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UFO cult endorses brain transplants

April 10, 2001

RAEL, founder of Clonaid, the first human cloning company, and self-described “Messenger of Infinity” and “brother of Jesus,” announced today he has given his support to Professor Robert White of Cleveland, Ohio, who hopes to perform brain and human head transplants.

White recently announced he has transplanted a whole monkey’s head onto another monkey’s body. The animal survived for some time after the operation.

Clonaid is owned by… read more

PCs that Work While They Sleep

June 30, 2010

UCSD computer-science professors have developed software that lets desktop computers continue to function in sleep mode; it could reduce the energy consumption of office networks by around 60 percent.

Software running on a remote server maintains a version of each PC’s operating systems and applications. The software, called SleepServer, carries on tasks on behalf of the desktop machine while it is put into a low-energy sleep mode.

The… read more

Global observatory sees first light

April 4, 2012

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The Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) network plans to deploy two or three identical 1-meter remote-controlled telescopes, each costing about US$1 million, at observatories in Hawaii, Chile, South Africa, Australia and the Canary Islands.

They will soon be stitched into a global network that will provide researchers with around-the-clock coverage of quickly changing objects such as extrasolar planets, asteroids and supernovas.

LCOGT has three priorities: tracking the motion… read more

Using living cells as nanotechnology factories

October 9, 2008

Arizona State University and New York University researchers are using cells as factories to make DNA-based nanostructures inside a living cell.

They are using a phagemid, a virus-like particle that infects a bacteria cell. Once inside the cell, the phagemid uses the cell just like a photocopier machine. By theoretically starting with just a single phagemid infection, and a single milliliter of cultured cells, they found that the cells… read more

New Process Could Lead to Carbon Nanotube Price Cut

November 23, 2004

Researchers have described an improved method of manufacturing carbon nanotubes.

Many current production schemes for single-walled carbon nanotubes use catalyst particles to speed up the reaction, but they can become incorporated into the tubes. By adding water during the manufacturing process, the resulting nanotubes were more than 99.98 percent pure without requiring additional refinement.

A Simple Plan

May 2, 2001

The Simputer (Simple Inexpensive Mobile Computer), a computer priced and designed for the billions of people without access to computers, has been developed by India-based Simputer Trust.

The prototype features Intel chip, 32 MB of RAM, 16 MB of flash memory, Linux OS, multilingual text-to-speech, picture-based touch-sensitive screen, Palm-like grafitti writing and Internet access via phone line, with a target retail price of $200.

New Electronic Fiber Heralds Smarter Textiles

July 7, 2010

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A soft, flexible fiber with a 1000 times more capacitance than a coaxial cable could lead to smarter textiles, say its inventors at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China.

Their idea is to create a simple rolled capacitor from a sheet of conducting polymer sandwiched between two insulating sheets of low density polyethylene. They then roll this sandwich into a cylinder and encase it… read more

Self-Assembled Organic Circuits

October 17, 2008
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Philips Research Laboratories researchers have found a simple way to make high-performance electronic circuits from organic semiconductors, bringing us one step closer to low-cost, bendable plastic electronics.

They developed self-assembling semiconductor molecules that automatically arrange themselves on a surface in a layer just a few nanometers thick, making hundreds of transistors arranged into complex circuits.

Artificial cells take shape

December 7, 2004

Rockefeller University researchers have created synthetic cells — similar to bacteria — that cannot replicate or evolve but can churn out proteins for days.

These artificial protocells could be useful for drug production, as well as for advancing the quest to build artificial life from scratch.

‘Silent’ DNA Speaks Up

May 22, 2001

Biologists have broken through what was considered an impermeable barrier that kept half the genes in some cells “silent.” By moderately raising the temperature of cells, heated genes reached 500 times their normal rate of expression, which could lead to better understanding of cellular processes involved in aging, fever and toxicity.

Conscientiousness is the secret to a long life (article preview)

October 24, 2008

University of California at Riverside researchers found that people who were less conscientious were 50 per cent more likely to die at any given age, on average, than those of the same age who scored highly.

Molecular Chains Line Up to Form a New Chemical State, a ‘Protopolymer’

December 17, 2004

Penn State researchers have observed a new chemical state, designated a “protopolymer,” in chains of phenylene molecules on a crystalline copper surface at low temperature.

Protopolymers form when monomers, small molecules that link together chemically to form long chains, align and interact without forming chemical bonds. This type of alignment could be used to control growth and assembly of molecules and for manipulation of nanostructured materials.… read more

New graphene treatment could unleash new uses in electronic devices

MIT team develops simple, inexpensive method that could help realize graphene’s promise for electronics, solar power, and sensors.
December 17, 2013

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A team of researchers at MIT and the University of California at Berkeley has found a simple, inexpensive treatment that may help to unleash graphene’s potential. Currently, many suggested uses of graphene require treatments that can be expensive and difficult to apply predictably.

The new method is described in a paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, co-authored by MIT doctoral students Priyank Kumar and Neelkanth Bardhan,… read more

Head movements provide individual-recognition cues

June 12, 2001

We can recognize and identify the sex of individuals from how they move their heads and faces, according to University College London researchers.

Rigid head movements – nodding, shaking or tilting – are better than changes in expression at identifying individuals.


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© Harold Hill and Nikolaus F. Troje

The finding could improve face-recognition security and help to humanize… read more

Mummy, that robot is making faces at me

October 30, 2008

Robotics engineers at the University of Bristol and Hanson Robotics have developed a realistic robot head that can mimic human facial expressions and could make communication more human-like.

Human face movements are picked up by a video camera and mapped onto the tiny servos in the robot’s skin at 25 frames per second (British television frame rate) to produce similarly realistic facial movements.

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