December 19, 2002
Google, Lycos and other search sites have unleashed lists of the year’s top search terms, which many say are an accurate barometer of cultural fads, fears and obsessions.
GeneDesign, a new web-based program that simplifies many tricky steps involved in designing artificial DNA, has been released by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers.
But this is also a source of concern. An investigation conducted by New Scientist in November 2005 revealed that few gene synthesis companies check that the genes they are being asked to make are safe, or perform customer background checks after receiving an… read more
Mash Maker, A new research project from Intel Research, aims to let people use their ordinary Web browsers to combine information from different sites.
Mash Maker is one of a handful of services and products intended to help the motivated noncoder combine information from different websites, including Microsoft’s Popfly, Yahoo Pipes, and IBM’s Lotus Mashups.
Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee warned that if the US decided to go ahead with a two-tier Internet, the network would enter “a dark period.”
Fox and Hendler, both professors within the Tetherless World Research Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, outlined a new vision for the visualization of scientific data, in a perspective piece titled “Changing the Equation on Scientific Data Visualization.”
As the researchers explain, visualizations provide a means to enable the understanding of complex data. The problem with the current use of visualization in the scientific community, according to Fox… read more
A new browser called RockMelt is built on the premise that most online activity today revolves around socializing on Facebook, searching on Google, tweeting on Twitter and monitoring a handful of favorite websites.
Rockmelt tries to minimize the need to roam from one website to the next by corralling all vital information and favorite services in panes and drop-down windows.
The ImageJS module enables pathologists to drag a digitized pathology slide into a Web app and analyze it for malignancy based on color. Cancer cells change color when exposed to standard dyes. It is available from the Google Chrome App store, Google Code and Github.
ImageJS… read more
The 25 European Commission member states and nine accession countries have all signed up for an “Internet for all” action plan, designed to ensure that the most Web-disadvantaged groups can get online.
The EC has pledged to increase broadband coverage across the continent to 90 percent by 2010 and to halve exclusion rates in skills and digital literacy by 2010.
A new machine that makes nanostructured fibers could turn soldiers’ uniforms into power supplies.
Among the machine’s many potential uses is assembling fibers in regular, nanoscale patterns that combine battery electrodes with a polymer separator and electrolyte to form a complete battery.
Over the last year, Apple and Google have secretly begun working on projects that will become wearable computers, based on the smartphone, which is becoming the hub for our information sharing and gathering, New York Times Bits reports.
In Google’s secret Google X labs, researchers are working on peripherals that — when attached to your clothing or body — would communicate information back to an … read more
Fitness trends and health-care problems are creating demand for tiny computers we won’t even notice we’re carrying.
What if your doctor had already received the information from a tiny device built into your cell phone, wallet, or undershirt? Sonny Vu, a cofounder of the medical-device company AgaMatrix, believes a device like this could fundamentally change health care.
He created the first FDA-approved glucose sensor that plugs into an iPhone;… read more
Tiny wearable screens–with diagonals of less than half an inch–are now available that project what looks like a lifesize screen floating in space just a couple of feet from your eyes.
These devices permit the wearer to remain totally engaged with their environment, able to see everything around them.
Future screens won’t stick out, but rather will be embedded into the frames and will be wirelessly connected to… read more