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Interesting Reading #578 – Miniature nuclear reactors, Immersion Cooled computers, Convertible Netbook/Tablet, Largest Lithium battery factory and much more…

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Boil Your Computer! – “Immersion Cooling” = “Impressive Cooling” – “Martin looks at total liquid submersion of a computer for effective cooling with no moving parts…”

Intel’s Sandy Bridge Architecture Exposed – “A few weeks ago we previewed the performance of Intel’s next-generation microprocessor architecture, codenamed Sandy Bridge. We came away impressed with our early look at performance but honestly had very little explanation for why the chip performed the way it did. For the first time in years we knew the performance of an Intel processor without knowing much about its underlying architecture. Today, that all changes….”

Miniature nuclear reactors might be a safe, efficient source of power – “Take a mental stroll through the streets of Anytown, U.S.A. City hall is on your left, the movie theater on your right. Smell the delights from the bakery. And in the distance, there’s the gentle steam plume billowing from the cooling tower of the miniature nuclear reactor that powers the quaint little burg. Not your idea of Americana? Wait a decade or two. The government and its private partners are developing reactors that one day might power your home town… “

Toyota to launch six new hybrids by end of 2012 – “Some will be hybrid models only — like the Prius — while others will also have a gasoline-engine variant, the report said. All of the hybrids will be new, and not next-generation versions of existing models…”

Dell Shows Off Inspiron duo, Convertible Netbook/Tablet – “Dell unexpectedly showed up on stage at the Intel Developer Forum on Tuesday and disclosed that the company will ship a dual-core Atom netbook with a hidden sliding keyboard later this year…”

Nokia E7 Revealed: 4-inch AMOLED Display & 8-Megapixel Camera – “Dubbed the Nokia E7, this latest offering from the Finnish manufacturer packs a 4-inch AMOLED display with 640 x 360 resolution, 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p recording, full QWERTY slider with tilt, 16GB storage and the usual features like Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi and GPS….”

Open-Source Facebook Competitor Diaspora to Launch Sept. 15 – “Open-source social network Diaspora is set to launch on Sept. 15, the service’s creators announced in Thursday blog post. But can it do battle with Facebook?”

A123 Opens Largest U.S. Lithium Cell Plant For Electric Cars – “With $249 million of assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy, A123 Systems officially opened its newest manufacturing and research facility in Livonia, Michigan, yesterday. At 291,000 square feet, the company says it’s the largest production facility for lithium-ion automotive batteries in North America…”

Apple seeks metal experts to forge devices from durable Liquidmetal – “Apple is hiring a number of experts on amorphous metals, as the company looks to create hardware constructed from a newly licensed, super-durable custom metal alloy known as “Liquidmetal.”..”

Canadian robots aren’t afraid of a little power – “Hydro-Quebec’s Research Institution (IREQ) created an inspection and maintenance robot that can traverse overhead transmission lines even when they are buzzing at hundreds of thousands of volts. Called the LineScout, the IREQ robot is remotely controlled by workers on the ground, giving them an up close view of lines so they can detect damage, de-ice the conductor, and perform simple repairs….”

What a car really costs

WTF is the Semantic Web?

The Facebook Effect

Artists Make More Money in File-Sharing Age Than Before It

Wonderful Photos Using The Selective Color Technique

The Financial Game of LIFE – “From IRAs to social security to emergency funds, it can be pretty difficult to figure out what you (or your kids) should be doing with your money at each stage of life. BillShrink decided to help you out with these decisions by creating The Financial Game of Life (you remember, that awesome board game where you got to pick your house and career from a deck of cards?) Spin the wheel to move onto the different life stages and see how much your savings can grow but watch out for unexpected life events!”

Most Unusual Hotels in the World – “Sometimes a bed, TV, and mini-bar—even a rooftop pool—aren’t enough. Sometimes you crave something different in your hotel—a lot different. Fortunately, hoteliers around the world are stepping up and fashioning unusual lodging experiences. From Europe to Central America, wacky hotels keep springing up that cater to these more adventuresome guests…”

Inside Internet Explorer 9: Redmond gets back in the game – “Microsoft today released the first beta of Internet Explorer 9. Coming after four developer-oriented preview releases, the new browser brings a streamlined user interface and a core that is more standards-compliant—and orders of magnitude faster—than any previous version of Internet Explorer…”

7 Excellent Websites To Get Design Feedback Visually Instead Of Emailing Back And Forth – “The best way to improve the design is to take positive criticism and constructive advises from others. But emailing back and forth is very time consuming that makes the whole process very uncomfortable. From last few years, so many tools have been arrived in the market that made designers’ jobs easier than ever before to get the design feedback from others. To cover this topic, we are listing down few excellent online tools to get design feedback that are free as well…”

