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Study participants who drank for a week from polycarbonate bottles -- the popular, hard-plastic drinking bottles and baby bottles -- showed a two-thirds increase in their urine of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), Harvard School of Public Health researchers have found.Heating has been shown to increase the leaching of BPA from polycarbonate, so BPA levels might have been higher had participants drunk hot liquids from the bottles. Exposure to BPA, us... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 25 2009 by Thoughtbot
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(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) By combining the best of two different distance measurement approaches with a super-accurate technology called an optical frequency comb, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have built a laser ranging system that can pinpoint multiple objects with nanometer precision over distances up to 100 km.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on May 24 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Terminator Salvation, The Singularity is Near, Singularity University, Transcendent Man film, Vernor Vinge, Ray Kurzweil, Moore's Law, Bill Joy, global war, the future of AI, raised eyebrows... (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/24/weekinreview/24markoff.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 23 2009 by Thoughtbot
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(University of California - Riverside) Yadong Yin, an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of California, Riverside, has been named a Cottrell Scholar -- an honor that carries with it an award of $100,000 to further his research and teaching. The award is given by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Yin is one of only 10 Cottrell Scholars named this year. He received the award for his proposal titled "Self-Assembly of ... More
Eurekalert.org news made popular on May 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Berkeley Lab researchers have demonstrated that electric fields can be used as ON/OFF switches in multiferroic materials, a development that holds promise for future magnetic data storage and spintronic devices.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on May 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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(Office of Naval Research) Nobel laureate's ground-breaking research in laser cooling and trapping of atoms underscores the success of ONR's Naval S&T Strategy and the vital importance of a long-term approach to developing future S&T based upon solid fundamental research.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on May 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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West Virginia University physicists have introduced the idea of a Rotating Space Elevator (RSE), a rotating system based on a floppy string that forms an ellipse-like shape.It would theoretically use energy from both geosynchronous rotation around Earth and the internal rotation of the string system around the axis perpendicular to the Earth to raise objects. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news162112945.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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SANYO Electric has broken its own record for the world's highest energy conversion efficiency in practical size (100 cm2 or more) crystalline silicon-type solar cells, achieving a efficiency of 23.0% (until now 22.3%) at a research level for its proprietary HIT solar photovoltaic cells. (Source: http://www.azonano.com/news.asp?newsID=11643)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Eyenovations has developed contact lenses that can deliver drugs to the eye for a month or more, using a hydrogel lens with a polymer film inside that contains the medication. Uses include delivery of medicine without relying on frequent eyedrops for patients with glaucoma and for delivering antibiotics following eye surgery. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/22680/)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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A Cambridge University study of 33,000 people found getting blood sugar levels closer to the level for healthy people -- 4% to 5% -- could cut the risk of heart attacks by 17%.The current recommended level in the UK is 7%. (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8060215.stm)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Wings that redirect air sideways back and forth over the wings could cut airline fuel bills by 20%, according to research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Airbus in the UK. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news162131922.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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SheevaPlug, a tiny plastic "plug computer" that you plug into an electric outlet, includes a 1.2 Ghz application processor running Linux with 512 megabytes of RAM and 512 megabytes of flash storage, and USB and Gigabit Ethernet sockets. By adding peripherals and software, it can become a network server, security camera to the Internet, video stream storage device, and serve other functions. Price is %99; it may be available for under $40 in two ye... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Researchers from Princeton University and Indiana University have found that "junk" DNA may actually perform essential functions.Genes called transposons in the single-celled pond-dwelling organism Oxytricha produce cell proteins known as transposases, which influence hundreds of thousands of DNA pieces to regroup. Organisms with these genes removed failed to develop properly. Source: Princeton University news (Source: )
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Centers have been charged to develop the next generation of biofuels to supply sources of energy to the grid from non-food, cellulosic, parts of plants.Researchers are especially looking at lignocellulosic biomass (such as wood), and also at microbes to make energy-rich fatty acids for the synthesis of cell membranes and energy storage compounds for use in producing appropriate biomass.Source: American Socie... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Injecting the hearts of angina sufferers with cells extracted from their own bone marrow can reverse the condition and relieve its symptoms, a new study led by Douwe Atsma, a cardiologist at Leiden University Medical Center, suggests.Patient's left ventricle before treatment (on the left) and after (on the right); top: after exercise; bottom: at rest. Increased blood flow is indicated by more orange. (Leiden University Medical Center) (Source: h... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Steven Spielberg has suggested that game consoles will one day be replaced by in-home virtual reality entertainment. (Source: http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/05/21/spielberg_vr/)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 21 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Super-soldiers could be selected for specific duties on the basis of their genetic makeup and then constantly monitored for signs of weakness, says a report by the US National Academies of Science.If a soldier is struggling, a digital "buddy" might step in and warn them about nearby threats, or advise comrades to zap them with an electromagnet to increase their alertness. If the whole unit is falling apart, biosensors could warn central commanders... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 21 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Astronomers are working to tie together a network of microwave telescopes across the planet to make a single instrument with the most acute vision yet in an attempt to image the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, code name Sagittarius A. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227091.200-coming-soon-first-pictures-of-a-black-hole.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 21 2009 by Thoughtbot
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"Ida," a critical missing-link species in primate evolution, bridges the evolutionary split between higher primates such as monkeys, apes, and humans and their more distant relatives such as lemurs, says paleontologist Jorn Hurum, who led the team that analyzed the 47-million-year-old fossil found in Germany.Also see: Why Ida fossil is not the missing link (Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/05/090519-missing-link-found.html)... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 21 2009 by Thoughtbot
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When you start typing in the Google search box, the suggest drop down menu is now populated with a number of interesting things, including direct links to pages, personalized results and sponsored ads. (Source: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/20/google-suggest-adds-hyperlinks-personalization-and-yes-ads/)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 21 2009 by Thoughtbot
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An algorithm that models stealthy robot behavior has been developed by . Seoul National University professors. They designed simulations in which a robot waits in the shadows and moves quickly between obstacles to intercept a target. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/23554/)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 21 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Advanced batteries will be the most popular alternative energy investment in 2009, the unstructured data deluge creates the next great information leaders, and real-time crowdsourcing will control much of the interesting things people look for on the web: these were among the predictions at the Churchill Club's 11th Annual Top Ten Tech Trends event on May 20. (Source: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/20/the-churchill-clubs-2009-tech-trends-en... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 21 2009 by Thoughtbot
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System S, new software from IBM, can acquire huge volumes of data from many sources and quickly identify correlations within it, harnessing advances in computing and networking horsepower in a fashion that analysts and customers describe as unprecedented. Instead of creating separate large databases to track things like currency movements, stock trading patterns and housing data, the System S software can meld all of that information together. In ... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 21 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Integrative FGFR1 Signaling (INFS), a new mechanism that plays a central role in adult brain stem cell development and prompts brain stem cells to differentiate into neurons, has been identified by University at Buffalo researchers.The INFS mechanism is considered capable of repopulating degenerated brain areas, raising possibilities for new treatments for Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, and may be a... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 21 2009 by Thoughtbot
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A new experimental computer memory device that can store 1 terabyte per square inch (allowing for storing thousands of times more data than conventional silicon chips) with an estimated lifetime of more than one billion years has been developed by Alex Zettl of UC Berkeley and colleagues. The device consists of an iron nanoparticle enclosed in a hollow carbon nanotube. The nanoparticle can be shuttled back and forth with great precision in the pre... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on May 21 2009 by Thoughtbot
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