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Upconverting standard-definition (old-format) TV content to 1080p HD format, the Mirasol reflective screen (can display rich colors on a future e-reader), video calling from TVs, and streaming video to HDTVs are among the surprises at CES 2010. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/external/gigaom/2010/01/07/07gigaom-early-surprises-from-ces-7627.html)
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"We cannot conclude that when we see what seem to be neural correlates of consciousness that we are seeing consciousness itself," says Ray Tallis, professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Manchester. "While neural activity of a certain kind is a necessary condition for every manifestation of consciousness, from the lightest sensation to the most exquisitely constructed sense of self, it is neither a sufficient condition of it, nor, sti... More
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A new Apple patent application describes a way of integrating a touch-sensitive panel into a display, rather than layering it on top, potentially allowing for thinner and less expensive touch screens. (Source: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/07/apple-patent-application-could-mean-thinner-devices/?ref=technology)
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A big trend emerging at CES: web applications like Pandora, Napster, iTunes being ported to consumer electronics, from the technology inside cars to Web-enabled TVs. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/external/readwriteweb/2010/01/07/07readwriteweb-web-apps-meet-consumer-electronics-at-ces-17325.html)
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A complex form of mathematical symmetry linked to string theory has been glimpsed in the real world for the first time, in laboratory experiments on exotic crystals.http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18356-most-beautiful-math-structure-appears-in-lab-for-first-time.html)
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The US Department of Homeland Security, along with Boeing Intelligence and Security Systems, is fielding sensors on the border with Mexico in an $8 billion project called the Secure Border Initiative network.It will use remote-controlled optical and infrared cameras, ground surveillance radar and acoustic and vibration sensors to detect humans, and magnetic sensors to detect vehicle movements and weapons. Similar systems are being developed for th... More
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(University of California - Los Angeles) Aneeve Nanotechnologies LLC has licensed related carbon nanotube technology from UCLA that was developed by Kang Wang, professor of electrical engineering at UCLA. The CNT technology increases hormonal detection sensitivity significantly allowing detection beyond traditional sensors. The company is using this technology to develop bio-medical applications that are low power consumption, small in size, and i... More
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(University of California - San Diego) Nanoscience has the potential to play an enormous role in enhancing a range of products, including sensors, photovoltaics and consumer electronics. Scientists in this field have created a multitude of nano scale materials, such as metal nanocrystals, carbon nanotubes and semiconducting nanowires.
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(Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres) Researchers from the German Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, in cooperation with colleagues from Oxford and Bristol Universities, as well as the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK, have for the first time observed a nanoscale symmetry hidden in solid state matter. They have measured the signatures of a symmetry showing the same attributes as the golden ratio famous from art a... More
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(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Nanomedicine and Biomedical Engineering (nBME) at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, has been elected a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. This prestigious honor is awarded for efforts deeme... More
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(Brandeis University) Brandeis University announced today a $1 million, three-year award from the W.M. Keck Foundation to help support experimental research into a new category of materials known as active matter. The project seeks to elucidate the behavior of active matter at length scales ranging from the microscopic to the macroscopic.
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A University of Massachusetts Amherst physicist is building a new microscope that allows scientists to see molecules 100 times smaller than are visible using traditional light microscopy.Using a technique called Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM), it excites only one fluorescently tagged molecule at a time, using small amounts of purple light, which allows each protein to be seen individually. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/n... More
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MIT neuroscientists have developed a way to turn off abnormally active brain cells using multiple colors of light. This research could prove useful for managing disorders including chronic pain, epilepsy, brain injury and Parkinson's disease. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news182004562.html)
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Scientists studying dolphin behavior have suggested they could be the most intelligent creatures on Earth after humans, saying the size of their brains in relation to body size is larger than that of our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, and their behaviors suggest complex intelligence. One scientist said they should therefore be treated as "non-human persons" and granted rights as individuals. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news181981904.ht... More
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Long-term exposure to cell phones signals may protect against, and even reverse, Alzheimer's disease in mice by erasing brain deposits of the harmful protein beta-amyloid, in addition to preventing the protein's build-up in younger Alzheimer's mice, a study led by University of South Florida researchers found. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news182024240.html)
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China has become the world's second-largest producer of scientific knowledge, surpassed only by the US.China's gross expenditure on R&D grew at an annual rate of 18 per cent between 1995 and 2006. If it continues on its current trajectory, China will overtake the US before 2020.China's student population has reportedly reached 25 million, up from just 5 million nine years ago, with 700 higher-education institutions. In 1998, China's research outpu... More
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Rogue genetic elements previously dismissed as "junk" DNA may play a role in the development of some cancers, or at least act as a marker of the disease's progression. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18349-junk-dna-linked-to-aggressive-cancers.html)
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At CES today (Wednesday, Jan. 6), knfb Reading Technology Inc. unveiled the free Blio eReader, the first to preserve the image-rich format of books and magazines, including their layout, typesetting, images, color and graphics, while also supporting full media functionality, including video, graphics, and web links. The Blio software application will be available for desktop and tablet PCs, netbooks, and mobile devices (including iPhones and iPods... More
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Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to a higher number of heart and stroke-related deaths among black Americans compared to whites, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news181932600.html)
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Purdue researchers have created a magnetic "ferropaper" that might be used to make low-cost micromotors for surgical instruments, tiny tweezers to study cells and miniature speakers.The material is made by impregnating ordinary paper with a mixture of mineral oil and magnetic nanoparticles of iron oxide. The nanoparticle-laden paper can then be moved using a magnetic field. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news181932026.html)
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will reportedly announce a multimedia tablet computer with e-reader and multi-touch functions at CES on Wednesday, to be made by Hewlett-Packard. (Source: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/05/ahead-of-apple-microsoft-and-hp-to-reveal-slate-pc/)
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Nozzl Media has introduced a widget intended for newspaper websites seeking to display real-time local information derived from Twitter messages, blog posts and automatically extracted public records. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/external/readwriteweb/2010/01/05/05readwriteweb-welcome-to-the-age-of-robot-reporters-81540.html)
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With 3-D films like Avatar gaining traction at the box office, a 3-D television turf war is brewing in the United States, as manufacturers unveil sets capable of 3-D and cable programmers rush to create new channels for them. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/06/business/media/06tele.html)
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(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) World-class computing at ORNL could be unleashed to save as much as $50 billion per year in fraud, waste and abuse in the nation's health care system. Thousands of cancer and heart patients will benefit from a new ORNL program to make rhenium-188 generators more widely available. Scientists studying internal details of virtually any material they don't want to destroy may soon be able to use a new technique deve... More
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(Purdue University) Researchers at Purdue University have created a magnetic "ferropaper" that might be used to make low-cost "micromotors" for surgical instruments, tiny tweezers to study cells and miniature speakers.
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