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Be careful with this brave new world

June 8, 2006

Where do we draw the line between eradicating genetic disease and enhancing a child?

In his new book, After Dolly: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning, Ian Wilmut considers the moral and ethical implications that the cloning of Dolly the sheep raises for mankind.

Mysterious carbon excess found in infant solar system

June 8, 2006

Astronomers detected unusually high quantities of carbon, the basis of all terrestrial life, in an infant solar system around nearby star Beta Pictoris, 63 light years away.

Arts and Crafts for the Digital Age

June 8, 2006

PicoCricket Kit is a craft kit for the digital age. It includes electronic sensors, motors, sound boxes, connecting cables and a palm-size, battery-powered, programmable computer.

Children as young as 9 can invent interactive jewelry, fanciful creatures that dance, musical sculptures and more, said Mitchel Resnick, an assistant professor of learning research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.

Its central tool is PicoBlocks software, a point-and-click, drop-and-drag… read more

Translator lets computers ‘understand’ experiments

June 8, 2006

A framework for translating the write-ups of experiments into a format that can be processed by computers has been developed by academics.

The new EXPO software tool could revolutionize the way scientific papers are written and help scientists make creative leaps, researchers say.

EXPO provides a descriptive framework, or ontology, to represent different stages of an experiment and the relationships between these stages. It also includes ways to… read more

Get creative, says Kalam

June 8, 2006

Quoting Ray Kurzweil, India President A.P.J. Adbul Kalam said that it was predicted that by 2019, the computational ability of an ordinary PC would exceed the capability of human brain.

However, he said, the creativity of the human mind will always be superior to the most powerful computers in the horizon. “Creativity comes from beautiful minds,” he added.

He also proposed creation of a world knowledge platform that… read more

Defibrillation’s Alternative

June 7, 2006

Biophan Technologies has been awarded a patent for a technique that avoids the need for a powerful electrical shock by predicting the onset of ventricular fibrillation (VF) and treating it with a weak signal before it occurs.

Biophan’s algorithms are built on chaos theory, which has been used previously to highlight the early signs of VF. This earlier research suggested that by detecting changes in the nonlinear or chaotic… read more

Diamond semiconductors, semiconductor economics and the improvement logjam

June 7, 2006

Expect to see the first diamond semiconductors hit the market in 2011. They could operate at 81GHz — 8-20 times faster than semiconductors.

Chatting With Your Search Engine

June 7, 2006

Cell phone and instant messaging users can now search the web using “Byoms” IM chat software rather than a web browser.

Worm-inspired robot crawls through intestines

June 7, 2006

A robot designed to crawl through the human gut by mimicking the wriggling motion of an undersea worm could one day help doctors diagnose disease by carrying tiny cameras through patients’ bodies.

A Sponge’s Guide to Nano-Assembly

June 6, 2006

University of California, Santa Barbara researchers, using clues gleaned from marine sponges, have developed a method of synthesizing semiconducting materials with useful structures and novel electronic properties.

The first applications could be ways to make materials for more powerful batteries and highly efficient solar cells at a lower price.

GNU Radio Opens an Unseen World

June 6, 2006

The Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP) allows for building a software-defined general radio that can receive and transmit on any frequency from DC (zero) to 2.9 GHz.

Inventor Matt Ettus paints a picture of radio bringing about a many-to-many revolution, like blogging, but for a wider segment of the world. “It enables everybody to be a broadcaster,” he says.

Laser beams pluck nano-strings

June 6, 2006

Laser beams have been used to pluck individual nanowires. The technique could ultimately be used to make super-sensitive biological sensors capable of weighing individual viruses and other biomolecules.

The strength of the vibrations increases as the nanowire approaches its resonant frequency and the Boston University researchers predict it should be possible to weigh a virus or large biomolecule by attaching it to the wire and measuring changes to the… read more

Drinking coffee makes you more open-minded

June 6, 2006

Caffeine can make you more easily convinced by arguments that go against your beliefs because it improves your ability to understand the reasoning behind statements, suggests experiments at University of Queensland.

Google to Release Web-Based Spreadsheet

June 6, 2006

Google plans to make available on Tuesday morning a test version of a Web-based spreadsheet program that is intended to make it simple to edit and share lists and numeric information online.

Note: Google Spreadsheet signup is here (limited time, first-come, first-served). – Ed

The Right to Human Enhancement

June 6, 2006

The recent Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights conference examined the right to use enhancing technologies, such as making inheritable changes to the human genome, controlling our own brain, and uploading human consciousness into a computer.

  • Martine Rothblatt, Terasem Foundation: “Bemes” — units of beingness — could eventually be captured, perhaps by wearable recording systems and neuron-sensing nanowires, and uploaded into computers.
  • Richard Glen Boire, Center
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