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Eye Implants to Fight Progressive Blindness

September 10, 2008

A novel medical device that could treat eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa has been approved by the FDA.

Neurotech has developed a capsule that’s surgically implanted in the vitreous humor of the eye. It contains genetically engineered cells that produce a protein — ciliary neurotrophic factor, or CNTF — that may slow down the degeneration of retinal cells, thereby protecting vision.

Magic cube conjures virtual reality kid’s tales

March 2, 2004

A novel interactive way to relate children’s stories has been developed by researchers in Singapore. The Magic Story Cube uses augmented reality technology, in which computer graphics are superimposed on the real world, to overlay an animated version of a story on top of a child’s traditional “magic cube.”

To watch the story unfold, the user wears a virtual reality headset with a small camera attached to the front.… read more

Data explosion: analytics software must adapt or die

June 2, 2010

HP real-time analytics

New types of analytics software and much more powerful computers will be required to handle the coming explosion of online data from a trillion sensors connected to the Web.

A Peek Inside DARPA

January 23, 2007

DARPA’s research projects include cognitive technologies that enable systems to reason, learn from experience, explain themselves and reflect on their own capabilities; beneficial bacteria in the gut to protect soldiers from enteric disease; speech technology that can translate with about 50 percent accuracy, expected to reach 90 percent by 2009; and “distillation” technology designed to remove irrelevant and redundant information from masses of translated text, with a goal to go… read more

Curing the Wounds of Iraq with Virtual Therapy

September 18, 2008

Virtual Iraq uses a virtual world to allow returning troops with post-traumatic stress disorder to vividly reexperience the episode in a safe and controlled way to desensitize individuals and help them stay calm enough to reprocess what happened and get beyond it.

DARPA seeks probabilistic inference-based intel/recon sensor processing system to minimize energy requirements

Seeks unconventional processors for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data analysis to deal with exponential growth of data
August 27, 2012


DARPA is looking for a new, ultra-low power processing method that may enable faster, mission critical analysis of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data.

Today’s Defense missions rely on a massive amount of sensor data collected by ISR platforms, says the agency. “Not only has the volume of sensor data increased exponentially, there has also been a dramatic increase in the complexity of analysis required for applications such as… read more

Pen-size scanner records entire page in one sweep

March 15, 2004

The new DocuPen from Planon System Solutions is a full-page scanner slightly bigger than a pen. It scans at 200-by-200 dots-per-inch resolution into 2 MB of on-board memory.

How to Manage Your News Consumption in the Real-Time Web Era

June 10, 2010

Topic trackers, news aggregators, and mash-up feeds are among ways to deal with information overload in the Real-Time Web.

Sugar in the gas tank? It might run your car someday

February 1, 2007

Amyris Biotechnologies hopes to convert sugar directly to fuel by reprogramming microbes.

Jack Newman, PhD, Amyris Biotechnologies VP: “Why are we making ethanol if we’re trying to make a fuel? We should be making something that looks a lot more like gasoline. We should be making something that looks a lot more like diesel. And if you wanted to design, you name it, a jet fuel? We can make… read more

Google Introduces an iPhone Rival Open to Whims

September 24, 2008

Google and T-Mobile unveiled their answer to the iPhone on Tuesday, pulling the wraps off a slick mobile device that combines a touch screen and a keyboard and is aimed at putting the Internet in the pockets of millions of cellphone users.

Greenhouse gas level hits record high

March 23, 2004

The level of the major greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, in the Earth’s atmosphere has hit a record high and its rate of increase may have accelerated in the last two years.

Google’s Crisis Response page

March 14, 2011

“I was in the middle of writing code when the Google Japan office, on the 26th floor of Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, started shaking slowly. The rocking gradually increased, and I looked out the window to see the surrounding buildings all swaying ominously. Although alerts from the building urged us to evacuate via the emergency stairs, I couldn’t help but stay and search for information about the earthquake’s epicenter and… read more

Communication through chemistry: ‘Fuses’ convey information for hours

June 18, 2010

Harvard University researchers have developed a chemical-based method for transmitting alphanumeric information in the form of light pulses.

The “infofuse” is made of nitrocellulose strips covered with patterns of dots made of salts of the elements lithium, rubidium, and cesium. When the strip is ignited, the flame travels forward and reaches the dots one after the other. The heat causes the elements to emit light at characteristic wavelengths.… read more

An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change

February 11, 2007

Compilations of weather satellite data by Danish National Space Center scientists indicate that cloudiness varies according to how many atomic particles are coming in from exploded stars, contradicting the theory that the rise in temperatures since the mid-20th century is due to man-made greenhouse gases.

The sun’s magnetic field bats away many of the cosmic rays, and its intensification during the 20th century meant fewer cosmic rays, fewer clouds,… read more

Fluttering robot could show Mars rovers the way

October 1, 2008

The ExoFly, a robot designed to imitate a dragonfly’s hovering, jerky flight, could act as a guide for planetary rovers once they land. It would be sent out first to explore the terrain and then direct the rover to any sites of interest by the easiest route.

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