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Nanoparticle Implant Measures Tumor Growth, Treatment

January 3, 2007

An implant containing nanoparticles that can test for different substances and now being developed at MIT could one day help doctors rapidly monitor the growth of tumors and the progress of chemotherapy in cancer patients.

French marchers say ‘non’ to 2007

January 2, 2007

Hundreds of protesters in France have rung in the New Year by a protest, calling on governments and the UN to stop time’s “mad race” and declare a moratorium on the future.

Cows Engineered to Lack Mad Cow Disease

January 2, 2007

Scientists have genetically engineered a dozen cows to be free from the proteins that cause mad cow disease, a breakthrough that may make the animals immune to the brain-wasting disease.

Free Will: Now You Have It, Now You Don’t

January 2, 2007

In making decisions, the conscious brain is only playing catch-up to what the unconscious brain was already doing, Benjamin Libet, a physiologist at the University of California, San Francisco, has found from his research.

Daniel C. Dennett, a philosopher and cognitive scientist at Tufts University, is one of many who have tried to redefine free will in a way that involves no escape from the materialist world while still… read more

5 Disruptive Technologies To Watch In 2007

January 2, 2007

RFID, Web services, greater use of 3D displays, and the use of graphics processors for computation are among the hot technologies to watch for in 2007.

2006: A year of invention

January 2, 2007

A CD-ROM that doubles as a biological weapons detector, body-wired headphones, and a display that takes pictures while displaying images were among the interesting patents awarded in 2006.

Top 10 stories of 2006

December 29, 2006

News@nature.com’s hit-lists of hot news for 2006 include “‘Vegetative’ patient shows signs of conscious thought” and “Hawking rewrites history… backwards.”

Technique quickly identifies bacteria for food safety

December 29, 2006

Researchers at Purdue University have used a new technique to rapidly detect and precisely identify bacteria, including dangerous E. coli, without the time-consuming treatments usually required.

Called desorption electrospray ionization, or DESI, it could be used to create a new class of fast, accurate detectors for applications ranging from food safety to homeland security.

The Year in Nanotech

December 29, 2006

Carbon-nanotube displays and computers, nanowires that generate electricity from body movements, and nanospheres that engulf cancer cells are among the year’s developments.

Scientists create molecule-size keypad lock

December 29, 2006

Scientists have created a keypad lock a single molecule in size. The lock only activates when exposed to the correct password, a sequence of chemicals and light.

Researchers suggest their device could in the future lead to a new level of safeguards for secret information or recognize when certain sequences of chemicals are released in the body.

Samsung Develops Marathon Fuel Cell

December 28, 2006

Samsung has engineered a fuel cell that can power a notebook computer eight hours a day, five days a week, for up to a month, to be released for mass production by the end of 2007.

Can We Live Longer?

December 28, 2006

As more people hit the century mark and beyond, scientists search for the key. Genes, diet and inflammation are just some of the clues.

The Year in Energy

December 28, 2006

Biowaste to ethanol could soon power cars, the plug-in hybrid-vehicle era begins, massive recalls spark interest in better batteries, cheaper solar power is on the horizon, and clean coal technologies get mixed up in politics.

Virtual reality shocker

December 28, 2006

Researchers have recreated in a virtual world one of the most extreme social experiments ever performed in the real world, using the Milgram experiment on obedience to authority.

The results suggest that virtual environments could provide a way to explore human nature in ways that ethical concerns could make impossible to do for real.

The 20 Most Innovative Products of the Year

December 28, 2006

An operating system that runs entirely on the Web, the fastest desktop chip, and an e-reader are among the most innovative products of 2006.

Also listed: 5 innovations to look for in 2007.

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