Poisonous Tree Holds Bio-Fuel Promise

Jatropha curcas, a poisonous, semi-evergreen shrub that can grow as high as 20 feet, produces seeds laden with oil that backers say is an ideal biofuel.  It has already fared well in testing with airlines and trucking companies. Jatropha can provide “environmentally responsible fuel without compromising the food supply, so we can help the Earth while helping the public,” said James Garton, president of the firm’s U.S. branch. “That...

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Apple iPad and iPhone Operating System the Most Secure

Back in 2007, Apple’s new entry to the smartphone market was one of the least secure operating systems on the market.  Although it had been based on their desktop/laptop operating system, they managed to lose much of their security focus.  Fast forward 4 years and things are much different. Apple’s newest iPad/iPhone Operating System (iOS 5) is now heralded as the most secure operating system on the market.  Apple’s...

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China Becomes the World’s Largest Energy Consumer in 2010

China became the world’s largest energy consumer in 2010 overtaking the USA during a year which saw the rebound in the global economy drive consumption higher and at a rate not seen since the aftermath of the 1973 oil price shocks. Demand for all forms of energy grew strongly in 2010 and increases in fossil fuel consumption suggest that global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy use rose at their fastest rate since 1969....

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Will Facebook Win the Google War?

The winner-takes-almost-all battle between giants is entering phase two as Google begins to compete directly against Facebook and as Facebook is rumored to be starting a new email service.  Both companies have completely different methods, but share the same ultimate goal of taking over the online world. Google wants to be the ultimate container and search engine for all knowledge in the world.  They’ve been indexing the online...

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Wireless Social Media Rewrites Election Rules

In late 2007, as the Democrats made final adjustments to their campaigns in preparation for the Iowa Caucus, Democrat Barack Obama was a third place candidate, behind John Edwards and Hilary Rodham Clinton.  After losing the Iowa Caucus, he was expected to fade into another also-ran. To the surprise of pretty much everyone, that didn’t happen.  Obama went on to win Iowa.  How did he manage to beat two veteran campaigners, especially...

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