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Xbox 720 document leak reveals $299 console with Kinect 2 for 2013, Kinect Glasses project

June 18, 2012


Microsoft is planning to introduce its $299 next-generation Xbox console ( ”Xbox 720″)  in 2013, with improvements like SmartGlass, a Metro dashboard, Kinect 2 hardware, and Xbox TV apps, according to a leaked document (now removed)..

It will include support for Blu-ray, native 3D output and glasses, concurrent apps, additional sensor and peripheral support, 6x performance increase, and true 1080p output with full 3D support and an “always… read more

Xbox 360 Project Natal: Full-Body Motion Control One-Ups the Wii

June 2, 2009

Microsoft’s Project Natal, a bar that sits above or below your TV, lets you control games just by moving around, using a camera, sensors and a microphone.

It lets you move through menus by swiping your hands back and forth. The camera allows for facial and voice recognition and will recognize your face and sign you in automatically.

It also tracks your full body movement in 3-D, while… read more

X-ray nanocrystallography captures 3D images of biomolecules

How to shoot 3D movies of biomolecules at atomic resolution
July 27, 2012


By outrunning a X-ray laser’s path of destruction, an international research team has created 3D images of fragile but biologically important molecules inside protein nanocrystals.

Using the Linac Coherence Light Source (LCLS), a powerful at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, Calif., the scientists fired femtosecond (one quadrillionth of a second) bursts of light at a stream of tumbling molecules, obliterating them as they passed — but… read more

X-ray lasers take spectroscopy to a new extreme

June 13, 2012


In experiments resembling an atomic-scale shooting gallery, researchers are pioneering a new method for chemical analysis by zapping the innermost electrons out of atoms with powerful X-ray laser pulses from SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).

The technique, developed by an international research team, allows chemical analysis with atomic resolution, taking spectroscopy to a new extreme.

“This is a powerful method to investigate complex molecules… read more

X-ray laser simulates the 2-million-degree heart of a star

January 26, 2012

This photograph shows the interior of a Linac Coherent Light Source SXR experimental chamber, set up for an investigation to create and measure a form of extreme, 2-million-degree matter known as “hot, dense matter.” The central part of the frame contains the holder for the material that will be converted by the powerful LCLS laser into hot, dense matter. To the left is an XUV spectrometer and to the right is a small red laser set up for alignment and positioning (credit: University of Oxford / Sam Vinko)


SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory researchers have used the world’s most powerful X-ray laser to create and probe a 2-million-degree piece of matter in a controlled way for the first time.

This feat takes scientists a significant step forward in understanding the most extreme matter found in the hearts of stars and giant planets, and could help experiments aimed at recreating the… read more

X-ray imaging protein molecules at atomic resolution using a graphene cage

New imaging method could provide new insights into illness at the molecular level
February 10, 2014


Michigan Technological University researchers have developed a method of achieving transmission electron microscopy (TEM) atomic-resolution images and nanometer-resolution spectroscopy of biological samples by encapsulating them between two layers of graphene.

The method overcomes the limitations* of TEM imaging of biological samples, and uses a low-dose-rate X-ray imaging technique, so electron beam radiation damage can be reduced to hydrogen-bond-breakage level.

The researchers tried their technique on a biochemical… read more

X-51A WaveRider expected to fly at 3,600 mph in key test Tuesday

August 14, 2012


The unmanned experimental aircraft X-51A WaveRider is expected to fly above the Pacific Ocean near Point Mugu at Mach 6 — at 3,600 mph — for 300 seconds Tuesday, Los Angeles Times reports.

A passenger aircraft traveling at that speed could fly from Los Angeles to New York in 46 minutes.

Aerospace engineers say that harnessing technology capable of sustaining hypersonic speeds is crucial to the next generation… read more

X Prize winners, finalists: A 100 mpg mandate

September 17, 2010


Very Light Car No. 98 by the team Edison2 will receive $5 million for winning the mainstream, four-seater category of the Automotive X Prize sponsored by Progressive Insurance.

The aerodynamic car has a combustion engine running on E85, an ethanol-gas blend, and has a total efficiency of 102.5 MPGe.

X Prize Founder, at SXSW, Seeks Ideas to Fix Education

March 13, 2012

X-Prize chairman Peter Diamandis plans to launch an Education X Prize to help fix the U.S. educational system, such as coming up with better ways to crowd-source education, or rewarding the creation of a “powerful, addictive game” that promotes education.

X PRIZE Foundation to Announce Multi-Million Dollar Incentive Competition to Clean Up Oil

July 28, 2010

On July 29, 2010, the X PRIZE Foundation will launch its sixth major competition, a multi-million dollar privately funded Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE, designed to inspire entrepreneurs, engineers, and scientists worldwide to develop innovative, rapidly deployable, and highly efficient methods of capturing crude oil from the ocean surface.

The announcement will be made at the National Press Club. Attendees will include:

· Peter Diamandis, Founder & Chairman,… read more

X Prize for 100-MPG car announced

April 3, 2007

The X PRIZE Foundation has announced plans to launch a multi-million-dollar Automotive X PRIZE (AXP) to inspire super-efficient vehicles that exceed 100 miles per gallon or its equivalent.

Wyss Institute to receive up to $37 million from DARPA to integrate multiple organ-on-chip systems to mimic the whole human body

New instrument would accelerate assessment of drug safety and efficacy, and inform regulatory decision-making
July 25, 2012


The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced $37 million funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an automated instrument that integrates 10 human organs-on-chips to study complex human physiology outside the body.

This effort builds on the Institute’s past breakthroughs in which Institute researchers engineered microchips that recapitulate the microarchitecture and functions of living organs, such as… read more

WWF: Humanity Using Resources Too Fast

October 26, 2006

The Earth’s ecosystems are being run down faster than ever because humanity is using more natural resources than our planet can replenish, the World Wildlife Fund said Tuesday.

Eventually, ecological assets, such as forests and fisheries, will be harvested to such a degree that they might disappear altogether.

WTN X PRIZE Technology Prizes Initiative Launched

October 12, 2004

The X Prize Foundation and the World Technology Network (WTN) announced the launch of the WTN X PRIZE, which will award prizes for significant achievements towards specific science or technology challenges such as cures for major diseases, artificial intelligence, or molecular assemblers.

The prizes will use the same methods developed for the recently awarded Ansari X PRIZE (10 million dollars for the first private space flight) to choose both… read more

Writer Neal Stephenson unveils his digital novel The Mongoliad

September 1, 2010


Author Neal Stephenson has launched Subutai, which has developed the “PULP platform” for creating digital novels, using a new model for publishing books in which authors can add additional material like background articles, images, music, and video. There are also social features that allow readers to create their own profiles, earn badges for activity on the site or in the application, and interact with other readers..

Their first… read more

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