coral species a rainbow of vivid colors.

Understanding Coral Bleaching  (nist)


  UNEP: Assessing biofuels


Based on a review of published research up to mid-2009 as well as the input of independent experts world-wide, this report by the UNEP International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management recognizes that the research that has accrued over recent years presents a complex and uncertain picture of the risks and benefits of biofuels.

UNEP: Assessing biofuels   (unep)


  Berlin Museum & Nefertiti Statue

The Nefertiti sculpture has been in Germany since 1913. But it is only now that Egypt is demanding that this fragile and haunting object, perched alone in a domed room that overlooks the length of the museum, be returned. The Egyptian antiquities chief, Zahi Hawass, told the German media over the past few days that Nefertiti belonged to his country.


Nefertiti Statue   (nytimes)


  UK Olympic site & Biometry

London's Olympic Park construction site is to be turned into a "virtual fortress" protected with state-of-the-art biometric security measures that will allow only workers who have been scanned to get into the compound. The hand scanners are capable of checking up to 5,000 workers an hour and will be used alongside photographic smart cards. The iris-scanning system will be available as an alternative when required.

UK Olympic site & Biometry  (


  ThyssenKrupp to Sell Shipyards

A lack of orders had almost sunk the shipbuilding subsidiaries of German steelmaking giant ThyssenKrupp. Now, an investor from Abu Dhabi is buying a large chunk of the operation. German commentators praise the move, but note how the financial crisis has forced Germany to be less picky about foreign investors.


ThyssenKrupp to Sell Shipyards   (spiegel)


  NASA info security

NASA has not ignored its security, but just $15 million — slightly less than 1 percent the agency’s $1.6 billion IT budget — was spent on security in fiscal 2009. In 2007 and 2008, NASA reported 839 cases of malicious code, 209 cases of unauthorized access and 72 denial-of-service attacks to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team.


NASA info security  (gcn)


  PROMES works on solar energy


PROMES is one of the key French actors in the field of low- and high-temperature solar thermal conversion and an emerging actor in the field of innovative elaboration processes for PV materials. PROMES has initiated and managed the working group on concentrating solar thermal technologies, “SOLTEC”, which has addressed public research and industry interactions in the field.

PROMES works on solar energy   (promes.cnrs)


  Risks of intermediaries transactions

The report looks briefly at the definition of intermediaries and reasons for their use before examining several modus operandi of foreign bribery through intermediaries.Next, the report surveys the principal measures used by the private sector to prevent foreign bribery through intermediaries. The final Chapter contains case summaries supporting the identified trends and modus operandi of the crime.


Risks of intermediaries transactions   (oecd)


  The Hard Sell


Even if the economy picks up, some retail veterans think it could be 10 to 15 years before pre-bubble abundance returns. So smart retailers are starting to rethink their approach. Instead of just slashing stock levels, slowing expansion, and discounting deeply, they're getting creative about managing inventory, adjusting product lines, and dumping their addiction to promotional pricing.

The Hard Sell   (businessweek)


  Taiwan-Chaina economic liberalization ?


Both Taipei and Beijing have been publicly coy on the extent of the liberalization they are contemplating. Then, the economic consequences of not pursuing cross strait economic opening requires clarification in order to make clear the net value to all parties to an Taiwan-Chaina economic liberalization ?


Taiwan-Chaina economic liberalization ?     (csis)


  Where Is Process Automation Headed ?

There’s an important distinction, though, between deriving more information and deriving the right information. And to effectively meet the challenges that the next few decades will bring, plants need more of the latter. That’s because technology truly carries as much potential to create bottlenecks for today’s operators as it does to provide valuable and actionable data.


Where Is Process Automation Headed  ?   (chemicalprocessing)


  Sales & Auction of CO2 allowances

The work of the French workgroup anticipated the consultation of the European Commission on organising CO2 allowance auctions within the European Union from 2013 onwards. The report first provides a feedback on foreign experiences of CO2 allowance auctions as well as a brief update on the way the EU ETS operated in the recent period.


Sales & Auction of CO2 allowances (minefe.gouv)


 Orga-Naqsis news 2009 Australia New -Zealand Edition


The project’s central products are the Horizon Reports, an annual series of publications that describe promising emerging technologies and highlight their relevance to education. This edition,the Horizon Report: 2009 Australia-New Zealand Edition, is the second in the ANZ series and focuses on emerging technologies as they appear in and affect education in Australia and New Zealand particularly.

