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The ‘chemputer’ that could print out any drug

July 26, 2012

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Professor Lee Cronin has turned a 3D printer into a universal chemistry set that could make its own prescription drugs via downloadable chemistry.

Cronin is the leader of a world-class team of 45 researchers at Glasgow University, primarily making complex molecules.

The “inks” are simple reagents, from which more complex molecules are formed.

As he points out, nearly all drugs are made of carbon, hydrogen and… read more

The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s

January 11, 2010

The ever-accelerating pace of technological change may be minting a series of mini-generation gaps, with each group of children uniquely influenced by the tech tools available in their formative stages of development, says psychologist Larry Rosen and the author of the coming “Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn.”

Now in their 20s, those in the Net Generation, according to Dr. Rosen, spend two hours a day… read more

The Chinese Government’s Plans for Nanotechnology

February 18, 2008

University of California at Santa Barbara researchers say China aims to leapfrog the United States in technological development with substantial investment in nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology research is one of four Chinese “science Megaprojects” that have the central purpose of catching the country up to US research by 2020.

The Chinese solar machine

December 20, 2011

China's production of solar cells

Chinese manufacturers make about 50 million solar panels a year — over half the world’s supply in 2010 — and include four of the world’s top five solar-panel manufacturers.

The industry elsewhere has been doubling in size every two years, and Chinese manufacturers have done even better, doubling their production roughly every year.

They have succeeded in large part because it’s faster and cheaper for them to build… read more

The Churchill Club’s 2009 Tech Trends: Energy, Data And More Energy

May 21, 2009

Advanced batteries will be the most popular alternative energy investment in 2009, the unstructured data deluge creates the next great information leaders, and real-time crowdsourcing will control much of the interesting things people look for on the web: these were among the predictions at the Churchill Club’s 11th Annual Top Ten Tech Trends event on May 20.

The CIA and Jeff Bezos bet on quantum computing

October 8, 2012

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With funding from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and the CIA’s investment arm, the Canadian company D-Wave Systems is gaining momentum for its revolutionary approach to computing, Technology Review reports.

D-Wave’s supercooled processor is designed to handle what software engineers call “optimization” problems, the core of conundrums such as figuring out the most efficient delivery route, or how the atoms in a protein will move around when it meets… read more

The Civil Heretic

March 26, 2009

Physicist Freeman Dyson dismisses the threat of global warming — an ultimately benign occurrence in what Dyson says is still “a relatively cool period in the earth’s history.”

Rising carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere are a sign that “the climate is actually improving rather than getting worse,” because carbon acts as an ideal fertilizer promoting forest growth and crop yields.

If needed, carbon-eating trees could be genetically engineered… read more

The clear future of electronics

December 10, 2008

Scientists at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have fabricated a working computer chip that is almost completely clear.

The technology, called transparent resistive random access memory (TRRAM),
may enable the development of clear computer monitors, televisions, and other devices embedded inside glass or transparent plastic.

The closest star system found in a century

March 14, 2013

This image is an artist's conception of the binary system WISE J104915.57-531906 with the Sun in the background (credit: Janella Williams/Penn State)

A pair of stars in the third-closest star system to the Sun has been discovered by an astronomer —  the closest star system discovered since 1916.

The discovery was made by Kevin Luhman, an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University and a researcher in Penn State’s Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds.

The star system,  named “WISE J104915.57-531906″ (discovered in a map by… read more

The cockpit of the future

February 3, 2009

German research scientists have developed a novel car dashboard that functions as a 3-D display and shows velocities, engine speeds, and warnings in three dimensions.

The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate

October 13, 2009

The hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the Large Hadron Collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, suggest Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics.

The Coming Chip Revolution

April 8, 2005

Carbon nanotubes are emerging as a leading candidate to replace silicon in future chips.

One IBM prototype device using carbon nanotubes can carry up to 1,000 times the current of copper wires used in today’s silicon chips, making it vastly more efficient.

In addition to being excellent conductors of heat, nanotubes are 10 times stronger than steel and are resistant to radiation. This matters because as chips get… read more

The Coming Data Explosion

June 2, 2010

As more and more “things” in the world are connected to the Internet, driven by a “sensor revolution” (including data from mobile phones and “ubiquitous nanosensors”), a new computing platform is required to deal with this massive influx of exascale data and the complexity of processing it in real-time.

The Coming Robot Revolution

July 14, 2004

“In the future, robots could help determine the outcome of wars and identify problems in data centers. Office buildings may come to life as they use Wi-Fi to dispatch robots to control human access, test heating and cooling systems, and fetch tools for workers.”

The coming war on general computation

January 2, 2012

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The coming century will be dominated by war against the general-purpose computer, and the stakes are the freedom, fortune and privacy of the entire human race, said Cory Doctorow in “The coming war on general computation” keynote talk at the Chaos Computer Congress in Berlin.

“The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only… read more

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