August 3, 2005
The Web, a planet-sized computer, is comparable in complexity to a human brain. Both the brain and the Web have hundreds of billions of neurons (or Web pages). Each biological neuron sprouts synaptic links to thousands of other neurons, while each Web page branches into dozens of hyperlinks.
That adds up to a trillion “synapses” between the static pages on the Web. The human brain has about 100 times… read more
We all carry 100-200 new mutations in our DNA, according to researchers from The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute/
June 12, 2001
The “wavelength disk drive” could make interactions between computers up to 20 times faster, expanding the scope of distributed computing.
Exchanged data is stored in wavelengths of light circling in a fiber-optic network. Computers on the network can perform calculations and “write” the data to an assigned wavelength. They then “read” other processors’ results from the light stream, repeating the process until the calculation is done.
March 27, 2012
An international team of scientists has shot a video that shows the build-up of a matter-wave interference pattern from single dye molecules. The pattern is so large (up to 0.1 mm), it can been seen with a video camera.
The video visualizes the dualities of particle and wave, randomness and determinism, and locality and delocalization in an intuitive way.
Physicist Richard Feynman once claimed that… read more
Large-scale wave energy systems developed in the Pacific Northwest should be comparatively steady, dependable, and able to be integrated into the overall energy grid at lower costs than some other forms of alternative energy, including wind power, a new analysis suggests.
The findings, published in the journal Renewable Energy, confirm what scientists have expected — that wave energy will have fewer problems with variability than some energy sources and… read more
February 8, 2012
IBM’s Watson is having its biggest impact by pulling in new customers for existing business products as IBM persuades them to organize their data into formats that an AI like Watson can better understand.
IBM has created a slogan, “Ready for Watson,” to help sell its products that way.
At the heart of Watson is a system known as DeepQA. This is not yet for sale,… read more
August 21, 2008
A new comparison of the publicly available genome sequences of James Watson and Craig Venter indicates that skin color doesn’t necessarily tell you much about the rest of their genome or how they’ll respond to drugs or which drugs they’ll respond to, says Venter.
But the availability of cheap genetic testing — and soon complete individual genome sequencing — means that such personalized information will become increasingly important in… read more
October 30, 2014
Scientists at IBM and Repsol SA, Spain largest energy company, announced today (Oct. 30) the world’s first research collaboration using cognitive technologies like IBM’s Watson to jointly develop and apply new tools to make it cheaper and easier to find new oil fields.
An engineer will typically have to manually read through an enormous set of journal papers and baseline reports with models of reservoir, well, facilities, production, export,… read more
February 11, 2013
These innovations stand alone to help transform the quality and speed of care delivered to patients through individualized, evidence based medicine, says IBM.
For more than a year, IBM has partnered separately with WellPoint and Memorial Sloan-Kettering to… read more
February 15, 2011
The Watson IBM supercomputer finished the third round of the TV show “Jeopardy!” on Wednesday night as winner, with a cumulative total of $77,147, compared with $24,000 for Ken Jennings and $21,600 for Brad Rutter. Watson won a total prize of $1 million; Jennings and Rutter got $300,000 and $200,000 respectively.
June 26, 2009
Lightweight, high-energy batteries that can use the surrounding air as a cathode are being developed by PolyPlus.
The purpose is to help scientists understand how the complex activity of the brain gives rise to the complex behavior exhibited by animals, including humans.
September 24, 2008
A $30 test that takes just half an hour has been developed at Australia’s Environmental Biotechnology Cooperative Research Centre.