February 11, 2010  10:19 AM

Research points the way to the blatantly obvious

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Orange, Outsourcing, research

Here at Downtime HQ we are accustomed to receiving regular PR-generated research, which on rare occasions sheds some insight into the workings of the IT world. In most cases though, the research exists for no other reason than to attract the interest of an under pressure hack with a quota of...

April 3, 2009  2:23 PM

Scientists unveil robot that can walk and wear clothes

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff

Robots can do some amazing things these days: clean houses, assemble cars, perform surgery... walk.

That's right: computer scientists in Japan have broken through the glass ceiling of robotics by producing a prototype robot that might one day perform the job of a supermodel.

March 20, 2009  4:28 PM

Bill Gates back on top as his fortune takes a tumble

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Finance, research

It has been a year of mixed fortunes for Bill Gates.

The good news: he is back at the top of the Forbes rich list for 2009.The bad news: he has lost £12.2bn.

It is no wonder that the world is plunging into recession. The top five of the Forbes Rich List 2009 have lost about...

December 16, 2008  2:34 PM

Cancer models used to mine Facebook

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
research, Social networking

As all who read Downtime know, technology tends to be pretty predictable (Moore's Law still holds), but what people will do with it remains a mystery.

Take the latest modelling tool from the University of Warwick's department of...

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November 18, 2008  11:18 AM

Scientists find cool way to unlock the secrets of space

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Hardware, research

In a boost for legacy IT systems, Downtime has learnt that a fridge-sized tape recorder is being used to unlock the secrets of space.

A 1960s IBM729 Mark 5 tape drive at the Australian Computer...

November 18, 2008  11:17 AM

Children stealing parents’ identities, study finds

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
crime, online, research

One in five children under 16 steals money from their parents by buying goods online...

November 18, 2008  11:15 AM

Google helps hypochondriacs get the attention they need

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
health, online, research

Google staff have devised a way to help predict and manage outbreaks of influenza by collating common flu-related search terms such as "headache" and "runny nose".

The company has compared past search terms to...

October 7, 2008  3:39 PM

Men are from Mars, women are better, research proves

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The 21st century will see...

September 26, 2008  10:08 AM

Large Hadron Collider has an NHS IT moment

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September 26, 2008  10:02 AM

Colliding banks fail to release missing capital

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
National news, research

Switching on the Large Hadron Collider underneath the Swiss Alps has had the unintended consequence predicted by chaos theory, namely the implosion of the world's financial system.

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