Topic trackers, news aggregators, and mash-up feeds are among ways to deal with information overload in the Real-Time Web.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
March 13, 2012
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
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.
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
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.
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.
March 16, 2012
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
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.
July 6, 2010
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