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Tech-news archive: November-December 2006

Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia creator turns to search
(Dec 30, 2006)

The creator of the Wikipedia encyclopedia is turning his attention to search engines. Jimmy Wales, the man behind the collaborative online reference work, is planning to create a "people-powered" search site. The Search Wikia project will not rely on computer algorithms to determine how relevant webpages are to keywords.

Read more. Source: BBC

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Blogging 'set to peak next year'
(Dec 14, 2006)

The blogging phenomenon is set to peak in 2007, according to technology predictions by analysts Gartner. The analysts said that during the middle of next year the number of blogs will level out at about 100 million. The firm has said that 200 million people have already stopped writing their blogs. Gartner has made 10 predictions, including stating that Vista will be the last major release of Windows and PCs will halve in cost by 2010.

Read more. Source: BBC

Giant tent to be built in Astana
(Dec 10, 2006)

Kazakhstan has unveiled a new architectural project for its capital Astana – a giant transparent tent that will contain an indoor city. The 150m-high (500ft) dome, designed by UK architect Norman Foster, will be built in just over a year. The tent is being made from special material that absorbs sunlight to create the effect of summer inside.

Read more. Source: BBC

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Training for 'PlayStation medics'
(Nov 27, 2006)

A training system has been developed for doctors who grew up playing computer games like PlayStation. Two broadband virtual-learning packages have been designed by Medcom to help newly-qualified doctors learn basic skills and surgical procedures. Doctors can watch the procedures in 3D and look up notes to help them prepare for exams or for a real-life operation.

Read more. Source: BBC

scene from Second Life
'Worm' attacks Second Life world
(Nov 22, 2006)

Virtual world Second Life had to close its doors for a short time on Sunday after a worm attack called grey goo. The self-replicating worm planted spinning gold rings around the virtual world, which is inhabited by more than a million users. Players treated the attack with a mixture of mirth and anger.

Read more. Source: BBC

air guitar T-shirt
Air guitar T-shirt rocks for real
(Nov 14, 2006)

Australian scientists have created a T-shirt that allows air guitarists to play real music – without resorting to a real guitar. The T-shirt has motion sensors built into its elbows that pick up movements and relay them wirelessly to a computer which interprets them as guitar riffs. One arm is interpreted as picking chords while the other strums.

Read more. Source: BBC

SAX-40 silent plane
The birth of a quieter, greener plane
(Nov 8, 2006)

More and more of us fly every year. As we do so, the political pressure to act to curb greenhouse gas emissions from planes is rising. Now a team of researchers in Britain and the US has come up with a revolutionary new aircraft design that could make a dramatic contribution to curbing climate change.

Read more. Source: BBC


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