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SETI to target most tantalising radio transmissions

March 12, 2003

Astronomers searching for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence are about to zoom in on 150 of the more tantalizing radio transmissions that have reached Earth.

Setting Sail Into Space, Propelled by Sunshine

November 10, 2009

(The Planetary Society)

Over the next three years, the Planetary Society will build and fly a series of three solar-sail spacecraft dubbed LightSails powered only by sunlight, first in orbit around the Earth and eventually into deeper space.

The third, with help from a small rocket, will sail out of Earth orbit to the L1 Lagrange point (between the Earth and the Moon) with a package of scientific instruments to monitor the… read more

Seven blog news trackers compared

October 3, 2008

Google’s new blog search tool, announced Wednesday, organizes the biggest news and the sites that are breaking it, while sites like Techmeme, Blogrunner, and Technorati, which have been tracking the hottest blog posts, take different approaches.

Seven Days of Creation

December 18, 2003

Advanced Cell Technology is working to clone human embryos and perfect other techniques in pursuit of stem cells. ACT’s ultimate goal: hundreds of stem cell lines to treat everything from Alzheimer’s to diabetes to Parkinson’s.

Seven genetic types of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME) found

May 8, 2008

St. George’s Hospital researchers have identified specific genetic patterns that account for seven different subtypes of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also called myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).

CSF is a condition with a diverse range of symptoms, but particularly characterized by profound muscle fatigue after physical exertion.

Seven questions that keep physicists up at night

October 26, 2009

What is reality really? How does complexity happen? What is everything made of?

These were among the questions discussed at the Perimeter Institute last week.

Seven Social Transformations Unleashed by Mobile Devices

November 30, 2010

Western Europe and the Asia-Pacific region will account for nearly 60 percent of worldwide mobile data traffic by 2014. But emerging markets such as Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa, having started with relatively small numbers, are growing the fastest (Ciscop)

Today’s mobile device is the new personal computer. The average smart phone is as powerful as a high-end Mac or PC of less than a decade ago. And as billions of people worldwide rely on these ultra-compact machines for more and more tasks, the mobile device might qualify as humankind’s primary tool.

With over five billion individuals currently armed with mobile phones, we’re talking about unprecedented levels of… read more

Seven software teams ace DARPA’s Virtual Robotics Challenge

July 2, 2013


The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) was created to spur development of advanced robots that can assist humans in mitigating and recovering from future natural and man-made disasters.

Twenty-six teams from eight countries qualified to compete June 17–21 in the first DRC event, the Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC).

This was a software competition carried out in a virtual environment that looked like… read more

Seven-month-old babies can ‘read minds’

December 24, 2010

Babies as young as seven months old may be able to take into account the thoughts and beliefs of other people, according to a paper published December 23 in Science.Called “theory of mind,” this ability is central to human cooperation.

The research team made the discovery by measuring a simple behavior–how long infants stare at a scene–in experiments that did not require infants to explicitly assess others’ thoughts or predict… read more

Several antennas in one allows for more compact, lower-cost mobile communications

May 11, 2012


EPFL scientists have developed a single antenna that is capable of transmitting the same data as a two-antenna (or more) system, allowing for future lower-cost, more compact, energy-saving mobile devices.

Currently, MIMO (multiple-input, multiple outputs), used in devices such as wireless modems, uses several antennas to transmit and receive signals. It poses problems because it is costly and difficult to integrate into hardware.

In a MIMO… read more

Sex and the single robot

February 3, 2005

“Artificial chromosomes” that will allow robots to feel lusty, and could eventually lead to them reproducing?

That’s what South Korean professor Kim Jong-Hwan, director of the ITRC-Intelligent Robot Research Centre, hopes to develop to make robots more human-like.

Kim said: “Robots will have their own personalities and emotion and — as films like I Robot warn — that could be very dangerous for humanity. If we can provide… read more

Sexual Identity Wired by Genetics

October 21, 2003

Sexual identity is wired into the genes, which discounts the concept that homosexuality and transgender sexuality are a choice, University of California researchers reported.

Sexy View coming to phones near you

March 10, 2009

A worm named “Sexy View” can spread through malicious links in text messages. This creates a bridge between mobile phones and the Internet, which means mobile botnets controlled by cyber-criminals may not be far away.

SGI Reality Center wows SIGGRAPH attendees

August 15, 2001

LOS ANGELES, August 14 — SGI is wowing SIGGRAPH attendees with its 35 by 10 foot wraparound immersive Reality Center visualization facility here.The display seamlessly combines images from three projectors driven by SGI Onyx 3400 computers, generating 3.5 million pixel images in real time.

Demonstrations include a breathtaking journey through the sixth-century Buddhist kingdom of Silla, from the SGI Reality Center in Seoul, Korea; an urban drive-around simulation of… read more

Shake a leg to power your phone

February 8, 2008

A new knee brace can extract 5 watts from walking motion using a method comparable to the “regenerative braking” used in some electric and hybrid motor cars.

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