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Skype Offers New High Quality Video as a Free Download


For anyone who has ever made video calls over the Internet, with a company such as Skype, you've no doubt gotten frustrated with the choppy 15 fps (frames per second) video that looks a lot like somebody doing the robot with a strobe light Background. Skype has found a solution to this problem with their latest version, Skype 3.6, which offers High Quality (HQ) video with 640 x 480 VGA-quality video at 30 fps. This is almost like viewing the video call in DVD quality. The best part is that the Skype download is free. Check out the difference in picture quality... read more »

The Future of Autopsies Goes "Virtual" With CT Machines



Recent findings at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) show that "Virtual Autopsies" may replace traditional autopsies in certain accidental death cases in the U.S. This technology is not new, but it hasn't been used for autopsies in the United States yet. CT scans give a nice detailed 3-D image that some doctor's believe will replace the need for the traditional autopsy that involves invasive cutting. Check out these images...
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Watch Downloaded Movies on a Nintendo DS Lite


The Nintendo DS Lite has always been a successful portable gaming device, but it has never been able to do some of the things that the PSP can do. One of the key differences between the PSP and the Nintendo DS Lite is that the PSP is able to play full-length movies. Soon, the Nintendo DS Lite will be able to do the same. read more »

Cyber University First to Offer College Courses via Cell Phone



Is Japan's futuristic cell phone culture too cool for school? Not according to Softbank, a Japanese cell phone service provider who just began offering college courses on the company's cell phones.
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Be Like Superman! Bullets Bounce Off New Super Carbon Nanotube Vest


 

Scientists have designed a vest made of carbon nanotubes that can rebound the force of a bullet, effectively causing the bullet to bounce off without causing a large impact force on the wearer. read more »

Coming Soon: Digital Cameras with Built-in GPS


We’ve seen it many times before-combining two different technologies into one device. Remember when MP3 players just played music and had no other functions? Nowadays, these players are able to play music, video, display photos, record messages, and view documents. So, it was only natural for digital cameras and GPS technology to intertwine. read more »

Japanese Team Invents Tiny Laser Light Powered Motor



A working motor powered only by laser light has been demonstrated by researchers at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Light-powered motors will work in areas with high magnetic fields unsuitable for conventional motors, such as such as MRI medical scanners.
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Pentax Optio S10 Camera: 10 Megapixel Resolution


The new Pentax Optio S10 is a "no-frills" digital camera with 10 megapixels of resolution, 3x optical zoom, small design, and inexpensive price tag. The S10 may not have many of the features that more expensive digital shooters have, but it does have a lot of the features that consumer's want in a compact point-and-shoot digital camera.

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New Scanner Takes Stunning Images of Internal Organs


Philips Medical Systems has recently unveiled a new medical scanner that can take images of the inside of the body with stunning precision. read more »

Are Super Trains Here to Rescue Our Futures?


General Atomics: The only MagLev in the USGeneral Atomics: The only MagLev in the US

Highways are becoming more congested by the day, and the skies aren't doing any better. And with pollution posing an additional problem, we are running out of options. Could the newest Steel-Wheel and MagLev trains be the answer? read more »