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Computer History Museum Minsky Event Cancelled

October 16, 2006

The Computer History Museum announced that due to a sudden family health matter, “An Evening with Marvin Minsky in Conversation with Nils J. Nilsson” has been cancelled.

Comin’ In on a Wheel and a Prayer

December 1, 2003

Snowmobile-maker Bombardier envisions a futuristic personal transport vehicle called Embrio. It would use gyroscope, electronic and fuel-cell technologies to whiz around in traffic on one wheel.

NEC Develops a Three-Dimensional Chip-Stacked Flexible Memory

February 11, 2009

NEC Corporation has developed 3-D chip-stacked flexible memory, which can be used to achieve a new system-on-chip (SoC) architecture.

Are Books Passe? Web Giants Envision the Next Chapter

September 6, 2007

Amazon.com and Google plan new offerings this fall that will test whether consumers are ready to switch from print to electronic books.

Honeybee genome sequenced

October 26, 2006

The just-completed genome sequence of the western honeybee may help explain the molecular and genetic basis of this insect’s unusual sociality.

The Baylor College of Medicine in Houston scientists found that several types of honeybee genes are more similar to vertebrate genes than to other insect genes, including many involved in circadian rhythms, RNA interference, DNA methylation, and learning and memory.

New DNA origami program allows for more complex nanostructures

April 29, 2011

The CanDo (computer-aided engineering for DNA origami) program can convert a 2-D DNA origami blueprint into a complex 3-D shape, seen here (credit: Do-Nyun Kim)

An MIT team led by biological engineer Mark Bathe has developed computer-aided design software that makes it easier to create complex 3-D nanostructures, using DNA origami (for constructing shapes from a DNA strand ).

DNA origami is a scaffold, or building material for self-assembling nanoscale structures that could be used to deliver drugs, act as biosensors, perform artificial photosynthesis and more.

Bathe’s new software program, dubbed … read more

Earthlike planets could be common in the universe

December 11, 2003

New research indicates Earthlike planets might be common. In 44 computer simulations of planet formation near a sun, astronomers found that each simulation produced one to four Earthlike planets, including 11 “habitable” planets about the same distance from their stars as Earth is from our sun.

The simulations show that the amount of water on Earthlike planets could be greatly influenced by outer gas giant planets like Jupiter. The… read more

Sun-powered device converts CO2 into fuel

February 19, 2009

Powered only by natural sunlight, an array of catalytic titanium dioxide nanotubes is able to convert a mixture of carbon dioxide and water vapor into natural gas at rates 20 times higher than previous methods, Pennsylvania State University researchers have found.

The process is not yet commercially viable.

SENS3 Report: the GIFT Versus Cancer

September 17, 2007

At the third Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence conference (SENS3), Dr. Zheng Cui at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University presented evidence of high-potency cancer-killing granulocytes in humans.

He plans to test the transfusion of granulocytes from highly cancer-resistant people into people with existing cancer — a potential therapy he calls “GIFT” (for “Granulocyte InFusion Therapy”).

Retinal Transplant Restores Vision in Mice

November 9, 2006

The prospect of restoring vision in people who have been blinded by disease is now on the verge of being a real possibility, thanks to the first successful transplant of light-sensitive retinal cells in mice.

The researchers harvested stem cells that were in the process of turning into light-sensitive photoreceptor cells and implanted them in the eyes of mice that had been bred to suffer from retinal… read more

Kurzweil ‘teleports’ to Sony conference in Tokyo

December 19, 2003

Ray Kurzweil “teleported” to Sony Headquarters in Tokyo on December 15 to give a keynote address for Sony Technology Week, celebrating Sony’s coming 60th anniversary in 2006.

Introduced by Dr. Hiroaki Kitano, Director, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Kurzweil spoke on “The Acceleration of Technology in the 21st Century and Its Impact on Consumer Products, Culture, and Society” from his office in Massachusetts.

Kurzweil appeared via Teleportec’s two-way “… read more

Study Zeroes In on Calories, Not Diet, for Loss

February 26, 2009

People lose weight if they lower calories — it doesn’t matter which diet, according to the largest-ever controlled study of weight-loss methods, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Universal DNA database would make us all suspects

September 25, 2007

Imagine being a potential suspect for every crime committed in your country. That would be the logic if DNA from all of a country’s citizens were stored in police DNA records, claims a report by the UK-based Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Emissions of key greenhouse gas stabilise

November 22, 2006

Levels of the second most important greenhouse gas in the Earth’s atmosphere have levelled off, report atmospheric chemists.

They caution that although this is good news, it does not mean that methane levels will not rise again and that “carbon dioxide remains the 800-pound gorilla” of climate change.

How to draw pictures in midair

May 11, 2011

intangibleCanvas uses the ZeroTouch sensor as a precision free-air interactive input modality, allowing users to reach through the sensor and paint on a projected screen (credit: Interface Ecology Lab/Texas A&M)

A unique optical multitouch sensing technology using infrared sensors has been developed by researchers at the Interface Ecology Lab at Texas A&M University.

ZeroTouch allows users to literally draw pictures in midair. It provides zero-force, zero-thickness, high-frame-rate, high-resolution, transparent multitouch sensing.

ZeroTouch’s new forms of free-air interaction are more precise than the Microsoft Kinect, the researchers said.

ZeroTouch was demonstrated at the recent ACM Conferenceread more

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