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Chipmaker ARM Holdings Ltd. measures success with a "megahertz per milliwatt of electricity" metric instead of transistors per chip, accounting for its dominance in cell phones and other low-wattage devices. (Source: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9131098)
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Entrepreneur Bradley Inman is starting Vook, a platform for e-books that will combine text, video and social networking, in an attempt to provide a more satisfying experience than Kindle and other e-book formats. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/05/business/05stream.html?ref=technology)
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Enormous cosmic voids (regions of space that are relatively empty), including one that is about 3.5 billion light years across, and giant concentrations of matter have been observed by Anglo-Australian Observatory astronomers in the new Six Degree Field Galaxy Survey, covering 41% of the southern hemisphere sky.The newly found void is so large that it is difficult to fit into our present understanding of the universe on the largest scales. (Sour... More
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SUNY Downstate Medical Center neuroscientists have discovered that a single dose of an experimental drug delivered to areas of the brain critical for holding specific types of memory (like emotional associations or spatial knowledge) blocks the activity of a substance, PKMzeta, that the brain apparently needs to retain much of its learned information.The possibility of memory editing has enormous possibilities, but raises huge ethical issues. (... More
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(Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore) In Nature Chemistry, scientists at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology report that they have developed the first tri-continuous mesoporous material using a unique surfactant template. This completely new porous structure previously been predicted only mathematically.
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(University of Leeds) That sinking feeling when your hard disk starts screeching and you haven't backed up your holiday photos is a step closer to becoming a thing of the past thanks to research into a new kind of computer memory.
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There's a theme emerging at the CTIA conference: Add mobile data capability to absolutely everything, including video cameras and the human body. (Source: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/02/putting-everything-on-a-mobile-network/)
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MIT researchers have combined nanotechnology with genetically engineered viruses to build batteries that could power hybrid cars and cell phones.The batteries have the same energy capacity and power performance as state-of-the-art rechargeable batteries being considered to power plug-in hybrid cars and personal electronic devices. (Source: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9130968&intsrc=news_ts_he... More
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Using carbon dating to gauge the age of heart cells, scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden have found that low numbers of new heart cells are continuously being created throughout a person's life. This raises the possibility that we may one day be able to use drugs to directly stimulate this regenerative capacity to patch up damaged hearts, rather than relying on cell-transplantation therapies. (Source: http://www.technolo... More
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Researchers at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Quebec have dramatically increased the performance of an iron-based catalyst. Their material produces 99 amps per cubic centimeter at 0.8 volts, a key measurement of catalytic activity. That is 35 times better than the best nonprecious metal catalyst so far, and close to the Department of Energy's goal for fuel-cell catalysts: 130 amps per cubic centimeter. (Source: http... More
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A fully automated robotic laboratory able to design its own molecular biology experiments has made its first discoveries, its team of creators at Aberystwyth University and Cambridge have reported.The robot scientist "Adam" was developed to identify genes involved in yeast metabolism. Using algorithms programmed by scientists, Adam formulates hypotheses about the origins of "orphan enzymes": enzymes for which scientists have been unable to identif... More
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(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) For the first time, MIT researchers have shown they can genetically engineer viruses to build both the positively and negatively charged ends of a lithium-ion battery.
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(Northwestern University) Using a technique called atom probe tomography, researchers at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, have provided an atomic-level view of the composition of a nanowire.
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Yeast cells feeding on the glucose in human blood might one day power implants such as pacemakers, eliminating the need for regular operations to replace batteries.University of British Columbia scientists have developed tiny microbial fuel cells by encapsulating yeast cells in a flexible capsule. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16882-yeastpowered-fuel-cell-feeds-on-human-blood.html)
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Without forests to pump moisture around the planet, would the continents turn to desert? A controversial new theory by scientists at St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute suggests they might. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227024.400-rainforests-may-pump-winds-worldwide.html)
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Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons capable of frying the electronics in civil airliners can be built using information and components available on the net, warn counterterrorism analysts. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227026.200-aircraft-could-be-brought-down-by-diy-ebombs.html)
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VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies has developed a miniature telephoto lens that can be implanted into the eye and could soon help people with vision loss from end-stage macular degeneration.(VisionCare)Because only the central parts of the retina are damaged in the disease, magnifying the image on the eye allows the retinal cells outside the macula to detect the object and send that information to the brain. (Source: http://www.technologyreview... More
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(Oregon State University) Engineers at Oregon State University have made a major new advance in taking waste heat and using it to run a cooling system -- a technology that can improve the energy efficiency of diesel engines, and perhaps some day will appear in automobiles, homes and industry.
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Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Cornell University have used a process for manufacturing integrated circuits at the nanometer level in designing the first nanofluidic device with complex 3-D surfaces.Among potential applications: processing nanomaterials for manufacturing; separation and measuring of complex nanoparticle mixtures for drug delivery, gene therapy and nanoparticle toxicology; and isolatio... More
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A first-draft circuit map of the entire mouse brain within two to three years has been proposed by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and 20 other major research institutions as a first step in assembling a comprehensive map of the major neural circuits in the mammalian brain.The whole-brain circuit map should provide insights about what goes wrong in brain dysfunctions, spanning a range of neurodevelopmental illnesses including autism, schizophrenia, ... More
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Research teams at the University of Utah and University of Colorado at Boulder have made technical advances that have significantly reduced the time it takes to map brain regions. These include automation tools to tag every cell with a molecular signature, capture 25,000 TEM images weekly, and automatically merge thousands of images into gigabyte-scale mosaics and align the mosaics into terabyte-scale volumes. The researchers plan to soon reveal t... More
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Imperial College London researchers believe their iCub humanoid robot will help them learn more about how humans use cognition to interact with their world. The team will link a computer simulation of a human brain to iCub so that it can process information about its environment and activate its motors to allow it to move its arms, head, eyes and fingers to carry out simple tasks. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news157734593.html)
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NYU researchers have developed new technology called Inexpensive Multi-Touch Pressure Acquisition Devices (IMPAD) that can be made paper thin and can fit on small portable devices or cover an entire table or wall.IMPAD measures a change in electrical resistance when a person or object applies different pressure to a specially designed pad, consisting of only a few layers of materials. It opens up a new dimension of pressure that can be used for vi... More
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A new way of presenting Braille characters on a mobile device could lead to a Braille-ready touchscreen phone.University of Tampere in Finland and colleagues used a Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, which has a piezoelectric material built into the touch screen that vibrates when an electric signal is applied to it. To generate characters, they installed software that represents a raised dot as a single pulse of intense vibration, and an absent dot as a ... More
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Google announced at midnight the world's first Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity (CADIE), the first evolving intelligent system. Obviously, the Singularity has arrived. Our work on this planet is done. - Ed. (Source: )
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