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YouTube in 3D?

July 24, 2009

One of Google’s developers has been working on a “20% project” to create a 3D effect for videos.

Polymer breakthrough to boost smart drugs

September 12, 2005

Smart plastic films programmed to release a precise sequence of treatments are poised to revolutionize drug delivery, thanks to a breakthrough in polymer chemistry at MIT.

The films could be used to coat implants such as artificial hips and tissue scaffolds to deliver phased release over a period of hours or weeks.

The method calls for depositing very thin polymer films on objects of any shape. The scientists… read more

Genetic pathway critical to disease, aging found

February 21, 2008

University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have discovered a gene expression pathway and specific enzymes that exert a sweeping influence over the process of oxidative stress, the process that contributes to many diseases and conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s, heart disease and stroke to cancer and the process of aging.

The finding is important because it represents a master pressure point for a host of medical conditions. One key enzyme in the… read more

DNA as Destiny

October 31, 2002

DNA is not only the book of life; it’s also the book of death. In the future we may be able to read it cover to cover. Here’s a first-hand account of what it’s like to take the world’s first top-to-bottom gene scan. “Everyone has errors in his or her DNA, glitches that may trigger a heart spasm or cause a brain tumor. I’m here to learn mine.” It may… read more

Cyborg-walkers stride toward Japan’s robotics future

August 4, 2009

Japan has launched a five-year project of putting “people-assisting robots” into widespread practical use, such as Cyberdyne’s HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) exoskeletons, designed to give mobility to the injured and disabled.

Quantum-dot syntheses developed

September 23, 2005

New synthesis methods by University at Buffalo researchers allow for scalable, rapid creation of large quantities of non-toxic, robust, water-dispersible quantum dots for bioimaging.

The quantum dots also emit light in longer wavelengths, in the red region of the spectrum, making them capable of imaging processes deeper in the body, and they exhibit two-photon excitation, which is necessary for high-contrast imaging.

Source: University at Buffalo newsread more

Future Blogger community launched

February 28, 2008

MemeBox has announced the public beta release of Future Blogger, a blogging community dedicated to exploring the future.

Visitors can post their thoughts, predictions and scenarios. Community ratings then determine page ranking for posts. The site’s Future Scanner also aggregates and organizes information about the future by year and category.

Man: 0 Machine: 1

November 15, 2002

Feng-Hsiung Hsu, who worked tirelessly for almost two decades to build IBM’s Deep Blue chess computer, demonstrates in “Behind Deep Blue” that the computer’s victory was not a matter of machine defeating man, but rather the advancement of a powerful tool assembled by human beings.

Protein Structures Revealed At Record Pace

August 11, 2009

A fast, efficient way to determine the structure of proteins, shortening a process that often takes years into a matter of days, has been developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists.

They used a “small angle x-ray scattering” (SAXS) technique, which can image a protein in its natural state, such as in a solution, and at a spatial resolution of about 10 angstroms, which is small enough to determine… read more

The future of chip manufacturing

July 1, 2011

Researchers at MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) have developed a way to get the resolution of high-speed e-beam lithography (commonly used to prototype computer chips) down from 25 to just nine nanometers, allowing for smaller, faster chips.

Combined with other emerging technologies, it could point the way toward making e-beam lithography practical as a mass-production technique.

Micro-organisms may be turned into nano-circuitry

October 7, 2005

Single-celled algae, called diatoms, found floating in oceans might someday be reborn as components in 3D circuits much more complex and powerful than existing electronics.

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers think it might be possible to fabricate diatom structures to order, by exploiting a growing understanding of their genetic properties. They could then be converted chemically into useful nano-components.

Konarka Announces First-Ever Demonstration of Inkjet Printed Solar Cells

March 5, 2008

Konarka Technologies has announced the company conducted the first-ever demonstration of manufacturing organic solar cells by efficient inkjet printing.

Stem Cell Mixing May Form a Human-Mouse Hybrid

November 27, 2002

Proposed stem cell experiments would involve creating a human-mouse hybrid to test different lines of human embryonic stem cells for their quality and potential usefulness in treating specific diseases.

Any animals born from the experiment would be chimeras — organisms that are mixtures of two kinds of cells, such as a mouse with a brain made entirely of human cells or a mouse that generated human sperm. However, Dr.… read more

New DNA Test Uses Nanotechnology To Find Early Signs Of Cancer

August 19, 2009

Using nanoscale quantum dots, Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a highly sensitive test to look for DNA attachments that often are early warning signs of cancer.

Quantum dots (shown as gold spheres) emit a fluorescent glow, making cancer-related DNA strands light up and identify themselves (Johns Hopkins University)

Life’s Building Blocks ‘Abundant in Space’

October 19, 2005

The idea that comets and meteorites seeded an early Earth with the tools to make life gained momentum recently as scientists scanning a galaxy 12 million light-years away detected copious amounts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), molecules critical to all known forms of life.

PAHs carry information for DNA and RNA and are an important component of hemoglobin and chlorophyll.

Evidence suggests that PAHs are formed in the… read more

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