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Cloning First for Horse Family

May 28, 2003

Scientists in the United States have announced the birth of the world’s

first cloned mule. The foal is nearly a month old and appears to be

perfectly healthy. The scientist in charge of its creation says that

“We found calcium seems to be critically important for equine

reproduction. Once we boosted the level of calcium in our culture medium

we started seeing results.” Male show-jumping… read more

NASA-Cisco climate project to flash ‘Planetary Skin’

March 9, 2009

NASA Ames and Cisco Systems Inc. are developing “Planetary Skin” — a marriage of satellites, land sensors and the Internet — to capture, analyze and interpret global environmental data, using a comprehensive sensor network in rainforests around the world.

The goal: translate the data into information that governments and businesses can use to mitigate and adapt to climate change and manage energy and natural resources more effectively.

Old Man, Look at Your Life

March 16, 2006

Modern medicine is redefining old age and may soon allow people to live regularly beyond the current upper limit of 120 years, according to scientists meeting at Oxford University for a conference on life extension and enhancement.

Free the Avatars

October 10, 2007

At the Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo at San Jose, Calif., IBM and Linden Lab are announcing plans to develop open standards that will allow avatars to roam from one virtual community to the next.

The goal is let a person create a digital alter-ego that can travel to many virtual worlds, keeping the same name, look and even digital currency, “a truly interoperable 3D Internet.”

Intel ships billionth chip

June 10, 2003

Intel has shipped its 1 billionth computer chip since its first microprocessor for personal computers in 1978. Mercury Research calculates that the next billion X86 CPUs could come as early as 2007.

The original 16-bit 8086 chip contained only 29,000 transistors and ran at 5 megahertz. Today’s Pentium 4 processor contains 55 million transistors and runs more than 600 times as fast at 3.06 gigahertz.

New graphics firm promises real-time ray tracing

March 16, 2009

Caustic has announced a 3D ray tracing calculations chip to shade a ray traced scene at up to 20x the speed.

Your secrets are safe with quasar encryption

March 30, 2006

Japanese scientists have come up with a method for encrypting messages using radio waves from quasars.

The researchers believe quasars could make an ideal cryptographic tool because the strength and frequency of the radio pulses they emit is impossible to predict. Each communicating party would only need to know which quasar to monitor and when to start in order to encrypt and decrypt a message.

Robot Cannon Kills 9, Wounds 14 (UPDATE)

October 19, 2007

The South African National Defence Force “is probing whether a software glitch led to an antiaircraft cannon malfunction that killed nine soldiers and seriously injured 14 others during a shooting exercise on Friday.”

See correction to this story in NewScientist.com news service. – Ed.

Creating the ‘world’s leading nanotechnology cluster’

June 20, 2003
Nano investors and developers meet to<br />
strategize the future of Silicon Valley

The convergence of biotech, infotech and nanotech in Northern California is the next big thing, according to speakers at a June 18 meeting organized by the Northern California Nanotechnology Initiative (NCnano).

This was the first in a series of Nanotechnology Leadership Conferences designed to bring together investors, entrepreneurs, and execs from companies and research labs to “create the world’s leading nanotechnology cluster.”

The event showcased nanotech-related… read more

Graphene could lead to faster chips

March 20, 2009

New research findings at MIT could lead to microchips using graphene technology that allows them to operate at much higher speeds (in the 500 to 1,000 gigahertz range) than is possible with today’s standard silicon chips, leading to cell phones and other communications systems that can transmit data much faster.

Are laser weapons ready for duty?

April 12, 2006

The next generation of weapons in the U.S. arsenal could be straight out of science fiction: laser beams and heat rays.

Waste wafers give solar power a silicon boost

October 31, 2007

A simple method of recycling waste silicon from microchips that could help ease the shortage of refined silicon for solar energy panels has been developed by IBM.

IBM estimates that 3.3 percent of these wafers are normally scrapped before they reach the market, which adds up to nearly 3 million discarded wafers per year. It reckons the silicon from these discarded wafers could make solar panels capable of generating… read more

Probing Nanotech’s ‘Dark Side’

July 2, 2003

The U.S. Congress is on the verge of approving legislation that would require the government to examine the implications of nanotechnology as it pumps funds into the promising field. The U.K. government is also moving to probe nanotech’s promise and peril.

Firm vows to grow first flowers on the moon

March 30, 2009
(Paragon Space Development)

Paragon Space Development, set to travel on a lunar lander designed by Odyssey Moon, plans to grow the first flowers on the moon in a greenhouse to serve as a thrilling iconic image.

Odyssey Moon aims to launch its lander and rover by the end of 2011 to win the $20 million first prize in the Google Lunar X Prize, a $30 million contest to send an… read more

Punk rock skeleton demos mind control system

February 28, 2011

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A new model helps to visualize how a new neural implant device reads brain signals and interprets them to control a prosthetic arm. The yellow spikes represent firing motor neurons in the brain. Each neuron is tuned to recognize a different direction in space, so as the arm moves, the spikes change to reflect the changing direction. By combining the output of all the neurons, the direction of the arm’s… read more

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