Technology News Archive - July 28, 2005

Greater Media, Inc. announces its three Detroit radio stations are officially broadcasting in High Definition (HD) digital radio and have launched companion independent multicasting channels for WRIF 101.1FM, 94.7 FM WCSX and WMGC 105.1FM.

Engineers from the University's Lairdside Laser Engineering Centre (LLEC) employed revolutionary laser technology to engrave authentic designs onto Gulf Shell (mother of pearl) – the original material used to decorate the body of the harp.


Physicists at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used the natural oscillations of two different types of charged atoms, or ions, confined together in a single trap, to produce the "ticks" that may power a future atomic clock. As reported in the July 29 issue of Science, the unusual tandem technique involves use of a single beryllium ion to accurately sense the higher-frequency vibrations of a single aluminum ion.

More than 1,000 hardware retailers from 13 states are in Knoxville this weekend to check out the latest plumbing supplies, patio furniture, mousetraps, pocketknives, hammers, power tools and thousands of other products typically found in neighborhood hardware stores.

Computer-graphics researchers from the Jacobs School of Engineering will be out in force at SIGGRAPH 2005. The leading annual conference and expo about computer graphics and interactive techniques takes place July 31 to August 4 at the L.A. Convention Center. This year's event will attract a broad array of attendees, including faculty and student researchers from UCSD, Calit2 and other universities, as well as industry leaders and film-makers.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.