A new generation of radiation robots is lowering the rate of dead healthy cells by more accurately targeting cancer cells.
August 26, 2004
European astronomers have found one of the smallest planets known outside our solar system, a world about 14 times the mass of our own around a star much like the Sun.
No planet so small has ever been detected around a normal star. And the finding reveals a solar system more similar to our own than anything found so far.
April 28, 2004
Forget Frankenfruit — the new-and-improved flavor of gene science is Earth-friendly and all-natural. Welcome to the golden age of smart breeding.
Researchers are beginning to understand plants so precisely that they no longer need transgenics to achieve traits like drought resistance, durability, or increased nutritional value. Over the past decade, scientists have discovered that our crops are chock-full of dormant characteristics. Rather than inserting, say, a bacteria gene to… read more
July 19, 2007
Touch Bionics’ i-Limb is supposedly the world’s most advanced bionic hand.
February 22, 2007
Superbots — robots made up of identical modular units that plug into one another to create robots that can stand, crawl, wiggle, and roll — are being developed mainly to carry out multiple complex tasks, such as assembly, inspection, maintenance, habitat construction, surface landing, and exploration in space and on planet surfaces.
November 5, 2004
IBM Almaden Research Center has developed a next-generation search technology, called WebFountain, that lets users ask specific questions in complete sentences — something today’s search engines have trouble handling.
WebFountain can whittle down billions of pages of unstructured data from the entire Web in real time, rapidly retrieving and analyzing only the most relevant pages. Geared for corporate applications, WebFountain spots online trends as they emerge, identifies patterns –… read more
April 20, 2010
Researchers at the Cambridge Lab of Toshiba Research Europe have demonstrated the continuous operation of a quantum key distribution (QKD) system with a speed greater than one megabit/sec over a 50 km fiber optic network.
The system could be used by hospitals, banks, or anyone transmitting sensitive data.
The technology will work without user interference, and allows sensitive information to be distributed using “one-time pad” encryption — a… read more
October 29, 2009
A camera sensor able to film action at 1 million frames per second to detect one-microsecond neuron signals has been developed by Delft University of Technology researchers.
The device uses an array of single-photon detectors, each connected to a stopwatch with 100-picosecond accuracy.
January 10, 2008
Lonnie Johnson, a nuclear engineer who holds more than 100 patents, says he can achieve a conversion efficiency rate that tops 60 percent with a new solid-state heat engine. It represents a breakthrough new way to turn heat into power.
The Johnson Thermoelectric Energy Conversion System has no moving parts. It’s similar to a fuel cell: it circulates hydrogen between two membrane-electrode assemblies. Unlike a fuel cell, however, it… read more
July 24, 2003
New materials and technologies could boost the mobility and safety of U.S. troops.
Scientists at DuPont are developing ways to manipulate light so soldiers could appear to disappear. EIC Laboratories is working on “electrochromic camouflage” — a chameleon fabric that would change colors instantly to blend in with its surroundings.
The new Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at MIT is creating new materials and devices molecule by molecule with… read more
May 16, 2005
A new miracle liquid proves deadly to viruses, bacteria and fungi, but harmless to humans and animals. It might even wipe out antibiotic-resistant superbugs — and you can drink it.
May 17, 2005
A California company has figured out how to use two simple materials — water and salt — to create a solution that wipes out single-celled organisms, and which appears to speed healing of burns, wounds and diabetic ulcers.
January 27, 2012
New Hanover County, North Carolina, recently rolled out “Super Wi-Fi,” operating in the “white spaces” between 50–700Mhz, where previously only television stations were allowed to transmit, reports Technology Review’s Mim’s Bits blog.
This could mean high-speed wireless connections for the county’s residents, and also the potential to connect to Wi-Fi towers that are miles distant (not possible with conventional Wi-Fi).
However,… read more
A team led by John Hagopian, an optics engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has demonstrated that it can grow a uniform layer of carbon nanotubes through the use of another emerging technology called atomic layer deposition or ALD.
The super-black nanotechnology that promises to make spacecraft optical instruments more sensitive without enlarging their size.
“The significance of this is that we… read more
February 17, 2014
A new method for determining a protein’s shape just one protein molecule thick, using X-ray free-electron lasers (XFEL), significantly increases the number and type of proteins that researchers can study.
In biology, a protein’s shape is key to understanding how it causes disease or toxicity. Researchers who use X-rays to take snapshots of proteins need a billion copies of the same protein stacked and packed into a neat crystal.… read more