Technology News Archive - May 22, 2008


Officials of the Free Software Foundation have raised questions as to whether Microsoft will follow through with plans to use open document standards.


Researcher Daan Hobbelen of TU Delft has developed a new, highly-advanced walking robot: Flame. This type of research, for which Hobbelen will receive his PhD on Friday 30 May, is important as it provides insight into how people walk. This can in turn help people with walking difficulties through improved diagnoses, training and rehabilitation equipment.


Couples who meet online usually don’t last, according to a new study from an Australian university researcher.


Fraud-prevention company LifeLock has become well known after CEO and spokesperson Todd Davis posted his actual Social Security number on television screens, billboards and bus stops, but customers of the company in Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia are suing Davis.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.