2009 Australia New-Zealand Edition  (nmc)


  Crisis Leaves UE in Slow Lane


Asia and the United States emerge from the global economic crisis, Europe appears likely to be the world’s laggard, threatening a return to the dark days of “Eurosclerosis.” Leaders who once spoke optimistically of fundamental changes aimed at enhancing productivity have turned to the more prosaic tasks of protecting jobs and avoiding painful political choices.

Crisis Leaves UE in Slow Lane  (nytimes)


  Converting CO2 to useful molecules


Super-efficient catalysts for conversion of waste carbon dioxide from power stations into useful cyclic carbonate molecules could help reduce emissions and the petrochemical industry's dependence on fossil fuels, say UK chemists. solid-supported catalyst that works at 60°C and atmospheric pressure could be integrated into power stations to remove CO2 from the flue gases.

Converting CO2 to useful molecules   (rsc)


  BMW Concepts Are Simple and Clever


The cars, dubbed “Simple” and “Clever” — acronyms that we’ll explain in a moment — are über-small, über-light three-wheelers that are supposed to show just how far down the efficiency road BMW can go. The Bavarians say Simple is “light in weight, low on energy” and Clever gives you “cooperative driving pleasure.”

BMW Concepts Are Simple and Clever   (wired)


  Energy Awareness Month

October is Energy Awareness Month—a time to consider reducing your energy consumption, saving money, and making your home more energy-efficient.The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that appliances and home electronics are responsible for about 20 percent of your energy bills. Be part of the solution by taking these simple steps....

Energy Awareness Month  (energystar)


  E.P.A.: Nanomaterials Under Study


The Environmental Protection Agencydetailed its plans on Tuesday for research into the possible health and environmental risks of nanomaterials, tiny substances that are finding growing use in products like sunscreens and industrial adhesives.The document, issued in draft form in June, calls for work to identify sources of nanomaterials, which can measure as little as perhaps one-10,000th the width of a human hair.

Nano under study (nytimes)     Nanomaterial strategy  (epa)   


Public opinion (nanotechproject)


  FP6: EU Top research universities

Europe's top research universities account for the lion's share of higher education participations to the FP6 and act as leading coordinators and key partners. Top research universities participate more in thematic priorities that are close to the knowledge frontier. NoE was the main instrument used by top research universities, in accordance with policy expectations.

EU Top research universities   (ftp.jrc)


  Silicon Chips:Photonics Breakthrough


Such a marriage of nanomechanics and nanophotonics would bring us a giant step closer to optical chips. That's important, because light has a vastly wider bandwidth than electricity, which would enable it to get around the critical bottleneck in computing: the connections between processors. If light could act directly on circuit elements without first being converted to electricity, entire systems would run faster.

Photonics Breakthrough  (


  Will Books Be Napsterized ?


Until now, few readers have preferred e-books to printed or audible versions, so the public availability of free-for-the-taking copies did not much matter. But e-books won’t stay on the periphery of book publishing much longer. E-book hardware is on the verge of going mainstream.

Will Books Be Napsterized ?   (nytimes)


  The Real Limits to Growth


It has been more than 30 years since a groundbreaking book predicted that if growth continued unchecked, the Earth’s ecological systems would be overwhelmed within a century. The latest study from an international team of scientists should serve as an eleventh-hour warning that cannot be ignored.

The Real Limits to Growth   (e360.yale)


  Hot Space Shuttle Images


To better understand what is called a boundary layer transition or trip in the flow fields, the researchers are just beginning to process all the collected data into 3-D surface temperature maps, which they will compare with measurements from thermal sensors on the shuttle's underbelly and with computational fluid dynamic models. The researchers will present their results at a conference in January 2010.

Hot Space Shuttle Images    (technologyreview)


  IT project managers


project managers’ roles have changed; they're responsible for more than mere project delivery of projects, they're responsibilities now also include important issues such as compliance to project controls and audit requirements such as SOX, HIPPA, and many industry-specific regulations. These additional responsibilities complicate the delivery process and burden project managers.

IT project managers   (developer)


  Storms spread deadly diseases


Saharan storms are thought to be responsible for spreading lethal meningitis spores throughout semi-arid central Africa, where up to 250,000 people, particularly children, contract the disease each year and 25,000 die. "There is evidence that the dust can mobilise meningitis in the bloodstream". Higher temperatures and more intense storms are also linked to "valley fever", a disease contracted from a fungus in the soil of the central valley of California.


