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Google is beginning to archive millions of articles from magazines, as part of its Google Book Search -- "one more important step toward our long-standing goal of providing access to all the world's information," says Google. More info from Google (Source: )
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(PhysOrg.com) -- Using the Canadian Light Source, a team of researchers from Quebec`s Laval University and Australia`s La Trobe University has discovered how to improve the nanometers-thick layer of polymer used to coat cardiac stents. A stent is a small, springy tube made from stainless steel that is used to open arteries to the heart, that become blocked from atherosclerosis or other forms of heart disease. The findings, published at the end of ... More
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The results of a new U.S. -U.K. study published in this week's journal Nature Nanotechnology show that ordinary people in both countries hold very positive views of nanotechnologies and what the future of these technologies might bring. Participants in both countries indicated a significantly higher comfort level with energy applications of nanotechnologies than with applications used in health treatments.
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(University of California - Santa Barbara) The results of a new US-UK study published in this week's journal Nature Nanotechnology show that ordinary people in both countries hold very positive views of nanotechnologies and what the future of these technologies might bring. Participants in both countries indicated a significantly higher comfort level with energy applications of nanotechnologies than with applications used in health treatments.
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The fast pace of growing computing power could be sustained for many years to come thanks to new research from the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) that is applying advanced techniques to magnetic semiconductors.
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(Southern Methodist University) Chemist Brent Sumerlin is that rare combination of teacher and scholar who is able to explain the most complicated theory in language a non-scientist can understand. The National Science Foundation award will include funding for an outreach program to help Sumerlin prepare and attract underrepresented minority students for SMU chemistry internships.
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(National Physical Laboratory) The fast pace of growing computing power could be sustained for many years to come thanks to new research from the UK's National Physical Laboratory that is applying advanced techniques to magnetic semiconductors.
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Attendees at the Program for the Future conference Monday at San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation discussed ways to foster greater collective intelligence, based on Douglas Engelbart's premise that networked computers could help groups of people work together more effectively, raising the collective intelligence of the human race and making it possible to solve some of our most pressing problems, including pollution, famine, disease, and war. Engl... More
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IBM has announced it is teaming up with Harvard University to launch a new worldwide grid project aimed at finding ways to make solar energy cheaper and more efficient. (Source: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=knowledge_center&articleId=9122922&taxonomyId=1&intsrc=kc_top)
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Hewlett-Packard and Arizona State University have announced a prototype computer display made of plastic, but is paper-like, allowing images to appear on the displays without distortion despite rolling and bending.(Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University)It may allow electronic displays to become easily portable and more energy-efficient. (Source: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/08/extra-the-newspaper-industry-saved-not-so-muc... More
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"Perspective of Frontiers in Modern Condensed Matter Physics" offers a comprehensive perspective on nanosciences and nanotechnology, spintronics, optoelectronics, organic semiconductors, nanoelectronics, biophysics, medical applications, quantum information and computation, advanced materials, and astrophysics and energy research. (Source: http://metamodern.com/2008/12/07/condensed-matter-physics-condensed/)
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A new robot design from University of Bath allows it to either jump or roll over obstacles, making it useful for space exploration.Video (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16190-video-jumping-rolling-robot-avoids-all-obstacles.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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Nine prominent Canadian scientists and one science fiction writer were asked to imagine how they think the world might end. (Source: http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/archives/08-09/qq-2008-12-06.html)
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The terrorists who struck Mumbai last month stunned authorities not only with their use of sophisticated weaponry but also with their comfort with modern technology, including GPS systems, satellite phones, and Internet VoIP phones. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/09/world/asia/09mumbai.html?_r=1&ref=technology)
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A key challenge of nanotechnology research is investigating how different materials behave at lengths of merely one-billionth of a meter. When shrunk to such tiny sizes, many everyday materials exhibit interesting and potentially beneficial new properties.
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(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a new process for growing a single multi-walled carbon nanotube that is embedded with cobalt nanostructures. Using this new hybrid material, the team determined that the electrical conductance of MWCNTs is sensitive enough to detect and be affected by trace amounts of magnetic activity. It is believed to be the first instance of demonstrating the detect... More
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(Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies) Public opinion surveys report that the small fraction of people who know about nanotechnology have a favorable view of it. This finding has led many to assume that the public at large will respond favorably to nanotechnology applications as popular awareness grows, education expands and commercialization increases.
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Program for the Future: A Summit & Workshop on Collective Intelligence, to be held December 8th - 9thconference at the Tech Museum of Innovation, Adobe and Stanford University, aims to discover the best new Collective Intelligence tools through a global competition and enhance our capability for problem-solving, decision-making and knowledge organization. The event will also allow for virtual attendance, including an online video stream and asking... More
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University of Queensland researchers are studying deterministic quantum computing with only one pure qubit (DQC1), which could provide a more efficient and less resource-intensive method of quantum computing for some applications. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news147698804.html)
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Crossbar switching arrays made from self-assembled semiconducting nanowires or rotaxanes and graphene transistor channels are among the emerging innovations that promise to overcome the limitations of silicon as a transitor base material. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20026851.700-what-happens-when-silicon-can-shrink-no-more.html?full=true)
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New "smart fabrics," electronic textiles coated with electrolytes and carbon nanotubes, are capable of detecting diseases and monitoring heart rates and other vital signs, researchers report. In laboratory tests, they showed that the new E-fibers could light up a simple light-emitting diode when connected to a battery. When coated with certain antibodies, the fibers detected the presence of albumin, a key protein in blood -- a function that could ... More
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Members of the public who learn about nanotechnology tend to become sharply polarized along cultural lines, according to a study conducted by the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School in collaboration with the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies."People who had more individualistic, pro-commerce values, tended to infer that nanotechnology is safe," said Kahan, "while people who are more worried about economic inequality read the same info... More
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Georgia Institute of Technology physicists have taken a significant step toward creation of quantum networks by establishing a new record for the length of time that quantum information can be stored in and retrieved from an ensemble of very cold atoms: 7 milliseconds. Even that short lifetime should be enough to allow transmission of data from one quantum repeater to another on an optical network. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news147881784.h... More
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Terrorists are likely to use a weapon of mass destruction somewhere in the world in the next five years, a blue-ribbon panel assembled by Congress has concluded.The report recommends a range of measures, including increased security and awareness at biological research labs and strengthening international treaties against the spread of biological and nuclear weapons. (Source: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/12/02/terror.report/index.html?eref=rss_lat... More
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YouTube's new (unannounced) HD videos are clearly a game-changer, enhanced by YouTube's recent switch to a wide-screen format. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/external/readwriteweb/2008/12/05/05readwriteweb-youtube_oficially_turns_on_hd.html)
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