March 18, 2002
Backed by a US Army grant of $50 million over five years, MIT has launched a new Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies.
The institute is tasked with innovating materials and designs that will reinvent soldiers’ uniforms, turning them into high tech gear that rivals the best science fiction.
Among the capabilities of the futuristic fabrics: morphing to improve camouflage, stiffening to splint broken limbs, and storing energy that can be… read more
January 8, 2002
A crystal that holds light could facilitate quantum computing.
Researchers in the United States and Korea have brought light to a complete standstill in a crystal. The pulse is effectively held within the solid, ready to be released at a later stage.
This trick could be used to store information in a quantum computer.
Normal computers store information in simple binary form (1′s and 0′s) in electronic and… read more
July 15, 2012
University of Windsor researchers have shown that tiny interlocked molecules can function inside solid materials, providing a blueprint for future creation of solid-state molecular switches and molecular machines based on mechanically interlocked molecules, the researchers suggest.
“Until now, this has only ever been done in solution,” explained PhD student Nick Vukotic.
WDM-1, or University of Windsor Dynamic Material, a powdery substance that the team… read more
July 11, 2012
Cornell researchers have developed a new method of generating terahertz signals on an inexpensive silicon chip, offering possible applications in medical imaging, security scanning and wireless data transfer.
Terahertz radiation, the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and infrared light, penetrates cloth and leather and just a few millimeters into the skin, but without the potentially damaging effects of X-rays.
June 6, 2013
USF Assistant Professor of Geology Matthew Pasek and researchers from the University of Washington and the Edinburg Centre for Carbon Innovation, revealed new findings that explain how the reactive phosphorus that was an essential component for creating the earliest life forms came to Earth.… read more
March 11, 2013
Researchers have demonstrated how the brain hones in on one speaker to solve the “cocktail party problem.”
Researchers discovered that the brain can selectively track the sound patterns from the speaker of interest and at the same time exclude competing sounds from other speakers.
The findings could have important implications for helping individuals with a range of deficits such as those associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,… read more
March 17, 2011
The visual cortex, the part of the brain that normally works with our eyes to process vision and space perception, can rewire itself to process sound information instead, Dr. Olivier Collignon of the University of Montreal’s Saint-Justine Hospital Research Centre and Dr. Franco Lepore of the Centre for Research in Neuropsychology and Cognition have found.
The research builds on other studies that show that the blind have a heightened… read more
February 18, 2007
Flavanols found in unprocessed chocolate could boost brain power as well as in treating certain kinds of stroke and dementia, researchers suggest.
The chemicals stimulate an increase of blood flow to the brain, particularly in areas that light up during tasks that require alertness.
November 9, 2005
If you’re waiting for the “home of the future,” filled with talking appliances and complex networks that let all our devices communicate with each other, prepare to keep holding your breath. It’s not that those things aren’t technically possible. It’s just that if we had them, they’d irritate us.
Professional futurists weigh in.
July 29, 2011
Electrical signals from the brain are seen 130 milliseconds before drivers actually hit the brakes, Technical University of Berlin researchers have found, as reported in the Journal of Neural Engineering.
Seated facing three monitors in a driving simulator called The Open Source Racing Car Simulator, each subject was told to drive about 18 meters behind a computer-driven virtual car traveling at about 60 miles per hour.
The… read more
September 23, 2016
“Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet,” according to a blog post by security expert Bruce Schneier.
“These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. It feels like a nation’s military… read more
November 14, 2013
He said he and his team have figured out how to take all the things they have been working on in the context of Wolfram|Alpha, Mathematica, CDF and so on — computational knowledge, symbolic programming,… read more