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Frozen Brains Awaiting Resurrection Day in Storage

July 3, 2006

Kriorus, the world’s first cryonics company outside the United States, located in Alabushevo village in Russia, has two brains in cryonics storage so far.

The price: $9,000.

Stem cells contain immortal DNA

July 3, 2006

Scientists at the Pasteur Institute have shown for the first time the mechanism that adult muscle stem cells use to protect their DNA from mutations: they retain the original DNA strands.

Understanding this has important implications for cancer research, the study of gene regulation, and ultimately growing stem cells of therapeutic potential in the laboratory.

The self-driving Golf that would give Herbie a run for its money

July 3, 2006

Volkswagen has unveiled a fully automatic prototype car that can drive itself at up to 150 mph.

The “Golf GTi 53 plus 1″ has radar and laser sensors to “read” the road and send the details back to its computer brain. A satellite navigation system tracks its exact position. It was developed initially to help Volkswagen engineers test their vehicles.

Why We Must Flee the Planet: The Geometry of Earth is All Wrong

July 1, 2006

Our planetary home is the wrong shape, says SETI Institute’s Seth Shostak. A sphere has less surface area than any other form of the same volume.

Gerald O’Neill’s proposed mammoth, rotating aluminum cylinders in orbit have a very low tonnage-to-terran ratio. Rather than crowding a few billion people onto the moon, for example, where residents will have to contend with such domestic inconveniences as no air, no water, and… read more

Does This Mean People Turned Off, Tuned Out and Dropped In?

June 30, 2006

Speakers of Aymara, an Indian language of the high Andes, think of time differently than just about everyone else in the world. They see the future as behind them and the past ahead of them.

Killer tomatoes attack human diseases

June 30, 2006

Genetically modified tomatoes containing edible vaccine are to be used to challenge two of the world’s most lethal viruses, HIV and the hepatitis B virus, by manufacturing proteins to prompt the body to create antibodies against the viruses.

Weapon of Mass Diffraction

June 30, 2006

Shoot a laser 56 miles into the mesosphere and measure the distortion. Then adjust the laser’s mirrors until the beam is back in focus. Whatever optical tweaks correct the beam will also focus a telescope. And help build an anti-satellite weapon.

Big Brother takes a controlling interest in chips

June 30, 2006

In Rainbows End, Vernor Vinge has provided a compelling explanation of how developing technology and powerful interests could create a society far more invasive and controlled than anything Orwell dreamed of.

Set in 2025, on the verge of (or in) the Singularity, the characters are surrounded by logical extensions of today’s developing technology. Wearable computing is commonplace. Tagging and ubiquitous networked sensors mean you can look at the landscape… read more

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.

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