Researchers at MIT have genetically modified a virus that helps carbon nanotubes self-assemble along solar cells to improve efficiency of electron collection. The virus, called M13, helps to separate the two types of nanotubes – those that enhance solar cell performance and those that inhibit it. According to Engadget, “Adding virus-built structures to dye-sensitized solar… Continue reading MIT makes solar-cell technology go viral. Literally.
Every computer, hair dryer, and electric car that needs juice to operate takes a toll on the infrastructure of the various power grids around the world. It’s not a new revelation, but it’s something that should be remembered as the effects of climate change become more apparent with every passing day. And yet, it isn’t.… Continue reading Household gadgets take a toll on power grid, pocket books
Good luck, guys. Two Michigan residents are filing a class-action suit against Google over the sudden location-tracking brouhaha that’s been going down in the past week with first iOS, and now Android. According to them, Google’s location tracking of its HTC Inspire 4G’s is to a level that would normally require a warrant – and… Continue reading Users furrow their class-action brows at Google over privacy… again
If you’re an active Sony Playstation network user, you’re aware that it was “game over” last week as hackers made their way into the network and made off with a ton of your personal data. Sony has said that they are not certain whether sensitive credit card data was taken. According to discussions in underground… Continue reading Hackers take credit for Playstation network attack, claim possession of credit card data
If there’s one thing that Apple has done exceptionally well over the past decade, it’s advertising. They have built a subculture around their products that is sparked by the way they position them in the marketplace and embed them in our lives. We discussed the “We Believe” video that Apple used to promote their recent… Continue reading The Apple ad machine through the years
I’ve been a huge supporter of Android over the past year. Ever since I purchased my Droid X, things have been okay. I’m checking my email, staying on top of social networks, and flinging Angry Birds around. But asking any more of my Android device is far too much, and that’s a big problem. What… Continue reading Why I regret the day I purchased anything but an iPhone
In addition to developing its own all-electric powertrains, BMW has recently formed the new “i” brand to sell next-generation EVs and hybrids. The German automaker’s investment in such technology is staggering, but some execs still don’t believe electricity lives up to the hype. At the New York International Auto Show last week, BMW North American… Continue reading BMW says electric vehicles are great…for some people
If you were in the management team at Sony – especially Sony Computer Entertainment – life is probably a little stressful right now. Knowing that you may have lost the personal data of 77 million of your customers, maybe even including their credit card info is cataclysmic. All companies have their ups and downs but… Continue reading How Sony Can Recover From Their PSN Nightmare
Jaiku was a service that the entered microblogging scene at the right time in 2007, arguably offering a superior service to Twitter. The company’s explosive growth and keen grasp of mobile led to its sale to Google in October 2007.. While at the time co-founder Jyri Engeström believed the purchase would ultimately help to broaden… Continue reading Jaiku’s founder discusses Google’s ‘kiss of death’
Okay, so the LEGO thing has been played out over the Internet for far too much, and I might have contributed, but there is just something about LEGOs that I can’t get over. It just takes you back to a time when everything was so much simpler. Unfortunately, the idea of turning LEGOs into soap… Continue reading You can get your LEGO on in the tub, too!