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DreamWorks to make ‘Ghost’ in 3-D

April 17, 2008

DreamWorks has acquired rights to the Japanese manga “Ghost in the Shell” (a future in which people and machines are starting to merge), with plans to adapt the futuristic police thriller as a 3-D live-action feature.

Intel’s sights on lip-reading software

April 29, 2003

Intel has released software that lets computers read lips, a step forward that could lead to better voice recognition applications.

The Audio Visual Speech Recognition (AVSR) software tracks a speaker’s face and mouth movements. By matching these movements with speech, the application can provide a computer with enough data to respond to voice recognition commands, even when these are given in noisy environments.

Engineers develop techniques to boost efficiency of cloud computing infrastructure

March 12, 2013

Percentage of Gmail backend server jobs within various locality score ranges (credit: Clarity)

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego and Google have developed a novel approach that allows the massive infrastructure powering cloud computing as much as 15 to 20 percent more efficiently.

This novel model has already been applied at Google.

Computer scientists looked at a range of Google web services, including Gmail and search. They used a unique approach to develop their… read more

Super slow-motion camera can follow firing neurons

October 29, 2009

A camera sensor able to film action at 1 million frames per second to detect one-microsecond neuron signals has been developed by Delft University of Technology researchers.

The device uses an array of single-photon detectors, each connected to a stopwatch with 100-picosecond accuracy.

China and India developing biotech drugs

September 20, 2011

Chinese and Indian drug makers have taken over much of the global trade in medicines and now manufacture more than 80 percent of the active ingredients in drugs sold worldwide. But they had never been able to copy the complex and expensive biotech medicines increasingly used to treat cancer, diabetes and other diseases in rich nations like the United States — until now.

Rats in a Maze Take a Moment to Remember, but in Reverse

February 14, 2006

When rats pause in running through a maze, they play back their memory of points along their route, but in reverse order.

The discovery may provide a deep insight into how memory works in humans. The reverse replay mechanism seems to be part of a neural editing process in which memories are selected, combined and stored as a set of edited movies, as it were, of important experiences in… read more

AT&T: Internet to hit full capacity by 2010

April 21, 2008

AT&T has claimed that, without investment, the Internet’s current network architecture will reach the limits of its capacity by 2010, due to the increasing amounts of video and user-generated content being uploaded.

“In three years’ time, 20 typical households will generate more traffic than the entire Internet today,” said AT&T vice president Jim Cicconi, and that a new wave of broadband traffic would increase 50-fold by 2015, driven by… read more

Flexible E-Paper on Its Way

May 8, 2003

“In a step toward electronic newspapers and wearable computer screens, E Ink scientists have created an ultra-thin screen that can be bent, twisted and even rolled up and still display crisp text. The material, less than 0.3 mm thick, displays black text on a whitish-gray background with a resolution similar to that of a typical laptop computer screen,” at 96 pixels per inch.

Analysis: Google’s Dashboard Tackles Transparency

November 6, 2009

A new Google product called Dashboard aggregates users’ personal information from more than 20 Google services into a single, password-protected page.

3D plasma shapes created in thin air

February 28, 2006

The night sky could soon be lit up with gigantic three-dimensional ads, thanks to a Japanese laser display that creates glowing images in thin air.

The display uses an ionization effect which occurs when a beam of laser light is focused to a point in air.

Microsoft Reveals a Web-Based Software System

April 23, 2008

Microsoft announced on Tuesday a data storage and Web software system, called Live Mesh, intended to blur the distinction between software running on the Windows operating system and an elaborate array of cloud computing services that will be delivered to a growing collection of electronic gadgets via the Internet.


May 21, 2003

Some tiny new machines may be biomedical devices that could deliver drugs to precise targets inside your body, or carry out internal repairs on the spot. Nanotechnologists are working at the level of individual atoms and molecules, either to create new materials with astonishing properties, or to build miniscule machines. Right now, prototypes of these miracle machines exist. Some are made of natural molecules; others are hybrids of molecules and… read more

Contact lenses to get built-in virtual graphics

November 13, 2009

University of Washington researchers are developing a contact lens with embedded microelectronics for overlaying graphics on the real world that could provide a compelling augmented reality experience.

Google Maps launches helicopter view of user’s route

October 4, 2011

(Credit: Google)

Google has announced a 3D “helicopter view” feature for Google Maps.that shows you an aerial preview of your chosen route. (You’ll need to have the Google Earth plug-in.)

Far Out, Man. But Is It Quantum Physics?

March 13, 2006

“What the Bleep, Down the Rabbit Hole,” a new sequel to the popular new-age film, “What the #$!%* Do We Know!?,” argues, based on the insights of modern quantum physics, that reality is just a mental construct that we can rearrange and improve.

The films raise a disturbing question about the muddled intersection between science and culture: do we have to indulge in bad physics to feel good?

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