Wings that redirect air sideways back and forth over the wings could cut airline fuel bills by 20%, according to research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Airbus in the UK.
July 30, 2002
University of Alberta researchers have developed a poker-playing computer program that successfully guesses whether an opponent is bluffing, wavering or playing his hands straight.
It records a player’s habits or biases as the game progresses and uses algorithms to mix that information with baseline probabilities, creating the effect of both reason and intuition. The program now defeats 90% of opponents.
June 21, 2012
At the Windows Phone Developer Summit in San Francisco Wednesday, Microsoft provided details on the upcoming Windows Phone 8 operating system.
It promises to provide deep integration with the Windows 8 operating system, meaning that the next generation of Windows devices, from PCs to laptops to tablets to mobile phones, should interact very nicely.
And the new “shared core” between Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 should provide… read more
February 6, 2006
University of Melbourne researchers have shown in several large-scale studies that abnormalities of the blood vessels in the retina can be used to predict patients’ risk for diabetes, hypertension, stroke and heart disease.
The approach involves analyzing digital photographs of patients’ retinas and studying them to find narrowing or ballooning of the small blood vessels. Systemic diseases often cause changes in the eye that can show up as red… read more
September 6, 2011
A 3-D prototype controlled by a user’s gestures that lets shoppers learn more about what’s in a store display window when the store is closed has been demonstrated by the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute.
Window opened on Alzheimer’s conundrum: Mouse-brain study shows protein plaques to be a cause of the problem
February 7, 2008
Harvard Medical School researchers have found that the brain protein plaques characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease can form extraordinarily fast, and seem to be the starting point of further degeneration in the brain–at least in mice.
The research helps settle a long-standing debate about whether such plaques are a primary cause or a symptom of Alzheimer’s, and may have implications for how the disease is treated.
September 11, 2012
There is enough power in the Earth’s winds to be a primary source of near-zero emission electric power for the entire world, but some scientists have been concerned they would substantially affect climate.
In related news today, Stanford University and University of Delaware researchers found that there’s plenty of wind over land and near to shore, using 4 million turbines, to supply 7.5 terawatts of power without significant negative affect on… read more
August 28, 2008
Expansive dreams about renewable energy from wind power and other sources are bumping up against the reality of a power grid that cannot handle the new demands.
An Energy Department plan to source 20 percent of the nation’s electricity from wind calls for a high-voltage backbone spanning the country, but it would cost $60 billion or more and would be contrained by multistate regulatory restrictions.
September 11, 2012
Researchers at Stanford University’s School of Engineering and the University of Delaware have used what they call the “most sophisticated weather model available” to meet many times the world’s total power demand by 2030 — in fact, enough to exceed the total demand by several times, even after accounting for reductions in wind speed caused by turbines.
July 31, 2007
WiMAX, a technology that enables high-speed Internet access on mobile devices that is much faster than current cellular service, took its next step toward becoming a reality.
Phone carrier Sprint Nextel and wireless provider Clearwire today agreed to build the first nationwide mobile broadband network using WiMAX technology, a move that will soup up Web access on mobile devices should the network come to fruition in 2008 as expected.… read more
October 22, 2007
The broadband technology WiMax has been added to a global standard for mobile devices, boosting its chances of becoming the preferred system for the next generation of high-speed wireless Internet access.
WiMax is capable of speeds of 70 megabits per second or more across an area of up to 40 miles. It’s faster than many fixed-line broadband connections today, which typically offer speeds of around 2 megabits per second.… read more
A new type of flexible ultra-thin glass has been unveiled by the firm that developed Gorilla Glass, currently used to make screens of many mobile devices.
Willow Glass can be “wrapped” around a device, said developer Corning.
A prototype is as thin as a sheet of paper, and the company said that it can be made to be just 0.05mm thick — thinner than the current 0.2mm or… read more
April 19, 2011
The TurtleBot uses a number of off-the-shelf components, including an Xbox Kinect controller that allows the robot to visually navigate its surroundings. The robot also uses free open-source software that can be adapted to make it perform a number of tasks.
The… read more
Willow Garage, one of the driving forces behind the Robot Operating System, announced that it would be giving away ten of its new and extraordinary PR2 Beta Robots.
Each PR2 Beta is a highly valued and expensive machine that represents a unique entry point to world-class robotics research. Willow Garage has an open call for proposals, so that any research group on the planet can apply to receive one… read more
December 6, 2007
Eventually, scientists will take one of the white spheres floating in the jars — the scaffolds — and add layers upon layers of human bladder cells, then ship the organ to a surgeon, who will implant it in the body of its donor. From biopsy to surgery, Tengion’s process takes six to eight weeks.
That patient just bought a new bladder, made out of her own cells. This may… read more