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by | Mar 6, 2009 01:00 AM ET

Methods for Tire Pressure Monitoring - "So significant are the effects tire pressure has on the overall behavior of the car that word goes about of making TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System Solution) mandatory for new cars sold in Europe as early as 2012..."

SR-71 Disintegrates Around Pilot During Flight Test - "Without proper scheduling, disturbances inside the inlet could result in the shock wave being expelled forward--a phenomenon known as an "inlet unstart." That causes an instantaneous loss of engine thrust, explosive banging noises and violent yawing of the aircraft--like being in a train wreck..."

Cal Closer to Building "Organs from Scratch" - "Synthetic biologists are getting closer to creating man-made organs made out of genetically engineered cells."

Filmmaker plans "Eyeborg" eye-socket camera - "Canadian filmmaker plans to have a mini camera installed in his prosthetic eye to make documentaries and raise awareness about surveillance in society..."

Geography of a Recession - "Job losses have been most severe in the areas that experienced a big boom in housing, those that depend on manufacturing and those that already had the highest unemployment rates..."

Driven (Finally): Tesla Roadster - "We've been writing about the Tesla Roadster for more than a year, and Tesla Motors finally gave us the chance to drive one. For two hours. Around town. With a PR flack riding shotgun. Despite the short leash, we pushed the electric sports car hard enough to know it's quick, nimble and fun — but not as exciting as we'd hoped...."

5 Huge Green-Tech Projects in the Developing World - "Here we present five of the largest green tech projects that have broken ground, or plan to, in 2009. Each one of them is slated to be among the largest green-tech projects in the world. Though each is as big as a large coal plant, your average fossil fuel plant will generate more kilowatt-hours because they can burn round the clock every day the year, not just when the sun is shining or the wind blowing..."

OCZ's Z Drive puts 1TB of blazing SSD capacity in your PCIe slot: eyes-on - "Here's a little something OCZ Technology cooked up just for CeBIT: a PCIe enclosure that'll contain 1TB worth of SSD storage with maximum read rates of up to 600MB/sec and maximum write speeds of up to 500MB/sec..."

Audio Watermarks Locate Camcording Pirates - "Camcording pirates pose a serious threat to the profits of Hollywood, according to the MPAA at least. In order to stop the cammers in their tracks, theater owners have been equipped with night-vision goggles. That's not all though, the latest Hollywood blockbusters may soon come with watermarked audio that can pinpoint a pirate's seat number..."

Recharge gizmos on the run - "The Tekkeon TekCharge is on sale at Amazon for $28.99 with free shipping. Normally priced at $45, the TekCharge is a portable battery pack for anything that can be charged via a USB port..."

Computer Data Storage Through the Ages -- From Punch Cards to Blu-Ray - "Fasten your seatbelt and take a trip back in time with us as we follow the evolution of computer storage from its earliest days, all the way up to now..."

5 Great Microsoft Web Services You Probably Don't Use - "When you think of Web apps and services, Microsoft doesn't immediately come to mind. Lately, though, the company has been rolling out a slew of them, including several that match or beat competing offerings from Google, Yahoo, and any number of startups you've never heard of..."

Bathrooms become smarter with touch screens - "In just a few years if you forget to brush your teeth, you may get a gentle reminder -- from your bathroom mirror..."

3D TV: Television with a new dimension - "3D televisions could be on sale next year - and you may not need the silly glasses..."

TR10: Traveling-Wave Reactor - "The scientists there have come up with a preliminary design for a reactor that requires only a small amount of enriched fuel--that is, the kind whose atoms can easily be split in a chain reaction. It's called a traveling­-wave reactor. And while government researchers intermittently bring out new reactor designs, the traveling-wave reactor is noteworthy for having come from something that barely exists in the nuclear industry: a privately funded research company..."

The Worst Cars for the Money - "No carmaker is perfect. Each has best and worst sellers, hits and misses. And while plenty of cars are generally good values, there are a few that don't make as much sense when you work out the calculations over time. That's where our new list comes in: the Worst Cars for the Money..."

Cramer: My Response To The White House - "When I come to work each day, whether as a commentator for TheStreet.com or a host of Mad Money With Jim Cramer, I have only one thought in mind: helping people with their money..."

