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2009-09-30 14:55:00

The new Google Wave tool, which merges e-mail, instant messaging and wiki-style editing, was made available to the publicly today. Describing it as "how e-mail would look if it were invented today", Google said the service will transform the way people communicate online. The trial will be open to 100,000 invitees, each of whom can nominate an additional five people to "join the Wave." A full consumer launch is expected early next year. The open source tool will allow third party developers...

2009-09-28 09:45:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Want your boss to think you're really on top of things - or just want to feel more in control of your work and home in these tough economic times? Start by organizing your desk! According to a recent survey by Greenfield Online, Inc. and Avery Dennison Office Products Company, 85 percent of respondents believed a clean desk says that someone is on top of things. The survey also showed that nearly 80 percent of people who describe themselves as...

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2009-08-11 09:30:00

An international team of researchers from the Netherlands, Russia and Austria discovered that monolayer coverage and channel length set the mobility in self-assembled monolayer field-effect transistors (SAMFETs). This opens the door to extremely sensitive chemical sensors that can be produced in a cost-effective way. The research was done at Philips Research Eindhoven and Eindhoven University of Technology. The findings were published as an Advanced Online Publication in Nature...

2009-08-01 22:08:00

CHICAGO, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Bizwiki.com launched across the USA today, promising to change the way local search works by enabling its users to build up the most detailed and up-to-date index of business in the United States. In a break with traditional Yellow Pages websites, Bizwiki invites business owners and representatives to get involved in adding and improving their records with everything from contact details to prices and opening hours, completely free of charge. "We put up...

2009-07-24 14:12:00

Online sessions help teachers infuse learning with technology RESTON, Va., July 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every day, more teachers discover that using technology can stimulate students' thinking and help them grasp complicated subjects. One of the most flexible and capable tools is the wiki, a technology that makes it easy to create online multimedia collaborations among teachers and students. (The wiki best known to the general public is probably Wikipedia, the encyclopedia created by...

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2009-05-29 06:15:00

Google Inc. is developing a new online communication tool and hopes independent computer programmers will help expand the vision of the free product. The tool, dubbed "Google Wave," will run in an Internet browser and will combine elements of instant messaging, wikis, photo sharing, and e-mail.  Google hopes Wave will simplify the way people exchange ideas across the Internet. On Thursday, Google offered the first look at the product at its annual conference for software...

2009-05-14 15:27:08

The natural world is a shining example when it comes to the self-assembly of molecules. However, it has not disclosed all of its secrets yet. Controlling the shape and structure of self-assembled systems continues to be a stumbling block for scientists. Yet such structures, in which the different molecules cooperate with each other, can have unrivalled characteristics. Self-assembly could provide the way forward for the future mass production of nanomaterials, nanodrugs and...

2009-04-09 07:41:47

-The construction of complex man-made objects--a car, for example, or even a pizza--almost invariably entails what are known as "top-down" processes, in which the structure and order of the thing being built is imposed from the outside (say, by an automobile assembly line, or the hands of the pizza maker)."Top-down approaches have been extremely successful," says Erik Winfree of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). "But as the object being manufactured requires higher and higher...

2009-03-24 15:22:20

U.S. scientists say they have found a way to control the geometry and stability of a new family of self-assembled-monolayer materials called carboranes. The Pennsylvania State University researchers said the exceptionally high quality and simplicity of the improved carboranes opens up new capabilities in selective patterning and control, and new possibilities for applications. They said a tailored carborane film just one-nanometer or two-nanometers in height completely changes the chemical,...

2009-03-03 09:27:00

Contest will fuel new ideas and drive social media innovation SEATTLE, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- JellyBarn, a leading provider of applications, widgets, and games, is pleased to kick off it's social media contest - Social Mastermind 2009. Aimed at forward-thinking brands and marketers, companies can submit a social app concept for the chance to win a full-scale social campaign worth $100,000. Devin Day, JellyBarn CEO and social app veteran, believes the contest will generate great ideas and...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.