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2019-02-28 12:08:00

Technology: Batteries limit portable electronics

PORTABLEelectronicequipmentisnowaboutassmallasitwilleverbe.Thedesignersofportablevideocamerasandrecorders

2019-02-28 12:05:00

Technology: Vacuum opens the way for larger liquid-crystal screens

RYTRAK

2019-02-28 11:17:00

Technology: Satellite-watchers at the bottom of the garden

ByHELENGAVAGHANANENTHUSIASTfromPlymouthhasassembledequipmentthatallowshimtomonitorsignalsfromtheworld’ssatellitesatacostofonlyPoundssterling400.LawrenceHarris

2019-02-28 11:05:00

Technology: Computer array interprets the human genome

COMPUTERtechniquesfromCaliforniawillsoonbemakingarapidanalysisofthebillionsofbitsofinformationthatmakeupthehumangenome

2019-02-28 10:13:00

Technology: Japan invests millions in life underground

ByMICHAELCROSSinTOKYOURBANlandinJapanisruinouslyexpensive

2019-02-28 09:14:00

Technology: Defence cuts ground inter-city aircraft

ByDANCHARLESinWASHINGTONDCCUTSinthePentagon’sbudgethavestalledthedevelopmentofahybridaircrafttoflypassengersintheUSbetweenmajorcities.Theaircraft

2019-02-28 09:14:00

Technology: A quick way for hybrids to run to seed

ByDEBORAMACKENZIEinBRUSSELSBRITISHandCanadianscientistshavedevisedatechniquethatmayprovetobeusefulforplantbreederswhoaretryingtoimprovecrops.ThetechniquewasfirsttriedbyateamattheUniversityofCambridgei

2019-02-28 09:14:00

Technology: BBC loses the race for stereo television

BRITAIN’SIndependentBroadcastingAuthorityistostarttransmittingdigitalstereosoundinSeptember

2019-02-28 09:09:00

Technology: Bacteria that go boom

BIOCHEMISTSinNewMexicoarefeedingnitroglycerinandTNTtosoilbacteria.Theiraimistodeviseanewwayofdisposingofexplosivewasteproducts.Cleaningupwastewithbacteriaismuchcheaperthanothermethods

2019-02-28 09:01:00

Technology: Taking the twinkle out of stars

ByHELENGAVAGHANinWASHINGTONDCASTRONOMERSintheUSshouldsoongainaclearviewofthematerialaroundstarsfromwhichtheybelieveplanetsareformed.ResearchersledbySamuelDurranceatJohnsHopkinsUniversity

2019-02-28 07:14:00

Technology: Dolby fights back against the digital wave

DOLBYLaboratoriesofSanFranciscoisofferingtheelectronicsandrecordindustriesanewtypeofrecordingsystemthatcansignificantlycutdownnoiseonmusiccassettesforthedomesticmarket.Thesystem

2019-02-28 07:13:00

Technology: Audio tape makes a sound way of storing data

ByBARRYFOXHEWLETT-PACKARD

2019-02-28 06:19:00

Technology: Silicon chips away at carbon's dominance

POLYMERSbasedonsilicon

2019-02-28 06:17:00

Technology: Quiet typewriters

THEXEROXCorporationhascompletedfouryearsofresearchandspent$40milliondeveloping‘Piano’

2019-02-28 06:14:00

Technology: Generator sparks hope for cheap electricity

BRITISHresearchershavebuiltwhattheyclaimtobetheworld’sfirstelectricgeneratorfromhightemperaturesuperconductors.Attheheartofthegeneratorisacoilofsuperconductingwiremadefromyttriumbariumcopperoxide.Theg

2019-02-28 06:12:00

Technology: Semiconductors help the Sun to clean water

FORCENTURIES

2019-02-28 05:19:00

Technology: Europe honours its 'clean' inventors

AWATERturbinesystemthatdevelopingcountriescanmakeinruralworkshopsforuseinsmall-scalehydroelectricpowerschemeshaswonbothaBritishandaEuropeanawardforenvironmentaltechnology.AsmallCornishfamilyfirmwhichm

2019-02-28 05:07:00

Technology: Satellites track the rise and fall of Etna

SCIENTISTSinFranceareusingsatellitestomonitorthesidesofEurope’smostactivevolcano

2019-02-28 05:04:00

Technology: Salt breaks the back of motorway bridges

ByPETERREINATHECONCRETEbridgesinEngland’snetworkofmotorwaysandtrunkroadsarebeingeatenawaybythesaltthatkeepsthemclearoficeandsnow.ThebridgesaredeterioratingfarfasterthantheDepartmentofTransporthadexpec

2019-02-28 04:16:00

Technology: 'Clean' coal project descends on Slough

ByROGERMILNEWITHIN24hoursoftheBritishgovernment’s‘greenhouseteach-in’

2019-02-28 04:05:00

Technology: Engineer peddles nonslip gear lever

THEHARSH

2019-02-28 02:06:00

Technology: Gambian site prepares for stricken shuttles

ByPETERDACOSTAinBANJULNASAistoupgradeanairbaseinGambia

2019-02-28 02:01:00

Technology: Media smuggle Chinese pictures out by phone

ByBARRYFOXinCHICAGOPHOTOGRAPHERSaresendingpicturesoutofChinadownphonelinesusingsomeofthelatestelectronicstillpicturetechniques.Japanesenewspapersareusingelectronicstillpicturecameras

2019-02-28 01:20:00

Technology: Herbicide cloth gets to the problem of roots

ACLOTHbarrieroriginallydesignedtostopradonleaksfromnuclearwastesitesisnowprotectingsewers

