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Fujitsu is shipping an LCD-based electronic reader called FLEPia in Japan next month that displays vivid color, a first in the industry.(Fujitsu) (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22332/?a=f)
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In a highly convincing illusion of switching bodies, researchers got two people to stand facing one another, one wearing a pair of head-mounted video cameras and the other wearing goggles with the images from the cameras projected inside. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20127002.900-body-illusions-body-swap.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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Researchers at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) claiming to have made a "significant" discovery: the "tracks" left behind by high-energy neutrons, which, they suggest, emerge from the fusion of a deuterium and tritium atom -- the controversial "cold fusion." (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16820-roomtemperature-fusion-in-from-the-cold.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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Ben Goertzel's comprehensive report on the recent Second Conference on Artificial General Intelligence, aimed at "the creation of thinking machines with general intelligence at the human level and ultimately beyond," has been published. - Keynoter Juergen Schmidhuber projects a date for the Singularity of 2040, compared to Ray Kurzweil's 2045 (not 2047 as stated in the article).- The winner of the Kurzweil Best AGI Paper Award was titled "Combini... More
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(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) New research findings at MIT could lead to microchips that operate at much higher speeds than is possible with today's standard silicon chips, leading to cell phones and other communications systems that can transmit data much faster.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on March 23 2009 by Thoughtbot
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(American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Society for Composites (ASC) congratulate the winners of the inaugural AIAA-ASC James H. Starnes, Jr. Award, Raphael T. Haftka, Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida, and C. T. (Chin-Teh) Sun, Neil A. Armstrong Distinguished Professor of Aeronautical and Astronaut... More
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Hollow gold nanospheres developed by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz can target tumors for photothermal cancer therapy.What makes this structure special is the combination of the spherical shape, the small size, and the strong absorption in visible and near infrared light. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news156950496.html)
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Humans can make huge changes to ecosystems faster than the standard methods of data collection can keep up, but by trawling scientific list-serves, websites, and local news sources, ecologists think they can use human beings as sensors by mining their communications.Much of the pioneering work in this type of Internet surveillance has come in the public health field, tracking disease. (Source: http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/03/ecodatami... More
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A new technology called heat-assisted magnetic recording -- blasting the magnetic regions of a disk with heat to make them more stable -- should make it possible to record data at densities 50 times greater than will be possible when today's technologies reach their limits. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22329/?a=f)
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Biomedicine, technology, and wireless communication are in the midst of a merger that will easily bring continuous, 24x7 monitoring of several crucial bodily functions in the years ahead. (Source: http://singularityhub.com/2009/03/20/body-20-continuous-monitoring-of-the-human-body/)
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Robots that "leak" non-verbal information through eye movements when interacting with humans can help humans guess the machine's intentions, Carnegie Mellon University researchers have found. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16813-robot-body-language-gives-humans-a-clue.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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Feeding volunteers video images of themselves from an unusual perspective while applying tactile stimulation can create an out-of-body experience, two research teams have reported. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20127002.800-body-illusions-leave-your-body-behind.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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With a new business model for third-party software, peer-to-peer networking, and richer interfaces for third-party hardware, Apple's got a potential game-changer in iPhone 3.0. (Source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal_tech/iphone/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=215901446&subSection=News)
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(Arizona State University) A ghostly property of matter, called quantum tunneling, may aid the quest for accurate, low-cost genomic sequencing, according to a new paper in Nature Nanotechnology Letters by Stuart Lindsay and his collaborators at the Biodesign Institute of Arizona State University.
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(University of California - Santa Cruz) A new metal nanostructure developed by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has already shown promise in cancer therapy studies and could be used for chemical and biological sensors and other applications as well. The hollow gold nanospheres have a unique set of properties, including strong, narrow and tunable absorption of light.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on March 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Human brain dynamics exist at a critical point on the edge of chaos or self-organized criticality, allowing us to switch quickly between mental states to respond to changing environmental conditions, Cambridge researchers have found.The researchers used state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to measure dynamic changes in the synchronization of activity between different regions of the functional network in the human brain. Computational network... More
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(University at Buffalo) In the quest to pack ever-smaller electronic devices more densely with integrated circuits, nanotechnology researchers keep running up against some unpleasant truths: higher current density induces electromigration and thermomigration, phenomena that damage metal conductors and produce heat, which leads to premature failure of devices. But University at Buffalo researchers who study electronics packaging recently made a p... More
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New research findings at MIT could lead to microchips using graphene technology that allows them to operate at much higher speeds (in the 500 to 1,000 gigahertz range) than is possible with today's standard silicon chips, leading to cell phones and other communications systems that can transmit data much faster. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news156698836.html)
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Philips Electronics researchers have developed a jacket they have lined with vibration motors to study the effects of touch on a movie viewer's emotional responses to what the characters are experiencing. The jacket contains 64 independently controlled actuators controlled by microprocessors. (Source: http://spectrum.ieee.org/mar09/8287)
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Scientists at the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh have created a molecular device that could act as a building block for future generations of superfast, non-silicon based computers.It uses magnetic molecules, which could be used as qubits, combined with molecular machines that enable them to move. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news156710301.html)
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University of Texas, Dallas scientists have developed a new type of artificial muscle based on nanotube ribbons that is stronger than steel, stiffer than diamond, and weighs little more than its volume in air. The nanotubes expand in width by 220% in milliseconds when a voltage is applied and then return to their normal size once it is removed. Collections of those ribbons could act as artificial muscle fibers -- for example, to move the limbs of ... More
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Stanford University have found a way to activate specific brain cells, using flashes of light to treat Parkinson's disease. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16807-scientists-have-flash-of-light-over-parkinsons-treatment.html)
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Correction: Tickets to Transcendent Man, a movie documentary on the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City starting on April 25, are available now.will be available April 20. Tribeca is currently offering 10- and 20-ticket packages that allow patrons to enjoy any film at the festival (tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets/packages). The world premiere will be on Saturday evening, April 25 at 8 pm. The Tu... More
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(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) A new study answers a key question at the very heart of nanotechnology: Why are nanorods so small? Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered the origins of nanorod diameter, demonstrating that the competition and collaboration among various mechanisms of atomic transport hold the key to nanorod size. The researchers say it is the first study to identify the fundamental reasons why nearly all... More
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(Brown University) Two Brown University chemists have overcome a challenge to fuel cell reactions using palladium catalysts. The scientists produced palladium nanoparticles with about 40 percent greater active surface area than commercially available palladium particles, and the nanoparticles remain intact four times longer. Results appear in the online edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
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