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Surplus computing power on your Android? Donate it to science

Users of Android 2.3 or higher can become citizen scientists by downloading software and choosing the projects they want to power, such as fighting AIDS and finding new stars.

By July 22, 2013


The Black Hole: Los Alamos lab surplus store surprises

If Los Alamos National Laboratory had a garage sale, it would look like the Black Hole, a surplus store full of musty old equipment. Crave's Nerdy New Mexico tries to figure out what all those twiddly knobs are for.

By April 11, 2012


Black Hole: Name that national lab surplus (photos)

The Black Hole store in Los Alamos, New Mexico, is filled to the gills with old surplus from Los Alamos National Laboratory. What the heck is that weird stuff? Let's play "Name that surplus!"

12 Images By April 11, 2012


Vexed in the city: Starved for tech talent and yet nobody to hire?

As the H-1B debate continues, the tech industry faces an odd contradiction: a skills shortage along with an applicant surplus.

By August 21, 2014


Martians about to get a lesson in haiku

A poetry contest open to "anybody on planet Earth" yields a surplus of Mars-loving haiku set to head to the Red Planet aboard a NASA spacecraft later this year.

By August 8, 2013


Falling RAM prices mean easy speed upgrades

A sharp decrease in RAM prices because of a surplus in a low-demand market makes it easier to upgrade your current system.

By September 9, 2011


NASA sold PCs with sensitive data

Space agency neglects to wipe sensitive info from surplus computers sold as part of its efforts to shut down the Space Shuttle program, according to an audit.

By December 9, 2010


Audio slideshow: Moving forward with Halted

In this audio slideshow, take a virtual tour of the Silicon Valley electronics surplus store that's DIY heaven.

By May 23, 2009


So many 747s, so little access

At the Pinal Air Park in Marana, Ariz., there is a surplus of parked 747s. But no public access.

By July 24, 2007


Water-cooled IBM supercomputer to heat buildings

IBM and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are working on a water-cooled supercomputer whose surplus heat will be re-used to heat the university's buildings.

By June 24, 2009