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Square launches iPad point-of-sale service

May 24, 2011

Card Case

Mobile commerce company Square has launched Square Register iPad app, which allows merchants to use an iPad instead of a cash register or credit card terminal. Now available to download, the app facilitates retail checkout, sales tracking, and customer communication.

Square also launched Card Case, a consumer app for both iPhone and Android users that complements the Square Register merchant app. Card Case stores virtual merchant-branded… read more

Crick’s last stand

July 29, 2005

Francis Crick and Christof Koch proposed to explain the neurological basis of human consciousness by studying the claustrum, a thin sheet of grey matter that lies concealed beneath part of the cortex.

Sensations could be bound together into one cohesive, conscious experience by the claustrum, they claim in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.

A Memory Breakthrough

February 4, 2008

Intel announced a research advance that doubles the storage capacity of a single phase-change memory cell.

Unlike flash, data can be written to cells much faster, at rates comparable to the dynamic and static random-access memory (DRAM and SRAM) used in all computers and cell phones today.

Autism link to ‘geek genes’

August 16, 2002

An upsurge in autism cases diagnosed in the Silicon Valley area of California may be due to genes more common in its high-tech workers, researchers believe. They speculate that “computer geeks” may, while not fully autistic themselves, may be carrying genes that contribute to it and are more likely to meet partners who also carry autistic genes, raising the chances of children with the full-blown condition.

Scientists create first quantum processor

June 29, 2009

A team led by Yale University researchers has created the first rudimentary two-qubit solid-state quantum processor, taking another step toward building a quantum computer.

God vs. Darwin: no contest

August 9, 2005

“Intelligent design” boils down to the claim sarcastically summed up by aerospace engineer and science consultant Rand Simberg on his blog, Transterrestrial Musings: “I’m not smart enough to figure out how this structure could evolve, therefore there must have been a designer.”

Simberg, a political conservative, concludes that this argument “doesn’t belong in a science classroom, except as an example of what’s not science.”

Researcher leads international effort to create ‘proteinpedia’

February 8, 2008

A Johns Hopkins Institute of Genetic Medicine researcher is leading an effort to compile to date the largest free resource of experimental information about human proteins.

Their “proteinpedia” currently compiles data provided by more than 71 laboratories with entries for more than 15,230 human proteins.

Parents look to microchip children

September 5, 2002

Worried UK parents are asking to have tracking microchips implanted into their children following the murders of two 10-year-old girls, says scientist Kevin Warwick, who has implanted a chip in his arm that is connected to a computer in an ongoing experiment.

The operation would involve implanting a small transmitter about one inch long into the child’s arm or stomach, Warwick said. Tracking options include using a mobile phone… read more

Memristor minds: The future of artificial intelligence

July 8, 2009

Hybrid transitor-memristor chips designed to reproduce some of the brain’s thought processes have been developed by HP and Boston University researchers, and University of California, San Diego researchers have developed a memristive device that they claim behaves like a neural synapse.

Japan project aims to create 3D TV by 2020

August 21, 2005

Japan plans to make 3D television a commercial reality by 2020 as part of a broad national project.

The “virtual reality” television would allow people to view high-definition images in 3D from any angle, in addition to being able to touch and smell the objects being projected upwards from a screen parallel to the floor.

More Brain Research Suggests ‘Use It Or Lose It’

February 13, 2008

Queensland Brain Institute scientists have found another clue to why nerve cells die in neurodegenerative diseases, adding more weight to the “use it or lose it” model for brain function.

A baby’s brain generates roughly double the number of nerve cells it needs to function. Cells that receive chemical and electrical stimuli survive, the remaining ones die.

Fifth Alcor Conference on Extreme Life Extension to profile cryonic breakthroughs

September 25, 2002

Cryonic breakthroughs in preventing tissue damage from freezing, human therapeutic cloning to replace damaged or missing tissue, and radical new techniques for life extension will be among the topics addressed at the Fifth Alcor Conference on Extreme Life Extension in Newport Beach, CA, November 15-17.Michael D. West, President & CEO of Advanced Cell Technology; Ray Kurzweil, CEO, Kurzweil Technologies; and Gregory Benford, science fiction writer and Professor of… read more

Better Vision, With a Telescope Inside the Eye

July 20, 2009

A tiny telescope, already approved for use in Europe, can be implanted in one eye, replacing the natural lens, to help people with an advanced form of macular degeneration.

‘Miracle mouse’ can grow back lost limbs

September 1, 2005

Wistar Institute scientists have created a “miracle mouse” that can regenerate amputated limbs or badly damaged organs, making it able to recover from injuries that would kill or permanently disable normal animals.

The experimental animal is unique among mammals in its ability to regrow its heart, toes, joints and tail.

The researchers have also found that when cells from the test mouse are injected into ordinary mice, they… read more

Stress hormone impacts memory, learning in diabetic rodents

February 18, 2008

A National Institutes of Health study finds increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol temporarily disrupts healthy hippocampus functions in diabetic rats, a step in understanding why diabetes impairs the cognitive health of people.

Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic rats exhibited learning and memory deficits when cortisol levels were elevated due to impaired plasticity and declines in new cell growth.

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