Monthly Archives: February 2011

Increasing processor efficiency by 'shutting off the lights'

Increasing processor efficiency by ‘shutting off the lights’

Plug-and-play multi-core voltage regulator could lead to ‘smarter’ smartphones, slimmer laptops and energy-friendly data centers … learn more→

Composting methods

Composting methods

Compost is beneficial for lawns, gardens, trees, and potted plants. It adds organic matter to the soil, enhances the ability of the soil to hold moisture, increases soil porosity, reduces erosion, improves plant growth, and aids the development of healthy root structures. Composting also reduces greenhouse gas production and the amount of material sent to […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner

Banned Books Awareness: “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner

As I Lay Dying, by American author William Faulkner, was published in 1930.  The title derives from Book XI of Homer’s The Odyssey, when Agamemnon says to Odysseus: “As I lay dying, the woman with the dog’s eyes would not close my eyes as I descended into Hades.” As I Lay Dying is Faulkner’s disturbing […] … learn more→

Bamiyan Buddhas once glowed in red, white and blue

Bamiyan Buddhas once glowed in red, white and blue

The world watched in horror as Taliban fanatics ten years ago blew up the two gigantic Buddha statues that had since the 6th century looked out over the Bamiyan Valley in what is now Afghanistan. Located on the Silk Road, until the 10th century the 55 and 38 meter tall works of art formed the […] … learn more→

Arctic environment during an ancient bout of natural global warming

Arctic environment during an ancient bout of natural global warming

Scientists are unravelling the environmental changes that took place around the Arctic during an exceptional episode of ancient global warming. Newly published results from a high-resolution study of sediments collected on Spitsbergen represent a significant contribution to this endeavour. The study was led by Dr Ian Harding and Prof John Marshall of the University of […] … learn more→

In The World: Turning old oil into new mileage

In The World: Turning old oil into new mileage

Brazilian waste pickers gain an inexpensive way to fuel their vehicles using leftover cooking oil. … learn more→

A semantic sommelier: Wine application highlights the power of Web 3.0

A semantic sommelier: Wine application highlights the power of Web 3.0

In the restaurant of the future, you will always enjoy the perfect meal with that full-bodied 2006 cabernet sauvignon, you will always know your dinner companions’ favorite merlot, and you will be able to check if the sommelier’s cellar contains your favorite pinot grigio before you even check your coat. These feats of classic cuisine […] … learn more→

Solar experts detect waves in giant magnetic holes the size of the UK

Solar experts detect waves in giant magnetic holes the size of the UK

Massive waves in giant magnetic holes on the surface of the Sun have been discovered for the first time by solar scientists from the University of Sheffield and Queen’s University Belfast, something that will bring experts a step closer to unlocking the secrets of the Sun. The Sun is interwoven by a complex network of […] … learn more→

Sponsoring entrepreneurship in the 21st century

Sponsoring entrepreneurship in the 21st century

Quite often, I hear about the value of entrepreneurship to the effectiveness of modern state capitalism. It is so highly regarded, that some macroeconomics textbook authors (such as Bradley Schiller) categorize entrepreneurship as a factor of production, creating a quartet among the usual land, labor and capital trio. “Without entrepreneurship, capitalism would be half the […] … learn more→

A remarkable record of reef research

A remarkable record of reef research

A James Cook University professor has produced an earth science encyclopaedia on coral reefs in what is most likely the most comprehensive record of work carried out in the area since Charles Darwin first attempted to understand reef evolution. Emeritus Professor David Hopley has launched Encyclopaedia of Modern Coral Reefs: Structure, Form and Process at […] … learn more→