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Control your home with thought alone

July 6, 2011

Brain-control interface (credit: G.Tec Medical Engineering GMBH)

More than 50 severely disabled people in Second Life have been trying out a sophisticated new brain-computer interface (BCI) that lets users freely explore Second Life’s virtual world and control their real-world environment.

The system was developed by medical engineering company¬†G.Tec of Schiedlberg, Austria as part of a pan-European project called Smart Homes for All. It’s the first time the latest BCI technology has been combined with… read more

The Doctrine of Digital War

April 6, 2003

“Rumsfeld’s new-wavers think massing huge numbers of land troops isn’t always needed in an era when powerful networked-computing systems and unerringly accurate munitions can do much of the dirty work.”

Scientists Cure Color Blindness In Monkeys

September 17, 2009

Gene therapy was used to cure two squirrel monkeys of color blindness, opening up the potential for gene therapy to treat adult vision disorders involving cone cells, such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. researchers from the University of Washington and the University of Florida have found.

“What I want is to see is gene therapy that will turn human beings from trichromats (seeing one million colors) into pentachromats… read more

Living implants

September 29, 2015

Development of a CB[8]-addressable bacterial strain (credit: Shrikrishnan Sankaran et al./ACS Nano)

A method for merging bacteria in human cells as “living implants” has been developed by University of Twente¬†researchers. The implants could include stents equipped with bacteria on which endothelial cells (cells that form the lining of blood vessels) can grow, or bacteria that can release medicines in specific parts of the body.

They achieved this by supramolecular assembly, modifying the DNA of E. coli¬†bacteria in such a… read more

Space elevators face wobble problem

March 31, 2008

A Czech Academy of Sciences study suggests that building and maintaining a space elevator would be an bigger challenge than previously thought, because it would need to include built-in thrusters to stabilize itself against dangerous vibrations.

Researchers concoct self-propelled nano motor

January 25, 2006

Researchers at UCLA and the University of Bologna have come up with a nano-size vehicle with a motor powered by a rotaxane mechanically interlocked molecule. The vehicle can inch its way forward on sunlight and one day could be used to shuttle medicines or other small particles around.

Foresight offers discount to KurzweilAI.net readers

April 18, 2003

Foresight Institute is offering a $100 discount to KurzweilAI.net readers for the Foresight Vision Weekend Annual Senior Associates Gathering: “Molecular Myth, Manufacturing, Money and Mania-Will the real nanotechnology please self-assemble!,” May 2-4, 2003 in Palo Alto.

Speakers include Larry Lessig, K. Eric Drexler, Peter Schwartz, Ed Feigenbaum, Steve Jurvetson, Ralph Merkle, Neil Jacobstein, Eliezer Yudkowsky, Brad Templeton, Christine Peterson, and Aubrey de Grey. They will address current… read more

A Turning Point for Personal Genomes

September 24, 2009

Sequencing a human genome has become routine enough to generate medically useful information, says Paul Flicek, a bioinformaticist with the European Bioinformatics Institute.

In a few cases, scientists have already been able to find the genetic cause of a disorder by sequencing an affected person’s genome or by identifying differences in tumor vs. normal tissue.

Blind to Change, Even as It Stares Us in the Face

April 2, 2008

The results of change blindness studies and other experiments strongly suggest that the visual system can focus on only one or very few objects at a time (maybe 30 or 40 objects per second), and that anything lying outside a given moment’s cone of interest gets short shrift.

This is because the brain has evolved mechanisms for combating data overload, allowing large rivers of data to pass along optical… read more

Can Pleo Robot Charm the Market?

February 7, 2006

Caleb Chung, the co-inventor of the popular Furby doll, is launching a new dinosaur robot for kids called Pleo that he hopes will build upon his dream of creating lifelike, emotionally responsive mechanical animals.

The $200 Pleo will have soft-polymer-based skin that covers a series of pressure sensors, infrared in the head to “see” objects and avoid edges, a potentiometer in its belly, force-feedback sensors in its toes to… read more

Scientists Breed Cancer-Beating Mice

May 2, 2003

The fight against cancer could be helped by the discovery of a strain of mice which appear to have the ability to resist the disease.

New project to create ‘FutureGrid’ computer network

September 30, 2009

The San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego is part of a team chosen by the National Science Foundation to build and run an experimental high-performance grid test-bed, allowing researchers to collaboratively develop and test new approaches to parallel, grid and cloud computing.

FutureGrid, to be composed of nearly 1400 state-of-the-art CPUs, will ultimately benefit projects that require enormous data processing capabilities, such as complex modeling of climate… read more

The rise of the emotional robot

April 7, 2008

Figuring out just how far humans are willing to go in shifting the boundaries towards accepting robots as partners rather than mere machines will help designers decide what tasks and functions are appropriate for robots.

To work out which kinds of robots are more likely to coax social responses from humans, researchers led by Frank Heger at Bielefeld University in Germany are scanning the brains of people as they… read more

Most likely host star for advanced life named

February 20, 2006

Beta CVn, a binary star roughly 26 light-years away that resembles our own Sun, and epsilon Indi A are on a list of likely life-bearing systems compiled by Margaret Turnbull, at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

The Evelyn Wood of Digitized Book Scanners

May 13, 2003

New book-scanning robots can turn the pages of small and large books as well as bound newspaper volumes and scan more than 1,000 pages an hour — speed and quality control unattainable by manual systems.

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