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European astronomers have discovered the smallest planet yet found orbiting another star, only 1.9 times as massive as the Earth, orbiting a dim red star known as Gliese 581, about 20 light-years from Earth in the constellation Libra. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/22/science/22planet.html)
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(Arizona State University) Six Arizona State University faculty members have earned Faculty Early Career Development awards for 2009 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).The Career program is a NSF-wide activity that is one of the most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of ... More
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Researchers at the University of Illinois have found a new way to make transistors smaller and faster (with diameters as small as 5 nanometers), using self-assembled, self-aligned, and defect-free nanowire channels made of gallium arsenide. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news159453806.html)
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University of Michigan and University of California, Irvine researchers have combined two methods -- nuclear magnetic resonance and molecular dynamics simulation -- to produce high-definition movies showing how RNA in motion changes shape and binds with drug molecules. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news159469888.html)
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University of California, San Francisco researchers have developed a low-temperature, low-cost, carbon-neutral process for producing gasoline more cheaply than oil.They use A. fermentans bacteria to convert cellulose into acetate, which is converted into methyl halides by the genetically engineered yeast. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16989-yeast-and-bacterium-turned-into-gasoline-factory.html)
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A new wireless sensor patch from Corventis allows automated early detection of heart failure.(Corventis)The patch measures temperature, heart and respiration rates, levels of physical activity, body position, and body-fluid levels, then beams data to a special cell-phone-like gadget in the patient's pocket or home. From there, the data is wirelessly transmitted to the company's servers, where algorithms detect anomalies and trigger alerts to docto... More
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Google has released two powerful new search tools for news and images.Google News Timeline is a zoomable, graphical timeline of information, pulling in custom news from current news sources, and archived blogs, newspapers, magazines, movies and music. Image Search can find images based on visual similarity. (Source: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9131868&intsrc=news_ts_head)
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(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) Dr. Esther Chang describes the most recent developments in human trials of the first systemic, nonviral, tumor-targeted, nanoparticle method designed to restore normal gene function to tumor cells while completely bypassing normal tissue April 21 at an American Association of Anatomists scientific session at Experimental Biology 2009 in New Orleans.
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(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Researchers at the University of Illinois have found a new way to make transistors smaller and faster. The technique uses self-assembled, self-aligned, and defect-free nanowire channels made of gallium arsenide.
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(University of Houston) Hoping that science will cast a spell on local middle and high school students, a University of Houston team is starting a program that will harness the magical draw of the Harry Potter series to make technical subjects resonate in local classrooms. The initiative will pair teachers from the Houston, Dickinson and Galena Park school districts with graduate students from two UH colleges.
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NASA should re-energize its development of nuclear-powered rockets, with the intention of building a craft able to send clusters of micro-bots into deep space at velocities of, say, one-tenth light speed, says SETI astronomer Seth Shostak. "By the middle of the following century, on-the-scene data from Epsilon Eridani, the nearest known planetary system, could be in our hands."These microbots would supply the information that, fed to computers, wo... More
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As a test of string theory predictions, quantum particles such as photons that change into particles with tiny fractional electronic charges (as predicted in some forms of string theory) would tunnel through mirrors, suggest physicists at Durham University and Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23409/)
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If spammers are able to write a program to read distorted text (and images) in CAPTCHAs (scrambled letters that attempt to block spammers), they have solved an AI problem," says their creator Luis von Ahn of Carnegie Mellon University. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16973-innovation-harnessing-spammers-to-advance-ai.html)
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An estimated 1.2 million new Twitter users signed up after Oprah'sTV show on Friday, featuring actor Ashton Kutcher and Twitter founder Evan Williams. Also on Friday, @Guigcam (Guilherme Campos) of Sao Paulo, Brasil was the 1000th Twitter subscriber to @KurzweilAINews. - Ed. (Source: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/20/how-many-new-twitter-users-post-oprah-a-lot-maybe-over-a-million/)
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(Elhuyar Fundazioa) A recent publication in Nature Photonics reports an innovative method for controlling light on the nanoscale by adopting tuning concepts from radio-frequency technology. The method opens the door for targeted design of antenna-based applications including highly sensitive biosensors and extremely fast photodetectors, which could play an important role in future biomedical diagnostics and information processing.
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A university of Colorado at Boulder team has developed a new method of shrinking the size of circuitry in chips, using ultraviolet light to trim the width of lithographic lines generated by blue light. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news159100452.html)
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North Carolina State University doctoral candidate David French has developed a way to effectively divert asteroids and other threatening objects from impacting Earth by attaching a long tether (1,000 to 100,000 kilometers) and ballast, changing the object's center of mass and thus effectively changing its orbit. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news159106148.html)
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Miniaturized intelligent systems using RNA polymerase as a molecular motor to move and direct molecules of DNA may allow for running billions of automated biology experiments at once, University of Wisconsin-Madison have found.The motorized molecules steer themselves by sensing "fuel," a chemical nutrient that draws the molecule in, by temperature, or through nanoscale geometric patterns on the surface of a culture plate.The technology could aid ... More
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Oprah will write her first tweet on her show today, featuring celebrity twitterers such as Ashton Kutcher, who just became the first with one million followers.The @KurzweilAINews version of this newsletter isn't quite there yet, but it does expect its 1000th follower today. - Ed. (Source: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/twitter-gets-the-oprah-treatment/)
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Robots designed to work as firefighters, receptionists, gardeners, and handymen were demonstrated at the RoboBusiness conference in Boston on Thursday. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/23396/)
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Metamaterial optical fibers could guide both light and plasmons (surface energy waves induced by photons), offering faster performance than optical fibers and speeding telecommunications and sensors, researchers at the University of California, San Diego and the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences in Dresden have found. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/23393/)
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The discovery of a sixth nucleotide (DNA code character) by Rockefeller University researchers suggests a new mechanism for regulation of gene expression and nuclear structure. (Source: http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/new-nucleotide-could-revolutionize-epigenetics-20334.html)
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Indiana University and Swansea University psychologists have developed a quantum probability model to explain paradoxical human behavior in decision-making, improving on classical probability theory and providing a promising framework for modeling human cognition. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news158928941.html)
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(University of Leicester) A multi-disciplinary team of scientists from the University of Leicester could be potentially paving the way for the development of a powerful new strategy for both the early diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.
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(Cornell University) Putting the squeeze on an old material could lead to "instant on" electronic memory. Low-power, high-efficiency electronic memory could be the long-term result of collaborative research led by Cornell.
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