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Kurzweil to receive Special Libraries Association award

March 4, 2006

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) has named Ray Kurzweil as SLA Honorary Member, one of “18 outstanding information professionals who have been selected as recipients of its 2006 Awards and Honors.” They will be recognized at the Opening General Session of the SLA 2006 Annual Conference on June 11 in Baltimore.

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their… read more

Simple new method of writing magnetic data

August 2, 2011

Up–down magnetic switching of a cobalt dot (credit: Ioan Mihai Miron et al./Nature)

Scientists from the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology, ICREA, the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and collaborators have discovered a new method to write magnetic data.

It eliminates the need for cumbersome magnetic fields and provides extremely simple and reversible writing of memory elements by injecting an electric current parallel to the plane of a magnetic bit.

The researchers said that the… read more

Earth Photographed from Mars in Surprising Detail

May 26, 2003

NASA has released a picture of Earth taken by NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor. It is the first picture of Earth from another planet that resolves our world into a disk, rather than a point of light.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Inducts Kurzweil

October 12, 2009

Ray Kurzweil was among those inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 229th class of new members on Saturday, October 10.

The Academy program celebrates
“pioneering research and scholarship, artistic achievement, and exemplary service to society.”

The 212 new Fellows and 19 Foreign Honorary Members are leaders in research, scholarship, business, the arts, and public affairs, and include John Seely Brown (Founder… read more

Can micro-scaffolding help stem cells rebuild the brain after stroke?

April 14, 2008

Neural stem cell-scaffold combinations could be injected into the brain to provide a framework inside the cavities caused by stroke so that the cells are held there until they can work their way to connect with surrounding healthy tissue, University of Nottingham neurobiologists propose.

Strokes cause temporary loss of blood supply to the brain, which results in areas of brain tissue dying, causing loss of bodily functions… read more

Researchers Grow Bone Cells on Carbon Nanotubes

March 15, 2006
Bone crystal growth on carbon nanotube substrate

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have shown, for the first time, that bone cells can grow and proliferate on a scaffold of carbon nanotubes.

Because carbon nanotubes are not biodegradable, they behave like an inert matrix on which cells can proliferate and deposit new living material, which becomes functional, normal bone, according to the paper. They therefore hold promise in the treatment of bone defects… read more

New class of human stem cells discovered

June 9, 2003

Scientists have discovered a new class of human stem cells that grow rapidly when implanted in the bone marrow of mice, with possible implications for designing more effective cancer therapies.

“This is an exciting discovery because for the first time we have found human stem cells that rapidly rebuild a blood system,” said Dr. John Dick, lead author of the study, senior scientist with University Health Network, and a… read more

Smart Rat ‘Hobbie-J’ Produced By Over-expressing A Gene That Helps Brain Cells Communicate

October 20, 2009

Over-expressing the NR2B gene lets brain cells communicate just a fraction of a second longer and makes a smarter rat, report researchers from the Medical College of Georgia and East China Normal University.

The finding further validates NR2B as a drug target for improving memory in healthy individuals as those with Alzheimer’s or mild dementia, the scientists say.

NR2B is a subunit of NMBA receptors, which are like… read more

Roasting Plant’s Javabot Combines Engineering and Coffee

April 17, 2008

The Roasting Plant Coffee Company in New York takes automated coffee production to a new level–its “Javabot” functioning as much like a small factory as a retail coffee shop.

Coffee beans (a choice of seven different beans, customer-blended) travel overhead in pneumatic tubes, whooshing between storage bins, a roasting station, a grinder and a brewing machine. The goal: offer the freshest, best-tasting cup of coffee

It… read more

Chip ramps up neuron-to-computer communicati

March 28, 2006

A specialised microchip that could communicate with thousands of individual brain cells has been developed by European scientists.

The device will help researchers examine the workings of interconnected brain cells, and might one day enable them to develop computers that use live neurons for memory.

It is capable of receiving signals from more than 16,000 mammalian brain cells in vitro, and sending messages back to several hundred cells.

Better brain maps

August 15, 2011

Scientists have found a way to use MRI scanning data to map myelin, a white sheath that covers some brain cell branches. Such maps, previously only available via dissection, help scientists determine precisely where they are at in the brain. Red and yellow indicate regions with high myelin levels; blue, purple and black areas have low myelin levels (credit: David Van Essen)

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a new technique that provides rapid access to brain landmarks formerly only available at autopsy.

Better brain maps will result in speeding up efforts to understand how the healthy brain works and potentially aiding in future diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders, the researchers said.

The technique combines data from two types… read more

Brain Experts Now Follow the Money

June 17, 2003

Neuroscientists are developing a new field of study, called neuroeconomics, to provide a theory of how people decide in economic and strategic situations.

To explore economic decision making, researchers are scanning the brains of people as they engage in a variety of games designed by experimental economists.
Some findings:

  • In making short-term predictions, neural systems tap into gut feelings and emotions.
  • The brain relies on
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    Brain scanners can tell what you’re thinking about

    October 29, 2009

    Neuroscientists can now use “neural decoding” to recreate moving images that volunteers are viewing, read memories and future plans, diagnose eating disorders, and detect which of two nouns a subject is thinking of, all at rates well above chance.

    Holographic storage ships next month!

    April 21, 2008

    InPhase has (finally) announced it will ship its optical holographic storage system, with a claimed lifetime of 50 years for its media.

    It is targeted to film and video companies, whose data is literally irreplaceable.

    Seashells hold key to building a better battery

    April 11, 2006

    Building on studies of seashells by the seashore, MIT scientists have harnessed genetically engineered viruses to build nanoscale components that could lead to a new generation of powerful batteries that are as small as grains of rice and that spontaneously assemble themselves in laboratory dishes.

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