• Food inspection technology improves food safety

    New inspection X-ray technology developed by European researchers is helping to ensure that the only thing in people’s dinners is the food itself

  • Wireless communication under water

    Acoustic time reversal cleans up underwater sound signals, extending their range and capacity

  • U.S. DOE offers $1.3 billion funding for clean coal technology

    The Bush administration sees clean coal as a vital component of its energy policy, and the Department of Energy announced a funding opportunity of $1.3 billion for companies and organizations doing research and development of clean coal

  • Hybrid trucks could save fuel and the environment

    Sales of small- to medium-size hybrid passenger cars are growing fast, but hybrid technology for trucks is about a decade behind; U.S. Congress wants to change that

  • New CCTV cameras can see and hear

    Researchers teach intelligent CCTV to “hear” as well as see; the CCTV’s artificial intelligence software is being taught to recognize sounds associated with crimes, including breaking glass, shouted obscenities, and car alarms going off

  • New X-ray technology order of magnitude brighter

    The electron pulse enters an undulator and generates an X-ray which is reflected back into the undulator entrance by crystals and connects with the next electron bunch and again travels back along the undulator

  • GM, Carnegie Mellon collaborate on autonomous driving

    General Motors and Carnegie Mellon University have collaborated on an autonomous vehicle which was entered in DARPA 2007 Urban Challenge competition; the now commit to expanding their collaboration with the aim of accelerating the emerging field of autonomous driving

  • Intelligent binoculars

    Northrop Grumman develops binoculars which connects to scalp electrodes in the soldiers’ helmets; the electrodes record how soldiers’ brains react to various objects as they look through the goggles, then train the binoculars in what constitutes a threat

  • Canada puts brakes on electric vehicles

    There is a growing demand in environment-conscious Canada for electric cars, but the Canadian government says that the vehicles made of lightweight metals and plastics are not safe to drive on Canada’s open roads

  • Plane wings made of glass

    Researchers learn more about the atomic structure of glass, offering the possibility of constructing plane wings — and other things — with glass rather than metal, thus avoiding the danger of metal fatigue

  • First conviction under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996

    Chinese-born software engineer sentenced for stealing industrial and military secrets on behalf of the PRC; first conviction under a 1996 law for misappropriating a trade secret with the intent to benefit a foreign government

  • Genetically modified mosquitoes to fight malaria

    Malaria kills three million people around the arodl each year; current methods of combatting the disease do not work; scientists examine the potential of genetically modifies mosquitoes for stopping the killer disease

  • Investing in biodefense companies, II

    Billions of dollars are being spent on finding vaccines and treatments for possible bioterror attacks; investment analyst says that these billions of dollars in government spending notwithstanding, when considering an investment in a company doing R&D in the bioterror field, you should consider its non-terror-related biotechnology efforts, and the quality of its management team

  • New satallite images identification technology

    Researchers offer the first computerized method that can analyze a single photograph and determine where in the world the image likely was taken

  • New biofueled diesel engine developed

    U.K. company develops 100 percent-biofueled diesel engine which could help provide electricity to remote communities in the developing world; engine can run on pure biofuel with no additives — but also on a variety of vegetable oils which have not been converted to conventional biofuels