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The E-Gang: Medical Marvels

August 16, 2002

Forbes profiles eight visionaries in information technology for medicine.

  • Neuroscientist Kari Stefansson’s gene-mining software will allow doctors to create genetic profiles of patients within a decade.
  • TIGR’s Claire Fraser gene tests could one day let doctors customize drug treatment for the exact genetic strain found in their patients.
  • Rosetta Inpharmatics’ Stephen Friend plans to use DNA chips to spot which genes are most active in
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    The Easy Way To Boost Your Brain

    May 6, 2007

    Manchester Metropolitan University researchers have found in an experiment that subjects who moved their eyes from to side remembered 10 per cent more words than the others and reduced false memory of words.

    The eco machine that can magic water out of thin air

    November 24, 2008

    Element Four, has developed a machine that condenses water from air, passed through a self-sterilizing UV chamber, filters it, and passes pure drinking water through a pipe to the owner’s kitchen tap.

    The emergence of individuality in genetically identical mice

    May 13, 2013

    Enrichment enclosure housing 40 mice

    How do people and other organisms evolve into individuals that are distinguished from others by their own personal brain structure and behavior?

    Why do identical twins not resemble each other perfectly even when they grew up together?

    To shed light on these questions, the scientists observed 40 genetically identical mice that were kept in an enclosure that offered a rich shared environment with a large variety of activity… read more

    The Emerging Field of Biophotonic Communication

    November 20, 2009

    Sergei Mayburov at the Lebedev Institute of Physics in Moscow suggests that optical communication is a natural process in many cells of body, closely related to photosynthesis.

    The emerging science of DNA cryptography

    March 19, 2009

    A new approach to using DNA for data encryption, based on how information from DNA is processed inside cells, has been developed by independent researcher Nang King.

    The emotional meanings of emoticons

    October 16, 2011


    Ever wonder exactly what kind of emotion people mean to express with some of the more obscure emoticons, like :/, <3, or ^_^?  Alex Davies, a Gates scholar at the University of Cambridge, has too, so he created a Twitter sentiment analysis list of ~5000 common words used on Twitter, each with their associated joint log probability for appearing in a happy tweet or… read more

    The Encyclopedia of Life, No Bookshelf Required

    February 27, 2008

    Scientists are building a Web site called the Encyclopedia of Life, dedicated to documenting all species on Earth.

    Spearheaded by Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson with $50 million initial funding, the first 30,000 pages will be introduced on Thursday this week. Within a decade, they predict, they will have the other 1.77 million.

    The End Game

    January 19, 2004

    The Army’s Massive Multiplayer Environment will move simulation training into a wider domain of realism and soldier participation.

    The end of Chinese manufacturing and rebirth of US industry

    July 30, 2012


    There is great concern about China’s real-estate and infrastructure bubbles.  But these are just short-term challenges that China may be able to spend its way out of.

    The real threat to China’s economy is bigger and longer term: its manufacturing bubble.

    Rising costs and political pressure aren’t what’s going to rapidly change the equation. The disruption will come from a set of technologies that are advancing at exponential… read more

    The end of history, tech version?

    December 20, 2002

    Do you think machines will become more intelligent than people in the next 100 years? Won’t that present a danger to humankind? What can be done to keep that from happening?

    These are among the questions in a survey pitting views of the future by Bill Joy against those of Ray Kurzweil and Hans Moravec.

    The End of Human Nature

    April 24, 2003

    “We’re headed toward an era when human beings will be as casually “enhanced” as chickens or marigolds, with higher IQs, better looks, longer lives.”

    In his book, Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age, Bill McKibben “indicts germline technology, the so-called designer baby science that aims to let parents improve their offspring by pasting desirable genes into their kid’s DNA.”

    The end of microbial resistance?

    March 19, 2012


    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has evolved to become a worldwide health threat — every antibiotic ever developed is at risk, says the World Health Organization (WHO) in a new book, The evolving threat of antimicrobial resistance — Options for action.

    The book showcases examples of actions to slow down drug resistance and preserve the ability of medicine to effectively treat many infectious diseases.

    Over several decades, powerful medicines… read more

    The End of Snail Mail?

    October 14, 2001

    Is the threat of a deadly disease enough to kill off postal deliveries? Expect a dip in mail volume similar to the one that hit the stock market –without the expectation that the bounce-back will eventually surpass the present status. The reason is simple: when compared to anthrax bacilli, computer viruses don’t seem so threatening.

    The End of the Oil Industry

    November 7, 2003

    Advances in technology are allowing the developed world to diversify supplies of energy and reduce their demand for petroleum, thus loosening the grip of oil and the countries that produce it.

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