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Musk, SpaceX on ’60 Minutes’ March 18

March 16, 2012

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Elon Musk and SpaceX will be featured in a segment on the CBS 60 Minutes program on Sunday, March 18 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

“He’s already the first private citizen to launch a spaceship into orbit and bring it back to Earth, so it’s no surprise Elon Musk believes he will be the first entrepreneur to put a man into space, too,” says 60 Minutes‘… read more

Tonsil tests suggest thousands harbour vCJD

May 21, 2004

Almost 4000 Britons aged between 10 and 30 may be harboring the prion proteins that cause variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), the human form of mad cow disease.

The estimate is speculative since it’s based on extrapolation from only three infected tonsil or appendix samples.

Dr. Aubrey de Grey Will Present At L.A. SENS Meeting

July 6, 2010

Aubrey de Grey

Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation, will present at the first SENSF Los Angeles Chapter meeting at the Westwood Brewing Company on Friday, July 9, 2010, starting at 5 P.M. This will be an informal gathering, with the aim of creating a local initiative to promote the SENS Foundation‘s mission of curing involuntary aging through regenerative medicine and biotechnology.… read more

How Spam is Improving AI

October 14, 2008

The most common type of CAPTCHA puzzle (a series of distorted letters and numbers on a Web page) is increasingly being cracked by smarter AI software.

Jeff Yan, a researcher at the University of Newcastle, has revealed a program capable of completing the textual CAPTCHAs (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) used to protect Microsoft’s Hotmail, MSN, and Windows Live services with a success… read more

Congress and the Singularity

April 3, 2007

“Nanotechnology: The Future is Coming Sooner Than You Think” is the title of a new congressional report that predicts “dramatic breakthroughs will occur in diverse areas such as medicine, communications, computing, energy, and robotics…. Every exponential curve eventually reaches a point where the growth rate becomes almost infinite. This point is often called the Singularity.”

“Medicinal” GM Crops Produced

June 4, 2004

Scientists have genetically engineered plants to produce omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, usually found in fish and known to have significant health benefits. Genes for the fatty acids were inserted into a Arabidopsis plant, but could be added to many different plants. British researchers say this could lead to a new generation of food crops able to reduce the risk of heart disease and other medical conditions.

Do we need to go nuclear to stay green?

October 22, 2008

Increased energy demands and rising fossil fuel prices may persuade governments to adopt nuclear energy despite the cost and environmentalist objections, according to a new report published by the Nuclear Energy Agency in France.

Water Found in Extrasolar Planet’s Atmosphere

April 10, 2007

Astronomers have detected water in the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system for the first time.

The discovery, announced today, means one of the most crucial elements for life as we know it can exist around planets orbiting other stars.

Strange food for thought

June 17, 2004

The brain-gain revolution is already under way. But will these “neural enhancement” drugs turn us into Einsteins or Frankensteins?

‘Digital dark age’ may doom some data

October 28, 2008

A looming “digital dark age” that originates from the mass of data spawned by our ever-growing information economy — at last count, 369 exabytes (quintillion) worth of data — will result from ever-shifting platforms and file formats, and degraded media, says Jerome P. McDonough, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He recommends devising methods of getting old… read more

Robot wars

April 19, 2007

The US Department of Defense wants to replace a third of its armed vehicles and weaponry with robots by 2015.

Holograms enable pocket projectors

July 2, 2004

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Light Blue Optics Ltd. have used holographic technology to produce a small laser-driven video projector.

The method could lead to pocket-sized, battery-powered video projectors that produce images whose quality matches that of today’s full-sized projectors,

Scientists ‘reprogram’ mouse fat cells into clinically useful stem cells

July 27, 2010

Australian scientists from the Monash Institute of Medical Research have reprogrammed adult mouse fat cells and neural cells to become stem cells that can differentiate into a variety of different cells (pluripotency).

The induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) are nearly identical to the naturally occurring pluripotent stems cells, such as embryonic stem cells, which are highly pluripotent, in short supply and their access restricted in the U.S.

“Induced… read more

Scientists clone from frozen mice

November 4, 2008

Japanese scientists have created clones from the bodies of mice that have been frozen at -20C for 16 years, raising the possibility of recreating extinct creatures such as mammoths from their frozen remains.

First DARPA prosthetic limb comes with virtual reality training

April 27, 2007

An international team led by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has developed a prototype of the first fully integrated prosthetic arm that can be controlled naturally, provide sensory feedback, and allow for eight degrees of freedom.

Proto 1, developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program, is a complete limb system that also includes a virtual environment used for patient training, clinical configuration,… read more

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