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Tools for quantifying yourself

June 21, 2011

Zeo Personal Sleep Coach (credit: Zeo Inc.)

New wireless devices and smartphones apps let users track every facet of their physical and mental health.

  • Zeo Personal Sleep Coach allows people to track their sleep cycles over time.
  • BodyMedia armband calculates the number of calories burned throughout the day based on data from an embedded accelerometer, skin temperature sensor, and a skin conductance sensor.
  • fitbit uses an accelerometer

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Tools of Change: Cool Market Solutions and Mind-Blowing Paradigms

February 25, 2010

At O’Reilly Media’s fourth annual Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly held a conversation with Ray Kurzweil.

O’Reilly said that technology will soon create a new generation of e-books that will talk back to us in ways we can’t conceive today. “The analytics we’ll be able to harvest will change everything,” O’Reilly said. “E-books will send information back to publishers about the ways people… read more

Tools of modern gunmaking: plastic and a 3D printer

February 1, 2013

30 round magazine opened in FreeCAD (credit: Distributed Defense)

Representative Steve Israel, Democrat of New York wants to extend an existing law, set to expire this year, that makes weapons that are undetectable by security scanners — like a printed all-plastic gun — illegal, The New York Times reports.

But there are also major technical obstacles to creating an entire gun on a 3-D printer, not the least of which is that a plastic gun would… read more

Top 1% of mobile users consume half of world’s bandwidth, and gap is growing

January 9, 2012

The world’s congested mobile airwaves are being divided in a lopsided manner, with 1 percent of consumers generating half of all traffic. The top 10 percent of users, meanwhile, are consuming 90 percent of wireless bandwidth.

The heaviest users of mobile data, according to Ericsson, watched videos 40 percent of the time, and surfed the Web an additional 20 percent.

Researchers found that users of Apple’s iPhone 4S downloaded 276… read more

Top 10 forecasts for 2008 and beyond

October 8, 2007

The earth is on the verge of a significant extinction event–a biodiversity collapse; the world will have a billion millionaires by 2025; water will be in the twenty-first century what oil was in the twentieth century; and the threat of another cold war with China, Russia, or both could replace terrorism as the chief foreign-policy concern of the United States.

These are among the top 10 forecasts fom The… read more

Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs of 2007

December 28, 2007

A transparent material as strong as steel, stem cells from a cloned Rhesus monkey, and smaller transistors made with new materials are among the top 10 scientific breakthroughs covered by Wired in 2007.

Top 10 Scientific Discoveries

December 12, 2007

Reprogramming regular skin cells to behave just like embryonic stem cells, publications of Craig Venter’s entire diploid genetic sequence, and turning stem cells into functioning human heart-valve tissue were the top 3 in TIME Magazine’s list of top 10 scientific discoveries of 2007.

Top 10 stories of 2006

December 29, 2006

News@nature.com’s hit-lists of hot news for 2006 include “‘Vegetative’ patient shows signs of conscious thought” and “Hawking rewrites history… backwards.”

Top 10 Strangest Gadgets of the Future

May 30, 2006

Citizen Japan has unveiled a new LCD technology called “memory liquid crystal” that retains the image even when turned off; the Origami DVD Player concept uses a fully-flexible display technology (e-paper) to ensure maximum portability; and the Self Cooling Beer Can features an integrated self-cooling device that reduces the “contents by a minimum of 30° Fahrenheit (16.7° C) in just three minutes.”

Top 10 tech trends for 2006

December 27, 2005

Cell phones that “do everything,” Internet phone calls become more popular, the office moves to the Web, stem-cell research advances, biotechs target flu vaccines, small start-ups go global, video comes to the blog, on-demand video everywhere, and clean technologies are the top tech trends forecast by the Merc for 2006.

Top 25 Science Stories of 2007

December 30, 2007

The first quantum computer, stopping a cancer by killing its triggering virus, personalized genome scans, and the first wireless power transmission were among Scientific American’s picks for the top 25 science and health news stories of 2007.

Top 3 Robots Coming Soon to the Battlefield: Live @ DARPATech

August 13, 2007

Future military robots were shown at DARPATech 2007, including backpack-able Navy UAVs, an Army hover machine, and Big Dog, a four-legged robotic jogger from Boston Dynamics.

Top 5 cosmic threats to life on Earth

July 18, 2005

Killer supernovas, giant clouds of choking dust, and magnetic neutron stars are out to get us.

Top 50 Inventions

January 24, 2006

In the past half-century, scientific and technological advances have transformed our world. PM convened a panel of 25 experts to identify the breakthroughs of our time, from the TV remote control (1955) to IEEE 802.16, the metropolitan area network standard that functions like Wi-Fi (2002).

Top chip makers tout nanotechnology

February 5, 2004

Nanotechnology will play a key role in next-generation silicon, according to researchers.

Promising technologies include crossed nanowire structures that form matrices, transistors that use a single electron to control current flow, and carbon nanotubes, which may extend CMOS scaling down to the 1 to 3 nm range.

IBM has applied a molecular “self-assembly” technique to nanotechnology and recently applied it to flash memory devices.

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