The unemployment rate of scientists and engineers hit a record low of 2.5% in 2006 (down from 3.2% in 2003). The overall unemployment rate was 6.0% in 2003 and 4.7% in 2006. The impressive unemployment figure occurred even as 1 million more scientists and engineers entered the workplace between 2003 and 2006. The unemployment rate for scientists and engineers with doctorates dropped from 2.6% in 2003 to 1.8% in 2006:
Japanese scientists were able to create a man-made molecule that was actually able to *reverse* liver cirrhosis in rats. Cirrhosis of the liver is a big problem for some people, so this breakthrough could lead to medicine that would change lives:
It is funny that Sony/BMG have sued so many for pirating songs…and it was found that Sony/BMG are pirating up to 47% of the software on their servers!
The Real ID act may result in people from Maine and South Carolina being unable to enter federal buildings or airports as of May 11. Their driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted! Every other state applied for an extension, but those states were apparently sleeping:
US businesses are bracing themselves for another mess over H-1B Visas this year:
We need UAV pilots so badly in Iraq that they are actually taking pilots out of jets like the F-16s to get them to pilot UAVs:
The military has been trying to figure out whether to welcome or hinder bloggers. This study concluded that they should secretly recruit or hire prominent bloggers:
Southern California Edison is spending $875 mil to push solar power in homes. With their support and recent drops in solar prices, the price for solar power will be cut in half for the homes installing them:
The city of Nottingham is going to be testing ethanol-powered buses for the next 18 months. The ethanol is made from waste and meets the highest European standard for an EEV:
Shell and Virent Energy are looking to convert plant sugars directly into gasoline!
Ericsson this week (CTIA is this week, so we have LOTS of extra news) will demonstrate 42 Mbps over a 5 MHz channel via HSPA. The speed boost is due to MIMO:
AutoNet and Novatel are putting EVDA Rev. A into *cars*, turning cars into WiFi hot spots:
The WiMAX Forum forecasts 133 mil WiMAX users by 2012:
Motorola announced a platform that supports BOTH WiMAX and LTE:
Motorola insider states that the company was destroyed by incompetent management:
Interesting interview with Motorola’s Fred Wright. Tons of highlights, but what stood out to me the most was that Motorola found that 75% of the software and hardware they used for WiMAX was reusable for LTE:
Telcel reportedly will get the iPhone for Mexico:
This analyst worries that LTE has so many frequency bands that its deployment will be delayed:
The LiMo Foundation about to release its mobile Linux Operation System:
The Huffington Post might be sold for $200 mil…that means that the blog is valued at more than $50 per visitor! If you count all of the visitors over a month period (even those who only visit once per month), the blog is worth $15 per monthly visitor:
The Newspaper Association of America revealed that last year had the worst-ever drop in the printed newspaper ad revenue. The online ad revenue for newspapers is up, but not by enough to compensate. Online ad revenue is now 7.5% instead of the 5.7% from the previous year:
Subway, Chili’s and others are experimenting with a new technology that would eliminate the need for key fobs or membership cards for stores–everything will be stored with your regular credit card!
It looks like text messaging is really changing the dating environment in India:
15- or 16-year-old boy tried to rob an 81-year-old Army vet with a knife…the 81-year-old put down the groceries he was holding and told the teenager with the knife to come no closer…when the teen went up to him, the vet kicked him once (in a sensitive area), picked up his groceries, and walked home while the teen was doubled over in pain: