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Extreme Futurist Fest: an interview with Rachel Haywire

August 20, 2012

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The Extreme Futurist Fest has now reached its $20,000 campaign goal. Rachel Haywire is the author of Acidexia.

Rachel Haywire is organizing the second Extreme Futurist Festival, scheduled to take place on the legendary date 12/21/2012. In Rachel’s own words, “Extreme Futurist Fest is a 2 day arts and technology festival focusing on radical voices of the new evolution. Last year we had a great… read more

Deciphering DNA, Top Speed

May 4, 2005

A few companies are close to commercializing technologies that could reduce the high cost of decoding genomes.

Helicos’s technology eliminates many of the expensive and time-consuming steps in conventional DNA sequencing. The machine works, in essence, by photographing the process of DNA replication.

The commerical version will sequence a whole genome in three days for $5,000.

Pioneers go beyond wires, walls and the World Wide Web

April 4, 2002

The next-generation Internet is being built with high-speed wireless networks, ranging from next-generation cell phones and other mobile devices to free-space optical networks based on laser light.
The hottest trends:

  • A high-speed (6 megabits or more per second) wireless standard known as 802.11b or “Wi-Fi,” which is spawning a huge array of commercial products as well as free-access community networks.
  • Internet2, a national research consortium, which
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    G.E.’s Breakthrough Can Put 100 DVDs on a Disc

    April 27, 2009

    By 2012, GE’s “microholographic” discs could hold 500 gigabytes of data (compared to 25 or 50 gigabytes with Blu-Ray), perhaps for less than 10 cents a gigabyte.

    Picture-sorting dogs show human-like thought

    December 10, 2007

    University of Vienna researchers have trained dogs to distinguish photographs that depicted dogs from those that did not, showing that dogs have some good reasoning abilities.

    Scientists discover how brain encodes vowel pronunciation

    Discovery may hold key to restoring speech after paralysis
    August 24, 2012

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    Scientists at UCLA and the Technion (Israel’s Institute of Technology) have unraveled how our brain cells encode the pronunciation of individual vowels in speech.

    The discovery could lead to new technology that verbalizes the unspoken words of people paralyzed by injury or disease.

    “We know that brain cells fire in a predictable way before we move our bodies,” said Dr. Itzhak Fried, a professor… read more

    Heart ‘wonder drugs’ slash cancer risk

    May 18, 2005

    Statins, hailed as cholesterol-lowering wonder drugs for the heart, may also reduce the risk of developing several cancers by 50 percent.

    They may work by blocking the binding of oncogenic proteins to the surface of cells. This stops them from turning the cells cancerous and the normal cellular machinery takes over, ensuring a cell dies naturally.

    Taiwan researchers turn to silk for flexible e-devices

    March 4, 2011

    Researchers at a Taiwan university said on Thursday they had found a way to use silk membranes for flexible e-book readers, LED displays and radio-frequency identification tools.and started talks with manufacturers about adopting the unusual but cheap material.

    The technology turns liquid silk into membranes that work as insulators for flexible thin-film transistors, a component of bendable electronics. The membranes may even improve the speed and performance of a… read more

    Sandia Sensors to Track Terrorists

    April 24, 2002

    Sandia National Laboratories has launched a $2.5 million crash program to create an advanced sensor to track terrorists. The smart, golf ball-sized sensors, dropped in a city or in enemy territory, could communicate with one another to identify and track terrorists’ activities and report back.

    World’s tiniest lamp spans quantum and classical physics

    May 1, 2009

    UCLA researchers hope to explore the realm in between thermodynamics and quantum mechanics with an experiment using the smallest ever incandescent lamp, made from a single carbon nanotube.

    Researchers discover second light-sensing system in human eye

    December 14, 2007

    New research on blind subjects has bolstered evidence that the human eye has two separate light-sensing systems — one that perceives the familiar visual signals that allow us to see and a second separate system that tells our body when it is day or night.

    The new research found that the second system of light-sensitive cells, located at the back of the retina, had at least some visual sensitivity,… read more

    Robot combined with swallowable camera could give docs a better look inside the small intestine

    May 31, 2005

    A Carnegie Mellon University engineer is developing a set of legs that could be incorporated into the swallowable camera-in-a-pill that has become available in the past four years for diagnosing gastrointestinal disorders in the small intestine.

    The legs will form a tripod that could stop the capsule’s movement through the intestine, giving doctors a chance to take a closer look, or crawl as if it were an inchworm to… read more

    Nano breakthrough charges science world

    May 21, 2002

    IBM researchers have created carbon nanotube field-effect transistors (CNFETs) that suggest that CNFETs may be competitive with Silicon MOSFETs for future nanoelectronic applications.
    CNFETs deliver more than twice the amount of electrical current at a faster rate than silicon transistors. Increased current can lead to faster transistors and integrated circuits, so carbon may become a building block of computing in the future.

    “Vertical scaling of carbon nanotuberead more

    Estrogen controls how the brain processes sound

    May 6, 2009

    Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered that the hormone estrogen plays a pivotal role in how the brain processes sounds.

    They found that increasing estrogen levels in brain regions that process auditory information caused heightened sensitivity of sound-processing neurons, which encoded more complex and subtle features of the sound stimulus.

    In addition, by blocking either the actions of estrogen directly, or preventing brain cells from producing… read more

    At 71, Physics Professor Is a Web Star

    December 19, 2007

    Walter H. G. Lewin, 71, a physics professor who has long had a cult following at MIT, has now emerged as an international Internet guru with his videotaped physics lectures, free online on MIT’s OpenCourseWare.

    MIT recently expanded its online classes by opening a site aimed at high school students and teachers.

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