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    ************************ Artificial Intelligence Enters Brave New World NPR Dec. 2, 2007 ************************* A recent Singularity Summit brought
    Messaggio 1 di 18 , 3 dic 2007
      Artificial Intelligence Enters
      Brave New World
      NPR Dec. 2, 2007
      A recent "Singularity Summit"
      brought together those who imagine
      and invent the future of AI....

      Duke Scientists Map 'Silenced
      AP Nov. 30, 2007
      Duke University scientists now have
      identified switched-off "silenced
      genes," creating the first map of
      this unique group of about 200 genes
      believed to play a profound role in
      people's health. The work marks an
      important step in studying how our
      environment -- food, stress,
      pollution -- interacts with genes to
      help determine why some people...

      Software That Organizes
      Technology Review Dec. 3, 2007
      A soon-to-be-released product
      called Smart Desktop, from a
      division of Seattle-based company Pi
      Corporation, aims to help people
      sort that information automatically
      and intelligently, unifying the
      information into a single view....

      Mass-Producing 3-D Particles
      Technology Review Dec. 3, 2007
      MIT researchers have invented a
      microfluidic way to efficiently make
      particles. It could provide a way to
      create millions of labeled tags with
      the potential to become ultrafast,
      ultrasensitive biosensors for
      medical diagnostics. (Ji-Hyun Jang,...

      Nanoscale 'barcodes' can tag
      individual molecules news service Nov. 30, 2007
      Nanoscopic "barcodes" made from
      nickel nanowires beaded with gold
      discs could make it easier to
      authenticate valuable products, and
      study a variety of biological
      molecules at the same time,
      Northwestern University researchers
      say. (Nano...

      NEC develops real-time
      Japanese-to-English mobile
      translation software
      engadget Nov. 30, 2007
      NEC has developed a system that can
      understand around 50,000 Japanese
      words and translate them to English
      text on the mobile's display in just
      a second or two....

      New Form of Cell Death Discovered
      ScienceNOW Daily News Nov. 29, 2007
      Scientists have discovered a novel
      form of cell death in which cells
      crawl inside other cells to die. The
      process, dubbed entosis, may be a
      method of suppressing tumors,
      Harvard Medical School researchers
      say. A cancer cell (left) and a
      normal breast cell (right) sit
      inside other cells (green rings).
      (Michael Overholtzer/Harvard Medical...

      LLF claims efficiency record from
      high-CRI warm-white LED lamp
      Semiconductor News Nov. 30, 2007
      LED Lighting Fixtures Inc. says
      that its LRP-38 lamp has set a new
      standard for energy-efficient
      lighting by producing 659 lumens
      while consuming just 5.8W of
      wall-plug power (113.6 delivered
      lumens per watt), compared with 60W
      for an equally bright incandescent
      bulb. The lamp uses less than 9% and
      30% of the energy consumed by
      incandescent and...

      How Africa's desert sun can bring
      Europe power
      The Guardian Dec. 2, 2007
      Europe is considering plans to
      spend more than 5 billion pounds on
      a string of giant solar power
      stations along the Mediterranean
      desert shores of northern Africa and
      the Middle East. An estimated 100
      billion watts of power could be
      generated. Two thirds of it would be
      kept for local needs, the
      rest--around 30 billion watts--would
      be exported...

      Study Details How U.S. Could Cut
      28% of Greenhouse Gases
      New York Times Nov. 30, 2007
      The United States could shave as
      much as 28 percent off the amount of
      greenhouse gases it emits at fairly
      modest cost and with only small
      technology innovations, according to
      a new report from McKinsey &
      Company. The innovations include
      changes in the lighting, heating and
      cooling of buildings, for example,
      that would reduce carbon dioxide...

      Delivering Drugs with MEMS
      Technology Review Nov. 30, 2007
      MicroChips has developed prototypes
      of an implantable
      microelectromechanical systems
      (MEMS) devices for healing bones
      damaged by osteoporosis--replacing
      500 daily injections with a single
      outpatient implant procedure--and
      for monitoring glucose levels in
      diabetics. Reservoirs carved from
      silicon can be used to store drugs
      in new implantable...

      Software That Learns from Users
      Technology Review Nov. 30, 2007
      CALO ("cognitive assistant that
      learns and organizes"), a massive,
      four-year-old AI project to help
      computers understand the intentions
      of their human users, tries to
      assist users in three ways: by
      helping them manage information
      about key people and projects, by
      understanding and organizing
      information from meetings, and by
      learning and...

      Monkey brains use web link to
      control robot legs news service Nov. 27, 2007
      Duke University researchers
      implanted electrodes in the brains
      of two rhesus macaques and analyzed
      the electrical signals that drive
      their legs. The team then mapped the
      signals to specific leg movements
      and, via the Internet, used them to
      control a pair of robot legs at the
      Advanced Telecommunications Research
      Institute International in...

      Online library gives readers access
      to 1.5 million books Nov. 27, 2007
      The Million Book Project, an
      international venture led by
      Carnegie Mellon University in the
      United States, Zhejiang University
      in China, the Indian Institute of
      Science in India and the Library at
      Alexandria in Egypt, has completed
      the digitization of more than 1.5
      million books, which are now

      The transistor at 60
      Sydney Morning Herald November 27, 2007
      In December 1947, Bells Labs
      scientists first revealed what would
      come to be known as the transistor.
      Physical limits to transistor
      miniaturization and performance are
      being approached, but many research
      laboratories are looking for new and
      novel devices that could replace
      transistors inside computers, such
      as nanotubes and and molecular...

      New Flexible, Transparent
      Transistors made of Nanotubes Nov. 27, 2007
      Hanyang University researchers have
      constructed a thin-film transistor
      from single-wall carbon nanotubes,
      eliminating the need to control each
      nanotube. Thin film transistor array
      on a glass substrate and scanning
      electron microscope image of network
      of nanotubes (Ju Bae, et al.) The
      method provides a practical way to

      A molecular map for aging in mice Nov. 28, 2007
      Researchers at the National
      Institute of Aging and Stanford
      University have used gene arrays to
      identify genes whose activity
      changes with age in 16 different
      mouse tissues. The study describes
      how aging affects different tissues
      in mice, and ultimately could help
      explain why lifespan is limited to
      just two years in...

      Rambus shows path to terabyte
      EE Times Nov. 26, 2007
      Rambus Inc. is expected to
      demonstrate technologies this week
      that could enable links to memory
      chips delivering at up to a
      terabyte/second. The company
      believes its signaling techniques
      will provide a lower cost
      alternative to 3D chip stacking....

      Google Mobile Finds You, No
      Satellite Required
      TechNewsWorld Nov. 28, 2007
      Google has announced version 2.0 of
      Google Maps for mobile, featuring a
      beta version of its new "My
      Location" service that serves as an
      alternative to GPS technology, which
      is not widely available on cell
      phones. It uses cell-tower ID
      information to provide users with
      their approximate location, helping
      them determine where they are,

      A New Way to Control Weight?
      ABC News Nov. 28, 2007
      University of Missouri-Columbia
      researchers have found that sitting
      results in retention of fat (from
      lipase reduction), lower HDL (good
      cholesterol), and overall reduction
      in metabolic rate. Related news:
      "Walkstation" burns calories at work...

      Canadian student maps brain to
      image search
      Computerworld Nov. 29, 2007
      A University of Ottawa computer
      science grad is mapping the way the
      human brain works to technology that
      will power a search engine for

      Liver Models Go to Market
      Technology Review Nov. 29, 2007
      New 3-D models of the human liver
      by TE-bio will help uncover toxicity
      problems before drugs reach the
      clinic. Salman Khetani,...

      The Longevity Pill?
      Technology Review Nov. 28, 2007
      Drugs 1,000 times more potent than
      resveratrol, found in red wine, will
      be tested by Sirtris to treat
      diabetes. The new drugs target an
      enzyme called SIRT1, which belongs
      to a class of proteins known as
      sirtuins that have been shown to
      lengthen life span in lower
      organisms, bringing the benefits of
      caloric restriction without the

      MIT launches contest to fire up
      energy entrepreneurs
      CNET News.Com Nov. 28, 2007
      MIT is kicking off a competition to
      award $200,000 to entrepreneurs in
      the green-energy field. There will
      also be three secondary prizes of

      Your Robotic Personal Assistant
      Technology Review Nov. 28, 2007
      New software lets robots pick up
      objects they have never seen
      before--an important step toward
      creating multifunctional domestic
      helpers. Stanford's STAIR robot sits
      on a Segway wheel base (Computer
      Science Department, Stanford
      University) Some roboticists are
      building perception systems for
      robots that look for certain
      features on objects...

      A Working Brain Model
      Technology Review Nov. 28, 2007
      Scientists in Switzerland working
      with IBM researchers have shown that
      their computer simulation of the
      neocortical column, arguably the
      most complex part of a mammal's
      brain, appears to behave like its
      biological counterpart. By
      demonstrating that their simulation
      is realistic, the researchers say,
      these results suggest that an entire

      Google's Next Frontier: Renewable
      New York Times Nov. 27, 2007
      Google will spend hundreds of
      millions of dollars to develop and
      help stimulate the creation of
      renewable energy technologies that
      are cheaper than coal-generated...

      Major advances made in predicting
      crystal structures Nov. 26,2007
      Researchers have met the challenge
      of predicting the crystal structures
      of small organic molecules by
      computational methods without
      experimental input, a goal that has
      been described as the Holy Grail of...

      Smarter energy storage for solar
      and wind power Nov. 26,2007
      Development of the first hybrid
      battery suitable for storing
      electricity from renewable energy
      sources such as solar and wind is
      now a step clo CSIRO and Cleantech
      Ventures have invested in technology
      start-up Smart Storage Pty Ltd . The
      Smart Storage battery technology
      aims to deliver a low cost, high
      performance, high power stationary

      Google Plans Service to Store
      Users' Data
      Wall Street Jounral nov. 27, 2007
      Google is preparing a service that
      would let users store on its
      computers essentially all of the
      files they might keep on their
      personal-computer hard drives --
      such as word-processing documents,
      digital music, video clips and
      images. The service could let users
      access their files via the Internet
      from different computers and mobile

      After Stem-Cell Breakthrough, the
      Work Begins
      New York Times Nov. 27,2007
      Two biotechnology companies hope
      next year to begin the first
      clinical trials of therapies derived
      from human embryonic stem cells.
      Geron plans to test a type of neural
      cell as a treatment for spinal cord
      injuries, and Advanced Cell
      Technology wants to plant retinal
      epithelium cells into the eye to
      treat retina...

      Prosthetic Limbs That Can Feel
      Technology Review November 27, 2007
      Scientists from Northwestern
      University, in Chicago, have shown
      that transplanting the nerves from
      an amputated hand to the chest
      allows patients to feel hand
      sensation there. The findings are
      the first step toward prosthetic
      arms with sensors on the
      fingers--now under development--that
      will transfer tactile information
      from the device to the...

      How sci-fi influences today's
      NewScientist news service Nov. 26,2007
      Movie interfaces like that in
      Minority Report can influence public
      perception of real-world ideas for
      new ways to interact....

      Cheap sensors could capture your
      every move
      NewScientist news service Nov. 26, 2007
      Small, cheap sensors for tracking
      the movement of a person's entire
      body could lead to "whole-body
      interfaces" for controlling
      computers or playing games,
      researchers say. Several sensors
      measuring about 2.5 centimetres on
      each side are attached to a person's
      legs and arms. The sensors detect
      movement in two different ways:

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      ************************* The Robots Among Us S.F. Chronicle Dec. 9, 2007 ************************* If robotics technology now stands where computing did in
      Messaggio 2 di 18 , 10 dic 2007
        The Robots Among Us
        S.F. Chronicle Dec. 9, 2007
        If robotics technology now stands
        where computing did in the '70s,
        what can we expect in the...

        Do our brains work like Google?
        New Scientist (subscription required) Dec. 8, 2007
        Google's patented and powerful
        search algorithm, PageRank, may
        mimic the way the human brain
        retrieves information. Our memory
        for words can be modelled as a
        network in which each point
        represents a different word, with
        each linked to words that relate to
        it. In tests against other
        word-retrieval algorithms, PageRank
        most clearly matched the...

        The 7th Annual Year In ideas
        NY Times Magazine Dec. 10, 2007
        The Times' 70 best ideas of 2007
        include Wireless Energy, Wave
        Energy, Crowdware, Wikiscanning, and
        The Best Way to Deflect an Asteroid....

        Mechanical Mind
        American Scien January-February 2008
        In Mind as Machine: A History of
        Cognitive Science, Margaret A.
        Boden's goal, she says, is to show
        how cognitive scientists have tried
        to find computational or
        informational answers to frequently
        asked questions about the mind --
        "what it is, what it does, how it
        works, how it evolved, and how it's
        even possible." How do our brains

        Warning sounded over 'flirting
        CNET News.Com Dec. 7, 2007
        A program that can mimic online
        flirtation and then extract personal
        information from its unsuspecting
        conversation partners is making the
        rounds in Russian chat forums. The
        artificial intelligence of
        CyberLover's automated chats is good
        enough that victims have a tough
        time distinguishing the "bot" from a
        real potential...

        Earliest galaxies had building
        blocks of life
        NewScientistSpace Dec. 8, 2007
        The universe might have been
        hospitable for life 500 million
        years earlier than we thought,
        according to researchers at the
        University of Texas in...

        Argosy Visible Body Out in Beta
        Medgadget Dec. 10, 2007
        Argosy Publishing has released its
        impressive 3D anatomic visualization
        system to the public through their
        Internet Explorer-only site (free
        with registration). (Argosy
        Publishing) It is a powerful tool to
        look at the body at every depth and
        from every angle, browse through the
        various anatomical systems, and
        easily locate obfuscated and...

        Picture-sorting dogs show
        human-like thought news service Dec. 8, 2007
        University of Vienna researchers
        have trained dogs to distinguish
        photographs that depicted dogs from
        those that did not, showing that
        dogs have some good reasoning

        Toyota's new robot can play the
        violin, help the aged Dec. 6, 2007
        Toyota Motor on Thursday unveiled a
        robot that can play the violin as
        part of its efforts to develop
        futuristic machines capable of
        assisting humans in Japan's graying
        society. (AFP) Toyota also unveiled
        a two-wheeled, single-seat "mobility
        robot" that could be used to
        transport an elderly or disabled
        person over uneven ground and around...

        THE MAGLEV: The Super-powered
        Magnetic Wind Turbine
        inhabitat Nov. 26, 2007
        The new MagLev wind turbine is
        expected take wind power technology
        to the next level by using magnetic
        levitation. One large MagLev wind
        turbine could generate one gigawatt
        of clean power (vs. five megawatts
        for the largest conventional wind
        turbines), enough to supply energy
        to 750,000 homes. It would also
        increase generation capacity by...

        Adult Cells, Reprogrammed To
        Embryonic Stem Cell Like State,
        Treat Sickle-cell Anemia In Mice
        ScienceDaily Dec. 7, 2007
        Whitehead Institute for Biomedical
        Research scientists have
        successfully treated mice with a
        human sickle-cell anemia disease
        trait in a process that begins by
        directly reprogramming their own
        cells to an embryonic-stem-cell-like
        state, without the use of eggs. This
        is the first proof-of-principle of
        therapeutic application in mice of

        Gate leakage, down and out?
        EE Times Dec. 4, 2007
        A high-k dielectric (gate
        insulation) process for CMOS
        transistors promises to eliminate
        the gate-leakage problem at advanced
        semiconductor nodes down to 10
        nanometers, extending the
        International Semiconductor Roadmap.
        Overheating due to excessive gate
        leakage is the number one hurdle to
        reaching advanced semiconductor
        nodes below 45...

        Giant offshore wind farms to supply
        half of UK power
        Times Online Dec. 9, 2007
        Britain plans to launch a huge
        expansion of offshore wind-power,
        with enough turbines to generate
        nearly half of Britain's current
        electricity consumption, energy
        secretary John Hutton announced.
        Hutton wants to see this target
        raised to 33GW-worth of wind
        turbines installed in the seas
        around Britain by 2020. If energy
        consumption remains...

        In fruit flies, homosexuality is
        biological but not hard-wired Dec. 9, 2007
        University of Illinois at Chicago
        researchers have discovered that
        sexual orientation in fruit flies is
        controlled by a previously unknown
        regulator of synapse strength. Armed
        with this knowledge, the researchers
        found they were able to use either
        genetic manipulation or drugs to
        turn the flies' homosexual behavior
        on and off within...

        Renewables investments seen over
        $100 bln in 2007
        Reuters Dec. 8, 2007
        World annual investments in
        renewable energy will top $100
        billion for the first time in 2007,
        led by wind power, according to a
        report issued at United Nations
        climate talks on Saturday. For wind
        power, growth has been about 25-30
        percent a year since 2000....

        Nanotechnology roadmap published:
        statement by Eric Drexler Dec. 7, 2007
        pleased to report that the
        Technology Roadmap for Productive
        Nanosystems has finally been
        released. This marks the completion
        of the first broad,
        multidisciplinary effort to explore
        how current laboratory techniques
        for atomically precise fabrication
        can be extended, step by step,
        toward increasingly advanced...

        Researchers can read thoughts to
        decipher what a person is actually
        seeing Dec. 6, 2007
        Following research that neurons in
        the human brain respond in an
        abstract manner to particular
        individuals or objects, University
        of Leicester researchers have
        discovered that from the firing of
        this type of neuron, they can tell
        what a person is actually seeing.
        They recorded simultaneously from up
        to 100 neurons in the human brain
        and applied...

        Stem cells show power to predict
        disease, drug toxicity Dec. 6, 2007
        UW-Madison researchers have found
        that human embryonic stem cells
        could be used for drug dicovery and
        screening, and could also generate
        chemical biomarkers that can be used
        to predict the onset of disease....

        This is your brain on violent media Dec. 6, 2007
        Researchers at Columbia University
        Medical Center's Functional Magnetic
        Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Research
        Center have shown that watching
        violent programs can cause parts of
        your brain that suppress aggressive
        behaviors to become less active.
        Depictions of violent acts have
        become very common in the popular
        media," said Christopher Kelly, the...

        Brain Sensor for Market Research
        Technology Review Dec. 7, 2007
        Emsense claims that it has
        developed tools to monitor a
        person's true reactions during a
        commercial or video game, using EEG
        at the forehead, and other sensors
        that monitor breathing rate, head
        motion, heart rate, blink rate, and
        skin temperature. While it hasn't
        published in peer-reviewed journals,
        the company has 22 patents that
        cover related...

        Free software brings affordability,
        transparency to mathematics Dec. 6, 2007
        An open-source math tool called
        Sage, based at the University of
        Washington, won first prize in the
        scientific software division of Les
        Trophées du Libre, an
        international competition for free
        software. Until recently, a student
        solving a calculus problem, a
        physicist modeling a galaxy or a
        mathematician studying a complex
        equation had to...

        Are Humans Evolving Faster? Dec. 6, 2007
        University of Utah researchers have
        discovered genetic evidence that
        human evolution is speeding up --
        and has not halted or proceeded at a
        constant rate, as had been thought
        -- indicating that humans on
        different continents are becoming
        increasingly different. [This
        article has been removed from the
        PhysOrg site, which states "it will
        be back...