Storms spread deadly diseases  (


  EU forecast: The World in 2025

First underlines the major future trends: geopolitical transformations in terms of population, economic development, international trade or poverty. Secondly, it elucidates the tensions:
natural resources (food, energy, water and minerals), migrations or urbanisation. Lastly, transitional pathways have been drawn: towards a new production and consumption model.

EU forecast: The World in 2025   (cordis.europa)


  Testing Enterprise Web Services

The first tool Apache JMeter, is very powerful and has a very generic pluggable architecture which can be used to test a lot of technologies besides web services, such as Java Servlets, CGI scripts, Java objects, FTP servers , JMS, Databases, etc. But for the purposes of this article It'll concentrate on the Web (SOAP) Web services testing aspect of the tool.

Testing Enterprise Web Services    (developer)


  Embraer: Becoming a global arms merchant

The Brazilian company specializes in civilian and military aircraft, and is regarded as one of the top three aircraft companies in the world, next to Boeing and Airbus. Today Embraer’s military products make it an increasing factor in the arms manufacturing and supplying field, along with several other transnational arms companies currently competing to be major international weapons suppliers.

Embraer, a global arms merchant   (thepanamanews)


  7 tips for effective listening

productive listening does not occur naturally. It requires hard work and practice - Back To Basics - effective listening is a crucial skill for internal auditors. When listening, do you concentrate just on the words that are being said, or do you also concentrate on the way they are being said? The way a speaker is standing, the tone of voice and inflection he or she is using, and what the speaker is doing with his or her hands are all part of the message that is being sent?

7 tips for effective listening   (findarticles)


  US schools: Toxic Drinking Water

The contamination is most apparent at schools with wells, which represent 8 to 11% of the nation’s schools. Roughly one of every five schools with its own water supply violated the Safe Drinking Water Act in the past decade, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency analyzed by the AP.

US schools: Toxic Drinking Water   (asq)


  Tracking the isotopes of 114

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have been able to confirm the production of the superheavy element 114, ten years after a group in Russia, at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, first claimed to have made it. The search for 114 has long been a key part of the quest for nuclear science’s hoped-for Island of Stability.

Tracking the isotopes of 114   (sciencedaily)


  Benchmark: IT Industry Competitiveness 2009

The third annual study into IT sector competitiveness from the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), finds that the US remains the world’s most conducive environment for the development and growth of IT firms, despite a tougher business environment and the emergence of protectionist impulses. Canada and west European countries such as Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands are also prominent in the index top tier, owing to their robust IT infrastructure and strong support for technology R&D, among other factors.

IT Industry Competitiveness 2009    (global.bsa)


  Intel's Plan to Replace Copper Wires


Now Intel plans to sell inexpensive cables with fiber-optic-caliber speed to connect, for instance, a laptop and an external hard drive, or a phone and a desktop computer. At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco Wednesday, the company announced a new type of optical cable that it hopes will be fast, cheap, and thin enough to make it an attractive replacement for multiple copper wires.

Intel's Plan    (technologyreview)


  New X-ray technique & environmental contaminants

Quantifying the initial rates of such reactions is essential for modeling how contaminants are transported in the environment and predicting risks.The research method, which uses an analytical technique known as quick-scanning X-ray absorption spectroscopy (Q-XAS), was developed by a research team led by Donald Sparks, S. Hallock du Pont Chair of Plant and Soil Sciences and director of the Delaware Environmental Institute at UD.

New X-ray technique   (udel)


  Alternative to "Black Boxes"

It's a question that's come up during the past 20 years in the few instances when black boxes—which are actually bright orange—have been destroyed or lost after crashes. But the latest accident has prompted Airbus, the maker of the downed Air France aircraft, to study alternatives or supplements to the black boxes, like transmitting data in real time or extending the life of the pinger longer than 30 days to give investigators more time to find the recorders.

Alternative to "Black Boxes"    (


  Pre-Control May be the Solution

Ask any machinist how statistical process control (SPC) helps him manage his processes. The response is not likely to be positive. It is not uncommon for control charts to be placed around machines and other equipment, showing a history of how certain process parameters or key process characteristics (KPCs) have been performing. But for SPC to actually achieve its intended goal, to offer adjustments prior to making defective product.


