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Many drugs such as sleeping pills commonly prescribed to older adults for a variety of common medical conditions including allergies, hypertension, asthma, and cardiovascular disease appear to negatively affect the aging brain.The drugs cause immediate but possibly reversible cognitive impairment, including delirium, in older adults, according to senior study author Malaz Boustani, M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine associate professor of... More
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Inmamusys, an AI program that can create and play music in real time that evokes emotional responses, has been developed by University of Granada researchers. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news163076031.html)
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The Russian Academy of Sciences has developed an atom pinhole camera that can manufacture an array of atomic nanostructure copies of micrometer-sized objects down to 30 nm, a size reduction of 10,000 times.(P.N. Melentiev, et al.)In an atom pinhole camera, atoms act like photons in an optical pinhole camera, producing high-resolution images on a silicon substrate. A camera with up to 10 million pinholes could allow for simultaneous generation of l... More
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On May 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that there were "upwards of 100,000" cases in the U.S., compared to estimates of 2,000 to 2,500 by two rival supercomputer teams. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/02/health/02model.html)
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Engineers at Google are experimenting with interfaces for Android-powered mobile phones use vibrational and audio feedback including text-to-speech, instead of visual menus. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/communications/22731/)
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A database of 100 million high-quality digital images taken from Flickr by Institute of Information Science and Technologies in Pisa, Italy could help in testing the next generation of image search algorithms. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23589/)
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Microsoft's Project Natal, a bar that sits above or below your TV, lets you control games just by moving around, using a camera, sensors and a microphone. It lets you move through menus by swiping your hands back and forth. The camera allows for facial and voice recognition and will recognize your face and sign you in automatically.It also tracks your full body movement in 3-D, while responding to commands, directions, and even a shift of emotion ... More
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(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A University of Illinois chemist says that prodding proteins to fold by suddenly removing high pressure (a technique also known as "pressure jumping") through electrical bursting makes for a "kindler, gentler way" of inducing proteins to fold.
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(American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has released its first annual list of top emerging aerospace technologies.
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(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) Nanoelectromechanical systems devices have the potential to revolutionize the world of sensors: motion, chemical, etc. But taking electromechanical devices from the micro scale down to the nano requires finding a means to dissipate heat output. Researchers at MIT say the solution is to build these devices using a thermal material that dissipates heat from th... More
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Futures Research Methodology Version 3.0 is the largest, most comprehensive collection of internationally peer-reviewed methods and tools to explore future possibilities ever assembled in one resource, according to the Millennium Project. Written by leading futurists Jerome C. Glenn and Theodore J. Gordon, the 39 chapters include methods such as prediction markets, real-time delphi, robust decisionmaking, structural analysis, state of the future i... More
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Femtosecond lasers could accelerate storage and retrieval of data on hard disks by up to 100,000 times, according to a team at the Institute of Materials Physics and Chemistry in Strasbourg. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news162995052.html)
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Google has demonstrated a new product called Wave that essentially combines e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, discussion boards, and collaborative documents into one Web service. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/23585/)
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Genetically diseased fibroblast cells that have had their defect corrected through gene-therapy viruses can be reprogrammed into stem cells capable of forming any tissue in the body, say researchers at the Salk Institute and colleagues in the US and Europe. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17214-diseased-cells-transformed-into-healthy-stem-cells.html)
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A daily experiment to test "remote viewing" of a selected location within the UK will be conducted at 10 am EST daily starting June 2.Psychologist Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire will use Twitter messages to direct paricipants to a website, where they can choose between photographs of five possible locations. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17219-twitters-first-scientific-study-needs-you.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsre... More
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(University of Rochester) An ultra-powerful laser can turn regular incandescent light bulbs into power-sippers, say optics researchers at the University of Rochester. The process could make a light as bright as a 100-watt bulb consume less electricity than a 60-watt bulb while remaining far cheaper and radiating a more pleasant light than a fluorescent bulb can.
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(Campuspr Midlands Ltd.) The world's most powerful neutron source should be built in Lund, Sweden, it has been announced by EU Research Ministers at a meeting in Brussels last night.
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Heat generated by high frequency radio waves conducted through a catheter erases most pre-cancerous cells associated with chronic acid reflux, providing an lower-cost (10:1) alternative to surgery. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news162755092.html)
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Siri, a San Jose company, has announced that it would offer an "intelligent agent" for the iPhone that responds to natural-language queries to find movie theaters, book restaurant reservations and airline flights, buy from online retail sites, and even answer trivia questions. (Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_12453882?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com)
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Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have discovered the gene responsible for the effect that small exposure to oxidative conditions may actually offer protection from acute doses.The finding may explain recent studies suggesting that eating less may, in fact, raise reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels (which normally cause cellular damage to DNA, RNA and proteins), and in doing so, provide protection from acute doses of oxidants... More
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A portable device that can show in five minutes is a person is infected with a particular virus or bacterium has been developed by Ostendum, a University of Twente spinoff.When a micro-organism such as a virus is present in the sample being analyzed, it binds to the relevant antibody on the chip, creating an interference pattern that provides information about the quantity of virus particles present (University of Twente) (Source: http://www.sci... More
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Astronomers have probed closer than ever to a supermassive black hole estimated to have the mass of about 3 to 5 million solar masses, at the core of a distant active galaxy. Illustration of a supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy 1H0707-495 (ESA; image by C. Carreau) (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090527130830.htm)
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Superconducting germanium doped by gallium has been produced by scientists at the Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (FZD) research center. Germanium as a new material for chips would enable both faster processes and further miniaturization in micro- and nanoelectronics. (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090528092520.htm)
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German researchers has created mice with a human gene (a version of the mouse FOXP2 gene) implicated in speech problems and thought to play a role in the evolution of language.Mice with the human version of FOXP2 have deeper squeeks than normal mice. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17206-human-speech-gene-gives-mouse-a-baritone-squeak.html)
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Scientists aim to treat retinitis pigmentosa by developing novel gene therapies using channelrhodopsin-2 (a light-sensitive protein derived from algae) and similar tools to make different retinal cells, such as bipolar cells (shown in pink in the middle section of the photo), responsive to light.(Steve Gschmeissner/Photo Researchers)Scientists believe that channelrhodopsin targeted toward different cell types could ultimately treat a broader range... More
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