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Taking a hint from the text comparison methods used to detect plagiarism in books, college papers and computer programs, University of California, Berkeley, researchers have developed an improved method for comparing whole genome sequences. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news152377707.html)
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Dr John Theon, the retired scientist formerly in charge of key NASA climate programs who supervised James Hansen -- the activist-scientist who helped give the manmade global warming hypothesis centre prominent media attention -- has come out as a skeptic about man-made global warming. "My own belief concerning anthropogenic climate change is that the models do not realistically simulate the climate system because there are many very important sub-... More
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Amazon is expected to unveil a new version of its Kindle e-book reader in less than two weeks. (Source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/retail/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212903179&subSection=News)
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A sequel to Blade Runner and an adaptation by Ridley Scott of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World with Leonardo DiCaprio are in the works. (Source: http://sffmedia.com/films/science-fiction-films/285-blade-runner-sequel.html)
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University of Cambridge scientists have discovered a cheaper way to produce LED bulbs, which are three times as efficient as fluorescent lamps. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16496-cheap-superefficient-led-lights-on-the-horizon.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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BioArts International has delivered the world's first commercially cloned dog to a family in Florida. (Source: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2009/01/28/family-dog-cloned-thanks-to-dolly-patents/id=1829/)
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With the recession, there is much more interest in products that apply the flip side of Moore's law: instead of providing ever-increasing performance at a particular price, they provide a particular level of performance at an ever-lower price. (Source: http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12932356)
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(Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies) The Canadian government reportedly is planning to release in February the world's first national regulation requiring companies to detail their use of engineered nanomaterials, according to environmental officials. The information gathered under the requirement will be used to evaluate the risks of engineered nanomaterials and will help to develop appropriate safety measures to protect human health and the en... More
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A regular high-intensity, three-minute workout every couple of days has a significant effect on the body's ability to process sugars and may be the best way to cut the risk of type two diabetes, researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland have found. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news152344736.html)
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Much of the publicly available information on individuals online is sourced from online county, state and federal government records databases, with little or no attempt made to redact sensitive personal data such as Social Security numbers -- a treasure trove for data aggregators, brokers and criminals. A Computerworld special report explains how individuals can play a role in reducing their information footprint and shaping the information that ... More
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Boeing reports that their prototype truck-mounted laser has shot down a UAV at a missile range in New Mexico.The Laser Avenger is an infrared laser with power levels somewhere in the tens of kilowatts range mounted on a Humvee off-road vehicle. It is designed to take down the smaller variety of UAV, which are hardest for conventional air-defence weapons to target. The power of its laser has been doubled since 2007. (Source: http://www.newscienti... More
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A new analysis by researchers at the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford paper on the risks associated with extremely rare but potentially catastrophic events finds that the estimated probability of a "dangerous event" (such as annihilation of the Earth by creating a tiny black hole) at the Large Hadron Collider of around 10^9 per year is questionable, because this figure represents the chance of a dangerous event only if the ... More
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Harvard University researchers have developed a simple way to achieve immunotherapy inside the body: a polymer implant attracts and trains immune-system cells to go after cancer.Immunotherapy is a new approach to cancer treatment that could spare patients some of the grueling battery of chemotherapy treatments by retraining the cells of the immune system to recognize and destroy tumors. However, the usual methods for cancer immunotherapy are compl... More
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The more wired the hospital, the better off its patients: there are fewer deaths and complications, and lower bills. That's the conclusion of a large study of Texas hospitals released earlier this week. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of hospitals and doctors' offices in the United States are wired, and the country lags far behind other developed nations in implementing such systems. However, legislators and health-technology specialists ho... More
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(University of Alberta) Single atom quantum dots created by researchers at Canada's National Institute for Nanotechnology and the University of Alberta make possible a new level of control over individual electrons, a development that suddenly brings quantum dot-based devices within reach. Composed of a single atom of silicon and measuring less than one nanometer in diameter, these are the smallest quantum dots ever created.
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(Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies) Recent action in Congress to reauthorize the US federal nanotechnology research program offers the chance to address the social and ethical issues concerning the emerging scientific field, experts say.
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(University of Montreal) A multidisciplinary team of scientists led by the Universite de Montreal has discovered a process to produce new metal surfaces that promise to lead to superior medical implants that will improve healing and allow the human body to better accept metal prostheses.
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The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Robot (Stair) represents a new wave of AI, one that integrates learning, vision, navigation, manipulation, planning, reasoning, speech and natural-language processing. It also marks a transition of AI from narrow, carefully defined domains to real-world situations in which systems learn to deal with complex data and adapt to uncertainty. (Source: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArti... More
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As the Internet evolves and technologies become obsolete, and with the continual loss of online records (like what happened at whitehouse.gov on Jan. 20, when all traces of George W. Bush disappeared), we are in danger of creating a black hole for future historians and writers unless urgent action is taken. As chief executive of the British Library, it's Lynne Brindley's job to ensure that this does not extend to the British national memory. (So... More
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Helsinki University of Technology researchers have created a carbon-nanotube based information storage comparable in speed to memory commonly used in memory cards and USB flash drives.The memory scheme has a write-erase time of 100 nanoseconds, which is about 100,000 times faster than previously reported carbon-nanotube memory, and retains this ability over more than 10,000 write-erase cycles. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news152202897.html)
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Researchers at Gyeongsang National University in South Korea have developed a way to quickly and safely remove lead from the bloodstream to prevent symptoms like memory loss, anemia, and paralysis.They identified a receptor that binds strongly to lead in the body and added a nickel-containing magnetic nanoparticle to the other end, allowing particles to be pulled out with a magnet. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16481-innovation-... More
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Evidence that calorie restriction could prevent age-related mental decline in humans has been found by esearchers at the University of Munster in Germany.Those in the calorie-restricted group in the experiment were advised to reduce their food intake by about 30 percent without changing the proportions of nutrients in their diet. The researchers also found that people who cut calories had improvements in several indicators of metabolic health, suc... More
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University of Washington scientists have developed the initial component of a public system for digitally preserving and authenticating first-hand accounts of war crimes, atrocities and genocide. The solution is a publicly available digital fingerprint, known as a cryptographic hash mark, that will make it possible for anyone to determine that the documents are authentic and have not been tampered with. At the heart of the system is an algorithm t... More
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(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) Biomedical engineers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are leading a multi-institution initiative to produce a bio-compatible compound designed to mend serious leg fractures.
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(DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory) A team of scientists at the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Delaware and Yeshiva University, has developed a new catalyst that could make ethanol-powered fuel cells feasible. The highly efficient catalyst performs two crucial, and previously unreachable steps needed to oxidize ethanol and produce clean energy in fuel cell reactio... More
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