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A Bionic Eye Comes to Market

March 8, 2011

Argus II.  Photo: Second Sight

Second Sight’s Argus II, the first retinal prosthesis has received European approval for clinical and commercial use, with FDA approval expected in 2012.

The $115,000 device uses a camera mounted on a pair of glasses to capture images, and corresponding signals are fed wirelessly to a chip implanted near the retina. These signals are sent to an array of implanted electrodes that stimulate retinal cells, producing light in the patient’s field of… read more

The Shape of Computer Chips to Come

May 2, 2002

As chips continue to shrink, researchers are combining the amazing properties of silicon with communications network research.

News tip: Walter Purvis

Seesmic Desktop delivers seamless Facebook integration

May 4, 2009

Mac/PC twitterers: Seesmic Desktop version 0.2 has launched (a preview but solid), finally integrating Facebook and Twitter updates.

Seesmic is now the official Twitter/Facebook desktop app at @KurzweilAINews. Awesome. – Ed.

Genetic Differences Influence Aging Rates In The Wild

December 17, 2007

Long-lived, wild animals harbor genetic differences that influence how quickly they begin to show their age, according to the results of a long-term study.

Evidence for the existence of such genetic variation for aging rates– a central tenet in the evolutionary theory that explains why animals would show physiological declines as they grow older– had largely been lacking in natural populations until now, the researchers said.

Japan Eyes Advanced Supercomputer as Early as 2010

June 1, 2005

Japan is aiming to develop a supercomputer it hopes will be fast enough to help it regain the top spot, with more than one petaflop (quadrillion calculations per second) by 2011.

That would compare with 70.72 teraflops (trillion calculations per second) for IBM’s Blue Gene/L, currently the world’s fastest computer.

Nuke test sensors could hear tsunamis coming

March 14, 2011

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization monitoring center in Vienna, Austria, a worldwide network of seismographs and other sensors designed to detect nuclear blasts, can be used to provide fast, reliable warnings of earthquakes, says Milton Garces of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The center spotted the most recent Japanese quakes, and alerted Indonesia and other governments to the quake off Sumatra that caused the 2004 tsunami.

The… read more

Nation Depends On More Money For Nano Advocates Tell Senate

May 24, 2002

In a Senate hearing Wednesday, scientists and officials advocated an increase in government investments in nanotechnology and doubling the National Science Foundation budget.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for an additional $1.1 billion for the National Nanotechnology Initiative and noted that areas such as health, the environment, and national security “will all be profoundly shaped by this emerging revolution in knowledge.”

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Robots Take To The Stairs — This Is Just The Beginning

May 7, 2009

One of a long series of major challenges that robots can now perform quite easily, robots can climb stairs using feet, tracks, wheels, shifting appendages, and more.

SciAm 50: Policy Leader of the Year

December 20, 2007

Scientific American has named the XPrize Foundation as the Policy Leader of the Year.

“There is no doubt that the challenges set by the X Prize Foundation light a fire under innovators worldwide,” the magazine said.

In 2006, the XPrize Foundation announced the $10-million Archon X Prize, for the first private team to sequence 100 human genomes in 10 days at a cost of less than $1 million.… read more

Software Advance Helps Computers Act Logically

June 16, 2005

A new software language, ISO 18629, promises to enable computers to reason much more precisely and thus better reflect subtleties intended by commands of human operators.

ISO 18629 uses AI and language analysis to represent computer commands in the context of a manufacturing plan. Researchers have incorporated approximately 300 concepts, such as “duration” and “sequence,” into its software structure. Computers using software with this expanded, though still primitive AI… read more

Fresh fears over mobile phones

June 21, 2002

Research by the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland with human brain cells suggests that radiation from mobile phones damages the blood-brain barrier. This could lead to fatigue, sleep disturbances, and or possiblye Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers.

Artificial Ethics

May 14, 2009

“Jacques Pitrat’s new book Artificial Ethics: Moral Conscience, Awareness and Consciencousness will be of interest to anyone who likes robotics, software, artificial intelligence, cognitive science and science fiction.

“J.Pitrat claims that strong AI is an incredibly difficult, but still possible goal and task. He contends that without a conscious, reflective, meta-knowledge based system, AI would be virtually impossible to create. Only an AI system could build a true Star… read more

The Year in Biotech

December 28, 2007

Stem cells from skin, myriad microbes, and a $350,000 personal genome are among Technology Review’s list of top biotech stories in 2007.

Nanowire splicing to make ultra-small circuits

July 1, 2005

Northwestern University researchers have created nanowires containing gaps just a few nanometres wide along its length. The gaps are so minute that individual molecules can be dropped in, converting the wire into simple, incredibly small, electronic circuitry.

The Ultimate Running Machine

July 11, 2002

Inside a Soviet-style training camp, corporate scientists are reengineering neuro-mechanics, blood chemistry, and brain waves. Welcome to the Oregon Project, where Nike is rebuilding the US marathon team one high tech step at a time.

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