Planet Labs will launch 28 cubesat satellites in one rocket launch next year

Planet Labs hitches rides on commercial rockets made by the likes of Orbital Sciences (ORB) and SpaceX, and has its devices ride as secondary payloads to larger, more expensive satellites. CubeSats can take pictures, perform science experiments, and communicate with Earth. They just do so way cheaper than traditional gear by playing off increasingly powerful …

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Xbox Kinect and Sesame Street creating Interactive TV

Gamesradar – During its keynote at CES 2012, Microsoft unveiled yet another tool to thwart children’s attempts to go outside or read a book. It’s called Kinect Sesame Street TV, and it looks to bring the imaginative, classic world of Sesame Street to an interactive medium unlike the world has ever seen. During a demonstration, …

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Interesting scenario where an Independent Run by Ron Paul forces the selection of president into the House of Representatives

Interesting polling indicates that while Ron Paul only has 8% of the Republican nomination vote, he would get 18% in a three way race between Obama, Romney and him. NBC/WSJ polled multiple hypothetical matchups between the candidates in the 2012 presidential general election. The head-to-head matchup between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney shows Obama …

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Hong Kong researchers produce inexpensive thin film solar cells with 17% conversion efficiency

Hong Kong researchers achieved a conversion efficiency of 17% with a CIGS solar cell that is thin and portable. Thin-film solar cells can be installed on roofs and outer walls and can also be integrated into consumer products such as handbags and backpacks for charging electronic products instantly. CIGS solar cell has the highest efficiency, …

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