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Imaging study shows you (and your fluid intelligence) can be identified by your brain activity

October 13, 2015

A connectome maps connections between different brain networks (credit: Emily Finn)

Your brain activity appears to be as unique as your fingerprints, a new Yale-led “connectome fingerprinting” study published Monday (Oct. 12) in the journal Nature Neuroscience has found.

By analyzing* “connectivity profiles” (coordinated activity between pairs of brain regions) of fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) images from 126 subjects, the Yale researchers were able to identify specific individuals from the fMRI data alone by their… read more

Nanomachine kills cancer cells

April 2, 2008

UCLA researchers have developed a “nanoimpeller” nanomachine that stores anticancer drugs inside pores and then releases them into cancer cells in response to light.

They claim it’s the first light-powered nanomachine that operates inside a living cell.

The interior of the pores are coated with azobenzene, a chemical that oscillates between two different shapes upon light exposure. The amount of drug released can be precisely controlled by the… read more

Drug enables deafened mice to hear again

January 10, 2013

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All you graying, half-deaf Def Leppard fans, listen up. A drug applied to the ears of mice deafened by noise can restore some hearing in the animals, Science Now reports.

By blocking a key protein, the drug allows sound-sensing “hair cells” damaged by loud noises to regrow. The treatment isn’t anywhere near ready for use in humans, but the advance at least raises the prospect of restoring… read more

Will Google help navigate your Jetta?

February 6, 2006

Volkswagen is working on a prototype vehicle that features Google’s satellite-mapping software to give drivers a bird’s-eye view of the road ahead.

The two companies are also building an in-car navigation system and a three-dimensional display so passengers can recognize where they are in relation to the surrounding topography.

3D ‘Crystal Ball’ Monitors

May 1, 2003

Perspecta, a new display technology using a rotating disk, provides a high-resolution 3D representation of an object that can be viewed from 360 degrees around the display, without the need for special goggles.

Fish eye lens could allow for smaller chip features

September 29, 2009

The fish-eye lens has unlimited resolution in principle, which could allow chipmakers to extend photolithography to create smaller transitors in silicon chips in the future, new research by Ulf Leonhardt, Chair of Theoretical Physics at the University of St. Andrew’s suggests.

Source: Institute of Physics news

Robotic pen guides the hand of the blind

April 6, 2008

The “McSig,” a forced-feedback pen, has been developed by University of Glasgow researchers to help blind and visually impaired children write clearly and consistently by gently guiding their hand.

In addition to haptic feedback, the system offers audio cues, with stereo sound panning to the left and right as the pen moved horizontally and the pitch increasing and decreasing with forward and backwards movement.

Science Academy Creating Panel to Monitor Stem-Cell Research

February 16, 2006

To fill a void in federal supervision, the National Academy of Sciences is setting up a committee to provide informal oversight over research with human embryonic stem cells.

Unlocking The Matrix

May 12, 2003

TIME offers “an exclusive look at the year’s most avidly anticipated film epic.”

Nissan’s robot cars mimic fish to avoid crashing

October 6, 2009

(Nissan)

Nissan’s new Eporo car is designed to move in a group by sharing position and other information for collision avoidance, using laser range finders and ultra-wideband radio to determine distance to obstacles.

It imitates the three rules of fish movement: avoiding crashes, traveling side by side, and keeping close to other members of the school.

One Avatar, Many Worlds

April 8, 2008

Several companies are developing software to allow people to carry their avatars from one virtual world to another, and even out onto ordinary Web pages.

These developments point to a convergence between virtual worlds and social networks.

Kurzweil to receive Special Libraries Association award

March 4, 2006

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) has named Ray Kurzweil as SLA Honorary Member, one of “18 outstanding information professionals who have been selected as recipients of its 2006 Awards and Honors.” They will be recognized at the Opening General Session of the SLA 2006 Annual Conference on June 11 in Baltimore.

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their… read more

Simple new method of writing magnetic data

August 2, 2011

Up–down magnetic switching of a cobalt dot (credit: Ioan Mihai Miron et al./Nature)

Scientists from the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology, ICREA, the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and collaborators have discovered a new method to write magnetic data.

It eliminates the need for cumbersome magnetic fields and provides extremely simple and reversible writing of memory elements by injecting an electric current parallel to the plane of a magnetic bit.

The researchers said that the… read more

Earth Photographed from Mars in Surprising Detail

May 26, 2003

NASA has released a picture of Earth taken by NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor. It is the first picture of Earth from another planet that resolves our world into a disk, rather than a point of light.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Inducts Kurzweil

October 12, 2009

Ray Kurzweil was among those inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 229th class of new members on Saturday, October 10.

The Academy program celebrates
“pioneering research and scholarship, artistic achievement, and exemplary service to society.”

The 212 new Fellows and 19 Foreign Honorary Members are leaders in research, scholarship, business, the arts, and public affairs, and include John Seely Brown (Founder… read more

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