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World’s first lab-grown burger is eaten in London

August 6, 2013

World's first lab-grown burger (credit: BBC)

The world’s first lab-grown burger was cooked and eaten at a news conference in London, BBC News reports.

Scientists took stem cells from a cow and, at an institute in the Netherlands, turned them into strips of muscle that they combined to make a patty.

One food expert said it was “close to meat, but not that juicy” and another said it tasted like a real… read more

World’s first green piglets born in China, sheep next

December 30, 2013


In Guangdong Province in Southern China, ten transgenic piglets have been born this year, in  and under a black light, they glow a greenish tint.

A technique developed by reproductive scientists from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine was used to quadruple the success rate at which plasmids carrying a fluorescent protein from jellyfish DNA were transferred into the… read more

World’s first flying file-sharing drones in action

March 21, 2012


The Pirate Bay’s announcement of file servers on hovering drones may have sounded like a joke, but in fact, these pirate drones already exist.

Project “Electronic Counter Measures” has built a swarm of five fully operational drones that prove that an “aerial Napster” or an “airborne Pirate Bay” is not as futuristic as it sounds.

Liam Young, co-founder of Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, said … read more

World’s First Eye-controlled Laptop Presented At CeBIT 2011

March 2, 2011

Computer manufacturer Lenovo has partnered with Swedish startup Tobii Technology to launch (at CeBIT in Hannover) the world’s first eye-controlled laptop.

It relies on the human eyes to point, select,. scroll, zoom pictures or maps,  automatically center on the area you wish to look at,  glance at an icon or widget to bring up more information, or control the screen’s brightness.

Only 20 eye controlled laptops have been… read more

World’s first cloned horse is born

August 7, 2003

The Laboratory of Reproductive Technology in Cremona has cloned the world’s first horse, which could help boost good breeds and might even help replicate equine champions.

World’s First 3D printing photo booth to open in Japan

November 13, 2012


The world’s first “3D printing photo booth” is set to open for a limited time at the exhibition space EYE OF GYRE in Harajuku, Japan, Spoon & Tamago reports.

From November 24 to January 14, 2013, people with reservations can go and have their portraits taken. Except, instead of a photograph, you’ll receive miniature replicas of yourselves.

Reservations can be madke via… read more

‘World’s fattest mouse’ appears immune to diabetes

August 24, 2007
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The “world’s fattest mice,” genetically engineered to overproduce a key hormone, weigh five times as much as normal mice do, but bizarrely do not develop diabetes, reveals a new study by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center scientists.

The findings shed light on how current diabetes medications work and point to new drug targets to treat the disease, say the study’s researchers.

World’s fastest transistor operates at blinding speed

April 12, 2005

The world’s fastest transistor has been developed by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers.

The prototype bipolar junction transistor has a maximum operating speed of 604 GHz, meaning it can carry out 604 billion operations per second.

World’s Fastest Oscillating Nanomachine Holds Promise For Telecommunications, Quantum Computing

February 18, 2005

Boston University physicists have developed a nanomechanical oscillator that oscillates at 1.49 gigahertz, making it the fastest moving nanostructure yet created.

The technology could help further miniaturize wireless communication devices. It is also the largest structure (10.7 microns long and 400 nm wide) to monitor quantum mechanical movements.

Boston University news release

World’s fastest organic transistor could lead to low-cost transparent electronics

January 10, 2014

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Engineers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Stanford University have created thin-film organic transistors that could operate more than five times faster than previous examples of this experimental technology, with the potential to achieve a new generation of cheap, transparent devices such as high-resolution television screens and sensor arrays.

For years, engineers have been trying to use inexpensive, carbon-rich molecules and plastics to create organic semiconductors… read more

World’s Fastest Computer Gets Even Faster

November 14, 2005

The IBM Blue Gene/L supercomputer, which operates at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, has doubled its performance to 280.6 trillion calculations a second (teraflops), up from 136.8 teraflops from the list released in June.

The system is used to study the United States nuclear stockpile and perform other research.

World’s fastest computer boots up

August 20, 2001

IBM has switched on the world’s most powerful computer, ASCI White, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It is the first computer capable of more than 10 trillion calculations per second and 1,000 times faster than IBM’s Deep Blue.

World’s fastest camera detects rogue cancer cells in real time

New blood-screening technology boasts a throughput of 100,000 cells per second
July 7, 2012


A new optical microscope developed by UCLA engineers could make it easier to distinguish and isolate rare cells from among a large population of assorted cells for early detection of disease and for monitoring disease treatments.

“To catch these elusive cells, the camera must be able to capture and digitally process millions of images continuously at a very high frame rate [36.7 MHz],” said Bahram Jalali, who holds… read more

World’s data will grow by 50X in next decade, IDC study predicts

June 29, 2011


In 2011, the amount of information created and replicated will surpass 1.8 zettabytes (1.8 trillion gigabytes), growing by a factor of 9 in just five years, according to the fifth annual IDC Digital Universe study released Tuesday.

By 2020 the world will generate 50 times the amount of information and 75 times the number of “information containers” while IT staff to manage it will grow less than 1.5… read more

World’s communications network due an energy diet

January 13, 2010

The Internet and other communications networks could use one-ten-thousandth of the energy that they do today if smarter data-coding techniques were used to move information around, say Bell Labs researchers, who have launched a consortium of networking and computing firms called Green Touch that is committed to developing new power-saving technologies.

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