Pre-Control May be the Solution   (qualitymag)


  Attempts to eradicate tuberculosis

In developing proteasome-inhibitor drugs, scientists face several hurdles. A significant one is the fact that human cells also possess proteasomes, which are essential to their survival. To be effective, the drugs would have to specifically target the TB proteasome without adversely affecting the human protein-cleanup complex.


Attempts to eradicate tuberculosis  (sciencedaily)


  Siemens: New Premium Ultrasound Platform

Adding a new premium ultrasound platform to its Women’s Imaging line of products, Siemens Healthcare introduces the Acuson S2000 ultrasound system – Women’s Imaging at the 19th World Congress of Ultrasound in Gynecology and Obstetrics (ISUOG) in Hamburg, Germany.the company demonstrates how innovative 3D/4D imaging solution and unique knowledge-based applications enhance the quality of care and speed up workflows in high-risk fetal imaging.

Ultrasound Platform  (innovations-report)


  Project Management: IT & BR Shape Success

Inter-personal relationships between IT and business partners play a critical--yet often overlooked--role in the execution of projects. Agile development methodologies such as Scrum can bring IT and business partners together and help improve project success rates.
when mutual trust exists between IT project managers and stakeholders, IT project managers are more likely to discuss problems that could threaten the project as they arise.

IT & BR Shape Success  (cio)


  Sustainable transport

EU policymakers are increasingly worried about the gap between the EU's climate goals and the growth in emissions from transport. The EU wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050. But even if heavy industry, power companies, farmers and householders all cut their emissions, the target could be missed by a wide margin if transport emissions continue their upward trend.

Sustainable transport   (europeanvoice)


  The Top Cyber Security Risks


Featuring attack data from TippingPoint intrusion prevention systems protecting 6,000 organizations, vulnerability data from 9,000,000 systems compiled by Qualys, and additional analysis and tutorial by the Internet Storm Center and key SANS faculty members.During the last few years, the number of vulnerabilities being discovered in applications is far greater than the number of vulnerabilities discovered in operating systems.


Cyber Security Risks  (sans)


  Real appeal: Browsing or purchasing?

Many agents draw a distinct line between online marketing, on the one hand, and online counselling, on the other. While some businesses have moved happily and successfully into a fully web-based business model, others maintain serious reservations about abandoning personal client contact, and their recruitment techniques reflect this attitude.


Browsing or purchasing?  (hothousemedia)


  Education at a Glance 2009


New features in the 2009 edition include an extension of the analysis of the economic returns to education to social outcomes; new data on long-term unemployment and involuntary part-time work among young adults; an analysis of the spending choices that countries make between factors such as teacher compensation, instruction time and class sizes.


Education at a Glance 2009  (oecd)


  Electric Vehicle Consumer Survey

In order to assess the dynamics of consumer demand for PHEVs and their associated electrical charging infrastructure, Pike Research conducted a web-based survey of 1,041 U.S. consumers in 2Q 2009 using a nationally representative and demographically balanced sample. The survey found that the majority of U.S. consumers have driving patterns that are consistent with the capabilities of first-generation PHEVs, with 48% stating that they would be extremely or very interested in a PHEV with a 40-mile range.


Electric Vehicle Consumer Survey  (pikeresearch)


  Lebanon's professionals most motivated

The study found that Lebanon is way above the regional average of 63% of employees motivated in their work, joined by Tunisia’s respondents which are similarly motivated in the work they do every day for their organisation. The study asked respondents how important they consider their work-life balance to be, and whether such a balance is encouraged by employers: an overwhelming 73% of the respondents said that achieving a good work-life balance is very important for their levels of motivation at work.


Lebanon's professionals most motivated   (bi-me)


  Afghanistan Opium Survey 2009

In Afghanistan, many farmers grow opium because they depend on loans provided by traders as a down payment for the subsequent drug harvest. Historically this has trapped farmers in debt bondage. Microcredits can free farmers from their drug masters. Infrastructures, storage facilities and access to markets can help them market their (licit) crops.


Afghanistan Opium Survey 2009   (unodc)


  Protect Your Users From Themselves

As I write this post, I'm attending the GeoWeb 2009 Conference in Vancouver, BC. This is then a pretty appropriate time to drop part 3 in the Usability and the GeoWeb series. Part 1 in the series discussed the importance of hiding unnecessary complexity from the user, while Part 2 focused on the importance of never leaving your users guessing and providing them with consistent, meaningful feedback.


