March 5, 2009
A team of Twitter users quickly acted to head off tragedy from a bomb threat in St. Louis Tuesday night.
23andMe, a personal genomics startup, will offer a social-networking tool that allows customers to compare their DNA.
The company’s ultimate goal is to create a genomic and phenotypic database large enough to be used for research, by asking users to voluntarily provide their medical histories and details on their medical conditions. The database would be similar to what’s collected by government and academic institutions for research, but participants would… read more
The social networks market is teeming with “mobile social networking” companies that want to bring the same phenomenon to the 3.3 billion cellphone subscribers, a number that far surpasses the total of Internet users.
The advantage over computer-based communities, they believe, is the ability to know where a cellphone is, thanks to global positioning satellites and related technologies.
myExperiment, the social networking site for scientists, has set out to challenge traditional ideas of academic publishing as it enters a new phase of funding.
Vivaty of Menlo Park, California, is creating a hybrid of conventional social networking sites such as Facebook and virtual worlds like Second Life.
To be offered to Facebook users, Vivaty users will get access to a virtual room where they can adorn the walls with photos, watch a virtual television that plays YouTube, invite friends over to join them, and chat via 3D avatars.
Random networks, such as the Internet and global flight connections, have the potential for extreme behavior never seen before, suddenly gaining a central backbone of connections that make it simple to travel between any two points, researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz and elsewhere have found.
The addition of just one link triggers an instantaneous phase change and the network becomes fully connected.
Miniature, ultra-flexible electrodes could be the answer to more successful treatment for Parkinson’s diseases, according to Professor Philippe Renaud of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.
Some 90,000 patients per year are treated for Parkinson’s disease, a number that… read more
In a new study, the large-scale ongoing Framingham Heart Study has found that drinking more than one soft drink a day, whether regular or diet, may be linked to an increased risk of developing heart disease, via an increase in metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a group of symptoms such as excess waist circumference, high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides, low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) and… read more