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One of a long series of major challenges that robots can now perform quite easily, robots can climb stairs using feet, tracks, wheels, shifting appendages, and more. (Source: http://singularityhub.com/2009/05/05/robots-take-to-the-stairs-this-is-just-the-beginning-videos/)
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Amazon has introduced the 9.7-inch larger-screen (2.5 times) Kindle DX as a new way for people to read textbooks, newspapers and documents, priced at $489. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/technology/companies/07kindle.html)
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Not only does God exist, but he intervenes in our lives in subtle quantum ways that are unrecognizable to scientific observation, says Francis Collins, the former head of the human genome project. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17083-quantum-arguments-for-god-veer-into-mumbojumbo.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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Twitter Search will soon begin crawling the links that people tweet out and indexing them. This immediately takes Twitter Search, which is still a very basic service, to the next level. This means that no longer will it just be a stream of textual tweets, but it will include millions of web pages as well. (Source: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/07/google-twitter-to-start-indexing-links-for-search/)
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Nereus, a robotic submarine, is undergoing final preparations to dive to the deepest-known part of the oceans: the 11,000m Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean.It has sufficient onboard intelligence and batteries to find areas of particular interest through the use of chemical sensors, sonar and digital photography. (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8035499.stm)
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If there's an H1N1 swine flu pandemic, vaccine makers should be able to churn out "at least" 1 billion to 2 billion doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine within four to six months, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates.As of May 6, there were 1893 confirmed cases in 23 countries, including 642 cases in 44 states in the U.S. (Source: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20090506/who-promises-h1n1-swine-flu-vaccine-for-all)
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An improved process for making solar cells using ink-jet printing to make electrical connections within a solar cell, cuts the amount of silicon needed in half. Since silicon can account for about three-quarters of the cost of conventional solar cells, this could significantly lower the price of solar power.The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which helped direct the design of the device, is now starting to produce solar-cell prototype... More
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A multidisciplinary team of researchers has created tiny DNA boxes measuring just 30 nanometers on each side. The boxes, which can be unlocked with a gene "key," could be used for drug delivery or as sensors.Electron microscope images of DNA boxes (Ebbe Sloth Andersen)The "DNA origami" boxes use oligonucleotides, short snippets of nucleic acid bearing genetic information, to fold longer strands of DNA into a complex structure. Each box is large en... More
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(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) The lactate value indicates levels of fitness. At present, athletes have to visit a doctor to have it measured. A new analytical device will make things easier in future: athletes can wear it and check their lactate readings during training.
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Ray Kurzweil will present an exclusive sneak preview of excerpts from the much-anticipated forthcoming movie "The Singularity Is Near" at The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Mass. on Monday, May 11 at 7:00 pm. The special program, An Evening with Ray Kurzweil, is part of the Coolidge Corner Theatre's acclaimed Science on Screen series.Based on the book of the same title, the "The Singularity Is Near" film combines a documentary featuring Kur... More
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Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered that the hormone estrogen plays a pivotal role in how the brain processes sounds.They found that increasing estrogen levels in brain regions that process auditory information caused heightened sensitivity of sound-processing neurons, which encoded more complex and subtle features of the sound stimulus. In addition, by blocking either the actions of estrogen directly, or preventing brain cel... More
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America needs a Human Genome Project for personalized health care, linking up genetics with promising research on the impact of environmental factors affecting disease, using alternative scenarios based on diet and lifestyle that can increase or decrease the likelihood of cancer, diabetes, or heart disease, and other illnesses. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/22592/)
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IBM's new DeepQA project, aimed at creating a program that can beat humans at the question-answering game of Jeopardy, and the the European Large Knowledge Collider project could mean that these projects are on the path to creating a human-level AI. (Source: http://hplusmagazine.com/articles/ai/rise-answerbots)
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Connie Culp, who received a new face at the Cleveland Clinic from a dead woman to correct the effects of a shotgun injury, stepped forward today. Before and after (Cleveland Clinic-HO, via Associated Press) (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/06/science/06face.html?_r=1&ref=science)
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Masashi Kimura at Osaka City University in Japan has looked at the possibility of black rings -- a variant of black holes -- or other shapes forming in higher dimensional space. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23481/)
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Columbia University scientists have identified a genetic mechanism that appears to determine which fatty deposits in the arteries have the potential to kill us. (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8033205.stm)
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Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a membrane-penetrating nanoneedle using a boron-nitride nanotube for precisely controlled, targeted delivery of one or more molecules into the cytoplasm or the nucleus of living cells.The ability to deliver a small number of molecules or nanoparticles into living cells with spatial and temporal precision may make feasible numerous new strategies for biological studies at the single-molecule ... More
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"It's time to get completely off RSS and switch to Twitter," advises Steve Gillmor. "Twitter, not RSS, became the early warning system for new content. Facebook, not RSS, became the social Rolodex for events, casual introductions to RSS' lifeblood, the people behind the feeds. FriendFeed, not RSS, captured the commentsphere. RSS got locked out of its own party."The race for realtime is already won.... Realtime is the time for artists, for interpre... More
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(Harvard University) Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in collaboration with researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, have demonstrated, for the first time, that the activation energy of impurities in semiconductor nanowires is affected by the surrounding dielectric and can be modified by the choice of the nanowire embedding medium.
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(University of California - Davis) A lattice of vanadium dioxide molecules just six atoms thick in which electrons appear to be guided by conflicting laws of physics depending on their direction of travel has been modeled by a team of physicists at the University of California, Davis. Its unique properties could open up a new world of possibilities in the emerging field of spintronics technology, which takes advantage of the magnetic as well as th... More
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The world's first robot with its own Facebook page (and that can use its information in conversations with "friends") has been developed by the Interactive Robots and Media Lab at the United Arab Emirates University. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23480/)
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Super-sensitive microwave detectors built at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will look for faint polarization signals from primordial gravitational waves in the cosmic microwave background next year. If found, these waves would be the clearest evidence yet in support of the inflation theory, which suggests that all of the currently observable universe expanded rapidly from a subatomic volume, leaving in its wake the tellt... More
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Now that neuroscientists have identified the brain's synchronizing mechanism, they've started work on therapies to strengthen attention.Ultimately, it may be possible to improve your attention by using pulses of light to directly synchronize your neurons, a form of direct therapy that could help people with schizophrenia and attention-deficit problems, said Dr. Desimone, the director of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. In the near... More
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Its unique characteristics could make graphene the successor to silicon in a whole new generation of microchips and as a replacement for copper interconnects in chips, and in solar cells and study of fundamental quantum-mechanical effects. Graphene superconducting field effect transistor (Jarillo-Herrero Group) (Source: http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=10425.php)
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Satellites and spent rocket stages could soon deploy "sails" to quickly guide them back to Earth, avoiding a collision threat to operational missions. (EADS ASTRIUM)Extending a sail on an old spacecraft would increase drag and pull it into the Earth's atmosphere to burn up. (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8029899.stm)
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