        IBM Researchers Build
        PC World Dec. 6; 2007
        Supercomputers may soon be the same
        size as a laptop if IBM brings to
        market research in silicon
        nanophotonics, in which pulses of
        light replace electricity to make
        data transfer between processor
        cores on a chip up to one-hundred
        times faster. The technology, which
        can transfer data up to a distance
        of a few centimeters, is about 100

        Researchers develop better
        membranes for water treatment, drug
        delivery Nov. 29, 2007
        Researchers at the University of
        Illinois have developed a new
        generation of biomimetic membranes
        for water treatment and drug
        delivery. The highly permeable and
        selective membranes are based on the
        incorporation of the functional
        water channel protein Aquaporin Z
        into a novel A-B-A triblock
        copolymer. The experimental
        membranes, currently...

        Virtual 3D nanorobots could lead to
        real cancer-fighting technology Dec. 5, 2007
        Robert A. Freitas, Jr. and
        colleagues have developed NCD
        (nanorobot control design), a
        software system that serves as a
        test bed for nanorobot 3D
        prototyping. Nanorobots search for
        organ-inlets demanding protein
        injection (Adriano Cavalcanti, et
        al.) Nanorobots are tiny devices
        that will travel through arteries
        for diagnosing or treating...

        Monitoring the Heart without
        Missing a Beat
        Technology Review Dec. 6, 2007
        Researchers at the Interuniversity
        Micro-Electronic Centre (IMEC) in
        the Netherlands have developed a
        flexible, wireless cardiac patch
        that could help preempt serious
        illness by detecting early symptoms
        of heart trouble through continuous
        monitoring. (IMEC) The new device
        just sticks onto the patient's chest
        and wirelessly sends...

        Remotely Controlled Drugs
        Technology Review Dec. 6, 2007
        MIT engineers are developing
        remote-controlled, multipurpose
        nanoparticles. These compounds act
        as both precise drug-delivery
        vehicles and contrast agents for
        magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
        Nanoparticles implanted in model
        tumors in mice release a drug (dyed
        green) into surrounding tissues when
        the mouse is exposed to
        radio-frequency waves...

        Your Personal Genome
        Technology Review Dec. 6, 2007
        George Church, a Harvard geneticist
        and pioneer in developing
        gene-sequencing technology, is
        spearheading the Personal Genome
        Project, a nonprofit effort to make
        both the DNA sequence and the health
        records of many individuals publicly
        available. The project, which is now
        recruiting 100,000 people to have
        parts of their genomes sequenced,

        Will you soon be able to buy your
        own bladder?
        The Scientist December 2007
        Eventually, scientists will take
        one of the white spheres floating in
        the jars -- the scaffolds -- and add
        layers upon layers of human bladder
        cells, then ship the organ to a
        surgeon, who will implant it in the
        body of its donor. From biopsy to
        surgery, Tengion's process takes six
        to eight weeks. That patient just
        bought a new bladder, made...

        Stanford researchers produce
        short-term reversal of skin aging in
        mice Dec. 4, 2007
        Researchers at the Stanford
        University School of Medicine have
        reversed the effects of aging on the
        skin of mice, at least for a short
        period, by blocking the action of a
        single critical protein, NF-kappa-B.
        After two weeks, the skin of
        2-year-old mice had the same genes
        active as cells in the skin of
        newborn mice. The work backs up the...

        New hypothesis for origin of life
        proposed Dec. 4, 2007
        Life may have begun in the
        protected spaces inside of layers of
        the mineral mica, in ancient oceans,
        according to a new hypothesis by
        Helen Hansma, a research scientist
        with the University of California,
        Santa Barbara. Photo of mica from an
        abandoned mica mine, with brown
        bands of organic material (Helen
        Greenwood Hansma, UC Santa...

        Treating Breast Cancer with Heat
        Technology Review Dec. 5, 2007
        Heating breast-cancer cells with
        focused beams of microwave energy
        after chemotherapy can significantly
        shrink and kill tumors, according to
        results from a new clinical trial.
        The treatment increases blood flow
        into tumors, allowing chemotherapy
        drugs to more easily invade cancer

        Nanoelectrodes could provide bird
        flu test
        NewScientistTech Dec. 4, 2007
        Single-walled nanotubes can be
        employed as efficient nanoelectrodes
        for identifying specific genes more
        easilyi, using direct measurements
        of charge transport in DNA....

        Researchers aim to harness sperm
        power for nano-robots Dec. 3, 2007
        Researchers at Cornell are
        attemping to use the same energy
        that drives sperm to power nanoscale
        robots, or to deliver chemo drugs or
        antibiotics, for example, to
        targeted sites within the body.
        (Atsushi Asano) By breaking down the
        individual steps in the biological
        pathway that sperm use to generate
        energy, the researchers plan to...

        Radio Waves Fire Up Nanotubes
        Embedded in Tumors, Destroying Liver
        Cancer Dec. 3, 2007
        Scientists at the University of
        Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
        and Rice University have
        demonstrated in preclinical
        experiments that cancer cells
        treated with carbon nanotubes can be
        destroyed by noninvasive radio waves
        that heat up the nanotubes while
        sparing untreated tissue. The
        technique completely destroyed liver
        cancer tumors in...

        The Feel of Cancer Cells
        Technology Review Dec. 4, 2007
        UCLA researchers are using
        atomic-force microscopy to probe the
        surface of cancer cells in an
        attempt to improve diagnostic
        accuracy. Cancer cells found in
        samples they studied were much
        softer than normal cells. Using the
        sharp point of an atomic-force
        microscope, UCLA researchers apply
        pressure to living cancer cells
        taken from patients...

        A Molecular Map of Aging
        Technology Review Dec. 4, 2007
        Researchers at Stanford University
        and the National Institute on Aging
        have generated a database that
        catalogues how gene expression--a
        measure of how active a gene
        is--changes in different parts of
        the body as the animals age. The
        findings suggest that different
        tissues age very differently, and
        this could help pinpoint when it is

        Chimps Exhibit Superior Memory,
        Outshining Humans
        New York Times Dec. 4, 2007
        Researchers have shown that young
        chimps outperform adult humans in a
        memory test, a Concentration-like
        game using numerals on a computer...

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        ************************* GM Envisions Driverless Cars on Horizon AP Jan. 7, 2008 ************************* Cars that drive themselve--even parking at their
        Messaggio 3 di 18 , 7 gen 13:01
          GM Envisions Driverless Cars on
          AP Jan. 7, 2008
          Cars that drive themselve--even
          parking at their destination--could
          be ready for sale within a decade,
          General Motors Corp. executives say.
          GM plans to use an inexpensive
          computer chip and an antenna to link
          vehicles equipped with driverless
          technologies. The first use likely
          would be on highways; people would
          have the option to choose a...

          Microsoft patents
          frustration-detecting help system
          ars technica Jan. 3, 2008
          A new Microsoft patent describes a
          system that monitors certain
          behaviors tied to frustration (such
          as elevated heart rate or taking an
          abnormally long time to complete a
          task), then triggers a routine that
          asks other users for help....

          Napkin PC Enables High-Tech
 Jan. 5, 2008
          Designer Avery Holleman has
          developed the concept of a Napkin
          PC, a device that uses e-paper and
          radio frequency (RF) technology to
          enable creative groups to
          collaborate more effectively. The
          technology includes a "napkin"
          holder filled with rewritable
          e-paper napkins, as well as a place
          for colored pens. When someone gets
          an inspiration,...

          Scientists Use Sunlight to Make
          Fuel From CO2
          WIRED Jan. 4, 2008
          Researchers at Sandia National
          Laboratories in New Mexico have
          found a way of using sunlight to
          recycle carbon dioxide and produce
          fuels like methanol or gasoline.
          (Randy Montoya/Sandia) The Sunlight
          to Petrol, or S2P, project
          essentially reverses the combustion
          process, recovering the building
          blocks of hydrocarbons. The Sandia

          An Interface of One's Own
          New York Times Jan. 6, 2008
          New writing programs offer creative
          alternates to Microsoft...

          Next Steps for Stem Cells
          Technology Review Jan. 7, 2008
          Recently developed new methods to
          reprogram adult cells into
          embryonic-like stem cells could also
          create cells that are genetically
          matched to an individual, meaning
          that it's now possible to create
          novel cell models that capture and
          study all the genetic quirks of
          complex diseases....

          Pocket Printer
          Technology Review Jan. 7, 2008
          Polaroid spinoff Zink Imaging has
          unveiled the "digital instant mobile
          photo printer," a Bluetooth-coupled
          color printer available by the
          summer for less than $150. Polaroid
          printer prints photos on
          two-inch-by-three-inch sheets of
          paper, without using ink or toner,
          using a novel type of
          thermal-printing technology: a
          special paper contains...

          New Sling Products Clip, Catch, and
          Receive TV
          PC Magazine Jan. 7, 2008
          Sling Media's Player 2.0 PC video
          streaming software will let users
          "clip and sling"--or clip chunks of
          TV video that can then be shared
          with friends in streaming Flash
          format on a Web page....

          Intel Quits Effort to Get Computers
          to Children
          New York Times Jan. 5, 2008
          A partnership between Intel and the
          One Laptop Per Child educational
          computing group has dissolved in a
          conflict between Intel's $350
          Classmate PC and One Laptop's $200

          Scientists restore walking after
          spinal cord injury
 Jan. 6, 2008
          A UCLA study shows that the central
          nervous system can reorganize itself
          after spinal cord damage and follow
          new pathways to restore the cellular
          communication required for...

          Scientists find key to avian flu in
 Jan. 6, 2008
          MIT researchers have uncovered a
          critical difference between flu
          viruses that infect birds and
          humans--it can bind to one specific
          shape of receptor on the surface of
          human respiratory cells. The
          discovery could help scientists
          monitor the evolution of avian flu
          strains and aid in the development
          of vaccines against a deadly flu...

          Wikia Wants to Shake Up Search
          Business Week Jan. 7, 2008
          Wikia Search, launching Jan. 7,
          will encourage users to rate the
          effectiveness of search results and
          favor the most helpful results.
          Users can build Facebook-esque
          profiles to forge ties to people
          with common interests. The engine
          will also use wikis to publish brief
          Wikipedia-like articles along with

          Boron nanotubes could outperform
 news service Jan. 4, 2008
          Boron nanotubes could have many of
          the same properties as carbon
          nanotubes, but should be better
          conductors than carbon, and be
          superconducting at higher
          temperatures, Tsinghua University
          researchers believe. (Tsinghua
          University) Boron nanotubes should
          also have variable electrical
          properties--some as conductors and
          some as...

          Super-Charging Lithium Batteries
          Technology Review Jan. 4, 2008
          Stanford University materials
          scientists have unveiled a silicon
          nanowire electrode that could more
          than triple lithium batteries'
          energy storage capacity and improve
          their safety. Existing lithium
          batteries can enable battery-powered
          electrical vehicles to travel
          hundreds of miles on a charge, but
          major automakers need to demonstrate
          that the...

          Microsoft Money Pushes Time-Lapse
          Space Camera Closer to Action
          Wired Jan. 3, 2008
          Bill Gates and ex-Microsoft
          executive Charles Simonyi have
          donated a combined $30 million to
          the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope,
          which will feature the largest
          digital camera ever constructed.
          Scientists say it will provide a
          "color movie" of the universe.
          (Michael Mullen Design, LSST
          Corporation) Its speed and wide
          field will allow...

          Cyclists' cellphones help monitor
          air pollution
          New Scientist Jan. 2, 2008
          Cellphones used by bicycle couriers
          are monitoring air pollution in
          Cambridge, UK, using small wireless
          pollution sensors....

          Sea Cucumber Protein Used To
          Inhibit Development Of Malaria
          Science Daily Jan. 3, 2008
          Scientists have genetically
          engineered a mosquito to release a
          sea-cucumber protein into its gut,
          which impairs the development of
          malaria parasites, a step towards
          preventing malaria transmission. In
          laboratory tests, the international
          research team showed that the method
          significantly impaired the
          parasite's development....

          Yeast-Based Oral Diabetes Treatment
          Science Daily Jan. 3, 2008
          University of Haifa researchers
          have discovered a yeast-derived
          substance called Glucose Tolerance
          Factor (GTF) that acts similarly to
          insulin and may become an oral
          treatment for diabetes and its
          complications. In the studies--done
          on cell cultures and on diabetic
          rats--GTF inhibited oxidation
          processes that could cause
          atherosclerosis and...

          Fuel Cell Uses Bacteria To Generate
          Science Daily Jan. 3, 2008
          Biodesign Institute researchers
          have described how bacteria in
          microbial fuel cells---fuel cells
          that can use any kind of waste, such
          as sewage or pig manure, to generate
          electrical energy--are able to
          transfer electrons to a "biofilm
          anode." Conventional fuel cells are
          limited to hydrogen gas as a fuel

          'Electronic Switch' Opens Doors In
          Rheumatoid Joints
          Science Daily Jan. 3, 2008
          University of Leeds scientists have
          identified a previously unknown
          natural mechanism that opens ion
          channels by donating electrons to
          them like "an electronic on-switch."
          The new mechanism occurs through the
          naturally occurring protein
          thioredoxin--a protein generated to
          counter inflammation--so the
          research could eventually lead to

          Dreams: Night School
          Psychology Today Magazine Nov/Dec 2007
          Finnish psychologist Antti Revonsuo
          believes that dreams are a sort of
          nighttime theater in which our
          brains screen realistic scenarios.
          This virtual reality simulates
          emergency situations and provides an
          arena for safe training....

          Scientists look to sperm to power
          MSNBC Jan. 2, 2007
          A tiny assembly line using ATP,
          which powers the whip-like tail of
          sperm, could be harnessed to propel
          future nanobots or other tiny
          medical devices inside the human
          body, Cornell University scientists
          report. (Atsushi Asano/Cornell
          University) For their research, the
          scientists used mouse sperm proteins
          as templates so the proteins stuck...

          World's Smallest Projector Set for
          PC Magazine Jan. 2, 2008
          Microvision is unveiling a full
          functioning, self-contained
          prototype of "the world's smallest
          business and personal projector,"
          using tiny lasers to shoot a WVGA
          (848 by 480, roughly DVD resolution)
          image on virtually any surface....

          The Genetics of Language
          Technology Review January/February 2008
          Neurogeneticists have begun to
          tease out how we evolved the
          capacity for sophisticated speech,
          using improved techniques for
          detecting DNA, cutting-edge
          analytical tools, and the genome
          sequences of species from humans to

          The Year in Nanotech: Better
          batteries and supersticky glues are
          on the horizon
          Technology Review Jan. 3, 2008
          Nanowires and nanotubes for
          generating and storing energy, new
          classes of materials that could
          render objects invisible, and
          non-stick or supersticky materials
          are a few of the nanotechnology
          items in Technology Review's "The
          Year in...

          Model is first to compare
          performance of biosensors
          Science Daily Jan. 2, 2008
          Purdue University researchers have
          developed a new modeling technique
          to study and design miniature
          biosensors, providing a conceptual
          framework and computational model to
          relate the shape of a sensor to its
          performance and explain why certain
          designs perform better than others.
          Biosensors integrate electronic
          circuitry with natural...

          When It Comes To Metal, Smaller Is
          Stronger: Now Scientists Know Why
          Science Daily Jan. 3, 2008
          Scientists have reported that a
          previously unobserved process known
          as "mechanical annealing" explains
          why structures made of metal get
          stronger as their dimensions shrink
          to the micrometer scale or less....

          A Few of Our Favorite Things:
          ScienceNOW's top stories of 2007
          Science NOW Jan. 1, 2008
          Arguments that black holes do not
          exist and quantum mechanics research
          that finds an observer can change
          the behavior of light, even after it
          has been measured, are two of
          Science Now's top stories of 2007....

          National Nanotechnology Initiative
          releases new strategic plan
 Jan. 2, 2008
          The new 2007 NNI Strategic Plan for
          the work of the National
          Nanotechnology Initiative has been
          released, describing the vision,
          goals, and priorities of the NNI,
          high-impact application
          opportunities, and critical research

          Toward A Rosetta Stone For
          Microbes' Secret Language
          Science Daily Dec. 31, 2007
          Scientists are on the verge of
          decoding the special chemical
          language that bacteria use to "talk"
          to each other, British researchers
          report. The research could lead to
          new treatments for
          antibiotic-resistant bacteria,
          including "superbugs" that infect
          more than 90,000 people in the
          United States each...

          Researchers Reverse Effects of
          Sleep Deprivation
 Jan. 2, 2007
          Researchers at Wake Forest
          University School of Medicine have
          shown that the effects of sleep
          deprivation on cognitive performance
          can be reversed when the naturally
          occurring brain peptide, orexin-A,
          is administered in...

          The Sex Singularity: When Machines
          Surpass Human Hotness
          Boing Boing Dec. 28, 2007
          A Paul Spinrad short story explores
          the future of sexbots....

          Stranger than fiction: parallel
          universes beguile science
 Dec. 30, 2007
          In the movie "The Golden Compass,"
          released in December, an orphaned
          girl living in an alternate universe
          goes on a quest to rescue kidnapped
          children and discover the secret of
          a contaminating dust said to be
          leaking from a parallel realm. There
          are several competing and
          overlapping theories about parallel
          universes, but the most basic is...

          The Year in Software
          Technology Review Jan. 2, 2008
          New search technologies (such as
          speech recognition), cloud
          (web-based)computing, virtual
          worlds, self-expression, new
          social-networks features, and
          expanded mobile-phone services were
          Technology Review's key software
          developments of...

          Regenerating Nerves
          Technology Review Jan. 2, 2007
          Georgia Institute of Technology
          researchers have triggered the
          regrowth of neurites (neurons'
          information-carrying projections),
          using a polymer coated with chemical
          structures that resemble
          acetylcholine, a common
          neurotransmitter. The research could
          one day lead to treatments for
          neurodegenerative diseases and

          Storage Projects Rise in Importance
          Computerworld Dec. 31, 2007
          Private-sector archive capacity
          will hit 27,000 petabytes (27
          billion gigabytes) by 2010,
          according to a study by Enterprise
          Strategy Group Inc. Skyrocketing
          rates of e-mail growth account for
          much of this...

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          ************************* Will We Recognize The Future? Science Friday June 6, 2008 ************************* What happens when the rate of technological
          Messaggio 4 di 18 , 6 giu 2008
            Will We Recognize The Future?
            Science Friday June 6, 2008
            What happens when the rate of
            technological change becomes so fast
            that the fundamental nature of what
            it means to be human changes too? On
            Science Friday on NPR (June 7, 2009
            at 3 PM), host Ira Flatow talks with
            inventor, technologist and futurist
            Ray Kurzweil about the idea of the
            Singularity -- what happens when
            technology advances so much...

            Laptops could betray users in the
            developing world
   news service June 4, 2008
            Rolling out Internet-ready laptops
            to inexperienced users across the
            developing world poses a huge
            security problem by potentially
            allowing repressive governments to
            track the Internet activity of their
            citizens directly, some computer
            security researchers suggest....

            Genetically modified humans: Here
            and more coming soon (article
            New Scientist June 4, 2008
            A research team in the UK is
            experimenting with creating
            three-parent embryos (by adding part
            of the egg of one woman to the egg
            of another) to prevent children
            inheriting a rare group of serious
            diseases caused by faulty
            mitochondria, the powerhouses in our
            cells. Mitochondrial diseases affect
            at least 1 in 8000 people, probably
            more, and...

            IBM Cools 3-D Chips with Water
   June 5, 2008
            Researchers at IBM and the
            Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin have
            demonstrated a prototype that
            integrates a water-based cooling
            system into 3-D chips by piping
            water directly between each layer in
            the stack. The method is one of the
            most promising approaches to
            enhancing chip performance in "3-D
            chip stacks" beyond its predicted

            Plastic Brain Outsmarts Experts
   June 5, 2008
            Fluid intelligence can be improved
            by training short-term (working)
            memory, University of Michigan
            researchers have found. Fluid
            intelligence, an aspect of a
            person's IQ, allows people to solve
            unfamiliar problems by understanding
            relationships between various
            concepts independent of previous
            knowledge or...

