As we see our world so we act, and as we act so it becomes
News on Human Progress:
...Displaying 12601 through 12625 of 18,625 news
1
vote
vote up
vote down
(Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies) Existing health and safety agencies are unable to cope with the risk assessment, standard setting and oversight challenges of advancing nanotechnology. The nation needs a new agency to address current forms of pollution and to deal with the health and environmental impacts of the technically complex products promised by rapid 21st century scientific advances.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on April 28 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
(Monash University) Monash University scientists have unlocked the physics of the perfect pizza toss and will use it to design the next generation of micro motors thinner that a human hair.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security suggest that piano renditions of an individual's cerebral music can help in dealing with insomnia and fatigue in the aftermath of a stressful experience.The DHS researchers hope to record the brain's natural activity during periods of calm or alertness. Human Bionics will convert the signal into an audible polyphonic melody. Individuals will be asked to listen to the tracks at various times d... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
A new technique may soon give researchers a lot more control over manipulating stem cells: researchers at RIKEN Yokohama Institute's Omics Science Center combined powerful computer modelling with "deep sequencing" -- a process that decodes huge numbers of DNA sequences to discover where and how certain genes are switched on and off. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227055.500-deep-sequencing-gives-clues-to-stem-cell-control.html)... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
With the right preparation, a laser might pop out at the other side of the world -- a "hidden photons" (a class of particles predicted by so-called supersymmetric extensions to the standard model of particle physics) effect that could be exploited to transmit secret messages through the ground, says Andreas Ringwald at the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) and colleagues. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227054.800-hidden-photo... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
Several hundred people in Mexico and 20 people in the US have come down with a new kind of swine flu, which could become a serious worldwide epidemic."We don't know yet if this will be one. Cover coughs and sneezes and wash your hands a lot. Don't run down your ability to fight infection -- eat well and be sensible. Some scientists recommend going on statins as there is some evidence they reduce death rates from flu in people who tend to die from ... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
Cornell University researchers analyzed the data attached to 35 million photographs uploaded to the Flickr website to create accurate global and city maps and identify "what the world is paying attention to" (New York is the world's most photographed city). Map of the east coast of the U.S. built entirely from geotagged Flickr photos (David Crandall) (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17017)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition, a start-up spun out from Carnegie Mellon University, has posted a face mining concept for the TV series Star Trek that allows for navigating video by character."We applied our state-of-the art algorithms in face detection, face tracking and face recognition to 67 Star Trek episodes over three seasons. This process automatically extracts all visible face tracks, and clusters these into a small number of same-person g... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
Wolfram|Alpha will be an amazing product, but as a "computational knowledge engine," it's quite different from Google and other search engines. Alpha, however, will probably be a worthy challenger for Wikipedia and many textbooks and reference works. Instead of looking up basic encyclopedic information there, users can just go to Alpha instead, where they will get a direct answer to their question, as well as a nicely presented set of graphs and o... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
American health officials declared a public health emergency on Sunday as 20 cases of swine flu were confirmed in this country, including eight in New York City, seven in California, two in Kansas, two in Texas and one in Ohio. One-quarter of the national stockpile of 50 million courses of antiflu drugs will be released. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/world/27flu.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
Several companies are developing prototypes for heads-up display attachments to eyeglasses -- the wearer can look through them and see the real world with an overlay image presenting virtual information. The technology uses "holographic optics": light-emitting laser diodes in the side of the frame, shoot highly concentrated beams forward to the eyeglass surface. There, computerized, transparent devices called holographic gratings diffract light, ... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
By 2012, GE's "microholographic" discs could hold 500 gigabytes of data (compared to 25 or 50 gigabytes with Blu-Ray), perhaps for less than 10 cents a gigabyte. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/technology/business-computing/27disk.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
IBM plans to announce Monday that it is in the final stages of completing a computer program named Watson to compete against human "Jeopardy!" contestants, using a Blue Gene supercomputer and a database with a significant fraction of the Web now indexed by Google.If the program -- a new class of software that can "understand" human questions and respond to them correctly -- beats the humans, the field of artificial intelligence will have made a le... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
