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2 Billion Infected? WHO Stokes Swine Flu Fear

May 8, 2009

The World Health Organization may have inadvertently triggered a new wave of fear over the threat of a swine flu pandemic today by suggesting that up to 2 billion people could be infected if the current outbreak worsens.

WHO chief Keiji Fukuda quickly noted to reporters that he was making statement based on data from past pandemics and was not a predicting what would happen with the current swine… read more

Controlling movies with brainwaves

April 13, 2011

Mind Wave

MyndPlay, Ltd. is launching a new mind-controlled media platform is being launched at the Gadget Show Live in the UK this week.

The company claims it is the first mind-controlled media player and content development system that connects with EEG brain-computer interface (BCI) technology to allow viewers to change the direction and outcome of a video or movie using only their minds. It connects with NeuroSky’s EEG… read more

Cleaner Living Through Nanotech

September 10, 2002

Scientists see nanotechnology as the the key to solving some current environmental ills.

‘Nanocavity’ Sensor Detects Virus-Sized Particles

December 21, 2007
Nanocavity sensor (Philippe Fauchet)

University of Rochester scientists have created a nanoscale device capable of detecting one quadrillionth of a gram of biological matter, or about the size of certain viruses.

In the future, the sensor may be able to detect influenza, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), bird flu, and other viruses.

The sensor is a hexagonal array of tiny cavities, each 240 nanometers in diameter, carved into a very… read more

Daisy has all the digital answers to life on Earth

August 21, 2005

Scientists have unveiled plans to create a digital library of all life on Earth. They say that the Digital Automated Identification System (Daisy), which harnesses the latest advances in artificial intelligence and computer vision, will have an enormous impact on research into biodiversity and evolution.

Graphene Yields Secrets to Its Extraordinary Properties

May 15, 2009

Electrons behave like they don’t have mass in graphene, explaining why electrons are more than 100 times more mobile in graphene than in silicon, Georgia Institute of Technology and the National Institute of Standards and Technology reseachers have found.

Graphene’s exotic behaviors present intriguing prospects for future technologies, including high-speed, graphene-based electronics that might replace today’s silicon-based integrated circuits and other devices.

Library of Congress Taps the Grid

October 3, 2002

The Library of Congress is evaluating grid technology to preserve and manage the library’s more than 7.5 million digital records from 100 collections of manuscripts, books, maps, films, sound recordings and photographs in its American Memory project.

The Year in Robots

December 31, 2007

Robots made significant advances in 2007.

In the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, autonomous vehicles demonstrated their abilities in changing lanes, merging onto roadways amidst fast-moving traffic, and traversing busy intersections.

Robots also became more humanoid. Toyota and Honda introduced advanced robots capable of playing music, serving tea, pouring beer, and putting out fires, while children treated the new QRIO–programmed to wave, dance, sit, and stand–more like a peer… read more

Parasites brainwash grasshoppers into death dive

September 5, 2005

A parasitic worm that makes the grasshopper it invades jump into water and commit suicide does so by producing proteins which directly and indirectly affect the grasshopper’s central nervous system.

Some of the proteins were linked to neurotransmitter activities. Others were linked to geotactic behaviour — the oriented movement of an organism in response to gravity.

Spielberg: Games consoles doomed

May 21, 2009

Steven Spielberg has suggested that game consoles will one day be replaced by in-home virtual reality entertainment.

Neuron migration in the brain suggests how cancer cells might also travel

April 25, 2011

Normal-Abnormal

Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found a new mechanism by which neurons migrate in the developing brain, suggesting how other types of cells, including cancer cells, may also travel within the body in metastasis.

New neurons initially move in a straight line, from the inside to the outside, until they reach a layer called the intermediate zone in the cortex. This zone… read more

Powerful Attack Upset Global Internet Traffic

October 23, 2002

The “largest and most sophisticated assault on the servers in the history of the Internet” on Monday briefly crippled 9 of the 13 computer servers that manage global Internet traffic.

Napkin PC Enables High-Tech Doodling

January 7, 2008

Designer Avery Holleman has developed the concept of a Napkin PC, a device that uses e-paper and radio frequency (RF) technology to enable creative groups to collaborate more effectively.

The technology includes a “napkin” holder filled with rewritable e-paper napkins, as well as a place for colored pens. When someone gets an inspiration, they simply grab a napkin and start doodling with one of the pens. The pen uses… read more

Camera phones will be high-precision scanners

September 19, 2005

New cell-phone OCR software allows entire documents to be scanned simply by sweeping the phone across the page.

The software takes dozens of still images of the page and merges them, using the outline of the page as a reference guide.

Look out, Rover. Robots are man’s new best friend

May 28, 2009

Industrial robots comprise a roughly $18 billion annual market, according to the International Federation of Robotics.

There are going to be a lot more of them, as they move into homes, hospitals, classrooms, and barracks. NextGen Research has estimated that the worldwide market for consumer-oriented service robots will hit $15 billion by 2015.

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