            Plan for quake 'warning system'
            BBC News June 5, 2008
            Researchers at NASA Ames Research
            Center have found evidence
            suggesting that fluctuation in the
            density of electrons and other
            electrically charged particles in
            the ionosphere are correlated with
            certain earthquake. They are
            developing a proposal for a
            low-cost, space-borne earthquake
            early warning system based on at
            least three...

            Testing the Toxicity of
            Technology Review June 5, 2008
            Massachusetts General Hospital
            researchers and colleagues have
            developed a high-throughput
            screening method to test the
            toxicity of nanomaterials. A robotic
            system (similar to that used for
            drug screening) puts nanoparticles
            inside tiny wells on a plate
            containing hundreds of separate
            wells. Each well contains one cell
            type. The system detects...

            Study links lower vitamin D levels
            with type 1 diabetes
   June 6, 2008
            University of California San Diego
            researchers have found an
            association between lower sun
            exposure and higher type 1 diabetes
            rates in children, which they
            attribute to vitamin D levels. The
            researchers plotted incidence rates
            by latitude, using worldwide data
            available through GLOBOCAN (a
            database of cancer incidence,
            mortality and prevalence...

            How to lose weight without losing
   June 6, 2008
            University of Illinois researchers
            have found that a higher-protein
            diet that emphasizes lean meats and
            low-fat dairy foods for protein
            allows weight loss without the bone
            loss that can happen with
            conventional higher-carbohydrate
            diets. They measured bone mineral
            content and density of two diet
            groups (higher protein and, higher

            Brain chemical helps us tolerate
            foul play
            Nature News June 5, 2008
            University of Cambridge researchers
            have found that decreased levels of
            the neurotransmitter serotonin
            increases emotional response to a
            perceived unjust or unfair
            situation. Volunteers who had their
            serotonin levels temporarily lowered
            were much more likely to reject
            unfair offers in the Ultimatum Game
            (one player divides the money, the

            Pretty on the Inside
            Technology Review June 5, 2008
            University of California, San
            Francisco and Ludwig Maximilians
            University researchers are using a
            new technique called 3-D
            structured-illumination microscopy
            to view living cells with 100
            nanometers resolution. Cells prepare
            for division by condensing their DNA
            into chromosomes (Lothar
            Schermelleh, Peter Carlton) The new

            Brief, intense exercise benefits
            the heart
   June 4, 2008
            Short bursts of high intensity
            sprints--known to benefit muscle and
            improve exercise performance--can
            improve the function and structure
            of blood vessels, in particular
            arteries that deliver blood to our
            muscles and heart, according to new
            research from McMaster...

            Team hopes to use new technology to
            search for ETs
   June 4, 2008
            Astronomers from Johns Hopkins and
            the SETI Institute plan to optimize
            prospects of finding civilizations
            on other star systems by
            concentrating on the intersection of
            the ecliptic plane (the imaginary
            plane containing the Earth's orbit
            around the Sun) and the galactic
            plane (the Milky Way Galaxy band in
            the sky), using the new Allen

            Holodeck 1.0? Star Trek-style 3-D
            displays make their debut
   June 4, 2008
            The EU-funded Coherent research
            project has developed a 3-D display
            called the HoloVizio. (Sergey
            Drozdov/ The
            HoloVizio is a 3-D screen that will
            allow designers to visualize true
            3-D models of objects, such as
            models for the medical sector and a
            collaborative design review system
            for the automotive industry. Users

            Obituary: Lorenzo Odone
            New Scientist news service June 4, 2008
            Lorenzo Odone, who died last Friday
            aged 30, was the subject of the film
            Lorenzo's Oil, which made him the
            most famous person to suffer from
            adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). ALD is
            an inherited disease in which the
            myelin sheaths around neurons are
            destroyed. Without myelin, the
            neurons cannot conduct signals
            properly, causing brain damage and...

            Giant telescopes could be built
            from Moon dust
            NewScientist news service June 4, 2008
            Scientists at NASA's Goddard Space
            Flight Center have created a
            concrete-like substance using a
            mixture of carbon nanotubes, epoxy
            and a crushed rock material, and
            built a 3-meter dish. Then they
            added more liquid epoxy to its
            surface and spun it, coating it with
            aluminium in a vacuum. They believe
            the process could be scaled up to
            produce 20-...

            Human stem cells used to cure brain
            Nature news June 4, 2008
            University of Rochester researchers
            used human stem cells to correct
            abnormal brain development in mice
            with fatal brain disorders, caused
            by missing myelin. The researchers
            perfected a technique to implant
            human glial progenitor cells (a type
            of stem cell) into the nervous
            system of mice. These stem cells are
            able to differentiate into glial...

            Mobile Robotic Arm Taught To
            Manipulate Objects Such As Scissors
            And Shears
            Science Daily June 4, 2008
            University of Massachusetts Amherst
            researchers built a robotic arm that
            can approach unfamiliar objects such
            as scissors, garden shears, and
            jointed wooden toys, and learn how
            they work by pushing on them and
            observing how they change. The arm
            can "see" its environment through a
            digital camera. After testing the
            new object, the arm stores how...

            Synthetic yeast to brew up vital
            malaria drug
   news service June 4, 2008
            Researchers at the University of
            California, Berkeley, and colleagues
            have added synthetic genes to yeast
            to make a key malaria drug. The
            genes encode enzymes that enable
            sugar to be converted into a
            precursor to artemisinin, used to
            treat multi-drug resistant malaria.
            This synthetic organism could be
            producing enough artemisinin
            precursor to...

            Molecular brakes for nanotechnology
            Nanowerk Spotlight June 4, 2008
            National Taiwan University
            researchers and their colleagues
            have designed a light-driven
            molecular brake that could provide
            on-demand stopping power for
            nanotech machines. (American
            Chemical Society) The brake
            resembles a tiny four-bladed wheel
            (a rigid pentiptycene group) and
            contains light-sensitive molecules.
            The paddle-like structure...

            Carbon nanotube surface could help
            regenerate cartilage
   June 5, 2008
            Purdue University and Brown
            University nanotechnology
            researchers have found a way to
            regenerate cartilage naturally by
            creating a rough carbon nanotube
            surface that attracts
            cartilage-forming cells. Electrical
            pulses applied to the cells then
            encouraged them to grow. Current
            methods to help with lost cartilage
            involve injections of a synthetic...

            Inflatable electric car can drive
            off cliffs
   June 4, 2008
            The company XP Vehicles plans to
            sell inflatable cars made with
            "airbags"--the same polymer
            materials used to cushion NASA's
            rovers when they landed on Mars.
            Different models of the car will be
            made of various polymers, carbon
            fiber, and other strong,
            ultra-light-weight materials. They
            claim its low weight will allow it
            to have a range of 300...

            Wireless sensor network keeps tabs
            on the environment
   June 5, 2008
            University of Alberta researchers
            are building a wireless sensor
            network that allows for clandestine
            data collection of environmental
            data in remote locations, with
            monitoring from anywhere in the
            world. The sensors can continuously
            monitor data like temperature and
            luminosity. They'll be deployed in
            two locations--including a

            Tongue stimulator can boost ailing
   news service June 4, 2008
            TIMC lab (Grenoble, France)
            researchers have built a device that
            relays body movements to an array of
            electrodes on the tongue to help
            people with balance or other
            body-movement problems. The "sensory
            substitution" allows people to sense
            changes in their posture (or too
            much pressure on a part of their
            body) they can't otherwise feel, so

            The Skinny on Fat: You're Not
            Always What You Eat
   June 4, 2008
            University of California, San
            Francisco researchers have found
            that the neurotransmitter serotonin
            controls feeding rate (how much to
            eat) and fat storage (what is done
            with calories in the body)
            independently. The research results,
            based on studies of the worm C.
            elegans, suggest that weight-loss
            drugs that increase serotonin levels
            could work...

            Intel unveils 'Atom' chip at Taiwan
            tech show
            AP June 3, 2008
            Intel Corp. on Tuesday unveiled a
            new processor it says will
            revolutionize the information
            technology industry by powering
            small laptops at low...

            Research study to measure how much
            information is in the World
   June 4, 2008
            Researchers at the University of
            California, San Diego, MIT and
            University of California, Berkeley
            have announced a new study to
            quantify the amounts and kinds of
            information being produced worldwide
            by businesses and consumers. UC San
            Diego news...

            Prototype of machine that copies
            itself goes on show
            Nanowerk News June 3, 2008
            RepRap, an open-source machine that
            "prints" three-dimensional objects,
            has succeeded in making a set of its
            own printed...

            Long-Promised, Voice Commands Are
            Finally Going Mainstream
            Wired News June 3, 2008
            Highly advanced speech
            technologies, including emotion and
            lie detection, are moving from the
            lab to the...

            GPS gadgets can reveal more than
            your location
            New Scientist Tech June 3, 2008
            Microsoft researchers have
            developed a way to automatically
            guess a person's mode of transport
            from their GPS trace...

            Resveratrol mimics caloric
            restriction and protects the heart
            in mice
   June 4, 2008
            University of Wisconsin-Madison
            researchers and their colleagues
            have found that a low dose of
            dietary resveratrol (found in red
            wine and certain foods) mimicked
            many of the anti-aging effects of
            caloric restriction (CR) in mice.
            The researchers focused on
            age-associated changes in gene
            expression for mice that had been
            given a control diet,...

            Clues to Controlling Seizures
            Technology Review June 4, 2008
            Pennsylvania State University
            researchers are building models that
            mimic the neural activity found in
            seizures and Parkinson's. The
            results will help in designing
            better electrical-stimulation
            therapies for the brain. As
            neurosurgical technologies improve
            and medical devices become smaller
            and more precise, interest in

            Paralysed man takes a walk in
            virtual world
   June 2, 2008
            A paralyzed man using only his
            brain waves has been able to
            manipulate an avatar on Second Life.
            In the experiment, he wore headgear
            with three electrodes monitoring
            brain waves related to his hands and
            legs. Even though he cannot move his
            legs, he imagined that his character
            was walking. He was then able to
            have a conversation with the...

            Microrobots dance on something
            smaller than a pin's head
   June 2, 2008
            Duke University scientists have
            developed the first implementation
            of an untethered, multi-microrobotic
            system. The microrobots are almost
            100 times smaller than any previous
            robotic designs of their kind,
            measuring about 60 microns wide, 250
            microns long and 10 microns high,
            and run off power scavenged from an
            electrified surface. Built...

            Scientists find new
   June 2, 2008
            Weizmann Institute physicists have
            demonstrated, for the first time,
            the existence of "quasiparticles"
            with one quarter the charge of an
            electron. This finding could be a
            first step toward creating exotic
            types of quantum computers that
            might be powerful, yet highly
            stable. Quarter-charge
            quasiparticles have been sought as
            the basis of the...

            The good news in our DNA: Defects
            you can fix with vitamins and
   June 2, 2008
            University of California, Berkeley,
            scientists have found an important
            reason (besides finding disease
            genes) to delve into your genetic
            heritage: to find the slight genetic
            flaws that can be fixed with
            remedies as simple as vitamin or
            mineral supplements. They found
            there are many genetic differences
            that make people's enzymes less

            Dark, Perhaps Forever
            New York Times June 3, 2008
            Although cosmologists have adopted
            a cute name, dark energy, for
            whatever is driving this apparently
            antigravitational behavior on the
            part of the universe, nobody claims
            to understand why it is happening,
            or its implications for the future
            of the universe and of the life
            within it, despite thousands of
            learned papers, scores of
            conferences and...

            The Future Is Now? Pretty Soon, at
            New York Times June 3, 2008
            Ray Kurzweil sees biology,
            medicine, energy and other fields
            being revolutionized by information
            technology. His graphs already show
            the beginning of exponential
            progress in nanotechnology, in the
            ease of gene sequencing, in the
            resolution of brain scans. With
            these new tools, he says, by the
            2020s we'll be adding computers to
            our brains and...

            New, flexible computers use
            displays with any shape
   June 2, 2008
            The "Organic User Interface" will
            allow next-generation computers to
            take on flexible forms we've never
            imagined--like pop cans with
            browsers displaying RSS feeds and
            movie trailers, respond to our
            direct touch, and even change their
            own shape to better accommodate
            data, by folding up like a piece of
            paper to be tucked into our pockets,

            Scientists build mind-reading
            Computerworld June 2, 2008
            Researchers at Carnegie Mellon
            University have developed a system
            that can forecast the activity
            patterns a brain will create for a
            specific word. Subjects were given
            58 concrete nouns and asked to think
            about the meaning and properties of
            the words. Brain scans taken when
            the users were thinking about the
            different words were then captured...

            At long last, real-time stock
            quotes are here
            Google Blog June 2, 2008
            Real-time quotes on NASDAQ
            securities are now available on
            Google Finance. This is an important
            (and way overdue) development for
            everyone who consumes financial

            What Dictionaries and Optical
            Illusions Say About Our Brains
   May 30, 2008
            Mark Changizi, assistant professor
            of cognitive science at Rensselaer
            Polytechnic Institute, has writtten
            papers that explain how our lexical
            systems evolved and another that
            suggests how the brain's visual
            system is adapted to anticipate the
            future a fraction of a second before
            we actually see it....

            Dean Kamen's Robot Arm Grabs More
            Wired Gadget Lab May 29, 2008
            Dean Kamen's mind-controlled
            prosthetic robot arm, dubbed "Luke,"
            is a sophisticated bit of
            engineering that's lightyears ahead
            of the clamping "claws" that many
            amputees are forced to use today.
            The arm is fully articulated, giving
            the user the same degrees of
            movement as a natural arm, and is
            sensitive enough to pick up a piece
            of paper,...

            Interview: Why our brains are so
            New Scientist news service May 30, 2008
            In his new book, Kluge: The
            haphazard construction of the human
            mind, Gary Marcus describes the
            brain as a clumsy collection of
            spare parts. Evolution tends not to
            optimise things; it simply tinkers
            with what's already there, he says.
            So it tends to make things better
            but there's no guarantee that it
            will make the best. "Survival of the...

            Molecular 'robots' explore cellular
            New Scientist Tech June 2, 2008
            Molecular sensors have been
            developed by Queen's University
            (Belfast) chemists to map the
            chemical environments (hydrogen ion
            concentration and charge polarity)
            of living cells and encode the
            measurements into light...

            How to harvest solar power? Beam it
            down from space!
   Technology June 1, 2008
            Skyrocketing oil prices, a
            heightened awareness of climate
            change, and worries about natural
            resource depletion have recently
            prompted a renewed interest in
            beaming extraterrestrial energy back
            to Earth. A 2007 report released by
            the Pentagon's National Security
            Space Office encouraged the U.S.
            government to spearhead the
            development of...

            The Singularity: A Special Report
            IEEE Spectrum June 2008
            In a special issue, IEEE Spectrum
            examines the Singularity--addressing
            such issues as how to prepare for
            it, what the signs are, if machines
            can be conscious, escaping death by
            uploading your mind, reverse
            engineering the brain, and how
            machines could put us out of work....

            Two Paths to the Singularity
            IEEE Spectrum June 2008
            Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT's
            Center for Bits and Atoms, sees a
            future in which physical reality is
            infused with embedded, distributed,
            self-organizing computation
            everywhere, while Ray Kurzweil sees
            a future with increasingly
            realistic, full-immersion
            virtual-reality computers. But
            Gersenfeld and Kurzweil agree that
            these worlds will...

            Drugs to Grow Your Brain
            Technology Review June 2, 2008
            Researchers at BrainCells Inc. have
            developed drugs that encourage the
            growth of new neurons (neurogenesis)
            in the brain. Hippocampus section:
            Mature neurons are green, newborn
            neurons are orange, and neural stem
            cells are red (BrainCells Inc.) The
            drugs could also treat depression
            without the side effects and failure
            rate of existing...

            Immune cells 'vacuum up'
            Alzheimer's clumps
   news service May 30, 2008
            Yale University researchers have
            found that blocking a gene in mice
            allowed white blood cells to enter
            the brain (crossing the blood-brain
            barrier) and destroy the amyloid
            plaques that cause Alzheimer's....

            Telltale DNA sucked out of
            household dust (article preview)
            New Scientist June 1, 2008
            In a finding reminiscent of the
            movie Gattaca, Virginia Commonwealth
            University researchers have
            identified human DNA in dust. Though
            each sample contained just
            trillionths of a gram of DNA, it was
            enough for amplification and
            profiling via the DNA kits used in
            forensic labs. The amount of DNA in
            dust is tiny and from so many people

            Ray Kurzweil to appear on Glenn
            Beck show on CNN Headline News
   May 30, 2008
            Ray Kurzweil will appear on the
            Glenn Beck television show on CNN
            Headline News for a full hour on
            Friday May 30, 2008. The show airs
            nightly at 7, 9, and midnight ET....

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            ************************* A Display That Tracks Your Movements Technology Review June 20, 2008 ************************* Samsung and interactive advertising
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              A Display That Tracks Your
              Technology Review June 20, 2008
              Samsung and interactive advertising
              company Reactrix Systems plan to
              bring 57-inch interactive displays
              to Hilton hotel lobbies by the end
              of the year. These displays can
              "see" people in 3D standing up to 15
              feet away from the screen as they
              wave their hands to play games,
              navigate menus, use maps --and
              interact with...

              The Importance of Being Frightened
              ScienceNOW News June 16, 2008
              Emotional facial expressions confer
              a survival advantage, University of
              Toronto researchers have found,
              using vision and breathing tests.
              (J. Susskind and A.
              Anderson/University of Toronto) A
              fearful visage improves peripheral
              vision, speeds up eye movement, and
              boosts air flow, potentially
              allowing a person to more quickly
              sense and...

              Cancer patient cured with his own
              immune system
     news service June 19, 2008
              Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson
              Cancer Research Center have
              developed a new cancer immune
              therapy by using large numbers of a
              patient's own T-cells (a special
              type called helper CD4 cells) to
              fight tumors. The researchers
              collected some of these cells from
              the patient, cultured them, and
              injected five billion of them back
              into the patient....

              BroadStar Achieves Breakthrough In
              Low-Cost Energy Production With New
              Generation Wind Turbine
              Energy Daily June 9, 2008
              BroadStar Wind Systems' new AeroCam
              wind turbine is the first to break
              through the $1/watt cost barrier,
              the company claims. Designed with a
              low profile on a horizontal axis
              with multiple blades, it
              automatically and interactively
              adjust the pitch or angle of attack
              of the aerodynamic blades as the
              turbine rotates, thereby optimizing

              'Flying Humvee' robot ships
              supplies to military troops
              Australian PC World June 18, 2008
              Frontline Aerospace has built a
              prototype of a driverless aircraft
              designed to shuttle hundreds of
              pounds of supplies to soldiers in
              war zones. The robotic "flying
              Humvee" vehicle can fly 600 to 1,000
              miles, carrying a full cargo of 400...

              Remote Control for Pill Cameras
              Technology Review June 19, 2008
              Researchers at the Fraunhofer
              Institute for Biomedical Engineering
              have developed a magnetic device
              that can guide a camera inside the
              body to conduct internal
              examinations of the stomach and
              esophagus. These procedures are
              currently done with an endoscope and
              are often uncomfortable, requiring
              local anesthetic and several hours
              of recovery...

