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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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(Albert Einstein College of Medicine) Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have combined their revolutionary new drug-delivery system with a powerful antimicrobial agent to treat potentially deadly drug-resistant staph infections in mice. The study is published this month in the online version of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
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(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have created the first carbon nanotube device that can detect the entire visible spectrum of light, a feat that could soon allow scientists to probe single molecule transformations, study how those molecules respond to light, observe how the molecules change shapes, and understand other fundamental interactions between molecules and nanotubes.
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(University of California - Los Angeles) Chlamydia trachomatis is the most common bacterial agent of sexually transmitted infections and occurs in 1 million cases a year and is the largest reportable infection in the US. Researchers at UCLA have designed a unique method for inducing immunity to the infection. The findings could accelerate progress toward developing a vaccine to guard against the infections of Chlamydia trachomatis which frequentl... More
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Veratect Inc combines computer algorithms with human analysts to monitor online and off-line sources for hints of disease outbreaks and civil unrest worldwide, using blogs, online chat rooms, Twitter feeds, news media and government Web sites.Veratect says it posted a report to clients on April 6 describing an unusual number of respiratory illnesses in the Mexican state of Veracruz, then sent an e-mail on April 16 to the Centers for Disease Contro... More
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Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed buttons that pop out from a touch-screen surface to produce tactile buttons for certain functions, such as in-car navigation. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22550/)
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As the World Health Organization raises its pandemic alert to level 5, scientists study the genetic sequence of the virus, using the Influenza Virus Resource databank. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/22569/)
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Readybot, a research group that last year released videos of a simple prototype cleaning robot, has revealed that the robot is managed through a combination of cloud-based software and skilled remote teleoperators. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/23450/)
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Google researchers Hyunyoung Choi and Hal Varian combined data from Google Trends on the popularity of different search terms with models used by economists to predict trends in areas such as travel and home sales, resulting in better forecasts in almost every case.Google has demonstrated before that search data can predict flu outbreaks, and last week World Bank economist Erik Feyen said he could cut errors in a model that forecasts lending to th... More
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New techniques allow for more precise changes in plant genes, greatly increasing the efficiency of generating genetically engineered plants for use as food or fuel, or for absorbing carbon and cleaning the environment. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/22562/)
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The "smart infrastructure" -- more efficient and environmentally friendlier systems for managing, among other things, commuter traffic, food distribution, electric grids and waterways -- will use low-cost wireless sensors and clever software for analytics and visualization, as well as computing firepower.Benefits: big reductions in energy used, greenhouse gases emitted, and natural resources consumed. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/30/b... More
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Efficiencies of polymer solar cells have been increasing at a rate of about 1 percent a year. If they can keep this up, say researchers, plastic solar cells will be competing with silicon within a few years.Plastic solar cell layers (Nature Photonics) (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/22563/)
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Stephen Wolfram's video presentation of Wolfram|Alpha at Harvard Law School is now available. More (Source: )
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(Rice University) In new research appearing this week in Nature, physicists at Rice University and the University of Alicante have found that single-atom contacts made of ferromagnetic metals like iron, cobalt and nickel exhibit behavior consistent with the Kondo effect. The unexpected behavior appears to arise due to the tendency of the electrons on the last atom of material to align their spin in a countervailing direction from that of neighbori... More
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We've known that swine flu could cause a human pandemic for more than a decade -- but no one paid attention, says New Scientist in this special issue, which covers global preparedness (patchy), treatments that might be effective (Tamiflu may not work), and expert analysis of how deadly it is (unknown). Follow @newscientist and @CDCemergency Twitter feeds, and search "swine flu" and #swineful for updates. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/ar... More
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(University of Texas at Austin) With two $15 million grants, scientists and engineers aim to revolutionize solar cells and provide the fundamental science for geological storage of greenhouse gases as part of two Energy Frontier Research Centers established at the University of Texas at Austin by the US Department of Energy.
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Duke University engineer Adrian Bejan and Penn State biologist James Marden have unified the biological and geophysical principles of nature's design through the "constructal law," the idea that organic evolution is analogous to the way form evolves in inanimate flow systems.They believe this is a novel concept with the potential to unite perspectives and approaches across disparate disciplines. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news160153064.html... More
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The Pentagon has commissioned military contractors to develop a highly classified replica of the Internet of the future. The goal is to simulate what it would take for adversaries to shut down the country's power stations, telecommunications and aviation systems, or freeze the financial markets -- in an effort to build better defenses against such attacks, as well as a new generation of online weapons.The most exotic innovations under consideratio... More
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Texas Tech University researchers have developed a way to automatically diagnose epilepsy with an accuracy rate of 94 percent, by training a neural network to recognize the characteristic patterns in EEG data that indicate the patient is epileptic. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23465/)
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Cornell University and UC Berkeley scientists have built cloaks that are essentially mirrors with a tiny bump in which an object can hide. The bump is hidden by a pattern of tiny silicon nanopillars on the mirror surface that steers reflected light in a way that makes any bump look flat. So anything can be hidden beneath the bump without an observer realizing it is there. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23455/)
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