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Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Shimon Peres at the recent Israeli Presidential Conference: Facing Tomorrow 2009, Ray Kurzweil proposed several innovations for dealing with the coming energy shortages and bolstering Israel's growing economy.He also proposed an "Entrepreneurial Peace Fund" -- a collaborative technology incubator between Israel and Palestine. The proposal was widely met with enthusiasm an... More
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The feasibility of redesigning the human condition (such as the inevitability of aging, limitations on human and artificial intellects, unchosen psychology, suffering, and our confinement to the planet Earth) will be the focus at Humanity + Summit, Dec. 5-6 in Irvine, California at EON Reality's new state-of-the-art, 18,500-square-foot facility, built to showcase 3D visual content management and virtual reality applications.Is Hollywood reflecting... More
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A new Google product called Dashboard aggregates users' personal information from more than 20 Google services into a single, password-protected page. (Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2355490,00.asp)
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The group LaserMotive successfully ran a climber up 1 kilometer of test cable at an average rate of just over 2 meters per second, qualifying for the 2nd place prize of $900,000 in The Space Elevator Games competition.The craft is powered by a stationary laser beaming the power to operate to the climber.(NASA MSFC, Artist Pat Rawling) (Source: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2009/11/elevator-to-the-top-space-elevators-climbing-towards-reality/)
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A bird dropping a piece of bread onto outdoor machinery has been blamed for a technical fault at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), causing significant overheating in the system's supercooled magnetic doughnut.Obligatory "this is not an Onion story" statement - Ed.See also: The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate (Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/05/lhc_bread_bomb_dump_incident/)
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Electrical engineers at the University of Washington have developed an implantable neural sensing chip that needs less power, drawing power from a RFID reader radio source up to a meter away.(Brian Otis, University of Washington)The NeuralWISP is a collection of smaller, more low-power components, such as a specialized signal amplifier, on a circuit board just over two centimeters long. A future version will integrate all components onto a single ... More
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By adding just a small amount of glucose to the C. elegans worm diet, University of California, San Francisco and Pohang University of Science and Technology researchers found the worms lose about 20 percent of their usual life span, suggesting that a diet with a low glycemic index may extend human life span.They trace the effect to insulin signals, which can block aquaporin channels that transport glycerol.Further studies are needed to see if the... More
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Complete Genomics has sequenced three human genomes for an average cost of $4,400. Lowering the cost of sequencing would allow scientists to study large numbers of human genomes, which is now thought necessary to understand the genetic basis of complex disease. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/23891/)
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Sony has unveiled a hands-free, full-body game controller, the Interactive Communication Unit (ICU).Like Microsoft's Natal, Sony's ICU tracks a person's whole body without their having to wear the body markers used in motion-capture studios, and it can detect a player's emotions by watching their facial expressions, and judge sex and approximate age from their appearance. CU "reads" facial expressions using a pattern-matching algorithm that has be... More
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Singularity University (SU) will launch the SU Executive Program at the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. on Saturday. The nine-day program is designed to educate, inform and prepare executives for the imminent disruption and opportunities resulting from exponentially accelerating technologies. The SU Executive Program addresses six fields experiencing exponentially accelerating change: AI and Robotics, Nanotechnology, Biotechnolog... More
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(Institute of Physics) The future for magentic nanoparticles (mNPs) appears bright With the design of "theranostic" molecules. mNPs could play a crucial role in developing one-stop tools to simultaneously diagnose, monitor and treat a wide range of common diseases and injuries.
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(University of Utah) University of Utah chemists demonstrated the first conclusive link between the size of catalyst particles on a solid surface, their electronic properties and their ability to speed chemical reactions. The study is a step toward the goal of designing cheaper, more efficient catalysts to increase energy production, reduce Earth-warming gases and manufacture a wide variety of goods from medicines to gasoline.
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(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Fuel economy ratings for the new 2010 model year automobiles are posted at www.fueleconomy.gov, which ORNL maintains for the US Department of Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency. A team led by ORNL's Nina Balke has moved closer to developing more rugged memory and logic devices. Heavy trucks are less heavy but just as safe and rugged because of steel rail frames. A new approach to crunching massive... More
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(Rice University) Rice University has won a $2 million NIH stimulus grant to develop an inexpensive test for oral cancer that a dentist or oral surgeon could perform by passing a brush over a suspicious legion. Oral cancers have a five-year survival rate around 50 percent, largely because of late diagnoses. Rice's test would take less than 30 minutes, require no scalpels or off-site lab tests and could be ready for clinical tests within two years.... More
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Tel Aviv University researchers have successfully wired the "SmartHand," a state-of-the-art artificial hand, to existing nerve endings in the stump of a severed arm. (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091104132708.htm)
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The Genome 10K Project aims to collect tissues or cells from at least 10,000 vertebrate species, enough to catalog DNA sequences from about every vertebrate genus.Its designers have decided to wait for sequencing costs to drop by a factor of 10 or more -- probably in the next couple years -- before launching their analytical program. (Source: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/49148/title/Genome_10K_A_new_ark)
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In ID: the Quest for Meaning in the 21st Century, Susan Greenfield, Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford, describes a startling range of neurological possibilities: devices enabling paraplegics to activate prosthetic limbs by thought alone, and marrying brain cells with silicon chips. Further in the future, she envisages reverse cochlear implants that can not only turn sound into brain waves but also the reverse. Fitted with tiny radios, these open... More
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Peter Diamandis, CEO of the X Prize Foundation, wants to use our competitive instincts to make the world a better place--his latest: a heath care prize. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18113)
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(McMaster University) Engineering researchers at McMaster University have fabricated a palm-sized, automated, micro-injector that can insert proteins, DNA and other biomolecules into individual cells at volumes exponentially higher than current procedures, and at a fraction of the cost. This will allow scientists to vastly increase preclinical trials for drug development and genetic engineering, and provide greater control of the process.
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Captchas, the scrambled images used to separate humans from software bots online, could become harder for bots to solve and easier for humans to handle by animating them, says computer scientist Niloy Mitra at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, who along with colleagues has devised a system that should separate the bots from the humans. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18078-animated-inkblot-images-keep-unwanted-bots-at-bay.... More
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(Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore) Marking a significant bench to bedside research milestone in Singapore, the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, world's first bioengineering and nanotechnology research institute, and National University Hospital launched IBN iCare and the NUH Eye Centre @ Biopolis Nov. 3, 2009.
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(Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) By building a tiny microscope small enough to be carried around on a rat's head, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, have found a way to study the complex activity of many brain cells simultaneously while animals are free to move around. With this new technology scientists can actually see how the brain cells operate while the animal is behaving naturally, giving rise t... More
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A new 648-megapixel panoramic image of the full night sky, melded together from 3,000 individual photographs with mathematical models, shows stars 1,000 times fainter than the human eye can see, as well as hundreds of galaxies, star clusters and nebulae. (Axel Mellinger of Central Michigan University) (Source: http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/091030-milky-way-panorama.html)
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The four-day TEDMED conference last week introduced eye-opening medical and health innovations. Coverage has included medGadget (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4), Scientific Amarican, Huffington Post, and Twitter. (Source: )
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Patrick McGuire, a University of Chicago geoscientist, has developed algorithms that can recognize signs of life in a barren landscape, using a Hopfield neural network, which compares incoming data against patterns it's seen before, picking out those details that qualify as new or unusual. (Source: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/11/cyborg-astrobiologist/)
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