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Georgia Tech scientists have developed microscopic polymer beads that can deliver an antioxidant enzyme made naturally by the body into the heart, reducing the number of dying cells and resulting in improved heart function in rats.The enzyme in the particles, called superoxide dismutase (SOD), soaks up toxic free radicals produced when cells are deprived of blood during a heart attack. (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091115... More
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European researchers in the MESH project have created the first integrated semantic search platform that integrates text, video and audio. The platform can search annotated files from any type of media -- photographs, videos, sound recordings, text, document scans -- using optical character recognition, automated speech recognition and automatic annotation of movies and photographs that track salient concepts. (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.co... More
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The action figures in toy stores for James Cameron's forthcoming Avatar film add an an "augmented reality" feature to toys, the first to add artificial reality to a product. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/magazine/15FOB-consumed-t.html)
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The Jaguar Cray supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has become the world's most powerful supercomputer, at 1.75 petaflops per second, edging out the IBM Roadrunner system at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, which has slowed slightly to 1.04 petaflops per second. The newest version of the TOP500 list, which is issued twice yearly, will be formally presented on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the SC09 Con... More
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The LCROSS probe discovered the equivalent of a dozen 2-gallon buckets of water in the form of ice, in a crater at the lunar south pole. Having that store of water on the moon could be a boon to possible future lunar camps. In addition to a source of drinking water, lunar water ice could be broken into its constituent hydrogen and oxygen atoms, ultimately to be used in rocket fuel. (Source: http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/091113-moon-wate... More
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Residents of Second Life have spent one billion hours in this digital world. Now founder Philip Rosedale has plans to push the concept much further in a new virtual venture."My expectation is we will see a web-scale usage fairly soon, meaning 1 billion people," says Rosedale. "I think the total GDP of virtual worlds will catch up with real-world GDP over the next 20 to 30 years." (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427347.200-philip... More
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Chemist George Whitesides has collaborated with MIT and Harvard photographer-in-residence Felice Frankel to produce No Small Matter, a book of images of the micro and nanoworld. Atomic force microscope (Felice Frankel) (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/no-small-matter)
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The world's first universal programmable quantum computer, capable of one- or two-qubit logic operations at 79 percent accuracy, has been demonstrated by National Institute of Standards and Technology scientists. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18154-first-universal-programmable-quantum-computer-unveiled.html)
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"Healthcare is a trial and error industry," says Rita Lim-Wilby, Conference Director at PCI Pharma, "because the current pharma R&D model of blockbusters for broad patient groups is broken. Can targeted therapeutics fix health care?" That the premise of PCI Pharma's "Advances Towards Personalized Medicine," a one-day symposium, to be held at the Claremont Resort and Spa, Berkeley, California, on Thursday, November 19, 2009, featuring ten speakers... More
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(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Physicists at the National Institute ofStandards and Technology have demonstrated thefirst "universal" programmable quantum informationprocessor able to run any program allowed by quantummechanics—the rules governing the submicroscopicworld -- using two quantum bits (qubits) of information. Theprocessor could be a module in a future quantumcomputer, which theoretically could solve some impor... More
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(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) By applying epitaxial strain to thin films of bismuth ferrite, Berkeley Lab researchers have produced a lead-free alternative to the current crop of piezoelectric materials.
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After one year, a low-calorie, low-fat diet appears more beneficial to dieters' mood than a low-carbohydrate plan with the same number of calories, researchers at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation-Food and Nutritional Sciences, Adelaide, Australia have found. (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091109173614.htm)
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Northeastern University researchers have developed portable robotic devices for the knee, wrist, pelvis, and ankle that are portable and cheap enough to allow continuation of the rehabilitation process at home.(Biomedical Mechatronics Laboratory, Northeastern University) (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/23939/?nlid=2512&a=f)
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We may experience difficulties in acquiring new information because the storage capacity of the hippocampus is "occupied by un-erased old memories," researchers at the University of Toyama in Japan researchers suggest, based on evidence from experiments with mice and rats. (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091112121601.htm)
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Fully biodegradable organic transistors have been fabricated by researchers at Stanford University.They could be used to control temporary medical implants placed in the body during surgery, and help monitor the healing process from inside the body. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/23940/)
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University of Washington researchers are developing a contact lens with embedded microelectronics for overlaying graphics on the real world that could provide a compelling augmented reality experience. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18146-contact-lenses-to-get-builtin-virtual-graphics.html)
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By combining human and chimp Foxp2 genes in a petri dish, University of California, Los Angeles neuroscientists have identified 116 genes controlled by Foxp2 that responded differently to the human version of Foxp2 than the chimp version, supporting Foxp2's suggested role in the evolution of language and speech. In another experiment, they found a striking overlap between the genes whose activity was different in the human brain tissue and the set... More
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Reproducibility -- the replication of similar neural patterns in the brain each time it becomes conscious of the same sensory input -- gives us clues as to what consciousness is, Princeton University researchers have found in fMRI experiments. The method could also be used in the future to tell if someone in a coma is conscious, or probe the consciousness of people under anesthesia. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18150-signature-... More
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The latest in immersive media, 3D domes, neurofeedback art, virtual worlds and other cutting-edge media formats and their potential as tools for transformation will be explored at IMMERSE IN THE FUTURE: A VISIONARY EVENING OF ARTS, MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY, Monday, November 16th in Los Angeles and in Second Life. The event will include presentations by the LA Opera; Kathy Eldon, Founder of Creative Visions Foundation; John Raatz... More
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YouTube will provide an option for full HD 1080p resolution and a new full-screen player within days. (Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10396826-2.html)
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(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Novel nanomaterials developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are scheduled to blast off into orbit on November 16 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis. The project, funded by the US Air Force Multi University Research Initiative (MURI), seeks to test the performance of the new nanocomposites in orbit. The materials will be mounted to the International Space Station's outer hull and exposed to the rigors of space.
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(Optical Society of America) Scientists and curiosity seekers who want to know what a partially or completely cloaked object would look like in real life can now get their wish -- virtually. A team of researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany has created a new visualization tool that can render a room containing such an object, showing the visual effects of such a cloaking mechanism and its imperfections.
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(DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has exclusively licensed to Porifera Inc. of Hayward a carbon nanotube technology that can be used to desalinate water, and can be applied to other liquid based separations.
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(Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies) The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has developed findNano, an application for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch that lets users discover and determine whether consumer products are nanotechnology-enabled. Nanotechnology, the emerging technology of using materials by engineering them at an incredibly small scale, has applications ranging from consumer electronics to improved drug delivery systems.
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(New Jersey Institute of Technology) A drug to stop bleeding during a brain injury and a mattress that will prevent bedsores are among the scientific discoveries at NJIT that received earlier this week more than a million dollars in funding from the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology. The discoveries are the work of five early stage companies based at NJIT's Enterprise Development Center, the state's oldest business incubator progr... More
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