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Antibody Drugs Customized by Genotype

June 12, 2009

PIKAMAB believes that it can make monoclonal antibodies (engineered to hone in on specific biological targets) more effective by grouping patients together based on their genotype and offering a customized antibody developed for that genotype.

The company hopes that this “stratified” approach to drug development and treatment will help drug companies achieve better results.

Startup Says It Can Make Ethanol for $1 a Gallon, and Without Corn

January 28, 2008

Coskata, which is backed by General Motors and other investors, uses bacteria to convert almost any organic material, from corn husks to municipal trash, into ethanol, for less than $1 a gallon.

See also Cheap Ethanol from Tires and Trash

‘Miracle mouse’ can grow back lost limbs

September 1, 2005

Wistar Institute scientists have created a “miracle mouse” that can regenerate amputated limbs or badly damaged organs, making it able to recover from injuries that would kill or permanently disable normal animals.

The experimental animal is unique among mammals in its ability to regrow its heart, toes, joints and tail.

The researchers have also found that when cells from the test mouse are injected into ordinary mice, they… read more

When there’s no such thing as too much information

April 26, 2011

Companies that adopt “data-driven decision making” achieve productivity that is 5 to 6 percent higher than could be explained by other factors, including how much the companies invested in technology, researchers at the Wharton School have shown.

The study, based on a survey and follow-up interviews at 179 large companies, showed that data-driven decision making was defined not only by collecting data, but also by how it is used… read more

Rules for a Complex Quantum World

October 21, 2002

Quantum information science, a new fundamental research discipline combining information science and quantum mechanics, explores “teleportation” of quantum states from one location to another, quantum states to create secure cryptographic keys, and algorithms for hypothetical super-high-speed quantum-mechanical computers.

Collecta Launches *Really* Real-Time Search Engine

June 19, 2009

Collecta draws information streams from blogs using Wordpress, news services, social aggregation sites, Flickr, and Twitter to provide what it claims is the first truly real-time search engine.

The Next 25 Years in Tech

February 1, 2008

PC World predicts that in the next 25 years, technology will become firmly embedded in advanced devices that deliver information and entertainment to our homes and our hip pockets, in sensors that monitor our environment from within the walls and floors of our homes, and in chips that deliver medicine and augment reality inside our bodies.

Technologies and the dates they are forecast to become mainstream:

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    Armchair astronomers find planet in four-star system

    October 17, 2012


    A joint effort of citizen scientists and professional astronomers has led to the first reported case of a planet orbiting twin suns that are orbited by a second distant pair of stars.

    Aided by volunteers using the website, a Yale-led international team of astronomers identified and confirmed discovery of the phenomenon, called a circumbinary planet in a four-star system.

    Only six… read more

    Dartmouth researchers build world’s smallest mobile robot

    September 15, 2005

    Dartmouth researchers have created the world’s smallest untethered, controllable robot.

    The device measures 60 micrometers by 250 micrometers and crawls like an inchworm, making tens of thousands of 10-nanometer steps every second.

    Source: Dartmouth College news release

    Microwaves Track Football

    November 5, 2002

    A new system to monitor the positions of football players and the ball could make the game a lot less controversial. Credit-card sized microwave transmitters are fitted in players’ shin-pads. A peanut- sized transmitter goes inside the ball. Each produces a signature pattern several hundred times a second.

    Hidden cancer threat to wildlife revealed

    June 26, 2009

    Cancer poses a serious threat to wild animals, say twp pathologists working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, the second leading cause of death, as in humans.

    Understanding the cancers in animals will help understand them better in humans. The pathologists list 22 species that suffer from viral cancers. While some of the viruses have only been found in wildlife, others are closely related to human viruses, including papilloma virus,… read more

    Are Americans Afraid of the Outdoors?

    February 7, 2008

    The electronic world is replacing the natural world for leisure time in rich nations, University of Illinois at Chicago researchers believe.

    Outdoor pursuits, ranging from camping to hunting, have entered a persistent and growing decline since 1987. Their statistical analysis shows that the increase in video games, movie rentals and other electronic entertainment most closely matches the decrease in camping and park visits, as opposed to income, vacation time,… read more

    Can proteins perform logic?

    September 27, 2005

    Theoretical physicists in the UK have shown that it should be possible to use clusters of proteins to perform complex logic operations.

    Microsoft patents 3-D desktop to compete with Apple

    May 10, 2011


    Microsoft’s future user interface plans were just made public in a patent granted on a “Method and Apparatus for Providing a Three-Dimensional Task Gallery Computer Interface.”

    The patent describes the common user interface problem of wanting to be able to group windows for certain apps according to a given task, for example: a split screen browser and word-processor setup for taking notes. The designers… read more

    Black Holes Are Double Trouble for Galaxy

    November 19, 2002

    Two monstrous black holes are jostling for power in the same galaxy, the Chandra X-ray satellite has revealed. The pair will slam into each other in a few hundred million years, giving the fabric of space-time a good shake. “Today for the first time, thanks to the Chandra X-ray observatory’s unparalleled ability to spot black holes, we see something that is a harbinger of a cataclysmic event to come,” said… read more

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