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The World Health Organization is investigating a claim by an Australian researcher that the #swineflu virus may have been created as a result of human error, says researcher Adrian Gibbs, based on its genetic makeup. He said he intends to publish a report suggesting the new strain may have accidentally evolved in eggs scientists use to grow viruses and drugmakers use to make vaccines. (Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid... More
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Metamaterials could be used for an even more exotic effect than invisibility cloaks: to create the illusion that a different object is present, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology researchers say. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23519/)
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Scientists may have figured out the chemistry that sparked the beginning of life on Earth. A series of simple, efficient chemical reactions that could have formed molecules of RNA from the basic materials available more than 3.85 billion years ago has been identified by University of Manchester scientists. (Source: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/43723/title/How_RNA_got_started)
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Wolfram Alpha will launch on Friday evening May 15 some time after 7 pm CDT (UTC -5) and it will be webcast. The Wolfram|Alpha Blog will have details. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/23524/)
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(Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Kristen L. Billiar, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has received a Fulbright Scholarship to study the mechanics of nanoscale scaffolds for tissue engineering at the National University of Ireland Galway. In his research, Billiar works to make engineered skin, heart valves, and other tissues behave more naturally and reduce scarring during healing. He is the 1... More
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Researchers at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation are discussing the latest advances in robotics--from robotic cars to cutting-edge climbing machines and robots that can find their way around a city by asking pedestrians for directions and using gesture tracking and voice recognition to interpret commands. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22635/)
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Google released three major search products Tuesday. Google Search Options lets you drill down with different genres, including elements of time, visualization tools, recently added items, blogs, or images. Google Squared lets you add or delete results to produce the most useful "square" of information, whichyou can save to your Google account and refer back to later.Rich Snippets provides more useful information in the blurbs below the URL on the... More
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(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) When a spacecraft launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in the future, its cargo will include a small box containing a nano-fluidics experiment designed by scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on May 12 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Toronto cyberforensics researchers are pursuing a fusion methodology, in which they look at Internet data in the context of real world events.Cyberforensics presents immense technical challenges that are complicated by the fact that the Internet effortlessly spans both local and national government boundaries. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/12/science/12cyber.html?ref=science)
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H1N1 swine flu is spreading fast enough to justify the preparations for a pandemic, say epidemiologists who've analysed the pattern of spread so far.The reproductive number or R0 in Mexico in February was between 1.4 and 1.6 (each person who contracts flu passes it on to between 1.4 and 1.6 other people), approaching previous flu epidemics in 1918, 1957 and 1968. However, there's more uncertainty about how lethal the virus is, because there have b... More
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As genetic technologies have improved, so has the scope of investigations of human outliers--people with extreme phenotypes, thanks to rapid advances in DNA sequencing.Scientists are now beginning to sequence individuals' entire exome--the gene coding region of the genome--searching for mutations in genes never suspected to play a role in particular diseases. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/23516/)
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Printing the New York Times costs twice as much as it would for the paper to send every subscriber a free Amazon Kindle. (Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/what-to-tell-people-who-want-a-newspaper-bailout-2009-5)
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Some researchers and law-enforcement officials have raised red flags about biohackers, and have called for better oversight of "synthetic DNA," an ingredient widely used by professional biologists and hobbyists, saying it could theoretically lead to the creation of harmful viruses like Ebola or smallpox. (Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124207326903607931.html#mod=article-outset-box)
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Inventor/author/cartoonist/former urban planner Steven M. Johnson's visionary ideas include a Segway-like golf-cart-meets-treadmill contraption, dashboard toaster oven, skylight solar cooker, and pedaltrain.(Steven M. Johnson) (Source: http://arieff.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/04/searching-for-value-in-ludicrous-ideas/)
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(University of Copenhagen) It is a mystery to many people why the world is running out of oil when most of the world's oilfields have only been half emptied. However some of the oil that has been located is trapped as droplets of oil in small cavities in the surrounding rock or is stuck to the walls of the underground cavity and cannot be accessed by the techniques currently used in the oil industry.
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Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a stretchable display by connecting organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic transistors with a new rubbery conductor. The display can be folded in half or crumpled up without incurring any damage, and can also cover complex three-dimensional objects, unlike other stretchable displays. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22632/)
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Darpa's latest venture, called "Physical Intelligence" (PI) intends to prove mathematically that all brain activities -- reasoning, emoting, processing sights and smells -- derive from physical mechanisms, acting according to the principles of "thermodynamics in open systems."They're asking for "abiotic, self-organizing electronic and chemical systems" that display the PI principles. Darpa wants to re-envision how thought works -- and then design ... More
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MIT engineers Joe Paradiso and Yasuhiro Ono have applied for a patent for a system that makes confidential conversations possible in open-plan offices, and will even let a conversing group move around a room and still remain in a secure sound bubble. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227075.700-cone-of-silence-keeps-conversations-secret.html)
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Launching on May 14, the European Space Agency's Planck satellite will enable us to find out what happened just fractions of a second after the big bang by examining the cosmic microwave background in exquisite detail. Cosmic microwave background (Plnck/ LBNL/SSC) (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227073.700-planck-the-future-of-probing-the-past.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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Owning physical media (DVDs, CDs) is antiquated, says Forrester analyst Jeremiah Owyang: take up space, not available when you want them, obsolescent formats, depreciation, and bad for environment. Better choices: iTunes, Amazon music (DRM free), stream shows live from the web, Netflix on demand. (Source: http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2009/05/10/why-physical-media-is-archaic/)
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By eliminating the gene for a signaling protein called cyclophilin A (CypA) from a strain of mice, researchers at the University of Rochester and were able to provide complete protection against abdominal aortic aneurysm, a fatal event in 90 percent of cases.Inhibition of CypA also appears to have benefit in several diseases that involve blood vessels in the brain and heart, the researchers suggest. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news161183060... More
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Nanocrystals that emit steady light may may open the door to dramatically less expensive and more versatile lasers, brighter LED lighting, and biological markers that track more precisely how a drug interacts with a cell, researchers at the University of Rochester, Kodak, Cornell University, and Naval Research Laboratory have found. The nanocrystals overcome the problem of sporadic light emission (blinking) from nanocrystals. "Painting" a grid of ... More
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Distinctive brain patterns could become the latest subject of biometric scanning after EU researchers successfully tested technology to verify ­identities for security checks.The U.S. government's IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity) is seeking development proposals to enhance such biometric-signature technologies. (Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/may/10/biometric-scanning-brain-security-checks)
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Flu Wiki, "dedicated to sharing accurate information without scaremongering," includes links to CDC, WHO, and other key sources. (Source: )
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(Boston College) A US Department of Energy grant to enhance the nation's energy security will team Boston College physicists Zhifeng Ren and Cyril Opeil, SJ, with colleagues from MIT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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