2019-02-28 01:16:00

Technology: Fingernails claw their way towards the courtroom

CRIMINALSareaskingfortroubleiftheyleaveafingerprintatthesceneofacrime

2019-02-27 11:10:00

Calling ET from home

Onceuponatime

2019-02-27 11:06:00

Swallow this

ByBarryFoxEngineerssendself-poweredrobotsdownoilandgaspipelinestochecktheircondition.SoresearchersatUniversityCollegeLondonhavedevisedasimilartechniqueforuseinsidethegut(WO98/11816).Twosmallunits

2019-02-27 11:03:00

Spirited performance

ByBarryFoxCrookedpicturescandriveyoumad.Buthangingthemstraightisapain

2019-02-27 10:16:00

Picture this

We’veallcomeacrosspeoplewhoinsistthatscienceisdryandcolourless.Nowthere’splentyontheWebtopersuadethemtochangetheirminds.Highmagnificationprovidessomesurprisingviewsofthefamiliar

2019-02-27 10:12:00

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Anumberofsitesnowactasbroadcasters

2019-02-27 10:07:00

Blooming clocks

ByBarryFoxTheInventionPromotioncompanyofAmsterdamhaspatentedaflowergardenthatfunctionsasaclock—amodernversionofanideathoughtupbyLinnaeus

2019-02-27 10:07:00

Brolly good idea

ByBarryFoxStoringwetumbrellasisapain

2019-02-27 09:15:00

Looking good

ByBarryFoxSelf-focusingspectaclesareonthehorizon

2019-02-27 08:05:00

Computer clobber

ByBarryFoxPoliceandsecurityservicesaroundtheworldaregettingexcitedabouttheideaofa“wearable”computer.Themachineswouldbemadeupofcomponentsthatarewovenintoajacket

2019-02-27 08:04:00

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NetropolitanhasonenigglewiththeFreeservesoftware:itchangesanyexistingcommunicationssettingsinanycopyofIE4youmightalreadyuse

2019-02-27 07:15:00

Unisex contraception

ByBarryFoxAreversiblesterilisationprocessformenandwomenhasbeenpatentedbyJeffreyCallister

2019-02-27 07:14:00

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Togetstartedyou’llneedagoodInternetconnection(28.8kbpsormore)andaPentiumPCorPowerMac.ThemostcommonformatisRealVideo

2019-02-27 07:11:00

Game plan

ByBarryFoxTheproposedpurchaseofManchesterUnitedFootballClubbymediatycoonRupertMurdochwillgivehisTVstationsworldwiderightstoscreenalltheReds’matches.ButprotectingTVrightsisexpensive

2019-02-27 07:08:00

Web of misery

Thiscolumncouldbebadforyourhealth—ifyou’rereadingitonline.Atwo-yearstudybyresearchersatCarnegieMellonUniversityinPittsburghhasconcludedthatsurfingtheInternetcancauseaslowdeclineinmentalhealth.Socialps

2019-02-27 06:13:00

PAN minds your PINs

ByBarryFoxInEP843425

2019-02-27 05:11:00

Quantum leap

ByCharlesSeifeCRYPTOGRAPHERScanhardlywaitforquantumcomputerstobecomeareality

2019-02-27 05:01:00

Cry for help

ByBarryFoxAftersingingcoffeemugsandgreetingscardscomesthesingingdummy.DouglasMcTavishofMotherwellnearGlasgowpointsoutinGB2319883thatlookingforacryingbaby’slostdummy(orpacifier)atnightmeansswitchingthe

2019-02-27 04:17:00

Plugging the hot stuff

ByBarryFoxAlotofinventorsobviouslygetinspirationatbathtime.DavidNewtonofPrestonhaspatented(GB2290467)atemperature-sensitiveplugwhichemptiesabathifthewatergetsdangerouslyhot.Theplugismadefromtwohalves

2019-02-27 04:08:00

Covering all angles

ByBarryFoxSamsungofKoreahasinventedavideorecorderthatletsaTVstationrecordasportseventfromseveralangles

2019-02-27 02:17:00

Telling tubbies

ByBarryFoxAcalculator-likedevicethathelpsyoukeepslimhasbeenpatentedbySeikoEpsonofTokyo(EP845241).Thepocketinstrumentconnectstosensorsthatcontinuallymonitoryourpulseandbodytemperature.Butitcanalsodetec

2019-02-27 02:06:00

Something for nothing?

ManyofusareusedtoserviceslikeMicrosoft’sHotmailathttp://www.hotmail.com

2019-02-27 02:01:00

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ThenearestthingstreamingvideohastoasearchengineisTimecastathttp://www.timecast.com.Typeinaverygeneraltopicsuchas“science”andTimecastwillofferalistofrelevantsitesfromits4000streaminglinks.Oneofitssc

2019-02-27 01:11:00

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NASAbroadcastslivecoverageoflaunchesandshuttlelandingsaswellasitspressconferencesandeducationalvideos

2019-02-27 01:08:00

Sick of simulation

ByBarryFoxFlightsimulatorscauseaformofmotionsickness

2019-02-27 01:03:00

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Streamingvideonewssitestendtobetheeasiesttowatchsincetalking-headssufferlesswhensqueezedovera28.8kbpsor56kbpsconnection.ThebestsiteisCNN’s

2019-02-26 12:15:00

Google Earth provides dizzying 3D views of Mars

ByRachelCourtlandMarsenthusiastscanflyfromthetoweringpeakofOlympusMonstoMarsPathfinder’speacefulrestingplaceinanadd-ontothelatestversionofthedesktopapplicationGoogleEarth