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Self-cleaning walls, counter tops, fabrics, even micro-robots that can walk on water could be closer to reality because of research on super-hydrophobic materials by scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at Japan's RIKEN institute.Using the supercomputer at RIKEN (the fastest in the world when the research started in 2005), the team designed a computer simulation to perform tens of thousands of experiments that studied how surfaces ... More
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Scientists in Japan are reporting an advance toward giving artificial cells another hallmark of life: the ability to tap an energy source and use it to undergo sustained movement. They developed self-propelled oil droplets equipped with chemical "engines" (highly reactive catalysts) that provide self-propelled motion in the presence of a chemical "fuel": special substances that react in the presence of the catalyst. When the researchers placed dro... More
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(Penn State) An international science team has determined the structure of chlorophyll molecules in green bacteria, which are super-efficient at harvesting light energy. Because the interactions that lead to the assembly of the chlorophyll molecules are rather simple, so they provide good models for designing artificial systems. The research one day could be used to build artificial photosynthetic systems, such as those that convert solar energy... More
Eurekalert.org news made popular on May 04 2009 by Thoughtbot
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(University of Nebraska-Lincoln) Humans have marveled for millennia at how water beads up and rolls off flowers, caterpillars and some insects, and how insects like water striders are able to walk effortlessly on water. University of Nebraska and RIKEN research into super hydrophobic properties provide hints to researchers to develop these abilities in things like micro-robots, self-cleaning fabrics and other surfaces.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on May 04 2009 by Thoughtbot
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(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) It has long been known that heat is an effective weapon against tumor cells. However, it's difficult to heat patients' tumors without damaging nearby tissues. Now, MIT researchers have developed tiny gold particles that can home in on tumors, and then, by absorbing energy from near-infrared light and emitting it as heat, destroy tumors with minimal side effects.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on May 04 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Some fans believe James Cameron and colleagues may have finally crossed the "uncanny valley" (reality credibility barrier) with their 3-D science-fiction thriller "Avatar" movie, due out in December.Dr. Mario Mendez, a behavioral neurologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, said it's possible Cameron's work could tap brain systems that are undisturbed by conventional 2-D movies. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/20... More
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Brain Mapping Foundation neurosurgeons have found that NASA's electronic nose, developed for air quality monitoring on the Space Shuttle Endeavor, can sense differences in odor from normal versus cancerous cells. Other research uses include cellular trafficking, stem cell migration, and intraoperative imaging. (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/09http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090430065456.htm0430065456.htm)
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University College London resarchers say crystalline carbon containing nitrogen vacancies can store qubits for relatively long periods of time and can house a relatively large number of qubits in a small volume and at room temperature. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23479/)
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The suicide rate is significantly lower in areas in Japan with the highest levels of lithium, scientists at the universities of Oita and Hiroshima have found. (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8025454.stm)
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Amazon plans to introduce this week a larger version of its Kindle wireless device tailored for displaying newspapers, magazines and perhaps textbooks, according to Times sources, and other such e-reading devices are due out within the year from Hearst and Plastic Logic.(Plastic Logic)These devices from Amazon and other manufacturers would allow publishers to save millions on the cost of printing and distributing their publications, at precisely a... More
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A startup called FriendFeed has created what they hope to be the next big form of communication online: flowing, multi-person, real-time conversations. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/external/readwriteweb/2009/05/01/01readwriteweb-the-man-who-made-gmail-says-real-time-conve-12208.html)
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"We might be entering an Age of Pandemics...a broad array of dangerous emerging 21st-century diseases, man-made or natural, brand-new or old, newly resistant to our current vaccines and antiviral drugs," says epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant, chairman of the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee and chief philanthropy evangelist at Google. Astronomer Royal Martin Rees agrees, and bet $1,000 that bioterror or bioerror would unleash a cat... More
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Mac/PC twitterers: Seesmic Desktop version 0.2 has launched (a preview but solid), finally integrating Facebook and Twitter updates. Seesmic is now the official Twitter/Facebook desktop app at @KurzweilAINews. Awesome. - Ed. (Source: http://blogs.zdnet.com/weblife/?p=569)
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A team from Austria's Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) sent entangled photons 144 kilometers and suggests it is now feasible to send this kind of unbreakable encrypted communication through space using satellites. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news160593524.html)
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Canadian engineers have sent swimming magnetic MC-1 bacteria (swim 10 times faster than most species) through the bloodstreams of rats to test the idea of loading bacteria with a drug, targeting a particular tissue, and propelling the bacteria an MRI machine. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17071-bacteria-take-fantastic-voyage-through-bloodstream.html)
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(Yale University) Yale researchers describe a breakthrough in safe and effective administration of potential antiviral drugs -- small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules that silence genes -- the first step in development of a new kind of treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The work is reported May 4 as an advance online publication of Nature Materials.
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Astronomers have spotted the most distant object yet confirmed in the universe: a self-destructing star that exploded in a gamma-ray burst 13.1 billion light years from Earth, just 640 million years after the big bang, when the first stars and galaxies were lighting up space. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17035-most-distant-object-in-the-universe-spotted.html)
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(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) Following a successful second funding period, the first three DFG Research Centres will again be extended and will continue for another four years. This decision was made by the Joint Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) at its spring session in Bonn.
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Nemertes Research experts predict that consumer demand (monthly traffic across the Internet is now running at about eight exabytes), growing at 60 per cent a year, will start to exceed supply by next year because of more people working online and the soaring popularity of bandwidth-hungry websites such as YouTube and HDTV Web services.It will initially lead to computers being disrupted and going offline for several minutes at a time. From 2012, ho... More
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MIT researchers have developed a new system called Second Skin that may provide a cheaper (less than $1,000) and more efficient way to track motion for creating special effects for movies. Projectors send out patterns of near- infrared light--approximately 10,000 different patterns a second. When the patterns hit tiny photosensors embedded in the subject's clothes, the photosensors capture the coded light and convert it into a unique binary signal... More
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Based on the CDC's suggestion, Google has released a new version of its Flu Trends service that is tailored for Mexico in the hope of helping health officials and others track the spread of swine flu in that country. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/01/technology/internet/01google.html)
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1. Don't touch your eyes, mouth and nose.2. Wash your hands with soap and water.3. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.4. Cover your nose and mouth.5. Consider buying an N95 respirator. (Source: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=protect-yourself-swine-flu-pandemic)
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UCLA researchers hope to explore the realm in between thermodynamics and quantum mechanics with an experiment using the smallest ever incandescent lamp, made from a single carbon nanotube. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17058-worlds-tiniest-lamp-spans-quantum-and-classical-physics.html)
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Bidding kicked off last week at $68,000 on a 10-day eBay auction whose prize includes personal genome sequencing, analysis, and interpretation services provided by Cambridge, Mass.-based genetics firm Knome, Inc. The auction's winner also participates in a roundtable discussion with Knome's geneticists, clinicians and bioinformaticians to review the winner's sequence data, and a private dinner with George Church, co-Founder and Knome's chief scien... More
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"The Internet behaves a fair bit like a mind," says Ben Goertzel, chair of the Artificial General Intelligence Research Institute. "It might already have a degree of consciousness.... The outlook for humanity is probably better in the case that an emergent, coherent and purposeful Internet mind develops."If the effort that has gone into developing social networking sites goes into developing Internet consciousness, it could happen within a decade,... More
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