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Boffins develop ‘sociable’ robots

May 22, 2002

Irish scientists developing robots that are friendly and sociable so that people will be able to relate to them more naturally.

The first prototype, Anthropos, has cameras for eyes, a speaker as a mouth, voice recognition, and motors that control how it moves.

Myhrvold’s Exponential Economy

May 22, 2002

“The technological revolution for the 21st century is going to be based on which areas … exponential growth rates catch hold in, and which ones don’t…. Analyzing abstract data is one of the most important frontiers in biology and medicine.”

Thinking Big About Nanotechnology

May 21, 2002

The first commercial results of nanotech coming onto the market now are mostly coatings and materials that resist friction and wear, or shed dirt from clothing and household surfaces.

Consciousness Based on Wireless?

May 21, 2002

Prof. JohnJoe McFadden argues that human consciousness is the brain’s electromagnetic field interacting with its neural circuitry.

Newt Gingrich Gets Small

May 21, 2002

Nanotechnology is “the investment with the largest payoff over the next 50 years,” said Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives, in a keynote at NanoBusiness Spring 2002.

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Nano breakthrough charges science world

May 21, 2002

IBM researchers have created carbon nanotube field-effect transistors (CNFETs) that suggest that CNFETs may be competitive with Silicon MOSFETs for future nanoelectronic applications.
CNFETs deliver more than twice the amount of electrical current at a faster rate than silicon transistors. Increased current can lead to faster transistors and integrated circuits, so carbon may become a building block of computing in the future.

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Agency signs on digital star Lara Croft

May 21, 2002

Beverly Hills talent agency Creative Artists Agency announced they will represent digitally animated Lara Croft for new products and promotional tie-ins.The Lara Croft character has been featured in six video games and the “Tomb Raider” movie. Eidos plans to release the new “Lara Croft: The Angel of Darkness” video game this coming winter.

Gingrich and Kurzweil: promise and peril of nanotech

May 20, 2002

NEW YORK, May 20 — Keynote speakers Newt Gingrich and Ray Kurzweil addressed the promises and peril of nanotechnology in a press conference at the NanoBusiness Spring 2002 conference here today.
“The only viable and responsible path is to set a careful course that can realize the promise while managing the peril,” said Kurzweil.

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Study ranks supercomputers of the world

May 20, 2002

IDC has released its IDC Balanced Rating of the top 50 computers and computing clusters in four categories.

The new rating system combines several performance metrics, including three benchmarks of processor performance, two measures of memory effectiveness, and an evaluation of the scaling capability of each system.

The Man Who Cracked The Code to Everything …

May 20, 2002

The inside story of how Stephen Wolfram went from boy genius to recluse to science renegade.

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Kurzweil on Wolfram: Book review

May 16, 2002

Ray Kurzweil “finds plenty to mull and admire in A New Kind of Science but says it’s ‘only partly correct.’”

Are Science and Technology Governable?

May 15, 2002

“Living with the Genie: Governing scientific and technological transformation in the 21st century” brought together scientists to discuss life extension, using new genetics tools and nanotechnologies.

What’s the purpose of life?

May 15, 2002

Ray Kurzweil and Gregory Stock debated “BioFuture or MachineFuture?” at the recent Foresight meeting.

Scientists Get Atoms Ready for a Close-Up

May 15, 2002

Scientists at Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs have developed a microscopy technique that can image individual atoms within a silicon sheet, allowing for precision analysis of dopant distribution.
As transistor sizes shrink, they require higher concentrations of electrons to work and are more sensitive to problems with dopant distribution.

The Lucent microscope shoots a narrow beam of high-energy electrons and measures deflection angles to locate individual atoms.

DNA nanoballs boost gene therapy

May 14, 2002

Researchers have developed a way to pack a DNA molecule into 25 nanometer particles, small enough to enter the nuclear pores or cells and make gene therapy safer and more efficient. The technique is now being tested on people with cystic fibrosis.

“In cells grown in culture, there was a 6000-fold increase in the expression of a gene packaged this way compared with unpackaged DNA in liposomes.”

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