5 Things You Didn't Know About Arms Dealers - "Within your circle of friends and acquaintances, you probably know some doctors, some lawyers, some artists, and maybe even an actor or a professional athlete. But chances are you don't know any international arms dealers. What the arms dealer does is pretty straightforward: He sells arms. But there are obviously plenty of aspects of this profession that remain hidden to most. Here are five of them..."

Breakthrough 12.5 Gigabit per second 5G Wireless Communication - "Millimetre (mm)-wave' or microwave photonics could deliver 12.5 Gigabit per second wireless communication as a follow up to 4G mobile communication. It has commercial applications not just in telecommunications (access and in-house networks) but also in instrumentation, radar, security, radio astronomy and other fields. High Gain antennas can boost the range to 1000 meters with 99% availability..."

Nanotechnology goes to war - "Wouldn't it be handy if everything we needed to build the next generation of portable devices and robots were available on a microchip? You could just plug in a navigation system, a radar sensor, cryogenic cooling system, or even a miniature power unit. For laboratory applications, there would be micro versions of everything from mass spectrometers to magnetic sensors. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), the Pentagon's extreme science wing, aims to provide all this, and more, in handy "matchbook size" electronic packages..."

Remembering the anthrax attack - "One of the best and smartest members in the U.S. Congress, Rep. Rush Holt, has rejected the "look to the future - not the past" Orwellian mantra, at least when it comes to the highly consequential though still unresolved anthrax attack..."

Worldwide She-Male Fish Mystery Widens - "Around the world, increasing numbers of male fish are developing female traits -- growing new sexual organs and sometimes even producing eggs. The phenomenon has been blamed mostly on chemicals that get into the water and mimic the female hormone estrogen..."

I'm not looking, honest! - "In the 1990s a physicist called Lucien Hardy proposed a thought experiment that makes nonsense of the famous interaction between matter and antimatter—that when a particle meets its antiparticle, the pair always annihilate one another in a burst of energy. Dr Hardy's scheme left open the possibility that in some cases when their interaction is not observed a particle and an antiparticle could interact with one another and survive. Of course, since the interaction has to remain unseen, no one should ever notice this happening, which is why the result is known as Hardy's paradox..."

Caught at 100 mph -- now what? - " What does it mean to get caught going triple digits? We take a look...."

In search of the click track - "Sometime in the last 10 or 20 years, rock drumming has changed. Many drummers will now don headphones in the studio (and sometimes even for live performances) and synchronize their playing to an electronic metronome - the click track. This allows for easier digital editing of the recording. Since all of the measures are of equal duration, it is easy to move measures or phrases around without worry that the timing may be off. The click track has a down side - some say that songs recorded against a click track sound sterile, that the missing tempo deviations added life to a song..."

Otzi the prehistoric iceman goes online allowing users to virtually tour his body - "A Stone Age warrior frozen in an icy tomb for 5,300 years can now be viewed in astonishing detail thanks to a new website..."

Mars Volcano Could Harbor Life - "Ancient water may lie hidden within the largest volcano on Mars, researchers now say, and they speculate that such a setup could also harbor life..."

10 Ways to Get Better Sleep (and Maybe Cure Your Insomnia) - "If insomnia is derailing your sleep, a prescription sleeping pill may not be the best cure. Here are some options to explore..."

Sizing up a possible NVIDIA-made x86 processor - "The "NVIDIA is secretly working on an x86 chip" rumor that Charlie at the Inquirer has been flogging since at least 2006 has just been given a major boost, and by none other than NVIDIA itself..."

7 Insane Military Attempts To Weaponize Animals - "From Hannibal's mighty elephants to Genghis Khan's swift horses, or even those hoversharks the British used in the Falklands, animals have always been used in warfare to fight, and die, right alongside us. But some animals go farther. We speak, of course, of the exploding animals, those four-legged friends who trotted bravely into battle for the sole purpose of blowing shit up. Even if they didn't know that's what they were doing..."

Opel Unveils New Ampera – And it Looks Really Good - "I wasn't expecting to be impressed with the new Opel Ampera (the Chevy Volt's European cousin). In fact, I was convinced I would find something dull, unimaginative and lacking in technical innovation..."

Huge List of Common Sense Money Saving Ideas - "What frugality blog would be complete without a list of money-saving ideas?"

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