AI researchers at the University of Paderborn in Germany have implemented a version of the Hofstadter-Turing Test in the Second Life virtual world. An entity passes the Hofstadter-Turing Test if it first creates a virtual reality, then creates a computer program within that reality which must finally recognise itself as an entity within this virtual environment by passing the Hofstadter-Turing Test. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
"If you're a company that's got forty-seven offices worldwide, and all of a sudden your Singapore office is using cognitive enablers, and you're saying to Congress, 'I'm moving all my financial operations to Singapore and Taiwan, because it's legal to use those there,' you bet that Congress is going to say, 'Well, O.K.,'" says Zack Lynch of NeuroInsights. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/post.aspx?bid=354&bpid=23443)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
Signs that the Singularity is near might include "larger and larger software debacles" and "whether or not the effects of Moore's Law are continuing on track," suggests legendary science- fiction writer Vernor Vinge. (Source: http://hplusmagazine.com/articles/ai/singularity-101-vernor-vinge)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 27 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
(Yale University) As researchers push towards detection of single molecules, single electron spins and the smallest amounts of mass and movement, Yale researchers have demonstrated silicon-based nanocantilevers, smaller than the wavelength of light, that operate on photonic principles eliminating the need for electric transducers and expensive laser setups.The work reported in an April 26 advance online publication of Nature Nanotechnology ushers ... More
Eurekalert.org news made popular on April 26 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
We may be able to detect extraterrestrial life even before it leaves its home planet, by looking for left- (or right-) handed light detected by spaceborne instruments, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists suggest.Because many substances critical to life favor a particular chirality (handedness), they think chirality might reveal life's presence at great distances, and built a device to shine light on plant leaves and ba... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 24 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
Ray Kurzweil received the Arthur C. Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award on April 20 at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. for lifetime achievement as an inventor and futurist in computer-based technologies. The award recognizes an individual, a group or an entity that exemplifies the values and accomplishments of Sir Arthur's life, and honors substantial and enduring contributions that relate the sciences and arts in meeting the challenges of contem... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 24 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
Researchers in Japan have developed a new type of photochromic material that changes color thousands of times faster than conventional materials when exposed to light. The development could lead to a wide range of new products including improved sunglasses, more powerful computers, dynamic holograms, and better medicines, the researchers say. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news159732927.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 24 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
German engineering firm Festo has unveiled mechanical penguins that can paddle through water just like real ones, while larger helium-filled designs can "swim" through the air. (Festo)Each penguin carries 3D sonar, used to monitor its surroundings and avoid collisions with walls or other penguins. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16996-bionic-penguins-take-to-the-water--and-the-skies.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 24 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
A cloned beagle named Ruppy (Ruby Puppy) is the world's first transgenic dog. She and four other beagles all produce a fluorescent protein that glows red under ultraviolet light.(Byeong Chun Lee)A Seoul National University team created the dogs by cloning fibroblast cells that express a red fluorescent gene produced by sea anemones.This new proof-of-principle experiment is intended to open the door for transgenic dog models of human disease. (So... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 24 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
NeuroSky is turning brain-computer interfaces into cheap, ubiquitous consumer items, including Christmas competitors like Mattel's $80 Mindflex and Uncle Milton's $130 Force Trainer, both of which involve levitating a ping-pong-like ball. NeuroSky plans to develop brain-wave sensors for the automotive, health-care and education industries. It's not clear if or how ambient noise and EMG artifacts from the forehead muscles are removed in a non-labor... More
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 24 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t M√ľnchen) Nanostrings are only tens of thousands millimeters long but still can detect single molecules with high precision. Scientists at LMU Munich have now developed a new kind of nanostrings, thousands of which can be produced on one chip -- to possibly serve as an "artificial nose."
Eurekalert.org news made popular on April 23 2009 by Thoughtbot
1
vote
vote up
vote down
The next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 will allow for a theoretical maximum throughput of 24 Mbps -- enough to transmit HD videos. Products are expected by yearend, but many current Bluetooth devices can be updated to Bluetooth 3.0 via driver, firmware, or software update. (Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2345773,00.asp)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on April 23 2009 by Thoughtbot
More News: Previous page
Previous
Next
Next page

Thoughtware.TV © 2006-2014
Help empower human understanding by contributing news on humanity's scientific enlightenment and technological progress