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Zapping asteroids and space debris with a swarm of satellites firing lasers

March 28, 2012


No, it’s not a new version of the classic Asteroids video game. Engineers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow have envisioned a swarm of small agile satellites flying in formation, firing solar-powered lasers at an asteroid.

According to Dr. Massimiliano Vasile, of Strathclyde’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the concept is more feasible than a single large spacecraft carrying a multi-mega watt laser.

“Our system is… read more

Yudkowsky on Coast to Coast AM Saturday night

August 30, 2007

AI researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky will be a guest on the national Coast to Coast AM radio show from 11pm – 2am PT on Saturday night, September 1st.

He will discuss AI, the Singularity and its implications, the Singularity Summit, and the work of the Singularity Institute.

Yudkowsky is one of the featured speakers at the Singularity Summit 2007, to be held September 8th and… read more

You’re far less in control of your brain than you think

When your eyes tell your hands what to think
October 1, 2012


You’ve probably never given much thought to the fact that picking up your cup of morning coffee presents your brain with a set of complex decisions. You need to decide how to aim your hand, grasp the handle and raise the cup to your mouth, all without spilling the contents on your lap.

A new Northwestern University study shows that, not only does your brain… read more

You’ve Had a Genetic Test. Now What?

June 13, 2008

A new project by Coriell Institute for Medical Research aims to incorporate the results of genetic screening into medicine.

The researchers will evaluate the relevance of specific genes in terms of their disease risk and clinical utility, and make a direct effort to involve medical professionals.

Unlike some private services, the Coriell project will give participants only that genetic information deemed by an advisory board to be medically… read more

YouTube, social media play new role in presidential debate

Campaigns are gearing up to shape social media reactions in real time
October 3, 2012


The Internet will play an expanded role in tonight’s presidential debate.

YouTube has teamed up with ABC News and Yahoo News to stream the debate.

And as a sign of just how pervasive and crucial social media has become, in some states elected officials are only one degree of “friend” separation from nearly every Facebook account holder in that state, says JD Schlough, a… read more

YouTube unveils live-streaming service

April 13, 2011

YouTube is expanding its video offerings, launching a live-streaming service to complement its catalog of recorded videos.

The video-sharing website is trying to better handle the age of Internet-connected televisions, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. YouTube is reorganizing its home page around “channels,” or topics, such as sports and arts.

The website is working to include about 20 “premium channels” that would showcase five to… read more

YouTube to Help Sites Gather News Clips

November 17, 2009

YouTube has signed up NPR, Politico, The Huffington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle for YouTube Direct, a new method for managing video submissions from citizen journalists.

YouTube to get high-def 1080p player

November 13, 2009

YouTube will provide an option for full HD 1080p resolution and a new full-screen player within days.

YouTube now supports 4k-resolution videos

July 12, 2010

YouTube has announced that its player now supports 4k, a standard resolution for films that measures 4096×3072 pixels (requiring special equipment to view).

As YouTube Engineer Ramesh Sarukkai explained in the announcement on YouTube’s official blog, “4K is nearly four times the size of 1080p,” and it dwarfs even Imax, which projects films in the slightly smaller 2k format, with its 2048?1080-pixel resolution.

YouTube Moves Closer to the Boob Tube

June 3, 2009

Google has unveiled, a revamped version of that works on any Web browser that can be connected to a TV, and is intended to be viewed on a television set or on a large PC screen.

It can also be controlled with some remote controls, and can be made to display a series of clips continuously.

YouTube Leanback: YouTube That Looks Like TV

July 12, 2010

Google’s new YouTube Leanback serice aims to become a fixture on your television by letting you watch an uninterrupted stream of full-screen YouTube videos in high definition, using your keyboard’s directional arrows and the return key to navigate through the new service.

The beta service decides what to show you based on your YouTube account preferences, and you can use Leanback to watch your YouTube movie rentals obtained… read more

YouTube in 3D?

July 24, 2009

One of Google’s developers has been working on a “20% project” to create a 3D effect for videos.

YouTube goes live

November 24, 2008

YouTube has broadcast its first live event, an extravaganza that was part concert and part variety show.

YouTube for test tubes

November 27, 2006

The newly launched Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) consists entirely of videos of scientists performing basic molecular-biology protocols.

The goal is to help scientists improve the reproducibility of their work, while also providing a window for the public to view what goes on in the lab.

You’re Leaving a Digital Trail. What About Privacy?

December 1, 2008

Propelled by new technologies and the Internet’s steady incursion into every nook and cranny of life, the emerging fields of “collective intelligence” and “reality mining” offer powerful capabilities, from improving the efficiency of advertising to giving community groups new ways to organize.

But now with the Internet, wireless sensors, GPS, Wi-Fi positioning, cell-tower triangulation, RFID chips and the capability to analyze an avalanche of data, a person’s profile can… read more

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