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Virtual world fits on a smartphone

August 19, 2005

It will soon be possible to inhabit a virtual world, even while out and about in the real one.

Computer game company Artificial Life has announced that it will launch a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for third generation (3G) phones before the end of 2005.

The game will let players assume a virtual persona and travel through a futuristic cityscape, the company says. They will be… read more

Researchers discover technique for repairing gene defect that causes spinal muscular atrophy

February 13, 2008

University of Delaware researchers have discovered a technique to repair the defective gene that causes spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the number-one genetic killer of children under two years old in the US.

With the “targeted gene alteration” technique, the research team replaced the function of the SMA-causing defective SMN1 gene by introducing a small fragment of a similar but non-defective gene’s DNA into a diseased cell, triggering the cell… read more

Google enters news arena

September 25, 2002

Google has launched a news service that uses search algorithms rather than human editors to select news reports.

It offers news reports from 4,000 different websites. Stories are ranked on how recently they have been published, the number of articles devoted to a given topic and the popularity of the particular news source.

The Crowd Is Wise (When It’s Focused)

July 20, 2009

Open-innovation models succeed only when carefully designed for a particular task and when the incentives are tailored to attract the most effective collaborators, say collective-intelligence experts.

Heated nanoparticles trigger immune systems deactivated by cancer

October 10, 2014

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Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center have developed a method to use heat with nanoparticles to wake up the immune system so it recognizes and attacks invading cancer cells, according to Steve Fiering, PhD, Norris Cotton Cancer Center researcher and professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and of Genetics at the Geisel School ofread more

Drexler’s Nanofactory Design Animation Now Available as Streaming Media

September 1, 2005

“Productive Nanosystems: From Molecules to Superproducts,” an animated video, is now available in streaming media format on The large 80 MB file previously took a long time to download, so access was limited.

Productive nanosystems are a goal of Dr. K. Eric Drexler’s twenty-year research in nanotechnology. To illustrate the concept, he has worked with engineer-animator John Burch to produce this 3D tour of one potential… read more

Laser beam sets record for intensity

February 18, 2008

The world’s most intense laser beam uses 300 terawatts of power concentrated in a 30 femtosecond pulse to a 1.3-micron area, or 20 billion trillion watts per square centimeter.

University of Michigan news release

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Diverse views of ‘artificial worlds’ at PopTech conference

October 21, 2002
Kurzweil: "bio-inspired superintelligent<br />
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PopTech brought together more than 400 big thinkers in Camden, Maine this past weekend to explore artificial worlds. “The real and the artificial are converging, becoming more intimate,” said co-producer Bob Metcalfe.

Speakers described wildly diverse visions of this convergence ….Animator Alvy Ray Smith predicted that within his lifetime, feature-length movies will be made by computer avatars, with 100 million polygons per frame. Prof. Lauren… read more

NIST researchers entice two atoms to swap quanta

February 24, 2011

NIST physicists used this apparatus to coax two beryllium ions (electrically charged atoms) into swapping the smallest measurable units of energy back and forth, a technique that may simplify information processing in a quantum computer. The ions are trapped about 40 micrometers apart above the square gold chip in the center. The chip is surrounded by a copper enclosure and gold wire mesh to prevent buildup of static charge.  (Y. Colombe/NIST)

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have for the first time coaxed two atoms in separate locations to take turns jiggling back and forth while swapping quanta, the smallest measurable units of energy. By directly linking the motions of two physically separated atoms, the technique has the potential to simplify information processing in future quantum computers and simulations.

Described in a paper published Feb. 23… read more

Terrorists could use internet to launch nuclear attack: report

July 28, 2009

Terrorist groups could soon break into computer systems and set off a devastating nuclear attack, according to a study commissioned by the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.

Cyber-terrorists could also provoke a nuclear launch by spoofing early warning and identification systems or by degrading communications networks.

Researchers recover typed text using audio recording of keystrokes

September 15, 2005

UC Berkeley esearchers were able to take several 10-minute sound recordings of users typing at a keyboard, feed the audio into a computer, and use an algorithm to recover up to 96 percent of the characters entered.
The researchers used spectrum analysis, statistical learning theory, spelling and grammar checks, and learning trials to obtain recovery rates of 88 percent for words and 96 percent for characters.

The computer algorithm… read more

Adobe Blurs Line Between PC and Web

February 25, 2008

On Monday, Adobe will release AIR, a software development system that will power potentially tens of thousands of applications that merge the Internet and the PC, as well as blur the distinctions between PCs and new computing devices like smartphones.

HP, MIT delve deep with digital library

November 5, 2002

MIT and Hewlett-Packard have unveiled DSpace, a system for electronically archiving books, lecture notes and scientific data. It currently can hold two terabytes of data; eventually more than a petabyte (1000 terabytes). The software will be licensed freely.

Virtual Worlds May Be the Future Setting of Scientific Collaboration

August 5, 2009

The first professional scientific organization based entirely in virtual worlds, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics (MICA), has been formed by scientists from the California Institute of Technology, Princeton, Drexel University, and MIT.

In addition to getting people together in a free and convenient way, virtual worlds can offer new possibilities for multi-dimensional data visualization.

Evolution Lawsuit Opens in Pennsylvania

September 27, 2005

Intelligent design is not science, has no support from any major American scientific organization and does not belong in a public school science classroom, a prominent biologist testified on the opening day of the nation’s first legal battle over whether it is permissible to teach the fledgling “design” theory as an alternative to evolution.

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