Protect Your Users From Themselves   (directionsmag)


  India Farmers: sour on sugar cane

Sugar prices have doubled over the last 15 months. A severe shortfall in production is forcing massive sugar imports on India at a time when the world market prices are at a 28-year high. The government has laid the blame on a poor monsoon and the "cyclical nature of the sugar industry", factors that it presents as beyond its control.


India Farmers: sour on sugar cane   (indiatogether)


  McKinsey Survey: Web 2.0’s Power Curves

Web 2.0 technologies improve interactions with employees, customers, and suppliers at some companies more than at others. An outside study titled “Power Law of Enterprise 2.0” analyzed data from earlier McKinsey Web 2.0 surveys to gain a better understanding of the factors that contribute most significantly to the successful use of these technologies.


Web 2.0’s Power Curves   (mckinseyquarterly)


  Environmentally 'green' beer

Brewing engineers from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) are working hard to improve the energy balance of the amber beverage. A cool, freshly drawn beer – for many a person this is the greatest of pleasures. But, in fact, a bad conscience should haunt us when we drink beer as it is among the most energy-intensive foodstuffs during production.


Environmentally 'green' beer   (innovations-report)


  IEC : Global standards/Smart Grid


With the launch of its web portal "IEC Global Standards for Smart Grid,"the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) provides the basis for building safe and efficient Smart Grid projects. This one-stop access point for anyone involved in Smart Grid projects provides a comprehensive catalogue of focused standards.Together with leading experts on Smart Grid technology, the IEC has developed a framework for standardisation that will help many countries.

IEC: Global standards/Smart Grid  (engineerlive)     SmartGrid  (iec)


  Augmented Reality in a Contact Lens

Conventional contact lenses are polymers formed in specific shapes to correct faulty vision. To turn such a lens into a functional system, we integrate control circuits, communication circuits, and miniature antennas into the lens using custom-built optoelectronic components. Those components will eventually include hundreds of LEDs, which will form images in front of the eye, such as words, charts, and photographs.


Augmented Reality in a Contact Lens   (


  Euro Digital Library doubles in size

The digitisation of books is a Herculean task but also opens up cultural content to millions of citizens in Europe and beyond. This is why I welcome first efforts made by Member States and their cultural institutions to fill the shelves of Europe's digital library,” said Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media."However, I find it alarming that only 5% of all digitised books in the EU are available on Europeana.


Euro Digital Library doubles in size   (europa)


  2009/2010 world-economie scenario

The adjustment to growth forecasts for emerging Europe is considerable with a more severe 3.7 per cent recession now expected for 2009. The impact of the sudden stop triggered by precipitous capital flight has been large in one of the rare emerging regions dependent on international financial flows. The recession in Europe, the main market for Eastern European exports, and an excessive private debt burden (often denominated in foreign exchange) have weighed on
economic activity.


2009/2010 world-economie scenario  (trading-safely)


  A place for compliance tests

At the Boxborough facility, which is one of many Intertek labs worldwide, engineers perform compliance and precompliance tests for EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) and safety as well as numerous other types of tests, including radio tests, environmental tests, telecom compliance tests, and laser-performance tests. Products that come through the lab include automotive components, military components and systems, home appliances, industrial products, consumer electronics, aerospace subsystems, telecom and wireless products, and medical equipment.


A place for compliance tests  (tmworld)


  Graduate unemployment jumps

The snapshot survey of graduates who left university in 2005, conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, also found that graduate unemployment has risen by a third in the past two years and almost a quarter were still not in full-time work. Of those who graduated in 2005, more than 11,000 were unemployed 3½ years later. The same figure for those who left university in 2003 was just 8,000.


Graduate unemployment jumps  (


  Seek funds for cell phone safety


In an effort to raise awareness among consumers and to urge government leaders to allocate more funding for research, an international group of researchers is gathering in Washington, D.C. later this month to present study findings and to lobby government officials.The issue has already gained the attention of at least one important congressional


Seek funds for cell phone safety  (news.cnet)  


  Earthquake-Proof Buildings Designed

The rocking frames are steel braced-frames, the columns of which are free to rock up and down within steel "shoes" secured at their base. To control the rocking and return the frame to vertical when the shaking stops, steel tendons run down the center of the frame from top to bottom. These tendons are made of high-strength steel cable strands twisted together and designed to remain elastic during shaking.


