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Tech Gadget Show Features Hottest Products

January 5, 2005

The year’s hottest consumer electronics products and technologies premiering at CES include TiVoToGo, a new service feature that lets users transfer their recorded television shows onto laptops; a new streaming service that lets subscribers remotely access their digital media files from their home PCs — and even watch live television — on gadgets with Internet connections; and Wi-Fi access via cell phones.

Stretchable Silicon Could Make Sports Apparel Smarter

December 13, 2010

Flexible silicon transistor arrays on cloth (John Rogers)

Stretchable silicon electronics that offer the computing power of rigid chips could make their way into¬†Reebok‘s athletic apparel in the coming years to monitor athletes’ health and performance during training and rehabilitation.

The electronics could be totally incorporated into the inside of a shirt, or into a decal placed directly on the skin, without the need for a casing. They could conform to the body, and their… read more

Smarter bomb bot

July 14, 2001
Police robot carries a mock suitcase<br />
bomb down a hallway

A wheeled police robot that makes many tactical decisions on its own during potentially dangerous bomb-disablement or other law enforcement missions has been unveiled by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories.

The Wolverine robot hardware was developed at Northrop Grumman’s REMOTEC unit; Sandia Labs added software.

The Wolverine now incorporates some of the most challenging and commonly needed robotic tools and behaviors in police work, such… read more

Mobile phones aim to be a ‘doctor in your pocket’

February 19, 2009

The Mobile Health (mHealth) Alliance, a partnership to advance the use of mobile phone technology for poor countries, has been announced by the Rockefeller Foundation, the UN Foundation, and the Vodafone Foundation.

Among possible cost-effective applications of mobile phones: report disease outbreaks, monitor heart problems or Alzheimer’s disease, and remind people to get vaccinations, take medicine, or undergo HIV tests.

AIs May Call Virtual Worlds Home

September 18, 2007

Novamente is looking at virtual worlds like Second Life as training grounds for self-directed AI applications that learn by interacting with their environments.

Novamente plans to unveil a teachable “virtual companion” in Second Life at the Virtual Worlds Conference in San Jose this October.

Can studying the human brain revolutionise economics?

January 17, 2005

A new field dubbed “neuroeconomics” may provide fresh insights on how reason and emotion together produce economic behavior.

Where unconscious memories form

December 17, 2010

A small area deep in the brain called the perirhinal cortex is critical for forming unconscious conceptual memories, researchers at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain have found.

A small area deep in the brain called the perirhinal cortex is critical for forming unconscious conceptual memories, researchers at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain have found.

The perirhinal cortex was thought to be involved,… read more

Mining newsgroups

August 13, 2001

Researchers are developing software that mines online newsgroups for public-opinion content.Computational linguist Warren Sack’s Conversation Map software maps how often words or phrases appear, and how close they are to one another.

One use is for market researchers: with the right tools, they could turn newsgroups containing millions of opinions into the ultimate focus group.

Self-aligning carbon nanotubes could be key to next generation of devices

February 26, 2009
Scanning electron microscope image of electrodes (inset) and single-walled carbon nanotube bridge structure

University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have created nanoscale devices based on connecting sharp-tipped electrodes with individually self-aligned carbon nanotubes.

The finding could lead to new applications in devices such as biosensors, light emitters, photon sensors, tiny molecular motors and memory cells.

An Oracle for Our Time, Part Man, Part Machine

September 25, 2007

Internet algorithms are increasingly incorporating people, with their special skills, as volunteer components of the Net, blurring the boundary between human and machine and amplifying both biological and electronic intelligence.

Examples include’s Mechanical Turk, Wikipedia, and Google Image Labeler, refining image-searching algorithms.

Computer scientists identify future IT challenges

January 26, 2005

A group of British computer scientists have proposed a number of “grand challenges” for IT that they hope will drive forward research, similar to the way the human genome project drove life sciences research through the 1990s.

Ambitious goals include harnessing the power of quantum physics, building systems that can’t go wrong, and simulating living creatures in every detail.

In with the New Scientist: Our predictions for 2011

December 27, 2010

NewScientist predictions include:

  • Earthlings will surely thrill at finding their planetary double: our calculation suggests the discovery could happen next year.
  • By assuming that the rate of increase in adoption continues to follow a logistic curve, we were able to estimate when adoption would hit 50 per cent (see graph). In a logistic curve, this always corresponds to the inflection point. Our calculation suggests we will reach this
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    Why Did Honda Build a Humanoid Robot That Meets With the Vatican’s Approval?

    September 4, 2001

    The Vatican has assured Honda Motors that the Church won’t complain about its two-legged four-foot robot named Asimo, which can walk, dance, shake hands and speak, but has no brain (AI functions).

    So what else can it do? Honda plans to rent the robot as a guide in museums or to perform at weddings, and robots may someday sweep landmines, serve as seeing-eye dogs or work in nuclear-power plants.… read more

    Musicians’ Brains ‘Fine-Tuned’ to Identify Emotion

    March 4, 2009

    A Northwestern research team has found biological evidence that musical training enhances an individual’s ability to recognize emotion in sound.

    Understanding graphene’s electrical properties at the atomic level

    "If you cut it one way, it might behave more like a metal, and, if you cut it another way, it could be more like a semiconductor."
    July 28, 2014

    An illustration of a graphene nanoribbon shaped by the beam of a transmission electron microscope (credit: Robert Johnson)

    University of Pennsylvania researchers have used a cutting-edge microscope to study the relationship between the atomic geometry of a ribbon of graphene and its electrical properties.

    A deeper understanding of this relationship will be necessary for the design of graphene-based integrated circuits, computer chips, and other electronic devices.

    The study was published in the journal Nano Letters.

    The researchers used¬†Brookhaven National Laboratory‘s aberration-corrected… read more

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