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Femtosecond lasers could accelerate storage and retrieval of data on hard disks by up to 100,000 times, according to a team at the Institute of Materials Physics and Chemistry in Strasbourg. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news162995052.html)
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Google has demonstrated a new product called Wave that essentially combines e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, discussion boards, and collaborative documents into one Web service. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/23585/)
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Genetically diseased fibroblast cells that have had their defect corrected through gene-therapy viruses can be reprogrammed into stem cells capable of forming any tissue in the body, say researchers at the Salk Institute and colleagues in the US and Europe. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17214-diseased-cells-transformed-into-healthy-stem-cells.html)
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A daily experiment to test "remote viewing" of a selected location within the UK will be conducted at 10 am EST daily starting June 2.Psychologist Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire will use Twitter messages to direct paricipants to a website, where they can choose between photographs of five possible locations. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17219-twitters-first-scientific-study-needs-you.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsre... More
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(University of Rochester) An ultra-powerful laser can turn regular incandescent light bulbs into power-sippers, say optics researchers at the University of Rochester. The process could make a light as bright as a 100-watt bulb consume less electricity than a 60-watt bulb while remaining far cheaper and radiating a more pleasant light than a fluorescent bulb can.
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(Campuspr Midlands Ltd.) The world's most powerful neutron source should be built in Lund, Sweden, it has been announced by EU Research Ministers at a meeting in Brussels last night.
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Heat generated by high frequency radio waves conducted through a catheter erases most pre-cancerous cells associated with chronic acid reflux, providing an lower-cost (10:1) alternative to surgery. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news162755092.html)
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Siri, a San Jose company, has announced that it would offer an "intelligent agent" for the iPhone that responds to natural-language queries to find movie theaters, book restaurant reservations and airline flights, buy from online retail sites, and even answer trivia questions. (Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_12453882?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com)
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Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have discovered the gene responsible for the effect that small exposure to oxidative conditions may actually offer protection from acute doses.The finding may explain recent studies suggesting that eating less may, in fact, raise reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels (which normally cause cellular damage to DNA, RNA and proteins), and in doing so, provide protection from acute doses of oxidants... More
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A portable device that can show in five minutes is a person is infected with a particular virus or bacterium has been developed by Ostendum, a University of Twente spinoff.When a micro-organism such as a virus is present in the sample being analyzed, it binds to the relevant antibody on the chip, creating an interference pattern that provides information about the quantity of virus particles present (University of Twente) (Source: http://www.sci... More
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Astronomers have probed closer than ever to a supermassive black hole estimated to have the mass of about 3 to 5 million solar masses, at the core of a distant active galaxy. Illustration of a supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy 1H0707-495 (ESA; image by C. Carreau) (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090527130830.htm)
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Superconducting germanium doped by gallium has been produced by scientists at the Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (FZD) research center. Germanium as a new material for chips would enable both faster processes and further miniaturization in micro- and nanoelectronics. (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090528092520.htm)
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German researchers has created mice with a human gene (a version of the mouse FOXP2 gene) implicated in speech problems and thought to play a role in the evolution of language.Mice with the human version of FOXP2 have deeper squeeks than normal mice. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17206-human-speech-gene-gives-mouse-a-baritone-squeak.html)
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Scientists aim to treat retinitis pigmentosa by developing novel gene therapies using channelrhodopsin-2 (a light-sensitive protein derived from algae) and similar tools to make different retinal cells, such as bipolar cells (shown in pink in the middle section of the photo), responsive to light.(Steve Gschmeissner/Photo Researchers)Scientists believe that channelrhodopsin targeted toward different cell types could ultimately treat a broader range... More
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Molecules taking part in photosynthesis can remain entangled even at ordinary atmospheric temperatures, Berkeley, California researchers have found, suggesting the possibility of photosynthetic quantum computers. Does this support the Hameroff/Penrose idea of quantum computation in brain microtubules as a model of consciousness? - Ed. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23581/)
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New iPhone apps let anyone use an existing photo as the basis for an artistic illustration, with tools like virtual bushes and pencils to apply to your photos, and various paper and canvas textures. The week's much-discussed New Yorker cover used the advanced Brushes app: (Source: http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/people-have-been-marveling-at/?ref=technology)
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Microsoft's renamed Bing search engine uses technology from Powerset to display "related searches" and groups search results into categories such as product reviews, movie listings, weather, travel, and stock prices, among other new features. (Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10251432-2.html)
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(The American Ceramics Society) The American Ceramic Society announced today that it is launching of a new peer-reviewed journal dedicated to glass research: The International Journal of Applied Glass Science. L. David Pye, dean and professor of glass science, emeritus, at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University will serve as editor. Pye will be aided by an international advisory board. The first issue of the quarterly journal ... More
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Scientists have tested silver nanoparticles injected into mice that reduced the ability of platelets to clump together by as much as 40 percent. The nanoparticles have the potential to prevent blood clots in coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news162666750.html)
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Scientists are reporting a "nano-hybrid microcapsule" made from lipid oils and nanoparticles that enables the stomach to absorb more "poorly soluble" medicines to improve the human body's ability to absorb and use medications for heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, cancer and other conditions. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news162671178.html)
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Any interplanetary spacecraft could use signals from four pulsars to determine its position at any location in the galaxy to within a meter. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23576/)
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Industrial robots comprise a roughly $18 billion annual market, according to the International Federation of Robotics.There are going to be a lot more of them, as they move into homes, hospitals, classrooms, and barracks. NextGen Research has estimated that the worldwide market for consumer-oriented service robots will hit $15 billion by 2015. (Source: http://news.cnet.com/Look-out%2C-Rover.-Robots-are-mans-new-best-friend/2009-11394_3-6249689.... More
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President Obama has announced $467 million in funding for solar and geothermal power from the recovery bill signed in February -- most of the money for research and development. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/energy/23578/)
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Plastic Logic has revealed its E Ink reading screen, a thin monochrome screen similar in size to the Kindle DX but with a touch screen instead of a keyboard, and intended for business uses. (Source: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/27/plastic-logic-maker-of-thin-reader-device-peeks-out/)
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A genetically engineered monkey has for the first time passed an introduced "alien" gene to its offspring, developed by the Central Institute for Experimental Animals in Kawasaki, Japan.Since breeding is cheaper and easier than genetic engineering, the researchers hope the breakthrough will herald development of monkeys that are better models of human disease than genetically modified mice. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17194-ba... More
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