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Ray Kurzweil received the Arthur C. Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award on April 20 at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. for lifetime achievement as an inventor and futurist in computer-based technologies. The award recognizes an individual, a group or an entity that exemplifies the values and accomplishments of Sir Arthur's life, and honors substantial and enduring contributions that relate the sciences and arts in meeting the challenges of contem... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 24 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Researchers in Japan have developed a new type of photochromic material that changes color thousands of times faster than conventional materials when exposed to light. The development could lead to a wide range of new products including improved sunglasses, more powerful computers, dynamic holograms, and better medicines, the researchers say. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news159732927.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 24 2009 by Thoughtbot
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German engineering firm Festo has unveiled mechanical penguins that can paddle through water just like real ones, while larger helium-filled designs can "swim" through the air. (Festo)Each penguin carries 3D sonar, used to monitor its surroundings and avoid collisions with walls or other penguins. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16996-bionic-penguins-take-to-the-water--and-the-skies.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 24 2009 by Thoughtbot
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A cloned beagle named Ruppy (Ruby Puppy) is the world's first transgenic dog. She and four other beagles all produce a fluorescent protein that glows red under ultraviolet light.(Byeong Chun Lee)A Seoul National University team created the dogs by cloning fibroblast cells that express a red fluorescent gene produced by sea anemones.This new proof-of-principle experiment is intended to open the door for transgenic dog models of human disease. (So... More
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NeuroSky is turning brain-computer interfaces into cheap, ubiquitous consumer items, including Christmas competitors like Mattel's $80 Mindflex and Uncle Milton's $130 Force Trainer, both of which involve levitating a ping-pong-like ball. NeuroSky plans to develop brain-wave sensors for the automotive, health-care and education industries. It's not clear if or how ambient noise and EMG artifacts from the forehead muscles are removed in a non-labor... More
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(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t M√ľnchen) Nanostrings are only tens of thousands millimeters long but still can detect single molecules with high precision. Scientists at LMU Munich have now developed a new kind of nanostrings, thousands of which can be produced on one chip -- to possibly serve as an "artificial nose."
Eurekalert.org news made popular on April 23 2009 by Thoughtbot
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The next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 will allow for a theoretical maximum throughput of 24 Mbps -- enough to transmit HD videos. Products are expected by yearend, but many current Bluetooth devices can be updated to Bluetooth 3.0 via driver, firmware, or software update. (Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2345773,00.asp)
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The Pentagon is planning to create a new military command to focus on cyberspace and protect its computer networks from cyberattacks, U.S. officials said Wednesday. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news159644228.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 23 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have proved that the lifetime of quantum-computing bits (qubits) can be extended from about one millisecond to hundreds of milliseconds by applying specially timed magnetic pulses, providing more computational capability. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22532/?a=f)
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The recent attack on the electronic infrastructure of the Northern California city of Morgan Hill, in which eight fiber cables were cut, demonstrated a severe fault in American infrastructure: its centralization. Managers of critical services should reconsider their dependence on software-as-a-service rather than local servers, and install two-way radios, stand-alone pager systems, and radio repeaters that enable regional communications. (Sour... More
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A simple message, less than 140 characters, is sent out by a single individual to followers around the world, and within hours, perhaps minutes, more than 100 million people have been mobilized to act as never before.Imagine an official Twitter account for the United States or Chinese Government, created with the specific purpose of mobilizing its citizens at a moment's notice to respond to a natural disaster, military attack, or any number of ot... More
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Computer engineers at Washington University have coupled USB-based ultrasound probe technology with a smartphone, enabling a compact, mobile computational platform and telemedical imaging device.(David Kilper/WUSTL)The system could be used to provide diagnosis at home, by emergency medical technicians, and in remote areas of the developing world, using the phone to send data to a centralized unit many miles, or half a world away, where specialists... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Synthetic biologists at Boston University have developed a new way to design genetic "circuits" by using gene promoters to fine-tune the activation of genes in a network. The researchers used the technique to engineer yeast for brewing different kinds of beer more precisely, but the approach could also be used in the production of biofuels and therapeutic drugs and for other applications. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/2252... More
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Universities will be irrelevant by 2020 in a world where students listen to free online lectures on iPods, course materials are shared between universities, science labs are virtual, and digital textbooks are free, says Brigham Young University professor of psychology and instructional technology David Wiley. (Source: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705298649/Universities-will-be-irrelevant.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Truckers, criminals, farmers, and others in Brazil are illegally hijacking aging U.S. Navy communications satellites for personal communications. (Source: http://www.wired.com/politics/security/news/2009/04/fleetcom)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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European astronomers have discovered the smallest planet yet found orbiting another star, only 1.9 times as massive as the Earth, orbiting a dim red star known as Gliese 581, about 20 light-years from Earth in the constellation Libra. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/22/science/22planet.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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(Arizona State University) Six Arizona State University faculty members have earned Faculty Early Career Development awards for 2009 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).The Career program is a NSF-wide activity that is one of the most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of ... More
Eurekalert.org news made popular on April 21 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Researchers at the University of Illinois have found a new way to make transistors smaller and faster (with diameters as small as 5 nanometers), using self-assembled, self-aligned, and defect-free nanowire channels made of gallium arsenide. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news159453806.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 21 2009 by Thoughtbot
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University of Michigan and University of California, Irvine researchers have combined two methods -- nuclear magnetic resonance and molecular dynamics simulation -- to produce high-definition movies showing how RNA in motion changes shape and binds with drug molecules. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news159469888.html)
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University of California, San Francisco researchers have developed a low-temperature, low-cost, carbon-neutral process for producing gasoline more cheaply than oil.They use A. fermentans bacteria to convert cellulose into acetate, which is converted into methyl halides by the genetically engineered yeast. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16989-yeast-and-bacterium-turned-into-gasoline-factory.html)
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A new wireless sensor patch from Corventis allows automated early detection of heart failure.(Corventis)The patch measures temperature, heart and respiration rates, levels of physical activity, body position, and body-fluid levels, then beams data to a special cell-phone-like gadget in the patient's pocket or home. From there, the data is wirelessly transmitted to the company's servers, where algorithms detect anomalies and trigger alerts to docto... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 21 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Google has released two powerful new search tools for news and images.Google News Timeline is a zoomable, graphical timeline of information, pulling in custom news from current news sources, and archived blogs, newspapers, magazines, movies and music. Image Search can find images based on visual similarity. (Source: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9131868&intsrc=news_ts_head)
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(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) Dr. Esther Chang describes the most recent developments in human trials of the first systemic, nonviral, tumor-targeted, nanoparticle method designed to restore normal gene function to tumor cells while completely bypassing normal tissue April 21 at an American Association of Anatomists scientific session at Experimental Biology 2009 in New Orleans.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on April 20 2009 by Thoughtbot
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(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Researchers at the University of Illinois have found a new way to make transistors smaller and faster. The technique uses self-assembled, self-aligned, and defect-free nanowire channels made of gallium arsenide.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on April 20 2009 by Thoughtbot
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(University of Houston) Hoping that science will cast a spell on local middle and high school students, a University of Houston team is starting a program that will harness the magical draw of the Harry Potter series to make technical subjects resonate in local classrooms. The initiative will pair teachers from the Houston, Dickinson and Galena Park school districts with graduate students from two UH colleges.
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