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Rather than try to replicate complex human intelligence, start at the bottom and figure out simpler abilities that humans share with other animals, like navigating, seeking food and avoiding dangers.That's the rationale for Psikharpax, using sensors and controls, with software based on rat neurology. The goal is to get Psikharpax to be able to "survive" in new environments. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news163591762.html)
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A giant inflatable 15-kilometer-high tower could carry people to the edge of space without the need for a rocket, and could be completed much sooner than a cable-based space elevator, its proponents claim.If built from a suitable mountain top, it could reach an altitude of around 20 kilometers, where it could be used for atmospheric research, tourism (without the difficulties of zero gravity), telecoms, or launching spacecraft (Source: http://ww... More
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A new University of California, Berkeley study compares the "full life-cycle" emissions generated by 11 different modes of transportation in the US. The worst: off-peak buses, followed by cars. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17260-train-can-be-worse-for-climate-than-plane.html)
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The transmission of abnormal tau proteins that form tangles in cells may explain how Alzheimer's spreads throughout a patient's brain, Laboratory of Molecular Biology researchers have found. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17259-tangled-proteins-may-spread-alzheimers-through-brain.html)
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Botox has been modified so that it could one day be used to treat asthma and possibly even cancer, by inhibiting the release of cytokines (overproduced in cancer) and mucin (oversecreted in asthma). (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227116.100-botox-could-stop-disease-in-its-tracks.html)
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Xunlight has developed a way to make large, flexible solar panels: a roll-to-roll manufacturing technique forms thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells on thin sheets of stainless steel.Such systems could be incorporated more easily into irregular roof designs, or rolled up and carried in a backpack. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/business/22745/)
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Physicists can't agree about strategies for storing the petabytes of data per year to be generated by the the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and in what format. The LHC is emblematic of a broader problem in science.The problem is also emblmematic of a broader problem on the Internet, as video and audio firehouses generate similar concerns. - Ed (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23616/)
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Bendy organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays employing amorphous silicon processes and tools (used to make today's flat-panel LCD screens) have been developed by Arizona State University researchers.The development brings bendable color video displays closer to being commercial products. (Mark Martinez) (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22758/)
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Genetic alterations enabled mice to convert fat into carbon dioxide and remain lean while eating the equivalent of a fast-food diet, UCLA researchers have found.The study suggests that synthetic biology concepts could be applied to mammals: just as we create bacteria that produce biofuels, we could introduce new abilities into the bodies of humans and other animals. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/22757/)
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Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) have developed a screen technology that could help make wearable displays more compact and simpler to use. By interlacing photodetector cells with display pixels, the researchers have built a system that can display a moving image while also detecting movement directly in front of it. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22754/)
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(University of Florida) Sunflowers track the sun as it moves from east to west. But people usually have to convert sunlight into electricity or heat to put its power to use.
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(University of California - Santa Barbara) Scientists and engineers at UC Santa Barbara and other researchers have developed a nanoparticle that can attack plaque -- a major cause of cardiovascular disease. The new development is described in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science.
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(Harvard University) By applying cutting-edge techniques in single-molecule manipulation, researchers at Harvard University have uncovered a fundamental feedback mechanism that the body uses to regulate the clotting of blood. The finding has implications for the treatment of bleeding disorders.
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(INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale)) The laboratory, "Structure -- Activity of Normal and Pathologic Biomolecules," Inserm, in collaboration with the Material Center of Mines-ParisTech, the NRG-UMR 5060 CNRS/UTBM and the Physic Institute of Stuttgart University discovered a novel route to fabricate fluorescent nanoparticles from diamond microcrystals. Results are published in Nanotechnology's June 10, 2009 issue.
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(Georgia Institute of Technology Research News) The unique properties of thin layers of graphite -- known as graphene -- make the material attractive for a wide range of potential electronic devices. Researchers have now experimentally demonstrated the potential for another graphene application: replacing copper for interconnects in future generations of integrated circuits.
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(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Berkeley Lab researchers have created a unique new memory storage medium that can pack thousands of times more data into one square inch of space than conventional chips and preserve this data for more than a billion years!
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Google Squared, a new search tool that Google described last month, is now live. Squared pulls information about members of a category from all over the Web and presents it in a table with rows and columns, instead of the series of page links typically returned by search engines. (Source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/166080/new_search_tool_google_squared_goes_live.html)
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Faced with ballooning costs and growing delays, ITER -- a multi-billion-euro international experiment boldly aiming to prove atomic fusion as a power source -- will be scaled back. (Source: http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090527/full/459488a.html)
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The diabetes drug metformin may make vaccines work better and could revolutionize current strategies for both therapeutic and preventive vaccines, say University of Pennsylvania researchers. (Source: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20090603/diabetes-drug-makes-vaccines-work-better)
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A flexible memory switch that operates on less than 10 volts, maintains its memory when power is lost, and still functions after being flexed more than 4,000 times has been developed by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researhers.(NIST)The switch can be built out of inexpensive, readily available materials and it performance is similar to that of a memristor (changes its resistance depending on the amount of current that is se... More
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Ateronon, a natural supplement made from the lycopene in tomatoes, taken daily, can stave off heart disease and strokes, according to researchers at a biotechnology spinoff of Cambridge University.Ateronon contains a refined, more readily absorbed version of lycopene that can reduce the oxidation of harmful fats in the blood to almost zero within eight weeks, the researchers suggest. (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8076556.stm)
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A new appraisal of existing studies documenting the links between tiny soot particles and premature death from cardiovascular ailments shows that mortality rates among people exposed to the particles are twice as high as previously thought, according to the nonprofit Health Effects Institute.Sources of fine particles include diesel engines, automobile tires, coal-fired power plants and oil refineries. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/03/s... More
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Nanoscale GHz-range ultrasonic technology that could allow scientists to see inside a patient's individual cells to help diagnose serious illnesses is being developed by researchers at The University of Nottingham.The new technology may also allow scientists to see objects even smaller than optical microscopes and be so sensitive they may be able to measure single molecules. (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090602134943.htm)... More
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The military has spent hundreds of millions of dollars researching, developing, and purchasing "Tagging tracking and locating" (TTL) devices, including laser-based reflectors, RFID tags capable of responding from twelve miles away, homing beacons so tiny, they can be woven into fabric or paper, and invisible chemical dye to mark terrorists. (Source: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/06/inside-the-militarys-secret-terror-tagging-tech/)
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AeroVironment has received n additional $5.4 million from DARPA to further develop a tiny aircraft that can fly into tight spaces undetected, perch, and send live surveillance information to its handlers. (Source: http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/42390)
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