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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

50MP CCD Image Sensor unveiled by Kodak

July 9, 2008

Eastman Kodak Company unveiled the world’s first 50 million pixel CCD image sensor for professional photography.

The sensor captures digital images with unprecedented resolution and detail. For instance, with a 50 megapixel camera, in an aerial photo of a field 1 1/2 miles across, you could detect an object about the size of a small notebook computer (1 foot by 1 foot).

5D nanostructured quartz glass optical memory could provide ‘unlimited’ data storage for a million years

"Superman memory crystal" recordings could survive the end of the human race
July 10, 2013

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University of Southampton and Eindhoven University of Technology.scientists have developed a new technology that could store vast quantities of information — 360 TB on a disc, about 100 times more than current disk drives — for more than a million years [1].

‘Superman memory crystal’

Using a high speed femtosecond laser, data is written  on self-assembled nanostructures created in fused quartz, and stored in… read more

6 Billion Bits of Data About Me, Me, Me!

June 4, 2007

Soon we will all be able to decipher our own genomes for as little as $1,000, scientists say.

60 billion planets in our galaxy could sustain water, life: researchers

July 2, 2013

A planet with clouds and surface water orbits a red dwarf star in this artist’s conception of the Gliese 581 star system.

A new study by University of Chicago and Northwestern University researchers that calculates the influence of cloud behavior on climate doubles the number of potentially habitable planets orbiting red dwarfs, the most common type of stars in the universe.

In our Milky Way galaxy alone, 60 billion planets may be orbiting red dwarf stars in the habitable zone.

Current data from NASA’s… read more

60% of world’s population now has cell phone, highest ever

March 3, 2009

A U.N. report published today states that six in ten people (60%) of the world’s population has a cell phone subscription, up from just under 15% in 2002.

Internet use has more than doubled to 23% in 2008, up from 11% in 2002.

The report also ranked countries by how advanced their information and communications technology (ICT) is, with Sweden first and the U.S. at #17.

64-core chip promises to be a big leap ahead

August 20, 2007

Tilera Corp. is pioneering a new chip architecture based on MIT research and has begun to ship a 64-core processor, promising dramatic advances in powering devices for the networking and multimedia industries.

Tilera claims they will deliver more than 10 times the performance of current dual-core processors and 40 times the performance of today’s digital signal processors, and can be scaled to much larger grids.

70% of American adults have high-speed broadband access at home

August 28, 2013

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As of May 2013, 70% of American adults ages 18 and older have a high-speed broadband* connection at home, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Groups with the highest rates of home broadband adoption continue to be college graduates, adults under age 50, and adults living in households earning at least $50,000, as well as whites and adults living in… read more

78,000 sign up for one-way mission to Mars

May 10, 2013

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Mars One says it has received applications from more than 78,000 people in more than 120 countries for the Mars One astronaut selection program, in hopes of becoming a Mars settler in 2023.

Most applications come from the U.S. (17324), followed by China (10241), United Kingdom (3581), Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Argentina and India.

The most popular candidate (for site visitors) so far is Andersread more

8 Scientists Share $3 Million in Prizes

June 4, 2010

Winners of the annual $1 million Kavli Prize in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience this year include Nadrian C. Seeman of New York University for structural DNA for use as nanorobots or in a DNA computer, Donald M. Eigler of IBM’s Almaden Research Center for picking up a single atom and moving it precisely to a different location, and Thomas Südhof of the Stanford School of Medicine, Richard H. Scheller of… read more

83 year-old woman got 3D-printed mandible

February 5, 2012

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The University of Hasselt (Belgium) has announced that Belgian and Dutch scientists have successfully replaced a lower jaw with a 3D printed model for a 83 year-old woman, 3Ders.org reports.

According to the researchers, It is the first custom-made implant in the world to replace an entire lower jaw.

Normally it takes a few days to produce a custom implant, but with 3D printing… read more

86 civil liberties groups and Internet companies demand an end to NSA spying

June 12, 2013

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A bipartisan coalition of 86 civil liberties organizations and Internet companies — including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reddit, Mozilla, FreedomWorks, and the American Civil Liberties Union — are demanding swift action from Congress in light of the recent revelations about unchecked domestic surveillance, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

In an open letter to lawmakers sent today, the groups call for a congressional investigatory committee, similar to… read more

9 Questions for Carnegie Mellon Robot Chief Matthew Mason

January 11, 2008

The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon is coming off a $2 million win in November’s DARPA Urban Challenge, and director Matthew Mason discussed what’s next, from the Google Lunar X Prize to super artificial intelligence.

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