Israeli Scientist Honored for Discovery of Unorthodox Crystals

An Israeli scientist whose research was initially met with skepticism and mockery has won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Daniel Shechtman’s discovery of “quasicrystals” nearly 30 years ago fundamentally changed the way scientists think about solid matter. Daniel Shechtman, of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, won the $1.4 million Nobel

Apple Unveils iPhone 4S to Tough Competition

The high-tech company Apple has announced a new version of its popular iPhone, called the iPhone 4S.  The new device offers some innovative features, but faces growing competition in a crowded market. Apple’s new iPhone, unveiled by chief executive Tim Cook, offers a much faster processor and a better camera, as Apple’s Phil Schiller explains:

University of Maryland Wins 2011 Solar Decathlon

An international collegiate competition to build the best solar-powered home took place recently in Washington. Nineteen teams competed in 10 categories, and the winning was not easy. An unusual assortment of houses popped up rather suddenly in this park along the Potomac River in Washington.  The houses are entries in the Solar Decathlon, a two-year

2011 Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded in Stockholm

The 2011 Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to three U.S.-born scientists for “the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe” through observations of exploding stars. American Saul Perlmutter will share the $1.5 million award with Adam Riess and U.S.-Australian Brian Schmidt. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the discoveries by the

NASA Awards $1.3 Million to Winner of Electric Airplane Contest

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has awarded its $1.3 million Green Flight Challenge aviation contest prize to team Pipistrel-USA.com of State College, Pennsylvania for its innovative and energy efficient electric aircraft. The second place award of $120,000 went to team e-Genius of Ramona, California for its electric powered entry.  NASA announced the winners Monday. Its

India Caps Mobile Text Messages

India’s millions of mobile phone subscribers have won relief from a growing nuisance on the subcontinent — unsolicited text messages. The crackdown by regulators targets the world’s fastest-growing mobile phone market. From remote villages to crowded metros, the number of mobile phones in India has grown exponentially to more than 850 million in just over

US Port Security Technology Evolving

Millions of containers from around the world enter ports throughout the United States every year.  The threat to U.S. national security at these ports have grown in the last decade and so has security.  At a recent technology conference near Los Angeles, companies were able to show off their latest inventions in high tech security.

Social Media Brings China New Challenges, Opportunities

China has more people online than any other country in the world despite strict government controls on the the web. As China marks National Day, October 1. Using social media to share information Published videos and images are examples of how social media have an impact in China – both in helping the masses mobilize

US Retires Its Pioneering Tevatron Atom-Smasher

A 26-year search for the keys to understanding the universe has come to an end at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab in suburban Chicago. The Tevatron Accelerator, one of the world’s largest sub-atomic particle colliders, went offline permanently Friday. The Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, near Geneva, Switzerland, will take over one of the

NASA’s Asteroid Hunter Finds Fewer ‘Planet-Buster’ Asteroids Than Predicted

The U.S. space agency, NASA, says there are slightly fewer massive, planet-buster asteroids and far fewer mid-sized, city-buster asteroids than previously thought in near-Earth orbit.  The findings were the latest from NASA’s asteroid-hunter, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, known as WISE. Imagine a census of the inner solar system.  Specifically, imagine a count of asteroids