Dec 5, 2010

Sahara desert project aims to power half the world by 2050!

A joint project by universities in Algeria and Japan is planning to turn the Sahara desert, the largest desert in the world, into a breeding ground for solar power plants that could supply half the world’s electrical energy requirements by 2050.
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US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan

It looks and acts like something best left in the hands of Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo," but this latest dream weapon is real -- and the US Army sees it becoming the Taliban's worst nightmare.

December 1, 2010 by Michael Mathes
The XM25 uses microchipped ammunition to target and kill the enemy, even when the enemy is hidden behind walls
A soldier aims an XM25 weapon system at Aberdeen Test Center, Maryland. The Pentagon has rolled out prototypes of its first-ever programmable "smart" grenade launcher, a shoulder-fired weapon that uses microchipped ammunition to target and kill the enemy, even when the enemy

Worm therapy for Ulcerative Colitis?

A few years ago, a 35-year-old man in California had extensive ulcers in his colon. He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, and doctors recommended removing part of his colon. So he swallowed over a thousand parasitic worm eggs from Thailand, and just over a year later, his ulcers were gone.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammation of the mucous membrane (or mucosa) that lines the colon, and symptoms include open sores in the lining of the colon, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and rectal bleeding. What causes it remains unknown, but the disease has been linked to defects in regulation of the immune system.

PlayStation powered super computer! Smartphone powered version for the future!

Before the PlayStation 3 was released in 2006, there was already buzz that its unusual, IBM-designed processor might be valuable for supercomputing. “PS3s… could help cure Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or mad cow disease,”wrote CNN in September of that year, referring to a plan to link idle consoles in people’s homes, creating a massive, international, distributed supercomputing system. It worked. Click the read more link for more details.

Report reconsiders urban transportation systems

The Forum for the Future’s new “Megacities on the Move” explores the very real transportation planning challenge faced by the largest of these larger urban areas. The Forum calls these urban areas “megacities,” which sometimes stretch for hundreds of miles or kilometers. The transportation policies of these megacities must be comprehensive, diverse and long-term in nature. The challenges of these cities will probably dwarf those of my own particular region. Click the read more link for the complete article on future transportation options!

Free VoIP calls over 3g with your iPhone and Android with Viber!

You know those voice minutes you've been coaxed into buying for, like, ever? Now would be an awesome time to bid 'em adieu. Out of nowhere, Viber has swooped in to crush the dreams of Skype and every other VoIP provider out there, and if these guys can reach critical mass, avid iPhone users will certainly be able to buy a mobile plan with fewer minutes. It works as such: install the free app on your iPhone, provide just your phone number (no "registration" is necessary) and then fire it up. Viber uses your existing contact and favorites list, and you can make Viber or standard voice calls from within the app; naturally, a Viber logo pops up beside any contact who is also a user, making it easy to see who you can VoIP call for free. Click the read more link for more details!


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