Earthquake-Proof Buildings Designed   (laboratoryequipment)


  Why BICA project cancelled ?

The idea that BICA has simply been “cancelled” in favor of newer approaches seems far more likely, especially given the new focus of the DARPA SyNAPSE project we’ve discussed here at Technology Report several times before. It appears that the more general and decentralized approach of BICA has been replaced with a more collaborative and engineered approach taken in the DARPA SyNAPSE project.

BICA project cancelled  (technology-report)


  Africa: Japan and Brazil program

Japan has agreed on a landmark joint venture with Brazil -- home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan. The project is purported to bring about 'change' in Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony in southeastern Africa by transforming the savannah into arable farmland and help Mozambique attain food security.

Japan and Brazil program in Africa


  Meta-Analysis of Online Studies

On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.” The report examined the comparative research on online versus traditional classroom teaching from 1996 to 2008. Some of it was in K-12 settings, but most of the comparative studies were done in colleges and adult continuing- education programs of various kinds, from medical training to the military.

Meta-Analysis of Online Studies   (ed)


  IBM eyes molecule 'anatomy'

Scientists In Zurich, Switzerland, have, for the first time, imaged the "anatomy," or chemical structure, of an individual molecule with "unprecedented" resolution, using noncontact atomic force microscopy (AFM), IBM said Thursday. Resolving individual atoms within a molecule has been a long-standing goal of surface microscopy, according to the computer company, which has a research and development program dating back to 1945.

IBM eyes molecule 'anatomy'   (cnet)


  The Trouble with Brands

Beginning in mid-2004, we discovered several curious and sobering trends in the data. Consumer attitudes about all sizes and segments of brands were in serious decline. Across the board, we saw significant drops in the key measures of brand value, such as consumer “top-of-mind” awareness, trust, regard, and admiration. This was true not just for a few brands, but for thousands, encompassing the entire range of consumer goods and services.

The Trouble with Brands   (strategy-business)


  World Population Highlights

In 2009, world population stood at 6.8 billion, up about 83 million from 2008. The world total is likely to reach 7 billion in the latter half of 2011, with the bulk of growth in the world’s poorest nations. The less developed countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean are projected to increase by just under 50 percent in the 41 years between now and 2050,and the poorest of these are projected to double in population size over that period.

World Population Highlights   (prb)

  Protecting planets from us

There is no universal consensus on what constitutes life, other than its ability to replicate and evolve. Current scientific knowledge suggests that the evolution of life requires a liquid medium, such as water, and a source of energy, such as carbon, various minerals or even harsh chemicals that spew forth from hot hydrothermal vents. Microbiologists are constantly discovering new strategies that microorganisms on Earth use to survive in extreme environments.

Protecting planets from us   (earthmagazine)


  33 Web sites Success Metrics

The good old days of primitive measurement of website success are finally over. Business people demand more than just traffic and rankings, marketing professionals get more web-savvy than 12 year old kids who almost were born on the Web and new web analytics tools finally make it possible to consider far more and specific metrics than ever before.

33 Web sites Success Metrics   (seoptimise)


  Visibly efficient

Light emitting diodes, or leds, have come a long way from being tiny indicator lights that tell you when an electronic appliance is switched on. They are beginning to get noticed in India as an energy-saving option for lighting buildings and streets, though still a speck on the horizon.

Visibly efficient  (


  Samsung, Google : eBook Market

A number of promising proposals are popping up in the eBook market, almost as if it remains unaffected by the worldwide economic downturn that began in the second half of 2008. For example, the quantity of eBook readers shipped by companies like and Sony has soared from the end of 2008 through 2009. And right in parallel with that growth has been significant growth in the scale of the eBook content market, also from the second half of 2008.

eBook Market   (


  Twitter Study

You may have noticed that Twiter recently re-vamped their own homepage, moving away from “What are you doing now?” to “Share and discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world”. Does that mean that Twiter is trying to become a realtime news source of citizen journalists? It also prompts new users to “Join the conversation” – but is
that really what Twiter users are really “tweeting” about?

Twitter Study  (pearanalytics)


  The Bonn Climate Change Talks

Approximately 2,400 participants attended the meeting, which forms part of ongoing negotiations on long-term cooperation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. The two AWGs are scheduled to conclude their work by the fifteenth session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 15) and the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 5) to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009.

