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Anthrax Dispute, Bioshield Woes

October 2, 2006

Project Bioshield, which promised to build national drug stockpiles to be used in case of a bioterror attack, has been put off until at least 2008 — and maybe later.

Defense research agency seeks to create supersoldiers

November 12, 2003

Maybe humans themselves need an upgrade, say DARPA thinkers. “The human is becoming the weakest link,” DARPA warned last year in an unclassified report. “Sustaining and augmenting human performance will have significant impact on Defense missions and systems.”

A review of the agency’s latest budget request reveals a host of projects aimed squarely at making soldiers smarter, tougher, faster, and stronger — zin short, superhuman.

Google leaps language barrier with translator phone

February 9, 2010

Google is developing software for the first phone capable of translating foreign languages almost instantly, using voice recognition and automatic translation.

AMD Ships Teraflops Line Of Graphics Cards

June 26, 2008

Advanced Micro Devices on Wednesday released a line of graphics cards capable of performing a teraflop (a trillion calculations) per second, double the computing power of the company’s previous generation of high-end cards.

Researchers develop nanoparticle sensor

October 12, 2006

New Mexico Tech researchers have developed a sensor that uses the light-emitting properties of some nanoparticles to analyze and identify nucleotides, individual components of single strands of DNA and RNA.

The hope to adapt the sensors to detect cancer cells in their early stages and to target and destroy cancerous cells and tissue.

Onlive now beaming console games from the cloud to iOS/Android devices

December 8, 2011


Onlive is no longer restricted to a TV or computer.

It is streaming its video games (25 at launch, ~200 eventually) directly to most recent Android devices, Kindle Fire, iPad and soon, the iPhone.

Intel charts new seas

November 24, 2003

Intel Corp. has made available its chip-making nanotechnology tools to cancer researchers to diagnose and study cancer.

Intel is building a room-sized machine called the Raman Bioanalyzer System at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. It beams lasers onto tiny medical samples to produce images of the molecules’ chemical structures.

The bioanalyzer also will have applications beyond cancer research for detecting single-molecule changes in any living… read more

‘Climategate’ scientist attacks bloggers

February 17, 2010

Controversial climate scientist Phil Jones admitted to the journal Nature that his much-criticized failure to keep records about the location of Chinese weather stations, used in a major paper constructing a global record of thermometer measurements over the past 160 years, was “not acceptable.”

In effect, Jones conceded that British climate skeptic Doug Keenan had been right in some of his criticisms of a 20-year-old paper that had used… read more

Blood test can monitor cancer spread

July 3, 2008

Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have build a device that can detect and capture minute numbers of tumor cells circulating in the blood of lung cancer patients and find genetic characteristics of the cells that could determine the best treatment options.

The research may one day make monitoring the disease as simple as taking a blood test, without invasive procedures to get samples. Lung tumor biopsies are particularly difficult to… read more

Shape-shifting rovers

October 18, 2006

An innovative rover robot designed to explore planets and moons is undergoing final assembly this week in a lab at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

The robot may also be useful in hazardous environments on Earth.

The new rover changes its shape and topples along, veering a bit from side to side as it moves ahead. Depending on the terrain, its overall shape can change from tetrahedral to… read more

The rise of the machines

December 5, 2003

She’s young, beautiful, and fluent in several languages. Sakura Sanae, one of the newest entrants to the Japanese diplomatic corps, and Tokyo’s goodwill ambassador to the ASEAN nations, is also entirely computer generated….

Tools of Change: Cool Market Solutions and Mind-Blowing Paradigms

February 25, 2010

At O’Reilly Media’s fourth annual Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly held a conversation with Ray Kurzweil.

O’Reilly said that technology will soon create a new generation of e-books that will talk back to us in ways we can’t conceive today. “The analytics we’ll be able to harvest will change everything,” O’Reilly said. “E-books will send information back to publishers about the ways people… read more

Assembling Nanotubes

July 10, 2008
(Melburne LeMieux / Stanford University)

Stanford University and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new method for sorting single-walled carbon nanotubes by electronic type and arranging them over a large area; it could be useful for manufacturing high-performance displays and other electronic devices.

Buckyballs with a Surprise

November 1, 2006

Luna nanoWorks is nearing commercialization of a novel version of buckyballs that could improve magnetic resonance imaging and lead to high-efficiency solar cells.

Each buckyball is made of 80 carbon atoms with metal-nitride clusters trapped inside, creating a nanomaterial with novel electronic, optical, and magnetic properties.

Will Telephone Calls Be Free?

December 17, 2003

Futurists sometimes see Internet telephony as the death knell for traditional phone companies. But that’s not going to happen: those companies also own the last few miles of the old-fashioned copper and switches.

Which is why Verizon, AT&T, Quest and SBC have all announced they will begin to sell lower-priced (and lower quality) Internet telephone services next year, using VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol).

Service providers as well… read more

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