              Micromagnet 'RFID tags' enhance MRI
     June 19, 2008
              Researchers at the National
              Institute of Standards and
              Technology and National Institutes
              of Health have shown that injectable
              microscopic magnets could act as
              "RFID tags" for magnetic resonance
              imaging (MRI), enhancing
              sensitivity, the amount of
              information provided by images, and
              imaging speed, while reducing the
              amount of toxic contrast agent...

              IP traffic to 'double' every two
              iTnews June 18, 2008
              Web traffic volumes will almost
              double every two years from 2007 to
              2012, driven by video and web 2.0
              applications, according to a report
              from Cisco Systems, and will reach
              552 exabytes (billion gigabytes) by
              2012. Soon after 2012, we will have
              to adopt zettabytes (trillion
              gigabytes) to express traffic
              volumes. Cisco's Visual Networking...

              Electric Muscle Stimulation Allows
              Breathing Without a Ventilator
              MedGadget June 18, 2008
              Researchers at Synapse Biomedical
              have developed an implanted
              "Diaphragm Pacing Stimulation"
              system that can replace mechanical
              ventilation for patients with spinal
              cord injuries. The device uses
              electrodes attached directly to the
              diaphragm to stimulate its movement,
              letting patients breathe normally.
              Patients using mechanical

              AMD Goes Hollywood With New
              Graphics Chips
              PC World June 16, 2008
              Advanced Micro Devices has released
              new graphics chips and graphics
              cards that allow moviemakers and
              game developers to render
              three-dimensional images in real
              time. The new hardware will be an
              integral part of "Cinema 2.0," a
              concept introduced by AMD that will
              combine hardware and software tools
              to bring a higher level of realism

              iRobot to develop 'ChemBot' for
              CNET News June 18, 2008
              iRobot has been awarded a
              multimillion-dollar R&D contract by
              the Defense Advanced Research
              Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S.
              Army Research Office for a new type
              of soft, flexible "ChemBot" robot
              for the military. The Chembot will
              be a soft, flexible, mobile robot
              that is "soft enough to squeeze or
              traverse through small openings, yet

              New Top 500 supercomputers list:
              Blue Gene/L no longer fastest
     June 18, 2008
              The 31st edition of the TOP500
              Supercomputer Sites list was
              released today. The IBM-built Los
              Alamos National Laboratory's
              "Roadrunner" tops the list with a
              performance of more than one
              petaflop/s (1 quadrillion
              calculations per second), the first
              supercomputer to reach this
              milestone. It is more than twice
              fast as Blue Gene/L, the previous...

              AMD Stream Processor First to Break
              1 Teraflop Barrier
     June 16, 2008
              The AMD FireStream 9250 breaks the
              one teraflop barrier for
              single-precision processing
              performance on a PC card. It
              occupies a single PCI slot, with
              consumption of less than 150 watts
              and up to eight gigaflops per watt....

              Magnetic Genes
              Technology Review June 18, 2008
              Emory University researchers have
              used a bacterial gene to genetically
              engineer mammalian cells into
              producing magnetic nanoparticles,
              making the cells easier to track in
              MRI scans. Mouse brain with
              magnetically active cells (John
              Wiley & Sons) See Also Nanomagnetic
              particles enhance MRI imaging...

              Virtual colonic irrigation gives
              clear view of cancers
     news service June 17, 2008
              State University of New York at
              Stony Brook researchers have
              developed software for virtual
              colonoscopy (using CT scans) that
              detects smaller polyps and requires
              less preparation than current
              virtual colonoscopy methods. The
              software can differentiate between
              different body tissues (and
              non-tissues), allowing the scan to
              only show colon...

              Viral DNA imaged inside shell
     June 18, 2008
              UC San Diego researchers and
              colleagues used electron microscopy
              and 3D computer reconstruction to
              find and image the structure of an
              asymmetrical virus at 8 Angstroms
              (.8 nanometer) resolution. Tightly
              wound viral DNA in a bacteriophage
              (UCSD) Previously, only symmetrical
              spherical viruses had been imaged
              with this resolution. The image...

              Grape seed extract may help treat
              Alzheimer's disease
     June 18, 2008
              Mount Sinai School of Medicine
              researchers have found that an
              extract from grape seeds reduces the
              plaque formation and cognitive
              decline of Alzheimer's disease in an
              animal model. The major components
              of the polyphenolic extract
              (polyphenols are antioxidants) are
              catechin and epicatechin, which are
              also found in tea and cocoa. Society

              Genetic-testing start-ups asked to
              stop selling in Calif.
              CNET News.Com June 17, 2008
              Genetic-testing start-up 23andMe
              and a dozen of its California-based
              peers were ordered by state health
              officials last week to stop selling
              DNA tests to consumers until their
              operations could be investigated for
              compliance with state...

              Acoustic Cloak Designed
              Technology Review June 17, 2008
              Engineers at Polytechnic University
              of Valencia have designed a
              metamaterial that redirects sounds
              and could be used in buildings to
              shield them from noises. The
              sound-shielding material comprises
              arrays of sonic crystals, which, if
              made, would be the first acoustic
              cloaking device. It could also be
              useful in hiding military ships and

              The Web Time Forgot
              New York Times June 17, 2008
              In 1934, Belgium visionary Paul
              Otlet sketched out plans for the the
              Mundaneum -- a global network of
              computers (or "electric telescopes")
              that would allow people to search
              and browse through millions of
              interlinked documents, images, audio
              and video files. (Mundaneum) He
              described how people would use the
              devices to send messages to one...

              World's Largest Quantum Bell Test
              Spans Three Swiss Towns
     June 16, 2008
              In an attempt to test quantum
              nonlocality -- the "spooky
              interaction at a distance" that
              occurs between two entangled
              particles, physicists from the
              University of Geneva have sent two
              entangled photons traveling to
              different towns located 18 km apart
              --the longest distance for this type
              of quantum measurement. (D. Salart,
              et al.) By...

              Researchers develop ultra low-cost
              plastic memory
              Nanowerk News June 16, 2008
              Researchers at the University of
              Groningen have developed a
              technology for a plastic
              ferroelectric diode that could
              achieve a breakthrough in the
              development of ultra-low-cost
              plastic memory material. The
              technology is similar to that used
              in Flash memory chips. The memory
              diode can be programmed quickly,
              retains data for a long time, and...

              Change Lifestyle, Change Genes
              WebMD June 17, 2008
              In a study of low-risk prostate
              cancer patients on the Ornish diet
              and exercise regimen, genetic
              analysis revealed profound
              differences in noncancerous prostate
              tissues in just three months,
              according to Dean Ornish, a clinical
              professor of medicine at UCSF, and
              colleagues. More than 500 genes
              changed the way they worked. Genes
              with beneficial...

              Intel spins off solar cell maker
              CNET News.Com June 16, 2008
              Intel made a big leap into the
              burgeoning clean-tech sector on
              Monday by creating SpectraWatt, a
              spinoff company that will
              manufacture solar cells. The
              company's first plant in Oregon will
              produce 60 megawatts worth of cells.
              The Intel-SpectraWatt deal
              highlights the deepening cross-over
              between IT companies and the

              Adult stem cells help heal broken
     June 17, 2008
              University of North Carolina at
              Chapel Hill researchers have shown
              that transplanting adult stem cells
              to broken bones can help to heal
              fractures in mice. The researchers
              took adult stem cells from the bone
              marrow of mice that had fractured
              tibia (the long bone of the leg).
              The cells were engineered to make
              insulin-like growth factor 1...

              Antibody-coated carbon nanotubes
              fight cancer
     June 17, 2008
              Researchers from the University of
              Texas Southwestern Medical Center
              and University of Texas, Dallas have
              developed a new way to kill cancer
              cells by coating cancer-seeking
              antibodies onto carbon nanotubes.
              The researchers attached monoclonal
              antibodies that target specific
              sites on lymphoma cells (a type of
              cancer) to carbon nanotubes. When...

              Computer predicts anti-cancer
     June 17, 2008
              Georgia Institute of Technology
              researchers have developed a fully
              automated computational metabolomics
              method (a computer-based method of
              analyzing metabolites, or small
              molecules made by cellular activity)
              to predict the anti-tumor activity
              of these molecules. Metabolites can
              affect the expression of genes. The
              researchers' method compares...

              Making Old Muscle Young
              Technology Review June 16, 2008
              Researchers at University of
              California, Berkeley have
              manipulated stem cells in older
              muscle tissue to produce new muscle
              fibers at levels comparable to young
              stem cells. Old muscle tissue
              produces elevated levels of the
              molecule TGF-beta, which is known to
              inhibit muscle growth. The
              researchers used RNA interference,
              which can silence...

              Honda rolls out fuel cell car
              CNN Money June 16, 2008
              Honda's new zero-emission hydrogen
              fuel cell car rolled off a Japanese
              production line Monday. The FCX
              Clarity, which runs on hydrogen and
              electricity, emits only water and
              none of the gases believed to induce
              global warming. It is also two times
              more energy efficient than a
              gas-electric hybrid and three times
              that of a standard...

              CamSpace Creates a Wii For Everyone
              (Minus the Nintendo Console)
              TechCrunch June 11, 2008
              CamTrax's CamSpace software
              converts nearly any object into an
              input device, using an ordinary PC
              webcam to track up to four
              objects--as small as 5mm--in
              real-time and with high accuracy and...

              Surgeons may get Minority
              Report-style display
              NewScientist news service June 16, 2008
              Ben Gurion University engineers
              have developed a sterile browsing
              system for doctors, using a screen
              and gesture-recognition system that
              allows surgeons to flip back and
              forth through radiology images, such
              as MRI and CT scans, by simply
              groping in...

              Genetic building blocks may have
              formed in space
              NewScientist news service June 13, 2008
              Ring-like carbon molecules that are
              essential for the creation of
              nucleic acids like DNA and RNA might
              have formed in a meteorite called
              Murchison before it landed in
              Australia in 1969, according to Zita
              Martins, a chemist at Imperial
              College London. The Murchison
              meteorite (Chip Clark/Smithsonian
              Institution) The ratio of carbon-13

              Researchers create molecule that
              nudges nerve stem cells to mature
     June 15, 2008
              Researchers at UT Southwestern
              Medical Center have created a small
              molecule, "Isx-9," that stimulates
              nerve stem cells to begin maturing
              into nerve cells in culture. The
              finding might someday allow a
              person's own nerve stem cells to be
              grown outside the body, stimulated
              into maturity, and then re-implanted
              as working nerve cells to treat...

              Roadrunner supercomputer puts
              research at a new scale
     June 12, 2008
              Los Alamos National Laboratory
              researchers are using the lab's new
              Roadrunner petaflop supercomputer to
              model the human visual system, as a
              test. The "PetaVision" simulaton
              models more than a billion visual
              neurons, reaching a new computing
              performance record of 1.144
              petaflop/s. Based on the results of
              these trials, Los Alamos researchers...

              How to build a quantum eavesdropper
              the physics arXiv blog June 13, 2008
              Researchers at the University of
              Tskuba in Japan have designed a
              quantum eavesdropper that can
              extract information from a quantum
              message without the sender or
              receiver knowing. It exploits a
              loophole: the ability to make
              imperfect copies of quantum states
              without destroying the...

              Microchip sets low-power record
              with extreme sleep mode
     June 13, 2008
              The Phoenix Processor microchip,
              developed at the University of
              Michigan, uses 30,000 times less
              power in sleep mode--30
              picowatts--and 10 times less in
              active mode than comparable chips
              now on the market. It would allow
              for a sensing system, including the
              battery, to be 1,000 times smaller
              than the smallest known sensing
              system today. A...

              Nuclear Ring Reportedly Had
              Advanced Design
              New York Times Jan. 15, 2008
              Investigators have found electronic
              blueprints for an advanced nuclear
              weapon on computers in several
              cities around the world. It belonged
              to the nuclear smuggling network run
              by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the rogue
              Pakistani nuclear...

              'Microscope on a chip' to give four
              times the detail
              NewScientist news service June 13, 2008
              A new scanning electron microscope
              (SEM) design by physicist Derek
              Eastham could achieve a resolution
              around four times better than
              existing SEMs--as low as 0.01
              nanometers (roughly the distance
              between a hydrogen nucleus and its
              electron). It also produces a beam
              with about 100 times less energy
              than usual in an SEM, lowering the
              cost and...

              Plastics unite to make unexpected
     news service June 15, 2008
              Attaching a micrometer-thick
              crystal of the organic polymer TTF
              to a similarly thin organic crystal
              of the polymer TCNQ results in a
              2-nanometer-thick strip along the
              interface between the two crystals
              that conducts electricity as well as
              a metal, Delft University of
              Technology researchers have found.
              The discovery could lead to new ways

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              ************************* Cheats of Strength: 10 Next-Gen Olympic Doping Methods Wired Aug. 14, 2008 ************************* The future of doping could
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                Cheats of Strength: 10 Next-Gen
                Olympic Doping Methods
                Wired Aug. 14, 2008
                The future of doping could include
                manipulating genes to block
                naturally occurring muscle-growth
                inhibitors, pills to stimulate red
                blood cell production, vascular
                endothelial growth factor to grow
                new blood vessels, and injecting the
                beta-endorphin gene into spinal
                fluid to release painkilling...

                Digitizing Old Text and Fighting
                Spam, Too
                ScienceNOW Daily News Aug. 12, 2008
                Carnegie Mellon University
                scientists have developed a program
                called reCAPTCHA that collects words
                flagged as unreadable by optical
                scanners as they digitize texts,
                sending those words (in the form of
                OCR scans) to cooperating Web sites
                and used in place of random
                CAPTCHAs. The reCAPTCHA system now
                automatically collects about 4

                Hollywood Hair is Captured at Last
       Aug. 13, 2008
                UC San Diego, Adobe, and MIT
                researchers have developed a new
                method for accurately capturing the
                shape and appearance of a person's
                hairstyle for use in animated films
                and video games. The left two images
                demonstrate different aspects of a
                real hairstyle that the computer
                scientists captured. The third image
                from left is the reference...

                Self-assembling polymer arrays
                improve data storage potential
       Aug. 14, 2008
                University of Wisconsin-Madison and
                Hitachi have achieved higher
                data-storage density by using
                self-assembling block copolymers to
                shrink the size of the pattern
                manufacturing templates used in disk
                drives and other data-storage
                devices, paving the way to smaller
                electronic devices and
                higher-capacity hard drives. When
                added to a...

                Making a Solar Cell Component
                without Using Fossil Fuels
       Aug. 13, 2008
                BioSolar is creating new plastic
                backing for photovoltaic cells out
                of renewable cotton and castor beans
                rather than petroleum products,
                while costing 25 percent less than
                conventional backsheets, the company...

                Turning Waste Material into Ethanol
       Aug. 15, 2008
                Researchers at the U.S. Department
                of Energy's Ames Laboratory and Iowa
                State University are combining
                gasification with high-tech
                nanoscale porous catalysts to create
                ethanol from a wide range of
                biomass, including distiller's grain
                left over from ethanol production,
                corn stover from the field, grass,
                wood pulp, animal waste, and...

                Virtual hand gets under the skin
                New Scientist Tech Aug. 14, 2008
                Amazingly realistic new animations
                of the human hand are detailed
                enough to shed light on the mystery
                of how the tendons and muscles of
                the human hand interact when we
                move, and should help surgeons
                reconstruct damaged hands more
                effectively. University of British
                Columbia animators used anatomical
                data from medical images to create a

                Two Large Solar Plants Planned in
                New York Times August 14, 2008
                Two photovoltaic power plants will
                be built in California with 800
                megawatts peak generating capacity
                -- roughly equal to the size of a
                large coal-burning power plant or a
                small nuclear plant, and more than
                12 times as much electricity as the
                largest such plant today, showing
                that that solar energy is starting
                to achieve significant scale. In...

                Cheap, clean drinking water
                purified through nanotechnology
                Nanowerk News Aug. 13, 2008
                Scientists at the University of
                South Australia have discovered a
                simple way to remove bacteria and
                other contaminants from water using
                tiny particles of pure silica coated
                with a nanometer-thin layer of
                active material based on a...

                New nanoparticle film up to 1000
                times more effective at killing E.
                coli bacteria
                Nanowerk News Aug. 14, 2008
                Chemical engineers at the Swiss
                Federal Institute of Technology have
                created a plastic film coated with a
                mix of silver and calcium phosphate
                nanoparticles that's up to 1000
                times more effective at killing E.
                coli bacteria cells than
                conventional methods....

                Networks of the Future: Extending
                Our Senses into the Physical World
       Aug. 13, 2008
                Los Alamos National Laboratory
                computer scientist Sami Ayyorgun has
                developed a new communication scheme
                for wireless sensor networks with
                improved connectivity, energy,
                delay, throughput, system longevity,
                coverage, and security. Wireless
                sensor networks depend on small,
                independently powered multihop
                sensor "motes" to communicate....

                Scientists to study synthetic
       Aug. 13, 2008
                A team of UC Irvine scientists has
                been awarded a $4 million grant from
                the U.S. Army Research Office to
                study the neuroscientific and
                signal-processing foundations of
                "synthetic telepathy." The
                brain-computer interface would use a
                noninvasive brain imaging technology
                like electroencephalography to let
                people communicate thoughts to each

                Cooking and Cognition: How Humans
                Got So Smart
                Live Science Aug. 11, 2008
                A spurt in human intelligence about
                150,000 years ago was caused by
                eating (mostly) cooked meals, which
                would have lessened the energy needs
                of our digestion systems, thereby
                freeing up calories for our brains,
                says researcher Philipp Khaitovich
                of the Partner Institute for
                Computational Biology in Shanghai.
                But some of our most common mental...

                'Slow' light to speed up the net
                BBC News Aug. 13, 2008
                A huge increase in the speed of the
                Internet could be produced by using
                metamaterials to replace the bulky
                and slow electronics that do the
                routing of information carried on
                fiber cables, say researchers at
                University of California, Berkeley
                and the University of Oxford.
                Metamaterials could be used to
                temporarily store light signals,

                More-Efficient Solar Cells
                Technology Review Aug. 14, 2008
                Day4 Energy has found a way to cut
                the cost of solar power by 25
                percent, using a new electrode that,
                together with a redesigned
                solar-cell structure, allows solar
                panels to absorb more light and
                operate at a higher voltage. The
                company estimates the cost per watt
                of solar power would be about $3,
                compared with $4 for conventional
                solar cells....

                Spin flip trick points to fastest
                RAM yet
                New Scientist Tech Aug. 13, 2008
                Researchers in Germany have built a
                Magnetoresistive random access
                memory (MRAM) system that is 10
                times faster than existing MRAM
                systems. MRAM is a faster and more
                energy efficient version of the RAM
                used in computers today, and
                hardware companies think it will in
                a few years dominate the...

                Quantum strangeness breaks the
                light barrier
                New Scientist Aug. 13, 2008
                University of Geneva scientists
                sent pairs of entangled photons to
                labs 18 kilometers apart, showing
                that if superluminal signals are
                responsible for entanglement, they
                must travel at more than 10,000
                times the speed of...

