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H+ Magazine relaunches, published by Humanity+

July 20, 2010

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H+ Magazine will relaunch Tuesday July 20, now published by the nonprofit organization Humanity+ (formerly the World Transhumanist Association), KurzweilAI.net has learned.

H+ Magazine, which covers technological, social and cultural trends that change humans in fundamental ways, began publishing in 2008, and went on hiatus June 1. R.U. Sirius, a.k.a. Ken Goffman, will remain as the magazine’s editor.

“It’s very exciting to be able to… read more

Scientists develop artificial heart that beats like the real thing

October 29, 2008

An artificial heart that beats almost exactly like the real thing has been developed by Alain Carpentier, France’s leading cardiac surgeon, and engineers from EADS, Europe’s aerospace and defence giant.

Sensors in the artificial heart will automatically regulate the heart rate and blood flow, detecting the body’s needs, increasing the rhythm when a patients are walking, for instance, and slowing it when they are resting. A pseudo-skin of biosynthetic,… read more

Antibiotic-Boosting Drug Kills Superbugs

October 19, 2004

Researchers at Pharmaceutica claim to have discovered a compound that renders the MRSA superbug vulnerable to the antibiotic it normally resists.

MRSA — methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — is defined by its ability to resist the antibiotic methicillin. MRSA strains now cause up to 60% of all “staph” infections in some hospitals. Some MRSA strains are also becoming resistant to other antibiotics — including vancomycin, the antibiotic doctors resort to… read more

America is fifth in IT rankings

April 15, 2011

The U.S. has placed fifth for the second consecutive year in the World Economic Forum’s annual IT report — behind Singapore, Finland and Switzerland.

The report maintains that “there is no area on the globe that has an inherent advantage” in the digital economy. The rankings are based on those countries it believes are making the best use of new technologies and high-speed networks, and it also… read more

Deadly New Virus Thought to Be Contained

November 4, 2008

A new virus that causes fatal hemorrhagic fevers has been discovered in southern Africa, killing four people in South Africa and sickening a fifth, but health authorities believe the outbreak has been contained.

New display ‘as clear as a glossy magazine’

October 25, 2004

Hewlett-Packard has developed revolutionary LCD technology that will lead to ultra-high-resolution (7000 by 5000 pixels) flat screens ranging in size from a magazine page to an advertising billboard within five years.

How to print headphones

October 11, 2012

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What if printed prototypes could become actual products? John Mabry of Teague Labs.decided to try it by creating printable headphones.

The idea was to print an object that could be assembled without any tools and be made functional by adding readily attainable components. He decided to stress-test the premise with the challenge of making electronically simple yet functionally complex headphones.

“My first go resulted in a… read more

Tricked-Out Inflatable House Provides “Instant Survival”

November 10, 2008

The $3,900 “Life Cube” from startup Inflatable World inflates into a 12-foot-tall structure to provide shelter and basic amenities for people in the days and weeks after a disaster.

First insects are cloned

November 2, 2004

Scientists have succeeded in cloning flies. The research may help to fine-tune the cloning process in other animals and even in humans, for therapeutic stem cells.

House hearings turn skeptical eye on cloning

March 29, 2001

Republican Rep. Brian Kerns of Indiana introduced HR 1260, the “Ban on Human Cloning Act,” to ban human cloning in the United States at a congressional hearing today.

“Even if cloning begins with a benign purpose, it could lead to scientific categories of superior and inferior people,” said Rep. Cliff Stearns, R., Florida.

Brigitte Boisselier, director of Clonaid — an arm of the Raelian Movement, which believes life… read more

Sharing Their Demons on the Web

November 14, 2008

There’s a growing number of Web sites filled with stories from people who say they are victims of mind control and stalking by gangs of government agents, drawing the concern of mental health professionals and the interest of researchers in psychology and psychiatry.

Top scientist asks: is life all just a dream?

November 16, 2004

“Life, the universe and everything” may be no more than a giant computer simulation with humans reduced to bits of software, says Martin Rees, Royal Society professor of astronomy at Cambridge University, in a forthcoming BBC television documentary.

Countering this, MIT professor Seth Lloyd said such a computer would have to be unimaginably large.

Big Blue’s Big Brother Lab

April 24, 2001

The IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California is developing advanced haman-interface computing devices, including:

- A Terminator-style camera with gaze-tracking technology to identify the face and display the name of the person on a sunglasses-mounted display. It could also perform automated language translation of viewed text.

- An electronic communal bulletin board that gives everyone whose personal information is in a database access to their desktop… read more

Bay Area’s big-city mayors endorse $1 billion plan for electric cars

November 21, 2008

Better Place wants to build 100,000 battery-charging stations and 50 battery exchange stations in the Bay Area where drained batteries can be quickly swapped for fully-charged ones, and has raised $200 million in funding.

In a related development, Coulomb Technologies said it would begin installing 940 of its wireless Smartlet Networked Charging Stations in 2009 throughout California, starting next month.

Bacteria Enlisted for New Trials on Dental Health

December 1, 2004

The FDA has approved the first clinical trial in which genetically modified bacteria will be put into people’s mouths to test if the bacteria prevent tooth decay.

The new bacteria, which are genetically neutered so they do not make the acid that eats away at teeth, would replace the acid-producing bacteria already present in most mouths.

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