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How to Manage Your News Consumption in the Real-Time Web Era

June 10, 2010

Topic trackers, news aggregators, and mash-up feeds are among ways to deal with information overload in the Real-Time Web.

Google Introduces an iPhone Rival Open to Whims

September 24, 2008

Google and T-Mobile unveiled their answer to the iPhone on Tuesday, pulling the wraps off a slick mobile device that combines a touch screen and a keyboard and is aimed at putting the Internet in the pockets of millions of cellphone users.

Worldwide warning issued on mercury-contaminated fish

March 12, 2007

The health risks posed by mercury contaminated fish is sufficient to warrant issuing a worldwide general warning to the public–especially children and women of childbearing age–to be careful about how much and which fish they eat.

The declaration, developed at the Eighth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, is a synopsis of the latest scientific knowledge about the danger posed by mercury pollution.

It… read more

Probe to detect cancer in intestines

May 5, 2004

A UC Irvine research team has received a $2.9 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop a microscopic probe for detecting and treating pre-cancerous and malignant tumors in humans.

The probe would guided through the esophagus, stomach and colon to determine if tumors are growing on the wall of the intestine. It would be remotely controlled by a surgeon operating an endoscope. The probe uses optical coherence tomography… read more

Communication through chemistry: ‘Fuses’ convey information for hours

June 18, 2010

Harvard University researchers have developed a chemical-based method for transmitting alphanumeric information in the form of light pulses.

The “infofuse” is made of nitrocellulose strips covered with patterns of dots made of salts of the elements lithium, rubidium, and cesium. When the strip is ignited, the flame travels forward and reaches the dots one after the other. The heat causes the elements to emit light at characteristic wavelengths.… read more

Fluttering robot could show Mars rovers the way

October 1, 2008

The ExoFly, a robot designed to imitate a dragonfly’s hovering, jerky flight, could act as a guide for planetary rovers once they land. It would be sent out first to explore the terrain and then direct the rover to any sites of interest by the easiest route.

Artificial lymph node transplanted into mice

March 16, 2007

An artificial lymph node has been transplanted into mice, where it successfully produced immune cells.

The new form of bioengineered tissue marks a significant step towards transplanting an entire immune system into patients dying of AIDS, cancer or other diseases.

Turning a monolingual speaker into multi-lingual

March 13, 2012

(Credit: Microsoft Research)

Microsoft Research has developed a new approach to text-to-speech, turning monolingual TTS into multi-lingual one.

“Out of a speaker’s monolingual recordings, our algorithm can render speech sentences of different languages for building mixed-coded, bilingual TTS systems,” says the Microsoft Research blog. “We have recordings of 26 languages which are used to build our TTS of corresponding languages. By using the new approach, we can synthesize any mixed… read more

Robots: Today, Roomba. Tomorrow…

May 11, 2004

Roomba is a first step, but there are many tasks within the home that are ripe for robotic automation, says iRobot CEO Colin Angle.

Carbon nanotubes form ultrasensitive biosensor to detect proteins

June 28, 2010

A cluster of carbon nanotubes coated with a thin layer of protein-recognizing polymer form a biosensor capable of using electrochemical signals to detect minute amounts of human ferritin proteins, Boston College researchers have found.

The team used arrays of wire-like nanotubes coated with a non-conducting polymer coating capable of recognizing proteins with subpicogram per liter sensitivity.

The biosensor could provide a crucial new diagnostic tool for the detection… read more

Hiding magnets in blood brings scans into focus (subscription required)

October 7, 2008

University of Urbino researchers have found a way to help reveal fine details on MRI scans by embedding magnetic nanoparticles in red blood cells, allowing the nanoparticles to spend longer time in the bloodstream.

Organic is healthier

March 26, 2007

University of California, Davis researchers have proven that organically grown kiwifruit contain more health-promoting factors than those grown under conventional conditions.

It had significantly increased levels of polyphenols, the healthy compounds found in red wine and colored berries. It also had a higher overall antioxidant activity, as well as higher levels of vitamin C and important minerals compared with their conventionally grown counterparts.

Musk, SpaceX on ’60 Minutes’ March 18

March 16, 2012

(Credit: CBS)

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

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