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Amazon's new Kindle 2 e-book reader, now shipping, wirelessly offers a choice of 240,000 books to mobile readers for $10 a book or less. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/24/technology/personaltech/24pogue.html?ref=technology)
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Case Western Reserve researchers are developing nanostructured semiconductor photoelectrodes to trigger neurons in single cells or groups of cells with infrared light, replacing electrodes, which have potential damaging side effects. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news154619675.html)
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The Food and Drug Administration has approved deep brain stimulation for the treatment of intractable obsessive-compulsive disorder -- the first time that the technique, which involves surgically implanting electrodes deep within the brain to trigger electrical activity, has been approved for use in a psychiatric condition. (Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/23/AR2009022301809.html)
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Financial economist David X. Li's simplistic Gaussian copula function for deriving correlations between financial quantities, adopted by everybody from bond investors and Wall Street banks to ratings agencies and regulators, crashed the global economy when house-price depreciation kicked in. (Source: http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/17-03/wp_quant)
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Harvard University professor George Whitesides is coupling advanced microfluidics with paper to create a versatile, disposable test that can check a tiny amount of urine or blood for evidence of infectious diseases or chronic conditions. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=22113&ch=specialsections&sc=&pg=1)
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"We need to rethink our entire philosophy of regulation," says Wired writer David Roth. "Instead of assigning oversight responsibility to a finite group of bureaucrats, we should enable every investor to act as a citizen-regulator."We should tap into the massive parallel processing power of people around the world by giving everyone the tools to track, analyze, and publicize financial machinations. The result would be a wave of decentralized innov... More
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The U.S. Army has released new footage of the BigDog robot--a sophisticated, four-legged "pack-bot" designed to carry 340-pound payloads across all kinds of terrain--up or down hills, through ice, sand, snow, and dirt--by monitoring sensors in its legs and adjusting its posture accordingly. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/23008/)
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(Texas A&M AgriLife Communications) A briefcase-sized kit may one day be used for quick, accurate field tests for microorganisms that could infect and kill plants. If the pathogen is found, experts can tell farmers how to prevent the devastation, according to a Texas AgriLife Research plant pathologist. A $1 million US Department of Agriculture grant is funding the effort to protect U.S. agriculture from bacterial, fungal and viral agents on the h... More
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(Case Western Reserve University) Traditionally, stimulating nerves or brain tissue involves cumbersome wiring and a sharp metal electrode. But a team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University is going "wireless."And it's a unique collaboration between chemists and neuroscientists that led to the discovery of a remarkable new way to use light to activate brain circuits with nanoparticles.
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The kReader Mobile from knfb Reading Technology has been named First Place winner in the Technology Showcase category in Nokia's global Calling All Innovators contest for "mobile applications and solutions to help improve the quality of life on the planet."knfb Reading Technology's multi-language text-to-speech application, with cross-language translation capabilities, uses Nokia camera phones to digitize any book, letter, receipt or other printed... More
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U.K. researchers' emotional robots are learning human social tricks to help future humanoid robots fit in with humans. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16644-video-sociable-robots-learn-to-get-along-with-humans.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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Two U.S. groups have announced transistors almost 1000 times smaller than those in use today (features just 2 nanometers in size), and a version of flash memory that could store all the books in the US Library of Congress in a square 4 inches across at 10 terabits per square inch (current technology: .5 terabit), using nanoscale magnets. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16643-computer-components-shrinking-faster-than-predicted.html... More
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Plastic Logic is developing the first flexible electronic book, printing polymer transistors onto a layer of bendy plastic the size of a magazine page, with wireless connection and touch screen. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126965.500-flexible-electronic-books-to-hit-market-soon.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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An army of software robots intelligent enough to cooperate with one another to monitor and defend the largest networks against security threats: that's the goal of the Ubiquitous Network Transient Autonomous Mission Entities (UNTAME) program that researchers are developing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (Source: http://gcn.com/articles/2009/02/23/oak-ridge-explores-cybots.aspx)
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In a discovery that could radically change how the world fights influenza, researchers have engineered antibodies that protect against many strains of the virus, including even the 1918 Spanish flu and the H5N1 bird flu, and could lead to the development of a flu vaccine that would not have to be changed yearly. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/23/health/23flu.html?hp)
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A new breed of search engines is exploring a vast Web of hidden data, including financial information, shopping catalogs, flight schedules, medical research and other information stored in databases that remain largely invisible to search engines. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/23/technology/internet/23search.html?_r=1&ref=technology)
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(University of California - San Diego) Nanoparticles promise to illuminate tiny tumors and precisely deliver drugs, but many worry about the safety of nano-scale materials. Now a team of scientists has created miniscule flakes of silicon that glow brightly, slowly release cancer drugs, then break down into harmless by-products. They are the first luminescent nanoparticles to be purposely designed to minimize toxic side effects and this is the firs... More
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(Uppsala University) Researchers at Uppsala University have developed a new tool that makes it possible to study the signals in the body that control the generation of blood vessels. The researchers' findings, published in the new issue of Lab on a Chip, enable scientists to determine what signals in the body attract or repel blood vessels, knowledge that is extremely interesting in tumor research.
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(University of California - San Diego) Vikram Juneja, a UC San Diego senior, has been named the first Churchill Scholar at the university and he will use the $50,000 award to complete a one-year graduate program at Cambridge University, where he will work on a master's thesis on cancer stem cell research.
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Space Energy, Inc. says they have developed a "a rock-solid commercial platform" and should be able to provide commercially available space-based solar power within a decade.(Mafic Studios) (Source: http://www.universetoday.com/2009/02/18/new-company-looks-to-produce-space-based-solar-power-within-a-decade/#more-25754)
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Sony expects to increase penetration of its 8.8 million pixel 4K SXRD Digital Cinema technology from the current 300 screens to 3,000 within the next two years. (Source: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/19/sony-pushes-better-cinema-through-digital/)
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Morgan Solar's solar concentrator design promises to significantly lower the cost of generating electricity from the sun. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22204/)
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(University of California - Berkeley) An innovative and easily implemented technique developed by researchers at UC Berkeley and UMass Amherst could soon open doors to dramatic improvements in the data storage capacity of electronic media. The novel method enables the self-assembly of nanoscale elements in precise patterns over large surfaces.
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(University of Pittsburgh) University of Pittsburgh researchers have created a nanoscale one-stop shop, a single platform for creating electronics at a nearly single-atom scale that could yield advanced forms of such technologically important devices as high-density memory devices and -- most importantly -- transistors and computer processors. This multitude of uses stems from a technique previously developed by the same team to fashion rewritable... More
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(Lehigh University) A team of chemists and engineers from the US and the UK, writing in Science magazine, reports a breakthrough in the decades-long effort to produce H2O2 directly from oxygen and hydrogen and to limit its decomposition after production. A gold-palladium catalyst, placed on a carbon support pretreated with nitric acid, will make it possible to produce H2O2 on-site, eliminating the need for storage and transport, which can be hazar... More
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