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Your next battery

November 25, 2003

Scientists are scrambling to perfect the fuel cell as a methanol-powered source for energy-hungry laptops and other portable devices.

Your memory can be altered by interfering information

A six-hour window
June 6, 2013

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You can manipulate an existing memory simply by suggesting new or different information, Iowa State University researchers have shown.

The key is timing and recall of that memory, said Jason Chan, an assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State.

“If you reactivate a memory by retrieving it, that memory becomes susceptible to changes again. And if at that time, you give people new contradictory… read more

Your Life: The Shirt-Pocket Movie

March 23, 2010


With an $80 miniature wearable camcorder called the uCorder, you can document every mundane aspect of your life.

Your Lapel Is Ringing

June 22, 2004

Wrist-watch phones, minute handsets woven into clothes, and more are already on sale in Asia. Expect to see them in the U.S. over the next 12 months.

You’ll see cell phones that are cleverly disguised in watches, bracelets, jacket lapels, backpacks — any imaginable place that will make gabbing a fashion statement.

NTT DoCoMo is developing a technology called FingerWhisper that uses a hand’s bone structure. When a… read more

Your genome in minutes: New technology could slash sequencing time

December 20, 2010

DNA sequencing tool (Imperial College London)

Scientists from Imperial College London are developing technology that could ultimately sequence a person’s genome in mere minutes, at a fraction of the cost of current commercial techniques.

The researchers have patented an early prototype technology that they believe could lead to an ultrafast commercial DNA sequencing tool within ten years. Their work is described in a study published this month in the journal read more

Your Cyborg Eye Will Talk to You

September 1, 2009

Circuits embedded into contact lenses to display information to the wearer are being developed by University of Washington researchers, with future plans to superimpose computer-generated high-resolution color graphics.

Your connected vehicle is arriving

January 3, 2012


Over the next 10 years automobiles will rapidly become “connected vehicles” that access, consume, and create information and share it with drivers, passengers, public infrastructure, and machines including other cars.

Continued evolution in sensors, computing power, machine learning, and big-data analytics will bring us closer to the goals of zero accidents and real-time traffic management.

Cars that are aware of their own location and the location of other… read more

Your Burger on Biotech

March 18, 2008

Recent developments in genetically altered food ingredients that could be used in the hamburger of the future include artificial ground meat (grown in a dish), wheat genetically spliced to have 12 percent more nutrients, and lettuce with vitamin C produced by a spliced-in rat gene (soon to be replaced with plant DNA).

Your Brain on Ethics

May 12, 2008

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and California Institute of Technology researchers used fMRI scans to observe the brain making morally charged tradeoffs between two different motivations.

Volunteers were scanned as they decided between pairs of difficult options on how to distribute scarce meals to children at an orphanage. The choices reflected a balance between avoiding inequity (one child receiving less food than others) and maximizing the common good (the count… read more

Your Brain Boots Up Like a Computer

August 21, 2006

As we yawn and open our eyes in the morning, the brain stem sends little puffs of nitric oxide to another part of the brain, the thalamus, which then directs it elsewhere.

Like a computer booting up its operating system before running more complicated programs, the nitric oxide triggers certain functions that set the stage for more complex brain operations, according to a new study.

Your amazing brain: Top 10 articles from 2008

December 8, 2008

Techniques for training your brain, a unified theory of the brain, and the outer limits of the human brain are among the ten top articles in 2008 recommended by New Scientist. is now making the last 12 months’ of articles free.

Youngest-ever nearby black hole discovered

November 16, 2010

This composite image shows a supernova (SN 1979C) within the galaxy M100 that may contain the youngest known black hole in our cosmic neighborhood.

Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have found evidence of the youngest black hole known to exist in our cosmic neighborhood. The 30-year-old object provides a unique opportunity to watch a black hole develop from infancy.

The black hole is a remnant of SN 1979C, a supernova in the galaxy M100 approximately 50 million light years from Earth. Data from Chandra, NASA’s Swift satellite, the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton… read more

Young people spend more than 7 hours a day using entertainment media: study

January 21, 2009

Young people (8-18) devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes (7:38) to using entertainment media across a typical day (more than 53 hours a week), increasing by one hour and seventeen minutes a day over the past five years, according to a new study, Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds, designed and analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Stanford University… read more

Young nerve cells can rewind their developmental clocks

January 2, 2004

Scientists have identified a gene in the cerebral cortex that apparently controls the developmental clock of embryonic nerve cells, a finding that could open another door to tissue replacement therapy in the central nervous system.

The researchers found that they could rewind the clock in young cortical cells in mice by eliminating a gene called Foxg1. The finding could potentially form the basis of a new method to push… read more

You’ll buy more from web ads that know how you think

December 8, 2009

An “ad morphing” system that serves up banner ads that fit a website user’s personality type has been developed by MIT Sloan School of Management researchers.

It uses a program called the Bayesian Inference Engine running unobtrusively on a user’s computer to monitor the person’s click patterns to determine how they respond to different textual and visual cues. This is then used to categorize the user’s cognitive style and… read more

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