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Intel and Micron Team Up To Squeeze More Data into Flash Drives

August 12, 2009

IM Flash Technologies, a joint venture between Intel and Micron, has announced that they have developed a 3-bit-per-cell NAND device that Micron will begin producing for commercial consumption this fall.

The 3bpc technology will allow chip manufacturers to create USB thumb drives and solid state drives with a greater storage capacity. 3 bits per cell is a 50% increase from the standard 2 bits per cell, meaning that an… read more

Nanotech Puts Cancer In The Cross Hairs

March 6, 2008

Cancer researchers are increasingly turning to innovative new therapies based on nanoparticles, which passively target weaker-walled cancer cells and help localize treatment, increasing its effectiveness while minimizing damage to healthy tissue.

  • Johnson & Johnson’s Doxil incorporates chemotherapy into 100-nm liposome particles that concentrate treatment at the disease site.
  • Tempo Pharmaceuticals’ nanoscale delivery system releases two drugs sequentially. The first traps the particle inside the tumor, the second attacks the
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    The expanding electronic universe

    December 6, 2005

    The Dec. 1 issue of Nature looks at what wikis, blogs, digital libraries, Google Base, and other Internet technologies may mean for the future of scientific communication beyond the confines of scientific journals.

    These tools offer fresh opportunities both before publication, when people are debating ideas and hypotheses, and after, when they are finding and discussing published results. They also provide scientists with exciting new possibilities for communicating with… read more

    Saving the universe

    February 11, 2003

    NASA is expected to announce this week that it has proved the existence of “dark energy,” a cosmic force that counteracts gravity and will keep the universe expanding forever. The announcement will effectively demolish the theory that life will be wiped out in a “big crunch” when the universe collapses, and should end decades of academic dispute.

    NASA has found a pattern of “hot spots” which proves that the… read more

    Are we ready for the Autonomous Age?

    August 21, 2009

    The media and government should improve public awareness of the complex social, ethical and legal questions that autonomous systems (like autonomous vehicles and smart homes) raise, the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering argues in a new report.

    Looking at living cells down to individual molecules

    August 5, 2015

    3D rendered correlative AFM/PALM image of a fixed mammalian cell (mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF) cell) expressing the fusion protein paxillin-mEOS2 (credit: Pascal D. Odermatt et al./Nano Letters)

    EPFL scientists have captured images of living cells with unprecedented nanoscale resolution — even the evolution of their structure and molecular characteristics.

    They did that by combining two cutting edge microscopy techniques — high-speed atomic force microscopy and a single-molecule-localization, super-resolution optical imaging system — into one instrument.

    Their work was published in the journal ACS Nano Letters.

    The “correlated single molecule localization microscope” combines… read more

    Visionary device gives hope 20-year high-tech project aims to restore sight, boost quality of life

    March 11, 2008

    The Boston Retinal Implant Project is developing a retinal implant that uses special glasses wired with a battery-powered camera and transmitter that sends images to a chip implanted behind the retina.

    First human surgeries are expected to take place in the next few years.

    Let’s see some ID, please

    December 15, 2005

    Over 20 million PCs worldwide are equipped with a security chip called the Trusted Platform Module, although it is as yet rarely activated. But once merchants and other online services begin to use it, the TPM will do something never before seen on the Internet: provide virtually fool-proof verification that you are who you say you are.

    Some critics say that the chip will change the free-wheeling Web into… read more

    Nanotech to pave way for micro-machines

    February 25, 2003

    Disposable satellite transmitters, inexpensive medical testing equipment and sensors for automatically tracking inventory or traffic patterns will become possible over the next 10 years through developments in nanotechnology, speakers at the Nanotech 2003 conference said Monday.

    News tip: Walter Purvis

    RobotVision: A Bing-Powered iPhone Augmented Reality Browser

    August 31, 2009

    Bing listings will appear on top of your iPhone’s camera viewer when you point at a restaurant or business, with the forthcoming iPhone RobotVision app (it will also display a view of Tweets and Flickr photos published nearby wherever you are).

    DARPA chief outlines expansive array of future networking projects

    March 17, 2008

    DARPA’s chief has outlined networking programs it’s working on that link tactical and strategic users through networks that can automatically and autonomously form, maintain, and protect themselves.

    The programs include an Optical Lattice Emulator (artificial materials emulating semiconductors), a “Slow Light” program (for storing and processing optical information), and the Global Information Grid (high-speed fiber optic network).

    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.

    Simulating Surgery

    March 11, 2003

    An experimental software system lets surgeons “sketch” several possibilities for bypass operations (based on nuclear magnetic resonance data) and preview the likely results before making a single incision.

    Camera Firmware Hackers Build a Fully Open-Source Digicam

    September 7, 2009

    “Frankencamera,” an open-source digital camera built by Stanford computer- science researchers, will allow any programmer to write apps controlling any element of the camera’s performance, freely downloadable and installable by users of an under-$1,000 device.

    One idea being explored is dynamic range expansion: taking multiple pictures of the same scene at varying exposures, and then compositing them into a single image in which each pixel is optimally lit.

    Named: 25 environmental threats of the future

    March 19, 2008

    The top environmental concerns of the future include toxic nanomaterials, manmade viruses, and biomimetic robots, according to researchers at a workshop run by University of Cambridge zoologist William Sutherland.

    Other risks include the acidification of the ocean, increased demand for the biomass needed to make biofuel, experiments involving climate engineering, and disruption to marine ecosystems caused by offshore power generation.

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