                Rise of the rat-brained robots
                New Scientist Tech Aug. 13, 2008
                Researchers at the University of
                Reading, Georgia Tech, and elsewhere
                are experimenting with "animats"
                created by culturing rat neurons in
                a vat and plugging them into
                simulations and robots. By
                stimulating the neurons with signals
                from sensors on the robot and using
                the neurons' response to get the
                robots to respond, they hope to gain

                Let the Games Be Doped
                New York Times Aug. 11, 2008
                The "natural" myth is still alive
                in Beijing, but it's becoming so
                far-fetched -- and potentially
                dangerous -- that some scientists
                and ethicists would like to abandon
                it, arguing that legalizing doping
                would encourage more sensible,
                informed use of drugs in amateur
                sport and lead to an overall decline
                in the rate of health problems

                US boasts of laser weapon's
                'plausible deniability'
                New Scientist Tech Aug. 12, 2008
                The US Air Force Research
                Laboratory's Advanced Tactical Laser
                (ATL) weapon, dubbed the "long-range
                blowtorch," can deliver the heat of
                a blowtorch with a range of up to 20
                kilometers, so the aircraft carrying
                it might not be seen, especially at
                night. The 5.5-ton ATL combines
                chlorine and hydrogen peroxide
                molecules to release energy, which...

                First All-Nanowire Sensor
                Technology Review Aug. 13, 2008
                Researchers at the University of
                California, Berkeley, have created
                the first integrated circuit that
                uses nanowires as both sensors and
                electronic components. With a simple
                printing technique, the group was
                able to fabricate large arrays of
                uniform circuits, which could serve
                as image sensors. The printing
                method could also allow nanowires...

                2028 vision for mechanical
                engineering: bio- and nanotechnology
                will dominate
                Nanowerk News Aug. 12, 2008
                Nanotechnology and biotechnology
                will dominate technological
                development in the next 20 years and
                will be incorporated into all
                aspects of technology that affect
                lives on a daily basis, says an
                American Society of Mechanical
                Engineers report, "2028 Vision for
                Mechanical Engineering."...

                Carbon nanotube rubber could
                provide e-skin for robots
                Nanowerk News Aug. 12, 2008
                University of Tokyo researchers
                have developed a stretchable
                conductive material that combines
                the properties of metal and rubber.
                The material is made by grinding
                carbon nanotubes with an ionic
                liquid and adding it to rubber. It
                could be made into large rollable
                sheets and mounted on curved
                surfaces. Possible uses include

                Stem Cell Lines Mark Birth of New
                ScienceNOW Daily News Aug. 7, 2008
                Researchers at Harvard used cells
                from adults with genetic diseases to
                make nine stem cell lines (induced
                pluripotent stem, or iPS cells)
                capable of being turned into any
                type of cell or tissue) that have
                the genes for those diseases. These
                disease-specific cell lines
                (including Down syndrome, Type 1
                diabetes, and Parkinson's disease)
                provide a...

                Insufficient vitamin D linked to
                chronic pain, increased risk of
       Aug. 13, 2008
                Low levels of vitamin D have been
                linked to chronic pain in women, and
                increased risk of death for all
                people. Researchers at Johns Hopkins
                analyzed a diverse sample of 13,000
                people and found a 26% increased
                risk of death for participants in
                the lowest quartile of vitamin D
                levels. This is consistent with
                other studies that have linked low...

                Running 'can slow aging process'
                BBC News Aug. 11, 2008
                Stanford University Medical Center
                researchers have found that running
                on a regular basis can slow the
                effects of aging for elderly
                joggers. The runners were half as
                likely to die prematurely from
                conditions like cancer than
                non-runners, and enjoyed a healthier
                life with fewer disabilities and
                delayed onset of disability. The

                Bringing Invisibility Cloaks Closer
                Technology Review Aug.12, 2008
                Science and Nature posted papers on
                the new UC Berkeley metamaterials on
                Monday, revealing details of the
                research. However, it will require
                significant engineering developments
                before the new materials can be used
                for practical cloaking. A new
                fishnet metamaterial that can bend
                near-infrared light (Jason Valentine
                et al.) Meanwhile,...

                RNAi Drug for Cholesterol
                Technology Review Aug.12, 2008
                Scientists at Alnylam
                Pharmaceuticals have found that a
                single dose of a new drug using RNAi
                lowers cholesterol up to 60 percent
                in rodents and monkeys. The drug
                might one day provide another option
                for patients who are resistant to
                existing cholesterol-lowering drugs
                due to genetic factors, or it might
                also be used in combination with...

                Canon Fuel Cell DSLR Update
                Photography Bay Aug.10, 2008
                Canon has filed a patent
                application claiming a method for
                powering a digital SLR camera and
                external components, such as lenses
                and hotshoe...

                How to turn gas guzzlers into green
                New Scientist Environment Aug.11, 2008
                US citizens could save up to half
                of 140 billion gallons of gasoline
                they use each year, by driving
                around in lightweight hybrid
                vehicles, say MIT scientists. Hybrid
                electric and plug-in hybrid electric
                cars (with batteries that can be
                topped up from the grid) offer the
                greatest potential to replace
                gasoline in the next 15 to 30 years,

                Lab-grown tendons gradually fade to
                New Scientist Tech Aug. 11, 2009
                Georgia Institute of Technology
                bioengineers have demonstrated a way
                to grow tendons that gradually
                "fade" to bone at one end,
                strengthening the ends of the
                attachment The technique uses a gene
                that triggers the fibroblast cells
                that make up tendons to start
                forming bone. It should lead to more
                lifelike artificially-grown tendons,
                and better...

                Handle With Care
                New York Times Aug. 11, 2009
                A growing number of experts say it
                is time for a broad discussion of
                environmental effects of emerging
                geoengineering projects. Examples of
                such projects include "fertilizing"
                parts of the ocean with iron, in
                hopes of encouraging
                carbon-absorbing blooms of plankton;
                and injecting chemicals into the
                atmosphere, launching sun-reflecting

                A Plastic That Chills
                Technology Review Aug.11, 2008
                Thin films of a new polymer
                developed at Penn State change
                temperature in response to changing
                electric fields (the electrocaloric
                effect). This could lead to new
                technologies for cooling computer
                chips and environmentally friendly

                Robots learn to move themselves
                BBC News Aug. 6, 2008
                Researchers at the Max Planck
                Institute for Mathematics in the
                Sciences have demonstrated software
                for robots that allows them to
                "learn" to move through trial and
                error, using an artificial neural
                network. Simulated human learned to
                do back...

                Practical Cloaking Devices On The
       Aug. 10, 2008
                University of California, Berkeley
                scientists have created a
                multilayered, "fishnet" metamaterial
                that unambiguously exhibits negative
                refractive index, allowing for
                invisibility in three dimensions for
                the first time, Nature magazine
                plans to report this week....

                First Solar: Quest for the $1 Watt
                IEEE Spectrum August 2008
                First Solar's solar cells will
                likely meet typical grid-parity
                prices ($1/Watt) for the off-peak
                market in developed countries in
                just two to four years, analysts
                say. Its product has three massive
                cost benefits: its ­active
                element is just a hundredth the
                thickness of silicon; it is built on
                a glass substrate, which enables the...

                How recycling could keep your
                organs young
       news service Aug.10, 2008
                Researchers at Albert Einstein
                College of Medicine of Yeshiva
                University have prevented the livers
                of mice from aging by engineering
                mice in which the cellular cleaning
                machinery is stopped from breaking
                down, thus blocking buildup of
                damaged proteins. They developed
                mice with an extra copy of the gene
                that codes for a receptor protein

                Six-legged robot spider does the
                EE Times Aug. 7, 2008
                A six-legged autonomous robotic
                spider jointly developed by Nanyang
                Polytechnic of Singapore, Schmid
                Engineering AG and Analog Devices
                has been designed to support rescue
                operations. The robot's highly
                mobile walking scheme design
                consists of six independent legs
                that move the robot, even across
                rough terrain. Walking and rotating
                are among the...

                Researchers Halt Spread Of HIV With
                RNAi In Animal Model
                ScienceDaily Aug. 8, 2008
                Researchers at Harvard Medical
                School-affiliated Immune Disease
                Institute have used RNA interference
                (RNAi) to dramatically suppress HIV
                infection in an organism (in this
                study, mice). Using an attached
                antibody molecule. the scientists
                delivered short interfering RNAs
                (siRNAs) -- molecules that silence
                genes by disrupting the protein...

                A Bridge between Virtual Worlds
                Technology Review Aug.11, 2008
                The first steps in developing
                virtual-world interoperability are
                now being tested between Second Life
                and other independent virtual
                worlds, with the launch of Linden
                Lab's Open Grid Beta....

                Google Translate now sports iPhone
                Macworld Aug. 8, 2008
                Google has created an iPhone/iPod
                Touch-specific version of its Google
                Translate website, allowing for
                bi-directional translation between
                more than 20 different languages,
                among them Chinese, French, Swedish,
                and German....

                $3 million grant awarded to build
                'digital matter'
       Aug.10, 2008
                Research in diamond
                mechanosynthesis (DMS) -- building
                diamond nanostructures atom by atom
                using scanning probe microscopy --
                just received a major boost with a
                $3 million grant from the U.K.
                Engineering and Physical Sciences
                Research Council, awarded to
                Professor Philip Moriarty at the
                University of Nottingham for a
                "Digital Matter" project, the...

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                ************************* 3D Virtual Reality Environment Developed at UC San Diego Helps Scientists Innovate Sep. 18, 2008
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                  3D Virtual Reality Environment
                  Developed at UC San Diego Helps
                  Scientists Innovate
         Sep. 18, 2008
                  The virtual-reality StarCAVE at the
                  University of California, San Diego
                  allows groups of scientists to
                  explore worlds as small as
                  nanoparticles and as big as the
                  cosmos, permitting new insights that
                  could fuel discoveries in many
                  fields. Constructed by the
                  California Institute for
                  Telecommunications and Information
                  Technology (Calit2), the...

                  Science unveils hidden drivers of
                  stock bubbles and crashes
         Sep. 19, 2008
                  Primitive emotions, herd mentality
                  and raging hormones are among the
                  invisible motors that help inflate
                  an stock bubble and then prick it --
                  not rational decisions --
                  psychologists have found....

                  'Cognitive radios' to improve
                  wireless devices
                  iTnews Sep. 16, 2008
                  Researchers are developing
                  intelligent "cognitve radios" that
                  use software to sense their
                  surroundings and adjust their mode
                  of operation accordingly. They could
                  enable techniques such as dynamic
                  frequency sharing, in which radios
                  automatically locate unused
                  frequencies, or share channels based
                  on a priority system, or provide

                  The future of online video
                  The Official Google Blog Sep. 16, 2008
                  "Today, 13 hours of video are
                  uploaded to YouTube every minute,
                  and we believe the volume will
                  continue to grow exponentially,"
                  says Chad Hurley, CEO and
                  Co-Founder, YouTube. "In ten years,
                  we believe that online video
                  broadcasting will be the most
                  ubiquitous and accessible form of...

                  Intel pushes the limits of free
                  cooling to 90 degrees
                  InfoWorld Sep. 18, 2008
                  Intel has conducted an experiment
                  in New Mexico showing it's possible
                  to use outside air 91 percent of the
                  time to save $2.87 million on
                  cooling a 10MW...

                  The Holes in Our Genomes
                  Technology Review Sep. 19, 2008
                  New microarray tools should
                  generate a more complete picture of
                  the genetic root of common diseases
                  by screening for "copy number
                  variations" (deletions,
                  duplications, and rearrangements of
                  stretches of DNA ranging in size
                  from one thousand to one million

                  Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno Revolutions to
                  be Explored at Convergence08
         Sep. 18, 2008
                  The Convergence08 Unconference on
                  Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno (NBIC)
                  technologies and their interactions
                  will be held November 15-16, 2008,
                  at the Computer History Museum in
                  Mountain View, California, keynoted
                  by futurist Paul Saffo. It will
                  feature debates on controversial
                  NBIC topics including synthetic
                  biology, longevity, and AI. The

                  Nano Carrier Targets Cell Sites
                  Technology Review Sep. 18, 2008
                  A new targeted nano carrier that
                  selectively brings a cancer-killing
                  drug to the mitochondria of cells
                  has been developed by Midwestern
                  University College of Pharmacy and
                  Northeastern University researchers.
                  They enclosed the drug ceramide in a
                  sphere of lipids that were decorated
                  with a molecule known to accumulate
                  in the...

                  White roofs, streets could curb
                  global warming
         Sep. 17, 2008
                  If the 100 largest cities in the
                  world replaced their dark roofs with
                  white shingles and their
                  asphalt-based roads with concrete or
                  other light-colored material, it
                  could offset 44 metric gigatons
                  (billion tons) of greenhouse gases,
                  a study by Lawrence Berkeley
                  National Laboratory and UC Berkeley
                  shows. White surfaces would also
                  lower the cost...

                  Improving our ability to peek
                  inside molecules
         Sep. 16, 2008
                  Researchers at Lawrence Livermore
                  National Laboratory are helping to
                  develop a new X-ray technique that
                  will enable them to create detailed
                  high-resolution images or nanoscale...

                  Australian company launches 3D
                  Internet tool
         Sep. 18, 2008
                  ExitReality has developed an
                  application that allows users to
                  turn any regular website into a 3D
                  virtual environment, where an avatar
                  representing them can walk around
                  and meet other browsers viewing the
                  same website....

                  Computers figuring out what words
         Sep. 18, 2008
                  Cognition Technologies has
                  developed a semantic map intended to
                  teach computers the meanings behind
                  words and is licensing it to
                  software creators. The semantic map
                  is already used in LexisNexis
                  Concordance "e-discovery" software
                  to sift through documents amassed
                  during evidence phases of trials and
                  in a widely-used medical database....

                  New Carbon Material Shows Promise
                  Of Storing Large Quantities Of
                  Renewable Electrical Energy
                  Science News Sep. 17, 2008
                  University of Texas at Austin
                  researchers have developed
                  graphene-based ultracapacitor cells
                  that could double the capacity of
                  ultracapacitors, used to store
                  electrical charge....

                  Curing the Wounds of Iraq with
                  Virtual Therapy
                  Discover Sep. 17, 2008
                  Virtual Iraq uses a virtual world
                  to allow returning troops with
                  post-traumatic stress disorder to
                  vividly reexperience the episode in
                  a safe and controlled way to
                  desensitize individuals and help
                  them stay calm enough to reprocess
                  what happened and get beyond...

                  Google and General Electric Team Up
                  on Energy Initiatives
                  New York Times Sep. 17, 2008
                  Google and General Electric plan to
                  work together on technology and
                  policy initiatives to promote the
                  development of additional capacity
                  in the electricity grid and of
                  "smart grid" technologies to enable
                  plug-in hybrids and to manage energy
                  more efficiently. Their goal is to
                  make renewable energy more
                  accessible and...

                  Google Launches Audio Indexing
                  TechCrunch Sep. 17, 2008
                  Google has launched a beta audio
                  indexing service called GAudi that
                  will catalog all the words uttered
                  during an audio or video clip on
                  YouTube -- currently for political
                  sources only. Once collected, the
                  transcript will be added to a
                  searchable database that can be
                  accessed in much the same way you
                  search for text-based...

                  A Face-Finding Search Engine
                  Technology Review Sep. 17, 2008
                  Carnegie Mellon University
                  researchers are developing software
                  that could identify a person's face
                  in a low-resolution video and could
                  be used to identify criminals or
                  missing persons, or could be
                  integrated into next-generation
                  video search...

                  Detecting Pollution with Living
                  Technology Review Sep. 17, 2008
                  University of Lausanne scientists
                  have grown bacteria that are
                  genetically engineered to glow a
                  specific color in response to a
                  particular chemical to help
                  researchers spot contaminants more
                  quickly and cheaply than with
                  traditional tests. (Olivier Binggeli
                  and Robin Tecon, University of...

                  Cray and Microsoft launch $25,000
                  'deskside supercomputer'
         Sep. 17, 2008
                  Cray and Microsoft have launched
                  the Cray CX1, a 32 or 64 Intel core
                  "deskside supercomputer" that runs
                  on standard 110 volt office power
                  and starts at $25,000. It is the
                  first Cray supercomputer to use
                  Intel processors. It can also use
                  Nvidia's Tesla graphics processor
                  unit. See Also Cray Unveils Personal
                  Supercomputer Cray Inc. News...

                  Nanoflowers Improve Ultracapacitors
                  Technology Review Sep. 16, 2008
                  Researchers at the Research
                  Institute of Chemical Defense
                  (China) have developed a replacement
                  for activated-carbon electrodes used
                  in current ultracapacitors: a
                  nanotube-manganese-oxide composite
                  electrode that stores twice as much
                  charge and delivers five times as
                  much power. Nanoparticle and carbon
                  nanotubes (American Chemical...

                  Turning Bacteria into Plastic
                  Scientific American Sep. 16, 2008
                  As a replacement for
                  energy-intensive oil or natural gas,
                  scientists at Genomatica have
                  engineered E. coli bacteria to
                  produce butanediol (BDO), a chemical
                  widely used to make...

                  Warning sounded on web's future
                  BBC news Sep. 15, 2008
                  Sir Tim Berners-Lee's new World
                  Wide Web Foundation is looking for
                  ways to give websites a label for
                  trustworthiness once they had been
                  proved reliable sources and help
                  people separate rumor from real...

                  Intel launches six-core Dunnington
         Sep. 16, 2008
                  Intel launched its first six-core
                  processors, part of the new Xeon
                  7400 (code-named "Dunnington") 45nm
                  family of processors, which will
                  deliver 1.5 times the performance
                  per watt of the current 65nm Xeon
                  7300 series....

                  Current TV to broadcast 'tweets'
                  during debates
         Sep. 15, 2008
                  During the presidential debates,
                  Current TV will broadcast Twitter
                  messages from viewers, and in close
                  to real time, it will display
                  filtered comments on the screen and
                  Web site while Sen. John McCain and
                  Sen. Barack Obama face off....

                  India's Novel Use of Brain Scans in
                  Courts Is Debated
                  New York Times Sep. 14, 2008
                  India has become the first country
                  to convict someone of a crime
                  relying on evidence from a
                  controversial brain scanner that
                  produces images of the human mind in
                  action and is said to reveal signs
                  that a suspect remembers details of
                  the crime in question. With the
                  Brain Electrical Oscillations
                  Signature test, or BEOS, an
                  investigator reads...

                  Google search finds seafaring
                  Times Online Sep. 15, 2008
                  Google is considering deploying the
                  supercomputers necessary to operate
                  its Internet search engines on
                  barges anchored up to seven miles
                  offshore. The "water-based data
                  centers" would use wave energy to
                  power and cool their computers,
                  reducing Google's costs. Their
                  offshore status would also mean the
                  company would no longer have to pay

                  Program brings Web's collective
                  wisdom to patent process
         Technology Sep. 15, 2008
                  The experimental Peer-to-Patent
                  program is publishing patent
                  applications on the Web for all to
                  see and let anyone with relevant
                  expertise -- academics, colleagues,
                  even potential rivals -- offer input
                  to be passed along to the Patent
                  Office. The goal is to locate prior
                  art that Patent Office examiners
                  might not find on their own -- and

                  Digital Content Wherever You Want
                  BusinessWeek Sep. 15, 2008
                  The Digital Entertainment Content
                  Ecosystem (DECE) are planning to
                  develop a standard that will let
                  consumers buy movies and other
                  digital content once and play them
                  almost anywhere, on any type of
                  device, without the onerous
                  restrictions that have hobbled the
                  growth of digital downloads....

                  Sir Tim Berners-Lee Unveils
                  Foundation For Free, Open Web
                  InformationWeek Sep. 15, 2008
                  Tim Berners-Lee and the John S. and
                  James L. Knight Foundation have
                  unveiled the World Wide Web
                  Foundation. The organization's
                  mission is to advance a free and
                  open Web and extend the Web's
                  benefit to all people around the
                  world, especially to underserved
                  communities to share knowledge,
                  access services, do business,
                  participate in government,...

