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Warfare at the speed of light

October 21, 2003

The Pentagon inside of a decade could be armed with a beam weapon that is near-instantaneous, gravity-free and truly surgical.

It could focus to such hair-splitting accuracy that it could avoid civilians while detonating munitions miles away or even cruise missiles at ranges of up to dozens of miles in good weather.

In clear air above the clouds, a high-powered laser could reach 500 miles to destroy rising… read more

War of the machines?

April 6, 2011

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The Marine Corps has developed a new X-47B robotic plane that looks like a cross between a stealth fighter and drone.

The X-47B can find its target by itself, with almost no human interaction, unlike current drones, which require remote pilots. It can also take off and land on the rolling deck of an aircraft carrier without human help.

There are more than 2,000 robots in… read more

War Machines: Recruiting Robots for Combat

November 29, 2010

The U.S. Army is designing new remote-controlled robots to handle a broader range of tasks, from picking off snipers to serving as indefatigable night sentries.

Wanted: supercomputer software engineers

January 4, 2012

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Elite U.S. supercomputing labs are looking for software engineers with backgrounds in high-performance computing, HPCWire reports.

In related news, on January 19–20, 2012, the Cornell Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) will present a National Science Foundation-sponsored training workshop on large-scale data computation and analysis. Agenda. Register.

In other related news,  Jeff Nichols, associate lab director in charge of scientific computing… read more

Wanted: Mars colonists to explore red planet

January 9, 2013

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The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which hopes to put the first astronauts on the Red Planet in 2023, released its basic astronaut requirements on Jan. 8, setting the stage for a televised global selection process that will begin later this year, Space.com reports.

Anyone who is at least 18 years old can apply to become a Mars colony pioneer. The most important criteria, officials say, are intelligence,… read more

Wanted: Home Computers to Join in Research on Artificial Life

September 29, 2009

A concept view of an artificial protocell forming in the EvoGrid (Ryan Norkus/DigitalSpace)

Silicon Valley researchers at Digital Space plan to turn software originally designed to search for evidence of extraterrestrial life to the task of looking for evidence of artificial life, using hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers in homes and offices.

The goal of the “EvoGrid” project is to detect evidence of self-organizing behavior in computerized simulations that have been constructed to model the first emergence of life in the… read more

Wanted: Drugs to Fight Bioterror

June 3, 2004

Amid new warnings about a possible summer of terror, the U.S. government is preparing to spend $5.6 billion over a decade to coax pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs to fend off a biological or chemical attack.

By contrast, a single cholesterol drug — Lipitor — rakes in $9 billion in revenue each year.

Wanted for the Internet of Things: ant-sized computers

May 29, 2013

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A computer two millimeters square that contains almost all the components of a tiny functioning computer is the start of an effort to make chips that can put computer power just about anywhere for the vaunted “Internet of Things,” MIT Technology Review reports.

The KL02 chip, made by Freescale, is shorter on each side than most ants are long and crams in memory,… read more

Want To Watch The Web 2.0 Summit From Home? Here’s The Livestream

November 16, 2010

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You can watch the Web 2.0 Summit live via streaming and archived.

The Web 2.0 Summit is brings together leaders of the Internet Economy to debate and determine business strategy. The conference is being held November 15-17 in San Francisco.

Want to speak at TED? Now you can audition

February 1, 2012

TED Audition

TED will host auditions in 14 countries on six continents this spring, reports the Mashable blog. Anybody can submit an application on the TED website, and include a short video if they’d like, but auditions are invite-only.

Favorites from live auditions will record short videos to post on TED.com for public voting, and the top 50 most popular contenders will be considered for TED 2013 programming.… read more

Want to Remember Everything You’ll Ever Learn?

April 23, 2008

a software program called SuperMemo is based on the insight that there is an ideal moment to practice what you’ve learned.

The right time to practice is just at the moment you’re about to forget. SuperMemo is the result of his research. It predicts the future state of a person’s memory and schedules information reviews at the optimal time.

Want to live to 90?

May 5, 2014

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A landmark study of retirement community residents who lived past 90 is providing a guide that could help.

They’re  called “the oldest old.” They are people age 90 and above, and they are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. Now a landmark study of thousands of members of a retirement community in Southern California is revealing factors that may contribute to living longer. Some of the findings are… read more

Want to Enhance Your Brain Power?

June 27, 2008

Researchers at the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke are studying how applying gentle electrical current to the scalp can improve learning.

The transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) device uses a simple nine-volt battery, which passes about 2 to 2.5 milliamps of electrical current directly to the brain through the scalp and skull.

Researchers found that direct current stimulation could improve memory in participants asked to learn… read more

Wall-E

July 4, 2008

Pixar’s “WALL-E” succeeds at being three things at once: an enthralling animated film, a visual wonderment and a decent science-fiction story, says film critic Roger Ebert.

Seven hundred years in the future, a rusty trash-compacting droid appears to be the last ‘bot on earth…

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Wall-climbing robots race to the top

August 4, 2011

Robot Competition

Fourteen teams of University of British Columbia (UBC) engineering physics students are set to compete in the 11th Annual UBC Engineering Physics Robot Competition.

Students are challenged to design “climber-bots” that can crawl, grab, and lift themselves straight up an eight-foot tall vertical wall. Once at the top, robots have to grab onto a “zip-line” and ride down to the finish line to victory —… read more

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