Archive for June, 2009

High-Rise Farms: The Future of Food?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 30, 2009   View Article

Salads of the future may still be served in bowls, but their ingredients might be grown in skyscrapers.

That’s the hope of scientists and architects who are erecting a unique strategy to feed a swelling population on a planet with finite farmland.

How to become Internet famous

Publication: MSN Tech & Gadgets   Date: June 29, 2009   View Article

For those seeking Internet fame, here’s some advice: Don’t try.

“It’s precisely the people who seem to try too hard or want to prolong their Internet fame for way longer than the Internet is willing to give them that get the most crap,” says Tim Hwang, a research associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Hwang is most famous for organizing a conference called ROFLcon in April 2008 that brought together some of the Web’s biggest stars for a few days in Cambridge, Mass.. (ROFL is text-message speak for “rolling on the floor, laughing.”)

Six turnaround technologies for the auto industry

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: June 25, 2009   View Article

General Motors and Chrysler are in the throes of bankruptcy. And although Frod isn’t bankrupt, it’s limping over its crippled competitors in search of skittish consumers. But most ways you look at it, the U.S. auto industry is on the ropes. Can technology save the day?

8 races and race cars that rev auto innovation

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: June 22, 2009   View Article

Auto races and the engineering behind the cars gunning for the checkered flag are powerhouses of automotive technological innovation. Check out eight places where races and race cars are making a mark on the future of the industry, from proving the viability of alternative fuels to cars piloted by robots.

Mystery Glaciers Growing as Most Others Retreat

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 22, 2009   View Article

Two South American glaciers are displaying strange behavior for the times: They’re growing.

Most of the 50 massive glaciers draped over the spine of the Patagonian Andes are shrinking in response to a global warming, said Andrés Rivera, a glaciologist at the Center for Scientific Studies in Valdivia, Chile.

Father’s Day 2009: Facts, Gifts, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 18, 2009   View Article

On Father’s Day 2009, which falls on Sunday, June 21, millions of dads across the U.S. will open boxes, peel back tissue paper, and break into a smile as they admire their new neckties

New Dinosaur: Fossil Fingers Solve Bird Wing Mystery?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 17, 2009   View Article

The fossil hand of a long-necked, ostrich-like dinosaur recently found in China may help solve the mystery of how bird wings evolved from dinosaur limbs, according to a new study.

The ancient digits belonged to a 159-million-year-old theropod dinosaur dubbed Limusaurus inextricabilis. Theropods are two-legged dinos thought to have given rise to modern birds.

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