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Team finds genetic link between immune and nerve systems

September 22, 2008

Duke University Medical Center researchers have discovered genetic links between the nervous system and the immune system in a well-studied worm, and the findings could illuminate new approaches to human therapies.

They found that NPR-1, a worm cell receptor linked to proteins that are similar to mammalian neuropeptide Y, functions to suppress the activity of specific neurons that block immune responses, but when the flawed receptor didn’t work, the… read more

‘Team Frankenstein’ launch bid to build a human brain within decade

May 18, 2011

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Dr. Henry Markram, a neuroscientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland, has assembled a team of nine top European scientists to build a computer model of a human brain in 12 years.

The Human Brain Project is in discussion with the EU for a £1 billion grant. The project has already created an artificial neocortical column that is unique to mammals, digitally… read more

Team Hopeful in Its Effort to Recreate Primal Life

September 9, 2004

Scientists analyzing the genomes of microbes believe that they have reconstructed the pivotal event — the merger of two primitive bacterial-type cells into a eukaryote — that created the one-celled organism from which all animals and plants are descended, including people.

Because all living creatures are part of the single tree of life, it should in principle be possible to trace their lineages from the tree’s very root, the… read more

Team hopes to use new technology to search for ETs

June 5, 2008

Astronomers from Johns Hopkins and the SETI Institute plan to optimize prospects of finding civilizations on other star systems by concentrating on the intersection of the ecliptic plane (the imaginary plane containing the Earth’s orbit around the Sun) and the galactic plane (the Milky Way Galaxy band in the sky), using the new Allen Telescope Array.

Team may have found lost city of Atlantis

March 14, 2011

A team led by University of Hartford professor and archaeologist Richard Freund may have pinpointed the long-sought city of Atlantis somewhere completely unexpected — in a vast marsh in Southern Spain.

After identifying the shapes that Plato first described in about 360 BC,  an international team of archaeologists found artifacts and other evidence that points to the lost city, using electro-imaging systems designed for gas and oil exploration.… read more

Team records ‘music’ from stars

October 27, 2008

Scientists have recorded the sound of three stars similar to our Sun using France’s Corot space telescope.

The technique, called “stellar seismology,” is becoming increasingly popular among astronomers because the sounds give an indication of what is going on in the stars’ interior.

Team Uncovers New Evidence of Recent Human Evolution

February 8, 2008

French and Spanish researchers have found new evidence to support recent evolution in humans: genes for traits such as skin color and stature changed rapidly to allow humans to survive in new habitats.

The team identified 582 genes that have evolved differently in different populations in the past 60,000 years, including a dozen that protect people from obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and other diseases.

Tech CEOs tell US gov’t how to cut $1 trillion from deficit

October 7, 2010

The U.S. government can save more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years by consolidating its IT infrastructure, reducing its energy use, and moving to more Web-based citizen services, a group of tech CEOs said in a report released Wednesday.

The Technology CEO Council‘s report, delivered to President Barack Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, also recommends that the U.S. government streamline its supply… read more

Tech Companies See Market for Detection

October 1, 2001

Cutting-edge identification and detection technologies have helped specialists in the battle against terrorism, but the Sept. 11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center could transform these once exotic gadgets into everyday tools of airport safety.
Biometrics technologies include detecting stress by reading flickering eye movements, X-rays to conduct virtual strip-searches, facial recognition (videotaping faces in a crowded room and matching them to known terrorists), measuring eye movements… read more

Tech companies set goals for energy efficiency

June 13, 2007

The Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a group of some of the biggest U.S. technology companies, said they’ve committed to a plan to improve the power efficiency of equipment they make and use.

Improving power supply efficiencies and the use of power management techniques along the timeline Climate Savers has described would reduce global carbon emissions from the operation of computers by 54 million tons per year. In 2010, it… read more

Tech Gadget Show Features Hottest Products

January 5, 2005

The year’s hottest consumer electronics products and technologies premiering at CES include TiVoToGo, a new service feature that lets users transfer their recorded television shows onto laptops; a new streaming service that lets subscribers remotely access their digital media files from their home PCs — and even watch live television — on gadgets with Internet connections; and Wi-Fi access via cell phones.

Tech helps blind ‘see’ computer images

October 25, 2002

A simple touch display for the visually impaired soon could provide access to computer-generated images.

The prototype tactile display is a set of 3,600 small pins, about 10 per inch, which “prints” an image by using an extendable pointer to raise selected pins into a line drawing of the image.

The device is being developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The tactile display also would… read more

Tech lessons learned from the wisdom of crowds

December 17, 2006

Google, HP Labs, Yahoo, and Microsoft are among companies using “prediction markets” to improve forecasts.

The technique rewards employees for success in making predictions.

Tech predictions for businesses in 2014: mobility, wearables, intelligent assistants, gestural computing, facial recognition

December 31, 2013

Ready for facial recognition in stores? (Credit: Warner Brothers)

J. P. Gownder, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals offers these predictions for 2014 for businesses:

  • Mobility: Customers will actively shun businesses that lack mobile applications to enrich their experiences.
  • Wearables: will come to the enterprise, often in customer-facing situations. Google Glass could be the next big App Platform.
  • Intelligent assistants:  Intelligent agents like Siri and

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Tech Science Out on a Limb

June 29, 2004

From tiny memory chips to fanless cooling systems, cutting-edge researchers are investigating new ways to make computing devices smaller, faster and cheaper.

From organic computer memory cells to super-nanocapacitors, many of the most promising lines of research involve molecular scale technology.

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