The Bonn Climate Change Talks   (iisd)


  Human cognitive maps

Until recently, little was known about how the human inner compass works. This is partly because "sense of direction" is not one neatly defined ability. Instead, it is made up of many different skills, such as awareness and memory of your surroundings, sensing your speed and direction changes over time, and tracking the location of objects and places relative to you as you move through an environment.

Human cognitive maps   (newscientist)


  The slump in business travel

If the swift and sudden impact of the recession took hotels by surprise last autumn and early winter, it has been the corporates which have made the most of the changed situation. Whereas in the past, companies were content to go along with a negotiated rate which would last a year, many are now going back three and even four times a year to re-negotiate their rates.

The slump in business travel   


  Guidelines on active substance(s)

The general principles applicable to food contact materials are set out in Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 stating that materials and articles in contact with food shall only be authorised if it is demonstrated that they do not present risks to human health (article 8).This regulation establishes that active and intelligent materials and articles are included in its field of application, and sets out general rules applicable only to active and intelligent materials and articles.    


Guidelines on active substance(s)   (efsa.europa)


  China’s pharmaceutical market

if we look back to the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949, some of the demographic measures were alarming. Life expectancy was just over 40 and the Chinese population was plagued by infectious diseases transmitted by a large number of vectors.“Home hygiene was not at the greatest level – probably comparable to Europe in the 19th century,” says Pollard. “The health outlook was not fantastic at this stage, but what the Chinese did have was a universal system whereby the government took pretty much complete control of everything.

China’s pharmaceutical market    (social.eyeforpharma)


  8 Dirty Secrets of the ITSI

"Not only has security become a phantom deliverable, but the vendors themselves have become equally tough to pin down and evaluate. Are they software sellers or risk managers? Are they service providers or network designers? Am I buying partnerships or licenses? Most of them don't know themselves what they are -- only that they need to sell something that most people don't really want to buy in the first place -- insurance." While AV tools detect replicating malware like worms, they fail to identify such as non-replicating malware as Trojans.

8 Dirty Secrets of the ITSI   (csoonline)


  Survey: UK Attitudes & EU

The fieldwork was carried out in the United Kingdom between 21 and 25 May 2009. 1,000 randomly selected citizens aged 16 and older were interviewed via fixed-line telephone. To correct for sampling disparities, a post-stratification weighting of the results was implemented based on key socio-demographic variables.


UK Attitudes & EU  (europa)


  Chiller cuts energy costs
The super-frugal Turbomiser II machine is the fruit of a two-year development programme by pioneering Italian manufacturer Geoclima and UK companies Klima-Therm and Cool-Therm. It has been heralded as 'probably the most efficient HFC-based air-cooled chiller in the world', able to achieve EERs of 10 and above without the need for additional free-cooling
circuits with expensive glycol. This saves both on initial cost and ongoing pump energy.

Chiller cuts energy costs  (engineerlive)


  CIO 2009: IT transformation projects


Trust is one of the fundamental things a CIO has to tackle. You can’t have a discussion with the business if it has issues with e-mail or the infrastructure, as that’s where the discussion will go. You need to have a personal relationship with the management guys and understand what they’re driving towards; understand the business is driving to and then they’ll be ready to understand that you are driving towards business value. Without trust you will struggle in the role.

IT transformation projects  (cio)


  What is RepRap ?


It may sound like a scene from a low-rent version of Star Trek, but it's real, and it's happening with increasing frequency. This process goes by a few names, but it's most commonly known as "3D Printing" (the older name, "rapid prototyping," no longer captures the range of uses, while the other alternative name, "fabbing," is a little too cyberpunk for the moment).If you have an original, you can copy it. Or you can design a replacement on the computer, and the 3D printer makes it for you.

What is RepRap?  (fastcompany)


  UK businesses in trouble


what will happen to the number of businesses in difficulties over the next three years. The Industry Watch report and the underlying model is the only publication which assesses demand, cost and financial issues affecting sector industry health. Based on the economic forecasts by the centre for economics and business research ltd. Despite signs of stability in the financial sector, economic conditions remain extremely tough for businesses.


UK businesses in trouble  (          UK labour market  (


  MIT's Smart Mobility Project

It's a compelling vision with some great green engineering (intelligent wheels, folding electric cars and one-way vehicle-sharing). An important next step: creation of the software required to manage the dynamic pricing required to incentivize people to return cars, scooters, and bikes to the locations with the most demand. Here's a link to my report on the innovative work being done by this team under the visionary leadership of Prof.

