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Touchless Gesture User Interface to be demo’d IFA

August 26, 2010

Touchless Gesture User Interface technology developed by Elliptic Labs will allow control of devices with unrestricted hand movements.

One application would be waving your hand to change radio stations in a car, which is safer than searching for a button to push.

Renewing a Call to Act Against Climate Change

March 14, 2007

Bill McKibben, who was one of the first laymen to warn of global warming, is now the philosopher-impresario of the program of climate-change rallies called Step It Up.

Internet Speedtest results going public

May 27, 2010

The operator of is now providing statistics from about 1.5 billion tests worldwide using its Web-based Internet measurement tool.

Consumers can view average speed numbers for the whole world, cities, and geographic regions on a new free Net Index Web site.

Search engine tackles tricky lists

May 10, 2004

KnowItAll, a search engine under development at the University of Washington, trawls the web for data and then collates it in the form of a list.

It solves the problem of finding information (such names of scientists in a specific field) that probably does not exist on any single web page.

Researchers develop nano-sized ‘cargo ships’ to target and destroy tumors

September 12, 2008
(Ji-Ho Park, UCSD)

UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and MIT scientists have developed smart tumor-targeting nanodevices that integrate therapeutic and diagnostic functions and travel in the bloodstream, avoiding rapid removal by the body’s natural immune system.

The 50-nanometer-diameter devices carry the anti-cancer drug doxorubicin along with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (for MRI contrast enhancement) and fluorescent quantum dots (for fluorescence imaging during an operation), surrounded by a biocompatible lipid… read more

Edible Nanostructures

September 3, 2010


Sugar, salt, alcohol and a little serendipity led a Northwestern University research team to discover a new class of nanostructures that could be used for gas storage and food and medical technologies. And the compounds are edible. The porous crystals are the first known all-natural metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) that are simple to make. Most other MOFs are made from petroleum-based ingredients, but the Northwestern MOFs are edible.… read more

Wiki used to plan wind-turbine locations

March 22, 2007

A wiki is being used in the Netherlands to plan wind turbines. The wiki, extended with a Google Maps plugin, presents maps with proposed wind turbine locations. The goal is to decide on locations for 6000 3-MegaWatt turbines, enough to provide for all electricity in the Netherlands.

When a design has gained enough support, it can become a real wind energy project, and move on to official… read more

Next-generation CT scanners view whole organs in real time

June 3, 2010

Next-generation CT scanners now allow doctors to image an entire organ in less than a second or create a detailed 3-D movie of an organ in real time, with about half the radiation dose and half the contrast media.

Using Toshiba’s Aquilion One, for example, UT Southwestern physicians said they will be able to accurately diagnose a stroke or heart attack in about 20 minutes. Currently, doctors often perform… read more

Researchers demonstrate wearable electronics to aid health and fashion

May 18, 2004

Arizona State University researchers have developed a “biometric bodysuit” using integrated and embedded electronic sensors, printed organic opto-electronics, power sources, microfluidic devices, and pumps in clothes.

The “Scentsory Chameleon Bodysuit” acts as a “smart second skin” to enable real-time remote personal health and medical monitoring.

A military camouflage version includes pathogen detectors, flexible electroluminescent display, and a high-density, low-temperature micro fuel cell that acts as a lightweight, long-life… read more

Lux Research releases top 10 innovative companies profiled in Q1 2012

May 3, 2012

Technology research firm Lux Research released today (May 3) the ten most compelling companies for Q1 2012 in 15 different emerging technology domains.

  1. Transphorm – Wait and See – Energy Electronics

This high-profile, VC-backed, vertically-integrated manufacturer of GaN-based power devices is a leading start-up with new product… read more

Technology Doesn’t Dumb Us Down. It Frees Our Minds.

September 22, 2008

Over the course of human history, writing, printing, computing and Googling have only made it easier to think and communicate, says Times writer Damon Darlin, challenging an article in The Atlantic magazine called “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”

What if Humans were Designed to Last?

March 30, 2007

Experts across fields were challenged to imagine a new way to solve the problems of human aging by fiddling with physiology and tinker with the inner mechanics of life at the cellular or even molecular level.

Microsoft unveils Xbox ‘Kinect’ motion controller

June 14, 2010

Microsoft has revealed final details of its Xbox 360 hands-free motion control system, which it has rebranded Kinect (formerly codenamed “Project Natal”).

Kinect was shown off alongside compatible games that support the new hands-free interface and, in some cases, the facial and voice recognition capabilities.

These ranged from jumping and flying games to a yoga simulator and Star Wars shooter (players control a virtual light sabre and use… read more

Interview: Abrupt Climate Change, the Pentagon, and The Day After Tomorrow

June 1, 2004

Doug Randall, who co-authored “the Pentagon study” on abrupt climate change, has commented on the “Day After Tomorrow film.

“The timeframe is definitely exaggerated, but the premise is one of the real issues of our day,” he said. “The danger signs come from the world of science and have to do with things like salinity of the Atlantic Ocean and the thermohaline conveyor. Signs that point to big shifts… read more

Paper lab-on-a-chip makes disease tests affordable

September 25, 2008

Harvard researchers have developed a device for testing water quality and identifying pathogens that can be made simply from paper, ink and sunlight. It could help developing countries access the latest lab techniques inexpensively.

The device uses pores naturally present in paper to carry liquids in a way similar to standard microfluidic chips. A pattern is placed over photoresist-soaked paper. Where exposed to sunlight, the resist becomes impermeable, leaving… read more

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