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Nanobiotech Makes the Diagnosis

April 19, 2002

Nanobiotechnology researchers are producing a variety of tools with important implications for medicine and biotechnology, including faster and easier diagnosis of complex diseases and genetic disorders.

This is a “new class of devices that combine the ability of biological molecules to selectively bind with other molecules with the ability of nanoelectronics to instantly detect the slight electrical changes caused by such binding.”

Acid Blockers Linked to Pneumonia Risk

May 27, 2009

Use of proton pump inhibitors and other acid-suppressing drugs was associated with a 30% increased risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia in a study by researcher Shoshana J. Herzig, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard School of Medicine.

Herzig and colleagues estimate that 180,000 cases of hospital-acquired pneumonia and 33,000 deaths each year may be due to their use.

At SXSW in Texas, buzz around new apps is all about location, location, location

March 11, 2012

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At this year’s SXSW gathering, no topic is more buzzed about than location-based social network apps, like Glancee, Ban.jo, Sonar, Intro, Kismet and others, Washington Post Lifestyle reports.

There are variations to these location-based social networks, but the basic premise is to link a profile and connections of a social network like Facebook, with the locations logged in mobile phones.

Privacy concerns will be a major factor in… read more

Why China is poised to streak ahead of the West

May 30, 2005

China’s doing things the rest of us don’t even know about, and unless we change quickly they will streak past us, futurist Frank Ogden, aka Dr. Tomorrow, says.

“They are speeding ahead in so many areas because they have the ability to get big things done very quickly. They’re very smart, they think differently from us, and they have no restrictions on anything.

We also have to learn… read more

Reversal Of Alzheimer’s Symptoms Within Minutes In Human Study

January 10, 2008

University of California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California researchers have found a “dramatic and unprecedented” therapeutic effect in an Alzheimer’s patient: improvement within minutes, following delivery of perispinal etanercept to reduce elevanted tumor necrosis factor-alpha(TNF), a component of the brain’s immune system.

Scientists urge caution in responding to the news that a drug commonly used to treat arthritis caused a dramatic and rapid improvement in patients with… read more

Models’ Projections for Flu Miss Mark by Wide Margin

June 2, 2009

On May 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that there were “upwards of 100,000″ cases in the U.S., compared to estimates of 2,000 to 2,500 by two rival supercomputer teams.

NASA launches global hackathon challenge

March 14, 2012

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NASA is inviting all citizens of planet Earth to take part in a two-day coding marathon in April.

Called the International Space Apps Challenge, the idea is to develop software for various purposes to support NASA’s mission.

The challenge will take place in several cities on all continents around the globe.

Challenges being put forth include developing hand-held hardware for upcoming space missions, determining the… read more

When Nanopants Attack

June 13, 2005

An Eddie Bauer store protest highlighted a growing movement aimed at probing the potential health risks of nanotechnology.

Food from cloned animals deemed safe in US

January 16, 2008

The FDA has announced that food from cloned animals and their offspring is safe for consumption.

However, the US Department of Agriculture urged food producers to preserve a voluntary moratorium on marketing food from cloned animals until regulators can determine how best to introduce them into the US meat
and dairy market.

Impostor

June 14, 2002

“What if robots could be made to look like us? And what if they could be implanted with false memories so they think they are us? Am I human? Or am I just programmed to believe I am human?”

That’s the premise behind the movie Impostor, adapted from the story by scifi writer Philip K. Dick.

Roll-Up Solar Panels

June 8, 2009

Xunlight has developed a way to make large, flexible solar panels: a roll-to-roll manufacturing technique forms thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells on thin sheets of stainless steel.

Such systems could be incorporated more easily into irregular roof designs, or rolled up and carried in a backpack.

Quantum computer springs a leak

June 27, 2005

Physicists in the Netherlands have shown that efforts to engineer quantum computers around ever-smaller qubits may face significant obstacles.

They have proven that there is a universal decoherence rate for qubits. This means that quantum information will inevitably be lost after a certain time, even without any external disturbance. For some of the most promising qubit technologies, the limit would be about 1 second.

Two AI Pioneers. Two Bizarre Suicides. What Really Happened?

January 21, 2008

Chris McKinstry created a database called Mindpixel. Push Singh created a database called Open Mind Common Sense.

Both believed their programs could be used to develop machine intelligence, using massive amounts of commonsense data. Both committed suicide.

Art as a State of Mind

July 2, 2002

Artist Paras Kaul is creating art using a computer/brain-wave interface.

Gluing particles together on the micro- and nano-scale

June 15, 2009

A method to precisely bind nano- and micrometer-sized particles together into larger-scale structures, overcoming the problem of uncontrollable sticking, has been created by New York University researchers.

Ordered arrays of the micrometer-sized particles can be used in sensors and photonic crystals that can switch light; smaller nanoparticles have a wide range of electrical, optical, and magnetic properties that are useful for applications.

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