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Statistics could help decode ancient scripts

August 18, 2009

A statistical method that picks out the
“information value” of words in a book that could help scholars decode ancient texts like the Voynich manuscript — or even messages from aliens — has been developed by University of Manchester researchers and colleagues.

‘Nanobombs’ target cancer cells

October 18, 2005

University of Delaware researchers have created “nanobombs” by bundling carbon nanotubes and irradiating them with heat from a laser beam.

They have created the explosions in solutions including water, phosphate and salt, which means the nanobombs could possibly be used in the human body to kill cancer cells.

According to the researchers, the nanobombs are superior to current treatments because they are powerful, selective, non-invasive, nontoxic and can… read more

Coming Soon: Nothing Between You and Your Machine

March 10, 2008

A new kind of immersive visual and auditory experience on the Web is emerging, fueled by hardware innovations (Wii, iPhone, multitouch displays, etc.) and more powerful programming tools, like PicLens, which offers a small icon cue inset in each Web photo that lets users know they are on a site that can be browsed with the software.

Clicking on the icon transports the user away from the… read more

The Wi-Fi Boom

December 12, 2002

High-speed Wi-Fi wireless access to the Internet in public and private spaces is a growing national trend.

U.S. Risks Losing Global Leadership in Nanotech

August 20, 2010

The U.S. dominated the rest of the world in nanotech funding and new patents last year, as U.S. government funding, corporate spending, and VC investment in nanotech collectively reached $6.4 billion in 2009. But according to a new report from Lux Research, countries such as China and Russia launched new challenges to U.S. dominance in 2009, while smaller players such as Japan, Germany and South Korea surpassed the… read more

Beyond space and time: Fractals, hyperspace and more

August 27, 2009

NewScientist explores dimensions from zero to 10D string theory in a special feature.

Japanese company claims fibre-optic data transfer record

October 31, 2005

Kansai Electric has developed technology to transmit one terabit per second, using fiber-optic cables on power-transmitting steel towers.

The company, Japan’s second-largest power supplier, says it is possible could be introduced by 2010.

Intel confirms 160GB solid-state drives will be unveiled soon

March 13, 2008

Intel is close to unveiling a new line of solid-state drives for laptop and notebook PCs that will feature a storage capacity up to 160GB, putting solid-state drives in direct competition with hard drives.

Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources live webcast

April 24, 2012


Dr. Peter Diamandis has announced a live webcast of the company’s announcement at 10:30 a.m. PDT Tuesday April 24 of a “new space venture with the mission to help ensure humanity’s prosperity.”

Broadcasting live with Ustream

G.E. Research Returns to Roots

December 26, 2002

GE scientists hope to develop super-thin lighting and energy sources that could be rolled off printing presses like newspapers. And that could usher in an era of cheap, clean-burning lights, batteries, solar cells — and the beginning of plastic-based electronics.

Research Experiment Disrupts Internet, for Some

August 30, 2010

An experiment run by Duke University and a European group responsible for managing Internet resources went wrong Friday, disrupting a small percentage of Internet traffic.

The incident shows just how fragile one of the Internet’s core protocols really is, security experts say. The damage from Friday’s experiment was minimal, but if someone had been able to intentionally announce bad routes, it would have been much worse, said Paul Ferguson, a… read more

Quantum amnesia gives time its arrow

September 2, 2009

The forward-only direction of time is the result of quantum-mechanical amnesia that erases any trace that time has moved backwards, says Lorenzo Maccone of MIT.

In Study, Hormone Reduced Appetite in Mice

November 11, 2005

Stanford University researchers have found a hormone that sharply reduces the desire to eat.

The new substance, obestatin (OHB-statin), is made in the stomach and small intestine, and it seems to prompt the brain to send out a signal that says “eat less.”

Ten times more energy-efficient microchip recharges itself

March 18, 2008

Researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments have designed a new lower-voltage chip that they claim could be up to 10 times more energy-efficient than the current generation.

The power consumption in the new chip is so low that devices using them may even be able to be recharged by human body heat from implantable medical devices such as pacemakers and health monitors, and it could lead to cell phones,… read more

How mirror genes in ‘Junk DNA’ control brain processes, doubling the double helix

April 30, 2012


University of Bristol researchers have discovered a new group of molecules called called mirror-microRNAs that control some of the fundamental processes behind memory function and may hold the key to developing new therapies for treating neurodegenerative diseases.

MicroRNAs are non-coding genes that often reside within “junk DNA” and regulate the levels and functions of multiple target proteins that are responsible for controlling cellular processes in the brain. Two… read more

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