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Volkswagen’s intelligent car: the next step in connected cars

February 16, 2012

Audi A8 with a beta automated driving technology called "Urban Intelligent Assist." This isn't yet in production, but it's a sign of what's to come. (Credit: Volkswagen)

The next step in the evolution of connected cars is making cars intelligent.

The goal of the Urban Intelligent Assist project, which Audi is undertaking in collaboration with four U.S. universities, is to help the driver deal with driving conditions and navigation.

The goal is for the cars to recognize individual motorists behind the wheel, and know preferred destinations, routes the motorists have most commonly traveled, and the time… read more

Volkswagen shows off self-driving autopilot technology for cars

June 24, 2011

Volkswagen has presented its “Temporary Auto Pilot” technology. Monitored by a driver, the technology can allow a car to drive semi-automatically at speeds of up to 80 mph on highways.

It works using a combination of existing technology such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, rolling them all into one comprehensive function.

In the semi-automatic driving mode, the system maintains a safe distance to the vehicle ahead,… read more

Volcanoes may reveal secrets through ‘song’

August 10, 2006

Active volcanoes are being made to “sing” by researchers who convert seismic data into frequencies audible to human ears.

The sonification ttechnique could make it easier to detect patterns that warn of an eruption.

Volcano could trigger tsunami disaster for New York

August 11, 2004

A collapsing volcano could trigger a vast tidal wave capable of wiping New York, Washington and Miami off the map, warn geologists.

Geologists are concerned that an unstable flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma in the Canaries is in danger of sliding into the sea.

If shaken loose by a volcanic eruption, the huge slab of rock would send a tsunami more… read more

Volcanic lightning may have sparked life on Earth

October 17, 2008

Scientists have detected additional amino acids in the original samples from the classic Miller-Urey experiment: a mixture of gases and water that Miller thought were present on early Earth was heated and zapped with electricity to mimic lightning. This created five identifiable amino acids.

But one of the two lesser-know experimental setups — a volcanic apparatus adding steam — created 22 amino acids that could be positively identified, and… read more

Voices From The Grass Roots Call For Responsible Nano Policy

May 14, 2003

Two new organizations — the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology and the Nanotechnology Policy Forum — are addressing public concerns (fueled by Bill Joy’s article in Wired Magazine and Michael Crichton’s novel Prey) about the risks of nanotech, cultivating informed public dialogue on the issues.

Voicemail software recognises callers’ emotions

January 11, 2005

A voicemail system that labels messages according to the caller’s tone of voice could soon be helping people identify which messages are the most urgent.

The software, called Emotive Alert, works by extracting the distribution of volume, pitch and speech rate – the ratio of words to pauses – in the first 10 seconds of each message, and then comparing them with eight stored “acoustical fingerprints” that roughly represent… read more

Voice control is finally taking over

September 11, 2003

Using phone numbers, remote controls and computer keyboards will likely seem quaint within a decade as new capability to turn human speech into accurate, efficient computer code radically changes the ways we live and work.

That’s the outlook of Lawrence R. Rabiner, associate director of the Center for Advanced Information Processing (CAIP) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in an overview of speech processing, “The Power of… read more

Vivid insight provided into workings of the brain

January 21, 2002

Researchers at the Institute of Psychology, King’s College London, have developed Vivid (virtual in-vivo interactive dissection), a system that noninvasively detects patterns of nerve connections inside the brains of living people.By reprogramming MRI scanners, Vivid tracks the random oscillation of water molecules, which can move more easily along a bundle of nerve fibers. A program makes it possible to construct a 3-D representation of the nerve connections.

The group… read more

Vitamins ‘may shorten your life’

April 17, 2008

Copenhagen University research has suggested that certain vitamin supplements do not extend life and could even lead to a premature death.

A review of 67 studies with trials involving 233,000 people found “no convincing evidence” that antioxidant supplements cut the risk of dying,” and suggested that vitamins A and E could interfere with the body’s natural defences, and that beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E seem to increase mortality.… read more

Vitamin E may delay decline in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s Disease, study finds

January 1, 2014

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New research published online first in the Jan. 1 Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that alpha tocepherol (fat-soluble Vitamin E and antioxidant), may slow functional decline — problems with daily activities such as shopping, preparing meals, planning, and traveling — in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease and decrease caregiver burden.

Vitamin E did not show delay of cognitive or memory deterioration in the research.

“Since the cholinesterase… read more

Vitamin D Protects Cells From Stress That Can Lead To Prostate Cancer

May 14, 2008

University of Rochester Medical Center researchers and their colleagues have found that vitamin D induces a gene, G6PD, to increase expression of a key enzyme, protecting healthy prostate cells from the damage and injuries that can lead to cancer.

The enzyme clears cells of reactive oxygen species (ROS), molecules that can damage DNA and injure cells.

University of Rochester Medical Center News Release

Vitamin D May Lower Some Cancer Risk

December 29, 2005

There is growing evidence that vitamin D helps protect against colorectal cancer, and now a group of researchers who have long studied the vitamin say the same is true for breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

The researchers recommend 1,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily. Current recommendations call for people between the ages of 1 and 50 to consume 200 IU of vitamin D daily, with 400 IU… read more

Vitamin D May Help Curb Breast Cancer

May 20, 2008

Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto) researchers found that women with insufficient vitamin D were nearly twice as likely to have their cancer recur or spread over the next 10 years, and 73 percent more likely to die of the disease.

In another study, University of California San Diego researchers found an association between sun exposure and lowered breast cancer rates. (Ultraviolet B radiation in sunlight triggers production… read more

Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to brain dysfunction

April 22, 2008

Scientists at Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland have found evidence for vitamin D’s involvement in brain function, warranting vitamin D supplementation for groups chronically low in vitamin D, particularly nursing infants, the elderly, and African Americans.

The evidence includes wide distribution of vitamin D receptors throughout the brain and the vitamin’s ability to affect proteins in the brain known to be directly involved in learning and memory,… read more

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