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Search for bin Laden extends to Earth orbit

October 9, 2001

U.S. military spy satellites are searching aggressively for signs of Osama bin Laden and are providing military planners with near-real-time, high-resolution photographs and data about specific regions of Afghanistan, officials say.

Soldiers for the first time can view spy satellite ground photos in near-real time, using the Broadcast Request Imagery Technology Experiment, or BRITE.

The compact system can be carried into the field and operated with a laptop… read more

Search for extraterrestrial intelligence extends to near-infrared optical signals

New instrument will scan the sky for coded pulses of infrared light
March 23, 2015

The NIROSETI team with their new infrared detector inside the dome at Lick Observatory. Left to right: Remington Stone, Dan Wertheimer, Jérome Maire, Shelley Wright, Patrick Dorval and Richard Treffers. (credit: © Laurie Hatch)

Astronomers have expanded the search for extraterrestrial intelligence into a new realm with detectors tuned to infrared light.

The idea was first proposed by Charles Townes, the late UC Berkeley scientist whose contributions to the development of lasers led to a Nobel Prize, in a paper [1] published in 1961.

Pulses from a powerful near-infrared laser could outshine a star, if only for a billionth of a second.… read more

Search for the next big thing

March 12, 2003

Candidates for the next big thing include content management or data mining, AI, data storage, security and monitoring software, gaming and entertainment technology, biopharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.

Search Looks at the Big Picture

January 7, 2005

A group of European researchers is developing technology that could vastly improve image searching by identifying the components of an image.

The image-processing software looks for “key patches” in an image to determine the relative positions of different shapes to categorize the image’s contents.

IBM’s Pervasive Media Management group is also developing visualization software that can identify objects contained within one of the web’s fastest-growing content categories –… read more

Search website offers a visual alternative

January 9, 2009

Searchme is a new visual search engine that lets you see the pages found in searches without having to click on any of the links.

It uses an animated display of the actual web pages with a slider underneath, similar to Apple’s three-dimensional Cover Flow.

Searching for Michael Jordan? Microsoft Wants a Better Way

March 7, 2007

Microsoft has announced plans for new web search technologies.

Mix will allow Web surfers to organize search results and easily share them.

Web Assistant is intended to improve the relevance of search results and help resolve ambiguities in results.

Personalized Search will help determine relevance of search results.

Searching for new ideas

September 23, 2011

Google’s head of research Alfred Spector explained in an interview why artificial intelligence is crucial to the search company’s future. “In general, we have been using hybrid artificial intelligence, which means that we learn from our user community,” Spector said, “When they label something as having a certain meaning or implication, we learn from that.”

Searching for Value in Ludicrous Ideas

May 12, 2009
(Steven M. Johnson)

Inventor/author/cartoonist/former urban planner Steven M. Johnson’s visionary ideas include a Segway-like golf-cart-meets-treadmill contraption, dashboard toaster oven, skylight solar cooker, and pedaltrain.

Searching genomic data faster

Biologists’ capacity for generating genomic data is increasing more rapidly than computing power, but a new algorithm will help them keep up
July 13, 2012

genome compression

MIT and Harvard University researchers have developed a new algorithm that drastically reduces the time it takes to find a particular gene sequence in a database of genomes. Moreover, the more genomes it’s searching, the greater the speedup it affords, so its advantages will only compound as more data is generated.


In 2001, the Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics announced that after 10 years of… read more

Searching in the Third Dimension

April 16, 2004

Princeton University professor Thomas Funkhouser and colleagues have put a 3-D search engine on the Web that lets anyone sketch an object using a computer mouse, add a textual description, then search for similar models in design databases.

Here’s how it works: stored CAD designs and entries sketched by users are converted into voxels, which represent the volume of the object at any given point. Then voxel patterns are… read more

Searching space dust for minute quantities of life’s ingredients

February 10, 2014


Goddard Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory scientists have applied advanced technology to inspect extremely small meteorite samples for the components of life.

“We found amino acids in a 360 microgram sample of the Murchison meteorite,” said Callahan. “This sample size is 1,000 times smaller than the typical sample size used.

“We got the same results looking at a very small fragment as we did a much larger fragment… read more

Searching your way to the ballot box

November 1, 2010

Google has been exploring what kinds of info people are looking for as they get ready to go to the ballot box on Nov 2, using a combination of Insights for Search and internal tools, according to The Official Google Blog.

“Over the past few months, we’ve seen rising searches for things like [voter registration], [early voting] and [… read more

SearchTrends Shows What’s Hot In The Search World On The iPhone

December 16, 2009

SearchTrends for the iPhone displays real-time search trends for Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and Twitter, and lets you search on these terms from within the app.

Instead of relying on news sources, you’re keying off of what people around the world are talking about in real time.

Seashells hold key to building a better battery

April 11, 2006

Building on studies of seashells by the seashore, MIT scientists have harnessed genetically engineered viruses to build nanoscale components that could lead to a new generation of powerful batteries that are as small as grains of rice and that spontaneously assemble themselves in laboratory dishes.

Seats of emotional intelligence found in the brain

January 13, 2010

Head injuries sustained by Vietnam veterans have revealed parts of the brain vital for two types of emotional intelligence.

The dorsolateral ventromedial prefrontal cortex of the brain is related to “experiential” emotional intelligence (the capacity to judge emotions in other people), while the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is related to “strategic” emotional intelligence (the ability to plan socially appropriate responses to situations).

Damage to these regions didn’t affect cognitive… read more

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