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The Man Who Cracked The Code to Everything …

May 20, 2002

The inside story of how Stephen Wolfram went from boy genius to recluse to science renegade.

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Kurzweil reviews Wolfram’s book, ‘A New Kind of Science’

Google Explores “Eyes-Free” Phones

June 2, 2009

Engineers at Google are experimenting with interfaces for Android-powered mobile phones use vibrational and audio feedback including text-to-speech, instead of visual menus.

Nanotubes route signals at up to 10 GHz

June 10, 2005

UC Irvine scientists have demonstrated for the first time that carbon nanotubes can route electrical signals on a chip faster than traditional copper or aluminum wires, at speeds of up to 10 GHz.

The research integrates high-speed nanotube-interconnect technology and high-speed nanotube-transistor technology into an ultra-high-speed all-nanotube electronic circuit that could be faster than any existing semiconductor technology.

UC Irvine news release

Monkey’s Thoughts Propel Robot, a Step That May Help Humans

January 14, 2008

Duke University scientists have designed an experiment allowing brain activity from a monkey in North Carolina to make a humanoid robot in Japan walk on a treadmill, the first time that brain signals have been used to make a robot walk.

The project follows up on a 2003 project in which monkeys could use their thoughts alone to control a robotic arm for reaching and grasping.

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In Pursuit of a Mind Map, Slice by Slice

December 28, 2010

In the field of connectomics, the goal is to find how memories, personality traits and skills are stored in the brain.

A connectome would provide a far more detailed look at the brain’s inner workings than current techniques that measure blood flow in certain regions. The researchers contend that it would literally show how people are wired and illuminate differences in the brains of people with mental illness.… read more

Brain Fingerprinting on CBS ’48 Hours’

June 11, 2002

Dr. Lawrence Farwell and Brain Fingerprinting will be featured on CBS “48 Hours” Friday, June 14 at 10 PM ET/PT, 9 PM CT.

The show will highlight the case of Dan and Brad Harris, two Iowa brothers convicted and imprisoned 17 years ago for the murder of a young woman. Dr. Farwell’s Brain Fingerprinting tests showed that the record stored in the
Harris brothers’ brains does not… read more

A Full-Color Screen That Bends

June 8, 2009
(Mark Martinez)

Bendy organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays employing amorphous silicon processes and tools (used to make today’s flat-panel LCD screens) have been developed by Arizona State University researchers.

The development brings bendable color video displays closer to being commercial products.

Half human, half beast?

June 27, 2005

A few human cells don’t make an animal human. But what if it’s 10%, or 50%? Welcome to the moral minefield of human-animal chimeras. (Requires paid subscription)

CIA Says Hackers Have Cut Power Grid

January 21, 2008

Criminals have been able to hack into computer systems via the Internet and cut power to several cities outside of the U.S., a CIA analyst said.

On Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved new mandatory standards designed to improve cybersecurity.

Biological joints could replace artificial joints

January 6, 2011

University of Missouri and Columbia University researchers have found a way to create biological joints in animals, and they believe biological joint replacements for humans, using a patient’s own cells, aren’t far away.

James Cook, a researcher in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery participated on a research team that created new cartilage in animals using a biological “scaffold” in the animals’ joints. Cook… read more

Nanoparticles Cut Tumors’ Supply Lines

July 1, 2002

Cancer researchers packed a tiny particle with a gene that forces blood vessel cells to self-destruct, then “mailed” the particle to blood vessels feeding tumors in mice. A single treatment erased large tumors in mice in about 6 days.

Intel breaks Moore’s Law with new Atom chips

June 15, 2009

The next generation of Intel’s Atom chips, codenamed “Pineview,” will lower cost and power use, but at the expense of any significant speed boost.

Must-See Nanotech Movie

July 12, 2005

A new “must-see” short film has been produced using computer animation to assist in visualizing nanosystems and molecular manufacturing and is downloadable free.

Productive Nanosystems: from Molecules to Superproducts, is a collaborative effort of animator and engineer John Burch and pioneer nanotechnologist Dr. K. Eric Drexler.

The four-minute film depicts an animated view of a nanofactory and demonstrates key steps in a process that converts simple molecules into… read more

Study Gives Key Role to Sleep in Helping Brain Learn Anew

January 29, 2008

During sleep, the synapses weaken, University of Wisconsin researchers have hypothesized.

This weakening performs a crucial role of sleep: restoring the brain for the next period of learning.

The future of nanoscience

January 13, 2011

Four prominent researchers — David Awschalom, Angela Belcher, Donald Eigler, and Michael Roukes — are sharing their thoughts about the future of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In a special dialogue ahead of a Kavli Futures Symposium on the same topic, the scientists focused on how Feyman’s vision may evolve in the next fifty years, beginning with taking nanoscience in an upward direction.

“We’ve gained some important beachheads… read more

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