Technology News Archive - May 19, 2008


Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created an avatar for the popular virtual world “Second Life” with the limited ability to converse and reason. The interesting part is that Edd is completely controlled by a computer.

By Brad Stone Tributes on the Web site of Richard Gordon's company strike all of the uplifting chords one would expect of a digital maverick.

Interactive agency 65 Media has been named Webby Award Winner and People's Voice Winner in the Movie and Film category in recognition of its work creating www.SimpsonsMovie.com.


New research shows the surprising paths taken by forwarded messages through the Internet.


At the request of a worldwide Internet organization, a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed an algorithm that may guide applicants in proposing new “top-level domains”—the last part of an Internet address, such as .com, that people type in navigating the Web.


In an attempt to make headway in the race to become the industry leader in electric vehicles, Nissan Motor Co. along with the NEC Corp., will invest 115 million dollars in the mass production of batteries for fuel-cell, hybrid, and electric vehicles. Nissan is joining the race slightly slower than its rivals Honda Motor Co, and Toyota Motor Corp., but now aim strongly to produce vehicles with zero emission with a push into advanced lithium-ion batteries.


Desperate for news following last week’s powerful earthquake, Chinese citizens are turning to the Internet in such numbers that the government has been forced to allow information to flow in ways it never had before.

Global online retailer Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced today it will open a new fulfillment center here, creating more than 1,100 jobs in the next three years.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.