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Technology News Archive - October 07, 2005

By David P. Willis, Asbury Park Press, N.J. Oct. 7--HOLMDEL -- Lucent Technologies will keep its Bell Labs complex on Crawfords Corner Road open for the "foreseeable future" after the company failed to find a buyer for the building, a spokesman said Thursday.

By Anonymous Unisys is celebrating the success of Unisys Direct, which offers more than 4,000 commodity solutions and supplies to meet the business needs of IT organizations by phone, fax or the web.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A driving simulator similar to flight simulators used to train pilots can help people re-learn to drive after suffering a stroke.

A University of Colorado at Boulder team has developed the first computer-generated model of a tiny, waterwheel-like molecular rotor that has been harnessed to rotate in one direction at different speeds in response to changes in the strength of an electrical field applied from the outside.

U.S. commercial building owners could save substantially on annual heating and cooling energy costs by improving airtightness of their buildings' envelope, according to a recent National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study. The research used simulation software to evaluate the energy impact of improved air barriers in three typical non-residential buildings in five cities, each in a different climate zone. The results predicted potential annual heating and cooling energy cost savings as high as 37 percent.

The average user may not notice, but the Global Positioning System (GPS) is more reliable today than it was several years ago.

Researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new and improved technique for the simultaneous measurement of sulfur isotopic ratios and concentrations of atmospheric sulfate using snow samples from Greenland and Kyrgyzstan.

Just how much data can we cram onto a hard disk? In a paper appearing online today in Physical Review Letters, EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) Professor Harald Brune and his colleagues report what they believe to be the ultimate density limit of magnetic recording.

Imagine being able to paint your roof with enough alternative energy to heat and cool your home. What if soldiers in the field could carry an energy source in a roll of plastic wrap in their backpacks?

Japan's growing legion of geeks, once derided as unsociable misfits, has become a significant force of spenders whose financial clout is expected to keep growing, a research institute has found.

Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.