                  Large Hadron Collider's Hacker
                  Infiltration Highlights
                  Wired Science Sep. 14, 2008
                  The hacker infiltration of the
                  Large Hadron Collider's central
                  computer system on Wednesday has
                  raised security concerns. "The LHC
                  experiments have very complex
                  computer systems for data recording
                  and analysis and even more sensitive
                  systems for experiment control,
                  trigger and data acquisition," said
                  MIT physicist and Collider

                  Breakthrough in understanding of
                  speech offers hope to the deaf
         Sep. 14, 2008
                  The brain corrects our speech
                  through two simultaneous inputs --
                  through hearing the sound that we
                  make, and also through these subtler
                  feedback signals from
                  mechanoreceptors in in the skin and
                  muscles -- conceivably a basis for
                  speech therapy, McGill University
                  researchers have...

                  3M Launches first Pocket Projector
                  Popular Science Sep. 11, 2008
                  3M plans to launch its handheld
                  MPro110 mini projector on September
                  30 for $359, with VGA and composite
                  video inputs....

                  Capturing the Moment (and More) via
                  Cellphone Video
                  New York Times Sep. 13, 2008
                  Some early adopters are now using
                  their mobile phones for streaming
                  scenes from their daily lives or
                  events to blogs, social networking
                  sites like Facebook, or Web sites of
                  companies that provide the software
                  and services for streaming, like
                  Kyte ( or Qik

                  DNA firms step up security over
                  bioterrorism threat
                  New Scientist news service Sep. 14, 2008
                  To counter fears that terrorists
                  could order the genes needed to make
                  a deadly virus, Industry Association
                  of Synthetic Biology (IASB) members
                  will carry a seal of approval on
                  their websites confirming that they
                  screen their orders, putting
                  pressure on the minority of firms
                  that cut costs by not screening to...

                  Dark matter 'bridge to nowhere'
                  found in cosmic void
                  New Scientist Space Sep. 15, 2008
                  Tel Aviv University astronomers
                  have found 14 galaxies that seem to
                  be lined up along a bridge of dark
                  matter at least 1.5 million light
                  years long inside a region of nearly
                  empty space. The alignment seems to
                  suggest that the galaxies have come
                  into contact with new, star-forming
                  material, such as a swath of dark
                  matter -- its gravity could...

                  Did evolution come before life?
                  New Scientist news service Sep. 15, 2008
                  A rudimentary form of natural
                  selection likely existed in
                  prebiotic molecules even before life
                  arose on Earth, making the eventual
                  arrival of life much more probable,
                  according to models by mathematical
                  biologists at Harvard University
                  suggest. Selection actually precedes
                  the origin of life, and helps to
                  shape it, as the prebiotic soup...

                  IEEE readies launch of gigabit
                  Wi-Fi project
                  Network World Sep. 11, 2008
                  A 1Gbps wireless local area network
                  (WLAN) standard is being developed
                  by the IEEE Very High Throughput
                  (VHT) Study Group. VHT would use two
                  frequency bands: high-frequency
                  60GHz for relatively short ranges (a
                  few rooms) and under-6GHz for ranges
                  similar to that of today's WLANs in
                  the 5GHz band (about 70 meters
                  indoors), allowing "a corporate...

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                  ************************ Stem Cells without Side Effects Technology Review Sep. 25, 2008 ************************* Researchers at Harvard University, the
                  Messaggio 8 di 18 , 26 set 2008
                    Stem Cells without Side Effects
                    Technology Review Sep. 25, 2008
                    Researchers at Harvard University,
                    the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and
                    the MGH Center for Regenerative
                    Medicine have found a way to create
                    healthy stem cells from adult
                    cells--no embryo required--using an
                    adenovirus. The adenovirus can make
                    the transfer in mouse cells without
                    permanently integrating itself. The
                    resulting induced pluripotent...

                    Saudi Arabia unveils grand
                    supercomputer ambitions
                    PC World Sep. 24, 2008
                    Saudi Arabia plans to build a
                    petascale supercomputer system in
                    two years that could rank among the
                    10 most powerful systems in the
                    world, and beyond that, an exascale
                    system (1000 times as fast as
                    petascale). Code-named Shaheen
                    (Peregrine Falcon), it is being
                    built by IBM, based on the Blue
                    Gene/P System, and will intially run
                    at 222...

                    Imaging nanoscale objects at
                    nanosecond speeds
           Sep. 26, 2008
                    Lawrence Livermore National
                    Laboratory researchers have achieved
                    a milestone in materials science and
                    electron microscopy by imaging a
                    material at nanometer and nanosecond
                    scales, an unprecedented combination
                    of spatial and temporal resolution.
                    They used the Lab's new Dynamic
                    Transmission Electron Microscope
                    (DTEM) to image a multilayer foil...

                    HP Labs aims at exascale computing
                    EE Times Sep. 19, 2008
                    Hewlett-Packard Laboratories and
                    Georgia Institute of Technology are
                    planning to develop exascale data
                    centers with farms of
                    petaflop-caliber computers to
                    achieve 1,000-fold increases over
                    the world's fastest computers, using
                    virtualized multi-core processors
                    with special-purpose chips, like
                    graphics accelerators. Enhanced

                    Google offers $10M for ideas that
                    can 'change the world'
                    Computerworld Sep. 24, 2008
                    Google has unveiled a $10 million
                    effort to implement ideas that can
                    "change the world by helping as many
                    people as possible." As part of the
                    Project 10^100 (pronounced Project
                    10 to the 100th), Google plans to
                    ask its users to submit ideas until
                    Oct. 20 for ways to improve people's
                    lives. Google will choose what it
                    feels are the 100 best ideas...

                    Google's co-founder pushes
                    Washington to open up unused
                    broadcast spectrum
                    Mercury News Sep. 24, 2008
                    Larry Page, co-founder of Google,
                    lobbied the FCC and members of
                    Congress Wednesday to open up the
                    "great resource" of unused broadcast
                    spectrum for a new generation of
                    mobile and wireless devices by
                    unlicensed use of unused TV
                    spectrum, often called "white...

                    Review: Lifestreaming sites can
                    organize Web lives
                    AP Sep. 24, 2008
                    Lifestreaming sites like
                    FriendFeed,Profilactic, and Swurl
                    aggregate information on what you
                    and your friends are doing on social
                    media sites across the Internet....

                    Astrobiology Rap
                    Astrobiology Magazine European Edition Summer 2008
                    NASA's Astrobiology Magazine
                    European Edition has commissioned a
                    YouTube astrobiology rap video by
                    Jonathan Chase, aka "Oort Kuiper."...

                    Paper lab-on-a-chip makes disease
                    tests affordable
                    New Scientist Tech Sep. 23, 2008
                    Harvard researchers have developed
                    a device for testing water quality
                    and identifying pathogens that can
                    be made simply from paper, ink and
                    sunlight. It could help developing
                    countries access the latest lab
                    techniques inexpensively. The device
                    uses pores naturally present in
                    paper to carry liquids in a way
                    similar to standard microfluidic...

                    Longer-Lasting Artificial Eyes
                    Technology Review Sep. 25, 2008
                    Researchers with the Boston Retinal
                    Implant Project have developed a
                    retinal implant that can stay in the
                    eye for years without declining in
                    performance or causing inflammation.
                    The device sits mostly outside the
                    eye. A coil around the iris receives
                    wireless power and image data from a
                    microcontroller that can be carried
                    on a belt, and...

                    Faster, Cheaper DNA Sequencing
                    Technology Review Sep. 25, 2008
                    Oxford Nanopore Technologies has
                    developed a new fast, inexpensive
                    human-genome-sequencing system that
                    uses "nanopore sequencing" to
                    eliminate much of the time and
                    expense of sample preparation, and
                    eliminate the fluorescent molecules
                    typically used to label DNA bases.
                    The researchers are aiming for the
                    $1,000 genome by 2014. The hope is...

                    Scientists explore what happened
                    before the universe's theoretical
           Sep. 22, 2008
                    Some of the top minds in what
                    happened "pre-big bang" gathered at
                    Columbia University earlier this
                    month, proposing theories ranging
                    from "the big bounce," to "the
                    multiverse," "the cyclic theory,"
                    "parallel worlds," and even "soap
                    bubbles." Some propose the existence
                    of multiple universes. Others hold
                    that there's one universe that

                    Scientists develop new, more
                    sensitive nanotechnology test for
                    chemical DNA modifications
           Sep. 23, 2008
                    Johns Hopkins University School of
                    Medicine researchers have developed
                    a novel test to screen for chemical
                    modifications to DNA known as
                    methylation that could be used for
                    early cancer diagnoses and assessing
                    patients' response to cancer...

                    Dark chocolate: Half a bar per week
                    to keep at bay the risk of heart
           Sep. 23, 2008
                    A study by the Research
                    Laboratories of the Catholic
                    University in Campobasso, in
                    collaboration with the National
                    Cancer Institute of Milan found that
                    6.7 grams of (non-milk) chocolate
                    per day is the ideal amount for a
                    protective effect against
                    inflammation and subsequent

                    A look to the future
           Sep. 24, 2008
                    Regenstrief Institute investigators
                    have demonstrated how health
                    information exchange technologies
                    developed and tested regionally can
                    be used to securely share patient
                    information across the nation during
                    an emergency, using the Nationwide
                    Health Information Network...

                    A robot in every home?
           Sep. 23, 2008
                    Observers like Bill Gates believe
                    that by 2025 we could have robots in
                    every home. In labs across Europe,
                    researchers are creating designs
                    that could become the robo-butler of

                    'Pre-crime' detector shows promise
                    New Scientist Short Sharp Science Sep. 23, 2008
                    The US Department of Homeland
                    Security says its Future Attribute
                    Screening Technologies (FAST)
                    program -- designed to detect
                    "hostile thoughts" in people walking
                    through border posts, airports and
                    public places (similar to
                    "pre-crime" units that predict
                    criminal behavior in the movie
                    Minority Report) -- achieved 78%
                    accuracy on malintent...

                    Mysterious New 'Dark Flow'
                    Discovered in Space
           Sep. 23, 2008
                    Patches of matter in the universe
                    seem to be moving at early 2 million
                    mph and in a uniform direction that
                    can't be explained by any of the
                    known gravitational forces in the
                    observable universe. Astronomers are
                    calling the phenomenon "dark flow."
                    The stuff that's pulling this matter
                    must be giant, massive structures
                    outside the observable...

                    Water, water everywhere, and now
                    it's safe to drink
                    New Scientist Tech Sep. 23, 2008
                    A $30 test that takes just half an
                    hour has been developed at
                    Australia's Environmental
                    Biotechnology Cooperative Research...

                    Google Introduces an iPhone Rival
                    Open to Whims
                    New York Times Sep. 24, 2008
                    Google and T-Mobile unveiled their
                    answer to the iPhone on Tuesday,
                    pulling the wraps off a slick mobile
                    device that combines a touch screen
                    and a keyboard and is aimed at
                    putting the Internet in the pockets
                    of millions of cellphone...

                    A Portable DNA Detector
                    Technology Review Sep. 24, 2008
                    University of California, Berkeley
                    researchers have developed a
                    portable DNA analyzer that performs
                    real-time analysis of blood samples
                    left at the scene of a crime in six
                    hours or less, packing
                    microfluidics, electronics, optics,
                    and chemical detection technology
                    into a single briefcase-sized unit.
                    (University of California,...

                    A new twist on nanoparticle
                    The Scientist Sep. 23, 2008
                    Drug makers and regulators should
                    consider the effects of nanoparticle
                    size and surface when developing and
                    monitoring therapies using
                    nanoparticles, University College
                    Dublin research suggests. The
                    researchers found that the "corona"
                    (cloud of proteins and other
                    biomolecules that adheres to a
                    nanoparticle immersed in biological
                    media) changes...

                    New hope for tapping vast domestic
                    reserves of oil shale
           Sep. 22, 2008
                    Researchers in Canada and Turkey
                    have developed a new process --
                    adding inexpensive iron powder to
                    oil shale and heating with electric
                    heating coils -- for economically
                    tapping vast resources of crude oil
                    in the United States, Canada, and
                    other countries now locked away in

                    US Army Invests in 'Thought Helmet'
                    Technology for Voiceless
           Sep. 22, 2008
                    Future soldiers may communicate
                    silently with sophisticated "thought
                    helmets" that detect a person's
                    brain waves, decode then into words,
                    and transmit them as radio waves to
                    the headphones of other soldiers.
                    (Jeff Corwin Photography,...

                    Nanopencil Can Provide Terabit Data
                    Storage Density
           Sep. 22, 2008
                    Researchers from Intel Corporation
                    and Cal Tech have fabricated a
                    "nanopencil" with a nanoscale tip
                    that can be used as a scanning probe
                    in ultrahigh-density computer data
                    storage systems, achieving storage
                    density of 1 Tbits per square inch.
                    (Noureddine Tayebi, et...

                    Gene Therapy Restores Sight
                    Wired Science Sep. 22, 2008
                    With the help of gene therapy, two
                    people who once were blind now can
                    see, in an early-stage clinical
                    trial of gene therapy for Leber's
                    Congenital Amaurosis, a rare and
                    untreatable form of congenital

                    Japan hopes to turn sci-fi into
                    reality with elevator to the stars
                    Times Online Sep. 22, 2008
                    Japan is hosting an international
                    conference in November to draw up a
                    timetable for a space-elevator
                    machine to power carriages that
                    climb 22,000 miles into space on a
                    carbon nanotube fiber. Artist's
                    impression of the platform of the
                    proposed space elevator A space
                    elevator could carry people, huge
                    space-solar-power generators, or

                    The mobile Internet you'll be using
                    in 10 years
                    Computerworld Sep. 22, 2008
                    The U.S. military's next-generation
                    Advanced Extremely High Frequency
                    (EHF) communication satellite
                    network gives a glimpse of the sort
                    of data rates (~8 Mbps) and global
                    network you might be using on mobile
                    devices within the next decade. The
                    Transformational Satellite
                    Communications System (T-Sat) is
                    planned to replace Advanced EHF

                    Invention: Infrared lie detector
                    New Scientist Tech Sep. 22, 2008
                    Scott Bunce of Drexel University's
                    College of Medicine proposes to send
                    near-infrared light through the
                    skull into the brain and measure the
                    amount reflected back (depends on
                    levels of oxygen in the blood) to
                    determine brain activity (may be
                    related to lying), at higher
                    resolution than EEG and lower cost
                    than fMRI....

                    Efficient, Cheap Solar Cells
                    Technology Review Sep. 23, 2008
                    Suniva has developed 20 percent-
                    efficient solar cells using
                    lower-cost screen printing to add a
                    reflective layer, with a goal of 8
                    to 10 cents per kilowatt-hour -- the
                    average cost of electricity in the
                    United States and far less than
                    prices in many markets. (Suniva)...

                    Nanotubes on the Brain
                    Technology Review Sep. 23, 2008
                    University of Texas researchers are
                    coating brain-implant electrodes
                    with carbon nanotubes to make them
                    more conductive (less power needed,
                    so reduced battery drain for longer
                    life), reduce the size (fewer side
                    effects and tissue damage), and
                    reduce electrical noise (better
                    recording and feedback). Bare
                    electrode and nanotube-coated one...

                    Team finds genetic link between
                    immune and nerve systems
           Sep. 19, 2008
                    Duke University Medical Center
                    researchers have discovered genetic
                    links between the nervous system and
                    the immune system in a well-studied
                    worm, and the findings could
                    illuminate new approaches to human
                    therapies. They found that NPR-1, a
                    worm cell receptor linked to
                    proteins that are similar to
                    mammalian neuropeptide Y, functions
                    to suppress...

                    Researcher micro-sizes genetics
           Sep. 19, 2008
                    Using new "lab on a chip"
                    technology, University of Virginia
                    researchers hope to create a
                    hand-held device that may eventually
                    allow physicians, crime scene
                    investigators, pharmacists, even the
                    general public to quickly and
                    inexpensively conduct DNA tests from
                    almost anywhere, without need for a
                    complex and expensive central
                    laboratory. Such a...

                    Digital evolution: early fish had
                    primitive fingers, says study
           Sep. 22, 2008
                    Uppsala University scientists have
                    traced the origin of fingers and
                    toes to fish-like creatures that
                    roamed the seas 380 million years
                    ago -- not, as previously assumed,
                    from air-breathing animals that
                    crawled from sea to land some 10 to
                    20 million years later. They found
                    four rudimentary fingers already
                    present inside the fins of the...

                    New Route to Hydrocarbon Biofuels
                    Technology Review Sep. 22, 2008
                    University of Wisconsin-Madison
                    have developed a simple, two-step
                    chemical process to convert plant
                    sugars into hydrocarbon fuels, other
                    industrial chemicals, and...

                    Building a Self-Assembling
                    Technology Review Sep. 22, 2008
                    By using magnetic links between
                    capsules, a team of European
                    researchers hopes to build a
                    snake-like robot that can
                    self-assemble inside a patient's
                    stomach to perform different tasks:
                    imaging, power, taking samples,
                    etc., and link together, creating a
                    snake-like device that could slide
                    through the intestines, performing
                    more-complex tasks than...

                    How telcos and ISPs are prepping
                    for a pandemic
                    Network World Sep. 18, 2008
                    Telecom carriers and ISPs have
                    discussed what steps they've been
                    taking to prepare for the mass
                    outbreak of a disease such as
                    influenza. They are dealing with
                    significant numbers of people living
                    in shelters or staying at home to
                    work, and determining where public
                    safety needs the most help -- for
                    example, where key 911 facilities
                    and key...

                    More Ingredients For Life Found In
                    Outer Space
                    ESTIMATE OF THE SITUATION Sep. 20, 2008
                    A team of researchers led by
                    Spanish scientists has published
                    their discovery of the complex
                    molecule naphthalene in an
                    interstellar star-forming cloud,
                    indicating that many prebiotic
                    organic molecules necessary for life
                    as we know it could have been
                    present when our own solar system...

                    Powerful X-ray captures molecular
           news service Sep. 21, 2008
                    University of Copenhagen
                    researchers have developed a method
                    to freeze-frame proteins in their
                    natural, fast-moving state, using
                    100 picosecond X-ray pulses to
                    overcome the limits of static X-ray
                    crystallography. The team has
                    already found evidence of a
                    previously unknown hemoglobin
                    structure, which it adopts for only
                    a short time as the...

                    New industry alliance launched to
                    promote use of IP in networks of
                    smart objects
                    eChannel Line Sep. 18, 2008
                    A group of leading technology
                    vendors has formed the IP for Smart
                    Objects (IPSO) Alliance, whose goal
                    is to promote the use of the
                    Internet Protocol (IP) to connect
                    "smart objects" in the physical
                    world that transmit information
                    about their condition or
                    environment, ranging from automated
                    and energy-efficient homes and
                    office buildings, factory...

                    A Maybe Planet, Orbiting Its Maybe
                    New York Times Sep. 18, 2008
                    Astronomers from the University of
                    Toronto have published a picture of
                    what they say might be the first
                    image of a planet orbiting another
                    Sunlike star, about 30 billion miles
                    away from the star, inexplicably.

                    Technology Doesn't Dumb Us Down. It
                    Frees Our Minds.
                    New York Times Sep. 20, 2008
                    Over the course of human history,
                    writing, printing, computing and
                    Googling have only made it easier to
                    think and communicate, says Times
                    writer Damon Darlin, challenging an
                    article in The Atlantic magazine
                    called "Is Google Making Us...

