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Curious about Curiosity: a quick look at NASA̵...

The $2.5 billion Mars rover Curiosity landed on the Red Planet Mars on Aug.5, 2012 and is expected to spend at least two years exploring its Gale Crater landing site. The rover is designed to determine if the Red Planet could have ever supported microbial life and if humans could survive there someday! NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity unfolded its robotic arm for the first time on the Red Planet Monday (Aug. 20) and...

Thailand Floods affect Global HDD production suppl...

Last year’s flood in Thailand continues to affect this year’s electronics supply chain. IHS in December estimated that damages from the flood will result in a 3.8 million-unit shortfall in PC shipments in the first quarter of 2012 compared with the company’s previous forecast, issued in August. IHS now expects that global PC shipments will be reduced to 6.8% in 2012, from the previous growth of 9.5%. The catastrophic...

Apple takes the lead in buying OEM Semiconductors

With the growing demand of iPads and iPhones, Apple takes the lead in buying semiconductors in billions of dollars among the world’s top 10 OEM semiconductor buyers in the electronics supply chain. Apple bought $9.7 billion worth of semiconductors in 2009 and in 2010 it bought a record quantity of over $17.5 billion worth of semiconductors rivaling other brand names like HP, Samsung, Dell and Nokia. IHS noted that the...

What is our future in space travel — end of ...

NASA’s space shuttle era officially came to a close on July 21, 2011 at 5:57 am when the space shuttle Atlantis with its crew of four astronauts landed safely at a remote runway of Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This historic incident was watched by a lot of space agency workers and reporters who came out before dawn to witness this memorable moment. It seemed to be an almost unexpected end to the 30-year-old space...