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Google’s Goal: “Understand Everything”

April 27, 2004

“The ultimate search engine would basically understand everything in the world, and it would always give you the right thing,” says Google co-founder Larry Page. “Our mission is to organize the world’s information.”

Picture puzzles separate human from machine

July 15, 2010

(National Cheng Kung University)

Researchers at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan have developed a tool that camoflages images and could be used to make Captcha images, to ensure that website users signing up for accounts are genuinely people, rather than software bots.

The work fits with the theory that the brain can only be conscious of one visual feature at a glance, but can track the locations of multiple features simultaneously.… read more

Animation tool puts you in the frame, or the game

March 13, 2007

A 3D animation technique that could take the hard work out of acting has been developed by German researchers.

It allows for directly animating 3D laser scans of people, using the motion of another individual collected using motion capture or using the pre-programmed motion of another character.

Atlas of hidden water may avert future conflict

October 27, 2008

A high-resolution UNESCO map showing where underground aquifers store vast amounts of water could help pave the way to an international law to govern how water is shared around the world.

Expert fights horse cloning ban

May 6, 2004

A UK scientific expert in horse breeding has accused the government of giving in to animal rights activists after it rejected his bid on cloning.

Computers Gone Wild

March 19, 2007

Symantec’s biannual “Internet Security Threat Report,” released Monday, reports that China has the highest number of botnet-infected computers, 26 percent of the world’s total. The U.S. came in second, with 14 percnet of the worldwide total.

Avogadro Scale Computing : digging into Gernshenfeld’s Presentation from the Singularity Summit

October 31, 2008

One of the major highlights of the Oct 25, 2008 Singularity Summit was the presentation by Neil Gershenfeld, Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, presenting a “20 year road map to the Star Trek replicator.”

Microsoft HoloDesk lets users handle virtual 3D objects

October 27, 2011

Microsoft HoloDesk

Microsoft Research has developed a new system called HoloDesk that allows users to pick up, move, and even shoot virtual 3D objects.

An overhead screen projects a 2D image through a half-silvered beam splitter into a viewing area beneath. A Kinect camera keeps tabs on a user’s hand position, a webcam tracks the user’s face to help with placement accuracy, and custom algorithms bring everything together in real time.… read more

U.S. government moves to build world’s fastest civilian computer

May 13, 2004

The Energy Department plans to build the world’s fastest civilian computer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Capable of 50 trillion calculations per second (50 teraflops), it will surpass the power of Japan’s Earth Simulator, now considered the world’s fastest, at 36 teraflops.

“This computer will propel the United States into global lead in high speed computers aimed at scientific discovery,” said Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.

Cray, IBM,… read more

Now scientists create a sheep that’s 15 percent human

March 27, 2007

Scientists have created the world’s first human-sheep chimera, with the body of a sheep and half-human organs.

The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells, and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being transplanted into humans one step closer.

But the development is likely to revive criticisms about scientists playing God, with the possibility of silent viruses, which are harmless… read more

US Army to Push X-Files Tech Development, Invade World of Warcraft

November 6, 2008

The US Army is ramping up the development of technology that is “making science fiction into reality” as Dr. John Parmentola, Director of their Research and Laboratory Management, puts it.

The research includes regenerating body parts on “nano-scaffolding,” telepathy through electronic impulses in the scalp, and self-aware virtual photorealistic soldiers that can be deployed in the battlefield through “quantum ghost imaging.” To test these they want to use them… read more

Researchers zero in on a cause of aging

May 27, 2004

Taking a major step toward identifying one cause of aging, researchers have shortened the life of mice and created signs of old age by injecting a small genetic defect in the mice’s mitochondria, the tiny power plants within each cell.

Computer Model Behaves Like Humans On Visual Categorization Task

April 3, 2007

In a new MIT study, a computer model designed to mimic the way the brain itself processes visual information performs as well as humans do on rapid categorization tasks.

The model even tends to make similar errors as humans, possibly because it so closely follows the organization of the brain’s visual system.

“We created a model that takes into account a host of quantitative anatomical and physiological data… read more

Is nanotechnology a health timebomb?

November 12, 2008

Emerging nanomaterials need to undergo urgent testing to assess their effects on health and the environment, the UK’s Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution said in a report released this week.

Cell Repair Nanorobot Design And Simulation

June 8, 2004

A new Russian study by Svidinenko Yuri simulates cell-repair nanorobots. Yuri has generated several models based on the book Nanomedicine by Robert A. Freitas Jr.

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