They point out that the magnitude of the impact of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill on human health, the environment, and the economy remains unknown. Their study assesses the known toxicologic consequences of oil spill exposures, but… read more
August 14, 2002
Students gathered Monday around a cardboard mockup of Washington’s train station to try their hand at using robots to search for and assist terrorism victims in the aftermath of an explosion.
May 29, 2009
A portable device that can show in five minutes is a person is infected with a particular virus or bacterium has been developed by Ostendum, a University of Twente spinoff.
January 14, 2008
University of Minnesota researchers created a beating rat heart in a laboratory by using the valves and outer structure of a dead rat’s heart as scaffolding for new heart cells injected from newborn rats.
Scientists should be able to grow a human heart by taking stem cells from a patient’s bone marrow and placing them in a cadaver heart prepared as a scaffold.
August 7, 2005
A host of hidden black holes have been revealed in a narrow region of the sky, confirming astronomers’ suspicions that the universe is loaded with many undetected gravity wells.
Black holes cannot be seen directly, because they trap light and anything else that gets too close. But astronomers infer their presence by noting the behavior of material nearby: gas is superheated and accelerated to a significant fraction of light-speed… read more
April 13, 2011
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have developed a way to cognitively enhance the brain’s activity by placing electrodes directly on the surface of the scalp, using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).
The electrodes are damp sponges about 4 square centimeters in area that deliver a current of a few milliamps. Neurons underneath the positively charged electrode are stimulated to fire more frequently in response to normal incoming… read more
August 31, 2002
Scientists have perfected a machine that downloads brain waves in this new novel by John Darnton. When surgeons have to shut down the brain stem so the organ can be repaired, a computer supplies the necessary neural transmissions to keep the rest of the body alive.
AeroVironment has received n additional $5.4 million from DARPA to further develop a tiny aircraft that can fly into tight spaces undetected, perch, and send live surveillance information to its handlers.
January 17, 2008
The University of Colorado Hospital is about to start using a robot to mix chemotherapy drugs for patients, which its developers say will eliminate human error and protect technicians from potentially dangerous drugs.
A new psychological study finds that when people are shown violent or erotic images they frequently fail to process what they see immediately afterwards.
An emotion-induced blindness test is available for readers to take.
“Our new technique allows us to measure how components of large protein complexes are arranged in relation to one another,” says Sandy Simon, head of the Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics. “This has the potential to give us important new information… read more
September 23, 2002
Hidden extra dimensions are causing measurements of the strength of gravity at different locations on Earth to be affected by the planet’s magnetic field, French researchers say.
June 11, 2009
A new superlens that could make it possible to film molecules in action in real time with visible light has been developed by HP Labs researchers.
The lens takes advantage of subwavelength details in evanescent components of light, which can propagate in a material with a negative refractive index. To achieve a record-breaking resolution of 1/12th of the wavelength of light, the researchers grew smooth silver film just a… read more
January 27, 2008
Devices that incorporate speech recognition are starting to hit the mass market in cellphone and other non-desktop-computer locations.
August 31, 2005
This year’s Accelerating Change 2005 conference (AC2005), Sept. 16-18 at Stanford, promises to be “outstanding,” organizer John Smart tells Accelerating Intelligence news, with 51 top speakers and emcees.
The conference focuses on “artificial intelligence and intelligence amplification transforming technology, empowering humanity.” Consistent with that theme, Ray Kurzweil will keynote the event and will distribute pre-publication signed copies of his The Singularity is Near to the first 250… read more