Transcendent Man, the film about the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil by director Barry Ptolemy, is available today (May 24, 2011) on DVD in stores nationwide (Best Buy and Barnes and Noble), according to Ptolemaic Productions.
Transcendent Man, film heralding the coming Singularity, launches February 2011 via new distribution model
January 11, 2011
Ptolemaic Productions and Therapy Studios announced today the February 2011 release of their much-anticipated film Transcendent Man. Directed by Barry Ptolemy, Transcendent Man chronicles the life and controversial ideas of inventor, futurist, and author Ray Kurzweil.
On February 3rd, Transcendent Man will embark on a multi-city global tour beginning in New York and followed by San Jose, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Boston, London, and Toronto. Each… read more
April 1, 2009
NYU researchers have developed new technology called Inexpensive Multi-Touch Pressure Acquisition Devices (IMPAD) that can be made paper thin and can fit on small portable devices or cover an entire table or wall.
IMPAD measures a change in electrical resistance when a person or object applies different pressure to a specially designed pad, consisting of only a few layers of materials. It opens up a new dimension of pressure… read more
October 25, 2010
Using a $1.50 digital camera sensor, scientists at Caltech have created the simplest and cheapest lens-free microscope yet. Such a device could have many applications, including helping diagnose disease in the developing world, and enabling rapid screening of new drugs.
A system of microscopic channels called microfluidics lead a sample across the light-sensing chip, which snaps images in rapid succession as the sample passes across and produces a video.… read more
June 9, 2010
Researchers at Monash University have developed the first dipstick-type test to determine blood type.
The test involves putting a drop of blood onto a thin piece of paper that has been specially printed with antibodies; as the blood seeps into different parts of the paper, the blood type is revealed. The researchers say the test, which costs pennies, could improve medical treatments in the developing world.
May 2, 2012
Over the last decade, the amount of scientific data transferred by thousands of researchers around the world over the Department of Energy’s ESnet (Energy Sciences Network) 100-gigabit network has increased at a rate of about 72 percent per year, says Greg Bell, acting director of ESnet, which is managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
In an effort to spur U.S. scientific competitiveness, as well as accelerate development and widespread deployment… read more
December 6, 2013
Per Lindstrand, the engineer who broke numerous ballooning records with Richard Branson, is hoping to develop a 1km-tall inflatable chimney that can capture energy from the sun, The Engineer reports.
The tower uses rising air heated by the sun to drive turbines. It could provide an alternative to photovoltaic generation in remote areas of seismic activity where maintenance of power lines or solar panels would be difficult.… read more
November 17, 2009
Betavoltaics, batteries that harvest energy from the nuclear decay of isotopes to produce very low levels of current and last for decades without needing to be replaced, are being developed by Widetronix.
June 12, 2015
Sergiu Pasca, M.D., of Stanford University and colleagues have developed “human cortical spheroids” — miniature cultured 3-D structures that grow and function much like the cortex of the brain of the person from whom they were derived.
These “organoids” (3-D complexes of cells that function like an organ) buzz with neuronal network activity. Cells talk with each other in circuits, much as they do in our brains.… read more
August 6, 2007
Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital have developed software that integrates data from multiple imaging technologies to create an interactive 3-D map of the brain.
The new imaging software collates data from different types of brain-imaging methods, including conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI (fMRI), and diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI). The MRI gives details on the anatomy, fMRI provides information on the activated areas of the brain, and DTI… read more
February 24, 2010
In an initiative called the Invest in America Alliance, Intel and 24 venture capital firms plan to invest $3.5 billion in American start-ups over the next two years.
In addition, Intel, Google, Cisco Systems, Microsoft and 13 other employers pledged to add jobs in 2010, by hiring 10,500 graduates of American colleges, largely those with computer science and engineering degrees.
Fewer than 10 percent of college graduates in… read more
October 6, 2011
The Indian government is buying 100,000 Android tablets named “Aakash” (Hindi for “Sky”), build in India by UK company DataWind, and priced at $35 (for students, $60 for others), says ZDNet India IT blog. It will be available in November.
- 7” Resistive touch screen (800×480)
- Processor: 366 Mhz with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
- Memory (RAM): 256MB RAM
- Storage (Internal):
June 27, 2014
The more cores — or processing units — a computer chip has, the bigger the problem of communication between cores becomes.