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Europe: European Innovation Scoreboard 2006 published

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The European Innovation Scoreboard measures the innovation performance of a country’s economy based on a wide range of 25 indicators, from education to expenditure in Information and Communication Technologies, investment in R&D or number of patents. Countries with a more homogeneous behavior in all aspects of innovation tend to achieve higher overall scores.

“…For the fourth consecutive year, the innovation gap between the US and the EU has decreased. The Nordic countries and Switzerland continue to be the innovation leaders worldwide, while many of the new Member States are steadily catching up with the EU average. These are some of the main findings of the European Innovation Scoreboard 2006, published today. The report presents a comparative analysis of the innovation performance of European countries, the US and Japan…

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2006 Turing award: ACM for the first time laureates female engineer

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After more than 40 years of existence the Turing Award aka the “Nobel Prize in Computing” for the first time today was awarded to a female engineer. Frances E. Allen, received the USD 100,000 price for “…pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of optimizing compiler techniques that laid the foundation for modern optimizing compilers and automatic parallel execution…” . Frances E. Allen has been working in the field of computing and Information Technology since the days of punch cards and is currently with…

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Video: Web 2.0 explained

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Kansas State University Professor “Michael Wesch” has made the second draft of his video available online that provides a flyover from early HTML to Web 2.0 in less than 5 minutes. Great work…The video is also online at “mojiti.com” were you can write your comments directly into the video itself…

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Research: Unveiling the Quantum Computer

There were quite some stories going around the last days regarding Canadian company D-Wave and their presentation in the Silicon Valley yesterday. If you want to learn more about it: ABC News has a two page story about it. Rose.blog (D-Wave) also has more detailed info and links. There is a Press Release at the [...]


Electronic Paper: First mobile device with rollable display available in 2007

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We have recently reported that rollable display devices are “getting ready for mass markets”. This week “Polymer Vision” and Telecom Italia announced an agreement that they will together develop and market the first available mobile device with such a display. The Cellular-Book, as the device is called, is expected to be available to consumers during 2007. The device will be presented to the Industry at…

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Electric Car: ZAP announces new EV sports car based on Lotus APX

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US electric car manufacturer “ZAP” announced that it will present this week a new electric sports car based on a Lotus Engineering design. To take on “Tesla Motors” Roadster high-performance electric vehicle it is using the Lotus aluminum APX concept car as the platform and promises 644 horsepower / 155mph max speed by replacing Lotus’ APX’s conventional gasoline V6 engine with in-hub electric motors. By comparison, Tesla’s Roadster that is due for delivery the end of this year has 248 horsepower and a similar max speed. The company further says…

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