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150-Year-Old Computer Brought to Life

April 25, 2008
The Difference Engine, a complex mechanical computer, can handle logarithms and trigonometry (Doron Swade)

Designed nearly 150 years ago but never actually built until recently, one of two Babbage Difference Engines will go on display for the first time in North America, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, starting May 10.

16% of US science teachers are creationists

May 21, 2008

Despite a court-ordered ban on the teaching of creationism in US schools, about one in eight high-school biology teachers still teach it as valid science, a survey by Pennsylvania State University researchers reveals.

About 16 percent said they believed human beings had been created by God within the last 10,000 years.

Also see: Evolution and Creationism in America’s Classrooms: A National Portrait, adding that 48 percent… read more

16-year-old programmer raises seed round from billionaire Li Ka Shing to ‘summarize the Web’

December 14, 2011

Nick D’Aloisio has created an iPhone app, Summly, that deals with Web overload by creating a quick summary of Web pages, TechCrunch reports.

160-lumen white power LED lighting

October 25, 2006

New LED lamps capable of 70 lumens per watt may cut our light-based electrical bill ultimately by more than 90 percent.

And Toyota has said that replacing a car’s lights with LEDs would be equivalent to getting an extra 20 percent mileage through reducing vehicle weight.

17-year-old wins $100K for biochemistry research on cancer stem cells

December 9, 2011

(credit: Siemens Competition/Siemens Foundation)

Angela Zhang, a senior at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California, won the $100,000 Grand Prize in the Individual category in the 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for using nanotechnology to eradicate cancer stem cells.

In her project, “Design of Image-guided, Photo-thermal Controlled Drug Releasing Multifunctional Nanosystem for the Treatment of Cancer Stem Cells,” she developed a nanoparticle that can be delivered to… read more

1918 flu antibodies resurrected from elderly survivors

August 18, 2008

Researchers at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt have recovered antibodies to the 918 flu pandemic virus from elderly survivors of the original outbreak.

The antibodies could be effective treatments for a future outbreak.

1Gbps Wi-Fi coming to a billion devices by 2015

February 9, 2011

In-Stat forecasts that the impact of the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology standard (developed to provide Gigabit speeds) will push shipments of 802.11ac-enabled devices from 0 in 2011 to nearly 1 billion by 2015.

“The goal of 802.11ac is to provide data speeds much faster than 802.11n, with speeds of around 1Gbps,” says Frank Dickson, Vice President of Research.

Some of the research findings include:

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    1st Nat’l Bank of Stem Cells

    May 20, 2004

    The world’s first embryonic stem-cell bank opened in Britain Wednesday, breaking new ground in one of the most controversial areas of medical research.

    The bank will store and supply tens of thousands of stem cell lines for research and possible treatment of conditions like diabetes, cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

    2 Billion Infected? WHO Stokes Swine Flu Fear

    May 8, 2009

    The World Health Organization may have inadvertently triggered a new wave of fear over the threat of a swine flu pandemic today by suggesting that up to 2 billion people could be infected if the current outbreak worsens.

    WHO chief Keiji Fukuda quickly noted to reporters that he was making statement based on data from past pandemics and was not a predicting what would happen with the current swine… read more

    2 billion jobs to disappear by 2030

    February 6, 2012

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    Futurist Thomas Frey predicts that over 2 billion jobs will disappear by 2030, roughly 50% of all the jobs on the planet.

    Industries that will go away (with some news jobs created):

    • The power industry (micro grids)
    • Automobile transportation (going driverless)
    • Education (OpenCourseware replacing teachers)
    • Manufacturing (3D printers and bots taking over).

     

    2-D Holograms Make 3-D Color Display

    November 19, 2004

    Researchers from Seoul National University have developed a three-dimensional color display that uses a set of six holograms and is made from relatively compact and inexpensive components.

    With a parallel processing computer system and a specialized chip, the method could be used for real-time three-dimensional broadcasting, according to the researchers.

    2-D Invisibility Cloak Created

    December 19, 2007

    University of Maryland researchers have used plasmon technology to create the world’s first invisibility cloak for visible light and a superlens microscope that allows for viewing details of previously undetectable nanoscale objects.

    The microscope could one day image living cells, viruses, proteins, DNA molecules, and other samples. The team hopes to improve the resolution to about 10 nanometers.

    20 factors that will change PCs in 2002

    January 8, 2002

    PC World picked 20 trends and technologies that will have the greatest impact on personal computing for business and home use in the coming year or more.
    They include 400GB hard drives, the 1-GHz palmtop, organic-light-emitting diodes to replace LCDs, multimedia instant messaging, high-speed wireless networks in office and home, markup languages for everything, hyper-threading (a more efficient way to use processing power), a third-generation bus that’s ten times… read more

    20 Smart Companies to Start Now

    October 10, 2006

    Business 2.0 Magazine has listed 20 tantalizing business ideas, ranging from a host of new websites and applications to next-generation power sources and a luxury housing development.

    20/20 Vision Awards honor Kurzweil, other innovative leaders

    October 11, 2002

    Ray Kurzweil has been included in CIO magazine’s 20/20 Vision Awards, which “honor outstanding individuals…20 creators and marketers of technology, and 20 practitioners who use IT to make great things happen.”
    Kurzweil “created various artificial intelligence technologies, including speech recognition software used by doctors to dictate medical reports into a computer. Showing his range of vision, Kurzweil is currently at work on a book about reversing the aging process.… read more

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