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Even Your Cat Can Create an App with Google App Inventor

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ADwPLSFeY8&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] At least that’s what I thought was going to happen within the first 5 seconds of this video. Google’s gone ahead and released the App Inventor, a DIY app creation tool that literally requires you to possess

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Intel Big on 32nm Westmere Processors for Consumers in 2010

Intel Big on 32nm Westmere Processors for Consumers in 2010

At today's San Francisco event, Intel mostly discussed what we know about the upcoming Westmere processor, but revealed they're scrapping the next dual-core 45nm processors, in favor of 32nm Westmere chips in early 2010. The first Westmere chips will be the dual-core Clarkdale and Annendale pr

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Elettronico Faucet: Touchscreen Controls, Connects to a Plumbing Network

Elettronico Faucet: Touchscreen Controls, Connects to a Plumbing Network

We are only talking about a sink here, but I must admit that I am a sucker for a captivating design. That having been said, the Elettronico Faucet by Carlo Frattini definitely caught my eye. The allure of the system centers around an LCD display that can be used to turn the faucet on and off, c

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Want A 3D Mobile Phone?

Want A 3D Mobile Phone?

With Samsung and company outing 3D televisions for home viewers and China loving 3D newspapers, it’s not too farfetched to picture the technology being used in laptops and mobile phones. Focusing on the use of 3D in cellphones, Petr Kubik has designed this all-in-one-piece that includes the g

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HTC Incredible Review

Make no mistake – the HTC Incredible launches as the best phone on Verizon and the best phone in America – but is it for you? Our in-depth review of the “Droid Incredible” dives into all the features, discusses all the specs, tours the software, picks apart the 8MP camera (with lots of s

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Ferrari Gets a Limited Edition Motorola Milestone

Ferrari Gets a Limited Edition Motorola Milestone

As if owning a Ferrari wasn’t enough of a status symbol, the company has tasked Motorola with a custom deco of the original Milestone to slide into pockets lined with one hundred dollar bills. The phone looks pretty delicious in Ferrari red, but if you are hoping to get your hands on it you migh

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Space elevator a real possibility

Space elevator a real possibility

The space elevator may be a very real possibility within our lifetimes. Previously the stuff of science fiction novels, scientists and engineers around the world will continue their discussion at a conference in Japan this November. The space elevator’s basic design would include a cable tha

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This Living Human Bone Was Grown In Lab

This Living Human Bone Was Grown In Lab

Scientists have grown real, living human bones in the lab for the first time, completely from scratch, and ready to be inserted inside human flesh. Or given to my dog, as a delicious treat. Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic—Columbia University professor of biomedical engineering—achieved the fe

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Two Linguists Have Discovered a Completely Unique, Reality-Shifting Language in India

Two Linguists Have Discovered a Completely Unique, Reality-Shifting Language in India

Every two weeks, the last person capable of fluently speaking one of humankind's over 6,000 languages dies. Let that sink in. Then, consider that two linguists have discovered a new one—unlike any other ever encountered in history. The language, called Koro, was found within a tiny community of

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Research aims to harness solar energy to purify water

A new project in Saudi Arabi — being spearheaded by IBM and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) — seeks to create a water desalination plant that runs off . The location of the project is significant, since Saudi Arabia is apparently the largest producer of desalinated water.

The plant being built in the city of Al Khafji is intended to provide water for up to 100,000 people, which means a production capacity of about 30,000 cubic meters per day.

The solar technology at the heart of the desalination system are ultra-high concentrator photovoltaics being developed jointly by IBM and KACST. The two are also working on a nanomembrane for filtering salt and toxics out of the water, as part of a process that consumes less energy than traditional desalination. According to IBM, the two most common methods for seawater desalination today are thermal technology and reverse osmosis, both of which have some drawbacks

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