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Sizing up nanotubes

June 29, 2006

Rice University Scientists have developed the first method to sort semiconductor carbon nanotubes by size. It separates metallic nanotubes from semiconducting ones and sorts the semiconducting tubes according to their diameters. The ability to separate and sort nanotubes like this will be essential for high-speed nanoscale electronics.

Discovery of key protein may help prevent hearing loss

June 29, 2006

A protein identified in the ear may play a key role in converting sounds into nerve signals, say researchers. They speculate that regulating levels of this protein might one day help to protect against hearing loss associated with aging.

How Important Are Computers in Your Life? E-Mail Us

June 29, 2006

ABC News is currently producing a report looking at the increasing power and importance of technology in our lives and the future of artificial intelligence.

“We want to know how important you think technology is to our world. What would your life be like if computers suddenly disappeared? Can you imagine a world without PCs, IPods, ATMs, cellular phones or the Internet? Do you believe computers will achieve the… read more

Hawking rewrites history … backwards

June 29, 2006

The Universe had no unique beginning, instead, the countless “alternative worlds” of string theory may actually have existed, said Stephen Hawking of the University of Cambridge and Thomas Hertog of the European Laboratory for Particle Physics at CERN in Geneva.

We should picture the Universe in the first instants of the Big Bang as a superposition of all these possibilities, they say; like a projection of billions of movies… read more

Brain can be made to self-repair

June 28, 2006

Triggering stem-cell growth could help the brain recover after a stroke.

CJD-related disease can incubate for 50 years

June 28, 2006

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), a prion disease passed from cows to humans, could well have an average incubation time of 30 years or longer.

Mother Nature’s Design Workshop

June 28, 2006

Scientists find the inspiration for the latest in surveillance and defense technologies by studying insects and other small creatures.

The Office of Naval Research has developed a Bio-Inspired Autonomous Undersea Vehicle, or BUAV, which draws on the principles behind fly wings and fish fins in its propulsion and maneuvering. UC Berkeley scientists have developed an artificial compound eye, inspired by the eyes of dragonflies or houseflies.

Cancer Rewind?

June 28, 2006

Using an experimental anti-cancer drug called flavopiridol, scientists were able to actually rewind the process of cell division. Cells that had already split in two could recombine and re-form a single nucleus.

Test Tube Meat Nears Dinner Table

June 27, 2006

Researchers are developing lab methods of creating edible, lab-grown meat that smells and tastes just like the real thing.

National Institute of Nanotechnology Officially Opened

June 26, 2006

The new National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton is officially open.

The $52.2-million facility is designed to provide the optimal conditions for nano-scale research and to foster collaboration between researchers. It includes a suite of characterization labs that are located in “Canada’s quietest space,” with ultra-low vibration and minimal acoustical noise or electro-magnetic interference, which is essential for research at the nanoscale.… read more

Coming soon — mind-reading computers

June 26, 2006

An “emotionally aware” computer being developed by University of Cambridge and MIT scientists will be able to read an individual’s thoughts by analyzing a combination of facial movements that represent underlying feelings.

Applications could include improving people’s driving skills, helping companies tailor advertising to people’s moods, and online teaching.

Encyclopedia of all human gene mutations planned

June 26, 2006

A plan for a global database of all human gene mutations has been announced in Australia. The Human Variome Project could allow doctors to rapidly diagnose patients with rare genetic conditions and could ultimately lead to new treatments for diseases.

Immortality Institute’s Second Book Project invites abstracts

June 26, 2006

The Immortality Institute is inviting abstracts for possible chapters in a forthcoming anthology on the science and ethics of life extension.

ImmInst’s first book, “The Scientific Conquest of Death,” is available online and includes eighteen essays from leading scientists such as Aubrey de Gray, Ray Kurzweil, Marvin Minsky, Robert Freitas, Nick Bostrom, Max More, Mike West and William Sims Bainbridge.

PowerPoints for First Artificial General Intelligence workshop available

June 26, 2006

Abstracts and PowerPoints are now available online for the Artificial General Intelligence Research Institute’s (AGIRI) first workshop, May 20-21.

“The field of AI is poised to make a transition from a focus on highly specialized ‘narrow AI’ problem solving systems to confronting the more difficult issues of ‘human level intelligence’ and more broadly ‘artificial general intelligence,’” according to an AGIRI statement.

The workshop focused on AGI… read more

Higher-Capacity Lithium-Ion Batteries

June 26, 2006

Researchers in France have created lithium-ion battery electrodes with several times the energy capacity, by weight and volume, of conventional electrodes.

The new electrodes could help shrink the size of cell-phone and laptop batteries, or else increase the length of time a device could run on a charge.

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