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Researchers Suggest Quantum Dots as Media for Teleportation

June 22, 2007

Nanyang Technological University researchers have found that quantum dots may be excellent media for quantum teleportation.

Scientists observe brain cell development in ‘real time’

May 24, 2007

For the first time anywhere, a researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has succeeded in observing in vivo the generation of neurons in the brain of a mammal.

Using special microscopic imaging techniques, combined with virus gene technology, Dr. Adi Mizrahi was able to develop an experimental model to study development of neural dendrites in vivo.

Bionic ‘sex chip’ that stimulates pleasure centre in brain developed by scientists

December 22, 2008

Scientists are developing an electronic “sex chip” that works by stimulating the orbitofrontal cortex, which is associated with the pleasure felt when eating and having sex.

Quantum Computing Reaches for True Power

November 9, 2010

Recent research progress  has renewed enthusiasm for finding avenues to build significantly more powerful quantum computers.

  • IBM has begun a five-year research project based on advances made in the past year at Yale University and the University of California, Santa Barbara that suggest the possibility of quantum computing based on standard microelectronics manufacturing technologies.
  • Researchers at Toshiba Research Europe and Cambridge University reported in Nature that

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GM ‘marathon’ mice break distance records

August 24, 2004

Mice that can run almost twice the distance of normal mice have been genetically engineered by Salk Institute scientists, raising questions over performance-enhancing drugs for atheletes.

A Web That Thinks Like You

July 5, 2007

Radar Networks plans later this year to launch Radar, which uses semantic Web technologies to help individuals and communities mine and share information from Internet sites, blogs, and social media services.

Built-in artificial intelligence will continually learn as people use the service and computers troll for similar information.

Exercise and your brain: Why working out may help memory

December 31, 2008

Researchers from four universities report in the Annals of Neurology that people who absorb glucose more slowly than those who metabolize it quickly are more forgetful and are more likely to have a faulty dentate gyrus, a pocket in the hippocampus section of the brain. The hippocampus is involved with learning and memory formation.

Researchers noted in previous studies that physical activity reduced the risk of age-related memory loss… read more

Sir, There’s a Camera in Your Head

November 17, 2010

Wafaa Bilal, an Iraqi photography professor at New York University, is implanting a camera in the back of his head to broadcast a live stream of images, once a minute, from the camera to visitors to a new museum in Qatar.

The work is sparking a debate on campus over the competing values of creative expression and student privacy.

The artwork, titled “The 3rd I,” is intended as… read more

Finally, a Car That Talks Back

September 3, 2004

Honda will soon become the first auto manufacturer to include, as standard equipment in some models, technology that enables drivers to converse with their cars about where to go and how to get there.

Using voice-recognition and text-to-speech technology from IBM, the 2005 Acura RL, available in October, and Honda Odyssey, available in September, will produce maps and “speak” turn-by-turn directions from the navigation system.

Quest for Synthetic Organisms Calls for New Rules, Critics Say

July 12, 2007

Critics say questions about dangers that could arise with manmade organisms — which can reproduce on their own — remain unaddressed.

“The notion is that, as we engineer more complex systems, our ability to predict their behavior diminishes,” said Boston University microbiologist James Collins. “How can we ensure that we don’t create something dangerous? Now is the time to start thinking about it.”

Until manmade organisms are fully… read more

Future chips may operate at atomic dimensions

April 23, 2014

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In an effort to shrink down electronic devices to atomic dimensions, researchers from Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory have shown how to switch exotic transition metal oxide material from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick.

Transition metal oxides seem to have it all: superconductivity, magnetoresistance, and other exotic properties. These possibilities have scientists excited to understand… read more

New Tech Makes Classroom Computers a Reality Worldwide

January 9, 2009
(Intel)

Intel on Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show will unveil its new low-priced simplified PCs Classmate netbook PC, which is faster than its predecessors, with a touch screen for easier use, intended for kids worldwide, especially in developing countries, and costs about $300 to make.

Why Life Is Physics, Not Chemistry

November 24, 2010

Biologists need to think about their field in a radical new way: life is an emergent phenomenon that occurs in systems that are far out of equilibrium, and it’s a branch of condensed matter physics, not chemistry, say physicists Nigel Goldenfeld and Carl Woese at the University of Illinois.

“Evolution is the fundamental physical process that gives rise to biological phenomena,” they add. “Yet it is widely treated as… read more

Nanotube Oscillator Could Weigh Individual Atoms

September 16, 2004

Using a carbon nanotube, Cornell University researchers have produced a tiny electromechanical oscillator that might be capable of weighing a single atom.

The device, perhaps the smallest of its kind ever produced, can be tuned across a wide range of radio frequencies, and one day might replace bulky power-hungry elements in electronic circuits.

The device also has applications in mass sensing and basic research.

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Saving Neurons and Memories

July 24, 2007

Harvard and MIT scientists have shown that the SIRT1 gene and resveratrol can protect against neuron degeneration of Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in a mouse model.

The Harvard/MIT study could also shed light on the mechanisms behind Alzheimer’s.

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