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Tech-news archive: September-October 2008

Bloodhound SSC
Plans unveiled for record-smashing 1000-mph car
(Oct 24, 2008)

A team of UK engineers have set themselves a three-year target to design and build a car capable of reaching 1000 miles per hour to smash the current land-speed record by nearly 300 mph. In 1997, their previous vehicle, Thrust SSC (SuperSonic Car), reached a speed of 763 mph in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. It became the first land vehicle to officially break the sound barrier, becoming supersonic for just a few seconds.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

brain-machine interface
Mind power moves paralysed limbs
(Oct 16, 2008)

Scientists have shown it is possible to harness brain signals and redirect them to make paralysed limbs move. The technology bypasses injuries that stop nerve signals travelling from the brain to the muscles, offering hope for people with spinal damage. So far the US team from the University of Washington have only tested their "brain-machine interfaces" in monkeys.

Read more. Source: BBC

Large Hadron Collider tunnel
Collider halted until next year
(Sep 24, 2008)

The Large Hadron Collider near Geneva will be shut off until spring 2009 while engineers probe a magnet failure. The incident on 19 September caused a tonne of liquid helium to leak out into the experiment's 27km-long tunnel. Officials said the time required to fully investigate the problem precluded a re-start before the lab's winter maintenance period.

Read more. Source: BBC

Ultrasonic haptic device
Ultrasound to give feel to games
(Sep 3, 2008)

The power of ultrasonic waves has been harnessed to produce "virtual" objects in mid-air. The field of haptics – integrating computing and the sense of touch – has been around for some time but has required gloves or mechanical devices to impart a sense of feeling. Now, a team of Japanese researchers has developed a system that uses focused ultrasound to do the job.

Read more. Source: BBC

Google web page
Google launches internet browser
(Sep 2, 2008)

Google is launching an open source web browser to compete with Internet Explorer and Firefox. The browser is designed to be lightweight and fast, and to cope with the next generation of web applications that rely on graphics and multimedia. Called Chrome, it will launch as a beta for Windows machines in 100 countries, with Mac and Linux versions to come.

Read more. Source: BBC


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