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Thousand-chamber biochip debuts

October 3, 2002

California Institute of Technology researchers hope to replace large chemistry equipment with devices based on a fluidic storage chip that can store 1,000 different substances in an area slightly larger than a postage stamp.

The technology could eventually allow experiments that involve hundreds or thousands of liquid samples to run on desktop or even handheld devices, potentially reducing the cost and complexity of medical testing, genetics research and drug… read more

Library of Congress Taps the Grid

October 3, 2002

The Library of Congress is evaluating grid technology to preserve and manage the library’s more than 7.5 million digital records from 100 collections of manuscripts, books, maps, films, sound recordings and photographs in its American Memory project.

Despite Fraud at Bell Labs, Chip Research Barrels Ahead

October 1, 2002

Researchers have now created transistors whose switching components are literally single atoms. The next application of molecular electronics will most likely be for computer memory. In the longer term, scientists are still thinking how to use their molecular circuits for performing the logic operations of computer chips.

Kurzweil to discuss radical life-extension and the Singularity at Alcor conference

September 30, 2002

Ray Kurzweil will present a comprehensive program for extending longevity and vitality that he devised in collaboration with longevity expert Terry Grossman, M.D. in “A Bridge to a Bridge to a Bridge,” a talk at the Fifth Alcor Conference on Extreme Life Extension in Newport Beach, CA, November 15-17. Based on correcting imbalances in metabolic processes, the program is the subject of a forthcoming book and is a… read more

Redmond center previews Microsoft’s vision for future office

September 27, 2002

Microsoft Corp. has unveiled the Center for Information Work, a permanent exhibit of office products and software that are at least five years away.

The future concepts include surround sound, copying or moving material between the computers by just pointing at them, and multimedia email, but Microsoft failed to address important security issues in the center. The future concepts include surround sound, copying or moving material between the computers… read more

Famed Nanotech Researcher Axed

September 25, 2002

Bell Labs has fired Jan Hendrik Schon for falsifying experimental data in the areas of superconductivity, molecular electronics and molecular crystals.

Fifth Alcor Conference on Extreme Life Extension to profile cryonic breakthroughs

September 25, 2002

Cryonic breakthroughs in preventing tissue damage from freezing, human therapeutic cloning to replace damaged or missing tissue, and radical new techniques for life extension will be among the topics addressed at the Fifth Alcor Conference on Extreme Life Extension in Newport Beach, CA, November 15-17.Michael D. West, President & CEO of Advanced Cell Technology; Ray Kurzweil, CEO, Kurzweil Technologies; and Gregory Benford, science fiction writer and Professor of… read more

Google enters news arena

September 25, 2002

Google has launched a news service that uses search algorithms rather than human editors to select news reports.

It offers news reports from 4,000 different websites. Stories are ranked on how recently they have been published, the number of articles devoted to a given topic and the popularity of the particular news source.

Slaves to Our Machines

September 23, 2002

Instead of machines augmenting human ability, humans are increasingly being called on to augment machine abilities.

Missing Limb? Salamander May Have Answer

September 23, 2002

Salamanders are the superstars of regeneration. They can grow back not only limbs but also tails, parts of their hearts and the retinas and lenses in their eyes. Humans cannot do any of that. So scientists hope that the salamander’s tricks may one day be applied to people. Natural regeneration, which might be accomplished with drugs or genes, would be easier than transplanting, researchers say. And the tissue would be… read more

‘Ballistic’ gives nano a bad name

September 23, 2002

The new Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever movie features a killer nanorobot injected into a victim’s bloodstream to cause a heart attack or stroke, presenting a “dangerously misguided view of nanotechnology.”

Earth’s magnetic field ‘boosts gravity’

September 23, 2002

Hidden extra dimensions are causing measurements of the strength of gravity at different locations on Earth to be affected by the planet’s magnetic field, French researchers say.

Check This: Questions for Garry Kasparov

September 23, 2002

This fall, Garry Kasparov will begin his first match against a computer since he lost to I.B.M.’s Deep Blue in 1997. Unlike Deep Blue, the new chess computer, Deep Junior, has “accumulated immense knowledge of the game of chess,” says Kasparov, but he holds out hope that human creativity will trump computational brute force.

Stamp-Size Plastic Chip Provides New Approach to Cryptography

September 22, 2002

Modern encryption techniques are tested every time someone makes a purchase over the Internet or spends electronic cash stored in smart cards. These strategies rely on so-called one-way functions, which are easy to execute in one direction (for instance, multiplying two prime numbers) but difficult to reverse (factoring a large number into two primes). With ever-increasing computer power and advances in quantum computing, however, such methods may soon become breakable.… read more

Intel unfurls experimental 3D transistors

September 20, 2002

Intel unveiled more technical details on its Tri-Gate transistor, an experimental circuit that could become a crucial element in the company’s efforts to continue to heed Moore’s Law by making smaller and faster chips.

The transistors have three gates rather than one, so they behave more like 3-D objects. Increasing the number of transistor gates increases the amount of current that can be handled and reduces leakage, boosting performance.

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