MIT's Smart Mobility Project  (outsideinnovation.blogs)


  Simantec report: State of Phishing


Symantec observed an increase in attacks employing fraudulent use of hijacked web pages. These pages appear legitimate, offering intended victims a false sense of security.The number of phishing URLs generated using automated phishing toolkits soared to 63 percent in July, an increase of 150 percent.

State of Phishing  (


  Deloitt: The 2009 Shift Index


The world is flattening; the economy has picked up speed; computing power is increasing; competition is intensifying. We know that a shift is underway, but we have no method of characterizing its speed or acceleration or making comparisons. Are rates of change increasing, decreasing, or settling into stable patterns (e.g. Moore’s Law)? How do we compare exponential changes in bandwidth to linear increases in Internet usage?

Deloitt: The 2009 Shift Index  (edgeperspectives)


  Viable alternatives for learning

Lifelong learning has become a competitive necessity in the 21st century job market. American writer Alvin Toffler, who studies the digital revolution, writes: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who can’t read and write. They will be those who can’t learn, unlearn and relearn.” And in a troubled economy he’s definitely correct. As the recession hit, many state corporations turned to online programming offered by institutions to help them retrain employees, either because their jobs were being eliminated.

Viable alternatives for learning  (crwmag)


  Dissolving Molecules & Improve Performance

1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene called TATB, Used as a high explosive, TATB is nearly invulnerable to significant energy release from plane crashes, fires, and explosions.The scarcity of TATB makes recycling the material from old nuclear warheads an attractive option. In any recycling process, TATB molecules must be separated from the polymer binder (the plastic “glue” binding the crystals), dissolved, and then recrystallized to the correct microscopic crystal size and shape.

Dissolving Molecules  (str.llnl)


  Bezels shrink, resolution rises

With LCD reaching a maturation point in terms of technology and market acceptance, large flat-panel displays are comfortably running in sizes from 32 to 82 inches. The next issues for the industry to conquer include bezel width and ease of installation when it comes to video walls, while keeping in mind that now high-definition is the expected resolution.

Bezels shrink, resolution rises  (governmentvideo)


  China GMP guidelines

In recent years, China's State and Food Drug Administration (SFDA) has implemented a slew of policies to improve the regulatory environment. The agency implemented stricter quality control guidelines and GMP inspection guidelines in April 2007 and October 2007, respectively. The 2007 guidelines allow GMP certificates to be issued only to companies that demonstrate zero flaws in their manufacturing process and enable authorities to deny GMP
certification to companies that falsify application documents.

China GMP guidelines   (pharmtech.findpharma)


  ECOtality Az. Business

ECOtality is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies that address the world’s global energy challenges. Their ceo presented its company as technology innovator that identifies inventive ways to efficiently power our lives while striking a harmonious balance with our natural environment. They are going to be working with Nissan but are also going to be building out electric infrastructure in five different markets.

ECOtality Az. Business  (video.foxbusiness)


  The J–2X Engine

NASA’s Ares launch vehicles, which will carry explorers to the moon in the coming decades, will be powered in part by the J–2X engine, which draws its heritage from the Apollo-Saturn Program. The new engine, being designed and developed for NASA’s Constellation Program, will power the upper stages of both the Ares I rocket and Ares V heavy cargo launch vehicle.

The J–2X Engine (nasa)    


  Advice about swine flu

Symptoms of swine flu in humans appear to be similar to those produced by standard, seasonal flu. A fever - which is a temperature of 38ºC (100.4ºF) - is the key symptom, combined with other complaints which may include a cough, sore throat, body aches, chills and aching limbs. Some people with the virus have also reported nausea and diarrhoea.People are most infectious soon after they develop symptoms, but they cease to be a risk once those symptoms have disappeared.

Advice about swine flu   (


  Scaling Up a Quantum Computer

Quantum computers have the potential to perform calculations far faster than the classical computers used today. This superior computing power comes from the fact that these computers use quantum bits, or qubits, which can represent both a 1 and a 0 at the same time, in contrast to classical bits that can represent only a 1 or a 0. Scientists take a number of different approaches to creating qubits.

Scaling Up a Quantum Computer  (technologyreview)