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(Purdue University) Researchers are adapting the same methods used in fusion-energy research to create extremely thin plasma beams for a new class of "nanolithography" required to make future computer chips.
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A "safe, reliable, and efficient" nuclear fission reactor that could power a human outpost on the moon or Mars by 2020 has been tested by researchers at NASA and the Department of Energy. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/23247/)
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Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon will interview Ray Kurzweil Tuesday evening on FastForward Radio at 10:30 Eastern/7:30 Pacific, with audience participation by text chat. (Source: http://www.blog.speculist.com/archives/002124.html)
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Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/science/18dna.html?_r=1)
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The "spaser," the tiniest laser since its invention nearly 50 years ago, paves the way for a host of innovations, including "hyperlenses" resulting in sensors and microscopes 10 times more powerful than today's and able to see objects as small as DNA, super-fast computers and consumer electronics that use light instead of electronic signals to process information; and more efficient solar collectors.Spaser stands for surface plasmon amplification ... More
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An amino acid, glycine, has been found on a comet for the first time, a new NASA analysis of samples from NASA's Stardust mission reveals, confirming that some of the building blocks of life were delivered to the early Earth from space. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17628)
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A statistical method that picks out the "information value" of words in a book that could help scholars decode ancient texts like the Voynich manuscript -- or even messages from aliens -- has been developed by University of Manchester researchers and colleagues. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327213.600-statistics-could-help-decode-ancient-scripts.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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A system to combat worms and spam by embedding defense mechanisms in key parts of the Internet is being developed by University of North Carolina and Rensselaer Polytecg researchers. An autonomous system run by an ISP would detect a threat within its network, stop receiving and forwarding messages from the infected computer. and inform its peer autonomous systems about the identity of the threat. All autonomous systems would then isolate the infec... More
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(University College London) Microscopic magnetic particles have been used to bring stem cells to sites of cardiovascular injury in a new method designed to increase the capacity of cells to repair damaged tissue, UCL scientists announced today.
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(University of Georgia) The University of Georgia Research Foundation Inc. and the University of Puerto Rico have granted an international, non-exclusive license for a portfolio of glow-in-the-dark pigments that can be designed to emit light in any color of the visible spectrum for nearly a day. Performance Indicator LLC of Lowell, Mass., acquired the license.
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(Delft University of Technology) It appears that bacteria can squeeze through practically anything. In extremely small nanoslits they take on a completely new flat shape. Even in this squashed form they continue to grow and divide at normal speeds. This has been demonstrated by research carried out at TU Delft's Kavli Institute of Nanoscience.
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(University of Pittsburgh) Two nanoscale devices recently reported by University of Pittsburgh researchers in two separate journals harness the potential of carbon nanomaterials to enhance technologies for drug or imaging agent delivery and energy storage systems, in one case, and, in the other, bolster the sensitivity of oxygen sensors essential in confined settings, from mines to spacecrafts.
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(University of California - Irvine) A UC Irvine center that aims to make real-time videos of single molecules in action has been awarded $20 million over five years from the National Science Foundation.
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(University of Copenhagen) New data from Chinese-Danish collaboration shows that organic nanoscale wires could be an alternative to silicon in computer chips. The discovery has just been published in the respected scientific journal Advanced Materials.
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40.55 percent of tweets are pointless babble, 3.75 percent is spam, and 5.85 percent is self-promotion, according to study by Pearl Analytics. Excluding news sites, the most prolific tweeters are solipsistic new-media marketing and tech mavens promoting themselves, another study by Sysomos suggests, according to Information Week blogger Michael Hickins. (Source: http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2009/08/twitter_forty_p.html)
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Sony Computer Entertainment America has filed patents for software that can recognize emotions, including, laughter, sadness, joy, anger and boredom.The patents may be related to Sony's PlayStation 3 motion-tacking technology, which can detect facial expressions, and sound similar to Microsoft's Project Natal, which can detect emotional responses through facial and voice recognition. (Source: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/sony-patents-re... More
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IBM scientists are researching ways in which DNA can self-assemble into patterns on a chip's surface, acting as scaffolding for millions of carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles that can serve as interconnects and transistors on future computer chips. (Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/170288/ibm_scientists_build_computer_chips_from_dna.html)
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The brain's "seeking system" is hard-wired to obsessively love Google, Twitter, e-mail, and other electronic communication devices, fueled by the opioid neurotransmitter dopamine, according to neuroscientists. (Source: http://www.slate.com/toolbar.aspx?action=print&id=2224932)
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Eating fatty food triggers a short-term decline in both short-term memory and exercise performance, according to the lead study researcher, physiologist Andrew Murray of Cambridge University. (Source: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/fatty-foods-affect-memory-and-exercise/)
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Researchers are developing "computational RFID tags" (CRFIDs) with no external power source using microcontrollers and compact, energy-efficient software and ways to store data, making possible smarter applications (such as encrypting/decrypting data for more secure passports or credit cards and and moisture sensors). (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17616-rfid-tags-get-an-intelligence-upgrade.html)
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Nighttime images from light measured from kilometers above the Earth could help us better understand the economies of some of the planet's least developed countries, say Brown University economists.(NOAA/SPL) (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327215.200-nighttime-photos-shed-light-on-growing-economies.html)
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(Purdue University) Researchers have created the tiniest laser since its invention nearly 50 years ago, paving the way for a host of innovations, including superfast computers that use light instead of electrons to process information, advanced sensors and imaging.
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A "hidden portal" invisibility cloak may be possible using exotic new single-crystal yttrium-iron-garnet ferrite metamaterials that force light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation in complicated directions, researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Fudan University have found. People standing outside the portal would see something like a mirror. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news169373038.html)
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Duke University engineers have for the first time achieved optical and magnetic control over all the degrees of an nanoparticle's motion, opening up broad possibilities for using "dot-Janus" particles as building blocks for applications such as electronic paper, self-propelling micromachines, assembly of nanostructures, and controlling the behavior of cells by manipulating dot-Janus particles attached to cell surfaces. (Source: http://www.scie... More
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Light energy can gently guide and change the orientation of living cells within lab cultures -- possibly a major step in harnessing the healing power of stem cells and guiding them to areas of the body that need help -- University of Central Florida researchers have shown. (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090811161347.htm)
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