August 25, 2006
Daily Show “correspondent” Samantha Bee learns about nanobots, immortality, and sex with robots from Ray Kurzweil on The Daily Show in a new segment, “Future Shock.”
The authors of the 2006 report, “Globalization, Biosecurity, and the Future of Life Sciences,” propose a “web of protection” that bolsters the development of robust defenses without restricting the free flow of scientific information.
Futurist Ray Kurzweil explains how the boundary between man and machine is quickly disappearing (includes podcast).
Advanced Cell Technology researchers were able to grow a stem cell line from just one or two cells from an early embryo — leaving that embryo viable.
The cells are “pluripotent,” meaning they can grow into the three major tissue types.
They hope that because the method does not involve destroying embryos, it will lead to the lifting of the veto on federal funding for stem cell research.
MIT researchers have used two-photon microscopy to visualize chemical activity in individual brain cells of living animals.
The technique could be used to monitor cell activity in animal models of neurological disease or degeneration, or to test the effects of therapies in treating these conditions, or study plasticity, the ability of neurons and their connections to change in response to experience.
Thomson Financial has found a way to replace human beings in the newsroom and is instead using computers to write some of its stories.
The computers work so fast that an earnings story can be released within 0.3 seconds of the company making results public.
The world’s largest project to investigate how genes and lifestyle combine to cause common diseases has received the go-ahead.
Organisers of the UK’s “Biobank” project will now begin recruiting the half a million citizens aged between 40 and 69 they need for the project, about one percent of the UK population.
By mixing and matching pairs of semiconducting, metallic, and magnetic nanoparticles, researchers have made many versions of what they call “binary nanoparticle superlattices.”
Their theoretical analyses, modeling work, and experimental data indicate that the factors that determine exactly what binary superlattice will form include relatively long-range electrostatic forces between the nanoparticles, close-proximity effects such as dipole interactions and van der Waals forces, size effects, and the relative concentrations of… read more
The largest model ever simulated with NanoEngineer-1, a worm drive assembly designed by K. Eric Drexler, Josh Hall, Ninad Sathaye and Mark Sims, includes 11 components totalling 25,374 atoms.
The “Antikythera mechanism,” found amid the wreckage of a cargo ship that sunk off the tiny island of Antikythera in 80 BC, is the world’s oldest computer, used to map the motions of the sun, moon and planets.
New observations of a great big cosmic collision provide the best evidence yet that invisible and mysterious dark matter really does exist.
While most would agree that Google has set the current standard for Web search, some technologists say even better tools are on the horizon thanks to advances in artificial intelligence.
Forbes presents the masters of robotic innovation–entrepreneurs and researchers who are fusing advances in biomechanics, software, sensor technology, materials science and computing to create new generations of robotic assistants.
As we yawn and open our eyes in the morning, the brain stem sends little puffs of nitric oxide to another part of the brain, the thalamus, which then directs it elsewhere.
Like a computer booting up its operating system before running more complicated programs, the nitric oxide triggers certain functions that set the stage for more complex brain operations, according to a new study.
The secret to longevity genes may lie in their potent power to fight off cancer.
Research suggests that signalling pathways that control longevity may have coevolved with tumor-suppressive mechanisms.