Another Privacy Problem for Google: Engineer Allegedly Snooped in Teens’ Accounts – “An engineer at Google may have abused his unfettered access to users’ account information. Gawker reports that David Barksdale, 27, a former Site Reliability Engineer with Google (and Daniel Faraday lookalike), allegedly tapped into the accounts of four teenagers, using information from their Gmail, Google Voice, and GTalk chat accounts in order to harass them…”

Google Me is confirmed for fall. Social “layers” incoming. – “According to Eric Schmidt of Google, the service that we’ve all been waiting to see will start rolling out this fall. Google Me is coming, and will happen via a “social layer” added over the top of search, video and Google Maps…”

The Future of Cloud Computing: The Big 25 in the Next 25 – “The past 25 years have brought a digital age of Internet, massive computing power, high-speed data transmission, mobile communication, and more recently, the cloud, which brings it all together. Over the next 25 years, as technology advances and infrastructure increases, cloud computing will continue to change our world…”

ICANN boss: international domain system in peril – “ICANN coordinates the world’s domain name and Internet address system. Until late last year the United States Department of Commerce mostly oversaw the agency’s activities. In September that system was replaced with a new agreement that gives ICANN’s own internationally advised Government Advisory Committee more of a say in the process…”

The TIE Fighter Pilot Who Saved The Day in ‘Star Wars’ – “In the original Star Wars movie, the Rebels almost didn’t make it. Despite the fact that Han and Luke saved Leia, they stupidly led the Empire right to the rebel’s doorstep. But they saved the day, right? Luke blows up the Death Star mere moments before it ends the rebellion in a single shot of sweet lasery explosiveness. But if it weren’t for one random imperial TIE fighter pilot, evil would have won the day…”

Lamborghini Delivers Sports Car Manifesto, New Paris Teaser – “The 2010 Paris auto show is just weeks away, and that means so is Lamborghini’s upcoming Paris concept. Today we have a new teaser image of the car, but more importantly, we have Lamborghini’s sports car “manifesto.” The game is about to change for Lamborghini, and this is how it will happen….”

Has Rupert Murdoch’s paywall gamble paid off? – “Advertisers don’t like it. Analysts are unconvinced. The paywall at News International may not be winning many fans, but the man behind it is determined to keep it standing…”

How Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin Handed the US Senate to the Democrats – “With the money, the polling and the endorsements breaking her way, it is no surprise that Christine O’Donnell was able to beat Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware U.S. Senate primary, but polling and modeling shows that Sarah Palin and the Tea Party have taken a likely November victory away from the GOP and quite possibly handed control of the Senate to the Democrats…” See also: A look at the Tea Party’s primary season wins

Senate Republicans unveil a plan to make Bush tax cuts permanent – “Even as they hammer Democrats for running up record budget deficits, Senate Republicans are rolling out a plan to permanently extend an array of expiring tax breaks that would deprive the Treasury of more than $4 trillion over the next decade, nearly doubling projected deficits over that period unless dramatic spending cuts are made…”

Senate set to slam science – ” It would be one thing if the Congress changed the Clean Air Act to specifically exclude greenhouse gasses or if they changed the process by which new pollutants are identified. But that is not the tack being taken. The Senate is trying a similar end-around by hobbling an appropriations bill. Again, basically saying to the EPA they are thwarting their legal ability and obligations to use the best environmental science available to make policy….”

Top 10 Bizarre Stories You’ve Missed in 2010 – “Below, I’ve uncovered the top 10 bizarre stories you’ve missed so far in 2010….”

Big Brother Is Watching YouTube: How My Dancing Kid Joined the Copyright Wars – “A few months ago, my wife took a 78-second video of my 3-year-old son, Jacob, at the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill, N.J., as he was dancing his heart out to Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, which was playing in the background. At the time, Marci didn’t think the little clip she shot on her Flip Camera would interest anyone other than our friends, family and perhaps a few fans of the rock group who were gluttons for punishment. She couldn’t have been more wrong…”

Top 10: Brain Foods – “The quest for more brain power seemingly continues through our lifespan, primarily because it eludes us as we age. We constantly strive for higher test scores, improved focus at work and increased retention of names, important dates and conversations (especially those of us in relationships). If you have already exhausted every avenue to increase your brain power, including more sleep, meditation, Sudoku, and sufficient exercise, try incorporating a few of the following brain foods into your diet…”

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