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                    ************************* Experiments support alternative theory of information processing in the cortex Oct. 16, 2008 *************************
                    Messaggio 9 di 18 , 17 ott 2008
                      Experiments support alternative
                      theory of information processing in
                      the cortex
             Oct. 16, 2008
                      Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
                      neuroscientists have demonstrated
                      that "spike timing" in cortical
                      neurons can influence behavior even
                      at minuscule time intervals, more
                      precisely than previously imagined.
                      Experiments focusing on the auditory
                      cortex revealed that animals in the
                      midst of decision-making have the
                      ability to distinguish incoming...

                      Study finds value in 'junk' DNA
             Oct. 17, 2008
                      A University of Iowa study has
                      found evidence that a significant
                      number of exons (the building blocks
                      for protein-coding genes) created
                      from junk DNA seem to play a role in

                      Volcanic lightning may have sparked
                      life on Earth
                      NewScientist Environment Oct. 16, 2008
                      Scientists have detected additional
                      amino acids in the original samples
                      from the classic Miller-Urey
                      experiment: a mixture of gases and
                      water that Miller thought were
                      present on early Earth was heated
                      and zapped with electricity to mimic
                      lightning. This created five
                      identifiable amino acids. But one of
                      the two lesser-know experimental
                      setups --...

                      Scientist develops programme to
                      understand alien languages
                      Telegraph Oct. 15, 2008
                      John Elliott of Leeds Metropolitan
                      University has developed a program
                      to compare the syntax of an alien
                      language to 60 different languages
                      in the world. If aliens are much
                      smarter than us, there would a lot
                      of words packed into phrases (a
                      measure of ability to process
                      multiple ideas), he says, and the
                      program should also be able to break

                      Best Microscopic Images of 2008
                      National Geographic News Oct. 15, 2008
                      The 2008 Small World
                      Photomicrography Competition has
                      announced winners of a contest to
                      select the ten best microscopic
                      images. Second-place winner,
                      "Nanotube Factory," by Paul Marshall
                      of Canada's Institute for
                      Microstructural Sciences, shows
                      glowing-hot carbon nanotubes, heated
                      by lasers, electricity, or the Sun
                      (Paul Marshall/National...

                      Computing with RNA
                      Technology Review Oct. 17, 2008
                      California Institute of Technology
                      scientsits have created molecular
                      biocomputers that self-assemble
                      using strips of RNA within living
                      cells, opening up the possibility of
                      computing devices that can respond
                      to specific conditions within the
                      cell. For example, drug delivery
                      systems could target cancer cells
                      from within by sensing the genes

                      Self-Assembled Organic Circuits
                      Technology Review Oct. 17, 2008
                      Philips Research Laboratories
                      researchers have found a simple way
                      to make high-performance electronic
                      circuits from organic
                      semiconductors, bringing us one step
                      closer to low-cost, bendable plastic
                      electronics. (Philips Research
                      Laboratories) They developed
                      self-assembling semiconductor
                      molecules that automatically arrange
                      themselves on a...

                      h+ transhumanist magazine launched
             Oct. 16, 2008
                      Humanity Plus (formerly the World
                      Transhumanist Association) has
                      launched h+, a stylish, web-based
                      quarterly magazine that focuses on
                      transhumanism, covering the
                      scientific, technological, and
                      cultural developments that are
                      challenging and overcoming human
                      limitations. Edited by the legendary
                      RU Sirius, co-founder and editor of
                      the seminal...

                      Giant database plan 'Orwellian'
                      BBC News Oct. 15, 2008
                      The proposed Communications Data
                      Bill (2008) for a central U.K.
                      database of all mobile phone and
                      Internet traffic, stored for two
                      years, has been condemned as

                      Study finds contaminants in bottled
             Oct. 16, 2008
                      Laboratory tests on ten brands of
                      bottled water purchased in nine
                      states and the District of Columbia
                      detected bacteria and 38 pollutants
                      often found in tap water, some at
                      levels no better than tap water, a
                      study released Wednesday by the
                      Environmental Working Group found.
                      The pollutants identified include
                      common urban wastewater pollutants...

                      Roving brain electrodes reverse
                      paralysis in monkeys
                      NewScientistTech Oct. 15, 2008
                      Research with monkeys using a brain
                      implant with 12 electrodes that were
                      moved with piezoelectric motors has
                      been shown potential for people
                      paralyzed by spinal injuries to get
                      back control of their own limbs,
                      Washington National Primate Research
                      Center researchers have found.
                      Implants like these could control
                      prosthetic limbs more precisely...

                      Man 'roused from coma' by a
                      magnetic field
                      NewScientist news service Oct. 15, 2008
                      A man in a coma for a year has
                      started speaking since words and
                      obeying one-step commands, after 30
                      treatments to the right prefrontal
                      dorsolateral cortex with
                      transcranial magnetic stimulation
                      (TMS) at the U.S. Department of
                      Veterans Affairs in Chicago. While
                      further studies are needed to
                      demonstrate TMS effects, the patient
                      had only been...

                      Opinion - Reaching for the
                      Exa-scale, by BOINC-ing
                      iSGTW Oct. 15, 2008
                      How do you create a 1 exaFLOPS
                      supercomputer (1000 times faster
                      than the current leader, the 1
                      petaFLOPS Roadrunner supercomputer)?
                      (BOINC) By creating a grid of 4
                      million volunteers with 1 teraFLOPS
                      GPU-equipped PCs, available an
                      average of 25% of the time, says
                      David Anderson, founder of the
                      popular volunteer computing site
                      known as...

                      Brain boost drugs 'growing trend'
                      BBC News Oct. 13, 2008
                      Up to a fifth of adults, including
                      college students and shift workers,
                      may be using cognitive enhancers, a
                      poll of 1,400 by Nature journal

                      RealityV: Revolutionary Virtual
                      Reality Training Originally Designed
                      For The Army
                      TechCrunch Oct. 14, 2008
                      Intelligence Gaming and EffectiveUI
                      have developed a new kind of game
                      technology called RealityV that is
                      part virtual reality, part movie. At
                      the core of each RealityV experience
                      is a full-motion movie shot in 360
                      degrees and projected into a special
                      VR-type headset. As the user
                      rotates, their perspective in the
                      video rotates as well. Users are...

                      Cheap lenses could revolutionise
                      quantum networks
                      New Scientist Tech Oct. 14, 2008
                      Physicists at the Institute of
                      Materials Research and Engineering
                      in Singapore and the Technical
                      University of Munich have discovered
                      a technique to transfer data between
                      light and matter in a network node
                      in a quantum network, using cheap
                      lenses like those used in CD
                      players, a low-cost alternative to
                      the expensive cavities currently in

                      Surfing the Web Stimulates Older
                      WebMD Oct. 14, 2008
                      In an experiment, adults 55 to 78
                      years old who have regularly
                      searched the Internet showed twice
                      the increase in brain activity in
                      MRI scans when performing a new
                      Internet search than their
                      counterparts without Internet search
                      experience, especially in the areas
                      of the brain that control decision
                      making and complex reasoning, UCLA

                      How Spam is Improving AI
                      Technology Review Oct. 14, 2008
                      The most common type of CAPTCHA
                      puzzle (a series of distorted
                      letters and numbers on a Web page)
                      is increasingly being cracked by
                      smarter AI software. Jeff Yan, a
                      researcher at the University of
                      Newcastle, has revealed a program
                      capable of completing the textual
                      CAPTCHAs (Completely Automated
                      Public Turing test to tell Computers
                      and Humans...

                      Stealth Semantic Startup Raises
                      $8.5 Million, Won't Tell Us Anything
                      TechCrunch Oct. 13, 2008
                      Siri, a spinoff of SRI
                      International, plans to
                      commercialize the DARPA-funded CALO
                      (Cognitive Assistant that Learns and
                      Organizes) system, the "largest
                      Artificial Intelligence project in
                      U.S. history." It will use AI to
                      automate many of the tasks that
                      people currently conduct manually
                      online. The founders describe
                      themselves as out to change...

                      Researchers write protein
                      nanoarrays using a fountain pen and
                      electric fields
             Oct. 13, 2008
                      Northwestern University researchers
                      have demonstrated the ability to
                      rapidly write nanoscale protein
                      arrays using a "nanofountain probe"
                      (NFP). The nanofountain probe chip
                      has a set of ink reservoirs that
                      hold the solution to be patterned.
                      Like a fountain pen, the ink is
                      transported to sharp writing probes
                      through a series of microchannels

                      Invention: Billboards that know you
                      at a touch
                      NewScientistTech Oct. 13, 2008
                      The Electronics and
                      Telecommunications Research
                      Institute in South Korea had filed a
                      patent application for a system to
                      deliver custom ads to the public
                      when they touch an electronic
                      poster, using a "body area network"
                      to upload personal data....

                      Rapture For the Geeks: When AI
                      Outsmarts IQ
             Oct., 13, 2008
                      Richard Dooling, author of the new
                      book, Rapture For the Geeks: When AI
                      Outsmarts IQ, will appear on the
                      national Coast To Coast AM talk show
                      tonight at 1 AM EDT/10 PM PDT for
                      the first hour. Dooling tells
             he will discuss "how
                      a wizard, an atomic physicist, and
                      the Unabomber predicted the Wall
                      Street debacle." Rapture...

                      Turing test winner fools 25 percent
                      of human judges
             Oct. 13, 2008
                      All of the AI chatbots competing to
                      pass the Turing Test in the 18th
                      Loebner Prize on Sunday managed to
                      fool at least one of their human
                      interrogators that they were in fact
                      communicating with a human rather
                      than a machine, according to a
                      University of Reading statement. One
                      of the programs, Elbot, created by
                      Fred Roberts, the winner of the...

                      TECnology Hall of Fame award
                      presented to Ray Kurzweil for
                      Kurzweil 250 Synthesizer
             Oct. 13, 2008
                      The TECnology Hall of Fame 2008
                      award was presented to Ray Kurzweil
                      as the inventor of the Kurzweil 250
                      synthesizer, which was inducted into
                      MIX magazine's TECnology Hall of
                      Fame 2008 at the 2008 Audio
                      Engineering Society conference in
                      San Francisco on October 4. It
                      joined the list of 85 innovations so
                      honored, going back to the Edison
                      cylinder in...

                      IBM builds online version of
                      China's famed Forbidden City
             Oct. 10, 2008
                      IBM on Friday opened online doors
                      to an interactive, animated replica
                      of the 178-acre (720,000
                      square-meter) walled fortress of the
                      famed Forbidden City in China, which
                      served for centuries as an exclusive
                      realm for the nation's emperors.
                      "Forbidden City: Beyond Space &
                      Time" is billed as a
                      first-of-a-kind, fully immersive,...

                      Landmark study unlocks stem cell,
                      DNA secrets to speed therapies
             Oct. 10, 2008
                      Florida State University
                      researchers have discovered that as
                      embryonic stem cells turn into
                      different cell types, there are
                      dramatic corresponding changes to
                      the order in which DNA is replicated
                      and reorganized. "Understanding how
                      replication works during embryonic
                      stem cell differentiation gives us a
                      molecular handle on how information

                      EMP-safe, renewable-energy-fueled
                      micro power grids
             Oct. 13, 2008
                      Instant Access Networks and
                      Frostburg State University plan to
                      create renewable-energy-powered,
                      electromagnetic pulse
                      (EMP)-protected microgrids that
                      could provide electricity for
                      critical infrastructure facilities
                      in the event of an EMP attack. IAN
                      has developed patent-pending
                      shielding technology that encloses a
                      room or similar structure and...

                      Robot will be able to detect,
                      destroy breast cancer cells
                      Diamondback Online Oct. 10, 2008
                      A robot that can perform biopsies
                      and destroy tumor cells all in one
                      MRI session, making the diagnosis
                      and treatment of breast cancer less
                      time-consuming and more accurate
                      than ever before, has been designed
                      by University of Maryland

                      3-D Printing on Demand
                      The Future of Things Oct. 9, 2008
             is beta testing a new
                      service allowing people to print
                      three dimensional models.
                      ( Customers can upload
                      designs or use a creation tool
                      hosted at the Shapeways website then
                      order a printed model of their
                      designs for less than $3 per square
                      centimeter. The printed items are
                      shipped to the customer in ten days

                      The Rise of the Machines
                      New York Times Oct. 11, 2008
                      "Somehow the genius quants -- the
                      best and brightest geeks Wall Street
                      firms could buy -- fed $1 trillion
                      in subprime mortgage debt into their
                      supercomputers, added some
                      derivatives, massaged the
                      arrangements with computer
                      algorithms and -- poof! -- created
                      $62 trillion in imaginary wealth,"
                      says Richard Dooling. "It's not much
                      of a stretch to...

                      Goldmine bug DNA may be key to
                      alien life
                      New Scientist Environment Oct. 9, 2008
                      A new species, the bacteria
                      Candidatus Desulforudis audaxviator
                      ("the bold traveller"), discovered
                      deep in a gold mine, could be the
                      key to life on other planets because
                      of its unique ability to live in
                      complete isolation, devoid of light
                      and oxygen. (Greg Wanger/Gordon
                      Southam) It gets its energy from the
                      radioactive decay of uranium in...

                      Nano-levers could speed up hunt for
                      superbug drugs
                      New Scientist Tech Oct. 12, 2008
                      University College London
                      researchers have developed a
                      nanoscale cantilever that could
                      speed up the screening of potential
                      new antibiotics to combat growing
                      numbers of drug-resistant
                      "superbugs." It could assess the
                      quality of an antibiotic against
                      thousands of bacterial proteins in
                      minutes, if an array of the
                      springboards were painted with...

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                      ************************* Netherlands Teen Sentenced for Stealing Virtual Goods PC World Oct. 23, 2008 ************************* Stealing virtual goods -- the
                      Messaggio 10 di 18 , 24 ott 2008
                        Netherlands Teen Sentenced for
                        Stealing Virtual Goods
                        PC World Oct. 23, 2008
                        Stealing virtual goods -- the
                        victim's virtual money and goods in
                        RuneScape -- is a crime, according
                        to a ruling handed down by a judge
                        in the...

                        Conscientiousness is the secret to
                        a long life (article preview)
                        23, 2008
                        University of California at
                        Riverside researchers found that
                        people who were less conscientious
                        were 50 per cent more likely to die
                        at any given age, on average, than
                        those of the same age who scored

                        Computer circuit built from brain
                        New Scientist news service Oct. 23, 2008
                        Weizmann Institute of Science
                        researchers have developed a way to
                        control the growth pattern of
                        neurons to build reliable circuits
                        using neurons rather than wires.
                        They suggest that brain-cell logic
                        circuits could serve as
                        intermediaries between computers and
                        the nervous system, allowing the
                        paralyzed to control robot arms or
                        learn to talk...

                        'Eternal Sunshine' drug selectively
                        erases memories
                        New Scientist news service Oct. 23, 2008
                        By boosting levels of alpha-CaMKII
                        protein, involved in memory storage
                        and retrieval, Medical College of
                        Georgia neuroscientists have wiped
                        away a month-old memory in
                        genetically engineered laboratory
                        mice while leaving other memories

                        Scientists make cat that glows in
                        the dark
                        Telegraph Oct. 23, 2008
                        "Mr. Green Genes" has eyes, gums
                        and tongue that glow a vivid lime
                        green under ultraviolet light, the
                        result of a genetic experiment at
                        the Audubon Centre for Research of
                        Endangered Species in New Orleans.
                        The experiment was intended to learn
                        whether the enhanced green
                        fluorescence protein gene (which
                        also functions as a marker) could be...

                        Packs of robots will hunt down
                        uncooperative humans
                        Short Sharp Science (NewScientist blog) Oct. 22, 2008
                        The Army is looking for contractors
                        to provide a "Multi-Robot Pursuit
                        System" that will let packs of
                        robots "search for and detect a

                        KurzweilAI News now on Twitter,
                        covering Singularity Summit
               Oct. 23, 2008
                        KurzweilAI News is now on Twitter
                        as @KurzweilAINews, currently
                        focused on the Singularity Summit,
                        tweeting it live on Saturday Oct.
                        25. To follow @KurzweilAINews, go to
                        the Twitter login page (join, if
                        new) and enter "follow
                        KurzweilAINews" in the "What are you
                        doing?" form. News tips always
                        appreciated via email....

                        3D nanotube assembly technique for
                        nanoscale electronics
               Oct. 22, 2008
                        Northeastern University researchers
                        have developed a method for
                        high-volume manufactuing of
                        three-dimensional, single-wall
                        carbon nanotube electrical
                        interconnects without the need for
                        high-temperature synthesis. (Evin
                        Gultepe et al.) They assemble the
                        nanotubes into 3D structures by
                        using an applied electric field to
                        coax the nanotubes...

                        Drug grenades explode right on
                        New Scientist news service Oct. 22, 2008
                        Chemical engineers at Ghent
                        University in Belgium have developed
                        a novel drug delivery system using a
                        rigid but porous polymer membrane
                        that contains a gel that expands in
                        contact with water. This bursts the
                        capsule open to release carbon
                        nanotubes or other
                        nanomaterial-based drug carriers,
                        which normally diffuse very slowly
                        through target...

                        Geoengineering: How to Cool
                        Earth--At a Price
               Oct. 20, 2008
                        Some climate experts are now
                        willing to consider schemes for
                        partly shielding the planet from the
                        sun's rays, such as putting sulfer
                        dioxide in the stratosphere to
                        scatter sunlight; using 1,500 ships,
                        each spraying eight gallons of sea
                        water a second to whiten existing
                        marine clouds (and reflect more
                        light); and a space-based sunshade
                        at L1, the...

                        Exclusive: Behind the Scenes at the
                        World's Most Technologically
                        Advanced Planetarium
                        Maximum PC Oct. 22, 2008
                        The Morrison Planetarium, part of
                        the reopened California Academy of
                        Sciences, is a technological marvel,
                        enabling astronomers to guide
                        visitors through an immersive
                        fly-through of our universe,
                        realistically rendered in real-time
                        and driven by 21 computers....

                        Magnetic brain therapy gets US
                        green light
                        New Scientist news service Oct. 21, 2008
                        Transcranial magnetic stimulation
                        (TMS) has received its first stamp
                        of approval as a therapy by the FDA,
                        which says TMS can be used to treat
                        depression in adults who don't
                        respond to anti-depressant...

                        Do we need to go nuclear to stay
                        NewScientist Environment Oct. 21, 2008
                        Increased energy demands and rising
                        fossil fuel prices may persuade
                        governments to adopt nuclear energy
                        despite the cost and
                        environmentalist objections,
                        according to a new report published
                        by the Nuclear Energy Agency in...

                        The Flaw at the Heart of the
                        Technology Review November/December 2008
                        Security researcher Dan Kaminsky
                        first spotted a basic vulnerability
                        in the Domain Name Service (DNS) for
                        the Internet last winter. Despite
                        fixes, the vulnerability is still
                        there for companies with unpatched

                        India launches first Moon mission
                        BBC News Oct. 22, 2008
                        India has successfully launched its
                        first mission to the Moon. The
                        robotic probe will orbit the Moon,
                        compiling a 3-D atlas of the lunar
                        surface and mapping the distribution
                        of elements and minerals. One key
                        objective will be to search for
                        surface or sub-surface water-ice on
                        the Moon, especially at the poles.
                        Another will be to detect...

                        Stem cells from human fat convert
                        into beating heart cells
               Oct. 22, 2008
                        Scientists at the Bernard O'Brien
                        Institute in Melbourne have created
                        beating heart muscle cells from
                        human fat cells grown with rat heart
                        cells. In the future, hearts damaged
                        by heart attacks or congenital
                        abnormalities may be repaired with
                        heart tissue generated from the
                        patient's fat, eliminating the
                        problems of tissue and organ

                        Superconductivity Rekindles
                        Chemical & Engineering News Oct. 20, 2008
                        Recent discovery of new
                        high-temperature superconductors has
                        revitalized the search for practical
                        materials by numerous researchers....

