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Use of Implanted Patient-Data Chips Stirs Debate on Medicine vs. Privacy

March 19, 2006

Some doctors are welcoming VeriChip technology as an exciting innovation that will speed care and prevent errors.

Emergency-room doctors could scan unconscious or incoherent patients to quickly check their blood type and find out if they are taking any medications or have allergies or other medical conditions. Nurses could identify family members and determine whether patients are organ donors or have living wills. Surgeons could scan patients on the… read more

USC’s ‘print-a-house’ construction technology

August 29, 2008

University of Southern California engineers are developing a scale-up of the rapid prototyping machines now widely used in industry to allow Caterpillar to “print out” concrete houses.

The “Contour Crafting” automated construction system may one day be able to build full-scale houses in hours.

USB 3.0 To Boost Peripherals to Multi-Gigabit Speeds

September 19, 2007

The new “SuperSpeed” USB spec will provide a 10X boost in transfer rate (from 480-Mbits/s in USB 2.0 to 4.8 Gbits/s in USB 3.0), while dramatically lowering power consumption, with broad deployment by 2010.

One example of their speed goals is to transfer a 27GB HD movie to a portable device in 70 seconds. The same thing would take 15 minutes or more with HighSpeed USB (2.0).

US, Russian plans for exploring Mars

November 8, 2011

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SpaceX says their Dragon capsule, which is set to make its first test flight to the ISS later this month, could be dispatched to Mars, drastically cutting the cost of exploration on the red planet, Nature News reports.

The company is working with researchers at NASA Ames Research Center on a proposal for a first “Red Dragon” mission.

The most challenging part of any… read more

US will no longer dominate science and research, says Penn State researcher

February 21, 2011

A shift in the global research landscape will reposition the United States as a major partner, but not the dominant leader, in science and technology research in the coming decade, according to a Penn State researcher. However, the U.S. could benefit from this research shift if it adopts a policy of knowledge sharing with the growing global community of researchers.

“What is emerging is a global science system in… read more

US warned of cloning ‘brain drain’

August 2, 2001

The American biotechnology industry is warning of an exodus of scientists because of moves to make human cloning for medical research illegal.
Creating human embryos in a cloning process to extract cells that can be turned into tissues to replace diseased parts of the body is legal in the UK, Israel, and Australia.

But the US House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to ban any form of human cloning… read more

US unprepared for dirty-bomb attacks

April 26, 2004

The United States is ill prepared to deal with the long term aftermath of a “dirty-bomb” terrorist attack, say analysts. They warn that existing clean-up laws and regulations covering radioactive materials were not designed with dirty bombs in mind, and give conflicting recommendations.

The researchers want new guidelines to be drafted urgently to deal specifically with the consequences of a dirty-bomb attack, so that clean-up targets can be balanced… read more

US underwrites Internet detour around censors

June 13, 2011

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.

Some projects, such as the Palisades project in Afghanistan, involve technology that the United States is developing; others pull together tools that have already been created by hackers in a “liberation-technology” movement sweeping the… read more

US ‘unaware’ of emerging bioterror threats

February 1, 2006

The life sciences are developing so quickly that a watch list of dangerous pathogens and toxins is useless in fighting the threat of bioterrorism, says a new report from the National Academy of Sciences.

Focusing on the list of about 60 “select agents,” such as the smallpox virus and botulism toxin, might simply divert resources from newer and more dangerous threats, such as RNA interference, synthetic biology or nanotechnology.… read more

US to send radiation-hardened robots to Japan

April 1, 2011

iRobot 510 PackBot 510n performs dangerous missions for warfighters and first responders (credit: iRobot)

The U.S. government will ship an unspecified number of radiation-hardened robots to assist the Japanese in gaining control of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants.

iRobot previously shipped four remote-controlled robots to help the Japanese military with its relief efforts. The robots are equipped with multiple cameras and can be operated from up to half a mile away.

US to outlaw corporate prejudice based on genes

May 6, 2007

Soon it will be illegal to deny US citizens jobs or insurance simply because they have an inherited illness, or a genetic predisposition to a particular disease.

On 25 April, the House of Representatives voted 420 to 3 to pass the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The Senate is expected to endorse the act within a few weeks, which is also supported by President Bush

US to offer plethora of prize competitions to solve tough problems

December 23, 2010

The America Competes Act, renewed by Congress this week, now gives every federal department and agency the authority to conduct prize competitions.

According to the Office of Science and Technology Policy blog: “Whether it’s developing new products that will be manufactured in America, or getting and using energy more sustainably, or improving health care with better therapies and better use of information technology, or providing better protection for our troops… read more

US struggles to ensure funds aid fight against bioterrorism

March 12, 2007

More than five years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the government cannot show how the $5 billion given to public health departments has better prepared the country for a bioterrorism attack or flu pandemic.

US State Dept. orders removal of 3D-printed gun designs

May 10, 2013

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The U.S. State Department has demanded designs by Defense Distributed for a 3D-printed gun be taken offline because publishing them online may breach arms-control regulations, Forbes reports.

The order to remove the blueprints for the plastic gun comes after they were downloaded more than 100,000 times.

However, the files were actually being served by Mega, the New Zealand-based storage service created by ex-hacker entrepreneur Kim… read more

US shells out $10M for unmanned aircraft that can perch like a bird

June 4, 2009

AeroVironment has received n additional $5.4 million from DARPA to further develop a tiny aircraft that can fly into tight spaces undetected, perch, and send live surveillance information to its handlers.

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