Using Hi-Tech Tools To Rescuing Recorded Sound from Silence
August 21, 2007 01:35 PM - Kathleen M. Wong, UC Berkeley

While listening to National Public Radio in 2000, Carl Haber learned that the Library of Congress had a big problem. The Library's audio collection, which spans the 130-year history of recorded sound, includes the soaring tenor of Enrico Caruso, the speeches of Teddy Roosevelt, and the voices of Native Americans from now-vanished tribes. These echoes of a bygone era were recorded on media such as wax cylinders and shellac and lacquer discs. But many are now too fragile to play in their original format; the pressure of a stylus or phonograph needle could cause irreversible damage. The archivists needed a means to preserve the recordings without injuring them further.

Sun Microsystems Launches Eco Initiative
August 21, 2007 11:36 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Sun Microsystems, Inc., today announced a comprehensive suite of programs that will help customers design more energy efficient, eco-responsible datacenters and save money. The folks at Sun call it the "Eco Innovation Initiative", an extension of their "Eco Responsibility Initiative", which was launched in November 2005.

Catching Some Rays
August 21, 2007 09:52 AM - The National Science Foundation

Enormous detector makes first real-time detection of elusive, low-energy neutrinos streaming from the sun's core

Helping the carbon nanotube industry avoid mega-mistakes of the past
August 21, 2007 09:41 AM - American Chemical Society

A new analysis of by-products discharged to the environment during production of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) — expected to become the basis of multibillion-dollar industries in the 21st Century — has identified cancer-causing compounds, air pollutants, and other substances of concern, researchers reported here today at the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Clemson scientists shed light on molecules in living cells
August 21, 2007 09:29 AM - Clemson University

CLEMSON, S.C. —— Clemson University chemists have developed a method to dramatically improve the longevity of fluorescent nanoparticles that may someday help researchers track the motion of a single molecule as it travels through a living cell.

California's First Plug-In Hybrid School Bus
August 21, 2007 09:21 AM - , Green Progress

Enova Systems, a production company in an emerging clean energy, environmentally friendly industry and a developer of proprietary electric, hybrid and fuel cell digital power management systems, announced today that the Napa Unified School District has received a new plug-in hybrid electric school bus. The bus, provided by IC Corporation could see up to a 100% fuel economy improvement, as well as a 90% reduction in emissions.

Super Green Kitchens: 'Dynamic Demand' Technology Could Dramtically Lower CO2 Emissions
August 20, 2007 06:42 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Dynamic Demand controlled appliances such as fridges and freezers could be able to reduce the amount of electricity they use during peak periods and eventually save an estimated two million tonnes of CO2 emissions a year when fully integrated across the network - the equivalent of taking over 665,000 cars off the road.

Going Green At Gigabit Speeds
August 20, 2007 05:00 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Yes. Even even gigabits can be 'greened'. And at a major industry conference, VoiceCon Fall, this week, Extreme Networks, Inc. will discuss the elements required to deliver a superior converged voice and data infrastructure over the LAN/WAN. They'll also talk about new automated power conservation techniques and operating systems that allow for a greener environment.

Toyota Drops Price On 2008 Highlander SUV Hybrid, Options Galore, Only $33,700
August 20, 2007 12:50 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Toyota today announced manufacturer's suggested retail prices for the all-new 2008 Highlander Hybrid. All loaded up with new standard equipment and convenience features, the 2008 Highlander Hybrid base grade 4WD-i model will carry an MSRP of $33,700, a decrease of $190, or 0.6 percent over the previous generation comparably-equipped Highlander Hybrid.

7 Hours From Nearest Road, Power, Nepali Teacher Wins 'Asian Nobel Prize' For Village Wireless Project
August 20, 2007 11:42 AM - Mahabir Pun and Imelda Abano, SciDevNet

A Nepali teacher has been honoured with the Nobel Prize of Asia for his innovative application of wireless computer technology in Nepal. Mahabir Pun, 52, from the remote village of Nangi in Nepal organized and launched the project — The Nepal Wireless Networking Project — to meet the communication needs of his village, which is a seven hour climb to the nearest road and without a telephone connection.

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