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How the brain deals you a poor hand

June 21, 2010

Our brains have inner representations that perceive the hand as two-thirds wider than it really is, and their fingers a third shorter, University College London researchers have found.

Scientists Dubious of Quantum Claims

February 19, 2007

Independent quantum computing researchers said they are dubious of some of the claims made by D-Wave Systems Inc. because the company has not yet submitted its findings for peer review.

The company did not make the machine available for inspection and instead showed video from a remote location.

Teaching Bacteria to Behave

October 2, 2008

Single-celled organisms could be “trained” through associative learning to deliver drugs by employing molecular circuits to build stronger associations between stimuli applied simultaneously, according to a multidisciplinary team from Germany, Holland, and the United Kingdom.

Research on genetically engineering remote-controlled bacteria to release drugs is already under way.

The Neural Approach to Pattern Recognition

April 14, 2004

Artificial neural networks could surpass the capabilities of conventional computer-based pattern recognition systems.

Technology Innovator’s Mobile Move

June 28, 2010

SRI International is hoping to bring the concept of virtual personal assistants closer to reality.

Recently, the institute has set its sights on the mobile phone and Web market, especially on creating applications that perform personal functions.

SRI’s newest venture: a Web-based personalized news feed, Chattertrap, that monitors what people are reading to learn what they like, and then serves up articles and links that suit their interests.… read more

Body shop

February 27, 2007

Bionic hands, arms, legs and feet currently under development will restore mobility and independence to people with lost limbs.

Attacking Cancer Stem Cells

October 8, 2008

Harvard Medical School researchers have developed a new way to find drugs that selectively kill “cancer stem cells” or prevent them from dividing (cancer stem cells are now thought to be capable of generating and maintaining a tumor and are resistant to standard cancer treatments).

The team is currently using the method to identify drug candidates for leukemia, a disease for which cancer stem cells have been well characterized.… read more

Real-Time Searches Lead to Real-Time Malware

July 30, 2010

Searching for a hot news topic or buzzword can lead an unsuspecting person to harmful malware, said Dan Hubbard, CTO of Websense, at the Cloud Security Alliance Summit, which took place at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.

Estimates have suggested that about 14 percent of traditional searches for trending news go to sites hosting malware.

Much of the problem stems from the nature of information… read more

Flaw Could Cripple Entire Net

April 21, 2004

Researchers uncovered a serious flaw in the underlying technology for nearly all Internet traffic, a discovery that led to an urgent and secretive international effort to prevent global disruptions of Web surfing, e-mails and instant messages.

Novel, backed by Vancouver VCs, uses gaming tech to make business simulations for companies

July 6, 2010

Novel Inc. plans to apply massively multiplayer online (MMO) virtual-reality video-game techniques to create new kinds of games and business simulations for companies.

A company might evaluate its prospective employees’ leadership and teamwork skills by having a group of job candidates enter a game-like computer simulation where each person controls a virtual character. The simulation would present the group with various management problems, or other business situations. By watching… read more

Nano-Batteries That Keep On Going

March 7, 2007

Leveraging nanotechnology research initiated at MIT, A123 Systems has commercially developed a new generation of lithium-ion batteries that deliver up to 10 times longer cycle life, five times more power and dramatically faster charge times over conventional high-power battery technology.

Brain boost drugs ‘growing trend’

October 15, 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 suggests.

Mind-reading marketers have ways of making you buy

August 9, 2010

The great hope of neuromarketing is to use EEG and fMRI machines to extract subconscious hidden information directly from people’s brains, bypassing unreliable verbal reports. Neuroeconomists now think of the amount of activity in the emotion-related limbic system as a sort of universal currency of desirability, allowing the brain to weigh up different rewards.

Chemists develop protein-spoofing coating for nanoscale cell probes

April 29, 2004

A UCLA-led team of chemists has developed a unique new coating for nanoparticles that disguises them as proteins.

The nanoparticles (such as quantum dots, which emit specific colors of light) can function as probes that penetrate a cell and detect individual proteins inside. That allows researchers, using a fluorescence microscope and high-sensitivity imaging camera, to track a single protein tagged with a specific fluorescent quantum dot inside a living… read more

Invisible Revolution

March 14, 2007

Artificially structured metamaterials could transform telecommunications, data storage, and even solar energy.

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