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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

(Credit: CBS)

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-E : Official Site

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

Wall Street’s Math Wizards Forgot a Few Variables

September 14, 2009

In the wake of the meltdown of 2008, researchers are now incorporating human behavior into finance, looking at whether the mechanisms and models being developed to explore collective behavior on the Web, for example, can be applied to financial markets.

The risk models of Wall Street’s quants proved myopic, they say, because they were too simple-minded — they didn’t sufficiently take into account human behavior, specifically the potential for… read more

Walking through doorways causes forgetting, new research shows

November 21, 2011

We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find.

New research from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses. “Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and… read more

Walking in nature lowers risk of depression, scientists find in MRI study

Urbanization is associated with increased levels of mental illness
July 1, 2015

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A new study has found quantifiable evidence that supports the common-sense idea that walking in nature could lower your risk of depression.

The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting (El Camino Real in Palo Alto, California, a noisy street with three to four… read more

Walking for 40 minutes three times a week can make you smarter

August 27, 2010

Walking at one’s own pace for 40 minutes three times a week can enhance the connectivity of important brain circuits, combat declines in brain function associated with aging, and increase performance on cognitive tasks, researchers have found.

The new study used fMRI to determine whether aerobic activity increased connectivity in the default mode network (DMN), which dominates brain activity when a person is least engaged with the outside world,… read more

Walking again after spinal cord injury

June 1, 2012

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Rats with spinal cord injuries and severe paralysis are now walking (and running) thanks to researchers at EPFL.

They found that a severed section of the spinal cord can make a comeback when its own innate intelligence and regenerative capacity is awakened.

The study points to a profound change in our understanding of the central nervous system. According to lead author Grégoire Courtine, it… read more

Walk like this, said the caterpillar to the robot

April 28, 2011

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The new generation of search and rescue soft robots can wiggle their way into some tight spaces, but as for speed, not so much.

So Tufts University researchers decided to make their bots imitate caterpillars, some of which have the extraordinary ability to rapidly curl themselves into a wheel and propel themselves away from predators — really fast.

It’s called “ballistic rolling— one of the fastest wheeling… read more

Walgreen To Sell Pathway Genomics Genetic Test Kits Mid-May

May 12, 2010

Walgreen Co. will sell genetic tests in about 6,000 of its stores starting in mid-May to help evaluate a person’s relative risk of developing certain diseases.

Walgreen plans to offer Pathway’s Insight Saliva Collection Kit at retail from $20 to $30. The saliva test, which will be done at Pathway’s labs, will cost between $79 and $249. Genetic tests typically cost about $300.

Wake-up call to genes may lead to cure for baldness

May 20, 2007

Scientists have found a way to regenerate hair follicles that may lead to a cure for baldness, by reawakening genes once active only in developing embryos.

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