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Collective Intelligence 2.0

January 27, 2006

Nova Spivack has proposed a “collective self-awareness” Web service that is “like a ‘Google Zeitgeist’ on steroids, but with a lot more real-time, interactive, participatory data, technology and features in it.

“The goal is to measure and visualize the state of the collective mind of humanity, and provide this back to humanity in as close to real-time as is possible, from as many data sources as we can handle.… read more

Bacteria Hunter — The Worm Medicine Nanorobotic Device

January 26, 2006

Svidinenko Yuriy has conceived a “worm nanorobotic” device that swims in the human bloodstream, removing hazardous fungi and microorganisms.

The concept is an alternative to Robert A. Freitas Jr.’s microbivore design, with simpler construction, according to Yuriy.

Robot set loose to film your insides

January 26, 2006

A robot developed by researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center can move around inside the stomach or abdomen to give surgeons a new perspective on the area being operated on. It is also equipped with a retractable needle, allowing it to perform biopsies.

The remote-controlled robot is only 15 millimeters in diameter, allowing it to be inserted through the small incisions in the abdomen used for keyhole… read more

Intel shows test chips made on future processes

January 26, 2006

Intel has created test chips made on the 45-nanometer process and will likely begin shipping processors, flash, and other chips based on that process in the second half of 2007, according to Mark Bohr, director of process architecture and integration at Intel.

Although these are just test chips, the milestone is an important indication that Intel’s overall manufacturing strategy remains on track and in sync with Moore’s law. However,… read more

Imagining the Google Future

January 25, 2006

What kind of company will Google become in the coming decades? Business 2.0 asked scientists, consultants, former Google employees, and tech visionaries like Ray Kurzweil and Stephen Wolfram, resulting in four scenarios:

Google is the media (circa 2025): Google TV, Google Mobile, and the rise of e-paper create the perfect storm;

Google is the Internet (circa 2015): Free Wi-Fi, a faster version of the Web, the Gbrowser, and… read more

3D structure of HIV is ‘revealed’

January 25, 2006

The 3D structure of the HIV virus has been revealed for the first time, scientists say.

The variable size and shape of HIV has made it hard to map, the team said in the journal Structure. So the UK-German team took hundreds of images of viruses and used a computer program to combine them.

“Identifying how the virus grows will allow us to address the formation of this… read more

Nanotube transistors detect gene mutations

January 25, 2006

University of Pittsburgh and Nanomix researchers have used carbon nanotubes network field-effect transistors as biodetectors of mutations in genes causing hereditary diseases.

The method is an “important step toward low-cost, low-complexity, highly sensitive and accurate molecular diagnostics,” the authors say.

Reference: Label-free detection of DNA hybridization using carbon nanotube network field-effect transistors, PNAS, January 24, 2006, vol. 103, no. 4, 921-926 (open-access article).

Researchers concoct self-propelled nano motor

January 25, 2006

Researchers at UCLA and the University of Bologna have come up with a nano-size vehicle with a motor powered by a rotaxane mechanically interlocked molecule. The vehicle can inch its way forward on sunlight and one day could be used to shuttle medicines or other small particles around.

Is This Life?

January 25, 2006

In the past decade, individual labs have met 10 of 12 proposed requirements for creating a “protocell,” but in quite different ways. With only two steps remaining, they might achieve a synthetic organism within this decade.

Stroke Brain Fix

January 25, 2006

Brain researchers may have found a way to make stroke-damaged nerve cells re-grow.

They used an immune-system protein antibody to stop Nogo-A from binding to receptors on nerve cells. Without the inhibitory affect of Nogo-A, the injured nerve cells were able to re-grow, restoring lost movement to the front paws of the rats.

Neurologist Wendy Kartje from the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital in Illinois and her team was… read more

Who is messing with your head?

January 24, 2006

New brain science research is developing techniques using surgery, medication, deep brain stimulation, genetic and other methods for cognitive enhancement, raising ethical issues.

Lasers beams build and hold nanoscale structures

January 24, 2006

A new “optical binding” technique using two laser beams to make nano-beads self-organize could be used in the future to create regular nanostructures.

This Is Your Brain on Schadenfreude

January 24, 2006

Functional magnetic resonance imaging has reached the level of sophistication required to identify states of mind, as shown in one recent experiment to measure levels of empathy, based on “pain-related areas” in the brain when a person is watching someone else in pain.

Top 50 Inventions

January 24, 2006

In the past half-century, scientific and technological advances have transformed our world. PM convened a panel of 25 experts to identify the breakthroughs of our time, from the TV remote control (1955) to IEEE 802.16, the metropolitan area network standard that functions like Wi-Fi (2002).

Screening the Latest Bestseller

January 23, 2006

The new Sony Reader e-book features a display that looks more like ordinary paper than a liquid crystal display, because the pixels reflect ambient light rather than transmit light from behind. There’s no flicker, because the pixels are completely static.

The E Ink technology also conserves batteries because current is used only when pixels need to change their color — between virtual page turns, the Reader consumes no current… read more

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