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Video game playing found beneficial for the brain

November 1, 2013

Super Mario 64 (credit: Nintendo)

Playing the Super Mario 64 video game causes increased size in brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning as well as fine motor skills, a new study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charité University Medicine St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus has found.

The positive effects of video gaming may also be useful in therapeutic interventions targeting psychiatric disorders.

To investigate… read more

Video Feeds Follow Podcasting

December 8, 2004

With the success of podcasting — which lets anyone subscribe to and play back audio feeds on an iPod — the natural next step is technology that can do the same with video.

Video Dial-a-Doctor seen easing shortage in rural US

September 7, 2012

(Credit: MDLive)

A half-dozen U.S. states are turning to telemedicine to address a shortage of doctors in rural areas, a gap the Obama administration has said is a serious health-care shortcoming, Bloomberg reports.

Medical provider Sentara Healthcare and MDLive, a remote technology developer, to provide remote care to more than 2 million people in the Southeast.

Ware County,… read more

Video conferencing gets quantum security

May 3, 2005

Quantum cryptography has been sped up to the point that it can be used to secure video conferencing, currently over a distance of about 120 kilometers.

Scientists from Toshiba’s Cambridge Research Laboratory have invented a system capable of generating 100 quantum keys every second, each consisting of 128 bits. This is fast enough for every individual frame of video to be protected by its own encryption.

Video appears in paper magazines

August 21, 2009

The first video-in-print ads, using chips and thin screens around the size of mobile phone displays, will appear in select copies of Entertainment Weekly magazine in September and hold 40 minutes of video.

The first clips will be promos for CBS programs and Pepsi.

Victory for crowdsourced biomolecule design

January 23, 2012


Obsessive gamers’ hours at the computer have now topped scientists’ efforts to improve a model enzyme, in the first crowdsourced redesign of a protein.

The online game Foldit allows players to fiddle at folding proteins on their home computers in search of the best-scoring (lowest-energy) configurations.

By posing a series of puzzles to Foldit players and then testing variations on the players’ best designs in the… read more

Vicarious announces $15 million funding for AI software based on the brain

August 24, 2012


Vicarious FPC Inc, an artificial intelligence company that uses the computational principles of the brain to build software that can think and learn like a human, has announced a $15M Series A round of financing for development of machine learning software based on the computational principles of the human brain.

The research at Vicarious is expected to have broad implications for robotics, medical image analysis, image and video… read more

Vicarious AI breaks CAPTCHA ‘Turing test’

October 28, 2013

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Vicarious, a startup developing artificial intelligence software, today announced that its algorithms can now reliably solve modern CAPTCHAs (Completely Automated Public Turing tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart).

Stanford University researchers have suggested that a CAPTCHA scheme (which are used by websites to verify that a visitor is human by asking them to transcribe a string of distorted letters) should be considered “broken” if an algorithm… read more

Vibration-powered Generators Replace AA, AAA Batteries

July 19, 2010

(Brother Industries Ltd.)

Brother Industries Ltd. has developed small vibration-powered generators that can replace AA and AAA batteries in devices that do not always consume electricity and have a power consumption of about 100mW (a maximum for a normal remote).

The battery-shaped case includes an electromagnetic induction generator and a 500mF double-layer capacitor. The average output of the AA-size generator is 10 to 180mW (frequency: 4-8Hz).

Vibrating touch screen puts Braille at the fingertips

April 1, 2009

A new way of presenting Braille characters on a mobile device could lead to a Braille-ready touchscreen phone.

University of Tampere in Finland and colleagues used a Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, which has a piezoelectric material built into the touch screen that vibrates when an electric signal is applied to it. To generate characters, they installed software that represents a raised dot as a single pulse of intense vibration,… read more

Veteran’s new artificial leg has artificial intelligence

April 11, 2007

Ossur’s “Power Knee” prosthetic leg allows amputees to walk longer while experiencing less physical toll.

It uses sensors located on the artificial knee and on the insole of the other leg, which sends information about their position at high speed. Gyroscopes on the artificial knee and on the ankle also send information about the tilt of the limbs. All of this information flows to a microprocessor in the knee,… read more

Vestiges of Big Bang Waves Are Reported

January 12, 2005

Astronomers have seen, in the patterns of galaxies scattered across the night sky, the vestiges of sound waves that rumbled through the universe after the Big Bang.

Very Smart Cities

September 4, 2009

With the $35 billion Songdo city project in South Korea and Meixi Lake project in China, Gale International is creating model green cities of the future with an integrated network of utility, transportation, real estate and recreation systems.

Very Long-Term Backup

August 26, 2008

The Long Now Foundation has developed a modern Rosetta Stone — a backup of human languages that future generations might cherish — etched on a 3-inch nickel disc with an estimated lifespan of 2,000 to 10,000 years.

The disc contains an archive of 13,500 scanned pages in more than 1,500 human languages with human-readable scripts, text, and diagrams (using a microscope). The plan is to replicate the disc and… read more

Vertical farming in the big Apple

June 21, 2007

Columbia University scientists are proposing a new kind of skyscaper: the “vertical farm.”

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