January 19, 2004
The Army’s Massive Multiplayer Environment will move simulation training into a wider domain of realism and soldier participation.
Elite athletes always have and always will pursue every competitive advantage — health and the law be damned. Is genetic manipulation next?
Steve Mann, an engineering professor at the University of Toronto, spends hours every day viewing the world through a little monitor in front of his eye connected to a wearable computer and wirelessly to the Internet.
Mann manipulates the computer through a handheld device he invented and he has experimented with putting electrodes on his skin and trying to control the cursor with brain waves. He records video with… read more
DARPA wants to develop a one-petaflop supercomputer by 2008, awarding a three-year, $4.2 million grant to Los Alamos National Laboratory.
WiMax is seven times faster than Wi-Fi and has a range up to as 30 miles vs. about 100 feet, so it could be used as an alternative to copper wire and coaxial cable for connecting homes and businesses to the Internet. Intel also plans to embed it in a chip so it can be built directly into PCs and laptops.
The secret: Synthogy’s proprietary 32-bit sample-playback and digital signal processing (DSP) engine, which was specifically built from the ground up to bring out the resonance, response and character of three of the world’s finest concert grands:… read more
Northwestern University chemists report they have discovered ways to construct nanoscale building blocks that assemble into flat or curved structures with a high level of predictability.
Using hybrid nanorods consisting of segments of gold and conducting polymers as their building blocks, the researchers created a number of unusual structures, including bundles, sheets and tubes of varying diameters. The extraordinary control that they were able to demonstrate over the process… read more
A debate over free expression and ethical behavior in online worlds is reverberating in the real one.
Massively multiplayer online role-playing games now regularly attract a million or more Americans. Sims Online, Everquest and others, where the border between fantasy and reality is increasingly blurry, the games have become more than simply a source of entertainment. They are also a gateway to a complex social network that takes on… read more
The key cognitive step that allowed humans to become the only animals using language may have been identified, scientists say.
A new study on monkeys found that while they are able to understand basic rules about word patterns, they are not able to follow more complex rules that underpin the crucial next stage of language structure. For example, the monkeys could master simple word structures, analogous to realising that… read more
A Japanese company has invented a product which, it says, allows owners to create their own dreams.
A brain-computer interface created by Cyberkinetics called BrainGate could help patients with no mobility to control a computer, a robot, or eventually their own rewired muscles, using only their thoughts.
LaCie has introduced a 1 Terabyte disk for $1,199.
U.S. President George W. Bush today set in motion the most dramatic changes in NASA’s priorities since the dawn of the Apollo program more than 40 years ago and declared a new era in the age of space exploration.
An intelligent robot that could free genomics researchers from routine lab chores has proven as effective as a human scientist. The robot not only performs genetics experiments, it also decides which ones to do, interprets the results and comes up with new hypotheses.
The “Robot Scientist” consists of a PC running an experiment selection system called ASE and a hypothesis generator called Progol. The PC is linked up to… read more
Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have identified a gene that appears to have played a role in the expansion of the human brain’s cerebral cortex.
By comparing the gene’s sequence in a range of primates, including humans, as well as non-primate mammals, the scientists found evidence that the pressure of natural selection accelerated changes in the gene, particularly in the primate lineage leading to humans.
The researchers, led… read more