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Caltech Makes Flexible, 86% Efficient Solar Arrays

February 28th, 2010 02:46 admin View Comments

strredwolf writes “Caltech has released a flexible solar array that converts 95% of single-wavelength incandescent light and 86% of all sunlight into electricity. Instead of being flat-panel, they stand thin silicon wires in a plastic substrate that scatters the light onto them. The total composition is 98% plastic, 2% wire — the amount of silicon used is 1/50th that of ordinary panels. So as soon as they can get these to market, solar could be very viable and cheap to produce.”

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8-Year Fan-Made Game Project Shut Down By Activision

February 28th, 2010 02:09 admin View Comments

An anonymous reader writes “Activision, after acquiring Vivendi, became the new copyright holder of the classic King’s Quest series of adventure game. They have now issued a cease and desist order to a team which has worked for eight years on a fan-made project initially dubbed a sequel to the last official installment, King’s Quest 8. This stands against the fact that Vivendi granted a non-commercial license to the team, subject to Vivendi’s approval of the game after submission. After the acquisition, key team members had indicated on the game’s forums (now stripped of their original content by order of Activision) that Activision had given the indication that it intended to keep its current fan-game licenses, but was not interested in issuing new ones.”

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Wiseguys Indicted in $25 Million Online Ticket Ring

February 28th, 2010 02:57 admin View Comments

A ring of ticket brokers is being indicted Monday. The operators of Wiseguys, the authorities say, built an elaborate $25 million hacking-and-fraud scheme to purchase concert and sporting event tickets from Ticketmaster and others.

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Cracking the Code for Crystal-Powered Super Spooks

February 28th, 2010 02:18 admin View Comments

New nano-technology research could potentially turn people into self-powered electricity machines. Crystal-based people power — what an idea. It’s funded by the U.S. intelligence community, to be used for spies at first but there are all kinds of ways civilians could use it.

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Rob Swift Kicks Down Some Top DJ Knowledge

February 28th, 2010 02:00 admin View Comments

Want to learn to rock the party on the ones and twos? You’ll need some mad skills and, of course, mad gear. DJ Rob Swift breaks down what it takes to be a top turntablist.

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Fill in the Blanks: Algorithm Makes Something Out of Nothing

February 28th, 2010 02:00 admin View Comments

A technique known as compressed sensing may change everything from medical imagery to astronomy.

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March 1, 1966: Probe Makes First Contact With Another Planet

February 28th, 2010 02:00 admin View Comments

The Soviet Union crash-lands a probe on Venus, the first time human artifacts touch another planet.

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Playlist: Clash of the Titans, Robolamps, Danger Mouse

February 28th, 2010 02:00 admin View Comments

From an inflatable metal stool to a TMZ for mathletes to the rise of the cell, find out what’s wired this month.

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Banks Accept Dubai Assassins’ Stolen IDs

February 28th, 2010 02:36 admin View Comments

schliz writes “Public scrutiny did more harm than good last week, after Australian police and the media released details of three stolen passports allegedly used in the assasination of a senior Hamas member in Dubai. As if having their identities stolen for an assassination wasn’t enough, it turns out the victims’ passports had not been cancelled by the government, so the details that were published by the media in fact could be used to open fraudulent bank accounts.”

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The LHC Is Back Online

February 28th, 2010 02:10 admin View Comments

medea and several other readers noted that the LHC came back online early this morning. Here is the tweet from CERN announcing the milestone. As we discussed a few weeks ago, CERN plans to run the LHC at half power or less through 2011.

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