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A new approach to electrophoretic displays being developed by Philips Research -- moving pixels horizontally instead of vertically -- may finally mean high-quality color electronic paper. Prototype in-plane electrophoretic display (Philips) (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22627/)
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The creation of large-area graphene using thin copper films may enable the manufacture of new graphene-based devices that meet the scaling requirements of the semiconductor industry, leading to faster computers and electronics, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news160924908.html)
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Free will resides in a place toward the back of the brain called the parietal cortex, new research at the CNRS Cognitive Neuroscience Center in Bron, France suggests. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17092-possible-site-of-free-will-found-in-brain.html)
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The World Health Organization may have inadvertently triggered a new wave of fear over the threat of a swine flu pandemic today by suggesting that up to 2 billion people could be infected if the current outbreak worsens. WHO chief Keiji Fukuda quickly noted to reporters that he was making statement based on data from past pandemics and was not a predicting what would happen with the current swine flu outbreak. (Source: http://abcnews.go.com/pri... More
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(University of Texas at Austin) The creation of large-area graphene using copper may enable the manufacture of new graphene-based devices that meet the scaling requirements of the semiconductor industry, leading to faster computers and electronics, according to a team of scientists and engineers at the University of Texas at Austin.
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(University of Liverpool) Scientists at the University of Liverpool have been awarded £1.7 million ($2.55 million) to investigate how nanotechnology could be used to improve the effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs.
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(CSIRO Australia) The head of CSIRO's Virtual Nanoscience Laboratory, Dr. Amanda Barnard, has won the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics 2009 Young Scientist Prize in Computational Physics.
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(Wiley-Blackwell) Korean researchers led by Tae Gwan Park and Jinwoo Cheon have developed the basis for a four-in-one agent that can detect, target, and disable tumor cells while also making them macroscopically and microscopically visible.
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"The power of ideas to change the world is accelerating and few people grasp the implications of that fully," says futurist Ray Kurzweil."People don't think exponentially, yet exponential change applies to anything that involves measuring information content. Take genetic sequencing. When the human genome project was announced in 1990, sceptics said: 'No way you're going to do this in 15 years.' Halfway through the project the sceptics were still ... More
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New Scientist profiles five of the most interesting future-movers and shapers: Vernor Vinge, Walt Disney, H. G. Wells, The Club of Rome, and Alvin Toffler. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17082-five-futurist-visionaries-and-what-they-got-right.html)
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The global outbreak of swine flu hovering just below the pandemic threshold could provide immunity for those already infected if the virus mutates into a more deadly form, epidemiologists say. That is what happened in 1918, when most people who fell ill with a mild Spring flu were effectively inoculated from the far more lethal strains that roared back a few months later and killed at least 40 million worldwide. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/n... More
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A study by scientists at the National Institutes of Health and European colleagues on schizophrenia has implicated machinery that maintains the flow of potassium in cells and revealed a potential molecular target for new treatments. Expression of a previously unknown form of a key such potassium channel was found to be 2.5 fold higher than normal in the brain memory hub of people with the chronic mental illness and linked to a hotspot of genetic v... More
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Our brains don't see everything -- the world is too big, too full of stimuli. So the brain takes shortcuts, constructing a picture of reality with relatively simple algorithms for what things are supposed to look like. Magicians capitalize on those rules. (Source: http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/17-05/ff_neuroscienceofmagic)
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The faster-than-light warp drive, one of Star Trek's hallmark inventions, is not strictly impossible, according to some researchers. "The idea is that you take a chunk of space-time and move it," said Marc Millis, former head of NASA's Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project. (Source: http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/090506-tw-warp-drive.html)
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One of a long series of major challenges that robots can now perform quite easily, robots can climb stairs using feet, tracks, wheels, shifting appendages, and more. (Source: http://singularityhub.com/2009/05/05/robots-take-to-the-stairs-this-is-just-the-beginning-videos/)
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Amazon has introduced the 9.7-inch larger-screen (2.5 times) Kindle DX as a new way for people to read textbooks, newspapers and documents, priced at $489. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/technology/companies/07kindle.html)
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Not only does God exist, but he intervenes in our lives in subtle quantum ways that are unrecognizable to scientific observation, says Francis Collins, the former head of the human genome project. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17083-quantum-arguments-for-god-veer-into-mumbojumbo.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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Twitter Search will soon begin crawling the links that people tweet out and indexing them. This immediately takes Twitter Search, which is still a very basic service, to the next level. This means that no longer will it just be a stream of textual tweets, but it will include millions of web pages as well. (Source: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/07/google-twitter-to-start-indexing-links-for-search/)
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Nereus, a robotic submarine, is undergoing final preparations to dive to the deepest-known part of the oceans: the 11,000m Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean.It has sufficient onboard intelligence and batteries to find areas of particular interest through the use of chemical sensors, sonar and digital photography. (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8035499.stm)
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If there's an H1N1 swine flu pandemic, vaccine makers should be able to churn out "at least" 1 billion to 2 billion doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine within four to six months, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates.As of May 6, there were 1893 confirmed cases in 23 countries, including 642 cases in 44 states in the U.S. (Source: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20090506/who-promises-h1n1-swine-flu-vaccine-for-all)
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An improved process for making solar cells using ink-jet printing to make electrical connections within a solar cell, cuts the amount of silicon needed in half. Since silicon can account for about three-quarters of the cost of conventional solar cells, this could significantly lower the price of solar power.The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which helped direct the design of the device, is now starting to produce solar-cell prototype... More
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A multidisciplinary team of researchers has created tiny DNA boxes measuring just 30 nanometers on each side. The boxes, which can be unlocked with a gene "key," could be used for drug delivery or as sensors.Electron microscope images of DNA boxes (Ebbe Sloth Andersen)The "DNA origami" boxes use oligonucleotides, short snippets of nucleic acid bearing genetic information, to fold longer strands of DNA into a complex structure. Each box is large en... More
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(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) The lactate value indicates levels of fitness. At present, athletes have to visit a doctor to have it measured. A new analytical device will make things easier in future: athletes can wear it and check their lactate readings during training.
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Ray Kurzweil will present an exclusive sneak preview of excerpts from the much-anticipated forthcoming movie "The Singularity Is Near" at The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Mass. on Monday, May 11 at 7:00 pm. The special program, An Evening with Ray Kurzweil, is part of the Coolidge Corner Theatre's acclaimed Science on Screen series.Based on the book of the same title, the "The Singularity Is Near" film combines a documentary featuring Kur... More
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Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered that the hormone estrogen plays a pivotal role in how the brain processes sounds.They found that increasing estrogen levels in brain regions that process auditory information caused heightened sensitivity of sound-processing neurons, which encoded more complex and subtle features of the sound stimulus. In addition, by blocking either the actions of estrogen directly, or preventing brain cel... More
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