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4 Apps That Turn Your iPhone Into a Canvas

May 29, 2009

New iPhone apps let anyone use an existing photo as the basis for an artistic illustration, with tools like virtual bushes and pencils to apply to your photos, and various paper and canvas textures.

The week’s much-discussed New Yorker cover used the advanced Brushes app:

4 New Breakthrough Medical Devices: Live @ DARPATech

August 13, 2007

Promising medical devices being research presented at the DARPATech conference include the Trauma Pod (goal: stabilize the patient as quickly as possible), Deep Bleeder Acoustic Coagulation (high-intensity focused ultrasound, triggering coagulation in injured blood vessels within 30 seconds), Simplified Automated Ventilator, and the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program.

40% efficient solar cells to be used for solar electricity

June 4, 2007

Scientists from Spectrolab, Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing, have recently published their research on the fabrication of solar cells that surpass the 40% efficiency milestone—the highest efficiency achieved for any photovoltaic device.

4D printed objects ‘make themselves’

March 1, 2013

Cube self-folding strand (credit: Self-Assembly Lab, MIT/Stratasys)

At the TED conference in Los Angeles, architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits showed how the process allows objects to self-assemble, BBC News reports.

It could be used to install objects in hard-to-reach places such as underground water pipes, he suggested.

It might also herald an age of self-assembling furniture, said experts.

Smart materials

“We’re proposing that the fourth dimension is time… read more

’4D printing’ adaptive materials

October 3, 2013

Photo-morphing of initially flat gel sample into various shapes by illumination (credit: University of Pittsburgh)

Researchers from three universities are proposing to add a dimension to 3D printing by developing “4D” materials that can exhibit behavior that changes over time.

Imagine an automobile coating that changes its structure to adapt to a humid environment or a salt-covered road, better protecting the car from corrosion. Or consider a soldier’s uniform that could alter its camouflage or more effectively protect against poison gas or… read more

4G prototypes reach blistering speeds

September 5, 2005

Cellphones capable of transmitting data at a gigabit per second have been demonstrated by NTT DoCoMo in Japan.

In experiments, prototype phones were used to view 32 high definition video streams, while travelling in an automobile at 20 kilometers per hour.

Multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) multiplexing was also used to send data via various routes across a network to further increase data capacity.

5 Disruptive Technologies To Watch In 2007

January 2, 2007

RFID, Web services, greater use of 3D displays, and the use of graphics processors for computation are among the hot technologies to watch for in 2007.

$5 million grant to study immortality

John Templeton Foundation grant to UC Riverside philosopher John Fischer will fund research
August 3, 2012

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The John Templeton Foundation has awarded a three-year, $5 million grant  to John Martin Fischer, distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, to undertake a rigorous examination of a wide range of issues related to immortality.

“People have been thinking about immortality throughout history. We have a deep human need to figure out what happens to us after death,”… read more

5 Patents to Watch

April 12, 2001

Growing human organs to ease the deadly shortages facing patients desperate for transplants. Deploying organic molecules to store a million times more data than silicon can. Harnessing the unused processing power on your desktop to attack gigantic computational problems, from genetic analysis to spotting hidden customer trends. Massively expanding the data capacity of optical networks to turbocharge the information superhighway. Modifying plants to grow cheap, lifesaving vaccines.

The editors… read more

5 Technologies That Will Change the World

September 30, 2003

Five technologies that could change the world are three-D printing to allow designers and engineers to get new products to market faster, biosimulation to speed development of more effective new drugs, autonomic computing (computers smart enough to configure themselves), Internet-like “distributed generation” power networks placed closer to where the power is actually being used, and smart tags to allow products to be tracked through the distribution network.

5 Ways to Protect Yourself (and Others) from Swine Flu

May 1, 2009

1. Don’t touch your eyes, mouth and nose.
2. Wash your hands with soap and water.
3. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
4. Cover your nose and mouth.
5. Consider buying an N95 respirator.

50 companies team to create open source EV

November 2, 2011
StreetScooter

The StreetScooter, a $7,000 electric vehicle (EV) with a 74 mph top speed and an 80-mile range, have been developed by a collaboration among more than 50 auto parts suppliers, tech companies and software developers, Autopia Wired reports.

It’s a modular vehicle, with parts that can be added, removed, and reused depending on customer preference.

StreetScooter will be available in Germany in the spring of 2013,… read more

50 new exoplanets discovered

September 14, 2011

La Silla Observatory (credit: ESO)

Astronomers have discovered more than 50 new exoplanets orbiting nearby stars, including sixteen super-Earths (planets with a mass between one and ten times that of the Earth).

They used the HARPS spectrograph on the 3.6-metre telescope at ESO‘s La Silla Observatory in Chile, the world’s most successful planet finder.

One of the recently announced newly discovered planets, HD 85512 b, is estimated… read more

50 Years Later, a New ‘Sputnik’ Crisis: The War of Minds

October 5, 2007

The American education system is not mobilizing to support science, technology, engineering and math.

Today’s generation of kids is the most technology savvy group that this country has ever produced. They are born with an iPod in one hand and a cell phone in another. They’re text messaging, e-mailing, instant messaging. They’re on MySpace, YouTube & Google. They’ve got Nintendo Wiis, Game Boys, Play Stations.

Their world is… read more

$500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize awarded to futurist who makes a career of helping others

May 25, 2001

On April 24, 2001, Raymond Kurzweil was awarded the prestigious Lemelson-MIT prize, the world’s largest single award for invention and innovation.… read more

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