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If you were wondering just when Porsche would unveil a revamped 911 Turbo, your wait is over. The automaker revealed the new 2010 Turbo today, well in advance of its September premiere.

While the car receives a number of small visual tweaks first launched on the 2009 911, the biggest news is what lies underneath the hood. The new 911 Turbo ditches the 3.6-liter mill found in the current car, and moves to a direct-injection, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six. Porsche says the new engine pumps out 500 hp (20 hp more than the current 911 Turbo), all while improving both fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, but the hallmark of the latest 911 range--Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission--is available as an option. We’re happy to hear buyers can eschew Porsche’s standard PDK steering wheel for an optional wheel with simplified shift paddles (the right paddle triggers an upsh

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foxnews

all right this next story may sound like something out of a Hollywood thriller. Saudi GPS device also has a lethal dose of cyanide which can be activated. And anytime you get my point. The inventors bid for a patent has been rejected in Germany joining us now the smoking did talk about his -- deputy editor of popular science okay that this is pretty much Cobb. Pretty sinister and nefarious. How exactly would this work."

" Well there's a category of technology that involves GPS tracking systems being shrunk down to the -- for you could actually implanted surgically and we've seen a number of applications for this. This is without question the most sinister version of it that I've certainly heard of you know and and the notion of tracking criminals is not -- but the notion of killing them remote

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TechCrunch

Right about now, Apple probably wishes it had never rejected Google Voice and related apps from the iPhone. Or maybe it was AT&T who rejected the apps. Nobody really knows. But the FCC launched an investigation last night to find out, sending letters to all three companies (Apple, AT&T, and Google) asking them to explain exactly what happened.

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LiveScience

Flexible translucent fibers woven into a fabric can capture light and turn it into images without a camera lens, researchers announced this week.

Scientists say the optoelectronic fiber could lead to bizarre new imaging products like a wall-sized, all-seeing camera or a soldier's uniform that captures 360-degree views.

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NuVinci

The NuVinci transmission uses a set of rotating and tilting balls positioned between the input and output components of a transmission that tilt to vary the speed of the transmission.

The patented NuVinci technology developed by Fallbrook Technologies Inc. (Fallbrook) is the most practical, economical and universally adaptable continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmission for human-powered and motor-powered vehicles and machines. The NuVinci CVP is ideally suited for applications in many major industries including bicycles, light electric vehicles, tractors, automobiles, trucks, and utility class wind turbines among others.

Tilting the balls changes their contact diameters and varies the speed ratio. As a result, the NuVinci CVP offers seamless and continuous transition to any ratio within its range, thus maximizing overall powertrain efficiency, with no jarring or shocks from the shifting process, and improving accele

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PopSi

Speech technology is advancing quickly; even smartphones offer apps that let you speak commands and perform voice-activated searches. Now, a new app for iPhone and Blackberry can convert spoken Arabic into spoken English (and vice versa). The mobile app's speed of processing and accuracy is unprecedented for such a complex and different pair of languages.

Created by Sakhr and Dial Directions for use by the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and other military customers -- not you -- the app has implications for field personnel who need to understand foreign speech in dire situations. The app also provides a text translation.

"I've seen Sakhr's speech-to-speech mobile translator on the iPhone in action, and it could be a game-changer," said Hythem El-Nazer, the senior vice president of Boston-based TA Associates, speaking to Business Wire. ""Instant, open speech translation on a mobile phone hasn't been done before

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LiveScience

A saser produces an intense beam of uniform sound waves on a nano scale.

Terahertz radiation is also used to reveal what's under your clothes in airport scans.

In the future, a saser might spot defects in nanometer-scale objects like micro-electric circuits. Or sasers might be used for medical imaging and security screening in novel ways.

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Technology Review

A cell phone that never needs recharging might sound too good to be true, but Nokia says it's developing technology that could draw enough power from ambient radio waves to keep a cell-phone handset topped up.

Ambient electromagnetic radiation--emitted from Wi-Fi transmitters, cell-phone antennas, TV masts, and other sources--could be converted into enough electrical current to keep a battery topped up, says Markku Rouvala, a researcher from the Nokia Research Centre, in Cambridge, U.K.

Rouvala says that his group is working towards a prototype that could harvest up to 50 milliwatts of power--enough to slowly recharge a phone that is switched off. He says current prototypes can harvest 3 to 5 milliwatts.

 

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LiveScience

Forget fumbling with tiny cell phone keys.  A prototype of a new application allows cell phone users to write short notes in the air and send them automatically to an e-mail address.

This represents just one possible step toward allowing people to naturally merge the real world with the information power of the Internet. Travelers and other mobile users could air-write notes to themselves rather than have to text on the run.

 

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Jerusalem Post

The spying robot, which is about two meters long and covered in military camouflage, mimics the movements and appearance of real snakes, slithering around through caves, tunnels, cracks and buildings, while at the same time sending images and sound back to a soldier who controls the device through a laptop computer.

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Wired

Even by the standards of the Pentagon fringe science arm, this project sounds far-out: “programmable matter” that can be ordered to “self-assemble or alter their shape, perform a function and then disassemble themselves.” But researchers backed by Darpa are actually making progress on this incredible goal.

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popsci.com

The material is infused with ultra-thin circuitry and an electronically-controlled ink available in a wide range of Pantone colors, which are conveyed in “print quality.” As in all e-ink displays, a current passes through the substrate to activate the ink; otherwise, the eSkin is transparent to reveal the surface underneath. The eSkin material are flexible and can be manufactured in large-scale rolls rather than individually, making them cheaper and ensuring that our eyes will not have to suffer through looking at any static, information-less screen in the future.

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