                        Untangling Web Information
                        Technology Review Oct. 21, 2008
                        Radar Networks' Twine, a Web
                        organizer based on semantic
                        technology, launches publicly today.
                        Twine is part bookmarking tool, part
                        social network, and part
                        recommendation engine, helping users
                        collect, manage, and share online
                        information related to any area of
                        interest. Twine uses machine
                        learning and natural language
                        processing to parse...

                        DARPA Contract Description Hints at
                        Advanced Video Spying
                        Washington Post Oct. 20, 2008
                        DARPA is funding development of a
                        system that can monitor real time
                        streaming video feeds and search
                        large volumes of archived video data
                        for hints of suspicious behavior in
                        places like Iraqi and Afghan battle

                        A Robot Network Seeks to Enlist
                        Your Computer
                        New York Times Oct. 20, 2008
                        Automated botnets control millions
                        of PCs, infecting them in about five
                        minutes and using them to spread
                        infections and snoop on financial
                        information, according to
                        Microsoft's Internet Safety
                        Enforcement Team, a group of about
                        20 researchers and investigators....

                        Moving the Earth: a planetary
                        survival guide
                        New Scientist Space Oct. 20, 2008
                        When the Sun expands into a red
                        giant about 5 billion years from
                        now, the Earth will be dragged into
                        its atmosphere. Three astronomers
                        suggest moving Earth to the orbit of
                        Mars, allowing Earth to receive
                        about as much sunlight as it
                        receives today. That could be
                        accomplished by changing the orbits
                        of icy bodies in the distant solar
                        system so...

                        Singularity Summit 2008 offers
                        discount to readers;
                        keynote by Kurzweil clarifies Turing
                        test rules
               Oct. 20, 2008
                        The Singularity Summit (October 25
                        in San Jose) has offered a 15
                        percent discount to
                        readers who register at this link.
                        About 90 seats are left. The Summit
                        program includes a keynote by Ray
                        Kurzweil, which will include updated
                        charts based on extensive new
                        research, and a comparison of test
                        rules in the recent Loebner Turing...

                        Researchers uncover new links
                        between stem cells, aging and cancer
               Oct. 16, 2008
                        Four genes previously implicated in
                        the control of cancer have been
                        shown by University of Michigan
                        scientists to play key roles in the
                        aging process and stem-cell
                        regulation, based on their shared
                        genetic pathways....

                        Samsung Demonstrates First Color
                        Carbon Nanotube-Based
                        Electrophoretic Display
               Oct. 16, 2008
                        Samsung Electronics is
                        demonstrating the first
                        carbon-nanotube-based color active
                        matrix electrophoretic display
                        e-paper device. Electrophoretic
                        displays offer advantages over
                        traditional flat panel displays:
                        their low power consumption and
                        bright light readability makes them
                        well suited for handheld and mobile
                        applications; they can be...

                        'Stamping' self-assembling
               Oct. 17, 2008
                        Cornell researchers have created an
                        innovative way to make and pattern
                        nanoscale wires and other devices
                        without requiring expensive
                        lithographic tools; uses include
                        computer memory and circuits, and
                        quantum dots. They coated gold
                        nanoparticles suspended in water
                        with a synthetic-DNA-based ligand
                        that adheres to the metal and to

                        Future planes, cars may be made of
                        AP October 17, 2008
                        Florida State University
                        researchers are developing new
                        fabrication techniques for
                        buckypaper (a material based on
                        carbon nanotubes that is 10 times
                        lighter but potentially 500 times
                        stronger than steel) that soon may
                        make it competitive with the best
                        composite materials now available.
                        FSU reseachers used high magnetism
                        to cause most of the...

                        New Solar Energy Material Captures
                        Every Color Of The Rainbow
                        ScienceDaily Oct. 17, 2008
                        Ohio State University and National
                        Taiwan University chemists have
                        created a new hybrid photovoltaic
                        material that combines electrically
                        conductive plastic with metals
                        including molybdenum and titanium.
                        It overcomes two major obstacles to
                        solar power: it absorbs energy at
                        all wavelengths in sunlight, and it
                        makes free electrons stay free...

                        When under attack, plants can
                        signal microbial friends for help
               Oct. 17, 2008
                        University of Delaware researchers
                        have discovered that when the leaf
                        of a plant is under attack by a
                        pathogen, it can send out a signal
                        to other plants for help, and their
                        roots will respond by secreting an
                        acid that brings beneficial bacteria
                        to the rescue. The scientists
                        infected the leaves of the small
                        flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana...

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                        ************************* Neurological Work-arounds Offer Hope For Conditions Ranging From Addiction To Schizophrenia Science Daily Feb. 27, 2009
                        Messaggio 11 di 18 , 27 feb 2009
                          'Neurological Work-arounds' Offer
                          Hope For Conditions Ranging From
                          Addiction To Schizophrenia
                          Science Daily Feb. 27, 2009
                          As with traumatic injury, the brain
                          may have the ability to reprogram
                          itself to compensate for problems
                          with key neurotransmitters such as
                          serotonin and dopamine, say study
                          investigators at York College and
                          City University of New York. The
                          finding may open the doors to
                          entirely new lines of research and
                          treatments for a wide range of brain...

                          Self-Programming Hybrid
                          Memristor/Transistor Circuit Could
                          Continue Moore's Law
                 Feb. 26, 2009
                          Rsearchers from Hewlett-Packard
                          Laboratories have fabricated and
                          demonstrated a hybrid circuit with a
                          memory resistor (or "memristor")
                          combined with a transistor circuit
                          for the first time. The circuit can
                          also alter its own programming. A
                          circuit containing both memristors
                          and transistors could provide
                          enhanced functionality with fewer...

                          Science gets a boost from cheap,
                          super-resolution photos
                          NewScientist.Tech Feb. 27, 2009
                          An affordable version of a tripod
                          robot called Gigapan developed at
                          Carnegie Mellon University uses
                          motors to capture a scene with a
                          grid of hundreds or thousands of
                          images with an ordinary digital
                          camera set to full zoom. Photo
                          stitching software then combines
                          them into a single super-detailed
                          image containing billions of pixels,
                          called a...

                          Putting movies on mobiles
                          BBC News Feb. 27, 2009
                          Five-minute films produced for
                          mobile phones are the future,
                          bringing them to a wide audience,
                          says actor Kevin Spacey....

                          Kindling a Revolution: E Ink's Russ
                          Wilcox on E-Paper, Amazon, and the
                          Future of Publishing
                          Xconomy Feb. 26, 2009
                          Russ Wilcox, co-founder and CEO of
                          E Ink, the company behind the
                          low-power, high-contrast "electronic
                          paper" screen on the Kindle 2 and
                          e-paper: E-paper has taken 12 years
                          and $150 million to develop. What
                          we've got here is a technology that
                          could be saving the [global print
                          media] $80 billion a year." 2010
                          will be a big year for...

                          Knowing when to fold: Engineers use
                          'nano-origami' to build tiny
                          electronic devices
                 Feb. 25, 2009
                          MIT researchers are developing the
                          basic principles of "nano-origami,"
                          a new technique that allows
                          engineers to fold nanoscale
                          materials into simple 3-D
                          structures. (Nader Shaar) The tiny
                          folded materials could be used as
                          motors and capacitors, potentially
                          leading to better computer memory
                          storage, faster microprocessors and

                          $100 Genome
                          Technology Review March/April 2009
                          BioNanomatrix is pursuing what may
                          be the key to personalized medicine:
                          sequencing technology so fast and
                          cheap that an entire human genome
                          can be read in eight hours for $100
                          or less....

                          Growing Nanotube Forests
                          Technology Review March/April 2009
                          University of Michigan and other
                          researchers are honing techniques
                          for growing carefully structured
                          arrays of high-quality carbon
                          nanotubes, which could be the basis
                          of new energy-storage devices and
                          chip-cooling systems. (John...

                          H+ Magazine Spring issue published
                 Feb. 26, 2009
                          Singularity 101 with Vernor Vinge,
                          Space Solar, First Steps Toward Post
                          Scarcity, Building Your Perfect
                          Memory, Hacking The Economy, and
                          Nanobots in the Bloodstream are
                          among the articles in the impressive
                          new Spring 2009 issue of the online
                          trendsetting edge-culture magazine

                          Nanotechnology and Technology
                          Acceleration Buzz is Higher Because
                          Actual Developments Are Showing
                          Pessimists Were Wrong
                          Next Big Future Feb. 25, 2009
                          The current nano buzz includes four
                          innovations: 1. New research in
                          using conductive nanomaterials for
                          neuroengineering applications
                          proposes carbon nanotubes as ideal
                          probes for bidirectional interfaces
                          in neuroprosthetics and as nanotools
                          to endogenously (re)engineer
                          single-neuron excitability and
                          network connectivity. 2 Recent
                          advance in...

                          The audacity of nano-hope
                          Nanodot Feb. 24, 2009
                          There has been a flurry of interest
                          in nanobots over the past week,
                          casting quite a wide net that ranges
                          from Nadrian Seeman's experimental
                          lab work to Ray Kurzweil's hopeful
                          dreams for the far future, says
                          Foresight Institute president J.
                          Storrs Hall....

                          Self-aligning carbon nanotubes
                          could be key to next generation of
                 Feb. 25, 2009
                          University of Nebraska-Lincoln
                          researchers have created nanoscale
                          devices based on connecting
                          sharp-tipped electrodes with
                          individually self-aligned carbon
                          nanotubes. Scanning electron
                          microscope image of electrodes
                          (inset) and single-walled carbon
                          nanotube bridge structure The
                          finding could lead to new
                          applications in devices such as...

                          Scientists Model Words as Entangled
                          Quantum States in our Minds
                 Feb. 18, 2009
                          Researchers from Queensland
                          University of Technology and the
                          University of South Florida have
                          investigated the quantum nature of
                          word associations and presented a
                          simplified quantum model of a mental
                          lexicon. They view quantum theory as
                          an abstract framework for developing
                          models of "non-separability" (of
                          which quantum entanglement is a...

                          Photosynth for Video and Other
                          TechFest Treats
                          Technology Review Feb. 25, 2009
                          Microsoft's TechFest this year
                          included 37 demos, ranging from
                          gesture-based interfaces to
                          augmented reality and better image...

                          Study Zeroes In on Calories, Not
                          Diet, for Loss
                          New York Times Feb. 25, 2009
                          People lose weight if they lower
                          calories -- it doesn't matter which
                          diet, according to the largest-ever
                          controlled study of weight-loss
                          methods, published Wednesday in The
                          New England Journal of...

                          Chaos filter helps robots make
                          sense of the world
                          New Scientist Tech Feb. 24, 2009
                          University of Oxford researchers
                          have come up with a way for
                          map-building robots to accurately
                          recognize places they have been
                          before, even when objects have moved
                          or are approached from a new angle.
                          Their FabMap software tackles those
                          problems by having a robot assign a
                          visual "vocabulary" of up to a
                          thousand individual "words" for each...

                          The Doctor Kiosk
                          Technology Review Feb. 25, 2009
                          A computerized kiosk under
                          development at Massachusetts General
                          Hospital (MGH) can take a patient's
                          medical history, weight, pulse,
                          blood pressure, and other vital
                          signs, and even perform simple blood
                          tests for glucose and cholesterol.
                          (Massachusetts General Hospital)
                          Physicians hope that the device will
                          one day bring relief to the...

                          Racetrack Memory
                          Technology Review March/April 2009
                          IBM fellow Stuart Parkin has
                          developed an entirely new way to
                          store information: "racetrack
                          memory," a memory chip with the huge
                          storage capacity of a magnetic hard
                          drive, the durability of electronic
                          flash memory, and speed superior to
                          both. The key is an array of
                          U-shaped magnetic nanowires,
                          arranged vertically like trees in a

                          Microsoft Demos Augmented Vision
                          Technology Review Feb. 24, 2009
                          Microsoft researchers have
                          demonstrated software that can
                          superimpose computer-generated
                          information in real time on top of a
                          digitized view of the real world,
                          which could add another dimension to
                          future smart...

                          Most powerful ever quantum chip
                          undergoing tests
                          NewScientist.Tech Feb. 24, 2009
                          A prototype chip built by D-Wave
                          Systems is designed to handle 128
                          qubits of information, more than any

                          Astronaut-authored report says NASA
                          needs new direction
                          New Scientist Space Feb. 24, 2009
                          NASA needs "serious reform or
                          significant organizational
                          overhaul," Apollo astronaut Buzz
                          Aldrin and colleagues say in a draft
                          paper. They advise that it should
                          replace George W. Bush's 2004 Vision
                          for Space Exploration, which called
                          for returning astronauts to the Moon
                          by 2020, with a plan that focuses on
                          sending astronauts first to new...

                          In Innovation, U.S. Said to Be
                          Losing Competitive Edge
                          New York Times Feb. 25, 2009
                          A report by the Information
                          Technology and Innovation Foundation
                          found that the United States ranked
                          sixth among 40 countries and
                          regions, based on 16 indicators of
                          innovation and competitiveness,
                          including venture capital
                          investment, scientific researchers,
                          spending on research and educational
                          achievement. But the American
                          economy placed last...

                          The Health Effects of Social
                          New York Times Feb. 24, 2009
                          Two British scientists have
                          recently suggested that spending all
                          day, and much of the night
                          networking on a computer might in
                          fact be bad for your body and your
                          brain. Susan Greenfield, a
                          neuroscientist at the University of
                          Oxford, said her fear is that "these
                          technologies are infantilizing the
                          brain into the state of small
                          children who are...

                          Researchers Generate Functional
                          Neurons From Engineered Stem Cells
                          Science Daily Feb. 25, 2009
                          UCLA researchers have generated
                          functionally mature motor neurons
                          from induced pluripotent stem (iPS)
                          cells. The process be a boon to
                          research into conditions such as
                          amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
                          and spinal cord injury, and could
                          open the door to eventual

                          Can They Really Transplant An
                          Entire Hand? Yes Indeed!
                          Singularity Hub Feb. 16, 2009
                          Hand transplantation has seen
                          significant success in roughly 40

                          First Crowdsourced Women's Health
                          Book Released
                 Feb. 25, 2009
                          CureTogether, a Health 2.0 Startup
                          based in Silicon Valley, will
                          release the first crowdsourced
                          women's health book Wednesday.
                          Assembled from the input of 190
                          women living with a common, but
                          poorly understood condition called
                          vulvodynia, "Vulvodynia Heroes" is
                          the product of an ongoing online

                          The Kindle: Good Before, Better Now
                          New York Times Feb. 24, 2009
                          Amazon's new Kindle 2 e-book
                          reader, now shipping, wirelessly
                          offers a choice of 240,000 books to
                          mobile readers for $10 a book or...

                          FDA Allows Brain Implants for
                          Washington Post Feb. 24, 2009
                          The Food and Drug Administration
                          has approved deep brain stimulation
                          for the treatment of intractable
                          obsessive-compulsive disorder -- the
                          first time that the technique, which
                          involves surgically implanting
                          electrodes deep within the brain to
                          trigger electrical activity, has
                          been approved for use in a

                          Researchers develop 'wireless'
                          activation of brain circuits
                 Feb. 23, 2009
                          Case Western Reserve researchers
                          are developing nanostructured
                          semiconductor photoelectrodes to
                          trigger neurons in single cells or
                          groups of cells with infrared light,
                          replacing electrodes, which have
                          potential damaging side...

                          Paper Diagnostics
                          Technology Review March/April 2009
                          Harvard University professor George
                          Whitesides is coupling advanced
                          microfluidics with paper to create a
                          versatile, disposable test that can
                          check a tiny amount of urine or
                          blood for evidence of infectious
                          diseases or chronic...

                          Recipe for Disaster: The Formula
                          That Killed Wall Street
                          Wired Feb. 23, 2009
                          Financial economist David X. Li's
                          simplistic Gaussian copula function
                          for deriving correlations between
                          financial quantities, adopted by
                          everybody from bond investors and
                          Wall Street banks to ratings
                          agencies and regulators, crashed the
                          global economy when house-price
                          depreciation kicked in....

                          Road Map for Financial Recovery:
                          Radical Transparency Now!
                          Wired Feb. 23, 2009
                          "We need to rethink our entire
                          philosophy of regulation," says
                          Wired writer David Roth. "Instead of
                          assigning oversight responsibility
                          to a finite group of bureaucrats, we
                          should enable every investor to act
                          as a citizen-regulator. "We should
                          tap into the massive parallel
                          processing power of people around
                          the world by giving everyone the

                          A Soldier's (Robotic) Best Friend
                          Technology Review Feb. 23, 2009
                          The U.S. Army has released new
                          footage of the BigDog robot--a
                          sophisticated, four-legged
                          "pack-bot" designed to carry
                          340-pound payloads across all kinds
                          of terrain--up or down hills,
                          through ice, sand, snow, and
                          dirt--by monitoring sensors in its
                          legs and adjusting its posture...

                          kReader Mobile software named First
                          Place winner in Nokia's Technology
                          Showcase contest
                 Feb. 23, 2009
                          The kReader Mobile from knfb
                          Reading Technology has been named
                          First Place winner in the Technology
                          Showcase category in Nokia's global
                          Calling All Innovators contest for
                          "mobile applications and solutions
                          to help improve the quality of life
                          on the planet." knfb Reading
                          Technology's multi-language
                          text-to-speech application, with

                          Computer components shrinking
                          faster than predicted
                          New Scientist Tech Feb. 20, 2009
                          Two U.S. groups have announced
                          transistors almost 1000 times
                          smaller than those in use today
                          (features just 2 nanometers in
                          size), and a version of flash memory
                          that could store all the books in
                          the US Library of Congress in a
                          square 4 inches across at 10
                          terabits per square inch (current
                          technology: .5 terabit), using

                          Video: Sociable robots learn to get
                          along with humans
                          New Scientist Tech Feb. 22, 2009
                          U.K. researchers' emotional robots
                          are learning human social tricks to
                          help future humanoid robots fit in

                          Flexible electronic books to hit
                          market soon
                          New Scientist Tech Feb. 23, 2009
                          Plastic Logic is developing the
                          first flexible electronic book,
                          printing polymer transistors onto a
                          layer of bendy plastic the size of a
                          magazine page, with wireless
                          connection and touch screen....

                          Oak Ridge explores cybots
                          Government Computer News Feb. 19, 2009
                          An army of software robots
                          intelligent enough to cooperate with
                          one another to monitor and defend
                          the largest networks against
                          security threats: that's the goal of
                          the Ubiquitous Network Transient
                          Autonomous Mission Entities (UNTAME)
                          program that researchers are
                          developing at Oak Ridge National...

                          Antibodies Offer a New Path for
                          Fighting Flu
                          New York Times Feb. 22, 2009
                          In a discovery that could radically
                          change how the world fights
                          influenza, researchers have
                          engineered antibodies that protect
                          against many strains of the virus,
                          including even the 1918 Spanish flu
                          and the H5N1 bird flu, and could
                          lead to the development of a flu
                          vaccine that would not have to be

                          Exploring a 'Deep Web' That Google
                          Can't Grasp
                          New York Times Feb. 22, 2009
                          A new breed of search engines is
                          exploring a vast Web of hidden data,
                          including financial information,
                          shopping catalogs, flight schedules,
                          medical research and other
                          information stored in databases that
                          remain largely invisible to search...

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